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Bulgaria: CPC deems minimum hotel accommodation prices anti-competitive

The Ministry of Tourism recently proposed the introduction of minimum prices for sites categorised as ‘accommodation places’. In Decision 529/10.05.2018, the Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC) opined on the proposal’s compliance with competition rules. The CPC held that setting minimum prices for accommodation places would limit price competition between hotels. Minimum prices cannot guarantee…

Social housing monthly law update – June 2018

This month’s TLT’s law update on all things affecting social housing includes: Automatic disqualification rule changes: Charity Commission declarations GDPR enforcement and penalties: What you need to know Dress codes in the workplace: New government guidance Government announces it will fully fund unsafe cladding removal in social housing Viability argument for 10% affordable housing fails…

From footfall to clicks – experts talk retail risk

By Gary Assim and Sarah Teal Poundworld has entered administration, and just before that it was announced that House of Fraser would be closing 31 stores, many of which are in some of the UK’s largest cities. It is no secret that many retailers have been adversely affected by the shopping habits of consumers, ever […]

Austria: The time has come – Federal Procurement Act 2018 just around the corner

More than four years after the entry into force of the new EU Public Procurement Directive (2014/24/EU), more than two years after the deadline for transposition and more than one year after publication of the first transposition draft, the time has come. Following the respective resolutions of the Council of Ministers and the Federal Council […]

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In brief: Sparks expected to fly at Bar AGM

A series of controversial resolutions at the Bar annual general meeting this weekend will aim to redress the competitive balance between barristers and solicitors. Resolutions on barrister partnerships and full public direct access return to the agenda after being narrowly defeated last year. Meanwhile, the Council of Legal Education appears to be using cost orders […]

Group tackles MoD conmen

A LEGAL advice charity is demanding more protection for “whistleblowers” in a report on fraud and corruption by officials at the Ministry of Defence. Public Concern at Work (PCW) wants a hotline for those who expose wrong-doing, and clauses written in to MoD contracts to penalise firms which do not punish fraudsters. PCW – which […]

Holmans appoints first Hong Kong head of corporate law

LONDON litigation practice Holman Fenwick & Willan has appointed Johnson Stokes & Master partner Gavin Nesbitt as its first-ever head of corporate law in Hong Kong. Nesbitt, who moved to Hong Kong in 1987 from London firm Simmons & Simmons, plans to expand the practice’s corporate portfolio by targeting listed companies in the colony. He […]

BLA wants bureau axed

The British Legal Association is to call for the abolition of the Solicitors’ Complaints Bureau at a requisitioned meeting at the Law Society. Members of the 15,000-strong BLA voted at its annual general meeting to support a motion for abolishing the SCB, returning disciplinary matters to the Law Society and discontinuing all other SCB functions. […]

Charting technology's trends

This is the sixth year that the Legal IT survey has been run and of the 326 firms which responded, 312 did so by the cut-off date for the analysis. The firms represent nearly 19,000 lawyers and almost 20,000 support staff, and include some of the largest UK firms. While we retained some key questions […]

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