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Latest Briefings

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: Insolvency practitioners face conditional fees

Mr Justice Ferris’ working party into the remuneration of insolvency practitioners has called for the introduction of conditional fee-type agreements in insolvency work. The working party, which reported last Friday, suggests in some cases insolvency practitioners should only be paid if they get assets back. It also stresses the duty of insolvency practitioners to satisfy […]

Finers joins Lawrope as UK representative

West End firm Finers has replaced Harris Rosenblatt & Kramer as the UK member of Lawrope, a network of firms who refer work between themselves and do joint venture cross-border work. Finers joined Lawrope after Harris Rosenblatt severed its ties with the network following its merger with Paris-based Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn earlier this year. […]

IT has been a good week for:

Plymouth law firm Foot & Bowden, which netted itself an unusual client after a fishing boat caught a stray Ministry of Defence unmanned submarine in its nets. The firm is helping the fishermen claim a £150,000 salvage fee from the Government. Former Tory cabinet minister Lord Hunt, who received the unexpected privilege of being invited […]

Taylor Walton enters top 200

Home counties practice Taylor Walton is to join the top 200 law firms by size via the acquisition of Woolley & Weston. The 65 fee-earner St Albans firm, which last year merged with Hemel Hempstead firm Wainwrights, is taking on nine of competitor firm Woolleys’ lawyers. The rest of Woolleys’ practice is likely to go […]

Strategy is everything in the fight for survival

The legal marketplace may be enjoying one of its best years ever, but there are still many firms which are not enjoying the fruits of this boom. Last week, The Lawyer reported the demise of 19-partner West End firm Forsyte Saunders Kerman, which will split next month with its property department going to Lawrence Graham […]

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