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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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Ruby Sandhu tracks the careers of five rising stars at the Bar and finds out why their instructing solicitors rate them. Timothy Fancourt Professional achievements/associations:Chancery Bar Association Areas of practice: Property, chancery anhd commercial litigation as well as advisory work, particularly commercial and residential property. What others say about him: Fancourt is described as an […]

SJ Berwin lawyers in resignation mystery

Four lawyers have resigned from SJ Berwin’s trademark and designs group before the group’s planned move to Field Fisher Waterhouse. The Lawyer revealed on 22 March that the trademark group was moving to Field Fisher. At the time, John Olsen, the partner who heads the group, said the entire 15-strong group, including his team of […]

Mayer Brown poaches Pinsent Curtis partner

US firm Mayer Brown & Platt has lured corporate finance partner David Levin from Pinsent Curtis in its latest bid to expand its London office. Levin will join the Chicago firm’s London practice from Pinsents’ City office in September. He is Mayer Brown’s third lateral partner hire this year, as the firm aims to double […]

White & Case lures top in-house lawyer

White & Case has recruited a top in-house lawyer as a partner in its London office. Mats Sacklen has joined the firm from the Zurich headquarters of ABB Group, the global engineering and technology group, where he was senior in-house counsel. He joins the London office’s corporate department, where he will specialise in cross-border acquisitions […]

Pensions duel could be deadly for Equitable Life

Denton Hall and Norton Rose are advising in a High Court test case which could sound the death knell of the UK’s largest mutual life insurer. A Denton Hall team, led by senior partner in litigation and arbitration Cindy Leslie, is fighting on behalf of Equitable Life in the case, which concerns guaranteed annuities. If […]

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