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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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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has lost both its Düsseldorf real estate partners to German outfit Noerr. Alexander Goepfert and Christoph Brenzinger will leave the team in July. Both will divide their time between Noerr’s Düsseldorf and Frankfurt offices. The departure leaves the magic circle firm with only four real estate associates in the key business and […]

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Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has signed an £18.5m deal to outsource the facilities management of all seven of its European offices, including its London headquarters. Facilities management company Rollright Facilities has won the five-year contract and takes over FFW’s London-based facilities team of 20 people today, covering facilities functions including post room and print room […]

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