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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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Keystone Law vows to take on 50 lawyers as part of £25m-turnover plan

Keystone Law is aiming to more than double its turnover within three years to £25m by attracting 50 new lawyers to its ranks. The recruitment drive comes as the firm posted turnover of £11.2m at the 2011-12 year-end, a rise of 14.3 per cent on last year’s £9.8m. Managing partner James Knight said the firm […]

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Simmons increases board diversity following elections

Simmons & Simmons has increased the number of women on its 12-member board to three when non-executive directors are included following its recent elections. Finance partner Alyson Lockett, who was a senior associate at Allen & Overy before joining Simmons in 2008, was voted on to the board by partners and will replace investment funds […]

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Jordans Limited to target outsourced City work as an ABS

Corporate service provider Jordans Limited has applied to convert to an alternative business structure (ABS) in a bid to provide legal services to companies and win outsourced work from City law firms. The SRA is currently reviewing the Bristol-headquartered company’s application for a licence, with the group hoping the approval and launch will come by […]

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Exchange Chambers dumped as Liverpool City Council slashes spend

Liverpool City Council has slashed its advocacy legal spend by 20 per cent after launching a procurement process that saw Exchange Chambers cut from its roster of advisors. The local authority, which belongs to the North West Legal Consortium (NWLC), has spent two years trying to put together a chambers panel after having its budget […]

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