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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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Hodge Jones Allen adds partner as Harman & Harman closes

Harman & Harman named partner Sarah Harman has closed her own firm after 30 years and joined Hodge Jones & Allan (HJA) in a bid to focus on her clinical negligence practice. Harman – sister of Labour MP Harriet Harman – joined HJA as a partner in its clinical negligence team in London. Harman received […]

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Herbert Smith redeploys Hong Kong associates amid IPO slump

Herbert Smith has been forced to second Hong Kong associates to clients, other practice areas and offices following the cliff-dive in capital markets work in the region. A source at Herbert Smith told The Lawyer that fee-earners in Hong Kong had been shifted to more active practice areas, like disputes, to clients of the firm, […]

Field Fisher partner heads to SNR Denton in wake of public sector cuts

SNR Denton has added to its London technology and outsourcing practice with the hire of Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) partner Andrew Lucas, a specialist in public procurement. Lucas’s exit from FFW follows the firm’s recent decision to cut back its public-sector focus by removing it from its formal list of sector groups (6 August 2012). […]

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Herbies drops Virgin West Coast JR bid in wake of franchise debacle

Virgin Rail Group’s lawyers at legacy firm Herbert Smith (now Herbert Smith Freehills) have dropped requests for a judicial review of the West Coast Main Line rail franchise bid after Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin today announced that the competition had been cancelled. Earlier today, McLoughlin announced that the competition to run the lucrative West Coast […]

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Freebies gets a freebie

The debacle around the West Coast Main Line rail bid is one of those situations where there are many identifiable losers, but no clear winners. Certainly, the Department for Transport (DfT) comes off rather poorly. It’s decision to scrap the franchise, which had been stripped from Virgin Rail Group and awarded to First Group in […]

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