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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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The Lawyer Awards Winners

Some of the brightest stars of the industry were at The Grosvenor House Hotel last Tuesday (23 July) for The Lawyer Awards 2009. Eleven hundred solicitors, barristers and in-house lawyers were present to see the industry’s most prestigious awards handed out. There were successes for Norton Rose, which took away the biggest prize, Law Firm […]

A grand time had by all

Slaughter and May is in the firing line again. Having been exposed to the harsh glare of the national media over its role in Barclays’ tax ‘reduction’ schemes, the elite firm is making headlines for raking in taxpayers’ money.  Lib Dem Treasury spokesman Lord Oakeshott has slammed the £22m bill racked up by Slaughters for […]

Opinion: Crunch time for future of Digital Britain

I suspect even little green men in galaxies far, far away now know about Digital Britain. Ultimately, it is all about ­exploration. Vanessa Barnett As Lord Carter told us in his introduction to his report this month: “On 26 August 1768, when Captain James Cook set sail for Australia, it took two years and 320 […]

Blackbourn & Bond

More and more firms are looking to capitalise on structural changes allowed under the Legal Services Act. Nick Blackbourn Earlier this month The Lawyer reported that Cubism Law was focusing on offering multidisciplinary partnerships to clients (The Lawyer, 15 June). Now Shrewsbury’s Blackbourn & Bond has become the latest to take advantage of the new […]

The hedge row

With hedge fund managers under scrutiny and regulation inevitable, the industry needs to practise effective self-regulation. Lord_Myners Not for the first time is it reported that Brook Street and St James’s are ­reverberating to the sound of expensive luggage being packed. Hedge fund managers are retreating to the more congenial surroundings of Zurich and elsewhere to carry out […]

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