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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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David Green, the criminal barrister at 18 Red Lion Court responsible for the garden in its front courtyard, has scooped the annual Miller Award for the best new floral feature in the City. The trophy, awarded by the City of London corporation and the Worshipful Company of Gardeners, will be presented by the Mayor of […]

It has been a good week for:

Liberty director John Wadham, who received the legal brief of the week when he was called in to advise former MI5 official David Shayler. Furniture designers Luke Hughes & Company, whose “unique” Trojan all-timber folding tables are being snapped up by law firms left, right and centreS according to a press release issued by Luke […]

Cultural and legal diversity is worth more than the tourist trap

Martin Bowley QC says that conventions offer an ideal opportunity to gain a fresh perspective of the issues that concern the profession Flying transatlantic last week on my way back from my eighth ABA annual meeting in Toronto, I pondered Chris Fogarty’s question in The Lawyer: “What’s in it for legal convention freaks like you?” […]

Japan Bar backs govt arbitration initiative

THE JAPANESE Bar is set to swing behind a government initiative to establish an international commercial arbitration centre in Japan. Akira Kawamura, of leading Tokyo firm Anderson Mori, told delegates at the ABA conference that the Japanese legal profession was making a concerted effort to put arbitration on the map in Japan. He said that […]

Time for honesty over the use of taxpayers' money

For all the profession’s carping about “fat cat” attacks, orchestrated by the Government and carried out by an ever-willing media, it is a simple fact that some lawyers earn a huge amount of taxpayers’ money every year through legal aid work. And when a professional gets paid that much money, it surely does not need […]

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