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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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Greenberg brings in GSK’s head of trademarks

Olswang’S US ally Greenberg Traurig has lured GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) global head of trademarks to boost its New York office. Scott Thompson joined the firm this month as a partner. It is expected that he will bring in GSK as a new client for the firm’s US IP practice. He will advise clients on global trademark […]

HBJ hires shipping expert

Litigation lawyer Jon Sharpe will join HBJ Gateley Wareing as a partner in its London office. Sharpe will join the shipping division of the firm from Shaw and Croft. He was previously a partner at TLT Solicitors and his expertise is in contentious marine and aviation matters and in insurance and reinsurance litigation in these […]

CFI to tighten the screw on market dominance abuse

Competition lawyers are predicting that Europe’s competition regulators will pursue abuse of dominance cases with renewed vigour now that Microsoft’s record fine has been upheld by Europe’s Court of First Instance (CFI). Last week (17 September) the CFI backed Microsoft’s record €497m (£345.33m) fine from 2004, which charged the software giant with abuse of dominant […]

HMRC squeezes more inheritance tax from middle classes

HM Revenue & Customs has announced that it will be investigating families who use the seven-year gift rule to reduce their Inheritance Tax bill. This comes at a time when the international trend is towards dropping estate taxes rather than raising them and shows that the Treasury is looking to recover yet more from Inheritance […]

Nomura names new general counsel

Nomura International has appointed Mark Chapman as its general counsel and executive committee member following the retirement of Terence Kyle in March. Chapman, who joined the bank as a solicitor in 2000, will lead a team of 48 lawyers and will report to president and CEO Yugo Ishida. Unlike his predecessor, Chapman will also be […]

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