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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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East Anglian firm Birketts has unveiled strong financial results for the 2013/14 year, achieving 12 per cent turnover growth with a 20 per cent rise in net profit. Turnover rose 11.9 per cent from £28.65m in 2012/13 to £32.1m. The rise followed growth of 7 per cent between 2011/12 and 2012/13. Birketts reported net profit […]

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Unilever has been shopping for an inaugural legal panel and Olswang and Baker & McKenzie are among the winners. After launching the review back in March the FTSE 100 consumer goods company handed formal spots to some of its most trusted advisers as well as 12 others out of the 25 firms pitching for roles. […]

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Trowers climbs aboard the alternative workstyle wagon

Onshore or offshore? In-house or outsourced? Agile or not? Management issues are big news for law firms today and Trowers & Hamlins is the latest making waves. The firm is launching a new Birmingham document production hub after 34 of its secretaries accepted voluntary redundancy. The new 21-strong team will all operate from the Midlands. […]

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