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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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KLegal, the legal arm of big five accountants KPMG, has dealt a blow to both Simmons & Simmons and Masons by poaching a top partner from each firm. Leading Simmons PFI equity partner Gareth Davies and Masons commerce and finance partner Arun Singh OBE are joining KLegal. The departure of Davies is a big loss […]

American Bar Association opposes EC’s reform proposals

The American Bar Association (ABA) has joined a campaign against the European Commission’s planned changes to the competition law system. The changes would see more competition law issues handled by national authorities to help relieve the enormous workload on the Commission under the existing system. But the ABA believes that changing the system would fragment […]

Bond Pearce ventures north to open in Leeds

Leading southern law firm Bond Pearce is opening an office in Leeds to handle insurance work – its first step into the northern market. The 56-partner firm was approached by Sumitomo Marine and Fire Insurance, one of its most significant clients, to set up its fifth office and work with it on a specific initiative. […]

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Lord Irvine has lodged a claim in the High Court challenging the costs claimed by Colin Nicholls QC of 3 Raymond Buildings and Philip Hackett QC of 2 Bedford Row’s for representing one of the BCCI defendants. The costs challenge relates to the case of former shipping tycoon, Abbas Gokal who was jailed for 14 […]

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