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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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Carving up the matrimonial assets

The £9 million divorce pay-off to Maya Flick, ex-wife of Friedrich Flick of the Mercedes empire, recently became public in the Appeal Court. The level of the highest ever award in ancillary proceedings by our courts has been an open secret among divorce practitioners for a long time. But the profession is now waiting for […]

Slaughters tracks down charity's £6m

FIVE solicitors from Slaughter and May spearheaded an international investigation which traced nearly £6 million allegedly defrauded from the Salvation Army. Partner Richard Clark headed the London-based team which tracked the funds through 13 countries and also recovered £3 million in interest and costs. The operation involved 43 law firms worldwide, and in England 20 […]

Bullish market for commercial work

LAW firms are seeing a sharp increase in commercial work in contrast to legally aided or private client work. Nearly half the firms surveyed in accountants Grant Thornton’s 1995 Solicitors’ Inter Firm Comparison found that 1995 was more buoyant than previous years. Over a quarter of firms (28 per cent) saw a decline in legal […]

In brief: Law Soc warns of house transfer dangers

The Law Society has issued guidelines to solicitors stressing the need for comprehensive legal advice for older people considering giving their homes to relatives or friends. Many older people seek to transfer property to avoid paying the cost of residential or nursing home care in the future. However, the society warns there are a number […]

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