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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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Law Society to be hit by potential £1m fine

The Law Society could face a fine of up to £1m if it fails to deal with complaints, it was announced today (September 13). Following consultation with legal professional bodies, an Order was laid before Parliament to fix the maximum penalty at up to £1m. Legal service complaints commissioner Zahida Manzoor can impose the fine […]

Bland quits Wragges after real estate clash

Wragges after real estate clash” />The national chairman of Wragge & Co’s real estate group Gerald Bland has quit following what some insiders have described as a year-long power struggle with the firm’s property head Adrian Bland. Gerald Bland, who joined Wragges from Herbert Smith in summer 2002 to launch the Birmingham firm’s London property […]

Herbert Smith wraps up Russian mining deal

Herbert Smith has successfully closed Russia’s largest debt financing this year, despite the deal sailing perilously close to the rocks after two of the three book runners pulled out. Société Générale (SocGen) and ING both backed out of the deal in August, but the gap was filled soon after by white knight ABN Amro. The […]

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Do Latham & Watkins partners have a subscription to Heat magazine? The US firm’s annual Labor Day party has become the traditional start-of-term fixture for half the investment bankers in the City, to judge by the turnout. Even more excitingly, the paparazzi had obviously got wind of the occasion. As the suits turned up at […]

Law Society goes to war on accountants’ privilege

Lobbying battle goes to heart of government as Chancery Lane hires Kentridge to stop the accountants The legal profession is fighting a desperate rearguard action against accountants’ attempts to claim legal privilege to limit their duty to report client information under anti-money laundering legislation. The Law Society has instructed Brick Court Chambers heavyweight Sir Sydney Kentridge QC to prepare counsel’s […]

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