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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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Trowers & Hamlin grows in the Gulf

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Mathews offers LGG bittersweet symphony. Michael Mathews' speech at the Local Government Group conference was both reassuring and disturbing for members, writes Chris Fogarty

Before Law Society vice-president Michael Mathews stood up to make his after-dinner speech, his audience at the Local Government Group (LGG) conference had been anxious over the society’s plans for local government lawyers. But by the time he sat down, they were seething with anger. The audience had been expecting Mathews to address fears that […]

Weil Gotshal boost

US firm Weil Gotshal & Manges has boosted its central and eastern European practice with the appointment of US lawyer Eric Rosedale and UK lawyer Simon Swycher. Rosedale joins from the New York office of Jones Day Reavis & Pogue, while Swycher was with Nabarro Nathanson.

Trusts may face taxing times

Double-barrelled Budgets have had a varied impact on the Isle of Man and will give trustees food for thought, says Jane Bates. Jane Bates is a Scottish solicitor in practice with Isle of Man-based Mann & Partners. A double-dose of anticipation was experienced on the Isle of Man on 17 March. At 10.30am, Richard Corkill, […]

Property developers in taxing dispute

The Redrow Group has been given leave to take its case against the VAT men to the House of Lords, reports Roger Pearson. A long-running battle between property developer the Redrow Group and Customs & Excise over the VAT status of a vital element of a property incentive purchase scheme is to go to the […]

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