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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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After a string of delays, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has delivered its decision on HMV Group’s pending acquisition of Ottakar’s. Clifford Chance had a small win after the OFT referred the merger of bookstore chains Waterstone’s and Ottakar’s to the Competition Commission last week. HMV Group, which owns rival bookstore chain Waterstone’s, made a formal £96.4m takeover bid for Ottakar’s in September.

Weil scouts boost ties while scoping out Indian market

Weil Gotshal & Manges has joined the slew of firms investigating the Indian market, sending a team of lawyers to the region on a fact-finding trip. The New York-based firm has sent London-based corporate partner Will Rosen and New York-based corporate partner Jeffrey Weinberg to India for a week-long tour of the region to research […]

Herbert Smith wins Norton Rose finance partner

Herbert Smith has raided Norton Rose for a new partner for its growing finance practice. Energy finance specialist Andrew Newbery resigned from Norton Rose last week, becoming the third finance partner to be hired by Herbert Smith in two weeks. His appointment follows last week’s raid on Denton Wilde Sapte’s acquisition finance team for Chris […]

Artistically challenged

It seems that Duane Morris’s London office might have to consider giving staff art appreciation classes as a Christmas bonus. Apparently unaware of the artistic merits of an artwork consisting of a worn and grimy piece of Navajo Indian fabric, the firm’s cleaners decided to take their role of sanitising the office a step further. […]

Slaughters in talks to offload Paris office to Bredin Prat

Slaughter and May is locked in negotiations with Bredin Prat that may result in the City firm’s Paris arm move across to its French ally. Slaughter’s practice partner David Frank confirmed Paris press reports that the two firms have been in discussions for some time but stressed that they may decide to retain the status […]

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