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Bulgaria: Competition authority penalises A1 Bulgaria EAD for cancelling agreement

By Galina Petkova With Decision No. 1308 of 22 November 2018, the Commission for the Protection of Competition (the “CPC“) fined A1 Bulgaria EAD (“A1“) BGN 840,340 for cancelling a partnership agreement with its main commercial representative. The CPC decided that the cancellation was effectively a violation of Article 37a (1) of the Protection of Competition Act (the “PCA“), which prohibits abuse of dominant […]

Guide to new rules for medical devices and in vitro diagnostics

By Vivian den Bakker The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport ( VWS ) published a guide on 30 November 2018 with the most important changes in relation to the new European regulations concerning medical devices and in vitro diagnostics. The new regulations set stricter requirements for manufacturers, importers and distributors of medical devices for market authorization in the European Union. In addition, the […]

Case law update: December 2018

By David Smedley, Andrew Rayment Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd – Employer held liable for managing director’s violent conduct The Court of Appeal has found a company vicariously liable for the violent conduct of its managing director at a Christmas party where the attack left an employee severely disabled.

New IR35 rules for contractors in the private sector from 6 April 2020

By David Smedley, Andrew Rayment New IR35 changes due to take effect in the private sector from 6 April 2020 will have a significant impact on businesses that engage consultants or contractors via intermediary companies (either directly or through an agency). Affected employers will need to plan for these changes well in advance. Following a […]

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DLA Piper swoops for Bingham hedge funds star

DLA Piper has poached Bingham McCutcheon banking and finance partner Sarah Coucher, marking the latest in a line of departures from the latter’s London finance practice. With experience in the hedge fund, distressed debt and special situations arenas, Coucher will join DLA Piper’s 10-strong London restructuring team to beef up its hedge fund expertise. DLA […]

Dentons halves partner promotions

Denton Wilde Sapte has promoted only 12 associates to its partnership, under half the number of promotions compared with last year. London benefitted from 10 of the new promotions, with Dubai and Cairo bagging the remaining two. Last year the firm promoted 26 associates to the partnership. Denton Wilde Sapte chief executive Howard Morris said: […]

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As an esteemed arbiter of all things alcoholic, Tulkinghorn was delighted to learn that Italian law firm Puopolo Geffers Rosen & Bosin has launched a team entirely dedicated to wine. Called ‘Lex Vini’, the group is an extension of the expertise the firm has apparently developed after 10 years of focusing on vintners as an […]

Bakers’ Canadian merger comes to naught

Baker & McKenzie has been looking to expand its Canadian presence, but recent merger talks have failed, leaving one Toronto firm in dire straits. The US firm was in discussions with Goodman and Carr, an 85-lawyer firm, in February, but the talks collapsed, leading Goodman to close its doors this June. Had the merger been […]

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Magistrate slams Govt for age discrimination

A UK magistrate has launched a campaign against the Government’s policy that forces magistrates to retire at 70 years old. Central and southwest Staffordshire bench magistrate Richard Ellison has asked the European Commission (EC) to investigate whether the Government is in contravention of age discrimination regulations by requiring that lay magistrates stand down at 70. […]

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