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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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Audit office criticises court failure to stamp out delays

THE FAILURE of most crown courts to eradicate delay and meet statutory waiting time limits indicates “grounds for concern”, says a National Audit Office (NAO) report. And the behaviour of defence lawyers and a shortage of judges on Circuit may be contributory factors to the problem, it says. The NAO’s recommendations, which have been largely […]

No longer a game of chance

Mary Heaney reports on the growth of risk management. Is it proactive lawyering or another way of attracting client cash? Two years ago, Bevan Ashford entered uncharted territory for most law firms – it entered into a joint venture with international risk management consultancy Willis Corroon. The resultant company, QRM Healthcare, advises on all aspects […]

Irish lawyers' ceasefire hopes

NORTHERN Irish lawyers will face a major shift in their working lives if there is lasting peace in the province. Until now, terrorism has generated legal work and led to attempted coercion of, and death threats to, both lawyers and judges. Richard Ferguson QC, chair of the English Bar’s Criminal Bar Association, says: “With the […]

CPS draws up tough assault guidelines

NEW guidelines on assault charges are set to make it easier to convict threatening telephone callers of actual or grievous bodily harm. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) guidelines to police and prosecutors contains a checklist of injuries and other factors for each crime of assault, designed to increase consistency across Britain. But prosecutors will have […]

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