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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 goes on-line

The Law Society’s Policy Committee has given the green light to a computer system that will allow council members to go on-line and communicate with each other over the information superhighway. A central bulletin board will only be accessible to staff and council members, and will allow them to receive information and input ideas. Treasurer […]

Police arrest 17 ex-employees of South West firm Robinsons

Seventeen former employees of disbanded West Country law firm Robinsons have been arrested and questioned by the Serious Fraud Office, which is investigating alleged misuse of legal aid funds. The 12 men and five women were arrested over the weekend of 26 and 27 April in a series of raids on their homes by SFO […]

In support of Pembridge

I can sympathise with Law Society Council member Roger Wilson’s response in shutting his eyes at the sight of Eileen Pembridge breastfeeding her baby (Tulkinghorn, The Lawyer, 29 April). Some of us sitting on the press bench long to do the same when he gets up to make yet another intervention. Happily, however, we are […]

In brief: Cardiff neighbours combine resources

Welsh firms and next door neighbours in Cardiff, JA Hughes Walter & Hopkins and Rees Wood & Terry, have merged to form a 12-partner, 70-staff firm to be called JA Hughes with Rees Wood & Terry. It has two offices in Cardiff and three in Barry.

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