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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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SGP name change

The IBA’s Section on General Practice (SGP) has voted to change its name to the Section on Legal Practice in a bid to encourage more business lawyers to join. The IBA is divided into three sections: the Section on Business Law, the SGP, and the section on Natural Energy and Natural Resources Law. SGP secretary […]

Field Fisher takes over Allison & Humphreys

CITY firm Field Fisher Waterhouse is to take over highly regarded media and communications specialist Allison & Humphreys early next year. Field Fisher claims the move will give it one of the biggest media practices in the country, with an expected core team of around 14 lawyers. But other media lawyers claim the firm still […]

Shetland Internet copyright case is settled out of court

A CRITICAL Internet court case has been settled out of court, but could still have implications on future judicial views of the World Wide Web, according to Simmons & Simmons head of IT, Lawrence Haines. The case arose on the Shetland Isles, when electronic news publisher Shetland News set up hypertext links connecting its Website […]

In brief: Law Soc lobbies Lord Irvine on court fees

The Law Society has urged the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, to rethink the government’s court fees policy. In a paper it has sent to him, it argues that the policy of recovering all the costs of running the civil courts from litigants is wrong. It says payment of court fees should be waived in public […]

Cleary Gottlieb enters Italy

US FIRM Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is set to become only the third major US firm with an Italian office when it opens in Rome in the spring of 1998. The firm’s move comes at a time when several UK firms are examining ways of entering the lucrative Italian legal market. The Rome office […]

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