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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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The decision of Mr Justice Peter Smith not to recuse himself in a recent case is being referred to the Office of Judicial Complaints (OJC) for further investigation, it was announced today (16 July). The Lord Chief Justice Lord Phillips and Lord Chancellor Jack Straw were consulted on the decision and agreed to refer the […]

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Allen & Overy (A&O) has taken a Norton Rose partner for its Thailand office, making him counsel. Suparerk Auychai has banking and equity capital markets expertise and will join A&O’s 26-lawyer Bangkok office. Auychai was a partner at Norton Rose for two years, having been made up in 2005. Norton Rose is now left with […]

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Allen & Overy (A&O), Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have scored key roles advising on a Middle Eastern banking mega-merger. Linklaters is advising Emirates Bank International on its merger with National Bank of Dubai, which is being advised by A&O. Under advice from Freshfields, Goldman Sachs is acting as the lead financial adviser to the […]

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