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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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Public international law can no longer be ignored, with a number of international conventions making their way into domestic courts. Philippe Sands and Maurice Sheridan report on the most influential cases of the past year The rules of public international law have been transformed over the past two decades. Treaties and other international legal obligations […]

Camerons takes in-house team from property client

CMS Cameron McKenna is taking on a property company’s in-house legal department and picking up all its commercial real estate work. Michael Leighton, head of the in-house legal team at the property division of FTSE 100 company Taylor Woodrow, is joining Camerons with solicitor Mona Flahive and two other staff. The team will become part […]

PHARMACEUTICALS

The pharmaceuticals sector has experienced a period of unprecedented consolidation which has impacted on the demands it makes of its external legal advisers. In January, SmithKline Beecham and Glaxo Wellcome began to arrange a £114bn merger, just weeks before Pfizer and Warner-Lambert announced their £52.1bn merger. This consolidation has led to an increased demand for […]

Radcliffes private client head takes team to Bircham & Co

Radcliffes is attempting to plug a gap in its tax and private client division after the lead partner and four members left to join Bircham & Co. Stephen Lewin, head of Radcliffes’ tax and private client department, and his colleagues will join the firm today (12 June). Offshore expert Helen Ratcliffe is joining Bircham & […]

It’s been a bad week for…

Alan Pritchard. The Birmingham solicitor was jailed for five years after being found guilty of using the legal aid scheme as a “licence to print money”, siphoning off £2.25m in 12 months. Pritchard’s staff toured deprived areas of the country getting people to sign blank legal aid forms. The judge said that Pritchard, legal consultant […]

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