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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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Redundancies are inevitable in this climate, but it is easy for companies to find themselves fighting tribunals if they go about them the wrong way. Anna West reports Lessons in how not to carry out redundancies have received a lot of media coverage. The Accident Group reportedly informed employees by text message that they were […]

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The Lawyer is having a moral crisis at work, with the news that he may be advising against his own client in upcoming negotiations. It’s impossibly complicated and results from all these law firms buying each other out and ending up with five different departments representing the same client, or inversely, one department representing all […]

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US firm Dewey Ballantine has put European expansion plans on hold as a result of the Iraq war and concerns about the international economic climate. The firm has stalled planned launches in France and Germany, although it continues to look for suitable merger partners. The Lawyer understands that Dewey had been in talks with the […]

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