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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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Shearman NQs cash in on £12,000 pay hike

Shearman & Sterling is hiking salaries for newly-qualified UK lawyers by a massive £12,000, it was announced today (28 April). The firm will pay newly-qualified assistants £72,000 with effect from 1 May, up from £60,000. Shearman will also raise salaries by a similar amount for all associates up to and including six years PQE. Trainee […]

DWS boosts TMT practice with Lloyds IT outsourcing mandate

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) is looking to bolster its technology media and telecoms (TMT) practice after bagging mandates on three IT deals in three weeks, including its first outsourcing instruction from Lloyds TSB. The firm is advising Lloyds TSB Corporate on a network link-up agreement with Citigroup called Bluesky. It has also received instructions from […]

Hammonds set to take harder line on partner departures

Hammonds is to radically reform the way it handles resignations and notice periods of departing partners once the firm’s 14-month lock-in ends in June. The firm is considering a range of measures that will help to cut down on the number of departures in any one year. Hammonds’ options include extending its current six-month notice period to a […]

The final act

Pension fund trustees are looking to the provisions of the Pensions Act 2004 to protect the interests of members in the case of bankruptcy. By Andrew Visintin and Grant Jones Much coverage has been given to the state of UK pensions, with estimates of a pension fund deficit of around £130bn in relation to the […]

Townsend picks Tokyo for first overseas foray

San Francisco-based IP firm Townsend and Townsend and Crew has opened an office in Tokyo. The move represents the first international expansion in the nearly 150-year history of the firm. The office, which will be known as Townsend IP Law, is led by special counsel Hitoshi Akiba, a Japanese patent lawyer and member of the […]

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