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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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Macfarlanes in PFI first with Berwin Leighton

Macfarlanes and Berwin Leighton have signed the first standard form private finance initiative contract in the health sector. It marks a turning point that will speed up negotiations and cut legal fees for future projects. The £60m combined new build and refurbishment project for West Middlesex University Hospital Trust was signed on 30 January. Macfarlanes […]

Burness partner joins Standard Life

Standard Life has created a new role of director of legal services which will be filled by Malcolm Wood, corporate partner at Scottish commercial firm Burness. Wood says that he became aware that Standard Life was structuring a new post in its legal department before Christmas. Previously, the legal function came under a general manager […]

LETTERS

Smile – you’re in The Lawyer As an avid reader of your paper, if only to marvel at just how different the profession you portray and the bulk of local practice actually is, I was struck by just how serious a business the upper 5 per cent of the law now appears to be. In […]

Bradford & Bingley sets up commercial law panel

Bradford & Bingley is setting up its first ever formal legal panel for corporate and commercial work. The bank currently uses a number of firms on an ad hoc basis, but it will now instruct only those firms that make it onto the panel. Last year Bradford & Bingley, which demutualised late last year, slashed […]

OFT report encourages public access to barristers

The long-awaited Office of Fair Trading (OFT) report into the legal profession is believed to have called for the public to be able to go directly to barristers without having to instruct a solicitor first. If the proposals are accepted then chambers could see their incomes from BarDirect spiral to around £200m a year. The […]

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