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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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Clifford Chance finance partners are celebrating the completion the world’s last outstanding sovereign debt rescheduling with the signing of an agreement by Russia to repay the former Soviet Union’s $33bn debt over the next 25 years. The firm’s two London finance partners, Cliff Godfrey and Andrew Yianni, have spent the past four months drafting the […]

Establish tax-friendly Net zone, says lawyer

Elizabeth Davidson reports THE UK could attract $500m- worth of Internet-based commerce if it set itself up as a tax-friendly zone, according to a computer lawyer. Computer Lawyers Consortium chair Roger Loosely, a partner at Fladgate Fielder and head of its technology law unit, has called on the UK Government to “act quickly” and take […]

SLAB proposes criminal code

The Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) has published a draft code of practice which it intends to impose on all solicitors conducting criminal legal aid work. The code covers the management of cases, staff training, compliance with legal aid guidelines and legislation, and the maintenance of a suitable complaints procedure. In a move which currently […]

In brief: Tory chief meets with Leeds businessmen

Yorkshire firm Lee & Priestley hosted a private meeting for businessmen with Conservative Party leader William Hague (pictured above centre) at its Leeds headquarters this month. Senior partner John Priestley (pictured right with chief executive David Gale, left) said: “We are a progressive and forward thinking practice.” Hague also opened a new extension to the […]

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