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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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Brachers scores NHS trust coup

Maidstone-based Brachers Solicitors has been appointed as joint legal adviser to Worthing and Southlands NHS Trust and a number of West Sussex primary care trusts for the next three years. Putney-based Capsticks has also been appointed as adviser.Brachers secured the appointment after competing in a lengthy tender process against the National Health Service Litigation Authority […]

Couchman Harrington Associates

Couchmans’ two partners have not let the IT slump bring them down Sports, media and entertainment firm Couchman Harrington Associates (CHA) was launched in June 2001 by ex-Townleys partner Nic Couchman and assistant Dan Harrington.Partners Couchman and Harrington left specialist sports practice Townleys before it merged with Hammonds, as they wanted the challenge of running […]

Hengeler Mueller in pro bono first for German government minister

Hengeler Mueller has broken with tradition to work pro bono, for the German government The firm defended German finance minister Hans Eichel against a e1m (£651,400) claim brought by a disgruntled Deutsche Telekom shareholder.Düsseldorf partner Gerd Kreiger represented Eichel in a lawsuit over the dismissal of Ron Sommer, the former Deutsche Telekom chief executive officer. […]

Allen & Overy (A&O) set for £18m fee bonanza on Marconi restructuring

Allen & Overy (A&O) is set to reap £18m of fees through advising recovering telecoms giant Marconi – £2m more than the original estimated billings of all the law firms involved in the restructuring As revealed in The Lawyer (2 September 2002), A&O, Clifford Chance (acting for the 27-strong syndicate of banks) and the bondholders’ […]

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