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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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Green group makes EU noise over rail pollution

A NEWLY-FORMED environmental law group is trying to launch a court action against Railtrack under European rules on access to information. London-based EarthRights is seeking legal aid for a client whose request for information on machinery noise levels was turned down. It hopes to use the Environmental Information Regulations 1992 to force Railtrack to release […]

TSB appoint head of tax.

CITY practice Travers Smith Braithwaite has appointed the head of its tax department Alasdair Douglas as managing partner. Douglas took over from Robert Harman on 1 January. He will retain his title as head of tax in addition to his managerial duties. Harman, now heading the property department, was one of the City’s longest-serving managing […]

'I want 1995 to bring full employment'

I would wish 1995 to be the year of full employment for all ILEX members employment prospects, particularly for trainees, have improved but are not yet back to the ‘good old days’. The go-ahead for increased rights of audience for suitably qualified fellows is high on my list of priorities. I would like to point […]

IT triggers growing amount of litigation

Litigation is increasingly being used to solve technology disputes, says consultancy KPMG Peat Marwick. KPMG says the results of its survey into the way businesses install IT systems shows one fifth of those who have experienced problems with putting in a system have threatened litigation. The survey of 130 bodies, including companies and government organisations, […]

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