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News, Articles & Events: August 2019

The Competition and Markets Authority continues enforcement of competition law against suppliers and manufacturers of branded goods, imposing its biggest ever fine for resale price maintenance. On 1 August 2019, the Competition and Markets Authority (the CMA) issued an infringement decision finding that Casio Electronics Co. Ltd (Casio) had infringed the prohibition on anti-competitive agreements […]

On 29 July 2019, the Competition and Markets Authority (the CMA) announced that it had secured legally binding competition disqualification undertakings (CDUs) from three individuals for their involvement in a ‘bid rigging’ construction cartel. This brings the total number of director disqualifications secured by the CMA, since December 2016, to 12. The announcement follows the […]

6 April 2018 did not just mark the start of another tax year, but was also the date when it became significantly easier for tenants to make applications for Rent Repayment Orders (RROs).  Now, over 12 months on and following further legislation which came into force in October 2018 which expanded the definition of a […]

National law firm Freeths has completed an acquisition and refinancing with a combined value of £160m for leading powered access machinery specialist, AFI Group – a longstanding client of the corporate team in the firm’s Milton Keynes office. The Group acquired Facelift (GB) Limited and its rental fleet of over 700 powered access machines. This […]

Customer Experience and Real Estate Law I’m in the US at present and as ever here, you really notice the way they ‘do’ service. With a tipping culture that standardises 20% on top, for me, rightly or wrongly, there’s an expectation that goes with that. Yes, there’s variety: sometimes you get a stoney-faced “you’re welcome” […]

Commercial Contracts and Franchise heavyweight Iain Bowler has joined national law firm, Freeths, in their London office, from DLA Piper. Iain will play a key role in the firm’s Commercial Group which comprises some 35 commercial, technology, outsourcing, projects, data privacy and franchise lawyers across Freeths’ 13 offices.  Iain will initially work alongside Chris Freeston […]

It’s been a little over 18 months since the new Electronic Communications Code (the “Code”) came into force. Perceived to be more favourable to Operators than landowners, decisions made by the Upper Tribunal (“Tribunal”) have done little to re-balance this. Cases have come thick and fast, with Operators testing strength and flexing muscles. So, what’s […]

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