A Hungarian Court finds the fee recommendation of a lawyers’ association incompatible with national competition provision (Debrecen City Bar of Solicitors)

The Debrecen City Bar is an association of local lawyers, where the membership is obligatory. The association is empowered with public rights ; it may deliver obligatory decisions and non-obligatory recommendations as well. The general assembly of the Bar issued a recommendation on lawyers' fees in 2003 (dec n° 6/2003.KÜ). This was on fees applicable for the preparation of a contract, documentation in case of corporate matters, and professional advice. The decision stipulated that the Bar should obtain the decision of the Hungarian Competition Authority on whether the recommendation infringes Article 11 of the Competition Act of Hungary, i.e. qualified as an agreement restricting competition, and in the latter case to apply for an individual exemption. Article 11 is the Hungarian

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  • Hogan Lovells (Budapest)
  • Hogan Lovells (Budapest)

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Csaba Tóth, Endre Gombai, A Hungarian Court finds the fee recommendation of a lawyers’ association incompatible with national competition provision (Debrecen City Bar of Solicitors), 13 October 2005, e-Competitions October 2005, Art. N° 470

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