19 October 2013
The British Embassy in Sofia has just released its list of Bulgarian lawyers (research on the list began in late spring 2013). The list does not represent an endorsement by the UK government of specific lawyers, however inclusion in it now follows a rigorous process of selection and analysis.
New Balkans Law Office ("NBLO") is proud to be included no less than 6 times and is indeed the firm that is most often mentioned. We are ranked in 3 out of 4 areas on the list (in Property, Company Law and Criminal Law).
The list is most likely to be of use to British, Irish and other English-speaking foreign individuals conducting SME business in Bulgaria or who need legal assistance to organise their affairs including property and conveyancing, issues surrounding rental and management of property, inheritance and wills, personal tax, family law issues (including children, marriage, naming and termination of marriage) and various other issues.
New Balkans Law Office is proud to have served a very large number of UK individuals over the years as well as many from other English-speaking countries, and remains committed to providing services to clients who have roots or connections in the two jurisdictions. Uniquely, we serve our UK and Bulgarian clients out of offices in both Bulgaria (Sofia and Rousse) and the UK (London) and provide high-quality Western-style advice at affordable costs.
A win in an insurance exclusion clause dispute at the Supreme Court
NBLO's dispute resolution team, led by Yordan Neshkov, secured a success against a large Bulgarian insurer in a claim brought on behalf of a UK national, who had lost her property in a fire. The insurer had refused to pay out under the insurance, on the grounds that a widely drawn clause in its general terms allegedly excused it from paying whenever there was a breach of building regulations, even if (as was accepted in this case) this breach was invisible externally, could not be discovered through reasonable investigation and was not caused by the insured. NBLO had good reasons to argue that this position was unsupported in the Bulgarian Insurance Code or civil law generally and persuaded the Supreme Cassation Court to back it. This is covered more fully in an article on our website.
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