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.
An ~€1M claim on behalf of real estate consultants
NBLO’s dispute resolution lawyers represented UK-based real estate consultants who had structured a € 40-million-worth commercial property project on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. In breach of an applicable contractual obligation, the consultants had not been paid the agreed success fees for their services. The then director of the defaulting party had been tragically shot dead in the meantime.
Following a hotly contested first instance, with below-the-belt attempts by the other side (the least untypical perhaps being the claim that the contract had been a forgery and a trial-within-a-trial on the issue), our team succeeded in obtaining a judgment at first instance. The parties were then able to achieve a significant settlement.
The key skills we were able to bring to bear in providing a solution included searching for solutions across the problem domain; appropriately involving representatives of Bulgaria’s EU partner member-states to buttress judicial independence; and resourcefully dealing with heterodox approaches by our judicial opponents.
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