28 March 2013
On the 28th March, 2012, NBLO hosted the first in a series of events for graduates and current students of the universities. The event, held at Club Motto, was a huge success: it drew over 30 graduates from the universities, as well as representatives from Davidson college and UCL for a lively evening. We would like to thank The University of Cambridge Society in Bulgaria and The Oxford University Society in Bulgaria for their support of the event.
The evening was a wonderful chance to connect with other Oxbridge and LSE alumni working in Sofia and for the community to mingle. Several exciting new initiatives were discussed, and the event is a good basis future cooperation between alumni groups. We hope that this is one of many events of its type, building on the success of the first.
If you are interested in hearing about future events, or would like to share your ideas about talks, conferences or other ways to draw on the network, please get in touch with Denny Jicheva (firstname.lastname@example.org). We would be delighted to hear from you.
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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