You need an administrative law attorney in Sofia and in Republic of Bulgaria when you have a dispute with a public authority whose act has affected your rights, obligations or legal interests.
The most frequent disputes arise in connection with the imposition of the penalties “fine” or “disqualification” for the exercise of a particular profession or activity. These include traffic police (“traffic police”) acts; penalties for refusal to be tested with a breathalyzer test; penalties for refusal to be tested with a drug test; electronic speeding ticket; improper parking ticket; driving with expired civil liability insurance policy, etc.
You also need an administrative law attorney for challenges to cadastral maps and cadastral plans; refusal to issue a building permit; fines imposed by the NRA; extinguishment of tax debts by prescription; refusal to grant an EUIF grant; sanctions imposed for failure to implement projects in agriculture, etc.
The practitioner in administrative law works in the field of court proceedings, which are conducted under the Administrative Procedure Code. This Code regulates the relations between citizens/legal entities and the executive authorities/their structures.
The central bodies of the executive authorities are the Council of Ministers, the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Ministers and the Ministers. The bodies of the executive authorities are also the chairpersons of state agencies, state commissions, executive directors of executive agencies, heads of state institutions established by law or decree of the Council of Ministers performing functions in connection with the exercise of executive power (e.g. National Revenue Agency). There are also territorial bodies of the executive authorities – regional governors, mayors of municipalities and mayors of districts.
All of them have the power to issue acts of authority (individual, general and/or normative) which create rights or obligations or directly affect the rights, freedoms or legitimate interests of individual citizens or organizations or an unspecified number of persons. Harm may also result from improper acts of the executive authorities. Such acts include licenses, permits and refusals to grant them, criminal decrees imposing penalties for administrative offenses under various laws, regulations of the Council of Ministers and ministers and many others. These acts are subject to administrative and judicial review.
Within this branch, the Law Firm “Sylvia Petkova” Law Firm offers legal services and legal assistance, such as:
‘Sylvia Petkova’ Law Firm has a team of young, ambitious and at the same time experienced specialists, who work in compliance with the principles of trust, loyalty, erudition and individual attention towards each client. We use all legal means to protect the rights and interests of our clients to the fullest extent.
We have extensive experience in successful provision of legal assistance and defending the rights and interests of our clients against institutional arbitrariness, including police arbitrariness, most often carried out by conducting unlawful searches, seizures, successive roadside inspections and imposing unwarranted administrative penalties in violation of legal rules.
‘Sylvia Petkova’ Law Firm is a leading law office, which provides specialized and high-quality legal defense against all types of unlawful imprisonment, including unlawful quarantine. We are among the few specialized law firms in the country that provide comprehensive legal services in the protection of human rights before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Our specialists have worked on many landmark cases of serious public interest, including the unlawful detention of peaceful protesters, the unlawful quarantine of foreign arrivals and claims for monetary compensation for such actions.
Our team has consistently successfully defended the interests of debtors in court and enforcement proceedings, as well as employees in landmark cases involving unlawful dismissals, including during the declared state of emergency. We defend our clients in all other areas of law: family and inheritance law, contract law, commercial law, consumer protection and data protection, etc.