‘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.

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Areas of expertise:

  • Legal defense in criminal law
  • Legal defense in police and prosecutorial custody and court detention
  • Defense of victims of crime
  • Representation and Legal defense against administrative penalties /traffic police fines and driving license revocation/
  • Legal consulting on the criminal limb of fundamental human rights violations
  • Legal representation before the European Court of Human Rights


email: sylvia@petkovalegal.com
mobile: +359 885 47 77 57

Sylvia Petkova

Founder and a lawyer

Sylvia Petkova is a master of laws, who graduated Sofia University “St. Clement of Ohrid” in 2013.

Between 2010 and 2012, during her master’s degree education, she specialized in English law and law of the European Union on a joint programme of Sofia University “St. Clement of Ohrid”, the University of Cambridge and the British Law Centre.

In 2015 she completed a postgraduate qualification programme in “Normative drafting and impact assessment of policies and regulations” at Sofia University “St. Clement of Ohrid”.
In 2016 she participated as a lecturer in training seminars for executive officers. She lectured the disciplines “Impact Assessment of Draft Regulations”, “Regulatory Policy and Regulatory Reform” and “Social Impact Assessment”.

Sylvia Petkova is a criminal and human rights lawyer from the Sofia Bar Association. She is an author of more than 250 scientific and practical articles in Bulgarian and foreign legal publications.
She specializes in the defense of the accused of heavy crime who are addicted to psychoactive substances and/or gambling.
In 2021 she became a founder and a chairwoman of Policy and Legislation Monitoring Foundation. She is a partner of Marginalia” and ‘Bilitis Resource Center’ Foundation.
Sylvia Petkova is an initiator and a participant in numerous public discussions related to criminal law and human rights legislation. She has successfully led a number of cases related to police arbitrariness.

She specializes in the field of international criminal law and has taken part in numerous courses of the Council of Europe, incl.:

  • Right to Liberty and Security
  • Alternative Measures to Detention
  • Right to Respect for private and Family Life
  • Combating Racism, Homophobia and Xenophobia,
  • Freedom of expression and Assembly
  • Protection of Personal Data and Privacy
  • Prohibition of Torture
  • Violence against Women and Domestic Violence