Tomáš Sokol Criminal Law - Czech Republic

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Brož & Sokol & Novák
Sokolská třída 60
120 00 Prague 2 - Nové Město
Czech Republic

Tel: +420 224 941 946
Fax: +420 224 941 940


He graduated from the Faculty of Law at Charles University in Prague in 1978 and he received his doctorate in 1980. After graduating he joined the 2nd Legal Advice Bureau in Prague as a legal assistant. After passing his bar exam in 1980, he has been practicing law continuously with the exception of years 1990 – 1992, when he served as the City Attorney in Prague (1990), and then he was the Minister of the Interior of the Czech Republic (1990 – 1992).

In the second half of 1992, he and JUDr. Jan Brož co-founded Brož & Sokol law firm, which got renamed to Brož & Sokol & Novák law firm in 1999.

Dr. Sokol provides legal services in the area of civil and criminal law. In the area of criminal law he focuses on issues of economic crime in particular. In commercial law, a part of his agenda is the management of general meetings of joint-stock companies, particularly in cases when a conflict of shareholders is expected during the general meeting.

Dr. Sokol represents companies in judicial proceedings and in arbitration proceedings, where he also makes use of his arbitrating experience. In this area he also provides legal services to the public sector. He is a consultant in the area of dealing with internal problems of a company, selling parts of a corporate enterprise, etc.

Dr. Sokol also provides legal services in the area of civil law, where he specializes, among other things, on disputes over protection of personality, including disputes over protection of goodwill legal entity.

A specific area is providing legal services to municipalities, of which the largest one is the capital – Prague.

Within the legal profession, he is also active in training legal assistants.

Criminal Law Practice:

In the areas of criminal law, we defend our clients in criminal matters in particular, most frequently in cases of economic offenses and crimes against property. In case of discharge or discontinuance of the prosecution, we do not forget to assert compensation for damages owed to the State for damage resulting from the criminal prosecution.

Many of the cases, in which we defend our client, got famous by the media coverage. These cases are just the tip of the iceberg and we defend a wide range of clients. Our clients are individuals as well as legal entities, whose prosecution is becoming more and more frequent. Criminal liability of a legal entities may not be caused only by actions of statutory representatives (managers, board of directors), but, it may be for example caused by one of their employees. Among our legal services we therefore include preventive preparation of companies against any potential criminal liability that may arise from behaviour of their staff.

Related to this is also conducting a preliminary examination of upcoming business transactions in terms of their impacts with regard to criminal law. Business transactions can be very profitable, unless of course an offense has been committed. More than anywhere else, the proverbial “prevention is cheaper” is valid in this area.

Criminal proceedings involve persons injured as well and they have the right not only to take part in the proceedings but also to assert compensation for the damage caused by the criminal offense. Such injury can arise in many ways, damaged health or things are not exceptions. Claiming the entitlement for damage compensation in criminal proceedings is at the same time often simpler and cheaper alternative to claiming the entitlement in a civil court.

Last but not least, in the criminal proceedings we also represent “participating persons”, i.e. persons whose things or other assets have been forfeited.

In criminal cases, which meet the strict criteria of acceptance for complaints under the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, we are ready to draw up and make a complaint for our clients to the European Court of Human Rights.

The fact that we do our job responsibly is demonstrated by many awards in the area of criminal law – for the past four years in a row we were elected Law firm of the year in the area of criminal law. Our partner, Tomáš Sokol has repeatedly been elected the Lawyer of the year for many years and even from the international point of view, he is the most recommended lawyer in the area of criminal law in the Czech Republic (Chambers & Partners). Our effort rests on the team of our co-workers experienced in criminal law.

Brož & Sokol & Novák:

At the present time, there are 30 lawyers in the firm, of which 20 are attorneys. Overall, around 50 people work or partake in activities in our law firm.

The law firm provides legal services in Prague and in Přerov. Law firm partners are also registered as attorneys-at-law at the Slovak Bar Association and for providing legal services in the territory of the Slovak Republic, they are based in Bratislava. This location enables us to provide legal services in the widest spectrum possible and also has an impact on the optimal availability for clients who use the firm’s services.

On an informal level our law firm has been co-operating Mikš & Suk law firm and Nespala s.r.o. law firm, which together forms “New town law firms association” (Sdružení Novoměstských advokátních kanceláří).

The law firm is also a member of a network of international law firms International Jurists, whose members include law firms from more than thirty countries around the world. It is through their network that Brož & Sokol & Novák s.r.o. law firm is able to provide its clients with high-quality legal services even abroad.

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