Bishops builds up Lithuanian business

Glasgow firm Bishop and Robertson Chalmers is advising the Lithuanian government on reforming its advertising law – drawing on its team of 16 legal experts brought together from all over the European Union (EU).

The project is part of Bishops' long-term work advising the government on an overhaul of its basic commercial laws.

The practice was allocated the work by the EU in April 1997 under the PHARE programme, which funds law reform and infrastructure modernisation among prospective EU members in Eastern Europe.

The advertising law team is led by Glasgow-based partner Iain Taylor and includes Danish expert Carsten Bang Henriksen from Aalborg Business College.

Bishops, the only UK firm to have an office in Vilnius, has already advised the Lithuanian government on bankruptcy law and also property law aspects of science and technology park developments.

Taylor said: “Through these assignments we have established a relationship with the Ministry of the Economy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and this can only be good for us as a law firm.”

He added that the government work had helped make its Vilnius office, staffed by four local lawyers, profitable.

In addition, Taylor said that once the laws were improved, uncertainty would end and foreign investment would be able to flow in. “As we are advising on the improvements, clients are in a better position,” he said.