Hi, I’m James, for the past 10 years I have been director of foreign operations and legal representative for an investment company operating in The Balkans, Turkey, Italy and the UK.
Over the years I have sought and obtained a wide range of legal advice, and subsequently undertaken a profusion of legal and bureaucratic procedures in various countries on behalf of different companies. I have spent countless hours in the offices of foreign municipal officials, government ministers, courts and of course lawyers.
My job has been to spend time in a country in order to understand the rules and mechanisms of that particular jurisdiction, seek out good professions and create the necessary local contacts. I then oversee and take formal responsibility for all the legal, bureaucratic and operational processes for the businesses that I represent and manage.
I also work with an Italian legal practice as non-lawyer consultant for foreign clients. My experience has given me a unique insight into the client’s position and I have a very personal connection with their situation.
In this blog I will uncover some of the lesser known elements of Italian law and recount some of my on-the-ground experiences in various foreign bureaucratic and legal systems, including a selection of common issues encountered by foreigners. The intention is to provide a read-worthy combination of general insight, curiosity or just plain amusement.
Feel free to learn something from my experiences, but remember that this blog is not intended as, nor does it constitute legal or professional advice. Please read the disclaimer at the bottom of this page for more information.