CEE Legal Matters Comparative Legal Guide: TMT 2022


ROWAN LEGAL was invited to be an exclusive country contributor to the CEE Legal Matters Comparative Legal Guide: TMT 2022 for the Czech Republic.  The CEE Legal Matters Comparative Legal Guide: TMT 2022 looks at the most important regulations related…

ROWAN LEGAL listed in Forbes Top Law Firms in the Czech Republic


In the latest issue of Forbes magazine, a selection of “TOP LAWYERS” and “THE BIGGEST LAW FIRMS IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC” has been published, and ROWAN LEGAL is ranked among the best in M&A, Telecommunications and Media and Dispute Resolution….

Czech Republic: New conditions applicable for persons fleeing Ukraine


Please note that as of Monday (21.3.2022) a new regime for persons fleeing Ukraine is in force as a result of the adoption of the Lex UA. General matters: A special visa can now also be granted by the Czech…

ROWAN LEGAL has defended its place in the prestigious Chambers Global 2022 rankings


ROWAN LEGAL has defended its place in the prestigious Chambers Global 2022 rankings. It has been ranked in Band 3 in Dispute Resolution, and the Head of Dispute Resolution Miloš Olík received an individual award. Our firm greatly appreciates this…

What’s on the cards for big advocacy this year


Source: Lawyers & Business Author’s Comments: JUDr. Ing. Miloš Olík, Ph.D., LL.M., FCIArb 1) What are your firm’s plans for 2022? What do you want to focus on? 2) How do you perceive the future of advocacy and consulting in…

The Supreme Administrative Court of the Czech Republic criticizes the passivity of authorities in (not) initiating proceedings for removal of a building


Authors: JUDr. Lukáš Duffek, Mgr. Petr Zábranský and Mgr. Ing. Tomáš Rendl In a recent decision of 14 October 2021, No. 4 As 90/2021-51, the Supreme Administrative Court stated that the Building Act does not provide building authorities with scope…

ROWAN LEGAL announces “legal transfer of the year”. Jan Frey, a leading Czech expert in the field of mergers and acquisitions, takes the reins.


ROWAN LEGAL, one of the largest Czech law firms, announced a significant staff addition at the beginning of the year. Jan Frey (40), who is one of the leading domestic experts in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), will be joining the…

The future of Czech copyright law in light of DSM directive (part II)


Source: epravo.cz Author: JUDr. Josef Donát, LL.M. In the first part of my article on the future of Czech copyright law in light of the DSM Directive, I dealt primarily with the background to the adoption of the final form…

Whistleblowing is coming. Are you ready?


Source: Pojistný obzor Authors: Mgr. Michal Nulíček, LL.M. and Mgr. Anna Cervanová, LL.M. The Czech Republic has only until the end of 2021 to adopt a law on whistleblower protection under the EU Whistleblower Protection Directive. Yet it is already…

Next government looks set to change the Building Act. What can we expect?


Source: Hospodářské noviny Author of comment: Mgr. et Mgr. Ing. Jan Tomíšek The rules that will dictate how the Czech Republic builds in the coming years are still unclear. In July, the Chamber of Deputies overrode a Senate veto and…

In the September issue of the NSS collection of decisions the following caught our attention


Authors: JUDr. Lukáš Duffek, Mgr. Petr Zábranský, Mgr. Tomáš Rendl The Supreme Administrative Court (the “SAC”), in its judgment of 22 June 2021, No. Komp 2/2020-44, ruled that the appeal authority for the state-funded Czech Tourism Centre – CzechTourism (“CzechTourism”)…



Authors: JUDr. Ing. Miloš Olík, Ph.D., LL.M., FCIArb; JUDr. Margarita Karešová Kucharčuk Three years ago, in its decision of 6 March 2018, case C-284/16 (Achmea), the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that EU law precludes an…

New Building Act – Part 4: Is a building permit required for a porch extension, terrace, or removal of a small building?


Source: hypoindex.cz Author: Veronika Hejná Author of comment: Mgr. et Mgr. Ing. Jan Tomíšek Do you need a building permit for a terrace or porch extension, or demolition of an old shed? And how will things be from 2023 under…

“Sketchy” reasoning in judgments is not enough


Authors: JUDr. Lukáš Duffek, Mgr. Petr Zábranský and JUDr. Martin Mezenský By its judgment of 27 August 2021, Case No. 8 As 198/2021, the Supreme Administrative Court (the “SAC”) annulled the order of the Regional Court in Brno (the “Regional…

ROWAN LEGAL’s team grows with the addition of Kamil Jelínek


JUDr. Kamil Jelínek joins ROWAN LEGAL’s public procurement team as an Of Counsel. In his practice, Kamil focuses on the award of public tenders in IT, as well as vendor lock-in and administrative law.  Before joining ROWAN LEGAL, he worked…

Force Majeure in the Czech Republic


Autoři: Mgr. Michal Nulíček, LL.M., Mgr. Bohuslav Lichnovský, LL.M., Mgr. Lucie Kačerová Can you rely on force majeure in commercial contracts? And to which extent? We analyzed these questions in the last issue of the Legal500 guide on force majeure….



Authors: JUDr. Lukáš Duffek, Mgr. Petr Zábranský, JUDr. Martin Mezenský In a decision on 15 December 2020, Ref. No. 2 As 8/2018-76, the Extended Chamber of the Supreme Administrative Court (“ECSAC”) dismissed a cassation appeal against the decision of the Prague Metropolitan…

Consumer protection in the insurance sector: Legal news


Authors: Mgr. Michal Nulíček, LL.M., Mgr. et Mgr. Ing. Jan Tomíšek, CIPP/E and Mgr. Ondřej Kašpar Publisher: Pojistný obzor The legal regulation of consumer protection will see a number of significant changes in the near future, particularly due to new…



Authors: Mgr. Michal Nulíček, LL.M., Mgr. et Mgr. Ing. Jan Tomíšek, CIPP/E, Mgr. David Sláma The European Commission has presented an ambitious new proposal for two regulations aimed at introducing new rules for the digital market: the Digital Services Act…



  Authors: JUDr. Lukáš Duffek, Mgr. Petr Zábranský, JUDr. Martin Mezenský The Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) in a decision from December 11, 2020, Ref. No. 5 As 279/2019-27 has dismissed a cassation appeal against the judgment of the District Court in…

Changes in personal income tax as of 1 january 2021


16.12.2020 Authors: JUDr. Ing. Miloš Olík, Ph.D., LL.M., FCIArb, Mgr. Martin Dolnák, Mgr. Simona Mlýnek Štursová This week, the Senate returned to the Chamber of Deputies an amended version of a tax package which significantly amends the system of taxation…

Tax code amendment to change tax administration inspection procedures as of January 1, 2021


Authors: JUDr. Lukáš Duffek, Mgr. Martin Dolnák, Mgr. Simona Mlýnek Štursová On January 1, 2021, an extensive amendment to the labor code is expected to enter into force, which among other things will have a major impact on the legal…

Prosecuting attornies supervise pre-trial proceedings even in their sleep


Authors: JUDr. Lukáš Duffek, Mgr. Linda Coufalová The Supreme Administrative Court as disciplinary court has recently judged a case under Ref. No. 12 Ksz 7/2019–196, on possible disciplinary offences committed by a supervising prosecuting attorney and the prosecuting attorney in…

Investment Arbitration in Central and Eastern Europe, Law and practice


Contributors: Miloš Olík, Jaroslav Heyduk and Michal Čáp Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) is the testing ground for investment arbitration in Europe: the majority of the cases against EU Member States are proceedings launched against countries from within the region….

New frontline for the data protection: German competition authority restricts Facebook‘s processing of user data


Today, the German federal competition authority prohibited Facebook from combining user data with data from its other services (WhatsApp, Instagram etc.) and third party webpages. The authority also questioned the legality of the consent to this processing, which is a…

Czech Supreme Administrative Court rules against “fishing expeditions” by the Office for the Protection of Competition


On 30 January 2019, the Czech Supreme Administrative Court (“SAC”) issued judgement in the case of “small construction cartel”. In this judgement, the SAC finally confirmed that the practice of “fishing expeditions” conducted by the Office for the Protection of…

EU Member States signed a declaration on the legal consequences of the Achmea judgment and on investment protection


Representatives of the European Union (EU) Member States, including the Czech Republic, signed a declaration on the legal consequences of the judgment of the CJEU (Court of Justice of the EU) in the Achema case and on investment protection in…

First major fine under the GDPR on Google


As you probably know by now, a first major €50 million fine under the GDPR has been imposed by the CNIL (a French data protection office) on Google. In its yesterday’s decision, CNIL ruled that the transparency obligation has been…

What impacts can the potential no-deal Brexit have?


On the market of goods and services, it will be possible to prevent import and reexport of goods and provision of services on the basis of the existence of intellectual property rights in the UK and in the EU. Trade…

Miloš Olík one of the authors ICCA international Handbook


Miloš Olík (Partner at ROWAN LEGAL) is the author of the Czech chapter included in the prestigious publication „ICCA International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration“. The chapter has been published as part of the 101st supplement of this handbook. The ICCA…

ROWAN LEGAL contributes to the Data Protection & Cyber Security 2019 Guide issued by Chambers & Partners


ROWAN LEGAL, representing Czech republic, prepared in cooperation with prestigious international agency Chambers & Partners practical guide to the area of personal data protection and cyber security. Lawyers of ROWAN LEGAL, together with lawyers from other jurisdictions, created this valuable,…

Miloš Olík listed in prestigious publication Who’s Who Legal: Mediation 2018


This prestigious honour was recently awarded to Miloš Olík, a partner at ROWAN LEGAL. Based on a survey among clients and lawyers around the globe, he was ranked as an accomplished mediator in this year’s edition of the independent publication Who’s…

Legal 500 2018: ROWAN LEGAL achieves the top tiers


On Thursday, April 12, 2018, the results of the prestigious international Legal 500 legal rankings for 2018 were announced. The rankings are the result of several months of surveys among the clients of law firms.   This year, our office…

Preparing a budget for next year? Don’t forget about the GDPR!


In May 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation, also known as the GDPR, will come into force. By this date, all companies should already be prepared for the regulation and all necessary changes should already have been made. Although…

Miloš Olík, Michal Čáp: Comparison of Settlement Efforts by Arbitrators and Mediators


Miloš Olík and Michal Čáp of ROWAN LEGAL published their article „Comparison of Settlement Efforts by Arbitrators and Mediators“ in a prestigious international journal ARBITRATION: The International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Management (Sweet & Maxwell / CIArb). You…

Achmea B.V. vs. Slovak Republic


Recently, the BGH issued a breakthrough decision in Achmea B.V. vs. Slovak Republic case which immediately caught the attention of many practitioners and academicians. The BGH reached in its decision the conclusion that it can decide on the motion of…

The European rankings are out!


April was a busy month for the law firms. During single month the results of the two of the most prestigious law rankings were announced. The Legal 500 was the first to publish its rankings of the European law firms….

ROWAN LEGAL awarded Law Firm of the Year in IT Law and TMT


For the fifth time in the row  the Czech – Slovak law firm ROWAN LEGAL was recognized as the Law Firm of the Year in the field of IT Law. ROWAN LEGAL scored also in the TMT and Media Law…