Check out our FAQs.
Are you the right law firm for me?Answer is:
If you are a local expat, an international investor or the owner of properties or assets based in, we are the best firm to advise you on the Costa del Sol.
We advise on all key legal and tax areas (like any other Spanish law firm). However, we are a boutique firm which specialises in advising local expats and international clients.
For this key reason we are able to offer a superior service, by specialising on the legal and tax aspects of a transaction that matter to you.
Our international clients range from middle class purchasers of a Spanish holiday homes, to high-net-worth individuals including footballers, politicians, investors, owners of major multinational companies and so on.
Most of our clients are based (or are originally from) the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia, the rest of the EU, Russia, USA, Canada, China and Brazil.
In addition to English & Spanish, our lawyers speak German, Italian, French and Portuguese.
What is your geographic area?Answer is:
Our law firm is fully licenced to practice across the whole of Spain. In addition, our English Solicitors and Spanish lawyers could act before the English Courts and other jurisdictions across the EU.
However, in practice, our geographic area depends on the type of work.
With regards to litigation and family law matters, we act across the whole of Spain and often represent clients before tribunals in Madrid, Spain and the whole of Andalusia.
With regards to property and conveyancing, because we are a law firm with two offices on the Costa del Sol (one in Estepona and another in La Duquesa), our core area is South Andalusia and Costa del Sol. That is, we have considerable experience across cities on the Costa del Sol (such as Malaga, Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Mijas, Marbella, Benahavis, Estepona, Casares, Manilva and La Duquesa), as well as the nearby towns of Ronda, Sotogrande, Guadiaro, Alcaidesa, and San Roque.
Can I have a free meeting to pick your brain?Answer is:
Our Partners and lawyers would be happy to meet potential clients for a ½ hour free consultation to assess his/her needs and whether we may be able to help.
During such meeting, we may provide some generic advice in regards to the available options, together with our proposal in respect of our retainer (scope of work and estimate of fees).
Readers are warned that until a retainer is agreed and they become our client, our generic advice given during the free ½ meeting should not be treated as legal advice or covered by legal privilege.
At the end of the ½ hour consultation, if we can estimate and foresee our scope of work, we will endeavour to provide a fixed fee. In other cases, we will clarify our hourly rates from the outset.
How are your billing arrangements?Answer is:
It depends on the nature of the work.
Generally speaking, in cases where we can anticipate our scope of work, such as a straightforward residential conveyance, we will quote a fixed fee from the outset, which is mutually agreed with the client and clearly set out in our client care letter.
In other cases, we could quote an hourly rate of circa €100-300 per hour (depending on the complexity of the situation and the seniority of the lawyers involved), without prejudice the possibility of quoting a fixed fee at a later stage, if we are able to determine our scope of work as the matter progresses.
What about other expenses?Answer is:
Disbursements will always be paid at cost without any added fee element charged by us.
Disbursements generally include filing fees, notary fees, land registry fees, courier and postage costs, bank fees, etc.
Where possible, such as in a straightforward conveyance, we will endeavour to provide an estimate of taxes and disbursements from the outset.
Upon conclusion of a matter, we will render account of all expenses in a matter completion statement.
Are you a real and fully regulated law firm?Answer is:
Most definitely yes.
Our firm is made up of Spanish lawyers (Abogados) who are fully licenced to practice law across Spain (not just Costa del Sol).
Our team also includes Solicitors who are registered in the Law Society of England & Wales (and hold valid practicing certificates), as well other Lawyers registered in other European jurisdictions. All our EU Lawyers are also fully registered with the Spanish and Local Bar Associations.
We are fully insured in respect of our services and financial obligations, in accordance with the regulations of the Malaga Bar Association. To date, we have not committed any form of professional negligence resulting in an insurance claim.
What are your standard client care procedures?Answer is:
The fact that our lawyers have practiced in Spain and leading international jurisdictions (including London), means that our client care procedures go well beyond the minimum standards applicable to firms on the Costa del Sol.
For instance, after receiving a new instruction, we issue a client care letter, which will clearly state our agreed scope of work, rates, contact details and general client care obligations.
Every client matter file is allocated to a Partner to ensure the highest level of work and accountability towards our clients, even non-complex matters where junior staff and paralegals are involved.
Given that all our lawyers are bilingual in English and Spanish (and are fluent in other languages), you will always receive clear and direct legal advice. That is, you will never receive advice which is simply channelled via an English Speaking secretary or paralegal.
How will my funds be protected?Answer is:
Unlike some small firms on the Costa del Sol or unregulated paralegals, we have a client bank account which is separate from our own.
We never mix client funds with ours money. For this reason, if we anticipate incurring any disbursements, we will always request provisional funds to be transferred into our client account.
Our client accounts are held at solid financial institutions. Moreover, we have set up multiple banking facilities to ensure that your funds are protected in the event of a bank default (given that €100,000 is the maximum amount per account that is protected by the Spanish government).