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Eduardo Albors
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Eduardo Albors was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Eduardo Albors

Albors Galiano Portales
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Maritime Law Transportation Law Insurance Law
José Mª Alcántara
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José Mª Alcántara was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

José Mª Alcántara

AMYA Abogados
  • Location:
    Vigo, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Maritime Law Transportation Law
Juan Alegre
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Juan Alegre was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Juan Alegre

Thomas Cooper LLP
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Maritime Law
Maider Arrieta Artieda
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Maider Arrieta Artieda was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Maider Arrieta Artieda

Albors Galiano Portales
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Maritime Law Transportation Law
Jesús Barbadillo Eyzaguirre
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Jesús Barbadillo Eyzaguirre was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Jesús Barbadillo Eyzaguirre

Garrigues
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Maritime Law Transportation Law
Alfredo Cabellos Ballenilla
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Alfredo Cabellos Ballenilla was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Alfredo Cabellos Ballenilla

Watson Farley & Williams LLP
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Transportation Law Maritime Law
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  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Project Finance and Development Practice Transportation Law Asset Finance Law Maritime Law Structured Finance Law Banking and Finance Law Corporate and M&A Law
Tomás Fernández-Quirós Tuñón
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Tomás Fernández-Quirós Tuñón was awarded 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Tomás Fernández-Quirós Tuñón

Uría Menéndez Abogados, S.L.P.
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Transportation Law Maritime Law
José Manuel González Pellicer
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José Manuel González Pellicer was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

José Manuel González Pellicer

Kennedys
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Maritime Law
Julio López Quiroga
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Julio López Quiroga was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Julio López Quiroga

Avante Legal
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Maritime Law Transportation Law
Carlos López-Quiroga Teijeiro
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Carlos López-Quiroga Teijeiro was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Carlos López-Quiroga Teijeiro

Uría Menéndez Abogados, S.L.P.
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Aviation Law Maritime Law Transportation Law
Anna Mestre
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Anna Mestre was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Anna Mestre

Mestre Abogados
  • Location:
    Barcelona, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Maritime Law Transportation Law
Rafael Cristobal Murillo
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Rafael Cristobal Murillo was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Rafael Cristobal Murillo

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Arbitration and Mediation Litigation Maritime Law
Javier Portales
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Javier Portales was awarded 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Javier Portales

Albors Galiano Portales
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Maritime Law Transportation Law
Íñigo Quintana
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Íñigo Quintana was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Íñigo Quintana

Cuatrecasas, S.L.P.
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation International Arbitration Corporate and M&A Law Transportation Law Arbitration and Mediation Maritime Law
Antonio Quirós de Sas
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Antonio Quirós de Sas was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Antonio Quirós de Sas

Avante Legal
  • Location:
    Vigo, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Transportation Law Maritime Law
Bernardo Ruiz Lima
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Bernardo Ruiz Lima was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Bernardo Ruiz Lima

Thomas Cooper LLP
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Maritime Law
Fernando Ruiz-Gálvez Villaverde
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Fernando Ruiz-Gálvez Villaverde was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Fernando Ruiz-Gálvez Villaverde

Ruiz-Gálvez Abogados
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Maritime Law Transportation Law
Félix Ruiz-Gálvez Villaverde
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Félix Ruiz-Gálvez Villaverde was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Félix Ruiz-Gálvez Villaverde

Ruiz-Gálvez Abogados
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Maritime Law Transportation Law
Luis Soto
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Luis Soto was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Luis Soto

Watson Farley & Williams LLP
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Maritime Law Tax Law
Luis de San Simón
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Luis de San Simón was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Luis de San Simón

San Simón & Duch
  • Location:
    Madrid, Spain
  • Practice Areas:
    Maritime Law

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Maritime Law Definition

A well-known Spanish definition says that it is the body of law governing the relationships and affairs arising from the sea navigation. The regulatory aspects of the maritime activity and the private aspects of merchant navigation are sometimes interlinked but clearly distinguishable.

The main regulatory Statute on this area is the Consolidated Act on State Ports and Merchant Marine (enacted by Legislative Royal Decree 2/2011, dated September 5) which regulates both the port and navigation activities. At an international level, Spain is a member to the 1974 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and many other widely accepted international conventions regulating the navigation activity.

From a private law perspective, Spain has a rather new Shipping Act (enacted by Act 14/2014 dated July 24) which would be the main piece of legislation in the field. This Statute contains some regulatory provisions that deal with ships and their navigation under Spanish waters but its contents are mainly private law issues (e.g. shipbuilding and purchase of vessels agreements, naval mortgages, contracts for the use of vessels, collisions and salvage, oil pollution and limitation of liability, marine insurance, ship arrest, and other procedural provisions related to the shipping activity). Notwithstanding the national scope of this Act, because of the international character of shipping, Article 2 of the Act establishes that the Act will only apply when no international Convention or European legislation be applicable and always paying due regard to the desired uniformity on the application of this branch of the law.

At an international level, Spain is a member to the most important international conventions, such as: the 1999 Convention on Arrest of Ships, the 1993 Convention on Maritime Liens and Mortgages, the 1989 Convention on Salvage, the 1996 Protocol to the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims, the 1992 Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage (CLC) and the 1992 Fund Convention. In relation to carrier’s liability for international transportation, this is regulated, for passengers, by the 2002 Protocol to the Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea (and by the EC Regulation 392/2009 on the liability of carriers of passengers by sea in the event of accidents and by the EU Regulation 1177/2010 concerning the rights of passengers when travelling by sea and inland waterways) and, for goods, by the 1924 Convention for the unification of certain rules of law relating to Bills of Lading and its 1968 and 1979 Protocols (the Hague-Visby Rules).

Therefore, the maritime lawyers provide legal advice over a vast field and they will have experience in international law, specifically in national and international maritime shipping law, both from a transactional and litigation standpoint. 

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A well-known Spanish definition says that it is the body of law governing the relationships and affairs arising from the sea navigation. The regulatory aspects of the maritime activity and the private aspects of merchant navigation are sometimes interlinked but clearly distinguishable.

The main regulatory Statute on this area is the Consolidated Act on State Ports and Merchant Marine (enacted by Legislative Royal Decree 2/2011, dated September 5) which regulates both the port and navigation activities. At an international level, Spain is a member to the 1974 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and many other widely accepted international conventions regulating the navigation activity.

From a private law perspective, Spain has a rather new Shipping Act (enacted by Act 14/2014 dated July 24) which would be the main piece of legislation in the field. This Statute contains some regulatory provisions that deal with ships and their navigation under Spanish waters but its contents are mainly private law issues (e.g. shipbuilding and purchase of vessels agreements, naval mortgages, contracts for the use of vessels, collisions and salvage, oil pollution and limitation of liability, marine insurance, ship arrest, and other procedural provisions related to the shipping activity). Notwithstanding the national scope of this Act, because of the international character of shipping, Article 2 of the Act establishes that the Act will only apply when no international Convention or European legislation be applicable and always paying due regard to the desired uniformity on the application of this branch of the law.

At an international level, Spain is a member to the most important international conventions, such as: the 1999 Convention on Arrest of Ships, the 1993 Convention on Maritime Liens and Mortgages, the 1989 Convention on Salvage, the 1996 Protocol to the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims, the 1992 Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage (CLC) and the 1992 Fund Convention. In relation to carrier’s liability for international transportation, this is regulated, for passengers, by the 2002 Protocol to the Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea (and by the EC Regulation 392/2009 on the liability of carriers of passengers by sea in the event of accidents and by the EU Regulation 1177/2010 concerning the rights of passengers when travelling by sea and inland waterways) and, for goods, by the 1924 Convention for the unification of certain rules of law relating to Bills of Lading and its 1968 and 1979 Protocols (the Hague-Visby Rules).

Therefore, the maritime lawyers provide legal advice over a vast field and they will have experience in international law, specifically in national and international maritime shipping law, both from a transactional and litigation standpoint.