In the 17 years since local international lawyers Marrache & Co. opened a dedicated Spanish law department the firm has clocked up a string of successes at whose core lie the many advantages an English speaking client dealing in Spain enjoys by using a Spanish department in a Gibraltar company as a “bridge” between the two jurisdictions and their disparate cultures.
Marrache’s Spanish department focuses on three main areas of practice. The main thrust of its conveyancing department is to ease what can be a complicated process for purchasers of property in Spain. Its active commercial department specialises setting up companies in Spain and Marrache’s Spanish department is also well versed in the Spanish tax system and can offer expert advice on tax planning.
“Although our Spanish department’s main workload comprises these areas of the law, we are here to offer advice on all Spanish legal matters, untangling and explaining in everyday language what for many may be an unfamiliar and alien legal system,” a spokesman for the firm says. “We can provide assistance in such typically problem areas as mortgages, securing title, tax and inheritance advice, wills in Spain, and obtaining a Fiscal Identification Number (NIE).
“Our lawyers are all fluent in English thus bridging the language barrier that so often complicates and clouds such matters.”
The five-strong Spanish legal team and their support staff is led by Gabriel Garcia Benavides, who has been with the department since its inception. And the department’s success has prompted Marrache & Co. to open an office in Torreguadiaro near Sotogrande – in addition to those in Gibraltar, London and Lisbon – from May this year.
The new Marrache office will deal exclusively with Spanish law in a similar vein to the work that has been carried out by the Spanish department for almost two decades.