Fake lawyers in Spain targeted

Fake lawyers in Spain targeted

The Spanish equivalent of the UK Law Society (Colegio de Abogados) has warned that more than 60 % of victims of unqualified ‘lawyers’ are expats.

For this reason, the Dean of the Orihuela Colegio de Abogados together with Mrs María Dolores Hernández, who is in charge of the special Commission to fight against professional imposters, are having meetings with different Consuls all over the coast.  This is to look for cooperation in drawing attention to these kind of illegal imposters – who are very common in the coastal areas ofSpain.

The goal of the Orihuela Colegio de Abogados is to protect foreigners from fake professionals, who make clients believe that they are solicitors or lawyers.  These are people who lack the required licences to practice as lawyers and they are (obviously) very damaging to the prestige of the Spanish legal Profession.

I am really pleased that the Orihuela Colegio de Abogados has decided to make this important move (at last!).

Only those with a Spanish university degree in law and registeredwith the Colegio de Abogados as legal practitioners are entitled to provide legal services inSpain.

Fully registered lawyers have insurance to compensate clients if there are mistakes and can even be suspended in cases of malpractice – all of which is in the best interest of our clients.

Along the Spanish coast, there are plenty of British solicitors or barristers (or even people who only use confusing terms such as legal advisor, real estate advisor, consultant…) who have been based in Spain for decades BUT they are only entitled to provide legal services involving UK Law. They might have learnt how the Spanish Legal system works BUT you cannot rely on their knowledge just because they speak fluent Spanish and have been in Spain for decades. Indeed, you might have an unpleasant surprise – particularly when you find out they are not insured to practice inSpain!

If you want to be sure that your lawyer in Spainis entitled to work as a lawyer, you should ask him/her for their Law Society registration number (“Número de Colegiado”).  Alternatively, just click on their name and surname in the website of the Spanish Law Society.  That way you can be certain that your ‘lawyer’ really is qualified to practice and has to undertake his work according to the stringent rules of conduct of the Colegio de Abogados.

If you have any questions about this, then do contact me.

Carolina Just – Gandia Lawyers

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