Legal firm Del Canto Chambers, with offices in Spain and the UK, are pleased to announce the appointment of former Spanish judge Josep Galvez, adding great strength and experience to the firm’s cross-border disputes handling service, with particular relevance to clients based in the UK.
Josep’s appointment strengthens Del Canto’s international dispute and arbitration service, with the firm offering London as a centre for resolution in disputes relating to Spanish property, if the relevant parties agree to mediation under English law.
A former judge in chancery and civil matters, Josep’s experience spans a wide range of industries, including commercial, real estate, banking & finance and corporate litigation, with extensive knowledge of cross-border disputes handling multi-jurisdictional teams.
Josep is the latest addition to a growing team at Del Canto Chambers, which is developing its international litigation and arbitration offering. The set comprises dual-qualified UK and Spanish barristers who have gathered significant experience across multiple jurisdictions and are bringing that expertise over to London – one of the world’s prime destinations for litigation and alternative dispute resolution.
“As a continuation of our strategy to recruit excellence in international litigation and arbitration, and support increasing demand from the Spanish and Latin American markets, we are excited to welcome Josep,” says Head of Chambers, Leon Fernando Del Canto. “We handle the most complex multi-jurisdictional cases, and Josep’s experience reinforces our unparalleled offering in cases where the stakes are financially very high.”
UK residents are likely to prefer London over Spain as a centre for mediation in Spanish property disputes, and Del Canto Chambers understand this. “For a property owner with a dispute with another party or a developer, as long as both parties agree, they can abide by the UK rules for mediation, and get settlement,” says Leon Fernando. “Banks are more reluctant to do so as time for them is an asset, and relying on the slow spanish judicial system is more profitable.”
Josep has been awarded ‘Leading Arbitration and Mediation Lawyer’ in Spain by Best Lawyers© in 2020 and he advises and represents clients in court and out-of-court commercial disputes. Josep is also a professor of International Private Law at the Universitat de Barcelona.