Alex is a dual qualified English Solicitor & Spanish Abogado. He is experienced in providing legal advice to foreigners in Spain having an understanding of both the British and Spanish cultures he is a responsible and a safe pair of legal hands. Alex is proactive, amiable and accustomed to working under pressure, his excellent communication skills help clients understand what is required and how they should best approach a situation.
Alex’s specialities include: Powers of attorney, international contracts, general commercial & corporate work, commercial and residential real estate, estate planning, wills & inheritances, personal injury, regulatory, employment & litigation. He is a recognised expert in Leisure & Shared Ownership industry including fractionals, timeshares, hotels and holiday complexes. Alex has supported the “Place in the Sun” Television Programme and exhibitions as one of their resident experts providing advice at numerous conferences.
After working in the Financial Services Industry for over 25 years, mainly for large organisations, Melanie is a Partner for Legal Services in Spain and heads up the residency team specialising in Spanish residency, visas, and immigration services.
She has a wealth of experience and is a regular guest speaker at A Place in the Sun to talk about Spanish residency.
Melanie loves helping people with their move to Spain and gaining visa approvals! She has lived in Spain for over 20 years.
Mónica is a graduate in Law from the University of Malaga and has been a member of the Malaga Law Society since 1996. Throughout her career she has studied a range of additional law subjects including the advanced course in community law from the University of Málaga. She also holds a diploma from an “International Management Program for SMEs” through the Andalusian Agency for Foreign Promotion EXTENDA.
In her professional career including 23 years at a major Malaga law firm, she has accumulated vast experience enabling her to now advise and represent clients from the EU and non-member countries. Fluent in Spanish and English her experience and extensive study have allowed her to specialise on individuals and companies moving to Spain, the rights of residence as well as foreign trade in the import and export of products and services.
Francisco José Conde Navarro is from Seville where he studied business administration and finance and he is also an Administrator of Fincas (Property) acting for numerous communities of owners in the Malaga and Seville provinces.
He has spent more than 20 years advising companies and individuals in relation to their dealings with public authorities across Spain. Since 2014 he has been acting for clients across all of Spain in obtaining NIES and residencies. Fran is highly experienced in dealing with the Spanish tax office and dealing with local, regional and public administrations. Fran shares his time between Seville & Malaga.
Patricia Ruiz qualified as a Spanish lawyer in 2009 and then continued her studies by completing a Masters in Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution at the University of Málaga. Throughout her career she has studied additional law subjects and courses about Real Estate, inheritances and Taxes.
In her professional career Patricia worked for a legal and administrative agency, where she specialised in bank processing and coordinating work with Notaries and Land Registry services around Spain. Her experience have allowed her to provide comprehensive services to foreign clients.
Patricia Rivas qualified as a Spanish Lawyer with a Bachelor of Laws with Special Mention in Business Law LLB from the University of Granada in 2016. This was followed by a Master of Laws LLM from the University of Granada in 2018 with a thesis on Criminal Law on Spain: “Stalking and Sexting crimes´´.
Patricia holds a professional membership of the College of Lawyers in Malaga. She is originally from Malaga.
Patricia has recently returned to Spain after working in the City of London for a major consultant in renewable energy. Prior to this Patrica gained valuable intern experience in a Granada law firm, the Civil Service and Amnesty International. She is based in our Marbella office in our busy property department as well as doing specialist work in wills and probate.
Professional memberships: College of Lawyers in Malaga
Languages: Spanish, English, Italian
Debbie Weller has joined our growing professional team as a Paralegal. Debbie provides the solicitors in our Law Practice Group with solid and reliable bilingual assistance and serves as an experienced and knowledgeable listening ear to our clients. Debbie has specialist knowledge of Spanish real estate law and additional valuable experience in advising expats in Spain on probate,immigration and healthcare matters.
Debbie graduated from the IDM (Institute of Data and Marketing) in 2003 with a Diploma from their CRM (Customer Relationship Management) Program. Debbie has also gained valuable experience working in the real estate industry giving exposure to many areas of law and matters relating to expats in Spain.
Clients looking to purchase or sell properties in Spain are often faced with a variety of emotional situations. Debbie presents a calm, helpful and supportive demeanor to solve their problems and explain procedures so that everyone can understand what is being done. While our clients experience open and frequent communication with their Solicitor, Debbie is an additional liaison between the clients and our firm. She is also relied upon by the solicitors for drafting necessary documents in both Spanish and English, meeting directly with the clients, scheduling appointments at Notaries, as well as keeping the client files organised.
Our very own Alex Radford appeared on BBC News as the UK left the European Union, speaking in particular about the process of applying for Spanish residency. “It was a pleasure to participate in the programme on Brexit day”, said Alex.
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