Miquel is qualified both in Spain and England, having been awarded an LL.B (law degree) from the University of Barcelona, an LL.M (Masters in law degree - with Distinction) in Shipping Law from the Barcelona Law Society and an LL.M in Shipping Law from the University of Cardiff.
He is a member of the Spanish Maritime Law Association (former Member of its Managing Board), the International Bar Association Maritime and Transport Law Committee, and the Instituto Iberoamericano de Derecho Marítimo.
He is a visiting lecturer at: City Law School, City University, London; Vigo University in Spain; the University of Piraeus in Greece; the University of Mexico (UNAM); Riga Law School, Latvia; and Lund University in Sweden.
After working for the Legal Office of the Barcelona Port Authority, Miquel joined P&O Nedlloyd where he worked as an account manager. He was then retained by the United Nations in Vienna within the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law's (UNCITRAL) Transportation Law Working Group, Maritime Law Branch. Miquel also lectured in Maritime Law at the Webster University of Vienna.
Miquel then returned to private practice, first in Hamburg and then in Barcelona, after which he moved to London where he practiced as a Solicitor acting for the main shipowners, freight forwarders, logistics operators, P&I associations, insurance companies and banks based in London and also for Spanish and Latin-American companies, both in court and arbitration proceedings.
His most recent work includes directing the first court proceeding in Spain which successfully decided on the inexistence of the right of retention of bills of lading and its economic quantification; counselling a marine recoveries company on the recovery of the cargo of a shipwreck; directing the drafting commission of a new bill of lading for a leading European freigth forwarding group; directing a 10USD million international arbitration; and defending the interests of a shipyard before a claim in excess of €200M.
Miquel was appointed Plenipotentiary of the Spanish Crown before the United Nations and, on behalf of the Kingdom of Spain, signed the Rotterdam Rules.
Miquel has been included in the list of "The Best 50 Lawyers in Spain" by Legal Acquisition International, thus being recognised as one of the best 50 lawyers in the country.
The Legal 500 2012 says about Miquel: "Managing partner Miquel Roca ‘can be credited for most of the firm’s success either directly or through his management skills’; he is ‘simply superb’ and ‘shines over most of the main players in Spain’."
Miquel speaks English, Spanish, German and Catalan.
You can contact Miquel Roca at +34 934192489 or by our contact form.
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Jordi obtained his LL.B (law degree) from the University of Barcelona.
He is a civil and commercial law expert. In particular, Jordi has gained a solid reputation as an expert in civil procedural law.
Being a procedural law expert, Jordi advises our clients on all sorts of court and arbitration routes and proceedings, in order to enable them, right at the outset of any dispute, to ascertain the best solution to that dispute, whether that be by amicable settlement or court or arbitration proceedings.
He is also an experienced liquidator, assisting companies in financial trouble and also (where no conflict of interest arises) chasing our clients’ commercial debts from companies in financial difficulties.
Jordi speaks Catalan, Spanish and English.
You can contact Jordi Falceto at +34 934192489 or by our contact form.
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Abril is the head of our Criminal Law team.
Together with supervising all criminal law cases, and given her natural gift to set up successful strategies at Court, she also manages complex litigation files of our shipping department.
LLB by the Pompeu Fabra University, she is a lecturer at the Barcelona Law Society. Before joining Blas de Lezo she has the head of the Criminal Law department of one of the largest law firms in Barcelona.
Abril speaks Spanish, Catalan, English and French,
You can contact Abril Gascón at +34 934192489 or by our contact form.
Tulio F. Cusman was born in Callao, Perú, in 1959. Tulio has more than 24 years of experience in maritime and international trade law. He developed his practice primarily in advising multinational companies on the defence of sovereign immunity and in providing representation for states before courts and arbitration tribunals, either administrative or ad-hoc.
He has participated in numerous cases before the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the International Centre for Resolution of Investment Disputes (ICSID). He has also worked intensively on various international maritime arbitrations concerning disputes arising from charterparties, shipbuilding contracts, marine insurance contracts, contracts of sale, sea, air and land transportation contracts, and insurance policies. He has handled many cargo claims, representing both cargo interests and their insurance companies.
Tulio is linked to a diverse portfolio of multinational companies from the energy and petrochemical sectors, benefitting from an extensive network of correspondent lawyers worldwide who enable us to provide immediate responses and representation where disputes arise, whether in the extrajudicial phase, in litigation in regular courts, or in domestic and international arbitrations.
Tulio holds an LL.B (law degree) and a BA (Bachelor of Arts degree) in Political Science from the Federico Villarreal National University of Lima, Perú, officially approved by the Complutense University of Madrid and the Spanish Ministry of Education. He carried out postgraduate studies in Civil and Commercial Law at the San Marcos National Major University of Lima, Perú, as well as in Constitutional Law at the Pontifical Catholic University of Perú. He is currently completing his PhD Studies in the field of “Resolution of Disputes in International Trade” at the Complutense University of Madrid.
Tulio is a member of the Bar Association of Lima, the Bar Association of Callao, Perú, and the Bar Association of Madrid. He is also an active member of the Spanish Association of Maritime Law, the Peruvian Association of Maritime Law, the Ibero-American Institute of Maritime Law, the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA).
Tulio speaks English, Spanish and Italian fluently and has reading comprehension in Portuguese and French.
You can contact Tulio Cusman at +34 914491265 or by our contact form.
Yamandú Rodriguez Caosi is the firm's Director of the Yachting Desk.
LLB and Marine Engenier, he has spent all his life at sea, first as enginier in war ships and later as scuba diver, from where he moved to the world of sport and recreational navigation. He has been professional yacht master, profesional sailor, coach and race umpire..
Since the year 2000 he plays a key role as a maritime lawyer in the yachting industry, advising professional associations and both private companies and individuals.
He combines his work at Blas de Lezo with the publication of books and articles in specialised magazines. He also keeps very busy in his private blog , where one can find the latest news and information about yatching law
You can contact Yamandú Rodriguez at +34 934192489 or by our contact form.
Hugh Caldin works with Blas de Lezo as an External Consultant, dealing with matters relating to English law and London maritime arbitrations.
Hugh has gained extensive experience in Maritime Law since his qualification as a lawyer in England in 1975, managing maritime and commercial court cases, arbitrations and mediations. Before joining Blas de Lezo's team, he worked as a Solicitor in one of the leading London firms, where he was responsible for cases that reached as high as the House of Lords (now known as “The Supreme Court”). Hugh is also a qualified and experienced Mediator.
He has been a member of the Instituto Iberoamericano de Derecho Marítimo since its foundation in 1987, and was one of the members responsible for the drafting of the Arbitration Rules of the CEAMAR, the Arbitration Centre of the IIDM in Caracas.
Aside from being a lawyer, Hugh has also qualified in Spanish Studies at the University of Durham, England, and holds a Masters Degree in Latin American Studies from the University of London. He is a great enthusiast of Spanish culture.
You can contact Hugh Caldin at +34 986443686 or by our contact form.
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Alis is Blas de Lezo’s Environment & Energy Director. Alis obtained her degree - with Merit - in business administration from the University of Wales, UK. She has also successfully completed - with Merit - her MSc in Environment & Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. Moreover, she has been awarded - with Distinction - a degree in Marine Resources Management from the International University Study Centre, Spain.
Alis set up the Environment & Energy Department at Blas de Lezo in 2007. Since then she has advised a great number of private and public organisations on environmental and energy issues, including: the UN; the European Commission; the Spanish Ministry of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs; and regional and local authorities.
Prior to joining Blas de Lezo, Alis worked for the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), based in Vienna as an environmental consultant and economist. She was then retained by the Environment Agency of England & Wales where she worked for several years as part of the National Assessment Team. Following this, she joined Arup & Partners, based in their headquarters in London, where she worked as an environmental consultant. Alis has also been hired as an external consultant on environmental and energy issues by several multi-national organisations such as the European Commission and the UN.
Alis speaks Spanish, German, English and Portuguese.
You can contact Alis Cantano at +34 986443686 or by our contact form.
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LLB Barcelona University.
Roger has more than 10 years expirience in private practice having build an impressive backgroun in civil procedural law, mercantile litigation and public law.
Roger advises our clients in civil litigation matters, and also in coporate and litigation disputes. He has a natural gift for planning the strategy of court disputes helping clients to successfully achieve their goals, whether down to Court Resolution or by settling at the rigth time and at the best outcome.
Roger speaks Spanish, Catalan and English.
You can contact Roger Berges at +34 934192489 or by our contact form.
Paloma is one of the most talented young lawyers we have ever hand in the firm.
LLB by Murcia University and LLM in Maritime Business and Law by ICADE Madrid Business School, she advises our clients in their international shipping disputes.
Paloma speaks Spanish, Catalan, English and Italian.
You can contact Paloma Precioso at +34 934192489 or by our contact form.
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Alkis J. Corres
Alkis is the Director of our office in Athens.
Alkis is also the Advisor in Chief to the Ministry of Mercantile Marine of Greece, Advisor to the Port of Piraeus in Cruise Affairs and member of the Arbitration Association of Piraeus.
You can contact Alkis J. Corres at +30 2105221506 or by our contact form.
Euripides P. Korres
Euripides studied law at Athens Law School and has been a member of the Athens Bar since 1978. He is well-versed in shipping sector matters and also in commercial and corporate law, having particular expertise in Distribution Networks in the context of EU Competition Law.
You can contact Euripides P. Korres at +30 2105221506 or by our contact form.
Daniel is our trainee, currently undertaking its 3rd year at the Barcelona San Pablo CEU Abat Oliba University.
He is a student to keep an eye on. Co-founder of the Jurists Club at his University and choosen to represent Spain at the Europe Young Leaders in Poland.
You can contact Daniel Peña at +34 934192489 or by our contact form.