Miquel is qualified both in Spain (Abogado) and England (Solicitor), and is registered with the Texas Bar as a Foreign Legal Consultant. He has 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 Doctor of Laws (PhD) by the Barcelona UAO University, with International Honours and Cum Laude distinction.
He has been a member of the Managing Board of the Spanish Maritime Law Association for seven years.
Miquel is a Supporting Member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association and he is a Member of the Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association.
He is the Maritime Law Professor at the Abat Oliba Barcelona University and a visiting lecturer at the London City Law School. He is also a regualr visiting lecturer in Universities of cities like Athens, Mexico, Riga, Lund and Houston.
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, where he participated in the drafting of the Rotterdam Rules. 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. Miquel also directed the court proceeding which ended with the publication of the first ever Court Resolution in Spain which stablished the economic value of a bill of lading. Other recernt work includes 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 recomends Miquel as a “leading individual”, an honor bestowed to only 3 other lawyers in Spain. The Legal 500 says about Miquel: “Miquel Roca is a legal machine” (2016); “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’.” (2012) and “Miquel Roca is excellent in English and Spanish law” (2015).
Chambers & Partners says about Miquel that he “has a useful insight into what arbitrators and the court expect, which you only get by being part of the environment.” and that “he is quick in order to help with any legal issue and is flexible.” (2015)
Miquel is the author of two books: “London Maritime Arbitration” (Thomson Reuters), which can be bought here in e-book: and “The Ship Registry of the Estate of the Vatican City. Vatican Maritime Law” (CEU), which can be bought here.
Miquel speaks English, Spanish, German and Catalan.
Out of the office Miquel is an active amateur swimmer. He has finished several pro open water races like Oceanman (ten thousand meters) and Marnaton (seven thousand meters). He is now training to cross the Strait of Gibraltar in September 2016 for charity.