Our People

Alex Radford (Founding Partner)

Alex Radford is a dual qualified English Solicitor & Spanish Abogado.

Alex grew up between Spain and the UK and started his legal career in 1999 at a regional law firm in the South West of England where he specialised in Real Estate, Personal Injury, Commercial Law and Timeshare.

In 2003, Alex returned to Spain and became a Partner in the Property & Commercial department of a local firm and then joined Irwin Mitchell abogados, part of Irwin Mitchell LLP in September 2008 as Head of Real Estate & Private Client. Following the merger between Irwin Mitchell abogados & Cremades & Cavlo Sotelo abogados in October 2013 Alex decided to incorporate this firm with fellow Irwin Mitchell abogado colleagues.

Alex is a regular speaker at the A Place in Sun Live Exhibition where he advises clients on how to buy property safely and securely in Spain.

Areas of law practised: Property, International Estate Planning & Inheritances, Company/Commercial and Personal Injury.

He is a recognised expert in Europe for the timeshare, fractional and shared ownership industry where he advises international developers, hoteliers, banks, trustees & owner run resorts.

Alex also specialises in foreign personal injury matters and has acted for clients involved in RTAs, swimming pool accidents, legionnaires disease, slipping and tripping claims.

Professional memberships: Law Society of England & Wales & College of lawyers Malaga
Languages: English & Spanish

Contact Alex Radford
Email: aradford@mylawyerinspain.com

Patricia Ruiz

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.

Patricia has worked for a legal and administrative agency, where she specialised in bank processing and coordinating work with Notaries and Land Registry services around Spain.

After this and before joining My Lawyer in Spain Patricia worked for a recognised estate agency on the Costa del Sol where she gained valuable experience in assisting clients buy and sell properties.

Professional memberships: College of Lawyers Malaga
Languages: English & Spanish

Contact Patricia Ruiz
Email: pruiz@mylawyerinspain.com

Lidia Gutiérrez

Meet Lidia Gutiérrez bringing a wealth of expertise in business administration and management to our My Lawyer in Spain team.

Lidia is not just a graduate; she is a standout achiever, having graduated in 2023 with one of the top academic records in her class—proof of her dedication and commitment to excellence.

Her professional journey has taken her to the intricate world of the land registry, where she has honed her skills in tax liquidation, particularly in transactions related to property sales and purchases. Lidia’s attention to detail and in-depth understanding of legal intricacies make her an invaluable asset in ensuring the smooth navigation of complex real estate transactions.

Beyond her professional prowess, Lidia’s passion for cars has been a constant in her life. From a young age, she has been drawn to the world of automobiles, spending her free time immersing herself in motor events across Spain. Lidia’s enthusiasm extends beyond the spectator’s seat; she enjoys the hands-on experience of fixing and modifying her own cars, a testament to her drive and ingenuity.

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact Lidia Gutiérrez
Email: lidia@mylawyerinspain.com

Debbie Weller

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.

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact Debbie Weller
Email: debbie@mylawyerinspain.com

Angel Ruiz

Ángel Ruiz runs our busy administration department as chief financial controller.

Angel is an honours graduate of 2016 in business management from the University of Málaga with in-depth experience of working in accountancy firms.

Ángel is not just good with numbers in the office but is also a semi professional football player where he won the golden boot last season in his local league for Atlético de Marbella. Bristol City fans maybe remember Ángel from his time at the club during the 2012 season.

Languages: Spanish, English, French

Mercedes Barrio Alonso

Mercedes works on reception in our Marbella office. Born in Madrid she has lived and worked in Marbella since 2006. Mercedes studied journalism at the Faculty of Informative Sciences of the Complutense University in Madrid.

After graduating she worked as a freelancer for various magazines and radio programmes. She learnt English whilst travelling and working in London.

After returning to Spain she worked in Madrid Barajas airport in traffic control before moving to Marbella.

Mercedes loves travelling with her family, meeting and helping our clients and paying tennis, when she has time.

Languages: English & Spanish
Email: admin@mylawyerinspain.com

Jesus Perez Morilla

Jesus qualified as an Abogado with a specialisation in Personal Injury Law and completed a Masters in Legal Practice in 2004 and an Experts Course in Corporate Law (UNIA) in Malaga in 2016.

Jesus started his legal career working in a local Spanish law firm and in 2010 he joined the Spanish branch of the well known English Law Firm, Irwin Mitchell Abogados as a senior lawyer in the Personal Injury Team. Following the merger between Irwin Mitchell Abogados and Cremades Calvo Sotelo, he headed up the Litigation Department until he left the firm in September 2017.

Jesus is a specialist in injury related claims including Medical Malpractice, Road traffic accidents, Serious Injury, Product Liability, Accident at work, Asbestos and Mesothelioma. Jesus has acted for private clients and law firms in litigation court across all of Spain and its islands.

He is a member of the Malaga Bar Association and writes legal newletters and bulletins where he has published technical and detailed articles about personal injury claims in Spain. Jesus has been a guest speaker at legal seminars and international conferences in Spain and the UK and was involved as a teacher in Procedure Law Department at Malaga University (2011-2012).

Professional memberships: College of Lawyers Malaga
Languages: English, Spanish

Contact Jesus Perez Morilla
Email: jperez@mylawyerinspain.com

Carmen Blanco Vallejo

Licensed in Law from the University of Malaga where she won the prize for the best student of her graduation year in 1997.

Carmen is a specialist employment lawyer who worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1998-2013. During her time at PWC she spent time in the offices of Seville, Madrid and Malaga and advised national and international clients on a whole range of employment matters.

Carmen has developed her professional career advising companies in the area of employment, labour relations and Social Security (employments policies, contracts, wage systems, due diligence, redundancies). Since leaving PWC Carmen has worked as a consultant for various clients.

Carmen also has experience as an insolvency administrator and has specific training in Labour-Insolvency proceedings and bankruptcy mediation.

She has collaborated with radio programs and newsletters where she has contributed to the labour enquiries section (e.g. Sur in English), and mantains a solid relationship with the University of Málaga and International University of Andalucia where she lectures on labour and Social Security matters to students and assists post graduate and professional students.

Professional Memberships: College of Lawyers, Malaga
Languages: English & Spanish

Contact Carmen Blanco Vallejo
Email: cblanco@mylawyerinspain.com

Laura Albors Jover

Laura qualified as a Spanish lawyer in 2014 at the University of Alicante, having carried out part of her studies in Ireland.

Laura has worked in other law firms providing legal assistance and advice to non Spanish resident clients in the areas of wills & probate, purchases, sales, and other property-related matters. These experiences have given her the required skills, experience and knowledge to assist customers in buying, selling and inheriting property across Spain and the Islands.

Originally from Alcoy and registered with the College of Lawyer in Alcoy, Laura resides in Torrevieja and works at the office of Ciudad Quesada, Rojales (Alicante).

Professional membership: College of Lawyers in Alcoy
Languages: Spanish, English

Contact Laura Albors Jover
Ciudad Quesada Office
Email: laura@mylawyerinspain.com

Pedro San Nicolás González

Pedro graduated in 2016 in Law from the University of Alicante, and he is currently a practising lawyer at the Alicante Bar Association. After graduation he studied tax matters and gained a Masters in Tax Advice of the Fundesem Business School in Alicante.

Pedro has developed his career providing legal advice to companies and individuals in the areas of tax, civil and real estate matters. Thanks to his experience in different legal offices throughout the province of Alicante, he has acquired the knowledge and skills for advising foreign clients, both resident and non-resident, on Income Tax, Non-Resident Tax, purchase and sale of real estate, inheritance, gifts and other civil matters.

He currently resides in Alicante and works from our office in Ciudad Quesada, Rojales (Alicante)

Languages: Spanish, English

Contact Pedro San Nicolás González
Ciudad Quesada Office
Email: pedro@mylawyerinspain.com

Mª Encarna Giménez Bernabé

Marien has grown her legal career working in some local Spanish law firms in in Orihuela and Almoradí. She is an experienced litigator specialist in logo, trademark and business registration as well as having broad experience in buying, selling and inheriting property.
In 2010 with colleagues, she founded her own practice, with several offices.
Marien has made several radio broadcasts on different radio stations talking about current issues related to law.
Marien resides in Orihuela and works at the office of Ciudad Quesada, Rojales (Alicante).

Professional membership: Orihuela Bar Association since 2010
Languages: Spanish, English

Contact Mª Encarna Giménez Bernabé
Ciudad Quesada Office
Email: marien@mylawyerinspain.com

Irene Vidal Miralles

Introducing Irene Vidal Miralles, a dedicated Law Graduate and an essential member of the My Lawyer in Spain team.

Irene’s legal journey began at the UCH-CEU Cardenal Herrera in Valencia, where she earned her degree in Law. Undeterred by the challenges of legal studies, Irene is currently expanding her horizons by pursuing a Master’s degree in Law, showcasing her unwavering commitment to continuous learning and professional growth.

Hailing from the picturesque town of Denia, Irene has cultivated a passion for exploration. Her love for travel has taken her to various corners of Europe, including Poland, Ireland, and England, enriching her perspective and broadening her cultural awareness.

What sets Irene apart is her ability to seamlessly blend work and study. This unique balance has not only fueled her academic achievements but has also equipped her with a diverse set of skills to navigate the complexities of the legal profession. Irene’s experience in juggling responsibilities has honed her interpersonal skills, making her adept at dealing with a wide range of individuals.

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact Irene Vidal Miralles
Javea Office
Email: irene@mylawyerinspain.com

Michael Flin

Michael Flin moved to Spain in 2004 with his parents and grew up in Almoradí, Alicante. Michael completed his schooling in a Spanish school and is fluent in both English and Spanish with a basic level of French.

Michael has worked for estate agencies since 2016 and has in depth knowledge and experience of running busy aftersales departments for international clients buying, selling and inheriting property. Michael joins My Lawyer in Spain as a Client Manager and also happens to be a qualified personal trainer.

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact Michael Flin
Ciudad Quesada Office
Email: info@mylawyerinspain.com

Chari Rodriguez

Chari Rodriguez has around 30 years of experience selling properties in Costa Blanca. Having worked for well-known companies in the Costa Blanca area, Chari has helped clients to find their dream homes and advise them throughout their purchase.

Chari currently works from our Costa Blanca office, advising clients during their initial stages of contact, organising Powers of Attorney, accompanying clients to the Notary and assisting with the signing of Spanish Wills.

Her professional attitude transmits confidence.

Chari also has a soft spot for interior and exterior design; for those looking for a bit of guidance on how to decorate their dream home in the sun.

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact Chari Rodriguez
Ciudad Quesada Office
Email: chari@mylawyerinspain.com

Marta Aranda Jiménez

Marta started working in the real estate sector in 2013, and after working for several companies in the sector, she created her own real estate agency, advising clients throughout the process of buying or selling their property. In addition to helping individuals, she has been in charge of managing the rental and sale of properties that are bequeathed to the Spanish Red Cross.

She was born in Madrid, where she has lived most of her life, although she decided to move to the Costa Blanca to experience the Mediterranean lifestyle first hand.

Marta studied Law and has a diploma of Tourism from the Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid. She lives in Ciudad Quesada and is based in our Ciudad Quesada office in Rojales (Alicante).

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact Marta Aranda Jiménez
Ciudad Quesada Office
Email: cqoffice@mylawyerinspain.com

Patricia Rivas

Patricia Rivas qualified as a Spanish Lawyer with a Bachelor of Laws LLB with a special mention in Business Law from the University of Granada in 2016. This was followed by a Master of Laws LLM from the University of Granada from 2016 till 2018.

Patricia is originally from Malaga but has lived in different places around Europe where she has studied and worked. Before joining My Lawyer in Spain, she worked as a consultant in the City of London for a major consultant in renewable energy.

Patricia is based in our Marbella office and has valuable experience in Real Estate and specialises in cross border probate matters, Spanish wills, European Certificates of Succession and Donations

In her spare time, she loves sports such as surf, snowboard, the gym… as well as travelling.

Professional memberships: College of Lawyers in Málaga
Languages: English, Spanish & Italian

Contact Patricia Rivas
Email: p.rivas@mylawyerinspain.com

Francisco José Conde Navarro

Francisco 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.

Languages: Spanish, English
Email: fran@mylawyerinspain.com

Claudia Martín Millón

Meet Claudia Martín Millón, a Spanish Lawyer with a passion for real estate and inheritance law, based in our Torre del Mar office.

Claudia’s journey in the legal realm began at the University of Málaga, where she earned her qualifications in 2023. Her dedication and academic prowess were further highlighted by the honors she received for her Master’s thesis—a testament to her commitment to excellence.

Prior to her time in Málaga, Claudia pursued a double degree in Law and Political Science at Pablo de Olavide University in Seville, where she immersed herself in the vibrant atmosphere from 2016 to 2021.

Claudia’s professional journey is uniquely enriched by her hands-on experience as a rental manager in various tourist accommodations in the Axarquía. This role provided her with invaluable insights into real estate management and the opportunity to interact with clients from diverse corners of Europe. Claudia’s ability to understand the intricacies of client needs has made her an asset in the field.

At My Lawyer in Spain, Claudia’s expertise shines in real estate and inheritance law. Based in our Torre del Mar office, she navigates the complexities of these legal domains with precision and dedication.

Beyond the legal arena, Claudia finds solace in yoga and hiking, pursuits that mirror her commitment to balance and well-being. Her interests extend to the worlds of literature and photography, showcasing a multifaceted personality outside the courtroom.

Professional memberships: College of Lawyers in Málaga
Languages: Spanish, English

Contact Claudia Martín Millón
Email: claudia@mylawyerinspain.com

Melanie Radford

Melanie graduated with a first class BA honours degree in Business & Management at Leeds Metropolitan University.

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.

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact Melanie Radford
Email: enquiries@legalservicesinspain.com

Laura Tarvidaite

Laura Tarvidaite is originally from Lithuania and after completing her high school studies and studying Business Services she moved to the UK in her late twenties where she continued to study and work at the same time. Having an accountancy background and an eye for detail, she established herself in a residency department in the UK, helping clients to move to and obtain residency permits to live in the UK.

After falling in love with Barcelona, Laura decided to move to Spain in 2019 and settled in Marbella. Now she continues doing the job she loves but this time assisting clients with their move to Spain.

Laura helps our clients with their European Residency, Non Lucrative Visas, registering on the padron (local census) and assisting with all residency and visa related matters.

Outside of work she enjoys cuddling her fluffy cat, going to the gym and playing sudoku.

Languages: English, Spanish Lithuanian & Russian

Contact Laura Tarvidaite
Email: admin@legalservicesinspain.com

Chiara Melchiori

Hailing from the vibrant land of Argentina, Chiara made Spain her new home in May of this year. Her story is one of cultural exploration and academic pursuit, as she embarked on her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Buenos Aires. Now, she’s on the verge of completing this academic chapter at the University of Malaga, seamlessly merging her Argentine roots with the rich tapestry of Spanish culture.

Chiara’s professional journey is marked by her commitment to administrative work and her genuine passion for assisting people. In the Residences Department, she collaborates with Melanie and Laura, creating a dynamic trio dedicated to ensuring the well-being of our clients.

Beyond the office, Chiara finds joy in the simple pleasures of life. Whether it’s immersing herself in a good book, basking in the sun on the beach, or conquering trails through hiking, Chiara embraces life with a spirit of adventure and curiosity. Her dream of getting to know Spain is not just a geographical exploration but a deep dive into the culture, landscapes, and gastronomy that make this country truly special.

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact Chiara Melchiori
Email: chiara@legalservicesinspain.com

Martin James Hayes

Our associated firm for the Levante area, SWAN Partners, is a law firm that provides tailor-made tax & legal services to companies and to individual clients from overseas.

SWAN Partners acts through Mr. Martin James Hayes, who joined the firm as partner in 2014. He heads the Individuals Area and is in charge of the International Relations of the firm. In this role, Martin is supported by a team of bilingual lawyers and paralegal assistants

Martin is dual qualified as a solicitor and as an abogado. He is an active member of the Valencia Bar and is also a member of the Law Society of Ireland. Martin holds a LL.B. (Hons) and LL.M

Martin was the JISC Legal Information Officer, providing legal advisory services on the use and application of IT in education to Universities and colleges throughout the United Kingdom. Following this, Martin joined Landwell Solicitors in Dublin (PricewaterhouseCoopers –”PwC”-).

Martin moved to his wife’s native city of Valencia in 2004. Prior to joining Swan Partners, Martin was a partner in an established Valencia law firm since 2005. Since moving to Spain, Martin has developed his skills in dealing with the complexities of cross-border transactions and meeting the particular needs of overseas clients.

Languages: bilingual English and Spanish

Mari Cunningham

To help meet the demands of clients on the island of Mallorca, My Lawyer in Spain has partnered with an associate firm, Cunningham and Associates.

The law firm based in Palma Nova has a further office in Alaro and is dedicated to offering tailored legal and accounting services in Mallorca.

Headed up by Mari Cunningham, a Scottish solicitor and long term Mallorca resident, the team at Cunningham offer a full legal and financial service in English from buying and selling a home, to the various tailored support services required for the specific needs of clients.

As well as being a native English speaker, Mari is fluent in written and spoken Spanish and is able to represent clients on a number of legal, financial and business matters. She is a fully qualified business assessor, registered with the Law Society of the Balearic Islands and the Law Society of Scotland.

If you are based in Mallorca and are looking for a new gestoria or thinking of changing your current one, and need a solicitor you can communicate with in an easy manner be sure to get in with Mari.

Languages: bilingual English and Spanish
Professional memberships: Law Society of Scotland & College of Lawyers Mallorca

Eoin McGirr

Dual qualified English Barrister and Spanish Abogado

Eoin graduated in Law from the University of Nottingham in 1992 and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1997. After practising as a barrister in London, Eoin moved to Bilbao where he currently practices as a Spanish lawyer with 20 years’ experience working in international law.

At his Law Office in Bilbao he collaborates with an extensive network of local lawyers and other professionals throughout the Basque Country, Cantabria and other parts of the north of Spain, to provide comprehensive services to foreign clients, whether individuals, companies or organisations/institutions.

He is the Director of the Degree Programme “Skills for International Lawyers” at the Law School of the University of Deusto, Bilbao.

Professional memberships: Member of the Bar of England and Wales.
Member of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn.
Member of the Cantabria College of Lawyers.

Languages: Bilingual English and Spanish

María Álvarez Real

Licensed in Law from A Coruña University, qualify as a Spanish lawyer after finished a Master Degree in International and Civil Mediation in Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia.

After that she worked in two main Law Firms specialised in Family Law, Injury Law and Insurances and Criminal Law. While preparing a national exam to become an lntellectual Property Law specialist she decide to move to Australia to attend an E.A.P Course at Langports School in Brisbane

Today, Maria is continuing her law education assisting a Master Degree in International Affairs and foreign trade and owns her Law Firm in Western Spain (Galicia) where she drafts civil contracts and family agreements, intervenes on family mediations, provides support at the Spanish Courts as well as assistance with civil procedures, debt collection and customer service. She provides international customer service, support for customers from several countries including the UK, US and Australia and immigration assistance matters.

From January 2023 she is assisting an International Legal English for Business and Contract Law Course in order to obtain a TOLES Higher Certificate.

Professional memberships: College of Lawyers Madrid and Lugo
Languages: English, Spanish, Galician and Portuguese

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On the day at the notary Alex was the first to arrive yet the furthest away… [he] is an absolute gentleman and true professional. A definite 10/10.

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