Full-Service Law Firm in Cadiz, Spain
Other Offices: Gibraltar
Law Firm OverviewISOLAS is a full-service law firm based in Gibraltar, with an additional office in Cadiz, Spain, serving local and international clients. With a strong focus on financial services, practice areas include tax structuring, succession and estate planning, trusts, intellectual property, admiralty and shipping, gaming, banking, company law, insurance and securities, commercial and civil litigation, and more.
The team is comprised of highly skilled and knowledgeable solicitors, accountants, and specialists in their respective fields, each dedicated to the success of client endeavors in Gibraltar and in the competitive world of international business. The lawyers have decades of combined experience, along with substantial professional credentials.
ISOLAS is the oldest law firm in Gibraltar, practicing since 1892, and seeks legal solutions designed to tackle an ever-evolving range of issues. ISOLAS offers clients solid professional advice based on experience and expertise, giving to all the benefits of the commitment and close personal interest expected of a long-established practice.
Languages: Spanish, French, Italian, English.
Areas of Law
Additional Areas of Law: Criminal Litigation; Ship Arrest; Designs; Database Rights; Gibraltar Company Law; Trade Unions; Judicial Review Proceedings; Funds & Gibraltar UCITS; Gibraltar Residency, Probate & Personal Tax; Intellectual Property Infringement; Pensions in Gibraltar; Conveyancing; Small Business; Powers of Attorney; Spanish Law; Spanish Company Law; Spanish Urbanity Law; Domain Name Registration.
Areas of Law Description
Isolas provides legal representation and services in the following areas of practice:
- Admiralty and Shipping
Gibraltar is one of the premier arrest jurisdictions in the world as a result of its geographical location and use of English admiralty law and practice. Not only can vessels be arrested in Gibraltar, but also, in certain cases, cargo and/or freight. Whilst Gibraltar boasts a large number of law firms, there are very few which have a specialist Admiralty Department. Of these, ISOLAS have more years’ experience than any other firm which makes ISOLAS the number one choice for shipping lawyers in Gibraltar.
- Banking and Financial Services
The Banking and Financial Services team at ISOLAS regularly advises both local and major international banks and other regulated entities on a vast array of matters, from licensing and regulatory issues to lending and day to day general banking business. The team incorporates ISOLAS dedicated MiFID team which has been instrumental in a large number of regulated entities achieving MiFID compliance within the relevant time frames.
- Betting, Gaming and E-Commerce
ISOLAS has a dedicated team of professionals with broad and in-depth experience with transactions, regulation and legal issues facing companies and their suppliers involved in gaming, gambling, betting, lotteries (both remote and land-based) and e-commerce business.
- Commercial and Civil Litigation
The Litigation Team at ISOLAS offers practical and technical expertise to clients involved in a broad range of disputes. Our Litigation Team offers strategic advice that will enable you to manage disputes and potential disputes effectively. We strive to gain a thorough understanding of our clients’ businesses so that we are in a position to pursue their interests vigorously.
Gibraltar’s construction industry has expanded beyond belief in recent years with British, Spanish, Dutch, and Danish contractors all jockeying position in the property development boom that Gibraltar has enjoyed these past years. ISOLAS has been heavily involved in this construction boom and has enormous experience in negotiating with, contracting for, and representing the interests of those engaged in the construction and property development industries.
- Gibraltar Company Law
ISOLAS has a dedicated team of Gibraltar company law professionals supporting companies on major strategic transactions, regulation and legal issues as well as their day-to-day business needs. The Corporate Team brings disciplined and effective management to large structured deals whilst also remaining flexible and open to innovative opportunities.
- Employment Law
The most important asset of any business is its human capital and ISOLAS has long recognized and understood the investment made by a business in its people. At ISOLAS we understand the importance a business places on recruitment, retention and rewarding its most talented people. We guide and advise clients on the practical application of the law from Human Resource function to employees seeking advice on options available to them.
- Corporate Finance
The Finance market is characterized by its constantly evolving nature and by the highly innovative financing techniques and products developed to adapt to such changes. At ISOLAS, we understand the need to provide expert advice quickly and efficiently and in such a challenging market, our approach is based on identifying clients’ requirements promptly and accurately and adopting a forward-thinking and proactive approach to make sure our clients’ needs are met.
- Funds & Gibraltar UCITS
ISOLAS have advised private clients, family offices and an international base of investment managers on the structuring and set up of Gibraltar based fund solutions. We are regarded as one of the leading Fund teams in Gibraltar, offering a first class and personal service while also developing synergies with our clients in the Funds sector.
- Gibraltar Residency, Probate & Personal Tax Trusts
Whatever your financial situation, at ISOLAS we appreciate that there are three issues which concern you. Firstly, that you will want as much of your wealth as possible to remain at your disposal during your life; secondly, that you will be keen to ensure that as much of it as possible passes on after your death; and thirdly, that you will want to make certain that it passes on to the beneficiaries of your choice.
- Trade Mark and Patent Registration
We are instructed on an on-going basis by companies and trademark lawyers worldwide to attend to their trade mark and patent registration needs. Fees are fixed for each stage and we would be happy to provide our Schedule of Fees upon receipt of your enquiry. Origination applications to register a trade mark or patent may not be made in Gibraltar
- Pensions in Gibraltar
ISOLAS prides itself on being the only law firm in Gibraltar with a specialist Pensions Team. We can advise and support you at every stage of the life of a pension scheme, from selecting which of the options available is most suitable when establishing a new scheme to winding up a pension arrangement.
- Property and Conveyancing
The Conveyancing Team at ISOLAS boasts a wealth of experience in dealing with residential properties as a result of representing numerous clients in purchasing and selling properties throughout Gibraltar, ranging from low-cost housing projects partly financed by the Government of Gibraltar through to high-end luxury accommodation.
- Property Development
Over the past ten years Gibraltar has enjoyed a boom of commercial and residential property development including an initiative by Government for the re-generation of the old part of the City of Gibraltar. ISOLAS has a wealth of experience in property development and finance and has been involved in almost every project in Gibraltar over that period of time.
- Small Business
The ISOLAS small business unit was established during the course of 2008 with a view to helping local small businesses deal with their legal advice requirements in an efficient, focused and small business-savvy manner. Our lawyers have helped many clients through the whole range of legal matters that a small business can face. Everything from registering a business name to filing trade license applications, as well as assisting with all employment and contractual matters, ISOLAS can assist existing and start-up businesses in with all their legal needs.
- Wills and Probate
We at ISOLAS appreciate that there is no right time to plan for the future so we have in place a dedicated team who will talk you through your options whether you are a Gibraltar national or a foreign national. We aim to provide a high quality, comprehensive and competitively priced service.
- Spanish Law
Established in 2003 to service the needs of ISOLAS' clients in the Sotogrande area, ISOLAS Abogados is a value-added initiative which offers a full range of services in Spanish Law. Our Spanish office is currently operated by two Spanish lawyers with a depth and breadth of experience which allows them to offer a range of services across the entirety of the Spanish legal sphere.
- .Domain Name registration
IDN Services Limited (“IDN”) is closely associated with the oldest established law firm in Gibraltar (ISOLAS) and provides intellectual property consultancy services, specifically in relation to Gibraltar (.gi) country code top level domain names. IDN provides (.gi) domain name registration and maintenance services to its clients, as well as nominee services to the owners of intellectual property rights in certain names who wish to extend their portfolio to cover the Gibraltar (.gi) country code top level.
- Gibraltar Trusts
ISOLAS has a long history in the provision of trust services in association with Fiduciary Trust Limited, part of the Fiduciary Management group of companies. Trust legislation in Gibraltar is generally based on the trust law of the United Kingdom; thus Gibraltar recognizes and gives full effect to the concept of the trust.
The main reason for preparing a Will is to ensure that your assets are dealt with as you want them to be dealt with once you have passed away. There are endless possibilities as to what you might want to happen to your assets at this time. Whereas most people usually leave all of their assets to families and/or friends, many others choose to make donations to registered charities or other causes.
The Insurance Team at ISOLAS offers procedural and technical expertise for prospective insurance firms seeking to become licensed by the Financial Services Commission, guiding clients through every step of the Financial Services Commission’s formal application process.
- The Gibraltar Bar Council
- Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce
- Honorable Society of the Inner Temple
- Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
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