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Compensation v Safety: Extraordinary Circumstances and Birds Strikes in Aviation

Plane landing

The number of people claiming compensation in the case of a flight delay is on the increase, regardless as to the reason of the delay. Being a private pilot myself, there is always a sentence in my mind “Better late than never”. I want to believe that airlines and commercial pilots have also clear in… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Spanish Supreme Court has obliged banks to reimburse mortgage interests to clients

Courthouse

It is rather impressive how the Spanish property investment changed from being one of the main economy sectors to being one of the factors that caused the crisis in Spain. During the golden years, investors around the world invested in properties mainly in the Mediterranean Coast with some taking on Spanish mortgages. Considering the last… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

European court of Justice ordered full refund of overpaid interest in Spanish mortgages

Gavel and columns

Following on my colleague Cristina’s article regarding the decision of the Spanish Supreme Court obliging banks to reimburse mortgage interest to customers, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has now confirmed that there is no temporal limit and therefore claims can be made for a total retroactivity. In May 2013, the Spanish Supreme Court ruled… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Spanish inheritance – a few brush-strokes

spainish-street

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions” Dalai Lama If you are enjoying a holiday home in Spain, it may be a good idea that you also consider organising your paperwork to try to make your heirs’ life easier at the time of bereavement. Unfortunately, many people have been thrown… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Spanish Supreme Court has obliged banks to reimburse mortgage interests to clients

Sunrise over Genalcuacil, one of the white villages or"pueblos blancos" of Andalucia, Spain.

It is rather impressive how the Spanish property investment changed from being one of the main economy sectors to being one of the factors that caused the crisis in Spain. During the golden years, investors around the world invested in properties mainly in the Mediterranean Coast with some taking on Spanish mortgages. Considering the last… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Glimmer of hope for those lost Spanish property deposits

spanish-house

The beginning of the 21st century property boom encouraged many people to invest in property abroad and particularly in the South of Spain. Investors saw potential of the area, whilst lots of Britons enjoying the great weather decided to invest their life savings in a property there, maybe for holidaymaking or to retire. At that… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

EU adopts new rules on inheritance law

french chateau

After many years in gestation, EU Regulation 650/2012 on “jurisdiction, applicable law, recognition and enforcement of decisions and acceptance and enforcement of authentic instruments in matters of succession and on the creation of a European Certificate of Succession” which is also referred to, more simply, as “Brussels IV” was adopted on 4th July 2012. The… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

La ley aplicable bajo el derecho inglés para casos de responsabilidad civil por lesiones antes de Roma II

Soccorso autostradale

Por Carmen Calvo-Couto, Solicitor en Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP Cuando nos encontramos ante litigios con elementos transfronterizos, es importante tener en cuenta qué ley aplicará el tribunal competente de la cuestión. Aunque en ocasiones pueda parecer sencillo, no es necesariamente el caso cuando estamos hablamos de litigios ante los tribunales ingleses y, particularmente, cuando preceden… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Rioja nights

Whether you fancy sipping rioja on a breezy northern clifftop, or relaxing by the Med, promises of sunshine, friendly locals and a slower pace of life continue to draw Brits to Spain. House prices have fallen by almost 40% since 2007 and good value properties are available all over the country. You just have to… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

The best places to buy abroad

Doing what I do for a living, “where’s the best place to buy abroad?” is a common dinner table question posed by colleagues and friends. I typically hedge everything I say with a lawyerly like health warning that I’m an international property lawyer and don’t profess to be a global real estate investment guru. Before… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)