DEALING with legal matters in Spain can be a daunting task, irrespective of your expertise in Spanish, making seemingly straight-forward cases a quagmire of confusion. Also being resident in Spain can cause unnecessary hassle for Expats who still have interests in the UK

BCP International Law Firm offers a compelling solution.

Based in Marbella, with an office in London, BCP are dual qualified and regulated lawyers in Spain and England providing excellent advice in both countries.

Ian Coupland, solicitor and head of the London Office explains in a simple Q&A about his firm.

Q: Before we get into BCP, tell us a bit about yourself

I was born in Hull, as is my wife and we have two girls who are both at university. I have been a solicitor for over 25 years. I trained in London and formerly was a partner at two top 200 law firms. I am a sports fanatic. I still play football and spend a lot of my time (with my wife) following Hull City home and away (including Wembley!).

Q: So how did BCP International come about?

BCP was created in 1998 by our Senior Partner, Oscar Abeti, who is a dual qualified Spanish abogado and English solicitor, who spotted a gap in the market of selling high quality specialist international law services. BCP’s head office is based in Marbella with a further office in Spain in Alicante. We have had a London office (in Fleet Street) since 2003 and also have other offices in Lagos (Portugal) and Tangier (Morocco). Our services include Conveyancing, Probate, Tax and Accounting advice as well as Company, Litigation and Arbitration, Shipping and Yachting.

Q: What is the benefit to Expats of using BCP?

Not only are we a well-established full service Spanish law firm but we also have a London office and provide English legal services, both of which are rare for a Spanish law firm. We are therefore well placed to help expats deal with matters in the UK in addition to their Spanish law requirements as we are one law firm providing a first class and personal service. We mirror the personal level of service that a UK law firm gives to its clients. We ensure that our clients are regularly updated on the progress of their matter. Our staff bridge the cultural and language divide which can often cause confusion and uncertainty.

Q: Are you regulated? What safeguards do you have?

At the outset of any matter, and just as you would expect, we provide a quote for our services and a letter of engagement. We have Professional Indemnity Insurance Cover and are regulated both under the Spanish and the Solicitors Regulation Authorities.

Q: How can we contact BCP?

Contacting BCP is easy. Either call our Marbella office on 952 862 227 to chat through a scenario, or just e-mail me at We will ensure that the most appropriate person deals with your matter.


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