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30 - Spain

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 June 2013

Nielson Sánchez Stewart
Affiliation:
Vice-President of the Disciplinary Board of the Consejo General de la Abogacía Española
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Preliminary note

In Spain, lawyers who are admitted to the Bar are subject to a duty of professional secrecy (which is not only attorney–client privilege). Only lawyers who are admitted to the Bar are entitled to appear in court defending their client (even though private individuals can also defend themselves and public institutions have their own legal representation that might not be incorporated in the Bar). Such lawyers are self-employed, although they can be partners or associates in a law firm. They must comply with the Bar's code of ethics. In Spain, there are eighty-three bar associations, one in each of fifty provinces and thirty-three with smaller jurisdiction. The size and number of affiliates of each bar varies greatly. Madrid has more than 30,000 members, whilst there are some bars with fewer than 100. The structure is, however, the same, one president (decano) and one board (junta de gobierno).

There is legally no distinction between lawyers who work for a company (in-house counsel) and other lawyers. Everyone has to be incorporated to the Bar and can use the title abogado. However, the legal representatives of state or public organisations (abogados del estado) do not need to be members of the Bar and usually are not. In recent years, in-house lawyers have begun to organise themselves in private consortiums.

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Print publication year: 2013

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M. Otero Gonzalez, ‘El secreto profesional desde la óptica del deber de declarar en el proceso penal’, La Ley, 5135, 2000
M. Otero Gonzalez, Justicia y secreto profesional, Madrid: Centro de Estudios Ramón Areces, 2001
Guttierrez, J. Soldado, ‘El secreto profesional del Abogado’, Revista Jurídica de Andalucía, 1995, 17, 1183 et seq
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Reinoso, G. Ortega, ‘Sociedad profesional: Composición de los despachos de Abogados’, Derecho Privado (November–December 2006)
Guide to the Professional Conduct of Solicitors, 8th edn, London, 1999, Appendix 16(A), 335
Olarra, G. Alonso, Comentarios a la nueva Ley de Enjuiciamiento Civil, Madrid: Dykinson, 2000, 372
Soler, J. M. Rifa, Comentarios a la nueva Ley de Enjuiciamiento Civil, Barcelona: Iurgium Editores, 2001, 371 and 372; M. Marchena Gomez, Enjuiciamiento Criminal, Ley y legislación complementaria: Doctrina y Jurisprudencia, Madrid: Trivium, 1998

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  • Book: Professional Secrecy of Lawyers in Europe
  • Online publication: 05 June 2013
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139382656.031
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  • Compiled by The Bar of Brussels
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  • Spain
  • Compiled by The Bar of Brussels
  • Book: Professional Secrecy of Lawyers in Europe
  • Online publication: 05 June 2013
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139382656.031
Available formats
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