AIYON reinforces the Bilbao office and broadens its team

Last year, in 2019, AIYON Abogados decided to broaden its staff and strengthen the whole team by the incorporation of two new members. It has allowed us to continue offering the best service to our clients and  to handle each advice with every guarantee and with the highest quality.

For that purpose, we first incorporated an experienced lawyer, Encarnación Quevedo, to reinforce our offices in the south located in Cádiz and Algeciras, and, later on, we hired under the internship contract a law graduate, Irantzu Sedano, who, under support and supervision of our team of Bilbao, has widened and put into practice the knowledge she has acquired since last year so far, passing satisfactorily the Spanish examination for Access to the Legal Profession last July.

Irantzu holds a Law Degree by the University of the Basque Country,  a Masters Degree in Port Companies Management and Maritime Law from the University of Deusto and a Masters Degree in Logistics and International Trade from EUDE Business School. Since 2019, she has been trained in AIYON in the diverse areas of maritime law, land transportation and commerce, specializing in handling of insurance claims handling, revision of insurance policies and recovery claims.

AIYON Abogados collaborates with the “ICLG Shipping Laws and Regulations, 2020”

Our partners of Madrid and Bilbao offices, Veronica Meana and Mikel Garteiz-goxeaskoa, have participated in the chapter dedicated to Spanish Law of the ICLG Shipping Laws and Regulations: 2020,publication which covers common issues in the area of Shipping law in forty jurisdictions.

Among these common issues are: the regulation of maritime casualties, cargo claims and passenger claims, the regulation of ship arrest and procedural issues such as the collection of evidence, judicial and other dispute resolutions methods applicable to maritime claims and the enforcement of court judgments and arbitration awards.

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AIYON Abogados cooperates with the Master’s programme of the IME (Spanish Maritime Institute)

AIYON Abogados maintains its commitment to cooperate with diverse institutions and associations involved in the progress and application of maritime law in Spain, as well as with Universities and educational institutions engaged in the formation of future professionals of the sector. This is evidenced by our already consolidated relationship with the IME (Spanish Maritime Institute) over the last several years, teaching subjects that belong to our area of expertise.

This year, due to the lock-down, the partners of our Madrid and Bilbao offices, Ms. Verónica Meana and Mr. Mikel Garteiz-Goxeaskoa, gave their annual lecture at the IME through video-conferencing system.  In particular, the lecture was focused on the applicable wreck removal provisions and the Nairobi Convention (not in force in Spain), as well as on the Civil Liability for Carriage of HNS goods regime under the 2010 Convention (still to enter into force).

We hope the students enjoy the lectures in the same way as our partners do, and we are grateful for IME’s support and effort that makes possible that the formation continues also during the COVID-19 crisis.



Goodbye, Fernando

Yesterday morning we woke up to some very sad news, Mr. Fernando Meana Green passed away in Madrid on April 9th.

He had lifelong experience as a lawyer in the field of Maritime Law in Spain. For many of us, he was our mentor in this profession where he supported us since our inception, and in particular for his daughter and our partner, Veronica Meana. For those who knew him, Fernando was a charming gentleman whose absence will not be replaced and we hope to find comfort in our memories of him.

Rest in Peace and  goodbye forever, Fernando.

The Judicial System and Administrative Procedures throughout the Spanish state

On March 14, 2020, the President of the Spanish  Government declared the State of Alarm (by means of RD 463/2020) throughout the National Territory, due to the exceptional situation of danger to the Public Health generated by the COVID-19 outbreak. Thus, the part of the legal activity of the country has been practically suspended, with certain exceptions.

The measures to be taken by the Government in this regard must be aimed for protecting the health and safety of citizens, minimizing the progression of the disease and strengthening public health systems, but also trying to mitigate the health, social and economic impact that this exceptional situation may generate.

From the legal aspect point of view the main  measures are:

  1. The suspension of all procedural and administrative terms, what means that all these proceedings are actually suspended.
  2. The suspension of time bar terms and the expiration of any actions and rights has also been ordered.

These suspensions will be operative as far as the State Alarm is maintained, in principle 15 days as from the 14thof March 2020, but an extension is already foreseen.

The General Council of the Judicial Power issued two Orders on March 14, 2020, suspending all scheduled Court trials  and all procedural deadlines except for Essential Services.

These adopted measures are immediately applicable since 14th March 2020, being applicable to the whole country and that will remain in force while the State of Alarm remains, that is to say, for 15 calendar days from their publication except if they are extended.

Likewise, the Permanent Commission of the General Council of the Judiciary, working together with the Ministry of Justice and the Attorney General’s Office, agreed on the “Essential Services” that need to be maintained during this State Alarm.

These “Essential Services” will guarantee:

  1. Any legal proceedings which, if not carried out, could cause irreparable damage.
  2. Urgent internments of article 763 of the Law of Civil Procedure (non-voluntary internments for reasons of psychological disorder).
  3. The adoption of precautionary measures or other actions that cannot be postponed, such as the measures for the protection of minors in article 158 of the Civil Code.
  4. The courts of violence against women shall provide the corresponding on-call services. In particular, they shall ensure that protection orders are issued and any precautionary measures taken with regard to violence against women and minors.
  5. The Civil Registry shall provide permanent attention during court hours. In particular, they shall ensure that burial permits are issued, that births are registered within the prescribed period and that marriages are performed in accordance with article 52 of the Civil Code.
  6. Proceedings with detainees and others that cannot be postponed, such as urgent precautionary measures, removal of bodies, entries and searches, etc.
  7. Any proceedings with prisoners or detainees.
  8. Urgent actions in the area of prison surveillance.
  9. In the contentious-administrative jurisdictional order, urgent and undelayable health entry permits, fundamental rights whose resolution is urgent, urgent precautionary and preventive measures, and contentious-electoral appeals.
  10. In the social jurisdictional order, the holding of trials declared urgent by law and urgent and preferential precautionary measures, as well as the processes of Files for the Regulation of Employment and Files for the Temporary Regulation of Employment.
  11. In general, the processes in which a violation of fundamental rights is alleged when this are urgent and preferential (those whose postponement would prevent or make very burdensome the judicial protection claimed).
  12. The President of the High Court of Justice, the President of the Provincial Court and the Chief Justice will adopt the necessary measures regarding the cessation of activity in the judicial dependencies where their respective headquarters are located, and the closure and/or eviction of the same if necessary, informing and coordinating with the competent Monitoring Committee.

To ensure that these essential services are provided, orders are issued, to keep the court buildings operational and open. This will be done, however, by providing judges with the necessary protective elements to prevent the spread of viruses, warning signs providing information on minimum safety distances, by promoting teleworking and, in the case of rotating shifts, special attention will have to be given to people whose personal characteristics may became more sensitive to COVID-19.

To conclude, we would like to highlight the fact that prior to the publication of these Orders on 14 March 2020, and in view of the exceptional situation of some different territories, some Autonomous Communities, in the exercise of their autonomies, took measures such as those established by the CGPJ, to eliminate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, for example, Madrid, the Basque Country or the towns such as Haro (La Rioja) or Igualada (Barcelona). For its part, the Royal Decree ratifies all the provisions and measures previously adopted by the competent authorities of the Autonomous Communities and local entities on the occasion of the coronavirus COVID-19, which will continue in force and produce the effects foreseen in them, providing that they are compatible with it.

It is also compulsory for citizens and legal professionals to interact with the administration through the usual electronic offices, by telephone or via email, reducing the physical relationship to the essential and unavoidable procedures.

AIYON Abogados remain operative during the state of alarm declared in Spain

During the State of Alarm declared by the Spanish Government on the last Saturday 14TH March, with an initial period of 15 days that may be further extended, all the team of AIYON Abogados remains operative to cover our clients’ needs, insofar as it is possible in this unpredictable scenario.

You can contact us through our telephone lines and email addresses which are published in “OUR TEAM” and “CONTACT” tabs.

From AIYON Abogados we thank you for your collaboration to manage this crisis with everyone’s effort.

The new team structure of AIYON Madrid

We must announce that our partner, Julia García, has left Aiyon Abogados S.L.P. We wish her all the best in this new stage, and we thank her for the work and effort she made together with our team throughout these almost 5 years of common trajectory. Good luck, Julia!

AIYON Madrid‘s office remains fully operational managed by our partner Verónica Meana.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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AIYON Abogados reinforces the offices in Cadiz and Algeciras

Our law firm reinforces the Cadiz and Algeciras offices as Encarnacion Quevedo joins their team of lawyers.

Encarnacion, with a reputable professional career, will contribute to our team with her excellent work and will reinforce the labour we have been doing in AIYON providing 360º Comprehensive Legal Services to our clients.

On the other hand, we must announce that our colleague, Yon Murua, has decided to begin his new trajectory in the legal department of a prestigious Spanish company and, much to our regret, has left AIYON’s office in Madrid where he has been doing a great job  for the last few years. AIYON wishes him all the best in this new adventure!