Our Team

The Costaluz Lawyers team is made up of highly experienced legal experts whose maxim is to provide premium customer service and ensure that all clients receive the best possible outcome to their case.

María Luisa De Castro - Costaluz Lawyers

María Luisa de Castro

CEO and founder

María qualified as a lawyer in 1998 and founded Costaluz Lawyers in 2006. Since then, she has made it her mission to help foreigners understand Spanish law and to achieve better consumer protection. Maria is internationally renowned for getting better protection for consumers at Spanish banks, having won several landmark cases.

More recently, she has focused on Spanish property and immigration law.

María oversees the general management of the company and continually seeks new services and new ways to help clients through everyday contact with them and taking part in online forums, radio interviews, university articles, and articles in the press in Spain, the UK and Ireland. She investigates new legal formulae, precedence and sentences in favour of consumers on a daily basis.

Keith Rule

Director of UK office and Client Services Manager

Keith is a businessman from Milton Keynes and was once a Costaluz Lawyers client himself. He was the one who insisted we made claims against banks for payment instalments for off-plan purchases. His persistence paid off and our legal firm is a pioneering force in Spain in this field as a result.

His empathy towards the client is second to none since he too was a client and experienced first-hand the worry, doubts and difficulties suffered during a court process in Spain. He loves Spain and because of this, shares María’s mission to make it an attractive and transparent country for investment, retirement and business. He has worked for Costaluz Lawyers since 2013.

Keith Rule - Costaluz Lawyers
Jorge Medialdea - Costaluz Lawyers

Jorge Medialdea

Lawyer and Director of the Legal Department

Jorge has nearly a decade of experience in making off-plan purchase claims against banks. As well as getting refunds or better deals for clients, he also runs and manages the rest of the company’s legal services.

These include conveyancing, mortgage cancellations, wills, claims against insurance companies and the Spanish authorities, and rentals.

María del Carmen Romero

Manager of the Spanish office

María studied Public Management and Administration and Court Procedures. She manages the court procedures at Costaluz Lawyers and shares with Keith the task of client services and information in the legal field.

She knows the Spanish legal process inside out, and this knowledge allows us to push cases forward that may otherwise get stuck or held up in the system. She has expert management and customer service skills. She also coordinates the legal firms and professionals who make up our network of collaborators.

She has been working with us since 2012.

María Del Carmen Romero - Manager of the Spanish office - Costaluz Lawyers

Ana María Landa Paredes

Lawyer, Tax and Commercial Department

Ana is the lawyer in charge of the Tax and Commercial Department of Costaluzlawyers where she is pursuing her professional career following a period of 15 years at other important law offices in Spain.

She has specialized in tax advice, tax law, tax litigation, tax inspections, both individuals and companies, as well as, company and commercial law.

She is a Law graduate from the Complutense de Madrid University and Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Perú. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Corporate Legal Consultancy at Pontificia de Comillas University (ICADE) and in Business Law at Francisco de Vitoria University. Also, she obtained a Superior Course in Tax Law and Tax Procedure at Centro de Estudios Financieros (CEF).

She practises as a member of the Cadiz Bar Association since 2014, and she was a member of the Madrid Bar Association from 2008 to 2013.

Languages: Spanish and English.

Claudia González

Legal Director of the Immigration Department

In addition to assessing the possibilities of obtaining the appropriate visa, she leads the application process and client service for immigration services.

Claudia holds a Law degree from the University of Cádiz, Algeciras campus, and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Legal Practice at the Illustrious Bar Association of Cádiz.

Claudia Gonzales

Antonio Barba

Business Development and Public Relations Lawyer

Antonio is a practicing lawyer at the Cádiz Bar Association and a passionate lover of every corner of Cádiz province. He is deeply familiar with its treasures and its people. His primary role involves establishing commercial relationships tailored to the lifestyles of Costaluz Lawyers’ clients.

Mar Durio

Legal Assistant

She helps and provides support to Jorge and María del Carmen in the company’s legal and administrative tasks. She has been working with non-residents for more than 18 years. She also helps out with a large part of client services in the Spanish office.

Mar Durio - Costaluz Lawyers
Elvira Orihuela

Elvira Orihuela

Customer Service (Employment, Immigration)

Elvira Orihuela specializes in customer service with a focus on advice for work-related immigration procedures.

She holds several years of experience, offering both in-person and over the phone advice. Elvira stands out for her communication skills and effective handling of various situations in the field of customer service.

Her goal is to continue facilitating immigration processes and to contribute to the success of those seeking guidance.

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