Our team

Excellence and professionalism

We are a team of Scottish and Spanish Lawyers that have been living in Spain and Scotland over the past ten years. We are based in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Valencia.

Ignacio Chanza-Jordan

Director.  Spanish lawyer & Scottish solicitor


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Scottish Solicitor, Spanish Lawyer and Notary Public. Director of Spanish + Scottish Law Practice.

Ignacio started his legal practice in his family law practice in Valencia (Spain), founded by his grandfather and continued by his father from whom he acquired advocacy skills, the core values of the legal service and a passion for this profession.

After over two decades practicing the legal profession in Spain, covering most areas of law, Ignacio qualified also as a Scottish Solicitor and Notary Public in 2013.

In his words: “I like knowing the client and the personal circumstances around the case or matter at hand. I truly believe that the client comes first and the transaction follows after. This rule is at the heart of this legal practice.

E-mail: ignacio@sslawpractice.co.uk

Julie Fairley

Legal Coordinator and Language Teacher

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M.A (Hons) International Business Studies & Modern Languages. Trinity Certificate – TESOL.

Julie has long been passionate about travel and discovering new cultures, evidenced by her living and working in Japan, Cameroon, France and Spain. She has worked in both the private and voluntary sectors, teaching people from a range of ages and backgrounds. Although the majority of her early working career was in Finance, her passion for teaching English never diminished and, in 2015, she decided to make a permanent return to the profession. She combined this change of career direction with the fulfilment of an ambition to live and work in Spain. This period reignited her love for Spain and Spanish culture.

Julie, who owns and runs Alpha Language Centre, derives great satisfaction from helping students with their language needs and is committed to giving them an enjoyable and productive learning experience.

Julie speaks English, French and Spanish.

E-mail: julie@sslawpractice.co.uk

Alvaro Martos

Alvaro Martos

Immigration Consultant

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Alvaro studied an undergraduate degree in Employment Relations / Human Resources in Granada and then proceeded to complete a Masters in Financial Accounting in Valladolid. He has been an member of the ‘Colegio de Graduados Sociales de Malaga and Melilla’ since September 2020, (holding member number N-2041).
Alvaro has worked in both Accounting and Immigration, his professional skills in both areas taking him outside Spain to Scotland. Having worked for one year at ING National Nederlanden as a Financial Advisor, he then moved to Edinburgh to assume a position working between VFS (dedicated to managing Visa applications) and the General Consulate of Spain, all the while using and developing his expertise in Spanish Immigration.
Spanish + Scottish Law Practice formed a working collaboration with Alvaro in April 2021 and he is now using his passion and vast experience in the field of Immigration to assist clients with a range of services including Spanish Vias and Spanish Residency.
Alvaro is passionate about Spanish immigration matters, always endeavouring to be honest and fair with clients and working hard to ensure that they take full benefit of their circumstances and options for residing in Spain.

Alvaro speaks Spanish and English.

Email: immigration@sslawpractice.co.uk

Dr. Caterine Arrabal-Ward

Spanish lawyer & Scottish solicitor

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Scottish Solicitor, Spanish Lawyer, Notary Public and Doctor in Law. 

Caterine holds both Spanish and British nationalities. Her legal studies include Economics, Business, Criminal Law, EU Law, Spanish Law and, now, Scottish Law.

She completed a PhD in the field of International Criminal Law at Glasgow Caledonian University and finished a Masters in International Law at The University of Glasgow. She held the post of Tutor in Law at The University of Glasgow, where she engaged in a substantial amount of teaching (at Masters level).

She worked as a lawyer and research assistant in Alicante (Spain), and completed an internship at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague (Netherlands).

She worked as a Scottish Lawyer for the Scottish Government Legal Directorate and thereafter as a Legislation and Parliamentary Engagement Team Lead at National Records of Scotland. She also worked as an immigration, EU law and human rights legal adviser at Loughran and Co. Solicitors in Glasgow.  

She speaks English, Italian and Spanish.

E-mail: caterine@sslawpractice.co.uk

Anthony J Dawson


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Tony Dawson has been practising the legal profession in Scotland for over the past forty years, having also acquired a wide experience in the practical aspects of buying properties in Spain.

Educated at Robert Gordon’s College and The University of Aberdeen, Tony, a former holder of the Scottish and British University Badminton Titles, was capped for Scotland at all levels in the sport and represented Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton in 1978. He also won many North East tennis titles during his tennis career and represented Scotland in the sport in France. A keen athlete, he has completed 26 marathons.

He is well known in North East Business and sporting circles having held various public appointments over the years, including Founder and Chairman of Aberdeen Sports Council, Chairman of Aberdeen Petroleum Sports and Country Club, Chairman of the Russell Anderson Testimonial Committee, Chairman of the Chris Anderson Advisory Trust, Director of the UCAN Urology Cancer Charity, Chairman of Friends of Duthie Park, current Vice Chairman of Sport Aberdeen as well as a former advisor to Sports Scotland on several different sports.

He is past President of the Society of Advocates in Aberdeen and a current Burgess of Guild for the City of Aberdeen.