Dennis Phillips

Senior Associate

I am a Spanish speaking English qualified solicitor and have spent most of my career dealing with foreign law at niche international practices in London and within specialist departments at regional law firms. I’m one of a handful of English qualified solicitors with an established specialism in overseas property law.

Predominantly, I advise individuals, families and professional advisers throughout the UK and abroad on:

  • Tax efficient Spanish estate administration and contested Spanish inheritances
  • Spanish Wills and Anglo-Spanish Capacity issues
  • Tax efficient transfer of share in Spanish property triggered by family breakdowns and buy-outs between co-owners and family members

I’m regularly asked to bridge gaps on matters where Spanish professionals have already been appointed, typically to:

  • Deal quickly with Spanish Powers of Attorney
  • Certify important differences between English and Spanish Law; and
  • Trouble shoot problems arising from language and cultural barriers

I also have experience dealing with assets in Cape Verde, the Caribbean, Croatia, Dubai, Germany, Morocco, Switzerland and Turkey. If I can’t help you or your clients in these countries or elsewhere, I can usually put you in touch with someone you can.

Before qualifying in 2002, I studied Law and Spanish Law at the University of Kent and Deusto in Spain.

Outside work I enjoy racket sports and I’m a keen environmentalist. I’ve recently started to relive my youth by playing club table tennis, I cycle to work and my wife and two young boys are on our journey to becoming a zero waste household.

  • Dennis advised me on a contentious matter involving the English and Spanish law relating to my late husband’s Spanish estate. The whole process felt very personal and I’d thoroughly recommend him. Very reliable. Very honest. Very good at his job.
    Mrs April Goode, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
  • Thank you for doing everything involved with transferring my late mother’s Spanish property to me and dealing so quickly with the subsequent sale My family’s English solicitor and I certainly couldn’t have managed it without your support. The advice we received from the Spanish lawyers we first contacted was confusing. The communication difficulties prompted us to seek your specialist advice and you simplified things straight away. I would have no hesitation in recommending you to friends and family with overseas property.
    Mrs G Hetherington, Workington, Cumbria
  • You were a stable and reliable contact during a very hard and stressful time. My thanks are extremely heartfelt. I don’t know how I would have sorted things out without you. My local Spanish lawyer just couldn’t deal with the problem. They didn’t have a clue and things got lost in a sea of translation. You always got back to me really promptly and out of office hours. Quite remarkable really. You are extremely professional, friendly and knowledgeable. I sing your praises to everyone and will be keeping your name in my diary.
    Mrs K Buckingham, Mickleover, Derbyshire
  • We were asked by our fiscal representative in Spain to arrange an urgent Spanish Power of Attorney, and we approached Buckles for help. Overall, a very good service which meant we were able to complete our sale on time. Mr Phillips was very polite, and the Notary he picked to witness our signatures was very good too
    Mr & Mrs B, Lincolnshire
  • Dennis sorted out my Spanish Power of Attorney really quickly and made the process so easy. He was very down to earth and easy to talk to. 11 out of 10 for service! Dennis and Buckles can expect more business from me in the future.
    Janet Tregidgo, Coggeshall, Essex
  • Buckles came highly recommended by our local Solicitors and Dennis arranged some pre-sale searches on our property in Spain and prepared a Spanish Power of Attorney to allow me to represent my husband. The local Notary who witnessed the documentation near our home was most impressed. Dennis had sent him a letter with very precise instructions. The Notary said that he usually receives something more like a piece of scrap paper and nobody really knows what they’ve got to do! Dennis made the whole experience such smooth sailing.
    Mrs Ann Large, Liverpool
  • Dennis came highly recommended by my local family solicitor and helped ensure my interests were protected when I transferred my share in a Spanish property to my ex-husband. He gave us very practical advice and we received an excellent service.
    Mrs Pauline Grosvenor, Wolverhampton, West Midlands
  • Thank you very much Dennis for being so prompt and efficient with the preparation of our Spanish Power of Attorney and getting to the bottom of our insurance problems. Most other solicitors we have dealt with take ages to do anything, but you have been really good with us.
    Graham & Barbara Reynolds, Pentre Halkyn, Flintshire, North Wales
  • Dennis worked seamlessly with my local Spanish lawyers to handle the UK formalities involved with my Spanish divorce transfer. In difficult circumstances, he managed expectations every step of the way and delivered a very efficient service.
    Paul Barker, Derby
  • I feel it would be extremely remiss of me not to express our sincere thanks for all the professional guidance and expertise you have afforded us, in guiding Keith and I through what has been a long and complex exercise. We are certain that without your assistance it would have proved to be an impossible task, our only regret is that we were not introduced to you much earlier. Nevertheless, you have helped us reach our objective which has relieved us from a great deal of stress. We would have no hesitation in recommending yourself and your firm to anyone wishing to buy or sell a property abroad. We feel we can now sit back and pop a cork or two and carry on with life.
    Keith and Margaret Hopkinson, Wellow, Nottinghamshire