About UsDennis Phillips - Associate

Dennis Phillips


Dennis is a Spanish speaking English qualified solicitor.

Before qualifying in 2002, Dennis studied Law and Spanish Law at the University of Kent and Deusto in Spain. Dennis has spent most of his career dealing with foreign law at niche international practices in London and within specialist departments at regional law firms. He is one of a very small handful of English qualified solicitors with an established specialism in overseas property law.

Dennis advises individuals, families and professional advisers throughout the UK and abroad on:

  • The administration of foreign estates
  • Purchase and sale of foreign property
  • Transfers of equity in foreign property following a family breakdown and financial difficulties
  • Enforcement of UK Court orders abroad
  • Buy-outs and gifts of foreign property between co-owners and family members
  • Resolving foreign property disputes
  • Defending claims by foreign mortgage lenders
  • Certification of differences between English and foreign law
  • Powers of Attorney for use abroad
  • Tracing foreign based assets and individuals
  • Trouble shooting legal issues arising from language barriers and cultural differences
  • UK Wills, Grants of Representation and Powers of Attorney
  • Selecting and briefing a growing worldwide network of foreign lawyers

With particular emphasis on Spanish matters, Dennis also has extensive experience dealing with assets elsewhere in the world including Croatia, the Caribbean, Dubai, Germany, Morocco, and Switzerland.

What others say about Dennis:

"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

"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

"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 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

"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 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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"Dear Dennis I wish to thank you so much for all your help in clarifying and resolving our real estate issue with the Spanish authorities. I very much appreciated your prompt and efficient handling of the matter."
Mark Streeter, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

"Dear Dennis A big thank you to you and your team for your success in fighting our corner in the Spanish courts and recovering our costs. From now on, we will always be advising friends and family to save themselves unnecessary worry by taking your advice before they sign any foreign documentation."
Mr and Mrs Pinchin, Surrey

"The report on my Croatian investment purchase is excellent and provides a good review of the issues which I need to be aware of."
Mr Parkin, London

"We found your legal report on our purchase in Morocco to be both informative and easy to understand."
Mr and Mrs S, Isle of Man

"I instructed Dennis for an opinion on some Spanish law and procedure relating to a dispute I was resolving on behalf of my clients in the Liverpool County Court. Having instructed Dennis at short notice, he was able to come back to me with quick, clear and cost-effective advice."
Craig Hollingdrake, Managing Director, JWK Solicitors, Lancaster

"What a splendid Spanish Power of Attorney document - the best I have seen in well over 40 years."
Christopher Langdon, Past President of the Notaries Society of England and Wales

"We hired Dennis to assist us with the legalities on our Croatian property purchase. Dennis helped us navigate some tricky legal issues that were thrown at us, and we completed the deal safely. Dennis’s familiarity with the local law, understanding of local commercial practices and culture was invaluable and his personable hands on approach made dealing with the process enjoyable."
Adrian and Carole Rayner, Oxfordshire