Administrative Law and Regulated Sectors


“It is more valuable to have the respect than the admiration of the people”. Jean Jacques Rousseau


Administrative law, as part of the body of law which governs, among other aspects, the relations of any kind existing between the different authorities and bodies of the public sector and the persons subject to Government regulation, is in a continual process of change in order to adapt to new social needs. It is vital that such change ensures the necessary balance, in a democratic state based on the rule of law, between the public interest, on the one hand, and individual freedom, on the other hand, legal practitioners being required to contribute with their work to defining such balance. 

The team of lawyers working in Ramón y Cajal’s Administrative Law and Regulated Sectors practice have years of training and recognised standing in their specialist field and extensive experience in providing legal advice in this area both to public bodies and private companies. Additionally, the members of the practice regularly appear as legal counsel in proceedings conducted before the Contentious-Administrative Courts or the Constitutional Court.

Ramón y Cajal’s Administrative Law and Regulated Sectors practice offers one of the most comprehensive services of the market in this area of law, which includes, among others, the following matters:  

  • Public-sector contracts (legal advisory and litigation services in relation to the preparation, awarding, performance, amendment and termination of public-sector contracts). 
  • Compulsory purchase orders. 
  • Public services liability of public authorities. 
  • State subsidies and grants.
  • Administrative infringements and penalties.
  • General provisions (preparation, challenging of, etc.).
  • Public assets (roads, railways, airports, ports, coasts, water or mines).
  • Regulated sectors (energy, telecommunications, audiovisual, transport, food, pharmaceuticals, health and welfare, funeral services, waste management, gambling, retail trade or consumer). 

The practice is recognised as one of Spain’s top ten practices by international directories such as Chambers and Partners and Legal 500.

“They are the kind of lawyers you are happy to count on. They always have the best solution for each problem, combining knowledge with dedication”. Chambers and Partners, 2021

“The team is the best I have found on the market. Technically they are extraordinary and they achieve extraordinary empathy with the client. They always make the right decision and their recommendations and solutions have given us many joys. A fantastic team”. Legal 500 2021