Olalla Garcia-Arreciado is a Registered Foreign Lawyer (Spanish-Qualified). She supports UHNW and HNW clients with private client and family cross-border matters. Much of her caseload has an international element.

Olalla seeks to build and implement long-term, effective solutions for clients that are involved in contentious or non-contentious family matters including: divorce, separation and nullity, cohabitation, pre and post nuptial agreements, financial relief applications, private children matters and injunctions.

Her particular expertise is dealing with cases that present jurisdictional issues or in which international conventions, European regulations or foreign law are applicable, as well as securing the enforcement of orders abroad. She has dealt with matters presenting international ramifications in countries such as Switzerland, Ukraine, Russia, Kenya, Mexico, the US and the majority of EU countries. She also has experience in substantive and procedural English family law, in both the lower and higher courts and is therefore able to deal with purely domestic matters.

Olalla has considerable experience conducting, assisting and advising in matters comprising substantial assets, located both in the UK and abroad, including trusts and other offshore structures.

Further to advising on English and European law, Olalla is also a qualified Spanish lawyer and a native Spanish speaker. This allows her to assist both English-speaking clients with interests in Spain (e.g. enforcing a financial order against a property in Spain) and Spanish-speaking clients with interests in the UK, using her combined knowledge of the common and civil law systems.

Olalla is a member of Resolution, a community of family justice professionals who work with families and individuals to resolve issues in a constructive way.

Recent work
  • Acting for wife, habitually resident in Spain, by filing divorce and financial relief proceedings in England, with husband unsuccessfully cross-petitioning in Spain. The case involving worldwide assets worth over £200m located in different jurisdictions and contested arguments of exceptional contribution and company valuation.
  • Acting for mother, who had been previously found to have abducted her son by returning him from the UK to Spain, in successfully obtaining the child's permanent relocation to Spain with mother in proceedings before the High Court.
  • Advising husband, a British national based in Sri-Lanka, in relation to divorce proceedings in Spain, where wife and children were habitually resident, while wife intended to cross-petition in England, in a case involving a pre-nuptial agreement and issues of applicable law.
  • Acting for wife in securing the enforcement of an English financial order against immovable assets located in Spain and France.
Did you know

Olalla is an avid reader and cinephile, and fervently supports the independent Prince Charles Cinema. She is originally from Huelva, in sunny southwestern Spain.


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