Olalla Garcia-Arreciado is a Registered Foreign Lawyer (Spanish-Qualified). She supports UHNW and HNW clients with family and private client 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. 

She has particular expertise in 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, Liechtenstein, Ukraine, Russia, Kenya, Mexico, the US and the majority of EU countries. She also has extensive 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. She is also in charge of Howard Kennedy's recently-launched Spain and LatAm desk, with a focus on strengthening the bonds with Spanish-speaking professionals and clients across the globe.

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, and she frequently contributes to their publication "The Review".


Recent work
  • Advising the Liechtenstein-based trustee of a very substantial trust worth over $1bn in relation to divorce proceedings in England and Wales to which one of the beneficiaries was a party.
  • Acting for M in relation to her Schedule 1 claims against F, a known footballer nearing the end of his career, in a case involving complex issues around uncertainties surrounding F's future earnings and the high liquidity of his assets.
  • Acting for H, a known footballer, in relation to his divorce, jurisdictional dispute, financial remedy proceedings and children dispute involving an application for their permanent relocation abroad.
  • Acting for W, habitually resident in Spain, by filing divorce and financial relief proceedings in England, with H unsuccessfully cross-petitioning in Spain. The case involved worldwide assets worth over £200m located in different jurisdictions and contested arguments of exceptional contribution and company valuation.
  • Acting for M, 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 M in proceedings before the High Court.

Ranked as a Rising Star, Spear's 500 Family Law Index 2022

Listed as Key Lawyer, Private client: Family, Legal 500 2022

Ranked as a Rising Star, Spear's 500 Family Law Index 2021

Listed as Key Lawyer, Private client: Family, Legal 500 2021

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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