Thomas Cooper Hire Shipping and Transport Legal Team

Thomas Cooper are pleased to announce the hire of one partner and three new Abogados to our Madrid office which is headed by Juan Alegre.

Our new joiners include partner, Bernardo Ruiz Lima, and abogados Victor Mata, Juan José Bernardo and Antonio De La Campa Cervera whose arrival will double our Spanish Law Shipping, Transport and Insurance litigation expertise.

Partner, Bernardo Ruiz Lima regularly deals with insurance claims and transport issues and is highly experienced in Arbitration, Trade Transport and Commodities disputes. He is identified as a ranked lawyer in Chambers Europe and has been reported as “showing a great deal of concern for his client’s interests, cost efficiency and reporting…”He is also praised for his industry expertise…”

Chambers Europe researchers also comment that clients have also singled out contractual disputes, personal injury and salvage specialist, Víctor Mata for his “fast responses, availability, expertise and ample knowledge of national and international shipping issues.”

Juan José Bernardo and Antonio de la Campa Cervera are both highly experienced in Road Transport, Shipping and International Trade law issues.

Bernardo Ruiz Lima commented on the team hire:

“We are delighted to be joining Thomas Cooper. The move will enable us to enhance the service we are able to provide to our clients across the Shipping, Insurance and Transport sectors by adding the ability to deal with international matters through Thomas Cooper’s international network of offices. Thomas Cooper was the natural choice for us in that it is energetic, dynamic and progressive and is using its existing profile to continue to make inroads into the market.”

Head of the Madrid office, Juan Alegre comments:

“Bernardo, Victor, Juan José and Antonio’s appointment will be an excellent addition to the Madrid office. Their expertise will enhance and build upon our existing capabilities. They are all very experienced, know the market well and have real expertise in their practice areas which will further strengthen our presence in Spain and continue to enable us to use a different approach to all legal issues and conflict resolution. Our clients worldwide require us to think on an international basis but understand and take into account local systems of law. The arrival of the new team will ensure that we continue to achieve this successfully and fits in with our growth strategy. With our new recruits the Madrid team now has 10 lawyers – as previously mentioned in 2012, our strategy to expand our Madrid presence to incorporate new lawyers into the team has been firmly put into place. We remain the only firm in Spain in the international trade, shipping and insurance sector which has experienced English solicitors and Spanish abogados under one roof enabling us to handle all Spanish and English legal matters from one location”


Thomas Cooper was established in 1825 and has offices in London, Madrid, Paris, Piraeus, São Paulo and Singapore. The firm has 25 partners. 
Thomas Cooper primarily specialises in Maritime, Transport, Insurance, International Arbitration, International Trade Finance & Commodities and Banking law. Thomas Cooper opened their Madrid office in 2003.
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About the contributors

  • Juan Alegre Partner

    Juan is the head of our Madrid office. He specialises in wet and dry shipping and is a member of our Emergency Response team. Juan has experience of a wide variety of shipping problems, particularly concerning the carriage of oil and gas.

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  • Bernardo Ruiz Lima Partner

    Bernardo deals regularly with insurance and reinsurance claims, logistics and transport issues, P&I and salvage proceedings.

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  • Juan José Bernardo Abogado

    Juan José deals regularly with all matters of Road Transport and Shipping Law as well as with International Trade Law and Insurance Law.

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  • Antonio de la Campa Cervera Abogado

    Antonio regularly deals with Road Law and Wet and Dry shipping cases.

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  • Victor Mata Abogado

    Victor is normally involved in handling personal injury files, contractual disputes and salvage proceedings.

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