Practice areas

Maritime. Admiralty. Charter parties and Bill of lading disputes. Ship arrest. Building and finance. Aviation.
International Trade. Marine insurance. Insurance and reinsurance. Maritime and insurance arbitrations.


Spanish and english.

Javier Portales



Law Degree, Universidad de Cantabria (1989).
Master in Maritime Law, Instituto Europeo de Estudios Marítimos (IEEM) de Gijón (1990).

Professional Practice

Practising lawyer since 1991 with special focus in Maritime and Aviation Law; Admiralty, Marine insurance and Transport.
Professor in Maritime Law, Instituto Marítimo Español, Escuela de Náutica de Barcelona and Fundación Valenciaport.
Member of various Maritime Law Institutions: Member of the Executive Committee of the Spanish Maritime Law Association and member of the Spanish Arbitration Club.


Lawyer Band 1 in Shipping Law by CHAMBERS & PARTNERS, in various editions. In 2020, Javier Portales is ranked in the first places.
Leading individual in Spain in Transport (Shipping) in The LEGAL 500 ranking 2019.
“Lawyer of the Year” in Transportation Law, by Best Lawyer, in 2015 and 2017 and “Lawyer of the Year” in Maritime Law in 2019.