Gonzalo Butori


Education: Degree in Law, at University of Barcelona,     Master's Degree in Commercial Law, at University of Barcelona

Admitted: 2012

Year Joined: 2012

Languages: Italian, English and Spanish

Gonzalo Butori


Gonzalo has acted in a wide range of international and domestic commercial disputes. He has experience dealing with complex, high-value cross-border litigation.

He has particular proficiency with regard to dispute resolution and represents claimants and defendants in all jurisdictions on civil and commercial matters and regularly appears at mediation and arbitration hearings. He has acted as co-advocate in international commercial disputes under ICC and LCIA rules as well as in other Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) proceedings.

Gonzalo is recognised for his pragmatic approach and solution-based strategies as well as his robust capacity when pursuing his clients’ best interests. When heavy disclosure in foreign languages is required, he develops and delivers technical solutions to ease the cost burden for clients.

He has assisted in a number of cross-border transactions involving various EU jurisdictions and achieved successful results. He also specialises in the conflict of laws and jurisdiction.

Gonzalo regularly advises international clients in connection with family and inheritance-related cross-border matters. Throughout his experience, he has dealt with high-value and complex matters both contested and non-contested which have given him valuable exposure and experience.

Gonzalo also leads the Latin America LATAM Desk in London where he assists companies and individuals with interests in the United Kingdom in a wide range of matters from commercial contract disputes to advisory work for businesses wanting to enter new markets. He also assists in the development of the Porto office in Portugal. 

In addition to being admitted to practise in England & Wales as a Registered Foreign Lawyer (RFL), Gonzalo is admitted in to practice as an Abogado, a Spanish-qualified lawyer in Spain, as well as Avvocato Stabilito in Italy and divides his time between London, Barcelona and Naples offices.

Recent Cases

  • Represented an Italian company in an Arbitration proceeding before the ICC sitting in London in connection with a dispute arising from breach of contract. The matter was successfully settled.
  • Represented a UK company before the High Court in connection with a claim for breach of contract against a Swiss construction company in excess of £400,000. The matter presented several complexities due to the defendant being based out of the jurisdiction.
  • Represented the CEO of an international well-know clothing brand. We advised our client in connection with the Settlement Agreement with his formed employer and negotiated a substantial termination package for our client.
  • Represented a client in connection with an anti-suit injunction issued in London by the Executor of the estate of an Italian national. The matter related to a high value estate in which the claimant was already part of other proceedings issued abroad.
  • Represented the Director of a UK company in a judicial mediation arising from a claim issued by formed employees and shareholders for unfair dismissal and unfair prejudice. The matter was successfully settled following several negotiations, resulting in saving our client having to attend a 5-days trial.
  • Assisted the London subsidiary of a Japanese company drafting a number of agreements with some of their consultants based abroad.
  • Instructed in Gonzalo’s capacity as Spanish lawyer, to represent a British national in connection with criminal proceedings in Spain for trespassing. The matter was successfully settled and the claim withdrawn following complex negotiations with the claimant.
  • Represented a UK company in an Adjudication process. The case was complex due to the lack of evidential documentation, however we successfully managed to mitigate our client’s exposure and achieved a result that the client aimed for.
  • Represented the Wife in an arbitration proceedings involving assets in Italy and the UK in excess of £2m. The arbitration was conducted in London and it was successfully concluded with a consent order sealed by the High Court in London.
  • Assisted an LGBT client with the drafting of a settlement agreement in connection with the termination of a long-term relationship.
  • Advised, together with our Italian colleagues, a UK based company within the Aviation industry in relation to a supply contract.
  • Instructed in Gonzalo’s capacity as Spanish lawyer, to represent a British national involved in criminal proceedings in Spain in connection with a drug-related case. The matter was successfully settled with the Prosecutor.
  • Acted for a husband against an Italian wife (resident in London) in conjunction with Julie O’Malley of Lamb Building before Mrs. Justice Parker at the High Court of Justice in a significant cross border family dispute involving the application of the MFPA 1984 in circumstances where the divorce proceedings have commenced abroad.
  • Advising an Italian student in relation to a prospective claim against UCL in conjunction with Gregory Jones QC of Francis Taylor Building.


Gonzalo advises both private and commercial clients in a wide range of matters, both contentious and non-contentious.  He advises private clients on wealth management, alternative dispute resolution and family law matters.

Gonzalo is well regarded for his extensive knowledge and expertise when advising foreign clients with regard to their financial interests, mainly relating to estate management issues, together with probate in both Spain and England & Wales.  He also assists athletes and team players with a range of sports law issues.

Articles and Publications


Arab Chamber of Commerce - Economic Focus  (Page 58)

Guide to buying a Property in Spain

    The Spanish Government's proposed new measures for company start-up will help off-set the impact of Brexit and Covid-19 to Cross-border business between Spain and UK

    A Non-lucrative Residency Visa in Spain allows you to live in Spain for as long as you want to

    How to make sure your foreign assets can be inherited by your British beneficiaries

      First holiday Abroad with Friends? What could go wrong?

        How to make sure your foreign assets can be inherited by your British beneficiaries

          How to limit the potential for a Contract Dispute to Arise

          Debt Recovery in the Current Crisis

          Businesses in Europe Avoid Post-Brexit Red-Tape by setting up a UK Business

          Security of Costs - a Powerful Instrument in Litigation

          Arrested on holiday in Spain? Facing the prospect of criminal charges? Here are the steps you should take

            Does your Business have outstanding Debt in Spain?

              The Arbitration Bill

                Cross-border disputes require Comprehensive Cross-border Legal Expertise as well as Cultural Knowledge to read the signs in Negotiations

                Deadline for Compliance with the Register of Overseas Entities - 31 January 2023

                  Things to consider for the successful Enforcement of Arbitral Awards

                    A Non-lucrative Visa permits long-stay in Spain

                      Debt Collection in Spain

                      Setting up a Business in Spain - An Overview

                      The Five Essential Steps you must take if your Company is being sued

                        The Importance of making your Contract Watertight

                          As one Visa route closes others open - the new range of UK Visas

                            A Non-lucrative Residency Visa is the best option for long-stay in Spain

                              The Competition and Markets Authority prevented from investigating Apple Inc.

                              Portugal's Golden Visa to be withdrawn in March 2023

                              There is still time for EU, EEA citizens to join the relatives in the UK and apply for Settled Status before the March deadline

                              How to Manage your Overseas Assets or Business Affairs with a Power of Attorney

                                Protecting your Overseas Assets for your Heirs in the Next Generation

                                Do not inadvertently hand your pension or insurance benefit to your ex-spouse by failing to update pension and insurance documents

                                Arrested on holiday in Spain? Facing the prospect of criminal charges? Here are the steps you should take