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“We take pride in building close, personal relationships with our clients so that we can offer them the best advice possible”

THE FIRM

Our Services

Bernades & Sabater was founded in 2005, as a result of the partnership between Òscar Bernades and Carolina Sabater, with the aim of offering a GLOBALservice to both corporates and individuals, covering all matters relating to everyday life. As such, our clients include individuals, as well as domestic and international companies and we offer advice regarding both legal and economic matters. For this reason, we have recently created our sister firm, Bernades & Sabater Consulting.

The study of each legal case that is submitted for our consideration does not exclude “a priori” any of the means available to resolve the conflict. Thus, we explore amicable settlements, wherever possible, and we exercise the appropriate actions in the courts to defend the legitimate rights and interests of our clients. We support our clients throughout each process to resolve their conflicts in the most satisfactory manner.

We believe that the development of a personal and direct relationship with our clients is paramount to enabling them to place their trust in us, which is so essential to the client-lawyer relationship. This allows us to offer our clients the most effective, appropriate and practical solutions to their legal problems.

EXPERTISE

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Our Team

Òscar
Bernades i Ràfols

Partner and Lawyer

Our Team

Carolina
Sabater Raga

Partner and Lawyer

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Our Team

Clara
Sabater Raga

Economist and Financial Manager

Our Team

Helena
Calbó Bedmar

Associate Lawyer

Our Team

Elisenda
Torres Medalla

Associate Lawyer

Our Team

Àlex
Carrasco Tomàs

Associate Lawyer

ÒSCAR BERNADES I RÀFOLS

Òscar holds a degree in Law from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He also studied at the Università degli Studi di Bologna in Italy during his Erasmus year, where he was awarded the COPCA scholarship (Consorci de Promoció Comercial de Catalunya) by the Consorzio Appennino Bolognese corporation of Bologna. After graduating, Òscar joined the Italian company, CAM S.R.L. in Chioggia (Conservicio Allevamento Molluschi srl), which specialises in the export and import of fishing products. At CAM, he was responsible for the legal aspects of transport law and the recovery of overdue debt in the Spanish market. After working and living in Italy for two years, Òscar returned to Barcelona to found the law firm Òscar Bernades Advocats in 20xx, which specialised in government, commercial and transport law; this allowed him to establish a loyal portfolio of domestic and international clients. In 2005, Òscar founded Bernades & Sabater with Carolina and together they opened a new office in Granollers (Barcelona).

Òscar is a Professor of Commercial Law for the Post-graduate course: “Iniciació a la professió d’advocat,”, which he teaches at the Escola de Pràctica Jurídica del Il·lustre Col·legi d’Advocats de Granollers.

Òscar is a practising member of the bar in Granollers(Il.lustre Col.legi d’Advocats de Granollers).

Catalan, Spanish, Italian and English.

CAROLINA SABATER RAGA

Carolina holds a degree in Law from the University of Barcelona. After passing the official exams (oposiciones) to become a member of the Official Body of Judges and Court Clerks, Carolina began her professional career at the law firm Bufet Vallbona & Advocats in Granollers. She subsequently worked for the following the law firms in Barcelona: Clifford Chance, Pintó Ruiz & Del Valle i Socoró and Grau & Autó. After joining the law firm Òscar Bernades Advocats in 2004, she founded Bernades & Sabater together with Òscar in 2005.

Carolina’s most important publications to date include: “Reproducción de obras protegidas ¿existen mecanismos de control”? (La Vanguardia), “Los derechos de radiodifusión: problemática existente entorno a las entidades de gestión” (Brochure Bar & Restaurante) and “Patent litigation in Spain” (Clifford Chance’s internal brochure).

Carolina is a Professor in Commercial Law for the Post-graduate course: “Iniciació a la professió d’advocat”, which she teaches at the Escola de Pràctica Jurídica del Il·lustre Col·legi d’Advocats de Granollers.

She is also a member of the CEICFHAG (Comissió d’Ètica i d’Investigació Clínica de la Fundació Hospital Asil de Granollers).

Carolina is a practising member of the bar in Granollers (Il·lustre Col·legi d’Advocats de Granollers) and in Barcelona (Il.lustre Col.legi d’advocats de Barcelona).

Catalan, Spanish, English and French.

CLARA SABATER RAGA

Clara holds a degree in Business Administration from the Universitat Abat Oliba CEU (UB), where she specialised in Finance and Financial Markets. She also holds a Masters in Finance from the University of Pompeu Fabra, where she received a special commendation from the Micro and Macroeconomy faculty. Clara began her professional career in early 1997 and since then has worked as a Financial Controller and the Head of the Tax and Accounting Department at a number of firms, including: Elscint España, Bankinter (Corporate Banking), Notaría Pérez Ballarín, Arthur Andersen, Speedy España and Vivarte Moda. Most recently, Clara worked as a Team Manager in KPMG’s Management Consulting division, where she led consultancy projects that had a special focus on Finance. Clara is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Sol y Cera, S.L., a health and beauty business based in Barcelona, where she was formerly a partner. Clara began to collaborate with Bernades & Sabater in 2007.

She is also a Board Member of the Universitat Abat Oliba CEU Alumni.

Catalan, Spanish, French and English.

HELENA CALBÓ BEDMAR

Helena holds a degree in Law from the University of Pompeu Fabra (2010). She furthered her studies by obtaining the Gèner i igualtat Graduate Certificate at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2011) and a Masters in Labour Law at the Il·lustre Col·legi d’Advocats de Barcelona (2013).

In 2011, she worked as a trainee for the law firm IMB Grup in Barcelona and she joined Bernades & Sabater as an Associate Lawyer in 2013.

Helena is a practising member of the bar in Barcelona (Il·lustre Col·legi d’Advocats de Barcelona).

Catalan, Spanish and English.

ELISENDA TORRES MEDALLA

Elisenda holds a degree in Law from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She began her professional career working in the criminal law firm Federico de Valenciano and subsequently worked for the Justice Department of the Government of Catalonia (Generalitat de Catalunya) for 14 years. She served as a Court Clerk in a number of Courts during the two years prior to joining Bernades & Sabater in 2012. Elisenda holds a Masters in Legal Practice and a Masters in Catalan Civil Law, both from the University of Barcelona. She specialises in Immigration Law and Juvenile Justice.

Elisenda is a member of the Human Rights Commission in the Col·legi d’Advocats de Granollers.

She is a practising member of the bar in Granollers (Il.lustre Col.legi d’Advocats de Granollers).

Catalan, Spanish, English and French.

ÀLEX CARRASCO TOMAS

Alex holds a degree in Law from the University of Barcelona and is a Graduate in Legal Practice from the Il·lustre Col·legi d’advocats in Granollers. He has practised as a licensed attorney since 1996 and has extensive experience in labour and tax litigation, as well as in advising companies, institutions and individuals in all legal aspects. Alex has worked for Andersen Consulting, ITEC (Institut de Tecnologia de la Construcció de Catalunya), Commercial Bank, and BBVA. He has participated in numerous training courses in commercial, civil and labour matters, as well as in foreign trade. Alex joined Bernades & Sabater as an Associate Lawyer in 2008.

Alex is a practising member of the bar in Granollers (Il.lustre Col.legi d’Advocats de Granollers).

Catalan, Spanish, English and French.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

LEGAL DEPARTMENT

INDIVIDUALS

Civil Law:

- Família (separation, divorce, disability...).

- Inheritance (wills and testamentary statements…).

- Real Estate (foreclosures, eviction,...).

Criminal Law:

− Assistance for detainees.

− Handling of criminal complaints.

− Legal advice at every stage of the criminal proceedings (trial and appeals) before the criminal courts, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme High Court.

− Court Jury proceedings.

− Prison Law.

Labour Law:

− Labour agreements.

− Dismissals.

− Compensation claims.

− Pensions.

Immigration Law:

− Nationality and permanent residence.

− Renewal of permits.

− Public appeals.

COMPANIES

Public Law:

− Administrative infringements and sanctions.

− Administrative licenses.

− Government claims.

− Administrative court proceedings.

Commercial Law:

− Incorporation of companies (Company secretary services, General meetings, Duties and liability of directors, Shareholders agreements,...).

− Intellectual property (Patents and Trademarks).

− Competition Law.

− Transport Law.

− Credit protection.

Labour Law:

− Employment contracts (Exclusivity agreements, non-competition and confidentiality clauses for professionals with access to sensitive information).

− Dismissals.

− Collective bargaining and labour relations.

Economical Criminal Law:

− Tax crime.

− Corporate crime.

− Crime against employees.

− Concealment of assets.



ECONOMIC AND TAX DEPARTMENT

Management Consulting

Accounting Advice

Tax Advice

Bookkeeping

Drafting of tax documents (monthly, quarterly and annual returns)

Management analysis

Accounting reports

Analysis and definition of costs

Cash Management

Contact

BARCELONA

C/ Princesa, 2, 3r B
08401 Granollers (Barcelona)

TEL: +34 93 870 33 36

FAX: +34 93 879 11 54

E-MAIL:infobcn@bernades-sabater.cat

MADRID

C/ Arturo Soria, 201, 3º C
28043 Madrid

TEL: +34 91 413 14 64

E-MAIL:infomadrid@bernades-sabater.cat