The tragic Barajas accident has brought about a singular controversy, never heard before in this part of Europe (or at least Spain). Spanish newspapers started it all off and the Spanish Law Society has now taken an interest in the matter. I am referring to the so called “ambulance chasers“, a funny and graphic term given to lawyers who hurry to disaster sites to solicit business from the injured or the relatives of those who have died.
The Spanish Law Society is now studying whether to take disciplinary actions against Spanish law firms who have hooked up with their American counterparts in a quest to attract as much of the personal injury legal compensation business as possible, almost right at the scene of the accident. Also, the Dean of the Las Palmas Law Society has affirmed that that some Spanish law firms are in clear breach of the Law Society Rules and Statutes in respect of legal business solicitation (articles 7. and 8.) and has equally recommended exemplary disciplinary action.
Aggressive solicitation of legal work is not uncommon in Spain and temptations arise when those targeted are foreigners caught up in nightmarish legal wrangles, for example when buying property. I suppose it is not always possible to differentiate what is ethical from unscrupulous but the above case seems a clear example of someone wanting to profit from someone else’s misfortune. Too bad for those Spanish firms!