Legal Business

Market report: Iberia – Out of the storm

Dominant in their home markets, law firms from Spain and Portugal have weathered the tempest by heading for far-flung locations

Last year, Spain endured a period of political turbulence. In the space of 12 months, it blundered through two elections and the fear of not being able to produce a budget for 2017, narrowly avoiding EU sanctions for overshooting its deficit target. Despite this unease, the economy has now seen two consecutive years of 3% growth, fuelled by an accelerated industrial output. As a result, Spain has become one of Europe’s fastest-growing economies and unemployment is at its lowest level since 2009.