Jose is a legal director in Kennedys’ Madrid office. He qualified in Spain in 1998. His practice areas include marine and ports, contracts, insurance and reinsurance, regulation, public liability, financing, aviation and regulatory defence.

José is an expert in marine, logistics and ports, handling matters for ship owners, shipyards, marine insurers and reinsurers, and port authorities. He is experienced in drafting contracts, dispute resolution, litigation, recovery actions and policy interpretation and handles both contentious and non-contentious cases.

He regularly writes for publications and is a member of the Spanish Maritime Association and the International Ports Law Association. He is also a lecturer for the Master's Degree in Shipping Business and Maritime Law Program, which is a joint program between the Spanish Maritime Institute and the Comillas Pontifical University.

José has an amazing legal mind and has the ability to explain things simply.

Qualifications and admissions

  • Qualified in Spain in 1998

Market recognition

  • Recommended lawyer for 'Transport: Shipping (Spain)'
    "Standout individuals include Olivia Delagrange, who is an excellent lawyer and runs her team brilliantly, José Pellicer who has an amazing legal mind and has the ability to explain things simply, and Marta Parrondo who quickly understands the issue at hand and works hard to resolve it."
    The Legal 500 EMEA 2023
  • Recommended lawyer for 'Transport: Shipping (Spain)'
    "José Pellicer is an excellent individual whose work ethic is superb, he is very committed and breaks complex issues down into manageable and easy to understand parts. His knowledge is brilliant and he understands the commercial side of claims."
    The Legal 500 EMEA 2022
  • Recommended Lawyer for 'Transport: Shipping (Spain)'
    "José Pellicer is an expert in logistics, ports and maritime law."
    "José Pellicer, who again has an amazing knowledge of the law, is extremely pro-active and understands the issues together with identifying areas of concern."
    The Legal 500 EMEA 2021
  • Recommended Lawyer for 'Transport: Shipping (Spain)'
    "José Pellicer is brilliant, fast and creative in his approach to problems. He is a rising star, no doubt.
    "José Pellicer is an expert in his area of marine, logistics and ports law and all related matters, including policy interpretation. Always delivers on his promises and provides unique advice that details everything that you need, together with breaking it down into an understandable format when it comes to the complicated Spanish Civil Codes."
    The Legal 500 EMEA 2020

Work highlights

  • Shipbuilding and financing of bunkering tankers, a Navy training ship, polar trawlers, anchor handling vessels, salvage vessels, research and oceanographic vessels, racing and mega-yachts. 
  • Ship purchase, reflagging of several vessels at Malta, Madeira, Marshall Islands etc.
  • Salvage procedures involving Navy helicopters, tugs and cruises.
  • Arbitration in connection with the defective design of passenger vessels.
  • Heavy lifts incidents and fires on car carriers’ cargo holds.