León Fernando Del Canto (2006)

León Fernando Del Canto (2006)

Membership Status: Barrister - Full Member Qualified in 2006 Public Access Accredited


General Information

León Fernando Del Canto took his first steps as a lawyer in his father’s firm in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. After working in New York for several years he relocated to England, where he worked as international tax and legal counsel at KPMG, Deloitte and Grant Thornton. In 2006 he became the first Spanish citizen to hold a double qualification as a barrister in England and Spanish Abogado and he joined The Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in London. León Fernando Del Canto has practised in Madrid, New York, London and Doha among other places. His international experience gives his firm, Del Canto Chambers, a multi-jurisdictional expertise and a solid global vision.

Work undertaken:

  • Charities
  • EU Law
  • Human Rights
  • International Law
  • International Human Rights
  • International Organisations
  • Public International Law
  • Tax and Immigration. 

Professional Qualifications:

  • Member of the Bar Council of England and Wales
  • Barrister | The Honourable Society of Lincoln´s Inn (London)
  • Lawyer (Abogado) | Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid (Spain)
  • Lawyer (Abogado) | Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Jerez de la Frontera (Spain)
  • Member of the Association of Taxation Technicians (UK)
  • Permanent Arbiter in the Court of Arbitration of the Moroccan and Spanish Chamber of Commerce





Over the years, Leon has worked in a variety of cases, including for Private and Public Corporations, High Net Worth Individuals, Governmental and NGO institutions, such as

PLC & Corporations              NGO & Government Institutions              Others  

Goldman Sachs                     Organisation of Islamic Cooperation             Sunseekers Yachts

Fortis Bank                            Qatar Charity                                                 Costa Coffee

Lloyds Bank                           Al Sharq Forum Foundation                          Mercers

McKinsey & Company           Qatar Embassy Spain                                    Prada

Yahoo                                    Han Nefkens Art Collection                           Taylor Wimpy

Unidad Editorial                     Spanish Embassy (Qatar, UK, Ireland)         Smart Design Worldwide

RCS Media Group                  Prince's Trust Charity                                   Jani King

Grupo PRISA                         AIDE Charity                                                 Patisserie Valerie

Gulf Films                              PRASAD Foundation                                    Apaches Entertainment

Grand Cinemas                      Art Aids Foundation

Huffington Post                      SYDA Foundation

                                              In Depth Foundation


o   Huffpost blog at  www.huffingtonpost.com/leon-fernando-del-canto-/

o   International Tax blog at www.taxprecision.com

o   Articles published at Expansion, Spanish leading financial paper and Tax Journal, the Journal for Tax advisers in the UK.

o    How to Buy your Home in Spain, Published by the Spanish Embassy

  • The Times
  • The Guardian
  • Bloomberg
  • El País (Spain’s most read national newspaper)
  • Expansión (Spain’s most read economic journal)
  • Cinco Días (Spanish economic journal of El País)
  • Huffington Post
  • Tax Journal
  • Money Observer
  • Global Assests Magazine
  • Prime Resi
  • Tax Precision
  •  “How to Buy your Home in Spain”, Published by the Spanish Embassy

Fees and Feedback

Fees and Feedback

My working method: 

Before I carry out any work on behalf of a client, I always ask him for a Proof of address and current passport copy, in order to comply with the KYC´s regulations. After that, I send an Engagement Letter through my Clerk Office www.clerksroom.com to the client explaining the process. We enclose a copy of the BSB guidance for lay clients, which explains how the public access scheme works. We also find helpful to set out the work that we carry out to the client and the fees that we charge for the work from the beginning in our Cover Letter. This cover letter which is enclosed in the beginning of the Engagement Letter has a clear structure on fees which is based on:

1. Fixed Fee agreed with the client before we handed the Engagement Letter to him. This fixed fee is agreed by email or by a call where we explain to the client the work that I will carry out. or;

2. On hourly fee charged at a standard rate of £650 plus VAT. Based on standards prices that a Senior Barrister or International Lawyer would charge in London or other multi disciplinary jurisdiction. Sometimes, I can work with other members of my offices as Paralegals or Tax and Legal Advisers and their hours of work are fixed on a rate between £150 and £250 plus VAT.

As internal and clear policy of my chamber, I do not send any work until the client has paid the fees in advance. If the work is carried out based on a success of a case (No Win- No Fee) I will always charge an administrative fee in advance and a percentage (minimum 15%) may be charged at the end of the case, based on the merits of the case. 

If by any chance the client owe me any fees and this do not pay these for more than three months after, my Engagement Letters entitle me to give to the client a fee note interest which will be payable at 2% above the owed fees according to the Barclays Bank base rate from 28 days of the date of the fee note.

The indicative timescales for the services: 

This may vary on the services that by its own nature I will carry out. This timescale depends on the instructions, information and documents provided by the client and on the subject on which the work is carried out.      

 * E.G. To study a case may take at least 5 hours of work.

My Clients have the right to cancel my Engagement Letter within 14 days without giving any reason. This cancellation period will expire after 14 days from the day on which the contract is entered into. To exercise the right to cancel, clients must inform me of their decisions to cancel the contract by a clear statement (e.g. a letter sent by post, fax or e-mail to the contact details provided on my letterhead.). All my engagement letters enclose a cancellation form at the end of it (but it is not mandatory to use it).

If a client cancel a contract, I will reimburse all payments received from him without undue delay, and not later than 14 days after the day on which I was informed about him decision to cancel the contract. I will make the reimbursement using the same means of payment as the client used for his initial transaction, unless the client have expressly agreed otherwise; in any event, the client will not incur any fees as a result of this reimbursement. 

If the client requested me to begin the performance of services during the cancellation period, the client shall pay me an amount which is in proportion to what has been performed until he has communicated to me the cancellation from this contract, in comparison with the full coverage of the contract.


If, for any reason, a client is unhappy with the service he receives, he should either refer to me or to my Clerk in line with my practice complaints procedure. Information on the chambers’ complaints procedure is available at the following link: http://www.clerksroom.com/content-html?cid=416

If a client also is not happy with my reply or my Clerks’ reply, he can contact the Legal Ombudsman here within six months of receiving a final response to his complaint from myself or from my Clerk (provided the response specifically notifies you of your right to complain to the Ombudsman and of the six month time limit). It must also be made not more than six years after the act or omission complained about or not more than three years from the date when you should reasonably have known that there were grounds for complaint.

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