Carmen María Vilas Soto


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  • English
  • Galician
  • Spanish

Carmen María Vilas Soto

Senior associate


Carmen Vilas is a senior associate in the practice areas of Administrative Law and Planning and Zoning. She qualified as a lawyer in September 1996 and joined Garrigues in January 2009.

During her career, she has amassed extensive knowledge, as broad as it is deep, in numerous aspects of public law. Her experience covers advising public sector entities as well as companies and individuals in their dealings with public authorities.

She provides advice on zoning to the public and private sectors in three main areas of activity (planning, management and enforcement). She has worked for clients under State law as well as under the specific zoning legislation particular to the autonomous communities.

She has provided legal assistance in administrative proceedings related to the various sectors of administrative activity (national, regional and local), including penalty proceedings.

She has assisted public authorities with the development, drafting and implementation of legal rules.

She provides recurring advice to various public authorities on, among other subjects, matters related to personnel in their service.

Also worthy of note is her ample experience in both judicial review and civil proceedings before the entire spectrum of court bodies and levels, as far as the Supreme Court, including claims for liability, representing individuals, companies and all types of public entities.

She is a member of multidisciplinary teams and works in coordination with specialist lawyers from other practice areas of the firm.

Academic background:

Degree in Law, Universidad de Salamanca.