Public Authorities

Our advice provides a specific and comprehensive response to the needs of Public Authorities.

We know how the State, regional and local authorities work, and we know all about their daily concerns and the major challenges facing this type of public bodies.

At times, issues are common to the three territorial levels; at times, specific to each jurisdiction.

On the other hand, we assist and represent different institutions and bodies of the Union, such as the European Commission, the European Economic and Social Committee or the European Committee of the Regions, both before the Courts of Justice of the European Union and the national courts to defend their interests.

Our advice to the Public Authorities is focused on:

  • Administrative and public sector contracts (concessions, public works, management of services, etc.)
  • Authority- and publicly-owned property
  • Public Authority’s liability and expropriation (compulsory purchase/eminent domain)
  • Regulated sectors: energy (electricity, gas, hydrocarbons), telecommunications, transport and postal services, food and agriculture, health, defence, gambling
  • Collective bargaining (bargaining, agreements, improvement clauses)
  • Terms of employment (illegal assignment, substantial modification of working conditions, working hours, unpaid leaves of absence and collective redundancies)
  • Incorporation, advice and liquidation of mixed-economy companies


See team

Key Contacts

Enrique Lucas Murillo de la Cueva

Managing partner – Bilbao

José Manuel Palau Navarro



  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016

The Chambers Europe 2020. Public Law – Spain

"a lot of experience and knowledge of the administration." "has experts in every sector."

Legal 500 2020. Public law – Spain

The Chambers Europe 2019. Public Law – Spain

"proactive provision of alternative solutions"

The Legal 500 2019. Public Law

The Legal 500 2019. Public Law

Administrativo y regulatorio y administracion publica «Gómez-Acebo & Pombo's public law group (…) is described as a 'very smart team of great communicators'»

The Chambers Europe 2018. Public Law Band 1

"The firm enjoys great prestige in the public sector for the work they do for public bodies and the articles they publish in relation to public contracting"  

The Legal 500 2018. Public Law Band 1

“Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has expertise advising local and international clients”

The Chambers Europe 2017. Public Law

"The team provides us with intelligent and useful strategies" "They have really in-depth knowledge of the market and of what kind of assistance my company needs," says another client, adding: "They are easygoing people who speak to me in plain language"

The legal 500 2017. Public Law

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados’ public law practice earns praise for its ‘outstanding and pertinent advice’, ably complemented by the firm’s other departments.

The Chambers Europe 2016. Competition and European Law

"The team is proactive, practical and gives straight advice." "The service is excellent; the team has a great experience in this type of matter."

The Chambers Europe 2016. Public Law

"The lawyers are great experts in the field. They are operative and effective." "The attorneys have been fantastic. I find them responsive, creative and detail-oriented." "I value the firm greatly; it has been a key element in shaping the Central de Contratación since its inception, constantly proposing solutions and alternatives that improve its function and make it an attractive tool to use by as many local authorities as possible."