José Manuel is a Public Law and Regulatory partner at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo.

He specialises in administrative law and urban planning.

He holds a degree and doctorate in Law from the University of Valencia and a degree in Political Science from the UNED. He also holds a diploma in Urban Management from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia.

He has been Director of Valencia CF, General Administrative Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure and Transport and Head of the Territorial Service of Urban Planning of Valencia of the Generalitat Valenciana. He is currently a civil servant on leave with national habilitation (Secretary of the City Council), as TAG and as a Technician of the Generalitat.

José Manuel is recognised in prestigious legal directories such as Chambers and Partners and Legal500 as one of the leading professionals in the areas of Planning and Public Law.

He is the author of several articles and books, mainly related to urban planning issues and is a regular lecturer on topics related to urban planning, at the College of Architects, Civil Engineers and various Universities.

Membership of Professional Bodies and Associations

Valencia Bar Association no. 4492




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  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2019

Chambers & Partners Europe 2022. Planning

"knowledge of the subject matter and of the public authorities."

Chambers & Partners Europe 2021. Planning

"He is always positive and solution-oriented."

The Legal 500 2021. Public Law

‘Our contact partner is José Manuel Palau. He is quick to grasp the essence of the problem, a good organizer, very willing to assist us in any circumstance, cordial in dealing and spares no effort.’

The Legal 500 2021. Public Law

The Chambers Europe 2020. Planning – Spain

"astute and persistent."

The Chambers Europe 2019. Planning

The Legal 500 2019. Public Law

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