Mr James Levy CBE QC > Hassans > Gibraltar, Gibraltar > Lawyer Profile

Madison Building
GX11 1AA

Work Department

Corporate & Commercial, Private Client.


James Levy is the Senior Partner of Hassans, specialising in corporate and international tax law. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in October 2002 and, in 2013, was awarded a CBE for his services to the community of Gibraltar and for his work in helping to grow and develop its economy.

He advises large public companies on mergers and acquisitions and property companies on acquisitions throughout Europe. He is often called upon by high-net-worth individuals from around the world to provide advice on complicated commercial and family dispute resolution.

His in depth legal knowledge is eclipsed only by his common sense approach to problem solving.


James assisted the Government of Gibraltar on its development of the jurisdiction as a finance centre. This has included advice on anti-money laundering, banking, insurance, financial services and trust legislation.

He pioneered the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Gibraltar and is a qualified Mediator.

He advised the Government of Gibraltar in the 1980s/ 1990s in respect of the transposition of a backlog of EU Directives. He also advised the Government of Gibraltar in the landmark Spanish Pension Case. He advised TGWU (now Unite) in their successful challenge of the Ministry of Defence’s decision of the Naval Base under the Crown Proceedings Act.


English, Spanish, French and Hebrew.


James was contributing author to ‘Tolleys Tax Planning International’ and joint editor of ‘Tolleys Taxation’ in Gibraltar, and frequently lectures on various aspects of financial services legislation.


An Honours graduate from Manchester University, James attended the Council of Legal Education in London and qualified in 1972, becoming a partner of Hassans soon after in 1974.

Lawyer Rankings

Gibraltar > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Hall of Fame)

James LevyHassans

Undeniably the leading firm for commercial matters, Hassans advises both Gibraltar-based and international corporate clients from a range of industries. The group is notable for the  depth of its senior team; James Levy advises on M&A transactions and real estate acquisitions, while Vikram Nagrani, as co-head of the fintech practice, assists with commercial transactions in the technology space. Abigail Cornelio handles transactions relating to natural resources and mining in emerging markets. Michael Castiel and Peter Montegriffo QC are both vastly experienced in commercial matters.

Gibraltar > Private client

(Hall of Fame)

James LevyHassans

Private client work is a key area for Hassans; the firm has an extensive practice that is adept at advising on tax efficient structures for large portfolios and providing ongoing management services with regard to assets held on trust. Due to Gibraltar’s favourable tax regime, the firm is also solicited b high-net-worth individuals looking to re-domicile to the country. Key contacts include James Levy QC, a frequent adviser to the government on tax and trust legislation and Peter Montegriffo QC, who handles cross-border issues.  Managing partner Javier Chincotta‘s practice spans private client and corporate advice.