José Manuel Serrano Alberca
Chairman and Founding partner of Serrano Alberca & Conde. Legal Counsel to the Spanish Parliament, Co-Director of Aranzadi´s Urban Development and Construction magazine and Member of the Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation.
He was awarded a Law Degree with First Class Honours and he received a Doctorate in Administrative Law also with First Class Honours. He joined the Military Legal Corps in 1968 and in 1971 became Legal Counsel to the Spanish Parliament.
In 1973, he was appointed Deputy Councillor of Urban Planning and Treasury of the City Council of Alcobendas (Madrid) and also served as Deputy Mayor of that town. In 1977 he was appointed Counsel to the Constitutional Convention, taking part in the drafting of their white paper which the current Spanish Constitution is based on.
He was a Professor of Administrative Law in the Faculty of Political Sciences at the Complutense University in Madrid from 1979 to 1982. During this time, he also held positions as General Technical Secretary of the Ministry of Transports and General Technical Secretary of the Ministry of Industry.
From 1982 to 1990, he held the position of Deputy General Secretary of Parliament and Senior Counsel and Secretary General of the Senate in the Spanish Parliament. In 2003 he was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Constitutional Merit.
José Manuel has joined the Universidad Europea of Madrid as a Professor of Planning Law in its Master of Law for school year 2017-2018.
José Manuel is a very well known expert in Planning Law and Compulsory Purchase and he is the autor of the books “El Derecho de propiedad, la expropiación y la valoración del suelo”, la “Guía Práctica de Urbanismo” and the “Comentario a la Ley 6/1998, de 13 de abril, sobre régimen del suelo y valoraciones”.
Since 2016, José Manuel is listed in the international legal ranking The Best Lawyers, as one of the main experts in Administrative Law in our country. Also, in 2018, he has been awarded with the prize Gamechanger of the year of the prestigious magazine ACQ5.
He is fluent in English, Italian, French and German.