Santiago Garrido de las Heras

Santiago Garrido de las Heras


Email santiago.garrido@​

Phone +34 91 349 82 23

Fax +34 91 349 82 01

LanguagesEnglish, Spanish

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

"He is the most practical of all those I work with on energy and environmental matters. He creates imaginative and pragmatic solutions and a great dialogue with public administrations to see what's the best way of tackling the issues".

Chambers Europe 2018

Santiago is the Head of the Regulatory and Environment practice in our Madrid office. He is a recognized expert in Energy, Environmental and Climate Change law, advising clients in the Energy, Natural Resources and other regulated sectors. Santiago is known for being a great problem-solver. He sees the connections between regulatory policies and business realities and has helped clients resolve challenging requirements with minimal corporate impact and find business opportunities when new regulatory obligations are imposed.

As part of his practice, Santiago also defends clients in court or administrative procedures, challenges legislation, and handles claims in civil, criminal, and administrative courts.

Santiago is recognized as a leading individual by the most prestigious international legal directories including Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and Acritas Stars, among others.

Awards and recognitions


Band 1 in Environment
Chambers Europe


Ranked in Energy & Natural Resources
Chambers Europe


Ranked in Public Law
Chambers Europe


Energy & Natural Resources (Spain)
Chambers Global


Hall of fame for Environment
Legal 500 EMEA


Leading individual for Environment
Legal 500 EMEA


Projects and Energy
Legal 500 EMEA


Public Law
Legal 500 EMEA


Healthcare and life sciences (Spain), Recommended
Legal 500 EMEA

2017, 2019-2020

Acritas Star for Environment
Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers


Recommended Lawyer in Environmental Law
Expert Guides


Who's Who Legal

Education and admissions


Law Degree, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Master in Environmental Management and Policies, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Master in International Business Law, Instituto de Empresa (IE)

Bar admissions and qualifications


Representative experience

Representing several multinational companies on administrative, civil and criminal proceedings related to liabilities regarding environmental damage.

Advising public and private entities in the field of waste.

Representation of various industrial companies in administrative and judicial procedures regarding energy, water supply, water disposal, waste treatment, air emissions, etc.

Representing a business association in challenging legislation regarding renewable energies.

Advising companies and business associations regarding climate change and emissions trading.

Defending a mining and metals company in a claim for pollution damages.

Challenging of acts and regulations regarding energy sector before the Spanish courts and the EU Court of Justice.

Ongoing advice to several promoters of renewable energy plants.

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