On Wednesday 26th February, the Consul General of Spain in Edinburgh, Mr. Miguel Utray Delgado visited the offices of DWF in Manchester in order to officially inagurate the Honorary Consulate and hand the Spanish flag, shield and seal to Antonio, who has been recently appointed as the Honorary Consul for Spain in Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire.
The ceremony took place with 50 guests from different sectors and professions, most of them related to Spain as well as representatives from the Arts, Language Schools and Universities.
Antonio felt very honoured by the pressence of the Consul General and the trust received and stated that he will do his best to assist the Consulate General in Edinburgh and promote the Spanish brand in the North of the UK.
The event proved a success with many guests enjoying the company of the other guests as well as the food, the music and drinks, all with a Spanish touch and flavour.
The Spanish Consulate in Manchester closed more than 2 years ago. Since then, all consular matters for the North West were transferred to the Spanish General Consulate in Edinburgh. Very recently an Honorary Consular office has been opened in Manchester and located in our Manchester office. The Honorary Consul is Antonio Guillen, writer of this blog, a dual qualified Spanish lawyer and English Solicitor at DWF LLP in Manchester. Antonio will cover the regions of Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire.
The functions of an Honorary Consul vary depending on the Country. When it comes to Spain and the Honorary Consulate in Manchester, the functions are restricted to giving support to both Spanish and UK nationals in those matters where the Spanish Consulate in Edinburgh requires assistance. Some of those functions are the following:
– Dealing with passport applications for Spanish nationals who are less than 12 years old
– Eventual support to Spanish nationals that require urgent assistance in this area of the country (subject to permission from the General Consulate in Edinburgh)
– NIE application forms for those cases where the applicant cannot travel to Edinburgh
– And in very specific cases, certificates and consular documents
The Spanish Honorary Consulate in Manchester cannot prepare Spanish powers of attorneys, wills or deeds but the firm where the Consulate is based can provide this service. Alternatively, those who need one of the 3 things quoted above can travel to the Spanish Consulate in Edinburgh where this service can be provided or fly to Spain and get the said documents done by a Notary Public.
For further information on Consular matters please contact Spanishconsul@dwf.co.uk
For further information on Spanish legal matters please contact firstname.lastname@example.org