Begonia is an accomplished commercial, regulatory, environment and climate change lawyer with over 20 years’ experience advising companies, developers, the public sector and law firms. She is dually qualified in Spain as an Abogada and English Solicitor.
Begonia heads the Spanish Trade Desk and acts as EU Representative for clients on Intellectual Property Rights and GDPR.
Begonia’s practise covers all aspects of environment and climate change regulation including, waste, water, environmental liabilities, project finance, prosecutions, judicial reviews, green finance, ESG, human rights and climate change governance. Before joining Acuity, Begonia worked at several magic-circle law firms and most recently headed up the Environment Practice at Foot Anstey.
An expert in her field, Begonia is a trusted advisor to Boards, advising on managing risk and enabling resilience through climate change governance. She has also given expert evidence to the House of Lords on new environmental legislation and continues to support Parliamentary Committees with her expertise.
Notably, Begonia is also working on preparing the UK for a post-Brexit world by Co-chairing UKELA’s Governance and Devolution Group.
Alongside this expertise Begonia has worked extensively in the creative industries as Legal Counsel for a Global Artist Agency for the last 18 years, from its start-up days. Following Brexit which locked out UK Lawyers from continuing to act before the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), Begonia, as a Spanish Abogada, has collaborated with Acuity’s IP specialist Partner, Cordelia Payne, and together they represent an increasingly large portfolio of rightsholders in all proceedings before the EUIPO.
The Planning & Environmental Team is ranked Tier 2 in The Legal 500.