Raquel Ballesteros holds a degree in law obtained with special distinction from the University of León in 1992 and has a master’s degree in health law from the Complutense University of Madrid. She is also a member of the Spanish Health Law Association. She has extensive knowledge of public law matters as a result of her preparation for joining the body of counsellors of the Spanish government. Raquel initiated her career as a lawyer in the private sector at Uría & Menendez in 1995. From 1997 to 2005 she worked in the litigation department of Cuatrecasas, one of the best-known and highest-ranked legal firms in the Spanish litigation arena, joining Bird & Bird in November 2005 as one of the founding lawyers of the firm in Spain. Since then, she has headed the public law practice of the Bird & Bird Madrid office.

Both in contentious and non-contentious matters, Raquel has extensively counselled clients on different regulatory topics concerning medicinal products and medical devices, such as clinical trials and post-authorisation studies, clinical and biomedical research, prices, telemedicine, biotechnology and bioethics, information and clinical data protection, distribution and tracking, labelling, advertising and promotion.

She lectures on the International Master of Health Law course organised by the European University of Madrid as well as on other courses and at conferences relating to her areas of interest. She collaborates regularly with newspapers (Expansión) and specialised legal magazines.