Employment in Portugal

DLA Piper ABBC

DLA Piper ABBC has secured its leading position in the Portuguese employment market through its involvement in high-profile employment disputes and advisory matters in the context of M&A transactions. The highly regarded Benjamim Mendes leads the full-service employment practice, which also counts on João Guedes' extensive expertise in labour litigation and non-contentious matters. Vítor Madeiras Rodrigues is another core team member, who has recently assisted with several restructuring and lay-off procedures in connection with legislative changes arising from the governmental response to Covid-19.

Practice head(s):

Benjamim Mendes

Other key lawyers:

João Guedes; Vítor Madeiras Rodrigues; Catarina Santos Ferreira

Testimonials

‘Highly qualified team, with excellent legal skills, great knowledge of the corporate world and objective approach. Benjamim Mendes demonstrates a very sharp and pragmatic approach, exceptional technical knowledge. He understands the complexity of the business and provides practical advice. During the challenging year we have faced, his prompt support and availability were crucial for the implementation of several projects, and we trust him unequivocally. Vítor Madeiras Rodrigues has been extremely supportive, and a top performer in terms of timings and technical knowledge.’

‘Availability; efficiency and effectiveness in the management of requests; quick and clear responses; experienced and well prepared professionals; confidence. They are above all true business partners.’

‘I have a more regular contact with Vítor Madeira Rodrigues, who is always available, very helpful and efficient in the response and support we need.’

Availability, rigor in the treatment of information, national and international vision, and knowledge of the client’s activity and business. Benjamim Mendes’s experience and knowledge make him a reference in the market. Vítor Madeira Rodrigues is always available.’

The main characteristics of DLA Piper ABBC is its enormous technical competence and proximity to the client. The team is always available and easy to work with. Its work capacity is impressive, and the quality of services stands out in the market. The lawyer who collaborates with us regularly João Guedes. He combines a brilliant intelligence and a very fast reasoning, with technical knowledge and experience in court.’

‘Benjamim Mendes stands out for his experience, permanent monitoring of issues, confidence in decisions, dedication and innovative suggestions.’

DLA Piper has been providing services in the employment area for some years. In my opinion, this firm has been a fundamental in our company’s work strategy, presenting proposals and recommendations for the problems / challenges we face. DLA Piper has been an excellent partner, with a quick management of matters and demonstrating a high knowledge of labour legislation in Portugal. Benjamim Mendes has significant experience in labour matters; he is very sensible, calm and experienced in our industry.’

‘DLA Piper continually demonstrates that it is able to combine deep knowledge of labour law with a practical and commercial approach that is suited to the real needs of the client. It is evident that on a daily basis the team strives to understand the client and present solutions that make sense within that specific organisation. Special mention to Benjamim Mendes for having the incredible ability to deal with each client as if he were the only one. Despite his seniority within DLA Piper, he is always accessible and available, in addition to being extremely experienced. These characteristics give the client the confidence needed when it is necessary to deal with particularly complex or sensitive topics.’

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is a go-to firm for major domestic and international companies from a wide range of industries seeking advice on restructuring processes, disciplinary proceedings, collective bargaining agreements as well as business transfers. Immigration and data protection advisory services are also offered by the employment practice, which is jointly led by labour specialist Luís Miguel Monteiro and Pedro Pardal Goulão, whose areas of expertise cover labour litigation, sports law and corporate restructuring. Other key practitioners include Helena Tapp Barroso and Joana Almeida, who both showcase significant experience in employment and social security law.

Practice head(s):

Luís Miguel Monteiro; Pedro Pardal Goulão

Other key lawyers:

Helena Tapp Barroso; Joana Almeida; Isabel Valente Dias; Maria João da Luz

Testimonials

Speed and clarity of responses; availability to resolve issues quickly; focus on resolution of problems.’

‘Pedro Pardal Goulão is very available and able to help with complex topics.’

‘Helena Tapp Barroso is an excellent lawyer who has provided us with prompt and efficient advice on employment matters.’

‘Very approachable team, excellent quality and great to work with. Pedro Pardal Goulão leads the team and he is an employment law rock star. His approachable way of handling matters and willingness to really become part of the team are fantastic characteristics.’

‘I cannot fail to highlight all the dedication and professionalism of Pedro Pardal Goulão and Isabel Valente Dias, who were always available to help and clarify matters.’

‘We have worked with the firm for many years and the quality of service has always exceeded our expectations. Pedro Pardal Goulão, Maria João da Luz and Isabel Valente Dias are recommended for their professionalism, accuracy, common sense and quick resolution of matters.’

‘The team stands out for its technical competence and availability towards the client. They are very compliant with timings and are also very fluent in the English language which is always an asset for multinational client companies.’

Work highlights

  • Provides daily advice to Santander Totta Group on labour law and social security matters, including pending lawsuits.
  • Advised Tupperware on employment matters related to the restructuring of its Iberian activity, including the incorporation of Tupperware Spain in Tupperware Portugal.
  • Assisted the Portuguese branch of HCL Technologies Limited on employment issues related to the closing of a unit.

PLMJ

The employment and labour team at PLMJ enjoyed another strong year, having assisted clients in significant lay-off procedures, compensation and benefits policies, labour issues arising from M&A transactions and collective redundancies. Companies operating in a variety of sectors, ranging from financial services to life sciences, tourism, telecoms and energy, instruct the team on large-scale and complex labour matters. Employment benefits expert Tiago Cortes oversees the practice with fellow co-head Nuno Ferreira Morgado, who specialises in restructuring processes. Conflicts concerning collective bargaining and strikes are key strengths for Nuno Guedes Vaz.

Practice head(s):

Tiago Cortes; Nuno Ferreira Morgado

Other key lawyers:

Nuno Guedes Vaz; Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão; Mariana Paiva

Testimonials

‘PLMJ has a technically sound approach, without losing focus of the aim and practical application of legal solutions. They provide advice and suggest strategies by positioning themselves as “client partners”. The team is sensitive to the urgency of the issue and is always ready when quick responses and implementation are needed.’

‘I recommend in particular Nuno Ferreira Morgado and Nuno Guedes Vaz, as an expert in the area of collective relations.’

‘PLMJ provides exceptional services marked by their extensive legal knowledge and know-how. PLMJ are able to provide advice at short notice enabling the company to meet strict deadlines.’

Attentive, available and professional.’

Availability and realistic approach to client’s needs.’

‘Nuno Ferreira Morgado stands out for his availability, openness to understand the client’s business needs, simple and clear approach to complex matters, excellent knowledge of the Portuguese market which often facilitates decision-making. We consider him a true business partner!’

‘Prompt responses, availability, solid knowledge of employment law and proximity to the client.’

‘The excellence of the service provided and the high technical capacity of the team stand out. Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão is a reference in this field. His technical capacity, knowledge and perspicacity are worth a mention.’

Key clients

Accenture Portugal

Sacyr

Cofina

Pfizer

H&M

Pernod Ricard

Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda

Somincor

Acciona

Impresa

Work highlights

  • Assisted H&M in the implementation of a lay-off measure covering almost 1000 employees in Portugal.
  • Assisting senior executives and a former member of the board involved in the collective dismissal carried out by Novo Banco.
  • Assisted Ryanair in the closure of its Algarve branch and litigation.

SRS Advogados

One of the first destinations in the market for employment matters, SRS Advogados' senior and sizeable team is fully devoted to labour law, social security, pension and benefits matters. Collective bargaining and collective disputes are notable areas of practice for César Sá Esteves. He leads the overall department, which is further divided into sub-specialised groups headed by different partners: corporate restructuring mandates are led by Mariana Caldeira Sarávia; Ana Luísa Beirão focuses on litigation; and cross-border projects are overseen by Maria de Lancastre Valente. The practice has not only seen recent growth with several new clients in the life sciences, insurance, retail and aviation sectors, but also experienced further expansion at the associate level with the arrival of Leonor Francisco, following the firm's merger with AAA Advogados.

Practice head(s):

César Sá Esteves

Other key lawyers:

Mariana Caldeira Sarávia; Ana Luísa Beirão; Maria de Lancastre Valente; Cláudia Varela

Testimonials

‘SRS responds to our queries at any time, with the same energy and commitment. They never let the client down and that’s what trust is made of.’

‘César Sá Esteves is the embodiment of excellent client service.’

‘Cláudia Varela has the ability to provide prompt responses and has in-depth knowledge of employment issues.’

‘The firm stands out for its knowledge of the sector, expertise and reputation in the market. Its principles, ethics and values are in line with those of our company. It is available to its clients, results-oriented and fields a team of lawyers with experience in various industry sectors.’

‘César Sá Esteves, Mariana Caldeira Sarávia and Ana Luísa Beirão are recommended for their competence, knowledge and professional experience in reorganisations and collective contract negotiations.’

Key clients

Administração do Porto Setúbal

AGEAS

Alnylam Switzerland

Banco do Brasil

BENTELER

Caixa Geral de Depósitos

Cerealto Sintra Foods

Cerner

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Danone

EFG Bank

Ernst & Young

Essilor

Ferring Pharmaceuticals

Generali

Grupo Barraqueiro

Hoteles Turísticos Unidos

Maisons du Monde

Majorel Portuga

Milupa Comercial

Mylan

Novo Banco

OGMA

OPM – Operações Portuárias

Publicis Groupe

Ryanair Ltd

SACYR-Somague

Secil – Companhia Geral de Cal e Cimento

Securitas Direct

Seguradoras Unidas

Socosmet – Sociedade de Cosmética

Starstone Insurance

STET

Sumol + Compal

Travelport

TUI Portugal

Valmet, Lda.

ViaPorto, Operação e Manutenção de Transportes, Unipessoal

Wright Medical Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted Generali  on the HR issues related to the acquisition of Seguradoras Unidas and AdvanceCare.
  • Advised Grupo Barraqueiro on lay-offs and other extraordinary HR legal measures arising from the Covid–19 pandemic.
  • Advising Grupo Novo Banco on the definition and implementation of the various stages of the HR restructure of several of the group’s entities.

Abreu Advogados

The sizeable team at Abreu Advogados covers advisory and litigation services, providing assistance to leading domestic companies and large multinationals in a variety of sectors, including retail, healthcare, technology and the automotive industry. Workforce restructuring issues and litigation - where the department predominantly acts for employers - are core areas of activity for the practice, which has seen a recent increase in engagements concerning lay-off procedures and collective dismissals. Carmo Sousa Machado excels in employment disputes, while fellow co-head Patrícia Perestrelo is often retained by clients from the transport, communications and healthcare sectors on complex restructuring issues. Madalena Caldeira, who is skilled at advising on the full array of employment mandates, is another name to note. Of counsel Diogo Orvalho joined in February 2021, bringing a wealth of experience in corporate restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Carmo Sousa Machado; Patrícia Perestrelo

Other key lawyers:

Sofia Silva e Sousa; Madalena Caldeira; Ana Manuela Barbosa; Diogo Orvalho

Testimonials

First I would like to mention the great professionalism with which all processes are handled, in order to guarantee the best possible defence of the client’s interests. Secondly, the great availability to clarify any doubts.’

‘Carmo Sousa Machado and Sofia Silva e Sousa have been absolutely exceptional in the technical treatment of the case.’

Credibility, know-how and trust.’

‘Carmo Sousa Machado is recommended.’

Key clients

Agility Transitários

Alstom Portugal

AUCHAN

BC Group

BILFINGER, S.E.

BILFINGER PREFAL

Boiron

Clube Naval de Cascais

Colt Technology Services Managed Network & Voice Services Provider

Corinthia Hotels

CTT – Correios de Portugal

De Heus

Dura Automotive

Embraer Portugal

Expeditors International of Washington, Inc.

FedEx

Groupe SEB Ibérica

HAWORTH, SE

Hidden Hearing Portugal

Iberdrola Group

Imperial Produtos Alimentares

Isdin Portugal

JJW Portugal (Hotels and resorts)

JULIO JAVIER DE LA SEN SANZ

Lusíadas, SGPS

Michael Kors

NEWREST INTERNATIONAL GROUP

OGMA – INDÚSTRIA AERONÁUTICA DE PORTUGAL, S.A.

RARÍSSIMAS

SAMVARDHANA MOTHERSON PEGUFORM AUTOMOTIVE PORTUGAL

Tata Consulting Services

TESLA

Tomtom Sales B.V.

Work highlights

  • Assisted an employee and a statutory director in a litigation procedure against a Portuguese company of private security services, which asked the Constitutional Court to deem the dismissal of the client illegal.
  • Assisted CTT with the labour restructuring process.
  • Provides daily assistance to NEWREST INTERNATIONAL GROUP on all employment matters including in situations of strike, labour litigation and files of administrative nature resulting from inspections.

CMS

The employment and pensions group at CMS stands out for its extensive experience in restructuring procedures and collective dismissal matters. Leading the team is Susana Afonso, who has a strong reputation in the market for her impressive track record in complex employment matters, particularly when it comes to staff restructuring. Labour disputes and disciplinary procedures are key areas of expertise for litigator Sofia Mateus, who is a key point of contact for longstanding clients. The Lisbon team receives key support from João Gomes, who is based in the Funchal office; he excels in restructuring exercises, often advising major companies from the transport and tourism sectors.

Practice head(s):

Susana Afonso

Other key lawyers:

Sofia Mateus; João Gomes

Testimonials

The experience and technical knowledge demonstrated by the CMS team in the matters in which we had the opportunity to work together was outstanding. Individually, I highlight the partner Susana Afonso.’

‘Susana Afonso has technical knowledge across the various subjects that make up employment law, which, associated with her vast experience, make her a leading lawyer in the national market.’

The service provided by the CMS labour team is based on offering practical and balanced solutions. The CMS team builds solutions together with the client and our human resources team. Susana Afonso is a lawyer with excellent analytical skills, endowed with practical sense. She has good negotiation skills, adapts quickly to contexts, and is able to establish golden partnerships. Sofia Mateus is a lawyer committed to building solutions, with excellent capacity for analysis, research and the study of legal solutions. She works in true partnership with the client’s team.’

‘Ability to assist in various legal fields; vast network of offices; very close relationship with clients;  great capacity to analyse complex legal situations.’

‘João Gomes is versatile, provides prompt legal advice and pragmatic suggestions, and is always available.’

‘Professionalism in dealing with matters, always in strict compliance with the law; emphasis on personalised advice tailored to the reality of the client and sector of activity; creative approach that always safeguards the client’s interests.’

‘João Gomes has been an excellent advisor. Susana Afonso’s involvement and monitoring of the processes has been unsurpassable from a technical point of view.’

Key clients

ALTICE

MODCONFEC

L’ORÉAL

ANGELINI

MYLAN

GENERIS

Ageas Portugal

EFACEC

Vinci Energies

Portway

IKEA Industry Portugal, S.A.

Axians

Gebalis

Abanca

Ricoh

Millennium BCP

Grupo Nabeiro

Generation

ANA

ISQ

Amorim Luxury

Monese

Audatex

Work highlights

  • Assisted Modconfec in the closure of 10 commercial establishments and the group’s headquarters in Lisbon, which led to the termination of 75 work posts in the course of 2020.
  • Advised L’Oréal on the organisational restructuring of the team assigned to the NYX PMU brand which involved 29 work posts, 10 of which ceased as part of a collective dismissal procedure.
  • Provided assistance to the insurance company AGEAS in its restructuring process.

Cuatrecasas

A trusted advisor to several major domestic clients, which retain the employment team on an ongoing basis, Cuatrecasas has a wealth of experience in handling workforce restructurings, collective agreements as well as labour disputes. Advising on employment issues related to M&A deals is another core area of activity for the practice, which has recently advised numerous clients on simplified lay-off procedures and the impact of Covid-19 on employment relations and conditions. Maria da Glória Leitão focuses on employment and social security matters, particularly those pertaining to the services, industrial and distribution sectors. Rui Vaz Pereira is a name to note for labour litigation; he is also well versed in sports law and related employment contracts.

Practice head(s):

Maria da Glória Leitão

Other key lawyers:

Sandra Lima da Silveira; Rui Vaz Pereira; Cristina Romariz

Testimonials

The team stands out for its competence, readiness and availability.’

‘Rui Vaz Pereira is the leading figure in the employment team. He is extremely competent and available but above all is a very practical lawyer.’

‘Rui Vaz Pereira is noted for his dedication, knowledge of the client’s needs, professionalism and rigor.’

‘Cuatrecasas has an excellent team that provides an excellent service. The team demonstrates proactivity, up-to-date knowledge on the subjects in question and a lot of security in the information provided.’

Key clients

DHL Group

CHP – Centro Hospitalar do Porto, E.P.E.

Servdebt

Farfetch

SPA – Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores (Portuguese Authors’ Society)

ORBEST

Canon Portugal

Manuel Champalimaud Group

Work highlights

  • Advising French energy company Engie as leader of a consortium on all labour matters related to the acquisition from EDP of a 1.7GW hydroelectric portfolio composed by six hydro plants.
  • Advises DHL Group in Portugal on all issues related to employment and social security, including work schedules; drafting of employment contracts; disciplinary actions; remuneration and benefits packages.
  • Provides omprehensive employment advice and regular assistance to ORBEST in relation to the hiring of cockpit crew (commanders and co-pilots) and cabin crew (heads of commissioners and board of assistants).

Garrigues

With multinational companies at the core of the employment and social security group's client base, Garrigues is particularly noted for its track record in collective dismissals and transfers of undertakings (TUPE). A recent area of focus for the department, which is split between Lisbon and Porto, includes assisting clients across a wide range of sectors in relation to large lay-off procedures. Practice leader Rui Valente is acknowledged for his significant experience in the field of collective agreements and litigation. He is supported by a sizeable team of associates, including Porto-based João Soares Almeida, who regularly acts for clients in the retail, energy, automotive and financial sectors.

Practice head(s):

Rui Valente

Other key lawyers:

João Soares Almeida; André Oliveira Correia; Magda Nunes

Testimonials

The availability demonstrated by the various members of the team to answer short notice requests is excellent. I also highlight that their readiness and ability to summarise the responses on various themes of the legislation is excellent.’

Clarity of advice, practical sense and pragmatism. André Oliveira Correia is our main point of contact. He provides clear and objective advice, using accessible language.’

Dedication, commitment, availability, rigor, and presentation of alternative solutions. André Oliveira Correia stands out for his professionalism, availability, rigor, vast knowledge of labour law and efficiency in solving cases.’

‘We value the speed and quality of responses, as well as the proximity and understanding of the client’s business. João Soares Almeida is recommended for his practical sense and quick responses, as well as immediate understanding of the company’s needs and strategy.’

Garrigues has very competent professionals with excellent knowledge. Rui Valente has extensive knowledge and great experience in court. João Soares de Almeida is noted for his thorough knowledge, empathy with the client, dynamism and availability.’

Garrigues’ team has solid and recognised technical skills and is clearly a reference in the field of employment law. They are excellent professionals, close to the client and have excellent success rates. João Soares Almeida stands out for his proximity to the client and deep knowledge of legislation, doctrine and jurisprudence.’

‘I would like to highlight the work undertaken by João Soares Almeida as well as his cooperation, experience, availability in the search for practical and effective solutions on behalf of clients.’

Key clients

Vestas

Diam

Mahle

Linde Group

Klöckner Pentaplast

Grupo Inditex

Stryker

Lundbeck

IBM

Delphi

Cognizant

ExpressGlass Group

Logista Group

Gestamp Automoción Group

Porto Municipality

Mystic Invest Group

Avlino

Águas do Porto

Avanade

Gonvarri

Grupo Lappi – Gráfica Calipolense

Faurecia Group

Vanpro

Grupo Vips

Work highlights

  • Advised Diam Group on a collective dismissal in one of its Portuguese companies, further to the group’s decision to shut down its production.
  • Assisted MAHLE Group with a complex collective dismissal.
  • Assisted Faurecia Group in the setting up of a lay-off procedure involving all plants and c. 3,200 employees due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the need to reduce the workforce temporarily.

Linklaters

Drawing upon the firm's reputation in the financial sector, Linklaters' employment group is particularly skilled at providing legal support in the context of financing and M&A transactions. Furthermore, the team, which acts as an arm of the corporate department in Lisbon, stands out for its international expertise and capability to handle sensitive contract termination cases involving top management employees and directors. Marta Afonso Pereira heads the practice and is counsel of choice for leading companies in the insurance, banking, healthcare and transport sectors. Sílvia Pinheiro Esteves is a seasoned practitioner in disciplinary processes and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Marta Afonso Pereira

Other key lawyers:

Sílvia Pinheiro Esteves

Testimonials

All the work they undertake is characterised by rigor, expertise and efficiency. All the situations that we have presented to them so far have had their full attention and have been well resolved. Their performance is second to none and they are excellent in communicating with clients. They are very good at identifying problems and developing appropriate solutions for the industry sector we operate in.’

Marta Afonso Pereira has solid skills and high level of expertise in employment law. She is pragmatic and solution-oriented.’

‘The Linklaters labour team provides a high quality service, demonstrating a deep knowledge of the applicable legislation. They also have a thorough understanding of their clients’ business, which adds a lot of value to their opinions. Lawyers have the ability to create solutions tailored to the client’s interest.’

‘I would particularly recommend Marta Pereira, for her creativity, notion of the client’s business and ability to find the best solutions to problems that may arise. Marta also has a deep knowledge of national legislation, doctrine and jurisprudence, being very rigorous in her analyses.’

‘Marta Afonso Pereira stands out for her involvement, assertiveness and prompt responses.’

‘Marta Afonso Pereira provides prompt, direct and legally sound answers to all our questions. She is very efficient and delivers high quality support. That is what we, as clients, look for. ’

Quick responses; practical and pragmatic analyses of the problems; adequate solutions geared to the client’s reality and specificities.’

‘Marta Afonso Pereira is an excellent professional, with full mastery of employment law and with availability and responsiveness (including the presentation of innovative proposals entirely appropriate to the specific case) far above average.’

Key clients

ASP Holding, SGPS, S.A.

Ardian SAS

Cerberus Global Investments B.V.

Vodafone Group plc

Oitante, S.A.

Unilever Plc

La Prairie

3angle Capital, S.A.

Luz Saúde, S.A

Permira Asesores, S.L.U.

BNP Paribas Personal Finance

Novo Banco, S.A.

Ordem dos Contabilistas Certificados (OCC)

Work highlights

  • Advised BNP Paribas Personal Finance and Banco BNP Paribas Personal Finance on employment aspects of the cross-border merger in which the latter was incorporated into the former, in the context of the reorganisation of the group.
  • Assisted Luz Saúde (Fosun Group) with a transfer of undertaking for employment purposes.
  • Advised the owners of the Sheraton hotels in a large lay-off process during the pandemic.

pbbr - Sociedade de Advogados RL

pbbr - Sociedade de Advogados RL fields a highly specialised employment team headed by well-regarded labour law specialist Inês Reis, who focuses on social security, employment benefits and litigation. The team undertakes the entire spectrum of employment work; services range from providing labour law support in the context of domestic and cross-border transactions to advising on collective bargaining agreements. Other noteworthy practitioners include Bruno Soeiro Barbosa, who specialises in collective bargaining, and Inês Oom de Sacadura.

Practice head(s):

Inês Reis

Other key lawyers:

Bruno Barbosa; Inês Oom de Sacadura; Pedro do Carmo Bleguinhas

Testimonials

‘I have worked with pbbr for several years. They are available, clear in communication, interested in the matters and do not overcomplicate.’

‘Inês Sacadura, Inês Reis and Bruno Barbosa are equally attentive, professional, dedicated, and provide clear and consistent responses. Inês Sacadurais is empathetic and extremely friendly.’

‘Inês Reis has excellent client relationship skills. The team as a whole had excellent synergies and is able to develop strong strategies to solve problems.’

‘It is a diversified team that is capable of providing support in several areas. They are fast and rigorous, capable of clarifying even dense materials with the client, with whom they maintain a close relationship, but always very professional. The size of the company allows for a more personalised follow-up of matters, without losing technical quality.’

‘Inês Oom de Sacadura is the reference point for us in the law firm. She manages to clarify even the most complex matters with the client. Whenever possible, she presents several paths to the problems presented. She maintains close contact with the client, revealing knowledge of the law, the sector and our organisation.’

PBBR has a team of excellence that is always available and quick in responding to clients. They are distinguished by the practical and simple way they use to deconstruct and adapt the language used to better understand existing situations. Young and very accessible team.’

‘Inês Reis & Pedro Bleguinhas have been amazing partners during consultations with our employees’ representatives. They have demonstrated great collaboration, anticipating the needs of both groups in negotiations, very high work ethic, and great strategical thinking. ’

Key clients

Sanofi

ISS World Services

Cushman & Wakefield

Oracle Portugal

Triumph

Abanca

ETPRAM

Alkion

Marriott

Société Générale

Uber

Zentiva

DS Smith

Robert Walters

Mercer

Prada

NEC

Hays

Kiabi

Johnson & Johnson Portugal

Gartner

Luxottica

Motorola

Sogevinus

Quiksilver

Norgine

Viacom

Work highlights

  • Advising UBER GROUP on a staff restructuring involving various jurisdictions.
  • Assisted ETPRAM Empresa de Trabalho Portuário, ETP, Lda. (Grupo Sousa) on a collective bargaining negotiation.
  • Representing Sogevinus Fine Wines in a proposed judicial action by a former employee.

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

The practice at Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho demonstrates wide-ranging knowledge of employment law, attracting regular instructions from companies in the insurance and banking sectors. Handling employment-related issues arising in M&A transactions is a strong point for the department, which further offers support in relation to collective bargaining agreements, litigation and workforce restructurings. The latter is an area of notable interest for André Nascimento, who is also proficient in disciplinary procedures.

Practice head(s):

André Nascimento

Other key lawyers:

Susana Bradford Ferreira

Testimonials

‘The team is always available and very efficient. They get involved in the matters demonstrating dedication and proactivity and presenting creative solutions to the problems.’

‘André Pestana Nascimento and Susana Bradford Ferreira are recommended.’

The team is very professional and shows a deep knowledge of the judicial system, which gives us confidence in their advice.’

‘They are very friendly and available. In particular, I recommend André Pestana Nascimento.’

Key clients

Barclays Bank

Grupo Mapfre

Otis Elevadores Portugal

SABA Portugal

Altice NV / MEO – Serviços de Comunicações e Multimédia, S.A.

Wizink Bank

Explorer Investments

Banco BTG Pactual

GrandVision Portugal

Warner Brothers

Work highlights

  • Representing Barclays Bank in the negotiation of the new collective bargaining agreement for the banking sector.
  • Acting for Wizink Bank in employment litigation regarding local transfer regulations (TUPE provisions).
  • Representing four different companies of the MAPFRE Group (insurance industry) in the negotiation of a new collective bargaining agreement.

VdA

Showcasing strength across restructuring and collective bargaining issues, VdA's labour practice stands out for its international experience. This focus on cross-border employment mandates stems from chairman Rui Andrade's strong knowledge of African jurisdictions. In addition, the team acts for an ever-expanding Portuguese client roster, comprising names from an array of sectors such as insurance, transport, energy, tourism and automotive. Américo Oliveira Fragoso and Tiago Cochofel de Azevedo are seasoned in restructuring processes involving large numbers of employees, which is also a focal point for Tiago Piló.

Practice head(s):

Rui Andrade

Other key lawyers:

Américo Oliveira Fragoso; Benedita Gonçalves; Tiago Cochofel de Azevedo; Tiago Piló

Testimonials

‘The team is very strong because they have very good lawyers with significant knowledge. On top of that, they are extremely professional and always available when we need them.’

‘ Tiago Cochofel de Azevedo ( Managing Associate) is our main point of contact. He is outstanding. His level of knowledge of employment law is very impressive . He is able to explain complex subjects in a simple and practical way, showing us the best solutions. He always complies with timelines.’

‘It is a seasoned team, whose knowledge of the market practices and deep understanding of employment law and the way it relates with such practices is notorious.’

‘What makes this practice unique is the availability, proximity to the client, and the ability to provide legal advice according to the client’s specificities.’

‘Américo Oliveira Fragoso definitively stands out in the market, given his permanent availability,  deep knowledge of the market’s practices and solid knowledge of the employment legal system.’

‘VDA is characterised by great client service, proactivity and excellent technical preparation. It offers highly experienced resources that provide very solid solutions.’

‘Américo Oliveira Fragoso is always available and has a high level of expertise, and provides excellent advice when matters are complex.’

‘Américo Oliveira Fragoso has great technical knowledge and availability; he also stands out for his excellent communication and negotiation skills in difficult situations.’

Key clients

AVIS Budget Group

Ambergol

ANPM

Arval

BESTSELLER

Cape Verdean Ministry of Finance / ELECTRA

Cellnex Telecom

Eberspacher

EIFFAGE

Elanco

Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company S.L. (ECCBC)

HBD|

Hostelworld

José de Mello Group | José de Mello Saúde

Korys

L3Harris Group

LEONI

Luís Simões

Luís Simões Logística Integrada, S.A.

Lusomedicamenta

MAAP

Mitsubishi Fuso Trucks Europe

Monumental palace hotel

Morgan Standley

MSD

Mundipharma

NAS

Porsche Holdings GmbH

Portugália

Roche Diagnósticos

Sport Lisboa e Benfica, SAD (SLB)

STCP – Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto, S.A.

Technip FMC

Uber

UNITEL

Work highlights

  • Advised José de Mello Saúde on the transfer of  2,800 employees from Escala Braga to the Portuguese state, following the expiration of the concession agreement.
  • Assisted Sport Lisboa e Benfica, SAD (SLB) in the restructuring of Benfica Group (1,000 employees), which included the negotiation of labour benefits packages with employees, review of several HR internal policies, and closing of facilities.
  • Assists UNITEL  and its board of directors in all the steps necessary for the negotiation and implementation of a collective bargaining agreement.

Campos Ferreira, Sá Carneiro & Associados

The employment team at Campos Ferreira, Sá Carneiro & Associados is well versed in contentious and non-contentious matters, covering both individual and collective agreements. Public and private companies from a range of industries seek the group's advice in relation to the entire spectrum of employment, social security, as well as health and safety matters. Pedro Furtado Martins is the key point of contact.

Eversheds Sutherland FCB

Eversheds Sutherland FCB fields a standalone employment team, which apart from providing key support to the corporate practice, also offers labour advice to foreign and national clients on an ongoing basis. International law firms often instruct the department in relation to cross-border employment mandates; litigation, restructuring issues and collective redundancies are other key specialisms for the team led by Inês Albuquerque e Castro. Bruno Ferreira Domingues, who recently joined the firm, brings additional experience in collective bargaining, transfer of undertakings and workforce restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Inês Albuquerque e Castro

Other key lawyers:

Bruno Ferreira Domingues

Key clients

Rentokil

Cannon Hygiene

Toys R Us

CGI

Cinca

JCI

Amplifon

MiniSom

Cosec

Leica

Globalvia

Zagope

Iveco

Zadig & Voltaire

Pierre Fabre Dermo Cosmetic

Rituals

Work highlights

  • Represented Santillana in  a labour lawsuit filed by three employees claiming unlawful collective redundancy which involved almost 70 employees.
  • Advising MiniSom / Amplifon on the new ad-hoc furlough procedure enacted by the government due to the Covid crisis, and assisting on its implementation.
  • Assisting Senvion in the collective redundancy of around 45 employees.

Miranda & Associados

Miranda & Associados helps clients tackle a whole spectrum of employment issues, offering legal representation in all proceedings before labour courts. Apart from litigation, the team regularly handles restructurings, particularly in the context of collective redundancies and transfer of undertakings. Other notable areas of practice include providing day-to-day advice to an extensive roster of longstanding clients in relation to human resources management. Department leader Diogo Leote Nobre is a seasoned litigator, and downsizing processes are among the typical mandates for Paula Caldeira Dutschmann.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Leote

Other key lawyers:

Paula Caldeira Dutschmann

Key clients

SMM – SOCIEDADE DE MONTAGENS METALOMECÂNICAS

SPDAD

BANCO SANTANDER TOTTA

SPMS – SERVIÇOS PARTILHADOS DO MINISTÉRIO DA SAUDE, IP

FALCK

GUNNEBO

SACYR

SOMAGUE

EGEAC

MARTIFER

WEST SEA

ORANGE BUSINESS PORTUGAL

FUNDAÇÃO JOSÉ DE ALMEIDA EUSÉBIO

AVIGILON

APRA HILL

ASSOCIAÇÃO JARDINS-ESCOLA JOÃO DE DEUS

GARLAND

REALNETWORKS

PRB PORTUGAL

NOVASERV

YILPORT IBERIA

ORBEST

IMPRENSA NACIONAL CASA DA MOEDA

HORÁRIOS DO FUNCHAL

FUNDAÇÃO OCEANO AZUL

Work highlights

  • Acting for SPMS – SERVIÇOS PARTILHADOS DO MINISTÉRIO DA SAÚDE, IPE (Shared Services of Ministery of Health) in two judicial proceedings arising from termination of employment contract.
  • Assisting José de Almeida Eusébio Foundation (Ave Maria School) in proceedings of termination of employment contract and alteration or regularisation of working conditions.
  • Assisting Gunnebo Portugal in the negotiation and formalisation of employment contract termination involving several directors and managers.

Sérvulo & Associados

Sérvulo & Associados provides multi-disciplinary legal advice to private and public sector clients on all matters pertaining to individual and collective working relations. Over the past year, the department witnessed an unprecedented growth of unemployment mandates related to lay-off procedures, collective dismissals, remote working agreements and related privacy issues. The team's expertise was further reinforced with the integration of Nuno Pais Gomes, a seasoned employment law practitioner who joined the firm. Rita Canas da Silva is knowledgeable in all labour and social security matters, while litigation is a key area of focus for Margarida Costa Gomes.

Practice head(s):

Rita Canas da Silva

Other key lawyers:

Margarida Costa Gomes; Nuno Pais Gomes

Testimonials

‘Availability, associated with high legal and labour knowledge, gives us a certainty that allows us to outline preventive and reactive strategies in the scope of employment proceedings (judicial, pre-judicial or administrative spheres). Through Sérvulo’s advice, we have managed to reduce litigation in the employment area.’

‘Sérvulo’s team includes Rita Canas da Silva, who has extensive academic and professional experience. Margarida Costa Gosmes stands out for her extensive professional experience in the area, as well as for her solid legal knowledge.’

‘The team provides personalised services and client treatment. Professionals with high technical capacity, where the reconciliation between academic experience and forensic practice allows the relevant particularity in the national market.’

‘What makes this firm unique is its proximity to the client, the speed of responses, and the quality of the technical solutions presented. In the context of the national legal market, Sérvulo’s team has the ability to generate a feeling of unique trust with the client, which was particularly visible in the context of Covid-19. The team was able to find solutions and monitor the numerous legislative initiatives that were constantly being approved by the Government.’

‘Rita Canas da Silva stands out for her resilience, technical competence and strategic vision.’

Extensive experience in employment matters. The team finds it easy to understand our problems, due to our longstanding relationship.’

Clarity in exposing risks and opportunities, and ease of access to other areas of expertise.’

‘Rita Canas da Silva for her knowledge and clarity with which she exposes the pros and cons of each solution.’

Key clients

SPORTING CLUBE DE PORTUGAL – FUTEBOL, SAD

Work highlights

  • Represented Sporting Clube de Portugal in several national and foreign legal proceedings against football players who breached their employment contracts and in the context of the termination of the employment contract of a former coach.

SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados

SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados is well equipped to handle the full range of non-contentious and litigious employment matters, notably downsizing processes, collective bargaining negotiations and labour due diligence in connection with M&A transactions. On the litigation front, it is not only adept at assisting companies in labour disputes, but also acts for employees in judicial proceedings. The department receives recurrent mandates from longstanding clients, who have recently sought advice in relation to the implementation of contingency prevention plans as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Ines Pinheiro provides daily support to human resources management teams and oversees the department along with Martim Anahory.

Practice head(s):

Inês Pinheiro; Martim Anahory

Other key lawyers:

Tiago Pestana de Vasconcelos; Ângela Afonso

Testimonials

Rigor, responsiveness, availability and empathy. Ângela Afonso and Inês Pinheiro are recommended.’

When it comes to the service provided, I highlight their professionalism, promptness in resolving / clarifying issues and extreme knowledge of the various subjects. The team is extremely friendly and always available to assist with whatever is necessary.’

What I distinguish in SLCM’s services is the ability to understand the client’s point of view and their active search for solutions with the full safeguard of the applicable legal rules.’

‘Our main point of contact is Inês Pinheiro, who, in addition to having a solid knowledge of the legal issues, has a deep understanding of the client’s business. This allows for the analysis of responses and solutions that are better suited to the needs of the company. Tiago Pestana de Vasconcelos and Ângela Afonso also demonstrate high technical competence.’

Speed of response and flexibility are the points I would like to reinforce; Accessible speech and oriented towards the business world, despite the activity (which in comparison with many law firms is distinctive).’

‘We have worked with Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados for many years. This team led by Inês Pinheiro has a deep knowledge of Portuguese law, extensive experience in business and corporate matters involving employment issues.’

‘Inês Pinheiro and Ângela Afonso have a thorough knowledge of Portuguese labour law. This team is always available, even at the weekend providing quick and detailed responses.’

Key clients

Global Media Group

Nutrinveste

Sociedade Central de Cervejas

SIBS

Diaverum

Cosmos

Skyhour

Havi

ATM Assistência Total em Manutenção

Lisnave – Estaleiros Navais

ASICS

Fundação Eugénio de Almeida

Grupo Renascença Multimedia

Portugália

Epimetheus/Neyond

Mercado Electrónico

Amarillo Corn, S.L

ADAGIETTO – Gabinete Executivo de Marketing, LDA

Winterhalter Ibérica, S.L.U.

Seagro, S.L.

CASAFARI

Work highlights

  • Provides ongoing advice to Nutrinveste SGPS (Sovena Group) on  issues regarding general HR legal assistance, such as employment contracts, labour relations, HR legal policies and procedures.
  • Assisting Grupo Renascença Multimédia in collective bargaining agreements.
  • Advising Portugália on matters of health and safety at work in the context of the reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Andersen

Andersen has a strong practice in employment litigation, and is also proficient in collective negotiations, corporate restructuring and contract termination matters. With a particular focus on the telecoms and pharmaceutical sectors, the team regularly undertakes work pertaining to collective dismissal and redundancy procedures. Practice head José Mota Soares and the team split from NGA Advogados in 2021.

Practice head(s):

José Mota Soares

Other key lawyers:

Sílvia Martins; Pedro Mota Soares

Testimonials

Anderson Tax & Legal has been providing an excellent service and meeting our needs. Whenever necessary, professionals are available via telephone or email within defined deadlines. The firm shares legal updates on a monthly basis, which has been crucial in the times that we met.’

‘The team is very quick to answer the questions posed. José Mota Soares is a very professional and committed lawyer.’

‘Lawyers conduct detailed analyses, respond quickly, are pragmatic and creative, and show dedication to the client.’

‘José Mota Soares has a thorough understanding of labour law, collective contracts and negotiations, as well as social security issues. In addition, he is extremely professional and easily accessible, demonstrating availability to the client whenever necessary. Sílvia Martins stands out for her professionalism and dedication to the client, as well as for the technical knowledge she has.’

‘Andersen stands out for its efficiency and speed in monitoring matters. It should also be noted that services are adapted to the client’s profile and needs. The answer is immediate and the whole process is always accompanied by a partner.’

‘José Mota Soares is an outstanding lawyer. He is extremely professional, intelligent, available and very dedicated.’

‘Speed of responses, great client service, and technical knowledge.’

‘José Mota Soares is experienced and extremely professional.’

Key clients

Arcowave

EMAV – Empresa de Meios Audiovisuais

ISS Facility Services

Safira Derichebourg Facility Services

ANIECA- Associação Nacional Industriais de Ensino Condução Automóvel

SERLIMA TARGET – Empresa de Trabalho Temporário, Soc. Unipessoal, Ltda.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Portugal

SERLIMA WASH II – Lavandaria Industrial, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Represented 2045 in a transfer of undertakings protecting employees (TUPE) involving 600 employees.
  • Represents Veolia in a €5m lawsuit filed by an employee.
  • Acts for KONICA MINOLTA in a lawsuit filed by a former service provider, regarding the qualification of her contract as an employment contract and compensation for alleged unlawful dismissal.

Caiado Guerreiro

Caiado Guerreiro's employment team has been involved in major restructuring processes taking place in the Portuguese market, demonstrating significant experience in collective dismissals and lay-off procedures. The department has recently been particularly active representing companies in the termination of employment contracts in respect of directors and senior employees. Ricardo Rodrigues Lopes, whose specialisms include labour disputes, jointly leads the practice with Jorge Ribeiro Mendonça, who stands out for his transactional experience.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Rodrigues Lopes; Jorge Ribeiro Mendonça

Testimonials

Immediate availability to resolve any legal issue. Matters have always been dealt with effectively and very professionally.’

‘Total availability to answer questions and committed to always find the best solutions for the client.’

‘Competence, availability and speed.’

‘Ricardo Rodrigues Lopes is a great lawyer.’

Key clients

United Airlines

Olympus

Tendam Group

Foundation Medicine Inc.

FlixMobility GmbH

Nobel Biocare

Lagardere

Covance

Labcorp

Work highlights

  • Assisted United Airlines in the preparation of termination procedures regarding key employees within its organisation.
  • Advising Olympus on a TUPE procedure, in respect of the transfer of employees from one of their Portuguese businesses to another newly formed group company.
  • Assisted Lagardere with the preparation of the opposition to an administrative fine imposed by the Portuguese Labor Authority.

CCA Law Firm

Offering a blend of preventative advice and litigation support, CCA Law Firm assists clients with benefits policies, disciplinary proceedings, termination of contracts and collective bargaining. Of particular note, the team excels in restructuring processes and TUPE procedures, and is the go-to destination for many start-ups seeking guidance on employment and social security issues. Pedro Antunes, who specialises in labour restructurings, leads advice to domestic and international clients, predominantly from Spain, China and Brazil.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Antunes

Other key lawyers:

Joana Enes

Testimonials

‘They have a very specialized knowledge of the full range of aspects pertaining to employment law. They offer very professional, detailed responses in a fast way and adapt advice to Spanish, English or Portuguese depending on the client.’

‘Pedro Antunes is professional and always accessible.’

Key clients

Hiscox

Switch Payments

Procter & Gamble

Europcar

A Padaria Portuguesa

PVW Tinsa

AEGON Yes

Havas Group

Vision-Box

Havas Media

C&A modas

Time Out

HP CDS – CUSTOMER DELIVERY SERVICES PORTUGAL

Work highlights

  • Advised Hiscox on a TUPE process triggered by Brexit.
  • Providing regular assistance to Time Out Portugal, on day-by-day matters, including revising contracts, innovating on work schedule flexibility, in order to adjust the digital and creative world to the current reality.
  • Advising TINSA on the transfer of PVW’s employees to TINSA with a TUPE procedure necessary given the merger of the companies and necessary restructuring of the business models.

Macedo Vitorino & Associados

Macedo Vitorino & Associados' traditional focus on restructuring matters and labour law support in M&A transactions has evolved to include a bigger emphasis on collective bargaining agreements. The firm is one of the first destinations for public sector clients seeking assistance with mediation processes to terminate major strikes in key economic sectors in Portugal. Guilherme Machado Dray is the name to note; he heads the team, which is also equipped to advise on social security issues and disciplinary procedures.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Machado Dray

Testimonials

‘Excellent client support in situations of labour disputes and litigation. Permanent availability of teams with the capacity for timely and appropriate intervention.’

‘Guilherme Dray has extensive experience in employment matters and the whole negotiation dynamics of collective agreements. He also excels in the mediation of labour disputes.’

Key clients

Aga Khan Foundation

PRA-Raposo, Sá Miranda & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados RL

With strong nationwide coverage, PRA-Raposo, Sá Miranda & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados RL acts in a wide range of employment matters, including collective negotiations, litigation, social security compliance and restructuring procedures. The team also has significant experience in advising clients on labour law issues arising in M&A transactions, and in assisting employers and high-profile individuals in labour disputes. Joana de Sá, who is sought after by leading Portuguese companies, oversees the employment practice.

Practice head(s):

Joana de Sá

Other key lawyers:

Helena Braga Marques; Joana Cadete Pires

Testimonials

Excellent quality of service, both in terms of advice, speed, ease of access, constant availability and quick readiness to resolve issues. The individuals are all professionals of excellence and of great availability. I highlight Joana Sá for her great leadership skills and availability at any time of the day. She is very diligent.’

It is distinguished by its constant availability, ease of contact and quick response. I work directly with Joana Cadete Pires, who is my main point of contact. She has exceptional availability. She is very pragmatic and solution-oriented. Knowing the projects we work on, she proactively shares material or information that she considers to be useful or in our interest.’

‘The firm has a diversified team in terms of skills and experience with different age groups, which allows for a diversity of approaches to the matters in which we need legal support.’

‘As a client, we consider PRA to be one of the national references. We highlight their ethics, transparency and internal communication. Rigor, technical and legal knowledge, speed of action and a keen ability to analyse and solve problems.’

Joana de Sá has significant experience, technical knowledge, availability and, fundamentally, the ability to communicate.’

‘ I would like to highlight Joana de Sá for her proximity to the client. The ability to combine legal knowledge with the critical spirit that is recognized, reconciled with humanity that allows to evaluate the different fronts and impact.’

‘For us, PRA is an essential partner in the day-to-day of our activity. The fact that it is a full service firm and is present in various parts of the country, is very important for us. Our most recent interaction was in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, in which Joana de Sá and her team accompanied us both in every step we had to take. Their help was crucial. The work of Joana and her team is always fully effective, the solutions presented are realistic, demonstrating a lot of technical security but never forgetting the reality of clients and their needs.’

‘Joana de Sá is a brilliant lawyer. Her vast experience, technical security, permanent availability and her ability to understand the real needs of the client are unique. The speed of her work and her always up-to-date advice and information is also noteworthy.’

Key clients

Decunify – Soluções de Comunicação, SA

Decsis – Sistemas de Informação, SA

SOU LARGO, CRL

NO LESS, SA

Work highlights

  • Advising Decunify – Soluções de Comunicação on the development and implementation of an effective and efficient remote work system.
  • Advised Sou Largo Cooperativa on a complex process of human resources restructuring and on the implementation of support measures in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Raposo Bernardo

In addition to providing day-to-day advice to an array of clients, Raposo Bernardo is also adept in labour disputes, disciplinary proceedings and work accident cases. Ana Cláudia Rangel heads the employment department, and combines expertise in dispute resolution and labour law. Recent engagements saw the senior associate advise on restructuring and hiring processes.

Practice head(s):

Ana Cláudia Rangel

Testimonials

Raposo Bernardo is efficient in solving the issues and problems that we present them with. They provide swift responses. In addition, they demonstrate a permanent willingness to support us and have in-depth knowledge of labour laws and procedures, working closely with unions and other employment lawyers.’

‘Ana Cláudia Rangel is a very solid lawyer capable of handling the most complex matters with relative ease. She is always available. These are characteristics that we highly value. She is extremely reliable and has great experience in the sector.’

‘Raposo Bernardo is very well prepared, both on a practical and academic level. They provide safe advice and are quick to respond to our constant requests. Ana Cláudia Rangel is a great lawyer. She is available, effective and solves problems.’

Ana Cláudia Rangel is very focused and objective in dealing with issues, she always has a word of comfort in more delicate situations that involve some difficult decisions.’

‘It  is a firm that is always up to date and warns us of everything we have to take into account, be it legal news or mere notices of important dates and facts. The quality of the service is excellent. Ana Cláudia Rangel provides extremely reliable advice. She is experienced in employment matters, including unions and labour litigation. She is very methodical and available.’

Raposo Bernardo is a law firm that manages to create affinity and professional ties that last for a lifetime. Ana Cláudia Rangel leads the employment department and is an excellent professional. For reasons known to all of us, this was an atypical year for lawyers in all areas who had to adapt to new realities and concepts, which Raposo Bernardo overcame with success and distinction.’

Albuquerque & Almeida

Downsizing procedures, collective dismissals and labour litigation are typical mandates for the employment department at Albuquerque & Almeida. Employment disputes are at the core of the practice, which attracts instructions from clients operating in the IT, transport and electronics sectors. The department is under the leadership of João Salvador.

APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L.

APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L. is adept at advising on a wide array of employment matters, notably transfer of undertakings, lay-off procedures and hiring processes. Typical mandates also include termination of employment contracts and restructuring issues. João Pedro Alves Pereira specialises in employment law and is experienced in judicial and disciplinary proceedings.

Practice head(s):

João Pedro Alves Pereira

Testimonials

‘The team is available. Good capacity to answer the clients’ queries.’

‘João Pedro Alves Pereira is available and competent.’

‘They were very responsive to our needs and were able to meet demanding deadlines.’

Key clients

Amway

Archon Systems

Eutelsat

Free Now

Iniciativas de Meios

Intelligent Apps

MegaMeios

Miki

Ultrapolymers

Vezzani

Work highlights

  • Assisted Archon Systems with the short-term employment engagement of three individuals in Portugal to provide technical support to the client’s European customers and possibly sales support.
  • Advising IPG Mediabrands in respect of the negotiation of the termination of several employment contracts entered into by its Portuguese subsidiaries.
  • Advising FREE NOW on the possibility (and relevant legal implications) of implementing a flexible rotation shifts regime for the employees of Mytaxi Portugal and Transopco working in customer service centres.

Costa Pinto Advogados

The young but highly specialised team at Costa Pinto Advogados has seen considerable growth, following several new instructions from domestic and international clients operating in a range of sectors. Recent engagements included assisting clients with the implementation of simplified lay-off procedures concerning legislative changes brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as advising international companies looking to start their activities in Portugal on labour law solutions. Leading the practice is Manuel Ferreira Mendes, who is best known for his expertise negotiating the termination of employment contracts of senior executives.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Ferreira Mendes

Testimonials

‘Very professional and always ready to advise and suggest new ideas. They are always ready to meet you and come up with solutions.’

‘Manuel Ferreira Mendes is an outstanding professional and human being.’

‘Availability and permanent dialogue, quality of interaction, flexibility, technical capacity, boldness in the preparation of proposals and in finding the best solutions.’

‘Manuel Ferreira Mendes demonstrates unsurpassed commitment. He is extremely talented and has great interpersonal skills. His help and guidance were important, and I always felt we had his unequivocal support.’

‘Costa Pinto Advogados’ team is specialised in the area of ​​employment and social security, with very valuable input in both theoretical and practical terms. Of particular note is partner Manuel Ferreira Mendes, who has great experience in advising national and international clients, especially senior management positions and companies. He always demonstrates availability, proactivity and assertiveness. His theoretical knowledge combined with practical experience means that the approach taken is always guided by the specific needs of the client.’

Key clients

Merytucentric

Work highlights

  • Assisted Merytucentric, a tech start-up based in Lisbon, in a vast range of employment law matters (e.g., clarifying legal queries, drafting employment agreements).

Espanha e Associados

Espanha e Associados acts for clients from a variety of industries, including hospitality, financial services and retail, in non-contentious matters and employment litigation. Restructuring processes and collective dismissals feature heavily on the practice's portfolio, as does day-to-day advice on all areas of labour law. Luís Almeida Carneiro, who leads the team, has a strong track record in corporate restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Luís Almeida Carneiro

Other key lawyers:

Filipa Botelho Moniz

Testimonials

Responsibility, trust, and excellence is what best describes the department. They are always available to find solutions, communicating with the client on a continuous basis.’

‘Lawyers are very competent. Every time I asked for advice or an opinion, I received a prompt and adequate response. The fees were always within the agreed and expected.’

‘I recommend Luís Almeida Carneiro for his professional brilliance, availability and effectiveness.’

Speed, clarity of response, open discussion of topics, clear and simple language. Luís Almeida Carneiro and Filipa Moniz were very accessible and available.’

‘I will have to mention Luís Almeida Carneiro. He is excellent at everything he does.’

Key clients

Portugália Restauração S.A.

Fitness Hut, S.A.

Nimble Portal – Serviços e Consultoria de Gestão, Lda.

Le Cheque Dejeuner Portugal, S.A.

Companhia de Investimentos Hoteleiros D. Carlos, S.A.

Arval Service Lease – Aluguer e Gestão Automóvel

Nata da Nata, Lda.

Cardif Services, AEIE

Marmequer, S.A.

GDA – Cooperativa de Gestão dos Direitos dos Artistas

Tempus Internacional – Importação de Relojoaria, S.A

Comissão de trabalhadores da Escola Alemã de Lisboa

Work highlights

  • Advised Fitness Hut on a collective dismissal that took place in Fitness Hut.
  • Preparing an audit on the human resources department of the Lisbon RITZ – Four Season.
  • Advised João Mata, Lda. on a collective dismissal (outsourcing of the IT department).

JPAB - José Pedro Aguiar-Branco Advogados

Domestic and international clients seek JPAB - José Pedro Aguiar-Branco Advogados' legal support on a wide spectrum of employment matters, including advisory work, posting of workers, collective bargaining and social security issues. Pedro Botelho Gomes and Joana Carneiro are the key points of contact in the team, which also focuses on labour restructuring matters.

TELLES

The labour and social security team at TELLES acts for domestic and foreign clients in litigation and transactional matters involving employment law issues. Apart from providing daily advice and assisting with labour due diligence, the team is also well versed in restructuring processes, notably those involving collective redundancies. Gonçalo Pinto Ferreira's experience in the field spans more than two decades; he stands out for his thorough knowledge of large-scale restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Gonçalo Pinto Ferreira

Other key lawyers:

Sofia Pamplona; João Dotti de Carvalho

Testimonials

‘The Labour team’s level of knowledge, competence and client care are unrivalled, providing high-quality and timely advice when immediate answers were required due to exceptional circumstances. The team is very focused and committed to their clients’ needs and success. Telles is extremely efficient, well organised and has the flexibility to adapt to all circumstances, including remote meetings.’

‘Gonçalo Pinto Ferreira and Sofia Pamplona have a profound knowledge of all matters regarding Employment Law. They are proactive, dedicated and able to provide a very pragmatic and straightforward approach on the ongoing legal issues, fully geared to their client’s business.’

‘Within the scope of employment law, Telles has provided us with various services. The enormous technical competence of the team was always notorious and evident. The team provided assistance during the Covid-19 lockdown, overcoming all circumstances posed by the situation: distance and enormous legislative changes.’

‘The qualities of Gonçalo Pinto Ferreira are many, but I would like to highlight: his extremely high technical competence; total availability; flexibility in the search for solutions; clarity in the presentation of subjects and enormous sympathy.’

‘Sofia Pamplona is available and has extensive experience in the field.’

‘Availability and flexibility.’

Key clients

Pepsico Group

Accor Group

Repsol

Broadcom

Ryanair

Sonae Group

PSA Sines

Somincor

Natixis

Daufood

Avanade

Still International

Nors Group

Work highlights

  • Assists Accor Group, owner of the hotels Sofitel, Novotel, Mercure and Ibis, in all employment-related matters, impacting around 40 hotels and 600 employees.
  • Provides daily assistance to PSA Sines that covers all employment-related matters impacting around 1,000 employees.
  • Advising Cabelte covering on employment-related matters, including within the Covid-19 context.