Firms To Watch: Employment

Cerejeira Namora, Marinho Falcão’s employment team offers judicial litigation representation for both employers and employees; founding partner Nuno Cerejeira Namora is an employment law specialist, and Miguel Cunha Machado also coordinates the team.
RRP Advogados' employment team has wide-ranging experience, with a strong focus on labour support and transactional work, and is affiliated with the EY global law network; Rodrigo Serra Lourenço heads the practice.
SPS – Sociedade de Advogados fields a strong automotive sector-focused employment practice and is particularly adept at handling collective dismissal procedures; Manuel Gibert Prates leads both the labour and the corporate and commercial team.

Employment in Portugal


Companies turn to the employment and pensions group at CMS for its highly praised corporate restructuring expertise. Local companies and organisations, and those with operations in Portugal, engage with the firm for advice on pension funds, training, labour disputes, dismissals and day-to-day operations. The group is aided by a dedicated immigration team, which also advises on tax, social security and permit-related matters. Key sectors for the team include industrial, banking, life sciences, insurance and aviation. Employment law experts Susana Afonso and Sofia Mateus jointly lead the practice, each with over 20 years of experience in contentious and non-contentious employment matters, with the former in restructuring and the latter in litigation. Key support for the restructuring practice comes in the form of João Gomes, who heads the firm’s Funchal, Madeira office.

Practice head(s):

Susana Afonso; Sofia Mateus

Other key lawyers:

João Gomes; Tiago Magalhães; Mafalda Alves da Silva; Catarina Jorge


‘What makes CMS special is that it works as if the client company’s business were its own business. The CMS team manages to establish a strong partnership with our team and we work as one team. The focus on the result is the goal of the sum of the parts.’

‘Susana Afonso is an incredible lawyer, an excellent negotiator, very focused on the results to be achieved. Sofia Mateus is a lawyer with a deep technical knowledge, oriented to detail and with an excellent quality of work. Tiago Magalhães and Mafalda Alves da Silva are two exceptional lawyers, always available, always attentive to our needs and very fast in delivery.’

‘Team with above average technical preparation, transparent and honest approach. It works as a true partnership, defending the client’s interests.’

‘Highly professional, accessible and very well prepared approach. Sofia Mateus, Susana Afonso, Catarina Jorge, Tiago Magalhães.’

Key clients





















Work highlights

  • Supporting Millennium BCP in its restructuring process of the retail banking services and also its central services.
  • Assisting Banco Santander in several legal matters such as advice, preparation and representation within legal actions, meetings with the employees’ committee, and supporting Banco Santander within its restructuring process.
  • Supporting the Altice Group with its restructuring process in Portugal, which includes a collective dismissal involving 246 employees.


DLA Piper ABBC operates a premier employment practice in the Portuguese market. The firm is the first port of call for a wide range of high-profile domestic, foreign and multinational clients with operations in the country. The team is highly adept in both advisory work in tandem with M&A and restructurings, as well as complex disputes and litigation. Labour expert and veteran Benjamim Mendes spearheads the practice, and maintains a loyal and household name client roster. João Guedes’ employment expertise is also broad; he can often be found acting for clients in the banking, insurance and life sciences industries, among others. Senior associate Vítor Madeiras Rodrigues supports the department and is building a notable practice in collective bargaining negotiation and restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Benjamim Mendes; João Guedes

Other key lawyers:

Vítor Madeiras Rodrigues; Daniela Rosa; José Esfola


‘The specialization of the professionals we contact, the individualized treatment and the quick and careful response make the difference.’

‘The team takes a management approach, compared to the usual more legal approaches. The important thing is to overcome barriers, complying with the legislation, mitigating risks but without blocking the activity.’

‘From the outset, Benjamim with his knowledge, experience and management vision has been able to choose people who help him while keeping this same line, such as Daniela Rosa and more recently José Esfola, and always available, Vitor Madeira Rodrigues.’

‘What has always made the firm different is the combination of the lawyers’ technique and knowledge with their availability and ability to find solutions.’

‘The vast pool of high quality lawyers gives them a special dimension and the proximity they create with clients is essential to make a difference – and of course results are also important.’

‘Our work is in particular with our partner João Guedes. João distinguished himself by his enormous legal capacity and court practice, his quick and brilliant intelligence, by the security he conveys to clients and by the proximity he creates with them, with a remarkable availability.’

‘Great experience and knowledge of various sectors of activity; multidisciplinarity of partners and associates; excellence in reconciling legal matters with the organization’s reality; excellent advice in all aspects covered by this office.’

‘The team, experience and guidance, focused on management, are what sets this company apart. The service is always of high quality and with an excellent speed of response.’

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados’ employment department is a top choice for large international and domestic companies across the gamut of industries, including banking, logistics, media and healthcare. Clients seeking advice on labour issues related to M&A, restructurings, collective bargaining negotiation and contentious issues can trust labour specialists Luís Miguel MonteiroPedro Pardal Goulão and the team. Helena Tapp Barroso is a name to note for data protection issues and projects. Of counsel Jose Amorim Magalhaes is another key contact, and is based in the firm’s Porto office.

Other key lawyers:

Helena Tapp Barroso; Jose Amorim Mahalhaes


‘Competence; rigor; proposals for possible solutions with identification of advantages/disadvantages.’

‘Diligent, experienced with in-depth knowledge, good communicators, empathetic.’

‘The team is permanently available, having a close, clear and pedagogical contact with the client, always reflecting enormous expertise, professionalism and trust.’

‘Excellent Labor Department.’

‘José Amorim Magalhães stands out for its availability, competence, technical knowledge and focus on the client.’

‘This is a very strong practice, one of the very best in Portugal. Very responsive, used to dealing with multinationals, good English capability, and deals well with matters large and small.’

‘Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados stands out from other companies in the national legal market for its efficiency in the response, ability to understand the business and its needs, proactivity and adjustment to an era in which technology is the basis of progress.’

Key clients




McKinsey International, Inc. (Portuguese branch)


Pfizer Group (Portugal)

Santander Totta Group (Portugal)

Galp Group

Laboratórios Kin, S.A. (Portuguese branch)

HCL Technologies Limited (Portuguese branch)

BNP Paribas Group (Portuguese companies and branches)



Hala Systems


PLMJ’s employment and labour team continues to act for some of the largest domestic and international companies in employment-related matters. 2021 saw the team advising on a number of significant corporate restructurings, collective bargaining, redundancy matters, and court cases for major companies across Portugal. Competent across a range of sectors including banking and finance, energy, real estate, life sciences, tourism and TMT, the practice is considered a one-stop-shop for many. The practice is jointly led by restructuring, privatisations and merger experts Tiago Cortes and Nuno Ferreira Morgado. Nuno Guedes Vaz is a well-known name in the rail, road and air transport sectors. Managing associate Mariana Paiva is a key contact for retail-sector employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Tiago Cortes; Nuno Ferreira Morgado

Other key lawyers:

Nuno Guedes Vaz; Mariana Paiva


‘PLMJ is an agile legal firm: prompt and supportive when the client needs, with practical insights and solutions. PLMJ can efficiently respond to the invoicing processes of digital clients and we can see they are equipped with tech-supported business processes themselves.’

‘Partner Nuno Morgado is always quick to respond to our needs, showing solid knowledge and experience, with straightforward, intuitive and practical approaches.’

‘Nuno Guedes Vaz shows in-depth knowledge and experience in collective relations dynamics, legal procedures and relationship with governmental agencies and authorities; and has assertive and gentleman-like manners.’

‘The technical capacity combined with the experience and wit of the partner who works with us in the area of collective bargaining. Absolutely excellent.’

‘Nuno Guedes Vaz: experience; intelligence; emotional intelligence; negotiating capacity and to anticipate problems and their solutions.’

‘PLMJ has in its team highly qualified and specialized professionals, flexible and able to support clients and find solutions within the scope of the management of their companies, always meeting or even exceeding expectations.’

‘Tiago Cortes and Nuno Guedes Vaz – Highly specialized, always available, deeply involved in the themes and focused on finding solutions, often innovative, for the client.’

‘Practical and up-to-date perspective of the companies’ questions. Knowledge of Union and regulatory dynamics. Interest in updating the legal analysis to the company’s needs.’

Key clients



Pernod Ricard Portugal

Grupo Trofa Saúde



Accenture Portugal




Work highlights

  • Advising Ryanair on the restructuring of the company’s organisation in Portugal.
  • Advising Worten on an agreement with Media Markt to transfer 17 stores and their employees.
  • Advising Pernod Ricard on the restructuring of its field sales team.

SRS Legal

SRS Legal is well known in the market for its seasoned employment litigation practice. Led by César Sá Esteves, the offering fields several key groups headed by different partners, which provide full-service and specialised advice across a number of sectors for the banking and finance, food and beverage, energy, infrastructure and life sciences sectors. Mariana Caldeira Sarávia leads corporate restructuring; Ana Luísa Beirão  heads employment litigation; Maria de Lancastre Valente is the name to note for international advisory work and cross-border operations; and Esteves also leads on collective bargaining and collective disputes, and pensions/benefits matters. Managing associate Sara Milheiro Tavares is a key name for social security matters.

Practice head(s):

César Sá Esteves

Other key lawyers:

Mariana Caldeira Sarávia; Ana Luísa Beirão; Maria de Lancastre Valente; Sara Tavares; Cláudia Varela; Mariana Mendes; Lara Pestana


I’d highlight the rigor, attention to detail, constant availability and search for solutions in order to meet the client’s needs.’

‘SRS has a frame of reference professionals, especially in the field of labour law, with an enormous capacity to “connect” theory and practice, as well as understand the context, reality and specificity of each client.’

‘Ana Luísa Beirão is an asset for SRS Advogados. She has deep theoretical and practical knowledge of the matters in question, which contribute to an excellent ability to anticipate and define strategies, in the various plans applicable in this area.’

‘César Sá Esteves and Mariana Sarávia: excellent technical and human quality, intelligent and sensible, good negotiators.’

‘The team’s experience and technical and market/sector expertise. The ability to manage highly complex issues such as restructuring (Collective Redundancies), M&A processes or negotiation with collective bargaining unions in the pandemic context.’

I would like to highlight the senior partners José Luis Moreira da Silva and Cláudia Varela with whom the company has worked with very relevant results, allowing for a continuous constructive dialogue with all union entities present.’

‘Dr. César Sá Esteves, Mariana Saravia, Ana Luisa Beirão, Lara Pestana, Mariana Mendes: Expertise, Leadership, knowledge and availability’

‘Very knowledgeable, prudent and accurate. They do not have an aggressive commercial posture.’

‘César Sá Esteves – excellent negotiator with a calm and serene style; a partner in management above all’

Key clients

Administração do Porto Setúbal



Alnylam Switzerland

AXA Group Operations

Banco do Brasil

Banco Poupança e Crédito


Bergé Group

Caixa Geral de Depósitos

Cerealto Sintra Foods


Colgate-Palmolive Company




EFG Bank

Ernst & Young


Ferring Pharmaceuticals


Grupo Banco Montepio

Grupo Barraqueiro

Haitong Bank

Hidurbe Serviços

Hoteles Turísticos Unidos

Maisons du Monde

Majorel Portugal


Novo Banco



Principle Power

Publicis Groupe


Ryanair Ltd


Secil – Companhia Geral de Cal e Cimento

Securitas Direct



Socosmet – Sociedade de Cosmética

Starstone Insurance


Sumol + Compal

TAP Air Portugal



TUI Portugal

Volkswagen Autoeuropa

Wright Medical Group

Work highlights

  • Advised TAP on the strategy, planning and execution of a major long-term restructuring operation.
  • Assisting Banco Poupança e Crédito with the strategy definition, planning and execution of a major restructuring.
  • Assisting Generali on the HR issues, strategy definition, as well as planning and execution of the restructuring of the company related to the acquisition of Seguradoras Unidas and AdvanceCare.

Abreu Advogados

Abreu Advogados' sizeable employment practice stands out in particular for its strong labour litigation practice. Praised by clients for its ‘absolute availability’ and technical knowledge, the team has an extensive track record in the labour and higher courts, as well as longstanding relationships with clients, providing assistance and advice to domestic and large multinationals. Its recent workload includes matters involving the retail, automotive, and food and beverage industries – industries heavily affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Workplace restructuring, TUPE matters, social security, pensions and compensation schemes, as well as due diligence are areas in which the team is particularly adept, both in a non-contentious and contentious setting. Employment disputes expert Carmo Sousa Machado and transport, communication and healthcare sector specialist Patrícia Perestrelo co-lead the practice. Madalena Caldeira's practice covers the full range of employment matters, and she also specialises in social security. At a non-partner level, of counsel Diogo Orvalho, who joined in 2021, brings a wealth of pension and social security expertise.

Practice head(s):

Carmo Sousa Machado; Patrícia Perestrelo

Other key lawyers:

Sofia Silva e Sousa; Madalena Caldeira; Simão de Sant’Ana; Ana Manuela Barbosa


‘Availability and technical knowledge.’

‘Simão de Sant’Ana: proactive approach with a proposal of pragmatic solutions supported by experience and technical knowledge.’

‘Abreu Advogados was chosen by us for its reputation and the diversity of specialists in areas relevant to the companies. New technologies and contact via electronic platforms made contacts even easier.’

‘Ana Manuela Barbosa has been very efficient and quick in solving the different and diverse issues with which we have work related to Human Resources.’

Carmo Sousa Machado’s monitoring in real time and absolute availability was welcome. She faced the pace of work of a client, like us, who works permanently, practically multidisciplinary teams and is technically very knowledgeable.’

‘Carmo Sousa Machado has extraordinary experience in terms of work, technical expertise of excellence and years of practice that translate into knowledge applied to real life of unparalleled value.’

‘Very commercial in their approach – realistic expectations.’

‘Carmo Sousa Machado really knows her stuff, and achieves great results’

Key clients

Alstom Portugal


BC Group





Colt Technology Services

Expeditors International of Washington, Inc.

FedEx Express Europe

Corinthia Hotels

CTT – Correios de Portugal

De Heus

Iberdrola Group

Dura Automotive

Embraer Portugal


Groupe SEB Ibérica


Hidden Hearing Portugal

Imperial Produtos Alimentares

JJW Portugal


Lusíadas Group

Michael Kors




Sindicato Nacional do Pessoal de Voo da Aviação Civil

GLOBALVIA INVERSIONES and Portuguese subsidiaries

Sporting Clube de Portugal/Sporting Clube de Portugal Futebol SAD



Tata Consulting Services

Tomtom Sales B.V.

Work highlights

  • Assisting Sporting Clube de Portugal/Sporting Clube de Portugal Futebol SAD in restructuring and collective dismissal proceedings covering around 30 workers.
  • Advised CTT – Correios de Portugal on its labour restructuring process.
  • Assisted Raríssimas – National Association of Mental and Rare Disabilities – in connection with the dismissal proceedings of its previous president.


Cuatrecasas is a partner for major domestic companies in employment matters, where the firm has a wealth of experience in collective bargaining, lay-off procedures, workplace restructurings and labour disputes, The team’s advice has been key for many clients in relation to post-Covid-19 employment issues and conditions, both domestically and cross-border. Employment-related M&A matters are also in the team’s purview. Sports law specialist Rui Vaz Pereira and insurance law expert Maria da Glória Leitão jointly lead the practice, focusing on labour litigation, collective agreements and dispute resolution; and labour and social security in the services and distribution sectors, respectively. The firm’s combination of regulatory and litigation advice is also trusted by clients in the technology, logistics, healthcare and luxury sectors, to name a few. Since publication, the team was reinforced by the arrival of Inês Pinheiro and Martim Anahory in January 2023, following the firm's merger with SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados.

Practice head(s):

Rui Vaz Pereira; Maria da Glória Leitão

Other key lawyers:

Sandra Lima da Silveira; Cristina Romariz

Key clients

DHL Group in Portugal

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

Servdebt – Capital Asset Management


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


Banco de Investimento Global (BIG)

iCapital Network (Institutional Capital Network, Inc)

Canon Portugal

Manuel Champalimaud Group


Ventient Energy



Envision Pharma Group


Work highlights

  • Advising Engie as leader of a consortium on all labour and employments matters related to the acquisition from EDP of a 1.7 GW hydroelectric portfolio.
  • Assisting DHL Group in Portugal with all issues related to employment and social security, including work schedules, drafting of employment contracts, disciplinary actions, and other matters.
  • Assisting Farfetch with all issues related to employment and social security, including litigation, drafting of employment contracts, disciplinary actions, and other matters.


Garrigues' employment and social security group acts for an impressive client base of multinational companies across a wide range of industries, with the automotive and retail sectors being key fields of focus for the team. Collective dismissals and TUPE matters are core areas of expertise for the department, which is split across the Porto and Lisbon offices. Rui Valente heads up the practice and is well known for his collective dismissal and lay-off proceedings advice in the tourism, entertainment and automotive industries. João Soares Almeida supports the practice and is based in the Porto office, from where he advises on employment-related M&A matters.

Practice head(s):

Rui Valente

Other key lawyers:

João Soares Almeida; André de Oliveira Correia


‘Agility in the responses issued; advanced technical knowledge.’

‘Highly skilled team with great domain of legal matters and very professional. The team is always available to meet the client’s needs. It demonstrates great sensitivity to understanding the context of the company and acts incorporating its knowledge as a true partner. It is above all rigorous in resolution and proactive in improvement.’

‘Rui Valente and André de Oliveira Correia – proficiency, experience and accessibility.’

‘Always very informed advice; support in labour issues such as collective redundancies, implementation of continuous work, contract revocations, working hours, etc., always very well studied and subsequently duly substantiated to the point where we have not lost any cause. Great availability and prompt support.’

‘Specialized service in the field of labour law, with very in-depth knowledge of matters, in all the diversity of matters related to the area. Excellent analytical skills in highly complex topics. Constant updating, particularly in a pandemic period of major legislative changes. Fast responsiveness.’

‘André Oliveira Correia: analytical skills, knowledge of topics, client orientation, responsiveness in contexts with large volumes of information. João Soares Almeida: analytical skills, knowledge of topics, client orientation, responsiveness in contexts with large volumes of information and highly complex situations.’

‘The excellence of service, the availability of the team, the know-how and the diversity of solutions they present.’

‘André Correia Oliveira stands out for the close relationship he maintains, for his availability, and openness in seeking the best solution to the challenge presented.’

Key clients




Linde Group

Klöckner Pentaplast

Grupo Inditex






ExpressGlass Group


Gestamp Automoción Group

Porto Municipality

Pluris Group


Águas e Energia do Porto


Akzo Nobel

Car Sharing Mobility Services (joint venture Ferrovial and Renault)


Linklaters’ employment practice sits within the firm’s wider corporate department, handling a range of sensitive employment matters related to M&A, corporate restructurings and financing. Its proximity to the corporate team means the dedicated employment group regularly advises a client roster of  major corporates, banks, private equity firms and insurance companies in both domestic and cross-border projects. In addition, the team is known for its extensive dispute resolution experience, drawing from its interdisciplinary expertise. Marta Afonso Pereira leads the practice, and Sílvia Pinheiro Esteves supports in litigation.

Practice head(s):

Marta Afonso Pereira

Other key lawyers:

Sílvia Pinheiro Esteves


‘The availability and professionalism with which they deal with the cases we present, the teachings and the clarity of the information are an asset.’

‘Marta Afonso Pereira is very clear and assertive in all communication. Sílvia Pinheiro Esteves is also recommended.’

‘Marta Afonso Pereira and her team are very organised and professional. They conduct an in-depth analysis of the law and give us well-founded, accurate yet creative conclusions to our specific queries. They clearly explain the risks of each situation and propose solutions.’

‘Marta Pereira is smart, practical, with a great commercial and technical knowledge – very business oriented. She has a great critical sense, relevant experience and a deep knowledge of the matters involved, providing us with relevant advice, even when asked on short notice. Deep understanding of how issues will impact our business going forward.’

‘Extensive knowledge in labour law, quickly responding to theoretical and practical questions.’

‘Excellence of service, knowledge of topics, availability and delivery.’

‘Marta Pereira: availability, analytical skills, market knowledge, thoughtfulness and assertiveness.’

Key clients

ASP Holding, SGPS, S.A.

Ardian SAS

Cerberus Global Investments B.V.

Vodafone Group plc

Oitante, S.A.

Luz Saúde, S.A

Permira Asesores, S.L.U.

BNP Paribas Personal Finance

Novo Banco, S.A.

ECS – Sociedade de Capital de Risco, S.A.

MAN Energy Solutions SE

AGS – Administração e Gestão de Sis

Work highlights

  • Acted for BNP Paribas Personal Finance – Sucursal em Portugal in the termination of its partnership agreement with Sonae Group in relation to the “Cartão Universo”.
  • Supporting ASP Holding, the owners of the Sheraton hotels, in the lay-off and other subsequent subventions provided by the government during the pandemic crisis.
  • Advised Vodafone on the banking and corporate aspects of the merger of its passive tower infrastructure in Italy into INWIT.

pbbr - Sociedade de Advogados RL

pbbr – Sociedade de Advogados RL offers a comprehensive employment practice, handling a range of clients' labour and human resources needs. Providing assistance across a wide range of sectors, including life sciences, retail, food, construction, IT and finance, the group is particularly skilled in transnational projects, implementation policies, collective representation and restructuring. Labour specialist Inês Reis spearheads the practice and is highly regarded by clients. Bruno Soeiro Barbosa is a key contact for all collective bargaining and collective management matters. Associate Inês Oom De Sacadura is also establishing a notable practice focused on social security and employee benefits.

Practice head(s):

Inês Reis

Other key lawyers:

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


‘pbbr’s team is multidisciplinary, allowing us to have help on the most varied themes and issues. It responds quickly and efficiently, always looking out for our interest and what will be most beneficial in our field of activity. Invoicing is clear and transparent.’

‘The entire team is formidable and essential in this partnership, but I will undoubtedly have to mention Inês Oom Sacadura, for her professionalism, availability, knowledge and ability to manage the various areas of activity. For us, this partnership will always pass through Inês Oom de Sacadura.’

‘I have an excellent working relationship with the lawyers of this firm with whom I have interacted.’

‘Inês Sacadura and Inês Reis are always available, friendly, humorous and extremely competent and rigorous.’

‘pbbr is by far the best law firm I have ever worked with!’

‘They work alongside with you as a ‘partner’ instead of a ‘supplier’. Extremely proactive in informing us what relates to the business we work in.’

‘Ines Reis and Ines Oom de Sacadura stand out: they go the extra step, see you as a partner, adjust their service contract (retainer) in a flexible way, advise not only on the legal part but make the legal part work in a practical way. They dare to advise on ‘taking risks’ which is for me the biggest value they both have and not a lot of the competitors dare to do this. Furthermore, they are interested in your business and the culture of the company and in this way, they can advise on a better level! They don’t hesitate to involve other legal specialities if needed to give the best service we need.’

Key clients

Bolt Food

FEI (Redspher group)



Oracle Portugal


Johnson & Johnson Portugal


Cushman & Wakefield





DS Smith



Alkion (former LBC Tanquipor)

Robert Walters







Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho‘s employment outfit assists clients in day-to-day matters, as well as employment and labour-related issues related to M&A transactions and company restructurings. The team is well versed in negotiating collective bargaining agreements, particularly for companies in the insurance industry, and is skilled in related restructuring matters in the banking, retail and industrial sectors. André Nascimento leads the practice and is a skilled and highly regarded employment litigator, with a broad range of knowledge in collective dismissals, TUPE matters and individual dismissals. Senior associate Susana Bradford Ferreira is also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

André Nascimento

Other key lawyers:

Susana Bradford Ferreira


‘Pragmatic, commercial and extremely thorough.’

‘André Pestana Nascimento is a tenacious negotiator and you can be confident that he will fight your corner. Hard working, responsive and shows a real insight into my sector.’

‘Always hands on. Creative and dynamic approaches to the issues at hand.’

‘André Pestana Nascimento and Susana Bradford Ferreira are definitely our “go to” Labour lawyers. The deliver prompt reassuring responses to the issues at hand and are always available for the client.’

‘Law Firm made up of high quality professionals.’

‘André Pestana Nascimento stands out for his technical knowledge and strategic vision.’

‘The vast experience and ability to advise on a wide range of subjects.’

‘Andre Pestana do Nascimento: Very good knowledge about the client, which allows suggestions for improvement in certain processes or even approaches to be taken into account. Susana Bradford Ferreira is solid in her opinions, in order to ensure the quality of her work, she does a pre-work of gathering information.’

Key clients

Barclays Bank

Explorer Investments

Wizink Bank

Grupo Mapfre

Otis Elevadores Portugal

SABA Portugal

Bank of Montreal

GrandVision Portugal

Warner Brothers

Odlo International

Work highlights

  • Advised Odlo International on a collective dismissal procedure due to the closure of a Portuguese production plant.
  • Representing four different companies of the MAPFRE Group in 2019 and 2020 in the negotiation of a new collective bargaining agreement.
  • Advising Allianz Capital Partners on the employment aspects of the acquisition of a 75.01% shareholding in Galp Gas Natural Distribuição.


International labour expert Rui Andrade oversees VdA's employment offering, which by nature of its leadership is international in its approach. Notably strong in the oil and gas industry and Lusophone jurisdictions, the practice is also particularly active in the pharmaceutical, insurance and industrial sectors. Portuguese clients also benefit from the team’s extensive collective bargaining and restructuring expertise. Of counsel Tiago Piló is a key contact for complex corporate labour cases. Managing associates Américo Oliveira Fragoso and Tiago Cochofel De Azevedo are well versed in social security, workplace reduction and TUPE matters, and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Rui Andrade

Other key lawyers:

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


It is an office recognised for its practical approach and adapted to the reality of companies. Specifically, the Labour area has a practical and transparent communication team, which makes processes faster and simpler.’

‘Rui Andrade – Proactive, efficient, present, teacher, patient, critical analysis.’

‘Tiago Piló – Proactive, teacher, deep knowledge, fluid communication, strategist, empathy.’

‘Americo Oliveira Fragoso is distinguished by the knowledge he has and the ability to analyse situations in the eyes of clients, not just providing legal advice.’

‘Américo Fragoso, is why I work with VdA. His main qualities are his total availability to clients, the care and proximity with which he treats them and the speed of response to questions that are sometimes very complex. Additionally, he is a lawyer with great technical competence, mastering not only labour matters (his area of expertise), as well as others from various legal areas. He is upfront and transparent in his legal advice and has a critical and innovative spirit that sets him apart from others.’

‘Complete mastery of relevant legal matters, with several teams specialized in sub-sectors. Focus and care in managing the customer relationship – total availability whenever necessary. Pragmatic and always realistic legal advice.’

‘Américo Fragoso and Virna Neves both stand out for their business partner posture, whenever their advice is needed. Technical knowledge, resource management, availability.’

‘The team demonstrates a clear experience that results from working with different clients in different areas. This allows the services they provide to combine high legal rigor with knowledge of sector practices and contexts, allowing VdA to adopt an approach with a high benchmarking component.’

Key clients

AVIS Budget Group

Angola LNG Group

Timor-Leste National Petroleum and Minerals Authority



Blevins Franks Wealth Management

British American Tobacco

Chevron Corporation






Hi Fly Portugal


Jaba Recordati

José de Mello Group

Klarna Bank


L3Harris Group




Luís Simões Logística Integrada, S.A.



Merck, Sharpe & Dohme

Mitsubishi Fuso Trucks Europe


Monumental Palace Hotel





Porsche Holdings GmbH


Roche Diagnósticos

Roche Farma

Subsea7 Group

Sport Lisboa e Benfica, SAD


TrustEnergy Group




Vifor Pharma

Work highlights

  • Advised the Portuguese State and Parpública in the context of a state aid rescue loan to the Portuguese flagship airline, TAP, and on the acquisition by the Portuguese State of an additional 22.5% of the share capital of TAP.
  • Advised PreZero International on the employment aspects of the acquisition of the environmental services business of Ferrovial in Spain and Portugal.
  • Advised SAUR on labour aspects of the purchase of the Aquapor Group by means of the purchase of Criar Vantagens – Águas e Resíduos.


2021 saw the full integration of CNA – Curado, Nogueira & Associados into Andersen, further expanding the firm’s labour and social security expertise. Within these areas, collective negotiations, contract terminations, corporate restructuring and complex labour litigation at all levels of the Portuguese courts are mainstays of the practice. José Mota Soares heads up the Lisbon office, which works with an enviable client roster of financial services, media and manufacturing companies. Teresa Nogueia co-leads the Porto arm of the practice, responsible for a portfolio of international and national clients in the automotive, technology, research and development, and tourism sectors.

Practice head(s):

José Mota Soares; Teresa Nogueia

Other key lawyers:

Sílvia Martins; Pedro Mota Soares


‘Available, very helpful, quick response to emails and questions asked.’

‘The lawyers we work with make a detailed analysis of the questions that are put to their analysis and assessment. Lawyers respond quickly, are pragmatic and creative, as well as show dedication to the client.’

‘José Mota Soares is a reliable professional, always available, has the particularity of knowing how to position himself and put himself at the level of his interlocutors, being easy to understand what passes.’

‘High quality on papers issued and client service, good knowledge of the special characteristics of our business, plus introducing the best practices on labour / legal management.’

‘It is a law firm that makes a commitment to clarity, transparency and independence.’

‘José Mota Soares is highly effective and motivates all his team. Always willing to give the extra mile and client support, even on difficult situations and solving conflicts. Outstanding performance.’

Key clients

Grupo Média Capital – TVI

ISS Facility Services

Safira Derichebourg Facility Services

ANIECA – Associação Nacional Industriais de Ensino Condução Automóvel

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Portugal

Veolia Portugal





Work highlights

  • Represents ISS in a restructuring process involving the collective dismissal of approximately 200 employees.
  • Advising NOWO – COMMUNICATIONS on a restructuring project which involved a transfer of undertakings (TUPE), involving 300 employees.
  • Represented Veolia in a lawsuit filed by a former employee claiming unlawful dismissal.

Eversheds Sutherland FCB

Eversheds Sutherland FCB's employment practice acts for an impressive international client list and advises multinationals and domestic clients both in a transactional capacity and with corporate support. Inês Albuquerque e Castro leads the team, which has experience in advising on cross-border labour and strategic employment matters, such as TUPEs, collective redundancies and restructuring. Associate Bruno Ferreira Domingues supports the practice, particularly in relation to dissolution and company winding-up processes.

Practice head(s):

Inês Albuquerque e Castro

Other key lawyers:

Bruno Ferreira Domingues

Key clients


Toys R Us












Pierre Fabre Dermo Cosmetics



Work highlights

  • Assisting Federal Mogul Iberica on the termination by individual redundancy of a country manager’s employment contract with a high seniority.

Miranda & Associados

The employment practice at Miranda & Associados is broad in scope, with a strong litigation edge in its offering. Employment litigation expert Diogo Leote heads up the practice, which in addition to representing clients in labour tribunals, also regularly handles restructurings, data protection and privacy issues, social security due diligence, collective bargaining negotiations, and occupational health management and prevention. Paula Caldeira Dutschmann provides ongoing advice to clients, as well as supporting the practice in all of the above.

Practice head(s):

Diogo Leote

Other key lawyers:

Paula Caldeira Dutschmann; Cláudia do Carmo Santo


‘What makes them unique is undoubtedly its permanent capacity for innovation, providing the client with a quality service leveraged by a multidisciplinary team that offers excellent service. The clarity and simplicity with which they approach the themes and convey the conclusions is undoubtedly an added value for clients.’

‘Rapid, objective and duly reasoned response, thus helping the client to make a decision based on a structured basis.’

‘This office is unique and special for the relationship of proximity, partnership, know-how, capacity, competence and availability since always and consistently demonstrated.’

‘Technical knowledge and availability.’

‘I recommend in particular Diogo Leote: his availability, legal knowledge, negotiation skills, among other qualities, are the reason why I worked and will continue to work with Diogo. I dare say one of the best labour lawyers in the Portuguese market, no doubt the best I’ve ever worked with.’

‘Paula Caldeira Dutchsmann is a professional of excellence. Her extensive knowledge and experience in the area of labour law and who stands out for her enormous dedication to sharing with the client new situations and new ways of approaching them. Balance in obtaining solid and appropriate solutions.’ 

‘Cláudia do Carmo Santos is a great professional, identifying the issues under analysis and looking for practical and integral solutions in relation to them, which proves to be a greater value in the process of supporting the client’s decision.’

Key clients

Horários do Funchal

SPMS – Serviços Partilhados do Ministério da Saúde, IP




West Sea

Orange Business Portugal


Fundação José de Almeida Eusébio


Apra Hill (Grupo José Fino)

Associação Jardins-Escola João de Deus



PRB portugal


Participants of Haitong Bank´s complementary pension fund

Fundação Oceano Azul

Jobs and Talent

Tubos do Mediterrâneo

J.P & Carvalho

Progress Systems

Prisma Modelo

Several Generations

Work highlights

  • Representing EGEAC in a judicial lawsuit filed by the former Technical Director of Maria Matos Theater and in enquiry procedures.
  • Representating West Sea in a special procedure challenging the collective dismissal resulting from the sub-concession of Viana do Castelo shipyards.
  • Assisting a set of 25 Haitong Bank Pension Fund Participants, all former Directors and former Managers of Haitong Bank / ESI Bank, in several issues arising from the amendments and execution of the Pension Fund Management Agreement.

Sérvulo & Associados

Sérvulo & Associados' employment law department offers a multidisciplinary team of highly regarded professionals. Advising clients on both collective and individual matters, the team, headed by Rita Canas da Silva, has a broad range of experience across all areas of employment and social security law. The past few years have seen steady expansion of the team, building the overall breadth of expertise. Recent instructions include lay-off procedures, collective dismissals, and privacy issues arising as a consequence of teleworking. Margarida Costa Gomes brings international labour expertise to the practice. Nuno Pais Gomes is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Rita Canas da Silva

Other key lawyers:

Margarida Costa Gomes; Nuno Pais Gomes


‘Excellent level of professionals who link academic area with professional practice.’

‘This law firm stands out for its technical excellence combined with a unique proximity and ability to communicate with the client. Constant availability is also distinctive.’

‘Human, good listeners, flexible, knowledgeable, insightful and confident.’

‘Rita Canas da Silva is technically knowledgeable about the topics presented, meets the requested deadlines, and leads the department so that this is transmitted by the others.’

‘Nuno Pais Gomes is technically knowledgeable about the topics presented and meeting the requested deadlines.’

‘Technical capacity, availability and rigor/detail in the assessment of matters.’

‘Rita Canas da Silva is very available and knowledgeable about all subjects.’

‘This law firm is essentially distinguished by working with great transparency and always taking care of the interests of its clients.’

Key clients


Antin Infrastructure Partners

Metropolitan Area of Lisbon (AML)

Metropolitan Area of Oporto (AMP)

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.
  • Assisting Antin Infrastructure Partners on the employment aspects of the acquisition of a majority stake in Miya Group.

Albuquerque & Almeida

Albuquerque & Almeida's employment law department advises an enviable client roster of multinationals and domestic companies. Particularly strong in restructuring operations, the team also has extensive experience in collective redundancy processes for mid- and large-sized companies. Portuguese and EU employment expert João Salvador leads the practice; he has over 25 years of experience and is regularly involved in employer representation before trade unions and public authorities in the transportation and shipping sectors.

Practice head(s):

João Salvador


‘Permanent availability and care about the resolution of our requests. Technical competence is notable with the advantage of specialization by theme/legal area.’

‘João Salvador is technically very competent, transmits security and is very available.’

‘They have broad knowledge of the practice and also something very important and difficult to find. They take care of their clients. They are really invested about the issues managed by them.’

‘Joao Salvador is a great professional. Expert in healthcare legislation and other areas and a person very focused on providing a good service.’

Key clients

GROUPE CLARINS – Clarins Portugal























Work highlights

  • Advised Clarins Portugal on the restructuring of its Portuguese workforce in the wake of the spin-off of the group’s fragrance business.
  • Advised Google Portugal on matters related to its internal organisation in Portugal and other employment matters.
  • Advised Hitachi Power Grids Portugal in employment matters related to its workforce organisation in Portugal.

Caiado Guerreiro

Caiado Guerreiro’s employment and labour law team has been involved in several major restructuring processes in the market, with increasingly important work such as contract flexibility, collective dismissals procedures, and lay off procedures also featuring in its recent workload. In addition, litigation before the labour courts is also in the purview of the team. Labour disputes specialist Ricardo Rodrigues Lopes co-leads alongside Jorge Ribeiro Mendonça, who specialises in employment-related corporate matters.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Rodrigues Lopes; Jorge Ribeiro Mendonça


Ricardo Rodrigues Lopes is recommended.’

Key clients

United Airlines


Tendam Group

Foundation Medicine Inc.

FlixMobility GmbH

Nobel Biocare




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 its Portuguese businesses to another newly formed group company.

CCA Law Firm

CCA Law Firm's core employment offering focuses on providing clients with comprehensive advice on day-to-day business operations. Contract drafting and review, due diligence, and internal policy regulations are also key to the team’s strategy. Recent instructions saw an increase in pandemic and post-pandemic employment issues, such as lay-off proceedings, TUPEs, furlough, and return to work protocols. The team is led by Pedro Antunes, who has an international practice, with particular expertise in multinationals with operations in Portugal, Spain, Brazil and China. Managing associate Maria Barbosa, who moved over from Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho, co-leads, and stands out for her knowledge of TUPEs, workforce and restructuring operations, including downsizing processes.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Antunes

Other key lawyers:

Maria Barbosa


‘CCA stands out for its speed, easy access and simplicity in explaining the topics. Although legal opinions sometimes have to be more complex, there is always care to make a simple explanation of them so that people without training in law can understand and better interpret the texts. The team conveys confidence and is permanently available to answer even the simplest questions.’

‘Any one of the team members demonstrates great sympathy, availability and concern to ensure the interlocutor’s understanding. They often look for alternative solutions, not just sticking to what is stipulated in the law. They position themselves as partners who listen to the client’s concerns, question and help find creative solutions, taking calculated risks. I’d highlight Pedro Antunes and Maria Barbosa.’

‘I followed Maria Barbosa to CCA as a client and since then the same level of service and rigor in the work support to our company has been maintained.’

‘I would highlight the availability and the capacity to work under adverse situations. CCA has a dynamic team and have been developing their digital footprint in the last couple of years, with great success, in my opinion.’

‘I would mention Pedro Antunes, with his capacity to provide accurate answers and to discuss and decide the best approach for each situation.’

Key clients


TripAdvisor Group

The Fork



A Padaria Portuguesa


PVW Tinsa



C&A Modas


Switch Payments


Global Citizen Solutions

Time Out


Work highlights

  • Advising Europcar in initiating a downsizing phase following its restructuring.
  • Advised Colep in all employment and labour-related issues arising from the transfer of employees’ provisions applicable to the demerger-merger transaction of the company’s business units.
  • Advised Hiscox on a TUPE process triggered by Brexit.


Known in the market for its expertise in traditional restructuring matters and supporting M&A transactions, MACEDO VITORINO fields a standalone employment and labour team, with specialised practitioners across the spectrum of employment matters. Public sector clients turn to the team for advice and assistance in matters such as collective bargaining and conflict management, social security issues, labour litigation and collective dismissals. Guilherme Machado Dray is head of the team and has over 20 years of experience in the field, including within public entities and academia.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Machado Dray

Other key lawyers:

Joana Fuzeta da Ponte; Magda Gomes


‘The firm guarantees technical quality, efficiency and availability, with the perception of the context in which the company is inserted, representing a clear added value. The legal domain and knowledge of the reality of the private and public sector allow for a comprehensive assessment and an informed and considered decision-making.’

‘Joana Fuzeta da Ponte: Incredible speed and commitment. Listens to present better solutions to the challenges present at the firm. Accuracy and clarity in responses and reports. Proactive in creating support records that have facilitated our work.’

‘Guilherme Dray is incomparable in the technical field of labour, combined with strong skills in negotiation and conciliation.’

Main skills of the team: professionalism, seriousness, commitment. I think the fact that they donate part of their income is a unique feature.’

‘The team at Macedo Vitorino & Associados stands out not only for their knowledge but also for their availability. The answers to our legal problems, whatever the complexity, are always clear and quick.’

‘The Macedo Vitorino team is a team always available, which responds to the company’s requests in a fast and committed way, with professionalism and excellent technical capacity. The promotion of free training actions with topics relevant to clients should also be pointed out.’

We have the privilege of working with Guilherme Dray and Magda Gomes who form a team of extreme availability and always listening to us.’

‘We highlight Guilherme Dray from the team that collaborates with us for his quality, expertise and mastery of various aspects of the matters for which we request support. We also highlight Joana Fuzeta da Ponte for her permanent availability and quality of service.’

Key clients

TAP Air Portugal

CP – Comboios de Portugal


CTT – Correios de Portugal

ETE Group

MobiE – Mobilidade Elétrica

Aga Khan Foundation (in Portugal)

Aggraria Siglo XXI


Mais Sindicato

Moiagest SGPS, S.A. (Primefood)

Sacoor Brothers

Sapec SGPS (Sapec Group)

Precision Development, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Acting as mediators between TAP Air Portugal and the unions to implement a labour restructuring plan.
  • Supported CP Comboios de Portugal in the negotiation of two single undertaking agreements between the unions and the company.
  • Advising Metropolitano de Lisboa, E.P.E. on a day-to-day basis on a range of employment matters.

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

The highly regarded Joana de Sá leads PRA-Raposo, Sá Miranda & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados RL’s nationwide employment practice, which is well versed in all manner of employment matters, including labour compliance, restructuring, M&A-related queries, collective agreements, and litigation. In addition, the team is notable for its advice to high-profile individuals and high-ranking individuals within companies in labour disputes.

Practice head(s):

Joana de Sá

Other key lawyers:

Helena Braga Marques; Joana Cadete Pires; Luís Gonçalves Lira; Raquel Tavares


‘We highlight Joana Sá and Raquel Tavares for their technical competence, up-to-date legislative knowledge, full availability (even outside working hours), human and ethical capacity in solving labour problems.’

‘The ability to dialogue, create consensus and harmony in meetings that are not easy with some employees of the client, without prejudice to the objectives and reputation of the client.’

‘Young, uncomplicated, assertive and extremely available team. They have vast experience in various areas of activity, making their contribution very enriching in defining our practices. Response time is short, and involvement in ongoing processes is very high.’

‘They encourage and invest time in building relationships of trust and cooperation.’

‘Of note are Joana de Sá and Luís Gonçalves Lira for their high availability, always being contactable by various means (mobile phone, instant messages, emails, etc.), in addition to always taking care to schedule face-to-face meetings whenever it is opportune and necessary.’

‘Their knowledge and experience in the labour area is very comprehensive and consolidated, which gives us great confidence in resolving our issues. Without a doubt, it is an asset to be able to count on the collaboration of both in this area.’

‘PRA’s Labour department stands out from its competitors for its holistic approach to legal and labour advice, consisting of an informal connection and quick response through telematic means, combined with regular face-to-face work meetings and on-site auditing, which allows for a greater knowledge of our needs as a client.’

‘Joana de Sá and Luís Gonçalves Lira have been important partners in the development of our activity, showing full availability to adapt their agenda to our needs and revealing rigor in the analysis of the themes in question, as well as enthusiasm for them.’

Work highlights

  • Assisted a client with the implementation of a remote working scheme as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Raposo Bernardo

A large roster of clients turn to Raposo Bernardo‘s employment team for consistent day-to-day employment-related support. Comfortable in handling the full range of labour issues, the team can often be found advising on labour disputes, work accidents, specialised labour contracts and disciplinary proceedings. Ana Cláudia Rangel heads the practice, and is particularly active in company restructuring operations.

Practice head(s):

Ana Cláudia Rangel


‘These are legal services of maximum excellence, provided by Raposo Bernardo & Associados lawyers with all the rigor and commitment, which make it unique. I love the labour team, in addition to the others that we also use in this office.’

‘This is by far one of the external partners that assumes the most importance for our company due to the type of issues and implications that may arise from them. The continued choice of this company to take all our matters is judicious and based on a relationship of trust built on the excellent results they achieve.’

‘Taking into account the work developed in this area, I highlight the professionalism of Ana Cláudia Rangel. She is a lawyer with an excellent vision of the world of labour relations and Human Resources management, very trustworthy, who knows all the secrets of this area. Whenever the situation gets complicated, it is Cláudia who finds the solution, always through a different angle, but one that is well supported and well-founded, as shown by the court decisions.’

‘All its advice is pragmatic, practical and always without neglecting the commercial perspective that feeds our activity, as it is sensitive to this reality.’

‘Elements that distinguish the company: high level of specialization even within the labour department itself.’

‘All my admiration for the team of lawyers who support us in this area. Cláudia Rangel, who has all our deference for her experience, astute in solving labour issues, dedication to our issues, leadership of the team that is noted to be hand-picked, constant concern in solving our issues.’

‘We have worked with Raposo Bernardo in all of our legal matters, which cover virtually all legal areas. We feel that the lawyers are part of our team. It is a very professional law firm, with significant experience and quality of services.’

‘The office has a fantastic team that integrates perfectly with the client to provide a very professional and competent service. We really like the way they take on and get involved in our legal affairs. Delivery is total, they are tireless and do not fail. They relate to us on a life-cycle client relationship basis and act as our seatbelt in legal matters.’

Work highlights

  • Supporting a client in an intensive hiring process.
  • Advising a company’s human resources department on the reconversion of the sales team.
  • Advising a company on the collective dismissal of employees as a direct result of the reduction of the group’s activity due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


TELLES' employment practice is highly specialised in labour and social security law, advising clients across a wide range of employment matters including contracts, remuneration, pension plans and restructuring protocols. In addition, the firm also advises clients on day-to-day matters. Gonçalo Pinto Ferreira leads the practice, and has over 20 years of experience in advising Portuguese and international clients, often focusing on large-scale restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Gonçalo Pinto Ferreira

Other key lawyers:

Sofia Pamplona; João Dotti de Carvalho


‘Very good knowledge of our company, sector, global market. Very good availability. Clear formalized opinion that protects the interest of the company but at the same time adapted to our operational constraints.’

‘This is a team of very professional lawyers who can give a quick and quality response. They have solid and extensive technical knowledge to be able to respond to clients. They are very accessible and adapt the response to the necessities of clients.’

‘The relationship with this law firm is, in fact, excellent because the established relationship of trust is based on the quality and speed of the services provided.’

‘The service provided by Telles and its team led by Gonçalo Pinto Ferreira provide an excellent service that excels in the ability to combine legal frameworks with the operational vision of the company’s activity.’

‘They act as partners. We can find in depth all the details as well as work history which helps us and streamlines in the decision-making process as well as in the preparation of legal parts.’

‘Sofia Pamplona is a very dedicated and available lawyer, providing high quality advice on Employment law, with accurate responses perfectly suited to her clients’ needs.’

Key clients

Leroy Merlin

Pepsico Group

Tyco Eletronics (TE)


Accor Hotels Group

GKN Automotive

Group Sonae

PSA Sines

Group Nors

Somincor (Group Lundin Mining)

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.
  • Assisting PepsiCo Group in Portugal, its marketing and distribution company (Matudis) and the respective manufacturing company (Matutano), covering all employment-related matters.
  • Advising Leroy Merlin on a daily basis on all labour issues, including the reorganisation of working patterns and store schedules.

CRS advogados

CRS advogados joins the ranking and advises on a wide range of employment matters, particularly labour litigation. The team provides labour expertise across the health, media and food industries, with media litigation expert Telmo Guerreiro Semião leading the team. The firm has also expanded its operations following the opening of an Algarve office.

Practice head(s):

Telmo Guerreiro Semião

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

Advising on a range of employment matters, APTS – Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L. advises corporate clients and employees in labour proceedings, disciplinary procedures, contract negotiation, redundancies, and other labour-related restructuring scenarios. João Pedro Alves Pereira leads the practice and specialises in representing nationals and multinationals in dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

João Pedro Alves Pereira


‘In depth knowledge of local jurisdiction combined with sufficient knowledge of international jurisdictions to immediately know where there are important differences in approach when handling multi-jurisdictional legal disputes.’

‘João Pedro Alves Pereira – knowledge of how to apply local jurisdictional issues that are part of a wider multi-jurisdictional dispute.’

Key clients


Archon Systems

Eleven Sports


Free Now

IPG Mediabrands

IRIS HR Consulting




Work highlights

  • Advising Eleven Sports Group concerning the dismissal of an employee belonging to the group’s board.
  • Assisting Ride Hive in a collective dismissal procedure resulting from the closing down of the Hive business in Portugal.
  • 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.

Espanha e Associados

Espanha e Associados‘ employment practice is headed by Luís Almeida Carneiro and acts for clients operating in the hospitality, food and beverage, medical, insurance, finance and IT sectors. The team specialises in advising Portuguese companies and individuals in both contentious and non-contentious labour law matters.

Practice head(s):

Luís Almeida Carneiro


‘I work with Luis Carneiro and Filipa Botelho Moniz. I have a lot of confidence in the work of both, they are always available for any question and convey confidence to the client, which is very important.’

‘In my case in particular, I would undoubtedly recommend Luis Carneiro, he conveys great confidence about the process and as a person, he is always available to clarify any doubts and conveys motivation and confidence to work as a team, which is fundamental for the success of a process.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable about the legislation and has a quick response to the questions asked.’

‘I clearly recommend Luis Carneiro, a person with easy contact and deep knowledge of the legislation. It is also surprising for the prompt presentation of alternative solutions. I also recommend Filipa Botelho Moniz for her ongoing work and collaboration. Both do good teamwork.’

‘This office is distinguished by its ability to understand the client’s operations, thanks to the high technical knowledge it possesses, to give the best possible framework in view of the outlined objectives. The ability to quickly get to know the clients’ businesses and combine the know-how they have, allows us to make a more relevant contribution to our group’s management decision-making.’

‘João Espanha and Luís Miguel Carneiro stand out the most, for their experience, macro vision of the issues, knowledge of the client, and for their ability to combine all of this in a pragmatic way in defending the client’s interests.’

Key clients

Fitness Hut, S.A.

GDA – Cooperativa de Gestão dos Direitos dos Artistas

Portugália Restauração S.A.

Le Cheque Dejeuner Portugal, S.A.

Nimble Portal – Serviços e Consultoria de Gestão, Lda

Arval Service Lease – Aluguer e Gestão Automóvel

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

Marmequer, S.A.

Nata da Nata, Lda.

Sky Technology Centre Portugal

Work highlights