Employment in Portugal


DLA Piper ABBC adopts a ‘very hands-on approach’ and displays ‘creativity, resilience and grit’. Highlight work for the eight-strong team included handling the employment aspects of large acquisitions and related disputes, but the outfit covers the whole gamut of employment and social security matters. Benjamim Mendes is ‘the best employment lawyer in the Portuguese market. His seniority and knowledge when dealing with every stakeholder in the process make the difference’, according to one client. João Guedes is the other name to note.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is noted for its ‘engagement, assertiveness and respect in the market’. It acts for a variety of companies, including start-ups. The ‘extraordinaryLuís Miguel Monteiro provides ongoing advice to Pfizer, ‘fantastic’ and ‘technically flawless’ managing associate Joana Almeida assisted Indorama with its acquisition of operational industrial assets from Artlant and Artelia, and Helena Tapp Barroso advised Impresa Group on the sale of its magazine portfolio. Practice head Pedro Pardal Goulão regularly acts for Tupperware.


PLMJ is ‘very close to its clients’ and lawyers are able to ‘simplify questions and think outside the box’. Domestic and international household names instruct the team. Nuno Ferreira Morgado ‘puts himself in the client's shoes’ and ‘gets straight to the point’; he assisted Toshiba with the redundancy of its sales manager in Portugal. The ‘very competent’ Tiago Cortes assisted TAP in negotiating a five-year collective agreement with the Pilots’ Union (SPAC). Abel Mesquita and Oporto-based Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão are the other names to note.

SRS Advogados

The well-established team at SRS Advogados features the highly regarded César Sá EstevesMariana Caldeira Sarávia and Ana Luísa Beirão. Handling mostly standalone work, and covering the full range of employment matters, the team commands a strong international network and has particular expertise in the finance, health and pharmaceutical, insurance, and aviation sectors. Maria de Lancastre Valente made partner.

Abreu Advogados

Covering all aspects of employment law, a particular highlight for Abreu Advogados was representing Raríssimas in a high-profile case involving the dismissal of its founder and former president. ‘Flexible, customer-focused and results-oriented’, the team is led by Carmo Sousa Machado, Marta de Oliveira Pinto Trindade and Patrícia Perestrelo. Senior associates Ana Manuela Barbosa and Sofia Silva e Sousa are also recommended.

Campos Ferreira, Sá Carneiro & Associados

The three-strong team at Campos Ferreira, Sá Carneiro & Associados can rely on a large roster of longstanding clients, providing ongoing advice as well as assistance with transactions, legal opinions and contentious matters. The 'fantasticPedro Furtado Martins is singled out.


CMS has a focus on matters with contentious or restructuring aspects and is experienced in handling union negotiations and corporate work. It assisted Seguradoras Unidas in a restructuring process involving individual dismissals, and Altice Portugal in a series of transfer of undertakings as part of a functional reorganisation. ‘ExcellentSusana Afonso Costa leads the team jointly with Sofia Mateus. Senior associate João Gomes heads the Funchal office.


Cuatrecasas' team is ‘very well connected internally’. It assists with transactional work and renders ongoing advice to clients such as JD Sports and DHL. ‘Intellectual authorityMaria da Glória Leitão heads the practice; senior associate Rui Vaz Pereira adopts ‘a very practical approach’ and is ‘very assertive in court’.


Garrigues is well-versed in collective procedures, although it handles the whole spectrum of employment matters. Clients include Spie Batignolles and Gomà-Camps. Rui Valente heads the practice; senior associate João Soares Almeida is another name to note.

pbbr - Sociedade de Advogados RL

The ‘very accessible’ team at pbbr - Sociedade de Advogados RL advises on restructurings, collective procedures, transactional work as well as disputes. Clients include Sanofi, ISS World Services, Abanca, Associated Press and American Airlines. The ‘excellentInês Reis leads the team; Bruno Soeiro Barbosa and associate Inês Oom de Sacadura are also recommended.

Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho

A young team handling sophisticated work, Uría Menéndez – Proença Carvalho is valued for its 'great know-how and experience' and 'assistance with global projects'. It acts for a range of banking clients, recently assisting Wizink Bank in a claim filed against the Labour Ministry concerning the interpretation of TUPE rules applied to the collective bargaining agreement within the context of the sale of Barclays’ card business to the client. Counsel André Nascimento, who ‘albeit young, is very good’, leads the team.


VDA handles the entire gamut of employment matters, including in other Portuguese-speaking jurisdictions. It is representing one of the largest Portuguese private security companies in a case concerning the application of an employment termination provision in the event of appointment to the board. Managing associate Américo Oliveira Fragoso is a ‘well-seasoned lawyer with deep academic knowledge’, and both managing associates Tiago Piló and Tiago Cochofel de Azevedo are ‘strong advisers’. Piló heads the team jointly with Rui Andrade.

Albuquerque & Almeida

João Salvador and Miguel Alcobia handle employment matters at Albuquerque & Almeida, advising on restructuring, collective and individual bargaining and on executive contracts, with key clients coming from the chemical and automotive sectors, among others.

FCB Sociedade de Advogados

The ‘highly dedicatedInês Albuquerque e Castro heads the practice at FCB Sociedade de Advogados, which gives clients ‘the solutions they need and full guidance throughout the entire process’. It assisted IT services company CGI with all aspects regarding the collective dismissal of 70 employees, resulting in a company restructuring, and Bacardi with a transfer of operations.


Linklaters provides support in the context of financings and transactions, but also renders ongoing advice and handles terminations and disputes. It assists Plataforma de Negociação Integrada de Créditos Bancários with its employee allocation strategy across all the platform's banks. The young and growing team is headed by ‘excellent’ of counsel Marta Afonso Pereira. Associate Sílvia Pinheiro Esteves is also recommended.

SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados

SLCM | Serra Lopes, Cortes Martins & Associados is noted for its ‘knowledge, quality, and timeliness’. The team handles the full range of employment issues, including restructurings, litigation, audits and data protection, for clients such as SIBS, Globalmedia Group, and Sociedade Central de Cervejas. Ines Pinheiro's 'understanding of issues goes beyond the purely legal’. Senior associate Tiago Pestana de Vasconcelos is also singled out.

Caiado Guerreiro

The lawyers at Caiado Guerreiro ‘really advise what is best for the company’ and explain matters in ‘simple language’. Clients include Olympus, Cortefiel, Honeywell and Bosch, which the team assists with all employment matters. Ricardo Rodrigues Lopes heads the department, with support from Jorge Ribeiro Mendonça, who made partner in February 2019.

Filipe Azoia & Associados

Employment is a specialist area for Filipe Azoia & Associados, which provides comprehensive advice to clients in the pharmaceutical and hospitality sectors. Founding partner Filipe Azoia is the name to note.

Miranda & Associados

Led by Diogo Leote Nobre, the team at Miranda & Associados handles every aspect of employment law for a client roster that includes Falck, Egeac, Banco Santander Totta, Accenture, and Martifer. Leote Nobre is supported by of counsel Joana Vasconcelos, managing associate Paula Caldeira Dutschmann and associate Cláudia do Carmo Santos; the team also frequently draws on the firm’s international network.

Raposo Bernardo

The ‘persistent’ team at Raposo Bernardo handles a wide range of employment matters. Key clients include Iberostar Hotels & Resorts and Menarini Pharmaceutical. ‘Reliable and determined’ senior associate Ana Cláudia Rangel heads the practice.

AAA Advogados

AAA Advogados assisted BBDO with general employment matters, including restructuring, dismissals and data protection. The team also handles disputes and transactional work. Senior associate Leonor Francisco is the main contact.

Andersen Tax and Legal | NGMS – Sociedade de Advogados

Highly structuredAndersen Tax and Legal | NGMS – Sociedade de Advogados is noted for its ‘availability and network’ and recently handled disputes, collective dismissals and bargaining agreements. José Mota Soares heads the practice. The firm signed a collaboration agreement with Oporto firm CNA – Curado, Nogueira & Associados in February 2018.

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

Dr João Alves Pereira heads the practice at APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L., which assists clients with day-to-day matters, contracting and dismissals, reorganisations, GDPR issues and transactional work.

Carlos Aguiar, Ferreira de Lima & Associados - Sociedade de Advogados, R.L.

Carlos Aguiar, Ferreira de Lima & Associados - Sociedade de Advogados, R.L. handles both contentious and non-contentious employment matters for a varied client roster. Maria Roquette Valdez is the key contact.

CCA Law Firm

CCA Law Firm acted as local counsel to Europcar International on its employee share plan, and advised on Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) matters (TUPE) between Europcar and Goldcar, following the acquisition of the latter by the former. Managing associate Pedro Antunes leads the practice.

Espanha e Associados

Espanha e Associados' team is ‘trustworthy, committed and always available’. It successfully represented the Portugália restaurant group in a case before the Agency for Work Conditions (ACT) concerning bonuses. Newly appointed partner Luís Almeida Carneiro heads the team.

JPAB - José Pedro Aguiar-Branco Advogados

Porto-based JPAB - José Pedro Aguiar-Branco Advogados is ‘dedicated’ in its employment work, which encompasses transactional support and disputes in the insurance, retail and health sectors. Pedro Botelho Gomes and Joana Carneiro are the names to note.

Macedo Vitorino & Associados

The five-strong team at Macedo Vitorino & Associados advises domestic public entities and private companies on general employment matters, including transactions. The Aga Khan Foundation counts among the team's clients. Guilherme Machado Dray and senior associate Inês Coelho Simões jointly lead the practice.