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DLA Piper ABBC

LARGO S CARLOS, N3, 1200-410 LISBON, PORTUGAL
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Work +351 21 358 36 20
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DLA Piper ABBC, Benjamim Mendes, Lisbon, PORTUGAL

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Benjamim Mendes

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Work +351 213 583 620
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DLA Piper LLP (US)

Position

Partner specialising in labour law, litigation and arbitration, public law, and real estate and urban development. Benjamim also practices as part of the Angola Link, and is a certified specialist in labour law by the Portuguese Bar Association.

Career

Partner, DLA Piper ABBC (2007-present); Founding Partner, Azevedo Neves, Benjamim Mendes & Associados (1982-2007); Assistant Professor, Lisbon Law Faculty (1979-80) and ISCTE (1981-88).

Languages

English, French and Spanish.

Member

Portuguese Bar Association (admitted 1980); European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA); Portuguese-Brasilian Labour Law Association; General Council of Portuguese Golf Federation; President of the Disciplinary Council of Lawyers Golf Club; Lisbon Council of the Portuguese Bar Association (1993-95); President of the Jurisdictional Council of the Portuguese Golf Federation (1999-12); President of the Disciplinary Council of the Portuguese Golf Federation (1995-98); President of Lisbon Sports Club (1997-2000)

Education

Law degree, Lisbon University (1978).


Portugal

Employment

Within: Leading individuals

Benjamim Mendes - DLA Piper ABBC

Within: Employment

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.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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