Social & Corporate Advisory

“Emphasis on the experience and reputation of the team, providing valuable support (…) Handles a wide range of employment matters and able to assist clients with day-to-day advisory work and collective bargaining agreements. Advises key clients from the insurance, pharmaceutical, transport and IT sectors. Further strengths include restructurings, transfer of undertakings and contract termination with additional support in compliance.”

Chambers and Partners


Paramount to corporate management, labour law is often involved in striking a delicate balance between corporate requirements and individual sensitivities, with outcomes potentially affecting the work place and the company well beyond the short run.

Our labour team has an extensive track record in the strategic and comprehensive support of our clients, in Portugal as in the lusophone and francophone African jurisdictions in which we operate with VdA Legal Partners, widely regarded by the domestic and local markets for its breadth and depth of expertise and effectiveness in a myriad of complex labour and employment matters, notably standing out as the a specialised team in social security and civil servants’ law. Often drawing upon the expertise of lawyers in other practice areas of the Social & Corporate Advisory Group, we work as one multidisciplinary team across sectors, notably in the life sciences, transports & infrastructures, banks & financial institutions, energy & natural resources, as well as real estate & tourism industries.

Decades of experience and a deep understanding of the workings of negotiation and mediation procedures, as well as the judicial systems of VdA Legal Partners' jurisdictions, empower our lawyers with unparalleled capabilities in effective risk assessment, crucial in helping our clients successfully pursue their strategy.

Areas of work

  • restructuring, flexible working, workplace monitoring, discrimination, employee representation, appointment and severance of senior executives to redundancies and litigation
  • executive and employee share schemes, benefit plans and other employee benefits
  • advising on major reorganizations, sales acquisitions and other commercial transactions with significant employment content
  • negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, advising companies and respective associations on its different phases, from the structuring of negotiation proposals to dispute resolution
  • employment contracts and consultancy agreements for directors and other key employees, as well as reviewing contractual documentation such as handbooks and manuals and drafting and enforcing restrictive covenants
  • day-to-day advice to internal HR departments
  • labour litigation
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