Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão
Partner

Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão

Joined PLMJ in 2009.
Partner in the Labour practice.

About Manuel

Manuel is a partner in the Labour practice. He has more than 40 years’ experience in arbitration and employment and labour law, and he is one of the most prominent Portuguese lawyers in these areas. Manuel was a member of the Portuguese parliament and sat on several committees within the Ministry of Labour. He was also president of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) and a member of the European Economic and Social Committee.

Manuel has vast Portuguese and international experience in arbitration. He has acted as a lawyer, sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator or presiding arbitrator in areas of public and private law (corporate and commercial law, construction and public works, contracts and employment).

Manuel has taught on several postgraduate university courses and has frequently appeared as a guest speaker on employment law, arbitration and professional ethics issues. In addition, he has published scientific texts on arbitration in Portugal, Spain and Peru.

Contacts

Languages:
French, English, Spanish

Academic Background
  • Law degree from the University of Coimbra
  • Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association, 1972
  • Attended postgraduate in European Studies at the University of Coimbra
Professional Background
  • Partner at PLMJ since 2009
  • Founding partner of the law firm Cavaleiro Brandão, Pinheiro Torres, Cabral, Sousa e Silva e Associados
  • Bar Association, Oporto District Council, (1984-1989)
  • Bar Association, General Council, (1990-1992 and 2002-2004)
  • Head of the Bar Association’s delegation to the Council of European Bar Associations (2003-2004)
  • Vice-president of the Council of European Bar Associations (2004-2005)
  • President of the Council of European Bar Associations (2006)
  • Member of the commission for analysis and organisation of employment legislation of the Ministry of Employment (2002)
  • Member of the white paper commission on labour relations of the Ministry of Employment (2007)
  • Arbitration Council of the Centre for Commercial Arbitration of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry and of the Lisbon and Oporto Chambers of Commerce (1992-2005)
  • Member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Court of Arbitration (2002-2005)
  • Member of the Council of the Centre for Commercial Arbitration of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Member of the Portuguese delegation to the ICC
  • Arbitrator of the Arbitration Centres of the Lisbon and Oporto Chambers of Commerce and Industry
  • Employment Arbitrator on the list of the Portuguese Economic and Social Committee
  • Member the EU Economic and Social Committee (1990-2011)
  • President of the Economic and Social Committee section for industry, trade and services (1992-1994)
  • President of the employers’ group of the EU Economic and Social Committee (1994-2000)
  • Member of Portuguese Parliament (1980-1987)
  • Awarded the Order of Merit by the Austrian Government (2007)
  • Bar Association Medal of Honour (2007)
Member of
  • Portuguese Arbitration Association
  • Club Español del Arbitrage - President of the Portuguese chapter
  • European Court of Arbitration - Board of the Portuguese delegation
  • IBA - International Bar Association
  • Union Internationale des Avocats
Chambers Europe
2019 - Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão, Employment - Senior Statespeople | Porto

"He draws upon more than forty years of experience in the field of employment law and he is singled out for his good reputation."

2018 - Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão, Employment - Band 1 | Porto

"An innovative and highly knowledgeable figure in the market, he receives regular mandates from international clients across a wide range of industries, including the food and beverage industry."

2019 - Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão, Senior Statespeople | Labour Law

"He is singled out for his "good reputation" and described as "great in arbitration and also for has a notable focus on collective bargaining agreements."

2018 - Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão, Band 1 | Labour Law

"He is widely regarded to be a great lawyer by market sources, who further highlight his availability and in-depth knowledge of employment law."

2017 - Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão, Band 1 | Porto

"He is an undisputedly great labour lawyer with wide experience and dedication."

2017 - Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão, Band 1 | Labour Law

"He is a well-known lawyer with a wealth of experience in a range of employment law matters."

The Legal 500
2019 - Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão | Labour and Employment
2019 - Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão, Leading individual | Oporto Market
2018 - Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão | Labour and Employment
2018 - Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão, Leadin g Individual | Oporto Market
2017 - Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão, Leading Individual | Oporto Market
Best Lawyers
2018 - Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão | Litigations
2019 - Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão | Recognised Lawyers
2018 - Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão | Other Recommended Lawyer
2016 - Manuel Cavaleiro Brandão | Other Recommended Lawyer
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