has a team fully dedicated to labour and social security with a total of 13 counsels. It has offices in Lisbon, Porto and Funchal in Portugal, as well as in Angola, Mozambique and Macau. Both in a consultancy capacity and in litigation before the labour courts, the firm assists a vast number of ... companies, including many multinationals, in all areas pertaining to labour relations. In line with recent economic developments, it has provided advice to a number of clients involved in personnel rationalisation processes, namely by participating in the non-contentious and contentious phases of collective lay-offs and redundancies. The firm’s close involvement in the labour law aspects of M&A and outsourcings should also be noted. The firm acts on behalf of its clients in legal actions concerning the work relationship, training, development and cessation of employment. Advice on social welfare and security is also an integral part of its service and it has considerable experience in special welfare schemes to replace the public system of social security. In the context of social welfare, the practice has in-depth knowledge of public retirement solutions, as well as the definition and implementation of complementary benefits schemes. It also assists in elaborating and updating pension schemes.