Rui Valente

Rui Valente

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Languages Known:

  • English
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish




Rui Valente is responsible for Labour Law area in Portugal. Prior to this he has carried out his activity between 1996 and 2006 at Gonçalves Pereira, Castelo Branco & Associados (now Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira).

He is member of the Portuguese Bar Association (“Ordem dos Advogados”) since 1996. The “Ordem dos Advogados” has granted him the title of “Labour Law Expert” in 2007.

Among other, his main areas of practice are: restructuring, labor individual and collective negotiation, disciplinary proceedings, labor general advise. Furthermore, Litigation is a very significant part of his activity, namely in labor and civil areas.

Rui Valente features in directories such as Chambers & Partners, which includes him in its list of Labor Lawyers. He is a regular speaker in several fórums.

Invited lecturer in the Labour and Social Security Post-graduation Course at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Oporto).

Invited lecturer in the Tax Post-graduation Course at the ISAG – Instituto Superior de Administração e Gestão.

Academic background:

Law degree at the Universidad Católica Portuguesa (Oporto) in 1995.

Two Post-Degrees at the Universidad Católica Portuguesa in European Labor Law (2001/2002) and Labor Law (2004/2005).


Coauthor of “Jusprático Laboral e Segurança Social” (2007) and “Código Contributivo Anotado” (2012, with Joana Tavares Oliveira, lawyer at Garrigues Oporto). Author of the following published articles: “ Direito do Trabalho e prestações de desemprego. A Segurança Social como outorgante fantasma na transação laboral” (2011, Prontuário de Direito do Trabalho n.º 86) and “O Direito da Segurança Social como face oculta do Direito do Trabalho” (2011, “Direito do Trabalho + Crise = Crise do Direito do Trabalho – Atas do Congresso de Direito do Trabalho na Universidade Católica Portuguesa).