Bárbara de Sousa Basto

Of Counsel | Oporto

Bárbara de Sousa Basto has been a Lawyer since 2005, working in the areas of litigation, labor, civil, commercial, family and criminal.

She focuses on matters relating to regular employment advice to national companies, including opinions, audits, disciplinary procedures, hiring, counterordenations and litigation.

Bárbara has an active role in advising national companies in the analysis and drafting of contracts, collections, insolvencies and civil and criminal litigation.

She also provides regular assistance of private clients, especially in the areas of labor, family and civil law.

She has intervention in the following sectors of activity: automotive sector, tourism & leisure, third sector, insurance, technology, media & telecommunications and private clients & family businesses.

Barbara de Sousa Basto is a Researcher at the Center for Legal and Economic Research (CIJE) and Executive Director of the Portuguese Pole of the Institute for Certification and Training of Lusophone Mediators.

Work Experience

Advising national companies in current labor matters (contracts, human resources management, disciplinary procedures, collective bargaining, counterordenations) and legal procedures.

Advising national companies in implementation of the necessary measures to comply with labour obligations.

Advising national companies in collections: executive and insolvency processes and litigation.

Drafting, analysis and negotiation of contracts.

Insurance company litigation.

President of the General Assemblies.

Certified Mediator ICFML

Guest Lecturer at the Postgraduate Course organized by the Law School of the Universidade do Porto, CIJE and the Court of Appeal of Porto (2019)

Speaker at the Conference on "The recent changes to the Labour Code" organized by the Vila Real Delegation of the Bar Association, on October 17, 2019

Speaker at the II Labour 2030 International Congress, in Porto, on September 20, 2019.Invited Lecturer at the V Encuentro Internacional sobre Transformaciones Recientes del Derecho Ibérico: Cuestiones actuales sobre tempo de trabajo, at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, on April 25, 2019

Invited Lecturer in the scope of the Seminar "From Negotiation to Mediation: Managing Differences


Academic Background

Porto University, Law School

Law Degree from Porto University, Law School (2003)

Coimbra University, Law School

Postgraduate Degree in Labor Law from the Institute of Business and Labor Law - Coimbra University, Law School (2007)

Porto  University, Law School

Master in Juridical-Private Sciences, Porto  University, Law School (2010)

Catholic University of Porto, Porto Business School

Executive Master in Business Administration (for Lawyers) from Catholic University of Porto, Porto Business School (2011)

Conflict Mediation Course, with Double Certification

Private Mediation and Public Mediation (2018)

Porto University, Law School

PhD candidate, Labor Law, Porto University, Law School