Filipa Torres Martins

Associated Partner | Madeira

Abreu Advogados Madeira
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Filipa Torres Martins is a Senior Associate at Abreu Advogados Madeira, working mainly in real estate law and public law. She also has intervention on matters relating to family and inheritance law.

She was a member of the Board of Directors of Instituto de Desenvolvimento Empresarial [Institute of Business Development], IP-RAM (2006-2016) and director of the Centro de Formalidades das Empresas [Centre for Business Formalities] in Funchal, Madeira (2006), and has been a lawyer since 1998.

Filipa Torres Martins has extensive experience in judicial and extra judicial processes related to the legalisation of real estate namely upon succession of title holders, administrative claims on rural land under the Serviços de Cadastro [Registration Services], registration or amendment to urban land registers, inheritance legalisation procedures (stamp duty, confirmation of heirs, divisions and probate), actions involving the division of common assets, property transfer procedures including those related to “Golden Visa” purchases, leases, procedures regarding the obtaining of Portuguese nationality and residence authorisation.

She has experience in the processes of obtaining recognition of private property status within the Public Maritime Domain, including performing of historical investigations.

She provides counsel on public tender procedures both to private clients issuing public tenders and tender adjudication bodies; she also advises on the implementation of GDPR, the General Data Protection Regulations.

Additionally, she advises on divorce proceedings, probate, regulation of parental responsibilities proceedings, and actions contesting paternity.


Practice Areas

  • Real Estate
  • Public and Environment

Work Experience

Advising families of Portuguese, British, French and Belgian nationality on the legalisation of properties in Madeira, on matters of succession and title registration.

Advising international hotel groups on the legalisation of their properties via the land registry offices in Portugal.

Advising several European and international clients on the acquisition of property in Portugal from the initial “Promissory Contract of Purchase and Sale” stage to the payment of taxes and final registration of the property concerned.

Advising a Swiss citizen on legal proceedings regarding the division of a common asset.

Advising several foreign clients on how to obtain Portuguese residence and/or nationality.

Providing advice on how to obtain a “Golden Visa” when acquiring property in Portugal.

Advising a regional organisation in the electricity sector, as well as other private and corporate clients, on legal actions regarding the recognition of private property within the Public Maritime Domain.

Advising regional associations on public tenders and drafting various documents relating to the tender procedure.

Advising private and public organisations on the implementation of GDPR, the General Data Protection Regulations, from the needs assessment phase to actual implementation.

Advising a client from India on legal proceedings contesting paternity, the regulation of parental responsibilities and residence authorisation.

Advising on divorce proceedings, probate, regulation of parental responsibilities, and division of property.


Academic Background

University of Coimbra

Law degree from the University of Coimbra, Faculty of Law (1997)

University of Coimbra

Postgraduate Diploma in Tax Law from the University of Coimbra, Faculty of Law (2001)

University of Coimbra

Postgraduate Diploma in Consumer Law from the University of Coimbra, Faculty of Law (2001)