Transparency, Ethics and Prevention of Corruption
The quality of the services that we have provided has as its basis a standpoint of responsibility and respect for ethics as key values in our way of being, meaning that the success of Abreu Advogados in the development of its business and in the achievement of its strategic goals depends upon a commitment undertaken by each of those that are part of the firm, starting with a commitment to the duties covered in the Code of Conduct and Professional Ethics.
In the pursuit of Abreu Advogados’ business we consider the prevention of corruption under two aspects – legal and ethical:
- Acting in accordance with legal and ethical rules, refusing requests that might suggest cutting corners on procedures and financial gain in return for the taking of decisions;
- Discouraging any practices of corruption and rejecting the idea that its only through such practices that it will be possible to obtain positive responses to legitimate proposals.
Combatting corruption is covered in various national and international laws and regulations which Abreu Advogados scrupulously follows, in particular:
- The Statute of the Portuguese Bar, which determines the standards of professional conduct;
- The legal regime of combatting money laundering and the financing of terrorism (Law nº 25/2008, of 5th June) which is also applicable to lawyers;
- Code of ethics of European Lawyers (Deliberation nº2511/2007 AO (2nd series), of 27th December, Portuguese Bar; General Council)
- UN convention against corruption, adopted by the General Assembly of the UN by resolution 58/4 of the 31st October 2003;
- Convention against corruption of the OECD of the 17th December 1997;
- European Convention with respect to the fight against corruption which involves public servants of the European Communities or of member states, of the 26th May 1997, as well as the framework decision nº2003/568/JAI of the 22nd July 2003 with regard to the fight against corruption in the private sector.