José António Barreiros
José António Barreiros was born in Angola in 1949.
He obtained a law degree from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon.
His legal apprenticeship was carried out under the guidance of lawyers Francisco Salgado Zenha and Xencora Camotim.
In 1972 he received the Portuguese Bar Association’s Alves de Sá award and in 2018 the Medal of Honor of the Bar.
He taught Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Law for seventeen years at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon and also at Lusíada University and International University.
Former member of the General Council of the Portuguese Bar Association, as well as of its High Council, to which he presided. Currently President of the Legislative Policy Cabinet in the Bar.
He participated in the Legislative Commission that drafted the Criminal Code of 1987.
Alongside his legal practice he has written historical essays and works of fiction.
Has published work in the field of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure
Working with teams
Current law practice oscillates between individual practice and that of law firms in which Criminal Law is but one of the departments.
Our philosophy is based on a third category. We build the teams that are necessary to handle the cases, under the direction, direct involvement and personal responsibility of the lawyer that gives his name to the office.
Effectiveness is ensured by drawing from different areas of expertise, while avoiding conflicts of interests and ensuring confidentiality and a personalized approach. We are not a brand.
Practicing and preventing
Criminal law practice is primarily based on courtroom litigation. This requires experience and knowledge acquired from both practice and theoretical studies. The client faces a problem, the lawyer a case. Transforming the problem into the case allows for a technical and professionally rigorous law practice.
Criminal law has become increasingly intrusive, generating ever-expanding areas of risk in social and corporate life. Thus, a preventive law practice becomes necessary. Through training, advice and legal expert work it avoids the problem and ensures conformity with the law.
Knowing and acting
The practice of law requires a continuous update of knowledge. The criminal law of our times is a complex, vast and technical field. It covers new areas of corporate life, such as finance, tax, banking, medical issues and telecommunications.
Globalization has brought with it the internationalization of criminal law problems and their resolution. It is now imperative to have knowledge of Comparative Law and to follow closely the events that take place in the legal world.
In our practice knowledge is a priority that enables us to act.