Prelhaz Advogados, Limited liability

The office


Prelhaz Advogados is a law office located in the Algarve (Faro) founded by Ricardo Prelhaz Fonseca with the objective of providing its clients with a service which, beyond innovation and specialization – very much in presence in the national and international major law firms -, equally privileges the close and personal confidence relationship with clients, ensuring the immediacy and personalized monitoring of every subject.


The office is mainly devoted to the provision of legal services in the fields of Public Law/ Administrative Law, Tourism and Real Estate Law and Company Law, both in the stage of preventive law, pre-litigation or in the litigation stage, in the judicial courts (administrative, civil or criminal) and arbitration courts.


Professional Career


The course and professional career of Ricardo Prelhaz gather very distinctive and diverse experiences, not only in national and international law firms, but also in the public sector, which allow a global perspective on the problems and have a positive influence on the work philosophy developed in the office.


His career started in the Lisbon office of Uría Menéndez – Proença de Carvalho, where he did his law internship and worked as a lawyer, having also worked in secondment regime in the Barcelona office of the same law firm.


Later, he was part, as an assistant, of His Excellency, the Secretary of State for Public Works and Communication Office where he monitored, among others, the legislative process of formulation and approval of the Public Procurement Code and its regulation, having furthermore, consolidated his experience in the areas of Public and Administrative law, in particular in the field of public procurement, concessions, public-private partnerships and in the business sector of the State.


Before starting his current professional project in Prelhaz Advogados, he has also been a lawyer at PLMJ – Sociedade de Advogados, R.L., having worked in the areas of Public Law, Public Procurement, Administrative Litigation and Tourism and Real Estate Law.


Besides being a lawyer, he is also a trainer at INA - Direção-Geral da Qualificação dos Trabalhadores em Funções Públicas [ General Directorate for the Qualification of  Workers in Public Functions ] and at Ordem dos Advogados [Portuguese Bar Association] being,  moreover,  a regular speaker in seminars and conferences about contents related to his practice areas.

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Activity Areas
Public / Administrative Law
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Tourism, Real Estate and Construction
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Dispute Resolution
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The experience and qualifications of the staff assigned to the performance of the contract as an award criteria in the Portuguese Public Contracts Code (article in Portuguese)

This article intends to analyse the solutions provided in the Public Contracts Code regarding the admissibility to consider the qualification and experience of the staff assigned to the contract’s performance as an award criterion and to take a position on the less clear aspects of the new regimen, particularly, its scope and application conditions as well as its apparent innovative and exceptional nature.

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The revision of the Portuguese Public Contracts Code - interview of Ricardo Prelhaz (in Portuguese)

Interview of Ricardo Prelhaz in the magazine "Pontos de Vista - Jornal Público" about the recente alterations to the Portuguese Public Contracts Code.

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Public contracts susceptible to competition – the application of public procurement rules to Planning and Land Development Agreements

This article aims at analysing the criteria that is able to identify planning and land development agreements susceptible to competition and, to that extent, that shall be subject to the Portuguese public procurement rules.

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8000-283 Faro

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