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Rita Canas da Silva

At SÉRVULO since 2015, Rita Canas da Silva is an Associate in the Employment department, of which she is also co-head. She has a PhD in Private Law from the Faculty of Law of the Nova University of Lisbon (2016), having written a thesis on the suspension of the employment contract. She is a Guest Professor at the Faculty of Law of the Catholic University of Portugal (Lisbon School) and at the Faculty of Law of the Nova University of Lisbon. She is a guest speaker at conferences and seminars on Employment Law and Social Security Law, and she has authored several publications on her areas of specialisation. She is a founding member of the Portuguese Employment Law Association (APODIT – Associação Portuguesa de Direito do Trabalho) and a founding member of the Association of Young Labour Jurists (AJJ – Associação de Jovens Juslaboralistas). Between 2011 and 2015 she was Aide to the Office of the Secretary of State for Employment (Ministry of Solidarity, Employment and Social Security), and Advisor to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of State of the Prime Minister, integrating the Memorandums Monitoring Structure (ESAME - Estrutura de Acompanhamento dos Memorandos), team that monitored the meeting of the obligations towards the IMF, the EC and the ECB. Between 2002 and 2006 she was a lawyer at «Morais Leitão, Soares da Silva e Associados». She joined the Bar Association in 2004.


Transversal legal advice on all matters relating to individual and collective employment law.

Legal assistance in terms of individual working relations, from the phase of recruitment and of selection of contractual models, to the day-to-day management of companies, including in terms of defining policies for increasing flexible working time and promotion and relocation, to the structuring of remuneration policies, to representation in disciplinary processes or assistance in cases of company restructuring or termination of employment.

Experience in implementing policies for the promotion of gender equality and work-life balance.

Advice on structuring plans for the international relocation of employees, especially for multinationals.