Flash Interview of the Month
The Flash Interview of the Month is a short talk with one of our members, where the interviewed is able to talk about his/her experience in an informal way and where all stories are told in the 1st person. This month, we got to know more about our member company David Carvalho Martins Advogado.
What was your inspiration when you first decided to become a lawyer?
[DCM] As a matter of fact, I don’t know. No one in my family is or was a lawyer, I never went to a court hall before the law degree and I was never amazed or specially mesmerized with TV series such as “Law and Order” or “Perry Mason”. I just can say that since I was a child I have always said that I would like to become a lawyer, even though I didn’t know what did it mean. I went to the University of Lisbon – Faculty of Law, enjoyed the course and realized that I was not mistaken. Ever since, I really like what I do and I am very glad that I’ve chosen right. I have also the luck to combine the activity as a lawyer with another demanding but grateful job: invited lecturer at my university.
What do you think are the most challenging aspects of your work?
[DCM] Our work is challenging every day because we have to be aware of our clients needs and, at the same time, of the legal and practical reality that is constantly changing. A long time ago a lawyer would be a person that would deal with several legal matters. Today, it is almost impossible to do it the same way. We are facing an inevitable trend to specialization and to an intense use of IT in our business. In the following years we must consider also the introduction of AI in our professional lives, facing the risk of being replaced by machines. Therefore, we need be aware and focused not only in the law field, GDPR and cybersecurity challenges, but also in the fourth revolution in course. As a labour lawyer, we shall deal with individual and industrial relations conflicts and take into consideration the main goal: to prevent them. In a global world we must be ready to assist employers and employees worldwide, notably through partnerships with colleagues from foreigner law firms. Thus, we shall be prepared to interact with many different cultures. I believe the challenge is to seek the best legal knowledge so that our work can serve better at all times.
Why did you decide to join the Chamber?
[DCM] As far as I am concerned, the Dutch Chamber is and has been focused on maintaining positive commercial partnerships. I've been following your activities for a long time and I decided to join this year. I saw this partnership as a special path for assisting companies or individuals that are or want to be in Portugal. On the other hand, it also enables me to know more about the Dutch business reality, challenges and aims to progress in Portugal.
What's the most exciting thing on the horizon for 2020?
[DCM] In the labour market, there are significant amendments coming (eg. reduction of admissible cases for fixed-term contracts, the elimination of the bank of hours based on individual agreement and the implementation of the national law regulating the GDPR). In our practice, I may share that we are building two professional teams in Lisbon and in Algarve focusing on Labour and Data Protection Law and I believe that 2020 will be the year upon which we can rely on to progress and seek sustainable growth. We are also planning to participate in several international initiatives and symposiums concerning Labour and GDPR challenges. We hope that we can also collaborate with the CCPH more intensively.