Portugal's state legal expenses double in six years
Portugal's state expenses on lawyers is skyrocketing hitting an average of some €15 million a year between 2014-2016 with the bulk going on contracts for legal advice.
The main beneficiaries have been Vieira de Almeida & Associados and international legal specialists Lipman Karas. The findings come from data released by Jornal de Notícias and Dinheiro Vivo which also highlights that the state’s legal expenses have been rising since ‘the three year period of 2008-2010’ and have almost doubled in the past six years.
The data also points out that the state signed an average of 891 contracts with law firms in the most recent examined timeframe - 168 more than the previous three-year period (2011-2013) and 264 more than between 2008-2010. However, it is worth noting that some contracts may not have been taken into account and others may not be published on Base, the internet portal for public accounts where data was derived.