Partner at SRS Advogados and head of the Public Law Department and of the Mozambique desk, José Luís has been a lawyer since 1986. He has been recognised as a 'specialist in administrative law' by the Portuguese Bar Association in 2004. In the 1980s and the 90s he was deputy to the Minister of Public Works and Transport and Member of Parliament. From 1993 to 2000, he was in-house lawyer with the state savings bank Caixa Geral de Depósitos. From 1990 to 2004 he was assistant professor at the Lisbon University. In 2003, he joined Simmons & Simmons in Lisbon, presently called SRS Advogados, as a lawyer and became partner in 2008.
José Luís has participated in several major arbitrations and litigation procedures advising the Portuguese Republic and major multinationals and Portuguese companies. He advised the road operator, as well as the Portuguese PPP health program on the construction and development of several hospitals. He is a port expert since the late 80s and is currently advising the major Portuguese Port Authorities.
Author of a considerable number of publications on a variety of topics, including: Organic law – a form of legislative act – in the Portuguese Constitution (1991), Judicial Remedies and Delegated Legislation (1992), Liability of Public Authorities (1995 and 2004 – 2nd ed.), The Evolution of Judicial Remedies (1998), Judicial Remedies and Delegated Legislation (2001), Maritime Legislation (2003), International Conflicts Law (2003) and Maritime Law (2003), among others. He regularly publishes in public law magazines and is invited to speak at numerous seminars and conferences.
He was president of the Administrative Law Commission of the Union Internationale des Avocats from 2012 till 2017 and is currently president of the Portuguese National Committee.