Menezes Leitão, head of the professional order of lawyers, is one of many very unhappy with proposed changes to the orders' regulatory structure

Professional orders fight government plans to ‘control them’

Portugal’s professional orders (there are 17 of them, including doctors, nurses, accountants, lawyers, pharmacists, engineers, etc.) are bristling over a government proposal to increase the number of ‘government approved’ supervisors on the various regulatory boards. The orders see the move as a way of ‘controlling them’ – something the government has ‘rejected’, albeit if successful, it will indeed have more control over the way these professions are run.