Vieira de Almeida building

State spent €41 million on lawyers between January and November

The Portuguese State spent €41 million on legal opinions between January and November this year – a monthly average of €3.5 million, writes Público. The majority of work involving ‘direct contracts’ “taking advantage of legislation that dispenses with public tenders” – and “services of an intellectual nature that are difficult to compare”. The law firm Vieira de Almeida ‘won’ the bulk of this legal work, billing the State for €26.5 million.