BCH Lawyers

International Dispute Resolution Law Firm

Experience to Get Through in International Disputes

International Disputes can be time-consuming, costly, and highly disruptive for businesses. We avoid that. 

At BCH Lawyers, we adopt a client-oriented and solution-based approach, that puts client first. Our flexible ways of working allow us to stay in permanent contact with the client, and avoid breaking the client's bank. 

BCH Lawyers has +25 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE in dealing with high-profile matters. Hundreds of satisfied clients.


At BCH Lawyers, the client will:

> Have personal attention to her/his case

> Work directly with a BCH Lawyers' partner

> Have efficient and client-oriented solutions

> Work with a conflict-free and available legal team

> Receive top-notch services and results

No Obligation
/ No Fee
Case Evaluation

We keep any request absolutely confidential and secured by our web-based platform. Send us a brief description of the case and we will revert shortly. 


Who'sWhoLegal - Arbitration

Duarte Henriques was praised by Who’sWhoLegal Arbitration as “an incredibly knowledgeable practitioner” who is “highly respected for his work in financial arbitration matters”

Legal 500

BCH and its lawyers Rui Barreira and Duarte Henriques where nominated and recognised by Legal 500

Chambers And Partners

Rui Barreira has been nominated several times as one of the 10 Top Lawyers in Portugal by Chambers Europe


of working with BCH Lawyers

Personal attention and care with the case

Although BCH LAWYERS has grown throughout the years with regards to the volume, complexity and relevance of our work, we remain a ‘boutique law firm’ which prides itself on focusing on a select number of clients and their cases.

We have not sought an ambitious expansion program nor to diversify our services beyond those which we can do with reasonable degree of excellence.
Thus, personal attention and great degree of care with the case are paramount to us.

Talk to the Partners at any time

The Partners at BCH LAWYERS are directly involved in all cases from start to finish, thus providing a single CRM (Client Relationship Manager) for the file, the client, and all the other participants in the case. We make sure that our clients can always approach the most senior of specialists, at any time, for insight into their matters.

Our partners take a hands-on approach to every legal matter we deal with. Clients can rest assured that a partner will handle each issue from start to finish.

Client-oriented and efficient solutions

We approach our representation from the perspective of our clients. We frequently meet with clients at their business or property.
This firsthand access allows us to gain a deep understanding of our clients business and needs. The boots-on-the-ground practicality is one of the keys to our success.
Our main goal is to focus on the client's needs and find a solution that best serves his/her interests.

Conflict-free law firm

Honesty with our clients allows us to build trust. And it is only with trust that we can maintain long term client relations. A number of our clients have been with us for over twenty years. We do not cut corners, nor look for quick profits from our client work.

At the same time and due to our size, we remain in control and avoid any possible conflict of interests at all times.

Available and talented team

Our team will be available almost entirely throughout the day and will provide at least first-level feedback on the same day when the assistance has been requested.

By remaining a small law firm, with colleagues who have worked together for years, we manage to build up extremely close contacts with our clients and provide them truly bespoke and personalised service.

Cost-Efficient and Flexible Fees

Our flexible solutions allows us to work on a "out of client's city" basis, which means that we can provide fees' arrangements where the client will not be billed for travelling or accomodation expenses. 

We also give preference to fees' structures where the client's success is taken into account.  

At BCH LAWYERS there should be no “unpleasant surprises” when it comes to receiving an invoice. 


Who’sWhoLegal Arbitration 2017 says:

Duarte Henriques is our top-rated Portuguese practitioner and is particularly notable for
his expertise in intellectual property matters.

Who’sWhoLegal Arbitration 2018 says:

"Duarte G Henriques is an incredibly knowledgeable practitioner” who is “highly
respected for his work in financial arbitration matters.” 

Joana Albuquerque is a very competent lawyer, one of the renowned talents in her area. I had the honor to have her as a colleague in the Brazilian Institute of Construction Law and also to count on her precious contribution for a Construction Law book organized and published in Brazil in 2014.

Fernando Marcondes | Partner - L.O. Baptista | Brazil

"Duarte Henriques is a righteous and meticulous person with impeccable demeanour and whose work is of excellent quality and great punctuality."

C. Cagica - October 15, 2013

Areas of our Practice

Banking & Finance Law 

Successful financing for projects calls for a balance of market knowledge, innovation and pragmatism.
Moreover, in the current economic environment, choosing the best financing and banking approach, and getting access to them, has become even more critical.
BCH LAWYERS does its best to ensure that our assistance gets the results our clients need, especially when going through the tumultuous process of litigation, or before/after arbitration.
The dispute resolution process can significantly impact the finance options for our clients, and thus we keep them aware of the best options open to them.
BCH LAWYERS has an unrivalled track record of new financial instruments and financing agreements during such process.
Our team and processes guarantee that we can scale our services to any project whether in corporate finance, debt capital markets, real estate finance, project finance or others.
Our in-depth knowledge of Portuguese market practices and first-tier expertise ensure that the solutions we provide are always to the point and designed specifically to serve your goals regardless of the dispute in process.

Construction & Real Estate

BCH LAWYERS has over 25 years’ experience in advising clients on landmark projects and deals in Portugal, Madeira and The Azores. Many disputes that we have assisted with have been in the sphere of Construction & Real Estate.
When it comes to construction and development projects, and the resolution of their disputes, we provide the right blend of expertise from various fields of law and in-depth knowledge about the local market to offer all necessary legal support.
Our team will assist the dispute resolution specialists with necessary expertise from areas of real estate, environmental law, public law, construction, project financing and taxes, and any other areas as may be needed.
BCH Lawyers has wide experience in corporate transactions and real estate development deals, such as the construction of a hotel in the Olympic Park of Rio de Janeiro or the development of a shopping centre, as well as the negotiation and preparation of Hotel Management Agreements, License Agreements and Trademark agreements for international luxury hotel brands.

Distribution, Business, Commercial Law and M&A 

In Business and Commercial law BCH LAWYERS offers our clients counselling regarding all forms of business entities.
We provide legal services related to shareholder contracts and articles of association, competing schemes and we also help in creating corporate rules and various forms of corporate contracts.
Dealing with the changes that dispute resolution present can result in a need of good business and commercial law advice.
Our client can rely on us for a variety of services, ranging from setting up companies or cooperatives, restructuring, spin-offs, through to defining the new rights of shareholders and employees, up to the liquidation, dissolution or restructuring of companies and bankruptcies.
BCH Lawyers has also an extensive experience and deep knowledge in every area of distribution law, be it in franchising agreements, licensing & trademark agreements, and all sorts of distribution agreements.

The BCH LAWYERS Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) practice represents a notable part of our work which goes hand in hand with our dispute resolution practice.
We regularly advise clients and international law firms on Portuguese and cross-border deals.
We act on both the buy-side and the sell-side, regardless of the nature of the dispute in question, providing services ranging from due diligence and vendor assistance up to full M&A legal support (legal and tax deal structuring drafting transaction documents, obtaining regulatory approval, and so on).
Our team includes partners, associates and other experts with extensive M&A experience, Western education and training, together with an excellent track record of completed deals in Portugal.

IT, Intellectual Property & Copyrights

BCH LAWYERS advises and represents companies in all legal matters connected to intellectual property rights that arise in a dispute.
We are experienced in registering trademarks (European Community trademark, International trademark) and patents (international patents) as well as in upholding copyrights and other intellectual property regulations.
We advise our clients on product design, software development, domain registration, data protection, database management and confidentiality and licensing matters among others and seek to easily and clearly resolve ownership of IP that is required during a dispute.

Tax & Administrative Law

Accurate accounting and effective financial management are of great importance for the success of any business, and these issues become even more relevant during a dispute.
When dealing with dispute resolution, whether in arbitration or litigation, BCH LAWYERS pay attention to the interpretation and application of tax provisions, and to be aware of possibilities of tax optimization.
Our clients, foreign and national companies, large holdings with foreign capital, foreign representative offices, private businessmen and private persons trust BCH LAWYERS to take care of tax issues in the event of Dispute Resolution.

Third Party Funding 

Third Party Funding is an emerging finance model aimed at getting significant legal funding for clients’ disputes, based on a non-recourse financing model: the funder will only be reimbursed of its investment (legal fees and all other expenses) on any specific dispute if and when there are proceeds to recover.
This financing could open a world of opportunity to clients who might otherwise not have the funding to take their costly cases forward.
BCH Lawyers has an extensive range of international contacts in this funding industry that the clients can benefit from, and has also been able to secure funding for its clients in a number of cases.
Duarte G Henriques is a member of the ICCA QMUL Task Force on Third-Party Funding in International Arbitration and co-promoter of the “Third-Party Funding Online Observatory“

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Contact Details

Email: info@bch.pt
Phone: +351 213853899
Fax: +351 213878440

Rua Fialho de Almeida, 32 - 1
1070 129 Lisboa

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