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Partner Isabel Abalada Matos

"Law results in searching for the fair solution, in each specific case."

Areas of Expertise

  • General Administrative Law, Public Procurement, Litigation and Arbitration
  • Land-Use and Area Planning
  • Real Estate, Urban Rehabilitation and Town Planning
  • Environment and Nature Conservation
  • Tourism
  • Agriculture and Forestry: Projects and Management
  • Sea, Ports, Railways and Transportation


  • Portuguese
  • English
  • French

Academic Education

  • Law degree by the Faculty of Law of the Portuguese Catholic University (1988).
  • Post-Graduate Degree in Community Law from the Faculty of Law of the Portuguese Catholic University (1990).
  • Program on Negotiation - Harvard Law School (2009).

Professional Experience

  • Founding partner of Abalada Matos, Moraes Cardoso e Associados, Sociedade de Advogados, RL (2015).
  • Founding partner of Abalada Matos, Lorena de Sèves & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados, RL, practising mostly in public administrative law, land-use planning and urbanism, environment, real estate and private property law (2000-2015).
  • Deputy and adviser to several members of the Government in land-use planning, environment, urbanism and local administration.
  • Speaker and lecturer within the scope of training initiatives, seminars and conferences, on land-use planning, urbanism and environment, areas which also comprise publications.
  • Participation in many legislative procedures in land-use planning and urbanism, environment and tourism.
  • Registered with the Bar Association since 1990.


  • POOC (municipal land-use plan) and PMOT (coastline plan): Notes on the relationship between their material contents, published in Revista Jurídica do Urbanismo e Ambiente, issue no. 18/19;
  • Remarks on the decisions of the Administrative Supreme Court, published in Revista Jurídica do Urbanismo e Ambiente, issue no. 21;
  • Elementos de Direito de Protecção da Água, (co-authored) published, in 2005, by the Water Institute (INAG);
  • A compensação pela não cedência de terrenos nas operações urbanísticas: em especial a situação dos empreendimentos turísticos, (co-authored) in Direito do Urbanismo e do Ordenamento do Território-Estudos, volume II, Almedina, 2012, pp 397-415;
  • O novo procedimento de comunicação prévia, in Revisão do Regime Jurídico da Urbanização e Edificação, coordinated by Cláudio Monteiro, Jaime Valle, João Miranda, Almedina, 2015, pp 139-149.