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Social and economic values in the transformation of the practice of law

Not too many years ago, in Portugal and Spain, the paradigm of the legal professional was of gowned lawyers, lawyers practicing before the courts, who intervened, in particular, in disputes, in the pathology of social and economic interrelation in life.

The way of practicing this profession was relatively homogenous: there were small offices and not so small offices, almost all of them of a general character. Law itself could almost be covered in its totality.

Faced with this paradigm, lawyers focused on pure consultation, such as company lawyers, had a rather marginal role and seemed not to be lawyers at all in the widest sense of the term.

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