Deontology Council criticizes law firm that defends 'pro bono' fined for not wearing a mask

At issue is the fact that Barroso Advogados, an office in the capital, published on social media that it was “dealing”, with fees at zero cost, for administrative offenses due to the mandatory use of a mask.

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The Lisbon Deontology Council of the Portuguese Bar Association (OA) criticized this Friday a law firm that said it was defending, free of charge (pro bono), people who were fined for not wearing a mask on the street, advances the online newspaper “Observer".

“The fact that it is pro bono is not a violation of anything. And it is not an incitement to crime because the non-wearing of a mask is not criminalized. What is at stake is an offer of services, and we, lawyers, cannot solicit clientele, we cannot offer services that are not requested from us ”, explains the president of the OA Council of Deontology of Lisbon to the same publication.

At issue is the fact that the Barroso Lawyers, an office in the capital, published on social media that he was “dealing”, with fees at zero cost, for administrative offenses due to the mandatory use of a mask that arrived between the 1st and 15th of November.

Alexandra Bordalo explains: “Imagine that you are looking for me with a problem. As I speak, I realize that the same problem affects 40 colleagues at work. Despite this, I cannot pick up the phone, contact them and offer them my services ”.

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