A more informed perspective on Brazil’s legal system by Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho.

Brazil is a federal state this makes its form of government similar to most in the world having an executive, Judiciary, and legislator. The legislator is the branch in Brazil tasked with the development of laws and together with other stake holders, it developed the country’s supreme law; the Constitution this enabled it to be more progressive and move away from laws that were heavily borrowed from the Portuguese civil law and their other legal system based on their statutes.

The passing of the Constitution did not mean a perfect doctrine of law had been achieved but rather a blue print that would require numerous amendments to fine tune it over its lifetime and this work fell on the legal fraternity of the Brazilian nation. In 2004 one of the most important amendments to the Constitution was introduced and it allowed courts to set and use precedents when making their determinations on legal matters.

According to Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho Brazilian law firms were very happy about this as it marked a maturing judicial system that was now able to bridge gaps that had not yet been filled or interpreted to the full extent by the constitution.

One of this law firms was none other than the São Paulo headquartered Leite, Tosto and Barros Advogados Associados whose current major partner is the renown lawyer Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho the law firm also has offices in Rio de Janeiro and Brasília.

Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho has been practicing law for a long time and has been a partner for twenty-six years at his law firm.He has worked in various areas in the legal profession especially corporate law.

Together with his firm Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho provides expertise in various fields including labor law, law electoral and partisan law, corporate criminal law copyright, economic and competitive law, commercial law, property, administrative law, environmental law,intellectual and computer law, banking law, civil law, consumer law, , international law, labor law and many other areas. For more info: https://br.linkedin.com/in/ricardo-tosto-9556a817 click here.

Environmental law is one of the emerging areas and Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho has been very keen on this area as Brazil is a major manufacturing hub it is critical that companies are familiarized with this laws and guidelines in order to avoid government fines.