José Carlos Soares Machado graduated from the faculty of law of Lisbon University in 1976 and has practised law for more than 35 years. He has been consistently recognised as a leading civil and commercial litigation lawyer. Since 2011 he has been a partner and head of the litigation and arbitration department at SRS Advogados, one of the most important law firms based in Lisbon. He is the current chair of the recently created Litigation Lawyers Circle. He is a professor at the law faculty of Nova University of Lisbon and a member of the ILA International Commercial Arbitration Committee. Mr Soares Machado is a former president of the Lisbon Bar Council, as well as a member of the Portuguese Bar Association National Board of Directors and its National Supreme Council. He is the author of several published works on constitutional law, corporate law, real estate law and professional ethics.

He is a member of the Practice Council of the Portuguese Arbitration Association and has been an arbitrator in numerous cases. He has also represented clients in numerous arbitrations before ad hoc and arbitration centre tribunals.