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Clara Mañoso


Languages: Spanish, English, French

Assistant: Naiara Egurrola (egurrola@araozyrueda.com)

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Professional career

Clara Mañoso, Araoz & Rueda Partner since 2021, joined our firm as an associate in 2011 after three years in the Labour Department of Gómez-Acebo & Pombo.

Clara advises in labour matters to all kind of national and international clients, including  the labour aspects arising from the acquisition of companies and those related to senior management. She acts regularly in defense of our clients’ interests representing them in conflicts before the labour courts and labour authorities. She has also advised in the preparation of collective procedures (workforce restructurings, collective dismissals and temporary suspension of contracts).


“Scrupulously dedicated”

– Chambers Europe Guide

“Excellent availability, speed and legal approach”

– The EMEA Legal 500



  • Advanced Course on Labour Law from Instituto de Empresa (2009).
  • Preparation of the public examinations for Registrar (2007-2008).
  • Degree in Economics from the Universidad CEU San Pablo (2001-2007).
  • J. D. from the Universidad CEU San Pablo (2001-2006).

Relevant Operations



Chambers Europe Guide 2023

Araoz & Rueda enters the Highly Regarded rankings this year backed by a strong market presence in employment mandates. The team is well placed to assist with the termination of employment contracts resulting from insolvency proceedings. It further represents clients in court when it comes to dismissal lawsuits. Its client list comprises domestic tech players, hotel investors and real estate developers.

“It’s a very engaged and available team. They are always committed to finding proper solutions for their clients regardless of the complexity of the situation.”

“The team has always been able to adapt to my schedule and my needs.”

Chambers Europe Guide 2023

Clara Mañoso routinely handles collective dismissals, individual terminations and contract negotiations.

“She is very flexible and always trying to find the best solution for her client.”

“She is scrupulously dedicated.”

The EMEA Legal 500 2023

The employment team at Araoz & Rueda is particularly noted for the hiring and dismissal of employees and senior executives, the implementation of social and economic policies, and the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, with a recent uptick in temporary lay-off advice as a result of the pandemic. Alfonso Suárez and Clara Mañoso, who was promoted to partner in January 2021, co-head the practice, with combined expertise in contentious and non-contentious labour law issues.

Chambers Europe Guide 2022

Collective dismissals, furlough schemes and M&A-related employment cases are regularly handled by Alfonso Suárez of Araoz & Rueda. One client lauds Alfonso as an “excellent negotiator with extensive knowledge of the business environment.” Clara Mañoso of Araoz & Rueda rises in the rankings following her involvement in various employment law mandates. She routinely handles collective dismissals, individual terminations and contract negotiations. Clients describe Clara Mañoso as “agile and committed.”

The EMEA Legal 500 2022

Araoz & Rueda’s employment practice excels in all manner of senior management negotiations, and the team also frequently acts in collective dismissals, bargaining agreements and due diligence for transactional matters. After her promotion to partner in January 2021, Clara Mañoso now co-leads the practice alongside Alfonso Suárez. Testimonials ‘Quality, speed and personalized service.’ ‘Alfonso Suarez: exceptional legal quality of his work, proximity and availability, ease in explaining complex legal concepts, decisive.’ ‘Clara Mañoso: excellent availability, speed and legal approach.’

Chambers Europe Guide 2021

Alfonso Suárez heads the team at Araoz & Rueda and advises on the dismissal of top managers and handles negotiations for the introduction of new collective agreements. He also assists with cases relating to the termination of agency agreements. One interviewee praises his “perfect knowledge of our legal position,” while another notes his ability to provide a “strategic vision that goes beyond the labour law.” Clara Mañoso plays a supporting role in the firm’s varied contentious and non-contentious employment mandates. Sources say that “she stands out for her command of the technical topics and her ability to respond quickly.”

Chambers Europe Guide 2020

Alfonso Suárez of Araoz & Rueda is known for his experience in collective redundancies. Clients draw attention to his negotiation skills. Clients consider associate-to-watch Clara Mañoso of Araoz & Rueda to be “very responsible.” She regularly assists with workforce restructurings and other employment issues arising from transactions.

Chambers Europe Guide 2019

Araoz & Rueda’s Alfonso Suárez offers expertise in negotiations with unions, individual dismissals and the employment aspects of M&A transactions. Sources recommend him for his “exceptional management of labour law and extreme sensitivity to the needs of the client.” According to clients, Clara Mañoso of Araoz & Rueda is “extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to deal with.” She supports clients in the negotiation of working conditions and in collective dismissals.

Chambers Europe Guide 2018

What the team is known for most active on the implementation of redundancy plans and on related litigation. Advises on the negotiation and execution of senior management contracts and handles due diligence in support of M&A transactions, particularly for companies in the food and beverage sector. Clients value the team for its “capacity, extensive knowledge and real accessibility.” One source says: “They advised us skilfully on countless doubts or requests we had and they accompanied us whenever necessary.” Work highlights Acted for Grupo Emperador on the labour aspects of its acquisition of a brandy distillery in Jerez de la Frontera. Alfonso Suárez assists with corporate transactions, claims brought by trade unions and issues relating to the hiring and termination of senior management. He is valued for his “very high technical knowledge, effectiveness and client service,” with one source adding: “He has a calm presence and facilitates reaching agreements.” Clara Mañoso has experience in litigation and advising on the employment aspects of transactions. Clients report: “Clara is decisive, effective and establishes arguments with conviction, as well as being polite, respectful and good at anticipating any possible situations in advance.”

In the media

Coto a los ‘contratos basura’ de los socorristas

Clara Mañoso
July 2023

La sentencia que revoluciona la indemnización por despido

Clara Mañoso
May 2023

Ojo con lo que hace en la cena de Navidad de la empresa: su jefe puede sancionarle

Clara Mañoso
January 2023


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