Clara Mañoso





Languages: English, French and Spanish

Clara Mañoso, Araoz & Rueda partner since 2021, joined our firm 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).


  • 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).

“El auge del teletrabajo: ¿una amenaza para la desconexión digital y la conciliación?

Publication: El Confidencial
Authors: Clara Mañoso
Date: May 2021

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¿El principio del fin del contrato por obra o servicio?

Publication: Expansión Jurídico
Authors: Clara Mañoso
Date: February 2021

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“Claves para diseñar el bonus salarial y no acabar en los juzgados”

Publication: Cinco Días
Authors: Clara Mañoso
Date: December 2019

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“Fallo alentador en la robotización laboral”

Publication: El Economista
Authors: Clara Mañoso
Date: December 2019

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“Control digital de los trabajadores”

Publication: Cinco Días
Authors: Clara Mañoso
Date: February 2019

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“Liability of managers in cases of company tax fraud”

Publication: Iberian Lawyer - January/February 2018
Authors: Clara Mañoso
Date: February 2018

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“Fraude fiscal y responsabilidad laboral del directivo”

Publication: Cinco Días (daily economic newspaper)
Authors: Clara Mañoso
Date: December 2017

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“Transmisión de concursadas y el dilema de la carga de los salarios”

Publication: Iuris & Lex (monthly magazine of El Economista)
Authors: Clara Mañoso
Date: May 2017

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Expansión, April 2021 (Clara Mañoso and Guillermo Bueno)

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El Confidencial, February 2021 (Clara Mañoso)

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Iberian Lawyer, January 2021 (Clara Mañoso and Guillermo Bueno)

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Iberian Lawyer Magazine, January 2018 (Clara Mañoso)

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The EMEA Legal 500 2022 – Labour

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.’

The EMEA Legal 500 2022
Chambers Europe Guide 2022 – Labour

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."

Chambers Europe Guide 2022
The EMEA Legal 500 2021 – Labour

The restructuring of Michael Kors Spain, as well as a range of work for new domestic clients in the context of the Covid-19 lockdown in Spain, were standout highlights in 2020 for the employment team at Araoz & Rueda. Alfonso Suárez's broad practice covers the hiring and dismissal of senior executives, modification of employment conditions, workforce restructuring plans and negotiating collective bargaining agreements and strikes. The partner-level team expanded with the promotion of Clara Mañoso to the partnership in January 2021. Testimonials: “High qualification, client orientation and professionalism” “The team is very knowledgeable, has strong customer centricity and acts as genuine trusted advisers” “Alfonso Suárez and Clara Mañoso for their excellent treatment, availability and good focus on the issues” “Next to the knowledge of their profession, the professionalism, I would like to mention why I loved also working with Araoz & Rueda: All lawyers spoke perfect the English language – Thank you! “Always available” “I never had the feeling to be a number. There is a human contact” “Great reactivity. Alfonso and Clara always strive to anticipate business needs beyond legal requests sent to them. They are great partners” “We collaborate with Alfonso and Clara. They stand out for their incredible reactivity during the summer or the weekend, which makes them very reliable advisers”

The EMEA Legal 500 2021
Chambers Europe Guide 2021 – Labour

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 2021
Chambers Europe Guide 2020 – Laboral

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 2020
Chambers Europe Guide 2019 – Labour

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 2019
Chambers Europe Guide 2018 – Labour

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."

Chambers Europe Guide 2018