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Europe 2022
Austria Employment
Band 1

3 Ranked Lawyers


Provided by CMS

We are not only Austria’s largest, but also the leading law firm in all fields of individual and collective labour law. Our areas of expertise include, in particular, the works constitution and all matters related to collective regulations as well as European labour law. Moreover, we specialise in pension fund law and the special labour regulations applicable to former state-owned companies.

We have been active in labour law for over 30 years, not only providing our clients with legal advice but also representing them in court (including the CJEU) and before public authorities. We also advise and support you in negotiations with unions and works councils. Our expertise in labour law extends far beyond Austria’s borders and encompasses a wide variety of different sectors. We provide guidance and support to banks, insurance companies and businesses in the industrial, telecommunications and service sectors as well as to health institutions and universities.

The main focus of our activities is on advising clients on the establishment and termination of employment contracts, on negotiating and concluding collective bargaining agreements and works agreements between employers and works councils, and on providing advice on labour law issues related to changes in working conditions and all aspects of employee data protection law. We also advise you on all labour law aspects of business transactions, restructurings and reorganisations.

Chambers Review

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Employment - Austria
Band 1
What the team is known for

The market-leading employment law practice at CMS boasts an impressive bench strength that is highly sought after by clients from the telecommunications, education, car manufacturing as well as financial services sectors. Operating from Vienna, the team regularly advises on remuneration schemes, working time arrangements and data protection issues as well as contact revisions. Additionally, the law firm demonstrates prowess in handling M&A-related employment mandates, restructurings and social plans pertaining to mass redundancies as well as cross-border business and employee transfers, whereby the firm leverages its excellent international office coverage. Its strength in employment litigation as well as new working from home regulations and other COVID-19-related issues further complements the firm's holistic services.


One client appreciates CMS for its "quick availability and accessibility as well as professional commitment, punctuality and flexibility and above all, the friendliness of all employees in dealing with clients," further highlighting the team's "highest level of professionalism and technical competence."

Endorsing the firm's top ranking, another interviewee explains: "They are the biggest and longest-standing employment department in Austria. They are well known and have a great team."

Work highlights

Advised IKEA Österreich on the development and negotiation of a comprehensive data protection works agreement for all sites as well as the implementation of flexwork arrangements.

Notable practitioners

Jens Winter rises in the rankings due to his growing presence in the Austrian market. He regularly advises on all employment law issues regarding M&A transactions and also assists with business transfers, bonus schemes and working from home regulations. One client describes Jens Winter as "very competent, reliable, precise as well as conscientious and quick to grasp. Deadlines are always adhered to and feedback is always given in a timely manner."

Renowned practitioner Christoph Wolf caters to a prestigious clientele from the technology, retail and education sector, often handling contentious as well as non-contentious employment matters ranging from dismissal and pension proceedings to salary schemes and data protection issues. Clients appreciate Christoph Wolf's "solution orientation, good availability and timely responses."

Bernhard Hainz is considered one of Austria's most experienced lawyers, capable of advising across the full spectrum of employment law including terminations, working time agreements and compensation issues. He also assists with restructuring mandates and is particularly active in the art and culture sector. Clients highlight Bernhard Hainz as "professional and solution-oriented."

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Bernhard Hainz
Bernhard Hainz
Band 1
Christoph Wolf
Christoph Wolf
Band 1
Jens Winter
Jens Winter
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