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Garrigues

Employment

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What the team is known for

Frequently instructed to handle large-scale collective redundancies, advising on negotiations with trade unions and local or European works councils in high-profile matters involving the closure of travel agencies, car manufacturing plants or mining company industrial sites. Also assists with wholesale changes to employment contracts made through collective bargaining agreements, supporting employers in subsequent mediation or litigation where unions seek to oppose new measures. Benefits from a huge team of lawyers spread across multiple offices, which enables the firm both to provide sufficient resources for major matters and to offer local expertise in smaller contentious mandates. Has the proven capacity to handle a huge volume of temporary redundancy plans for companies affected by the pandemic. Also defends high-value claims brought by individual employees.

Strengths

Clients say that the lawyers are "down to earth and focused on preventing future problems."

Interviewees appreciate the lawyers' ability to "give specific and practical answers to the employment law needs that arise in the course of our business, whether that relates to small employment claims or complex restructuring processes."

Work highlights

Advised Nissan Motor Ibérica on a collective redundancy process affecting 2,530 employees at its Barcelona manufacturing plants. The planned closure of the plants was strongly opposed by unions.

Notable practitioners

Adriano Gómez García-Bernal receives extensive praise from diverse sources for his litigation skills. "He is brilliant in how he summarises the main issues in court," says one interviewee, going on to note: "He manages to explain the issues very clearly, going straight to the main ideas and focusing on what we need to get across." "He is a great litigator," reports another source, adding: "There is no doubt that he is at the top of the market." He has experience in mass redundancies carried out within the context of insolvency proceedings.

Ángel Olmedo leads varied employment law matters ranging from the transfer of employees as part of M&A transactions to the defence of employers in Labour and Social Security Inspectorate investigations. Interviewees note his advocacy skills and say that he is "an outstanding lawyer in terms of knowledge of the law."

Federico Durán López provides high-level strategic advice to key clients carrying out complex employment law procedures. "Whenever I have something very complicated or something that will have a lot of impact, I call him directly," says one interviewee.

José Luis Cebrián acts on a range of contentious and advisory matters for Spanish employers. Interviewees report that "his practical advice means that at all times we understand the risks that our decisions could bring and are able to proactively resolve issues."

José Manuel Mateo advises on collective dismissal procedures and collective bargaining agreements, including for clients in the sports sector. Sources say that he is "a strategic thinker who is highly experienced in labour relations with unions and workers' representatives."

Sources say that María Luisa López Villalba is "methodical and has great analytical skills." She is best known for her experience in employment law litigation, including cases arising from individual dismissals or disciplinary processes.

Clients highlight Rafael Giménez-Arnau for his "commitment, strategic vision and proactive approach." He earns further praise for his "quick responses, good client-handling skills and knowledge of the subject matter." He acts on collective and individual redundancies, alterations to working conditions and any subsequent litigation arising from the same.

Rosa Zarza heads the firm's employment law department and is recognised as a leading figure in the market. She earns considerable praise for her strategic input on complex matters, including voluntary and compulsory redundancies that impact significant numbers of workers. Clients say that "she is very accessible" and "super practical." "She has great active listening skills and is analytical, so she is able to propose appropriate solutions to every problem," says another source.

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Employment Department

Garrigues

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Hermosilla, 3

Madrid

Madrid

Spain

28001

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Spain

Employment


Adriano Gómez García-Bernal
Band 1
Ángel Olmedo
Up and Coming
Federico Durán López
Senior Statespeople
José Luis Cebrián
Band 3
José Manuel Mateo
Band 4
María Luisa López Villalba
Band 4