Partners: Joël Grangé, Philippe Montanier, Arnaud Chaulet, Marine Conche, Florence Aubonnet, Juliana Kovac, Olivier Kress, Blandine Allix, Nabila Fauché-El Aougri, Stéphanie Guedes da Costa, Stéphanie Dumas, Joumana Frangie-Moukanas, Cyprien Pialoux, Jeannie Crédoz-Rosier, Charlotte Michaud, Bruno Fieschi, Corinne Potier, Aurélie Cormier Le Goff, Florence Bacquet, Caroline Scherrmann, Camille Ventjou, FrédéricGuillaume Laprévote, Stéphane Bloch, Emmanuel Raynaud, Amandine Vetu
Number of partners worldwide: 25
Number of other lawyers worldwide: More than 80
Languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish
Flichy Grangé Avocats is among France’s leading employment and labour firms, comprising 25 partners, one senior counsel, five counsels, one consultant and 55 associates, all specialised in labour. The team works closely with HR directors and top management teams to help them anticipate and maximise potential change and ensure effective advice in court. To meet the needs of international groups efficiently, Flichy Grangé Avocats has co-created L&E Global, an integrated employment law alliance, along with premier boutique law firms specialising in employment (up to 25 worldwide). The firm’s services are directed towards the major French and international groups, employers’ associations and small and medium businesses. Flichy Grangé Avocats is systematically ranked as one of the main specialist in employment and labour law by French and international directories.
Main Areas of Practice:
-Restructuring and Employment
-Remuneration policies & Benefits
-Health & Safety
-Collective Negotiation & Working Time
-Social Security & Mandatory Contributory
-Risky Litigation Company Managers & International Mobility
-Ethics & Diversity
-Pension & Contingency
-Public Service & State-owned Companies
As the environment in which Flichy Grangé Avocats intervenes is constantly evolving, the firm can offer a daily legal update and analysis by first-rate experts, thus enabling clients to be the first to take advantage of changes in the law or case law as those emerge, or to develop tools suited to deal with whatever issues may arise. The firm has a bilingual English team, headed by Joël Grangé, Olviier Kress, Florence Aubonnet, Stéphanie Dumas, Caroline Scherrmann and Florence Bacquet whose expertise in dealing with transnational matters is widely recognised. The team provides advice to foreign companies seeking to establish themselves in France as well as to French companies planning to set up a business in other countries. The firm also advises on all aspects related to employee mobility and business transfers i.e. transnational hiring of executives and employees, relocation and expatriation. Flichy Grangé Avocats provides assistance in the full range of labour and employment matters.
Restructuring and Employment:
This practice helps with the assessment of the employment and labour law consequences of company sales, outsourcing, mergers and acquisitions and the risks they involve, in particular by carrying out extensive employment and labour due diligence reviews or comprehensive studies of the impact on collective status. The firm also has recognised expertise in workforce reduction plans or site closure plans, in the form of either job preservation schemes or voluntary departure schemes and bearing in mind the recent major legal changes.
Remuneration Policies and Benefits:
Flichy Grangé Avocats can advise and assist you in setting up an employee savings scheme. This can take the form either of optional or mandatory profit sharing or of a company savings plan. The firm can also assist you in setting up a workforce shareholding scheme [stock options, allocation of free shares, share capital increase restricted to the company savings plan"s participants]. lt can also advise you should dispute arise with the URSSAF, the workforce, staff representatives or with the trades unions. The firm's team can also audit your current remuneration schemes and in that light, suggest the most suitable profit-sharing arrangements.
Social Protection, Employee Savings & Incentive Schemes:
The firm can assist both French and foreign companies to set up various systems providing for additional employee compensation, including employee savings schemes (incentive schemes and profit sharing plans, employee savings schemes), employee share ownership plans (stock options, free share awards) and death, disability and other benefit or supplementary pension schemes.
Health & Safety:
The health and safety practice is responsible for monitoring risks, in order to be in a position to give the firm’s clients the best possible advice on the preventive actions to be taken, in connection with the CHSCT (the Health, Safety and Working Conditions Committee).
Mandatory Contributory Regimes:
The team can handle all social security issues taking into account not only French law but also EU provisions. In addition, the firm's team is able to assist you with issues arising in relation to the unemployment insurance scheme, complementary pension schemes and special schemes applicable to specific cases. The team can also help with any procedures required, particularly during an audit by the Urssaf (the French authority responsible for collecting social security contributions).
Pension and Contigency:
The firm's pension and contingency practice team can assist with setting up complementary health and contingency schemes, as well as supplementary schemes, to benefit the workforce and upper-echelon executives. It can also advise in the event of transfer operations, by assessing the impact of a change in employer on workforce entitlements, or in the event of an URSSAF audit pertaining to exemption requirements. Specific benefits can be set up for pensioners or certain staff categories.
High Risk Litigation:
The high risk litigation team has strong experience in these different risky litigation cases and an effective approach, as well as suitable human and technical resources to deal with individual litigation, and where applicable, 'mass' litigation cases throughout the entire French territory.
Company Managers & International Mobility:
This practice can assist company managers (employee or corporate officer) and to advise companies on the status of managers. It has developed specific know-how with regard to all the questions related to corporate governance and international mobility from compensation of corporate officers to employment contracts for managers, in particular in listed companies and international groups.
Ethics & Diversity:
The firm can assist in preparing a code of ethics, recruitment and diversity policy, internal regulations or IT codes of conduct. Lawyers can advise on the measures to be implemented and any difficulties that may arise on a complaint by an employee or by trade unions with regard to harassment or discrimination, or an investigation by the HALDE (the French antidiscrimination and equality authority).
Public service and state-owned companies:
The state-owned companies practice has been set up to deal with all issues, arising with public sector organisation, which often involve a mix of administrative and civil law.
Training policies & initiatives, work/study contracts, annual reviews, financing:
The firm advises employers on how best to work out training policies, on setting up annual reviews and on negotiating the attendant collective agreements specifically on the employer’s contribution to the statutory scheme known as the CPF (personal training account). It also assists training agencies with changes to their legal status or structure.
Founding member of L&E Global; Lawyer network memberships: IBA, EELA. Clients: The firm serves clients from all sectors of activity particularly industrial, financial services, information technology, the media and telecommunications. Clients include large groups (both French and international), professional associations of employers and small and medium-sized companies to whom the firm provides experience and practical advice in the day to day management of employment issues. The firm’s services are also accessible to public sector companies.