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Employment covers both contentious and non-contentious employment matters relating to day-to-day business issues as well as mergers and takeovers. Includes employment litigation related to sex, race, age discrimination. Issues relating to employee immigration, transfer of employees, working hours and pensions are also considered in this section, unless a more specific section exists within the jurisdiction.

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Band 1
  1. August Debouzy
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    August Debouzy
    Employment
    2023 | Band 1 | 17 Years Ranked
    August Debouzy is a market-leading team covering a wide range of employment mandates. The firm is highly skilled in assisting both French and international clients, including CAC 40 companies, with employee litigation, company reorganisations and collective redundancy plans. The group demonstrates additional expertise dealing with matters concerning workplace discrimination and assisting with inspections by French authorities. The department has further experience in whistle-blowing policies and issues surrounding foreign secondment.
  2. Bredin Prat
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    Bredin Prat
    Employment
    2023 | Band 1 | 14 Years Ranked
    Bredin Prat is a highly reputed firm advising on the employment law aspects of high-value M&A transactions. The department offers particular expertise in social security matters as well as representing companies in employee litigation, including collective lawsuits. The practice houses additional strength in internal reorganisations and collective mutual termination agreements.
  3. Capstan Avocats
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    Capstan Avocats
    Employment
    2023 | Band 1 | 17 Years Ranked
    Capstan Avocats is a top-tier team dedicated solely to employment law with recommended abilities in social security issues. The team frequently assists both French and international clients across the retail, technology and manufacturing sectors with disputes, mass dismissals and reorganisations. The law firm provides additional experience in employee representation issues, individual terminations and working time agreements.
  4. CMS
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    CMS
    Employment
    2023 | Band 1 | 17 Years Ranked
    CMS houses a strong practice group drawing valuable multidisciplinary support from the firm's extensive network to advise on a range of employment matters. The team frequently assists with mass dismissals, remuneration disputes and social security issues, with additional expertise in M&A-related advice, including employee transfer. The department brings further experience in litigation and employment-related criminal law.
  5. Flichy Grangé Avocats
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    Flichy Grangé Avocats
    Employment
    2023 | Band 1 | 17 Years Ranked
    An outstanding French firm renowned for its dedication to employment law, Flichy Grangé Avocats offers a full range of expertise for both domestic and international clients. The department frequently assists with employee litigation, redundancy schemes and collective agreements. Additionally, the team is involved in handling the labour aspects of M&A transactions and also advises clients on health and safety issues and social security matters.
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Band 2
  1. Actance
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    Actance
    Employment
    2023 | Band 2 | 16 Years Ranked
    Actance operates a well-reputed practice group offering experience in individual and collective relations, health and safety issues, and criminal labour law matters. The department provides support on disputes and social security. The team further acts on employee shareholding and stock options. The law firm houses additional experience in employment matters arising from M&A and corporate restructuring, as well as personal data protection.
  2. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
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    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Employment
    2023 | Band 2 | 17 Years Ranked
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is widely acknowledged for its work on the employment aspects of high-value M&A transactions, often with a cross-border focus. The firm's client roster comprises numerous banking and finance clients. The practice offers further assistance with individual employee litigations, corporate restructurings and collective redundancy plans. The team also advises on the set-up of employee representative bodies.
  3. Gide Loyrette Nouel
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    Gide Loyrette Nouel
    Employment
    2023 | Band 2 | 17 Years Ranked
    Gide Loyrette Nouel houses a well-established team assisting with mass redundancies on restructuring mandates and in employee disputes. The law firm advises on relations with staff representative bodies, including works councils and trade unions. The practice displays further strength in employment-related litigation, including discrimination and harassment disputes.
  4. Proskauer Rose LLP
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    Proskauer Rose LLP
    Employment
    2023 | Band 2 | 17 Years Ranked
    Proskauer Rose represents clients from the finance, TMT and automotive fields. The group frequently assists with a range of employment matters, including collective disputes and employee transfers. Well versed in cross-border mandates, advising both domestic and international clients, the team also assists with redundancy plans and negotiations with trade unions. Further, the department routinely advises on discrimination and harassment issues.
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Band 3
  1. Allen & Overy LLP
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    Allen & Overy LLP
    Employment
    2023 | Band 3 | 13 Years Ranked
    Allen & Overy operates a well-reputed practice group assisting with the employment aspects of high-value M&A transactions and offering additional skill in redundancy plan mandates. The department benefits from the strength of its international network to assist with cross-border matters. The team also acts on market abuse claims and represents companies in collective litigation proceedings concerning working time and bonuses.
  2. Baker McKenzie AARPI
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    Baker McKenzie AARPI
    Employment
    2023 | Band 3 | 16 Years Ranked
    Baker McKenzie's employment law team demonstrates extensive experience in transaction-related employment advice, supporting clients with employee transfers and post-M&A integration, as well as the implementation of social plans. With additional strength in the redundancy aspects of restructuring mandates, the department's expertise also covers disciplinary measures. The practice has a strong track record of representing clients from the pharmaceutical sector.
  3. Chassany Watrelot & Associés
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    Chassany Watrelot & Associés
    Employment
    2023 | Band 3 | 6 Years Ranked
    Chassany Watrelot & Associés is a well-regarded employment boutique handling litigation, collective agreements and reorganisations, including employee transfers and social plans. The practice also handles mass redundancy and employment protection plans. The firm's client roster includes French blue-chip corporates and financial institutions.
  4. Clifford Chance Europe LLP
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    Clifford Chance Europe LLP
    Employment
    2023 | Band 3 | 17 Years Ranked
    Clifford Chance boasts proficiency in restructuring mandates, covering collective redundancy procedures and health and safety matters. The department is well versed in negotiations with trade unions and works councils. The team defends clients in litigation stemming from unfair dismissals, with additional experience handling claims relating to discrimination and back pay.
  5. Fromont Briens
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    Fromont Briens
    Employment
    2023 | Band 3 | 17 Years Ranked
    A strong practice group acting on various domestic and cross-border employment law mandates, Fromont Briens advises on collective redundancy, company takeovers and employee litigation, with additional proficiency in corporate restructurings. The practice advises on social security issues and expatriation policies, with further experience handling class action litigation.
  6. ærige avocats
    Employment
    2023 | Band 3
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Band 4
  1. Barthélémy Avocats
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    Barthélémy Avocats
    Employment
    2023 | Band 4 | 16 Years Ranked
    Barthélémy Avocates is a French boutique specialising solely in employment law, advising clients on a range of issues. The group handles collective employment issues including redundancies, reorganisations and social security matters, offering additional support on workplace harassment and discrimination cases.
  2. Bird & Bird
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    Bird & Bird
    Employment
    2023 | Band 4 | 17 Years Ranked
    Bird & Bird is a well-established firm offering expertise in company reorganisations, employee litigation and social plans. Additionally well versed in collective and individual terminations, the practice boasts a strong client base hailing from the technology sector. The team is experienced in consultations with works councils.
  3. Dechert LLP
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    Dechert LLP
    Employment
    2023 | Band 4 | 10 Years Ranked
    With notable areas of expertise including employee litigation and workplace harassment cases, Dechert is skilled in the labour aspects of M&A transactions and reorganisations, such as redundancy plans and employee transfers. The department is further experienced in handling working conditions and working time matters.
  4. DLA Piper France LLP
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    DLA Piper France LLP
    Employment
    2023 | Band 4 | 12 Years Ranked
    DLA Piper represents clients in a range of employment matters, such as social plans, employee litigation and collective dismissals. The group boasts further experience in post-acquisition labour mandates, including integration plans, reorganisations and transfer of employees. The team additionally assists with harassment and discrimination cases.
  5. Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP
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    Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP
    Employment
    2023 | Band 4 | 17 Years Ranked
    A well-reputed practice group adept at advising on the employment aspects of M&A transactions, Hogan Lovells benefits from cross-border expertise, drawing on its international network. The group also handles employee litigation and mass redundancies. The team is further experienced in assisting with profit-sharing agreements and professional elections.
  6. Latham & Watkins LLP
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    Latham & Watkins LLP
    Employment
    2023 | Band 4 | 17 Years Ranked
    Latham & Watkins offers expertise in a broad range of employment matters, including employment issues arising from M&A transactions and restructurings. The department also advises on compliance issues, corporate governance and employee litigation. The team additionally assists with redundancy plans and negotiations with employee representatives.
  7. LPA-CGR avocats
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    LPA-CGR avocats
    Employment
    2023 | Band 4 | 16 Years Ranked
    LPA-CGR avocats advises on company reorganisations, redundancy plans and health and safety concerns. The practice boasts additional experience acting on site closures. Assisting with collective agreements and negotiations with employee representatives, the group encompasses further experience advising on criminal liability issues and international mobility matters.
  8. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe France
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    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe France
    Employment
    2023 | Band 4 | 5 Years Ranked
    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe assists with collective dismissals, employee transfers and executive-level departures. The practice is experienced in individual and collective litigation concerning discrimination and employee representative bodies. The team also advises on labour issues following M&A transactions and company reorganisations, such as voluntary redundancy plans and integration issues.
  9. Racine
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    Racine
    Employment
    2023 | Band 4 | 3 Years Ranked
    Racine moves up the rankings this year and assists clients with the negotiation of collective agreements and the implementation of redundancy plans, including in the context of insolvency proceedings. The team additionally handles individual litigations. The practice is particularly proficient in advising on social security mandates as well as health and safety issues.
  10. Coblence avocats
    Employment
    2023 | Band 4
  11. FIDAL
    Employment
    2023 | Band 4
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Band 5
  1. De Pardieu Brocas Maffei
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    De Pardieu Brocas Maffei
    Employment
    2023 | Band 5 | 1 Years Ranked
    De Pardieu Brocas Maffei enters the rankings this year on the back of positive market feedback. The team handles a wide range of employment mandates, with a particular focus on issues linked to restructurings and insolvency processes. The practice has further expertise in implementing social protection plans, voluntary redundancy plans and transfers of employees. The firm's client roster boasts well-known domestic companies from the energy and hospitality sectors.
  2. Franklin
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    Franklin
    Employment
    2023 | Band 5 | 17 Years Ranked
    Franklin operates an established practice group offering experience in employment issues arising from harassment claims and corporate restructurings, including mass redundancy. The team advises on senior executive departures and working time policies, as well as acting on employment disputes. The firm's clients stem from a range of industries including technology, travel and automotive.
  3. Jeantet
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    Jeantet
    Employment
    2023 | Band 5 | 17 Years Ranked
    Jeantet frequently represents clients from the pharmaceutical, retail and technology sectors in a range of employment law mandates. The team's areas of expertise include pension schemes and collective bargaining agreements. Handling collective litigation and employment protection plans, the group further advises on issues pertaining to working time policies.
  4. Jones Day
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    Jones Day
    Employment
    2023 | Band 5 | 17 Years Ranked
    Jones Day acts on M&A-related employment issues, such as redundancy plans, employee transfers and communications with employee representatives. The group envelops additional strength in harassment and discrimination claims as well as matters concerning occupational disease.
  5. Ogletree Deakins
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    Ogletree Deakins
    Employment
    2023 | Band 5 | 3 Years Ranked
    Ogletree Deakins advises across the range of employment mandates, with particular expertise in individual and collective litigation. The group handles internal investigations following harassment claims, with further experience in working hours policies and transfers of employees cases. The firm assists both French and international clients.