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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. CMS
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    CMS
    Employment
    Europe 2022 | Band 1 | 14 Years Ranked
    CMS is a formidable team active across a range of industries, including automotive, logistics and manufacturing. The practice is well regarded for its cross-border capabilities, due to an impressive network of offices. Demonstrating prowess in corporate employment issues, the team is active on M&A transactions, post-merger integrations, restructuring and reorganisations. CMS offers further strength in compliance audits and new compensation models as well as incentive schemes. The team advises on transfer of employees and redundancy programmes and represents clients in employment litigation as well as boasting experience in works council negotiations and collective bargaining mandates.
  2. Gleiss Lutz
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    Gleiss Lutz
    Employment
    Europe 2022 | Band 1 | 16 Years Ranked
    Gleiss Lutz is a longstanding market leader in the German employment law field. The law firm has a strong presence on the employment law aspects of corporate transactions, including reorganisations and carve-outs. The practice frequently represents management and supervisory boards, advising on corporate governance, as well as negotiations with works councils and trade unions. Gleiss Lutz also handles compliance matters and collective bargaining agreements. Clients include automotive, financial services and technology companies.
  3. KLIEMT.HR Lawyers
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    KLIEMT.HR Lawyers
    Employment
    Europe 2022 | Band 1 | 16 Years Ranked
    KLIEMT.HR Lawyers is an outstanding employment boutique handling a full range of employment matters, with notable activity in the fields of restructuring, outsourcing and privatisation. The team is noted for its strength in trade union and works council matters, advising on collective bargaining agreements and remuneration systems. The law firm has experience acting for clients from the financial services, technology and real estate sectors.
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Band 2
  1. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
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    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Employment
    Europe 2022 | Band 2 | 16 Years Ranked
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is a well-regarded team that utilises its renowned corporate and transactional expertise to assist with the employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions, entity conversions and company restructurings. The law firm has further experience in collective bargaining issues and board-level matters as well as advising on company pensions. The team possesses additional strength handling co-determination matters. The practice assists clients from a broad range of sectors including financial services, TMT, automotive and life sciences. Clients particularly benefit from the firm's global, full-service set-up and ability to handle cross-border mandates.
  2. Allen & Overy LLP
    Employment
    Europe 2022 | Band 2
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Band 3
  1. ADVANT Beiten
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    ADVANT Beiten
    Employment
    Europe 2022 | Band 3 | 15 Years Ranked
    ADVANT Beiten assists domestic and international companies with restructurings and collective bargaining mandates, including representation in works council as well as trade union negotiations. The practice also advises on reconciliation of interests and social plan issues in the context of joint ventures, as well as acting for clients in contentious mandates. The team has a broad client base, including those active in the technology, healthcare and life sciences sectors.
  2. Noerr
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    Noerr
    Employment
    Europe 2022 | Band 3 | 16 Years Ranked
    Noerr is popular among large and mid-sized domestic companies for advice on restructurings and reorganisations. The law firm has experience in transactions and secondment matters. The team is also recommended for its strength in insolvency-related labour law mandates. Noerr acts on employment disputes and offers additional support in outsourcing topics. Clients hail from the insurance, manufacturing, retail and aviation sectors.
  3. Seitz Partnerschaftsgesellschaft
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    Seitz Partnerschaftsgesellschaft
    Employment
    Europe 2022 | Band 3 | 6 Years Ranked
    Seitz Partnerschaftsgesellschaft advises on domestic and international restructurings and collective bargaining agreements. The team also assists with senior management issues. The practice represents clients in employment law disputes and compliance mandates and has a niche focus on church labour law. Seitz has further experience in employee data protection and company pension schemes.
  4. Baker McKenzie
    Employment
    Europe 2022 | Band 3
  5. Pusch Wahlig Workplace Law
    Employment
    Europe 2022 | Band 3
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Band 4
  1. Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek
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    Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek
    Employment
    Europe 2022 | Band 4 | 16 Years Ranked
    Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek advises German companies on both collective and individual employment law matters. The law firm is experienced in dismissals, restructurings and redundancies as well as compliance matters, including internal investigations. The team also represents clients in employment disputes, negotiations with works councils and co-determination matters. Heuking acts for a number of clients from the sporting, retail and media industries.
  2. Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
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    Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
    Employment
    Europe 2022 | Band 4 | 13 Years Ranked
    Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft boasts a strong team with a focus on contentious matters, representing international and domestic corporates in a variety of employment-related litigation. The law firm advises on staff reductions and participates in compensation plan negotiations. The practice additionally provides non-contentious support on restructuring mandates as well as reconciliations and social plans, in addition to representing clients in collective bargaining matters. Luther also assists clients with transactional mandates and pension schemes.
  3. GREENFORT Rechtsanwälte
    Employment
    Europe 2022 | Band 4
  4. Küttner Rechtsanwälte
    Employment
    Europe 2022 | Band 4
  5. Schweibert Leßmann & Partner
    Employment
    Europe 2022 | Band 4
  6. vangard | Littler
    Employment
    Europe 2022 | Band 4
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Band 5
  1. DLA Piper UK LLP
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    DLA Piper UK LLP
    Employment
    Europe 2022 | Band 5 | 14 Years Ranked
    DLA Piper frequently acts for clients on collective and individual employment law matters. The team assists with employment issues in transactions, including compliance investigations and operation transfers, with additional experience in collective bargaining and data protection. The law firm also covers corporate restructurings, short-time work and industrial constitution law topics. Clients stem from the IT, retail, manufacturing, aviation and automotive sectors.
  2. Hogan Lovells International LLP
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    Hogan Lovells International LLP
    Employment
    Europe 2022 | Band 5 | 16 Years Ranked
    Hogan Lovells assists companies from a number of sectors, including financial services, insurance, industrial and life sciences, with restructurings and transaction-related employment advice. The firm also advises on works councils issues as well as collective bargaining agreements and pension schemes. The team is further experienced in contentious employment law matters. Clients benefit from the firm's broad international network.
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    Latham & Watkins
    Employment
    Europe 2022 | Band 5 | 16 Years Ranked
    Latham & Watkins advises clients on a wide range of restructuring projects, including social plans and reconciliation of interests. The law firm also has expertise in remunerations, works councils and advice to management boards. The team additionally provides employment law advice regarding transactions and further represents companies in employment law disputes and cross-border HR projects. The practice has a broad client base, including those active in the life sciences and financial services industries.
  4. Linklaters
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    Linklaters
    Employment
    Europe 2022 | Band 5 | 13 Years Ranked
    Linklaters is particularly strong in cross-border matters, collaborating closely with other offices in the firm's network to represent international clients, including those active in the engineering, financial services and automotive industries. The team advises on the employment law aspects of large transactions, restructurings and outsourcings, and also assists with employee transfers. The law firm also represents clients in employment litigation. The practice additionally acts on remuneration, pensions and data protection matters, as well as handling works council issues.
  5. Oppenhoff & Partner Rechtsanwälte
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    Oppenhoff & Partner Rechtsanwälte
    Employment
    Europe 2022 | Band 5 | 12 Years Ranked
    Oppenhoff & Partner Rechtsanwälte assists clients with reorganisations and the employment aspects of restructurings. The law firm frequently advises on co-determination, collective bargaining and dismissals, as well as works council negotiations. The team possesses further expertise in compliance mandates and supports clients with insourcing projects as well as pensions issues. The practice also represents parties in employment law disputes. Oppenhoff & Partner has a client base of corporates from the automotive, IT, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries.
  6. Schramm Meyer Kuhnke
    Employment
    Europe 2022 | Band 5
  7. Staudacher Arbeitsrecht.
    Employment
    Europe 2022 | Band 5