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HR & Employment

Trust between employers and employees is essential for businesses to develop. Our lawyers advise on all aspects of both contentious and non-contentious individual and collective labour and employment law, including employment contracts, structuring internal policies, share options and incentives, foreign employees, transfers, redundancy, dealing with works councils and trader unions and confidentiality obligations.

The team acts as external HR department for various German, UK and US companies advising on the day-to-day challenges of employment relations and with the co-operation with works councils. They also provide specialist advice on number of key areas such as immigration laws and on the protection of our clients’ IP and know-how, and handling data protection issues.

Our lawyers also provide in-house training for our clients’ employees and executives on all relevant areas of employment law

Our key areas

External HR Department

  • Advice for national and international companies on individual and collective employment law
  • Negotiations with employee representatives
  • Representing clients in court and in front of arbitration tribunals

Corporate and Outsourcing Assistance

Employment law aspects of:

  • technology sector related M&A transactions
  • outsourcing projects


  • Business relocation, business closedown, collective redundancies
  • Negotiations regarding reconciliation of interests and social plans
  • Proceedings before arbitration tribunals, litigation against employees and employees’ representatives

International Assignments

  • Transfer of our clients’ employees to and from foreign countries
  • Advice on immigration, social security and tax law

Protection of Know-how

  • Strategies for in-house protection of know-how, as well as related implementation
  • Internal investigations in case of infringements

Post-contract non-compete clauses

Key Contacts

  • Profile picture of Manfred Schmid
    Manfred Schmid

    Rechtsanwalt, Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht, Partner, Head of German Employment & Reward