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Are you looking for international employment and labour law advice?

The challenge for employers

In our globalised world, many businesses need a consistent approach to international human resource policies across countries, yet employment law regulation is still predominantly national. The challenge is to balance a common approach with a recognition of legal and cultural variations between countries.

Employers operating internationally are often faced with a bewildering variety of employment contracts, different language requirements, a range of duties to consult with national and European works councils and varying levels of employment protection for employees, for example, against dismissal or discrimination. As a result, moving staff between countries, planning international restructuring and managing a global workforce will sometimes require expert global employment law advice to be successful.

How we can help

Our international employment lawyers are not only experts in their own jurisdictions but they are also very familiar with international clients and can bring together a globalised business with local cultural expectations and legal requirements. Our lawyers speak fluent English as well as their local language and some of our lawyers are qualified in more than one jurisdiction. This unique perspective, combined with our highly responsive and commercially focused service, delivers real benefits to our clients.

We offer an integrated and coordinated service delivery across our international practice, for example, with one central point of contact responsible for managing the relationship, and we give you a guarantee of quality wherever you use our services. Our Global Account Management System gives you centralised control over your legal budget whilst giving you the benefit of direct access to our local employment and labour law specialists.

International employment law - our areas of experience include:

  • drafting and reviewing local and international contracts of employment.
  • advising on and project managing global changes to terms and conditions.
  • providing immigration, tax and employment advice on international secondments.
  • setting up and managing European works councils.
  • dealing with business transfers across Europe.
  • advising on employment aspects of international workforce restructuring including redundancies, terminations and labour relations.
  • setting up appropriate global HR policies as a framework for an international human resources practice. 

We are the largest and most respected human resources team in Europe, with the Chambers and Partners legal directory recognising us as an employment team "synonymous with quality and value for money".

Practical help now

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Contact us

Diane Gilhooley, Partner

  • Global Head of Employment, Labor and Pensions, and Global Co-Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)
  • +44 161 831 8151
  • E-mail Diane Gilhooley

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