In most countries, employment law is becoming increasingly intricate, with courts rendering the practice more complex still by adding their interpretation of the law to the mix, thereby adding to the complexity of managing the application of employment laws. First and foremost, Gide's lawyers look to find the best operational solutions for our clients, in line with applicable legislation, regulations and case law.
When faced with a litigation risk, our solutions aim to control this risk and lessen its consequences on the company and its directors. Working alongside our clients also means we are able to foresee the potential consequences their strategy may have on the company, in particular in terms of image.
Gide relies on a veritable international network, thanks to its numerous offices worldwide and regular correspondent firms in most countries of the world. We assist and advise our clients in all aspects of dispute resolution relating to employment law and social security law, both in France and abroad, and represent them before the competent administrations and courts in France and in all the countries in which we are present.
The internationalisation of business in general and changes in legislation indicate that most strategic cases in employment law require a combination of several skills. For instance, restructuring a company active in the chemical industry requires that thought be given to the impacts of such a project on other areas, such as employment, tax and environment. Specialists in these practice groups must therefore also be consulted. Similarly, it is not possible to efficiently advise a manager on the consequences his/her changing career may have on the company without taking into account tax and employment law aspects. Neither is it possible to advise a client on the scope of a non-compete clause subject to New York law without being able to quickly call on lawyers proficient in this type of law.
Within the firm, 50 employment law practitioners (lawyers and legal consultants), including seven overseeing partners, assist national and international clients alike in all aspects of employment law, particularly in the following fields:
Our Employment Law practice group’s strategy has always been to:
Our firm is highly active in the Lex Mundi world association of independent law firms, with our lawyers regularly offering their legal expertise to leading local firms in those countries in which Gide is not physically present.
Above and beyond advising and litigating for their clients, our lawyers actively take part in the development of employment law as a whole, in particular by taking part in symposia and training sessions that are tailored to companies’ needs and by drafting memos and articles in the specialised press, both in France and abroad.
The employment practice at Özdirekcan Dündar Şenocak Ak is experienced in a range of matters, including operation of recruitment procedures, negotiations, mediation and analysis of HR-related documents. The firm also has contentious capabilities with expertise in litigation and settlement procedures. Ali Osman Ak heads the team and assists a number of companies in their human resources management, hiring and dismissal procedures.
Legal 500 EMEA 2023 - Turkey - Employment
Gide Loyrette Nouel is active in assisting clients with cross-border projects, as well as representing them in contentious proceedings. Compliance issues and day-to-day advisory work are also within the group’s offering, in addition to negotiation with trade unions, terminations and restructurings, and employee transfers. Paweł Grześkowiak heads the practice and is skilled in negotiating collective bargaining agreements and social packages. Joanna Jasiewicz is also of note for advising clients on European labour law mandates.
Legal 500 EMEA 2023 - Poland - Employment
Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. fields an impressive stand-alone practice thanks to its large and experienced team, which assists a prominent and diverse client base made up of French and international blue-chip companies, notably in the car, aviation, technology, energy and financial services sectors. The team deals with challenging work, and advises on large restructuring and site closure projects, including recently intervening on behalf of a car manufacturing client undertaking a project in a European country. The team is familiar with handling collective and individual litigation including harassment and whistleblowing claims; it recently acted in mass disputes concerning the internet platform sector and was instructed by a leading luxury goods brand to help validate its non-compete and poaching clause. The top-class team is co-headed by Aurélien Boulanger, David Jonin, Guillaume Navarro, Foulques de Rostolan, François Vergne and Benjamin Krief, who was promoted to partner in 2022, while Baudouin de Moucheron is now a senior counsel.
Legal 500 EMEA 2023 - Employment
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.
Chambers Europe 2023
Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. conseille des entreprises françaises et internationales de premier plan, parmi lesquelles de grandes sociétés spécialisées dans l’aérien, l'énergie et le luxe. Le cabinet assiste ses clients dans la gestion de leurs dossiers les plus stratégiques. Il traite plusieurs litiges de masse, liés à des projets de réduction d’effectifs, des opérations de fusions-acquisitions, ou encore des dossiers de procédures collectives. L'équipe a également été mandatée par Uber pour gérer des procédures particulièrement sensibles, engagées par des centaines de chauffeurs utilisateurs de la plateforme, demandant la requalification de leur statut contractuel en contrat de travail. Enfin, le cabinet a fourni un important soutien à ses clients aux premières heures de la crise de la Covid-19. . Aurélien Boulanger, David Jonin, Baudouin de Moucheron, Guillaume Navarro, Foulques de Rostolan et François Vergne codirigent la pratique.
Legal 500 Paris 2022
Gide Loyrette Nouel, a firm headquartered in Paris, fields a closely integrated international employment practice. The team in Poland is instructed on trade union negotiations, restructurings, employee transfers, disputes and insurance packages, among other mandates. Paweł Grześkowiak chairs the practice with the support of Joanna Jasiewicz, noted for her ‘many years of experience in both Polish and European labour law.’
Legal 500 EMEA 2022 - Poland
Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. ’s excellent team is a popular choice for complex and challenging projects. The team regularly assists clients facing difficult strike situations involving trade unions, especially within French leading corporations. It excels in high-stakes litigation, often involving a high number of employees, for example acting in business-critical proceeding for a leading international digital platform regarding fundamental employment law status issues. The practice is also handling large and strategic restructuring work, notably for a luxury goods company, and is experienced in mass scale redundancy projects. Leading French companies turn to the firm for strategic corporate M&A and reorganization projects, with the energy and infrastructure sectors core sectors in this line of work. The group recently worked on one of the market’s recent most high-profile M&A deals. The first-class team is jointly led by Aurélien Boulanger, David Jonin, Baudouin de Moucheron, Guillaume Navarro, Foulques de Rostolan and François Vergne. Counsel Benjamin Krief provides key support.
Legal 500 EMEA 2022
Gide Loyrette Nouel houses a well-established team assisting with mass redundancies in restructuring mandates and 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 transnational posting of employees and expenses reimbursement.
Chambers Europe 2022
Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. ’s team advises leading French and international companies, including leading airline, energy and luxury goods companies, on their most strategic issues. The practice is handling several mass disputes relating to M&A, insolvency and downsizing projects as well as expenses and dividends work matters. The team has also been retained by Uber to handle high-stakes claims brought by hundreds of Uber platform drivers’ users asking for their status to be reclassified as employees. Recently, the group provided key support in dealing with the first Covid-19 lockdown. Aurélien Boulanger, David Jonin, Baudouin de Moucheron, Guillaume Navarro, Foulques de Rostolan and François Vergne share the lead of the practice.
Legal 500 EMEA 2021
Well-established team assisting with mass redundancies in restructuring mandates and employee disputes. Advises on relations with staff representative bodies, including works councils and trade unions. Further strength in employment-related litigation, including transnational posting of employees and expenses reimbursement.
Chambers Europe 2021