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Employment and Benefits


​Recognised as one of the German market’s leading Employment and Benefits practices, our team advises national and international companies on all aspects of collective labour and individual employment law. We represent clients at every level in labour courts and conciliation board hearings.

Our team has extensive expertise in company sales and acquisitions, merger and integration processes, as well as restructuring and outsourcing. We are experienced in the negotiation strategies of employee representatives, their legal advisers and trade unions – from reconciliation of interests or social compensation plans, to conciliation committees and major reorganisations.

We have particular expertise in collective bargaining and industrial action law, HR compliance including data privacy, co-determination at company level, company remuneration policies (variable remuneration systems and employee share plans) and company pension schemes as well as the conclusion and termination of employment contracts with management board members and managing directors.

Our cross-practice and global approach enable us to provide consolidated multi-disciplinary and cross-border solutions. Clients appreciate our practical and commercially-oriented advice.

What our clients say about us:

“I think Allen & Overy is very good overall and very pragmatic at partner level. They are solution-oriented from a business perspective.” Chambers Germany 2017 (Employment)

“The team is overwhelmingly good in collective bargaining.” Chambers Germany 2017 (Employment) 

Read about our German Employment Practice

Read about our recent experience in Germany.

Markulf Behrendt

Partner, Global Head of Employment & Benefits
Germany MarkulfBehrendt

Thomas Ubber

Senior Partner Germany
Germany ThomasUbber


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