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  Claire Toumieux



Claire Toumieux heads the Paris employment law department. She advises businesses seeking to define, implement and/or improve their human resource management strategies.

She has built up a strong reputation in assisting corporate groups, both listed and unlisted, and investment funds through strategic operations such as mergers and acquisitions, collective bargaining agreements and reorganizations. She also represents them both on sensitive individual and collective disputes.

She has been Chair of the European Employment Lawyers Association (2015-2017), the European body for lawyers specialising in employment law, and is the Board member of this association representing France.

Claire is regularly interviewed in the French press (Le Monde, Le Figaro, Les Echos, L’Opinion), even TV shows (RMC–Bourdin Direct) and international publications (Wall Street Journal, Financial Times...). She contributes to A&O leading Employment Law blog as well as European Employment Law Cases publication.

She has been appointed as expert in the working group preparing the REFIT exercise of the Written Statement Directive by the EU Commission, in light of new forms of employment, leading to the adoption by EU Parliament on 20 June 2019, of the new Directive 2019/1152 on Transparent and predictable working conditions.
In June 2019, she has been invited as a lead discussant on collective terminations of employment, to participate in the OECD project to review the Employment Protection Indicators to measure the level of employment protection of OECD countries.

Claire has also become a key speaker at the Rencontres Economiques d’Aix-en-Provence, the economic forum which brings together business leaders, academics, international organizations, NGOs and politicians. Claire was again asked to take part in the 2019 edition (for the third time).

Claire is a recognized practitioner by « Best Lawyers » since 2010 in Labor and Employment Law and Litigation with a specific focus on Labor & Employment

Claire Toumieux advises major clients on the labour law aspects of M&A deals and corporate reorganisations, including crisis management linked to potential business closures. She assisted Advent International with the employment issues related to its acquisition of Circet Groupe. Clients admire her "excellent analysis and ability to take into account the peculiarities of the institutions involved, as well as a great ability to listen to her clients and meet their expectations." CHAMBERS EUROPE 2019 (Employment)

According to Chambers Europe 2018, "Claire Toumieux is valued by clients for "her pragmatic approach, reactivity and reliability."

Who's Who Legal France 2018 acknowledges Claire as “a highly experienced lawyer" with deep specialist expertise in HR strategy and reorganisation where she is considered a go-to practitioner among international clients."

"Practice head Claire Toumieux enjoys strong recognition” Legal 500 EMEA 2018, France (Employment)

Professional qualifications

Admitted to the Bar, Paris, 1996

Academic qualifications

Master's in International Private Law; University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, 1996

Published work

Claire is the national correspondent for the European Employment Law Cases publication.

Article, Emergency and Economic Measures in Response to Yellow Vest Protests, January 2019

Global Benefits Vision magazine, article: “French Income Tax reform: One Month Left for Companies to Comply with their New Obligations”, December 2018

Article, "France: catching up with the #Metoo movement and addressing gender pay gap", October 2018

Article, "Dénonciation de harcèlement moral: l'immunité ne s'applique que si l'employé qualifie expressément le harcèlement en tant que tel", Octobre 2017 

Article, "Réforme majeure du droit du travail en France: la révolution Macron", October 2017 

Article 5/5 "Ordonnances portant sur le renforcement du dialogue social : le rôle des branches", September 2017 

Article 4/5 "Ordonnances portant sur le renforcement du dialogue social : la fusion des institutions représentatives du personnel", Septembre 2017 

Article 3/5: "Ordonnances portant sur le renforcement du dialogue social : la négociation collective", September 2017 

Article 2/5: "Ordonnances portant sur le renforcement du dialogue social : les licenciements économiques", September 2017 

Article 1/5 "Ordonnances portant sur la réforme du code du travail : La prévisibilité et la sécurisation des relations de travail ", September 2017 

Article "Le nouveau "droit à la déconnexion" en France", February 2017

Article, "Le suivi médical des salariés après la « Loi Travail »", January 2017 

Article, "Le volet social du projet de loi « Sapin II »", Décember 2016 

Article, "Rémunération des dirigeants de sociétés cotées : le projet de loi « Sapin II »", December 2016

Article, "Loi « Travail » : et maintenant ?", September 2016 

Article, "Les nouvelles modalités de consultation des institutions représentatives du personnel", July 2016

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