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Global Employment Disputes

We provide strategic input and direction on high-risk and sensitive contentious work. Our team has vast experience of advising clients on contentious issues, assisting clients before all national courts (as well as the European Court of Justice) and employment tribunals in the full range of individual and collective labour conflicts.

In an effort to reduce the financial burden of litigious action, we have noticed a trend in clients opting for alternative methods of dispute resolution and have recently worked on both tribunal-led and independent mediations.

We consider this standalone expertise to be a real strength of our practice where we add tangible value to clients, working with them to limit reputational and financial damage.

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Publications: 02 DECEMBER 2019

Pensions: what's new this week - 02 December 2019

Welcome to your weekly update from the Allen & Overy Pensions team, bringing you up to speed on the latest legal and regulatory developments in the world of occupational pensions.

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Publications: 27 NOVEMBER 2019

New remuneration for renewable energy in Spain

More favourable treatment seeks to avoid the initiation of new arbitration proceedings and to terminate existing ones

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Publications: 25 NOVEMBER 2019

Pensions: what's new this week - 25 November 2019

Welcome to your weekly update from the Allen & Overy Pensions team, bringing you up to speed on the latest legal and regulatory developments in the world of occupational pensions.

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Publications: 25 JUNE 2019

Modern slavery: Directors can be personally liable for employee exploitation

The High Court has held a company’s officers personally, jointly and severally liable to its employees as victims of modern slavery. The officers had deliberately and systematically utilised coercive, threatening and punitive financial measures to exploit the company’s employees and force them to live and work in abysmal conditions. This breached the officers’ duties to act in the company’s best interests and induced it to breach its contractual and statutory obligations to the claimant employees. 

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With over 180 lawyers in 26 countries across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the U.S., Allen & Overy’s global Employment & Benefits group is one of the best-resourced global practices in its field. 

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Recent experience

Allianz Deutschland AG

Allianz Deutschland AG

Advising Allianz Deutschland AG in legal proceedings before the German Federal Labour Court (“Bundesarbeitsgericht”) regarding the interpretation of the provisions in the blanket collective agreement for the German insurance industry. Contrary to the ruling of the court of lower instance (Regional Labour Court (“Landesarbeitsgericht”) of Hamburg), the Federal Labour Court ruled in favour of Allianz Deutschland AG and declared the practice for calculating holiday allowances to be correct.
Belgian litigation

Belgian litigation

Assisting a leading manufacturer in relation to Belgian litigation (including injunction proceedings) with one of the senior executives following a constructive dismissal claim made by his manager.
BSN Medical

BSN Medical

Advising BSN Medical, an Italian medical devices company, as defendant, on a dispute before the Employment Court of Monza in connection with the dismissal of a former manager. The court ruled in favour of our client and rejected the claimant’s allegations and requests in full, ordering him to pay our client’s, as well as his own legal expenses.
Commerzbank

Commerzbank

Representing Commerzbank in high-profile litigation, reaching the German Federal Labour Court, against a significant number of employees regarding bonus payments.
Deutsche Lufthansa

Deutsche Lufthansa

Assisting Deutsche Lufthansa during various collective bargaining conflicts with the pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (“VC”) and the flight attendants’ union Unabhängige Flugbegleiter Organisation. This included successful representation before the Hessian Labour Court in September 2015 to obtain an injunction against VC and representation before the Federal Constitutional Court and the Hessian Constitutional Court regarding the subsequent constitutional complaint.
Foreign Exchange

Foreign Exchange

Advising a number of major financial institutions in relation to the Foreign Exchange scandal and related employment proceedings.
Pure Storage

Pure Storage

Advising Pure Storage, an enterprise storage company, on the enforceability of restrictive covenants in an executive’s employment contract with his former employer in England and representing the executive in a successful jurisdictional challenge relating to his stock plan entitlement under the former employer’s plan.
Social Security surcharges

Social Security surcharges

Advising a multinational industrial company in proceedings before the Spanish Supreme Court relating to Social Security surcharges.
UK hedge fund

UK hedge fund

Advising a leading UK hedge fund following the theft of valuable trading algorithms by an employee who fled to Hong Kong. Achieved injunctions and freezing orders in the UK and Hong Kong; secured extradition of the employee to the UK; criminal conviction for fraud; and an account of profits order.