Employment and Labour Law

Our expertise includes:

  • Public employment law and the law pertaining to the civil service
  • Collective labour law
  • Directors' service agreements
  • General employment law
  • Staff handbooks and policies
  • Employee-appointed board members
  • The Danish Transfer of Undertakings Act
  • Expatriation/repatriation
  • Outsourcing
  • Trade secrets
  • International employment law
  • Anti-discrimination legislation
  • Health and safety issues
  • Information and consultation
  • Human rights.

How can we help?
Our clients find that despite having strong in-house HR expertise, they require expert advice and legal assistance in many aspects of Danish and international employment and labour law.

For more than 30 years, we have advised listed companies, international corporations and SMEs as well as public authorities and municipalities on issues within all areas of employment and labour law. Our multi-discipline approach and effective resource allocation ensures our clients exhaustive advice that takes all relevant matters into account.

We also have long-standing experience in conducting cases of general public importance before the ordinary Danish courts, the Danish Labour Court, the Danish Unfair Dismissals Tribunal as well as arbitration tribunals.

Common challenges
Three decades of intense labour market regulation have resulted in increasingly complex and extensive employment and labour legislation. Moreover, many Danish companies are subject to collective agreements, which may make it difficult to determine which set of rules applies.

An increasing number of companies are also faced with challenges arising from the new transnational dimensions that today’s highly international labour market brings about.


Our ratings

Chambers and partners

Chambers Europe Rating 2016
-  Employment

What the team is known for Market-leading team recognised for its extensive and wide-ranging employment law experience. Notable focus on employment dispute resolution, representing clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings. Also advises on the labour law aspects of corporate mergers, acquisitions and restructurings. Clients include organisations in the transportation and public sectors as well as in professional services. Recent areas of focus include incentive schemes, mass redundancies, collective bargaining agreements and whistle-blowing cases.

Strengths Clients are pleased with the "constructive collaboration" they have had with the team and add: "Bech-Bruun is known for only hiring the best lawyers and maintains a strong name and reputation."

Work highlights Assisted DSB with various employment and pensions matters related to a transfer of employment due to an organisational restructuring.

Represented the Zealand Region in a case against the Union of Danish Nurses before the High Court in relation to policies on the rehiring of previously dismissed nursing staff.

Significant clients Mars, 3i, Accenture, Bladt Industries, Energinet.dk.

Notable practitioners 
Morten Ulrich regularly acts on employment litigation and also handles labour law issues in the public sector. His areas of expertise include collective bargaining, equal treatment and discrimination issues. Clients say he is "technically skilled and has a good understanding of the client's needs." Another interviewee adds: "He is very pleasant, has a wide perspective and can see where to go in a forward-thinking manner." 

Lise Lauridsen is widely respected by sources and marked out as a "real leader" in the team. She assists clients with litigation, restructuring of company management and incentive schemes. She recently represented the Motion Pictures Licensing Company in a dispute with its former CEO, who alleged wrongful termination of his employment without notice.

Chambers and Partners Europe, Employment

Bech-Bruun Recommended by Legal500

Legal500 Rating 2017
-  Employment

Top-quality firmBech-Bruun advises on the full range of employment matters under the leadership of the ‘brilliantLise Lauridsen. Lauridsen defended Motion Pictures Licensing against a wrongful termination claim brought by its former CEO before the High Court of Eastern Denmark. ‘Prominent’ partner Morten Ulrich assisted the Capital Region of Denmark with the establishment of a whistleblower scheme across the entire region.

Legal 500, Employment

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