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 2018
-  Employment

What the team is known for Highly experienced team recognised for its extensive and wide-ranging employment law experience. Notable focus on employment dispute resolution, representing clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings. 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. Also advises private companies. Areas of focus include incentive schemes, mass redundancies, collective bargaining agreements and whistle-blowing cases.

Strengths Clients are keen to highlight the team's effective communication and clear advice, emphasising that "they respond very quickly, they are very good at clarifying what are the needs of the client" and "they make it quite clear what decision is the best."

Work highlights Advised AJ Biologics on the management of individual employment terms and conditions deriving from a public collective bargaining agreement, following the transfer of more than 500 employees from state-owned Statens Serum Institute to privately owned AJ Biologics.

Acted for Region Zealand in a high court dispute concerning the claim of an alleged discrimination due to handicap in connection with the dismissal of an employee.

Notable practitioners
Morten Ulrich is a highly experienced lawyer advising both public and private employers on labour law matters with a significant expertise in employment litigation. He is particularly experienced in matters involving public labour law, equal treatment and collective bargaining agreements. A client highlights Ulrich's litigation expertise, saying that his substantial experience translates into a view that is "also strategic when it comes to handling the case."

Lise Lauridsen is a well-regarded employment law specialist with a notable expertise in advising both domestic and international businesses on reorganisations, outsourcing and contractual terms for senior management. A client notes that "the most important thing is that she really understands what I am after and she translates that into very practical and usable advice."

Chambers and Partners Europe, Employment

Bech-Bruun Recommended by Legal500

Legal500 Rating 2018
-  Employment

A ‘very professional level of service’ and a ‘high level of expertise’ is characteristic of the two-partner employment group at Bech-Bruun. Co-headed by ‘excellentLise Lauridsen and Morten Ulrich, the team advises on all employment issues and has a strong track record in collective bargaining agreements and incentive schemes. Contentious work included the defence of the Region Zealand in a discrimination case.

Legal 500, Employment

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    2100 Copenhagen

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