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Labour and employment law is seeing increasing regulation, and enterprises today must manoeuvre in an area with highly complicated and extensive legislation. In addition to new technology, market conditions, globalisation and financial changes having a high impact on labour and employment issues, legislation in the area is very complex, and it may be difficult to determine which rule applies in which situation.

Bech-Bruun is highly specialised in the area of labour and employment law. We regularly offer legal counsel to listed companies, international corporations, SMEs, public authorities, including municipalities, on issues within all areas of labour and employment law. We are often involved in cases of general public importance brought before the ordinary courts, the Labour Court, the Unfair Dismissals Board and arbitration tribunals. 

Our advisory services include:

  • Issues relating to employees
  • Issues relating to executives
  • Collective employment law
  • The transfer of undertakings
  • Secondment
  • Outsourcing
  • Health and safety
  • Bonus schemes and other incentive programmes, including share-based incentive schemes
  • Protection of trade secrets
  • Business Immigration
  • Staff regulations and policies
  • International labour law.

We also have extensive experience conducting legal inquiries and HR Audits.

Our broad expertise in labour and employment law means that all aspects are always considered, offering our clients the optimal advisory services. Our clients gain access to a wide range of legal skills in labour and employment law. 

We know how important it is for your enterprise that we as labour law advisers have a deep understanding of your activities and the business reality that applies to your enterprise. 

We also cooperate closely with our specialists in the areas of M&A and Corporate matters, Data Protection, Insolvency & Restructuring, Tax.


Labour & Employment Law

Employment

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What the team is known for
Highly experienced team recognised for its extensive employment law practice. Notable skill in employment dispute resolution, representing clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings. Stands out for work on highlight mandates on behalf of public sector clients, including disputes with trade unions over the safety implications of driver-only operated trains or the introduction of flexible contracts for hospital workers. Advises on the employment law aspects of corporate mergers, acquisitions and restructurings. Areas of further expertise include incentive schemes, mass redundancies and internal investigations.

Strengths
One client notes: "The team is knowledgeable, responsive and very pragmatic, with excellent expertise in a broad range of practice areas." The same client goes on to say: "The team has solid legal and business knowledge and excellent communication skills in several languages."

Another client reports that "the team delivers high-end quality in terms of resources and knowledge," adding: "The lawyers are diligent and innovative."

Work highlights
Acted for RLTN - Danske Regioner on an industrial arbitration case regarding the alteration of head doctors' working conditions.

Notable practitioners
Clients describe Lise Lauridsen as "commercially aware, effective and quick to understand our needs." Sheis often instructed on non-contentious employment issues such as employee transfers or the design of incentive schemes, including within the context of corporate acquisitions. She also earns praise for her handling of employment disputes. One impressed client says: "She is knowledgeable and to the point," while another states: "She finds solutions that work in real life."

Noted by interviewees for his handling of both contentious and non-contentious employment law issues, Morten Ulrich is considered by clients to be "very knowledgeable, experienced and able to simplify complex matters." Another client finds him to be an "incredibly skilled lawyer with very sound judgement." Ulrich represented state-owned train operator DSB in a case before the Eastern High Court through which the Danish railway workers' union sought an injunction against the single-person operation of trains.

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Ranked: tier 1

Bech-Bruun's team is highly experienced in restructurings, regulatory issues, employment litigation, immigration matters and outsourcings, and counts Danish State Railways, Region Zealand and Joe & the Juice as clients. Lise Lauridsen leads the team and recently advised an oil and gas company on employment aspects of an acquisition in the energy sector, and assisted with Teradyne's acquisition of Mobile Industrial Robots. Morten Ulrich is very active in the public sector; he recently acted for the Board for Wages and Tariffs in an arbitration relating to changes to on-duty work for head doctors at public hospitals. Newly promoted partner Sandro Ratkovic is experienced in handling executive service agreements.

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