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CMS covers the full scope of labour and employment law, handling the personnel aspects of M&A, day-to-day human resources advice and labour disputes. Gabriella Ormai has been advising a leading technology company on policy issues, including redundancies and temporary workers. Péter Bán is recommended. Since publication Andreas Köhler joined from Réczicza Dentons Europe LLP.

Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm’s ‘effective’ department is equally adept in contentious, non-contentious and transactional employment matters. In one recent standout matter, Gábor Damjanovic and Ákos Balázs successfully represented a multinational company in litigation surrounding a recruitment agreement.

The ‘proactive’ employment group at Hegymegi-Barakonyi és Tarsa Baker & McKenzieprovides to-the-point, business-oriented advice’. ‘Very good litigator’ Ákos Fehérváry heads the practice, which represents major domestic and multinational clients in sensitive labour disputes and the employment aspects of transactions.

Highlighted for its ‘deep knowledge’, ‘prompt and detailed answers’, ‘flexibility and availability’, VJT & Partners is a leading practice in Hungarian employment law. The standalone labour department is active across the whole spectrum of employment matters, with complementary expertise in immigration law, and is led by ‘go-to lawyerZoltán Csernus.

Transactional lawyer Anthony O’Connor now heads Andrékó Kinstellar’s employment practice following the departure of Éva Bognár in 2016. Counsel Ákos Nagy and associate Dávid Ferenc represented a Hungarian company in litigation concerning employee liability for a workplace accident.

The ‘highly professional’ team at CLV Partners - Csabai & Partners Law Firm is noted for its ‘practical solutions’ and ‘fast response times’. Its recent workload included employment due diligence, mass redundancy matters and discrimination litigation. Nóra Óváry-Papp, Marianna Csabai and Boglárka Kricskovics-Béli are recommended.

László Kenyeres heads the highly regarded employment team at Faludi Wolf Theiss, which includes ‘very responsive’ and ‘knowledgeable’ senior associate Barnabás Buzási. Clients include L’Oréal, Shell and H&M.

Horváth & Partners DLA Piper provides operational employment advice to a broad and sizeable client base in addition to its transactional work. Helga Fehér is currently advising an IT company on various employment and data protection issues.

KCG Partners Law Firm’s ‘practical and pragmatic approach’ earns plaudits from clients, and is regularly entrusted with sensitive contentious and non-contentious employment matters. The two partners – Levente Csengery and Rita Párkányi – are recommended.

Réczicza Dentons Europe LLP’s labour department is particularly active in large-scale corporate transactions with substantial employment aspects, and also provides day-to-day advice and representation to its broad client base. Since publication Andreas Köhler moved to CMS and Ildíkó Csák left the firm.

Szecskay Attorneys at Law provides employment advice to its longstanding clients, such as Reckitt Benkiser, L’Oréal and E.On – and also attracted notable new clients in 2016. Hédi Bozsonyik successfully represented a leading media company in complex litigation.

bpv Jádi Németh Attorneys at Law saw an uptick in employee-side instructions, while still maintaining a strong employer-oriented practice, and covers non-contentious and contentious matters. Andrea Jádi Németh and Edina Katalin Parragi are the names to note.

At Erös Ügyvédi Iroda/Squire Patton Boggs, practice head Csaba Vári and recommended senior associate Judit Nádor recently advised a technology company on temporary agency work issues. Zsolt Fábián left in 2016.

Kinga Zempléni Law Firm provides an ‘efficient, effective and reliable service’, and acts for large and medium-sized companies as well as employees. Kinga Zempléni is ‘a true business partner who you can trust and count on all the time’.

The long-established employment practice at Knight Bird & Bird Iroda handles non-contentious labour matters, particularly for life sciences and technology companies. Zoltán Tarján heads the team.

Noerr represents a range of companies, including a number of automotive sector clients. Zoltán Nádasdy and Viktor Füzi advised a manufacturer on changing its CEO.

Zsolt Cselédi’s employment group at Oppenheim acts for clients across the telecoms, consumer products, retail and financial services sectors in contentious and non-contentious matters.

Data protection and immigration are among the areas of expertise at Sándor Szegedi Szent-Ivány Komáromi Eversheds (a member of Eversheds Sutherland), which maintains a diverse employment practice. Ágnes Szent-Ivány and Katalin Varga advised a US-based company on hiring staff.

Schoenherr Hetényi Ügyvédi Iroda’s ‘very knowledgeable and responsive’ group acts for employers and high-level employees in employment litigation, transactions and advisory matters. Kinga Hetényi and Dániel Gera are recommended.

Siegler Law Office/Weil, Gotshal & Manges has an impressive client base of domestic and multinational companies, which turn to it in significant transactions and lawsuits. Counsel Pál Szabó is a key name.

Áron Vikor leads the team at Szabo Kelemen & Partners Attorneys, which includes Szilvia Fehérvári, who has ‘excellent knowledge of the Hungarian market and a strong business focus’.

Taylor Wessing Hungary worked with several new domestic clients in 2015 and 2016. Torsten Braner recently advised a longstanding fashion sector client on termination of employment.

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