With ‘deep knowledge of the different aspects of labour law‘, full-service law firm Carey houses a 16-strong team that is sought out by both local and international companies for labour and employment advice. The group’s work scope ranges from corporate employment issues to labour litigation, union matters, and immigration and global mobility matters; recent mandates include cases before the Labour Courts regarding wrongful dismissals, sexual harassment allegations, violations of fundamental rights, anti-union practices, and work-related accidents. Co-heading the group, Oscar Aitken‘s practice incorporates collective bargaining, internal investigations, outsourcing, terminations, benefits, and compensation structures; Francisca Corti (‘great leadership and vision‘) specialises in employment and corporate immigration law; and recently-raised partner Francisco Arce predominantly assists employers with employment issues, union matters and collective bargaining, social security and labour litigation. At associate level, Valentina Kuscevic, Carla Karzulovic and Constanza Trisotti are all up-and-coming young practitioners of note. Since publication, Kuscevic has been promoted to counsel - effective as of November 2023.
Labour and employment in Chile
Óscar Aitken; Francisca Corti; Francisco Arce
‘Professionalism, depth of advice, and collaboration teamwork with the client.’
‘Carey’s work team stands out for the precision and rigour of the analyses it performs, and for being permanently up to date on the latest legal reforms, which are highly frequent in labour law.’
‘Gets involved with the internal realities of clients, managing to empathise and give a timely and comprehensive look at both the problems and solutions proposed (and in line with the particular characteristics of each client company.’
‘Great speed and solid knowledge.’
‘The quality of the work is such that once drafts are received, they are approved and signed by the company (almost without any modifications), which does not happen with other law firms.’
‘Deep knowledge of the different apects of labour law aspects and how they impact their clients, especially those that have a legal impact abroad. This allows them to have a complete vision of matters, which sets its lawyers apart from competitors, who mostly limit themselves to analysing local law aspects.’
‘Francisca Corti – high-level professional qualities and always available for clients.’
‘Francisca Corti – great leadership and vision.’
The Not Company
Liberty Latin America
Tata Consultancy Services
Blanco y Negro
Precision, Pulley & Idler
- Advised Sinovac on the purchase of a property in Santiago, in order to set up production facilities, which included the relocation of a group of expatriates and the onboarding of national employees.
- Advised Equinix on the labour asppects of its expansion into Chile and Peru relating to its acquisition of four data centres from Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones.
- Advised Liberty on the labour and employment aspects of its 50/50 joint venture agreement with América Móvil to combine their respective Chilean operations (VTR and Claro Chile, respectively).
Munita & Olavarría
Specialised labour and employment boutique Munita & Olavarría is the Chilean member of Ius Laboris, a global alliance of law firms that specialise in employment, labour, immigration and pensions law; the firm’s 20-strong team acts for companies from a range of sectors, including energy, utilities, retail, and technology, as well as pharma, banking and mining. Representative areas of expertise range from hirings, corporate policies, and labour auditing and compliance, to compensation benefits and pension plans. The firm also houses experts in subcontracting, work permits for foreign staff, workforce reductions, and work-related illnesses and accidents; and in litigation, the group acts in disputes involving collective bargaining and union issues. At founding partner level, Enrique Munita's practice incorporates litigation, benefit plans and stock options, while Cristián Olavarría is a collective bargaining and litigation specialist. A second line of younger partners includes Paola Casorzo, who advises on hirings, terminations, human resources' policies and employment agreements, along with due diligence, and the relocation of workers; Marcela Salazar, whose broad practice includes benefits policies, labour conditions, contracting and terminations, and subcontracting and outsourcing; and labour litigator Gonzalo Urcelay. At associate level, Felipe Vargas, José Tomás Honour and Josefina Riveaux are the names to note. The team was strengthened with the January-2023 arrival of Matías Cristi (whose experience includes some 14 years as head of labour and litigation matters at Latam Airlines), but labour litigator José Luis De Marchena subsequently left the firm in April 2023.
Enrique Munita; Cristián Olavarría ; Gonzalo Urcelay; José Luis De Marchena; Paola Casorzo; Marcela Salazar
‘Always attentive and available to answer questions raised in its specialist area.‘
‘Shows willingness to learn and understand the internal business of the client company in order to give better advice.’
‘Gets involved with the client’s business, seeking to understand its internal functioning, which gives the firm an advantage since its advice (in addition to considering regulatory aspects) is oriented towards clients’ needs.‘
LATAM Airlines Group
Embotelladora AndinaFresenius Medical Care
Banco Santander Chile
Banco De Crédito E Inversiones
General Motors Chile
Celulosa Arauco Y Constitución
Banco De Chile
Cámara De Comercio De Santiago
- Assisted Abbott-CFR Pharmaceuticals with a collective bargaining procedure.
- Advises Banco de Crédito e Inversiones on ongoing labour and human resources’ matters.
- Acted for LATAM Airlines Group in a labour claim commenced by a union and concerning the effect of Covid-19 on worker remuneration.
The ‘highly-qualified work team' at Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos is routinely mandated to advise on the labour aspects of company restructurings, along with collective bargaining and immigration issues. Other areas of strength for the eight-strong team are stock-option plans, compensation packages, and the tax side of labour benefits. The firm’s international clients further appreciate its membership of L&E Global, a worldwide alliance of international employment law firms. Ricardo Tisi predominantly focuses on advice to companies on labour and social security matters; recently-elevated partner Bárbara Zlatar (‘great analytical skills') leads the group’s immigration practice; and Ignacia López, who oversees the firm’s labour advisory and litigation work, is a May 2022 returnee from Clínica Alemana, where she was human resources manager. Within the senior associate pool, Sebastián Krebs is an experienced labour litigator, while former legislative adviser at the Ministry of Labour, Daniela Valencia, returned to the firm in March 2022.
Ignacia López; Bárbara Zlatar; Ricardo Tisi
‘Cariola has a highly-qualified work team – great knowledge of this area and advises on various complex processes.‘
‘Great business vision, not just legal – realistic solutions to daily problems.‘
‘Bárbara Zlatar is a professional with a lot of experience and in-depth knowledge – great analytical skills and business understanding.‘
‘Bárbara Zlatar – very empathetic with the urgencies and needs of clients. Excellent human qualities.‘
IBM de Chile
Sistemas Globales (Globant)
Google (Inversiones Dataluna)
Sonacol (Sociedad Nacional de Oleoductos)
Universidad de Los Andes (Clínica Los Andes)
Celulosa Arauco y Constitución
- Ongoing advice to Ripley on its collective negotiations and labour lawsuits.
- Assisted Fonterra with the employment aspects of the sale of Soprole Group companies.
- Advised Celulosa Arauco y Constitución on its responsibility towards over 300 workers of contractor company, Claro Vicuña Valenzuela, which recently entered into bankruptcy (and with which Celulosa Arauco held important construction contracts).
Della Maggiora Eyzaguirre Abogados Laborales
The 10-strong labour and employment practice at ‘exceptional firm' Della Maggiora Eyzaguirre Abogados Laborales is widely respected for its advice on labour, social security and immigration matters. The group’s assistance covers ongoing labour issues, litigation and collective bargaining, as well as terminations and large lay-offs. Other notable areas range from audits, restructuring and pensions, to remuneration, benefits, and health and work safety matters. Jointly heading the department, longstanding labour law specialist Francisco Della Maggiora is a former Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr labour team leader; fellow name partner Domingo Eyzaguirre‘s ‘labour knowledge is solid'; and Camila Herrera routinely acts for multinational and domestic companies on the gamut of labour law issues. Elevated to partner in April 2023, former associate Anibal Zalaquett also maintains a wide-ranging labour practice.
Francisco della Maggiora; Domingo Eyzaguirre; Camila Herrera
‘An exceptional firm that, due to its professionalism and client service, generates a closeness and trust that is very difficult to find.‘
‘Always attentive to resolving even the smallest detail. They send updates, keep clients up to date, and genuinely care about meeting the highest standards and client needs.‘
‘A cohesive team, which offers comprehensive advice on labour matters. The firm is excellent at meeting the needs of clients, and answering queries very quickly and to a high level.‘
Sandvik Mining & Construction Chile
Obrascón Huarte Lain (OHLA)
Engie Energía (and subsidiaries)
General Motors Financial Chile
Constructora de Pavimentos Asfáticos Bitumix
Tinguiririca Energía (Statkraft and Pacific Hydro joint venture)
Century Link Chile
STR Power Chile
Food Delivery Brands
Agrícola Arroyo Grande
Q Cells Chile (Hanwa)
CAE (Canadian Aviation Solutions)
Sociedad de Canalistas del Maipo
- Successfully advised Bechtel on two large collective bargaining processes.
- Successfully acted for Obrascón Huarte Lain in several judicial procedures concerning breaches of fundamental rights, work accidents, and unfair dismissals.
- Successfully advised Molymetnos on a collective bargaining process.
GNP Canales Abogados Laborales
Canales Parga Abogados Laborales transformed into GNP Canales Abogados Laborales in May 2022, further to the elevation of labour and employment specialists Carlos Gutiérrez, Diego Nodleman and Francisco Plass to name partner status; and the earlier exit of former name partner Sebastián Parga, and associates Pablo Vasseur Gallo and Jorge Montes, who launched their own practice. The remaining 18-strong team, which has substantial experience in large collective bargaining matters, litigation and day-to-day labour advisory work, further comprises founding partner Alfonso Canales, a labour strategy and collective bargaining expert; and at senior associate level, César Rivas and María Luisa García Riffo, who both advise on occupational accidents and illnesses. Further growth includes the 2022 recruitment of Lilia Jerez Arévalo (previously a National Labour director) as corporate affairs director; legal and public affairs director Nicolás Monckeberg Díaz, a former Minister for Labour and Social Security; and labour law-focused senior associate Francisco Pinilla V, previously at MPV Abogados & Cia.
Alfonso Canales; Carlos Gutiérrez; Francisco Plass; Diego Nodleman
‘The litigation team is highly qualified, and has a lot of drive and knowledge of the courts.’
‘The team not only provides support from a legal perspective, but also carries out in-depth studies of clients’ business strategy, always looking to the future. They excel in collaboration and are truly experts in labour law, with a track record that allows clients to have security in their advice, which is totally comprehensive.’
‘The team of lawyers is first class, and they complement each other very well, in accordance with their different specialisms.‘
Almar Water Solutions
- Advised a multinational company, which increased its investment in Argentina, on labour matters.
- Advised Transbordadora Austral Broom on its collective bargaining process.
- Advising Cencosud on various labour matters, including the implementation of new regulations.
‘Standout' labour law firm Lizama Abogados fields an 18-strong team that ‘covers all fronts with optimal results'. The practice is consistently sought out to advise on labour law matters, including corporate advice, collective bargaining, and labour and tax compliance; and in litigation, the group acts in disputes concerning unjust dismissals, fundamental rights, anti-union practices, and annulment appeals. The ‘highly competent' founding partner and lead partner Luis Lizama is a labour and social security law specialist (and former Labour Directorate legal head); ‘first-rate professional' Osvaldo Parada is the firm’s director of collective bargaining; Esteban Palma is labour litigation director; Diego Lizama Castro is director of corporate matters; and Paula Warnier is compliance director. Former director Gonzalo Riquelme departed the firm in December 2022 to become an independent consultant.
Luis Lizama; Osvaldo Parada; Diego Lizama Castro; Esteban Palma; Paula Warnier
‘Its knowledge of collective bargaining is enormous, giving the team a surprising range of solutions to problems.’
‘Up-to-date with current laws and informs clients of any changes, while characterised by its provision of a timely and accurate service.’
‘Standout firm for individual (and especially collective) negotiations.’
Servicios Médicos Mutual de Seguridad
National Association of Professional Football
- Assisted Servicios Médicos Mutual de Seguridad with reviewing, analysing and reporting on the risks associated with extended fee-based contracting for medical service providers.
- Acted for The National Association of Professional Football in two complaints involving dismissal-related violations of fundamental rights, which were filed by three former referees.
- Advises JACH Technology on labour matters.
The ‘highly specialised and experienced lawyers' at international law firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría houses a nine-member team that routinely advises on employee hirings and terminations, unfair dismissal, HR company policies, due diligence, internal employment audits, and restrictive covenants. The group also comprises experts in subcontracting, outsourcing, labour taxation and compensation packages, along with collective bargaining, union relations, labour litigation, social security, and M&A-related employment issues. The practice is co-led by labour, employment, social security and immigration specialist Paulina Miranda, whose practice encompasses new areas such as "#MeToo" , gender pay gaps, gig economy work and AI, along with data privacy, internal investigations and compliance; and recently-raised partner Sergio Montes, who is a labour and social security law expert. Experienced senior associate Aref Cosma advises on the employment side to major transactions, including M&A deals.
Paulina Miranda; Sergio Montes
‘Highly specialised and experienced lawyers, whose relationships with clients are close, business-oriented and executed with a sense of urgency.‘
‘Great attention to detail and excellent knowledge of the market.‘
‘Stands out for the teamwork carried out, and the lawyers provide real solutions for matters that could impact clients’ businesses.‘
‘Very accurate technically, and friendly and cordial attention, along with excellent response times and great attention to detail.’
‘Great experience in both litigation and the corporate labour side to local law issues.’
‘PPU’s employment attorneys are always available. They can be contacted in emergencies and their responses are always quick.’
‘Sergio Montes is great for his ability to convey complex messages with simplicity.’
‘Gives practical answers in a timely manner. Clients highlight Paulina Miranda and Sergio Montes, as well as senior associate Aref Cosma.’
Walt Disney Company
Schlumberger (Mediciones Geolec)
Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology
- Successfully acted for the Chuquicamata Division of Codelco in a case against the Labour Governmental Authority (and involving three of Codelco’s main unions), in which Codelco was accused of accessing employees’ medical records illegally.
- Represented Arrigoni Ingeniería in a labour claim for indemnification, further to an employee’s Covid-19-related death.
- Provides SAP Chile with day-to-day employment law advice.
Provoste Matamala Abogados
Specialised labour and social security law firm Provoste Matamala Abogados (formed from a late 2020 merger between Provoste y Cía. and Matamala Abogados) has quickly gained a strong market reputation for its advice to companies on corporate labour matters, labour litigation, collective negotiations, and health and safety issues. The firm’s key practitioners at name-partner level are Pedro Matamala Souper, a labour law adviser to companies, individuals, educational organisations and non-profit entities; and Matías Provoste Vargas, who advises mining companies on labour law. Also key to the practice, Raimundo Mira Gumucio is an experienced labour litigation partner; María José Cea Catalán is litigation group director; and Luis Celis, Valentina Vergara Lam and Edmundo Borel Rey are all associates of note.
Saavedra & Compañía Abogados
‘With strong expertise in labour law issues', Saavedra & Compañía Abogados' eight-member group has enviable experience in individual and collective employment law; and the practice’s representative workload ranges from conflict resolution and labour litigation, to collective negotiations, union relations, social security, and immigration issues. The team is co-led by name partner Juan Pablo Saavedra, a former labour department leader at Uribe, Hubner & Cia., who assists domestic and international companies with labour disputes, collective bargaining, and advisory work; litigation, migration, and ADR specialist Gabriela Gerpe; and experienced labour litigator Cristóbal Muñoz, who has a ‘great ability to anticipate new scenarios‘. At non-partner level, director Priscilla Serres ‘stands out', and senior associate Camila Ducassou Leyton routinely acts in labour disputes, particularly in relation to dismissals and violations of fundamental rights.
Juan Pablo Saavedra; Cristóbal Muñoz; Gabriela Gerpe
‘The service provided to clients is personalised, flexible and adjusted to the needs that arise; and the time and dedication invested in each case often exceeds the service established by contract.‘
‘An ethical organisation in terms of charges and service fees.‘
‘A good, consolidated team with strong expertise in labour law issues. The firm provides a very practical and agile service, and is very prepared.‘
Álvarez y Lamas
Clínica Alemana de Santiago
Empresa de Transportes Compañía de Seguridad Chile
Comunidad Edificio Huérfano 779
Corcorán y Cia
Servicios y Empaques
Geotec Boyles Bros
- Acted for Empresas de Transportes Compañía Seguridad Chile in a lawsuit for unfair dismissal, after a worker was fired for serious breach of his employment contract.
- Acted for Clínica Alemana de Santiago in relation to a worker’s demand for the annulment of a scholarship agreement (so that the worker would not be obliged to comply with the obligations imposed by the agreement).
- Acted for Corcorán y Cía in a lawsuit for indirect dismissal and collection of benefits.
‘Undoubtedly among the best labour law firms in Chile’, Safe Abogados Limitada’s 12-strong practice is highly regarded for its expertise in labour relations and litigation. The group’s experience covers conflict prevention, union negotiations, and judicial disputes; and the firm is well known for working with the country’s largest mining companies, as well as major players from the telecoms and transportation sectors. The group is jointly led by founding partners Felipe Sáez (‘the best support an internal lawyer can have when they have labour issues’, whose track record includes significant collective bargaining processes in the mining and banking industries; and Raúl Fernández, who acts for companies in lawsuits over contract terminations, fundamental labour rights, workplace accidents, and anti-union practices. Former senior associate Pablo Fuenzalida left he firm in June 2023.
Felipe Sáez; Raúl Fernández
‘Highly specialised lawyers with years of experience, and associates from the best universities.‘
‘Functions as a well-oiled team that knows how to put clients at ease and give them the best possible service.‘
‘Undoubtedly among the best labour law firms in Chile.’
‘What makes the practice unique is that it truly understands clients’ business, as well as the need for in-house attorneys. The lawyers are creative in their responses, provide full-service support, and collective bargaining is their forte. An excellent service.’
‘Felipe Sáez is the best support an internal lawyer can have when they have labour issues. He has great knowledge but also an enormous sense of practicality. He is also aware of regulatory issues and industry practices. Knows the reality of business and offers solutions accordingly.’
‘In collective negotiations, Felipe Sáez stands out from the rest as someone who is innovative, and has solid knowledge and superlative criteria when advising on decision making.’
‘An excellent team led by a brilliant trial lawyer and academic from the University of Chile – Raúl Fernández.‘
‘Raúl Fernández and Felipe Sáez are partners that complement each other. Raúl is very good at generating judicial and legal strategies, and Felipe is very good at advising on transformational projects and complex scenarios.’
Compañía Minera Inés De Collahuasi
Compañía Minera Teck Quebrada Blanca
SCM Minera Lumina Copper Chile
Asociación Chilena de Seguridad
Telefónica Cybersecurity Tech and Cloud Chile
Telefónica IOT& Big Data Tech Chile
Sociedad Comercial Los Héroes
Empresa de Servicios Externos Asociación Chilena de Seguridad
Empresa de Servicios Externos Asociación Chilena de Seguridad Transporte
- Defended Compañía Minera Inés De Collahuasi against unlawful termination-related cases before the labour courts.
- Defended Compañía Minera Teck Quebrada Blanca against five court cases, including a workplace accident lawsuit brought by a contract worker.
- Advises SCM Minera Lumina Copper Chile on employment matters on an ongoing basis.
Spinning out of Uribe, Hubner & Cia – now rebranded as UH&C Abogados (UHC) – in December 2022, specialised labour and employment law firm Uribe Legal fields specialists in labour-related restructurings, due diligence, internal regulations, dismissals, and remuneration structuring. The firm also houses experts in work accidents, occupational diseases, immigration, collective bargaining, workplace and sexual harassment investigations, and labour litigation. The 13-member group is co-led by former UHC founding partner, Enrique Uribe Casasbellas, one of Chile’s most well-known labour and employment specialists; Enrique Uribe Errázuriz (also previously a UHC partner), whose recent track record includes achieving successful collective bargaining agreements without strike action; and Silvestre Lyon, a former UHC associate and expert in labour litigation and migration. Litigator Trinidad Castro also joined from UH&C as senior associate. Following the spin-off, former partner Marcelo Soto remained at UH&C Abogados, while former senior associate Marianela Smith and group lead lawyer Pedro Torres had already departed to co-launch their own boutique in April 2022.
Enrique Uribe Casasbellas; Enrique Uribe Errázuriz; Silvestre Lyon
Promotora CMR Falabella
Seguros Falabella Corredores
Falabella Inversiones Financieras
Empresa Constructora Bravo e Izquierdo
Ellus Manufacturas Louis Phillipe
Global Soluciones Financieras
Natura & Co
Consorcio Fluor-Salfa Corp
Falabella Servicios Profesionales De Ti
Clínica San Antonio
- Successfully represented Imperial in litigation involving a union leader.
- Advised Natura & Co on the harmonisation of holding benefits (through a collective bargaining).
- Successfully represented Besalco Energía Renovable in an indirect dismissal case.
Baker McKenzie Chile
The four-member labour and employment practice at Baker McKenzie Chile routinely taps into the wider firm’s global network of labour lawyers, particularly in relation to cross-border executive transfers and multinationals’ employment issues. The group’s expertise further encompasses employer-side litigation, including claims over unlawful dismissal, employee benefits, discrimination, and sexual harassment. Other key areas are collective bargaining, executive compensation, pensions, stock options, social security, workplace policies, and immigration. The department’s ‘specialised and experienced lawyers’ are led by Andrés Valdés, who acts for clients from the retail and mining sectors (among others); key associate support comes from senior José Ignacio Muñoz who handles labour, employment and employee benefit matters.
‘A practice that addresses various labour categories (individual relations, trials, health and safety at work) through the attention of specialised and experienced lawyers.’
‘Compares favourably with the teams of other law firms.’
‘Clients’ relationships with the lawyers are close, business oriented, and executed with a sense of urgency.’
The ‘very strong team' at full-service firm Barros & Errázuriz provides ongoing employment law advice to over 100 different clients from a range of industries, including manufacturing, education, retail, mining, automotive, telecoms, and finance; the group is also increasingly active in both employment litigation and contentious administrative claims against the Labour Authority. The seven-strong department further comprises experts in immigration, global mobility, and expatriation-for-work purposes. The labour and employment practice is led by Juan Cristóbal Iturrate, who assists with both day-to-day matters and collective bargaining processes. In April 2023, María Fernanda Espinosa, an expert in the labour aspects of M&A deals, was raised to partner. Senior associate Pavel Alvarez , in turn, specialises in complex employment trials.
Juan Cristóbal Iturrate
‘The way they understand clients’ business and advise them is exceptional.’
‘A very strong team that is always ready to give a quick response.‘
‘Great client service, always keeping clients informed of existing legal changes.‘
‘Provides practical solutions to problems, knowing how to combine compliance with the law with the client’s reality.’
‘María Fernanda Espinosa is an excellent lawyer – clear and simple answers that are adapted to the client’s scenario.‘
‘Senior associate Pavel Alvarez knows the jurisprudence of the courts very well, which gives clients a lot of peace of mind when facing a trial and its contingencies.’
Extractos Naturales Gelymar
Central de Restaurantes Aramark
Moneda Asset Management
Viña Santa Rita
Coca Cola Embonor
- Assisted Extractos Naturales Gelymar with a collective bargaining process.
- Provided Pro Drilling with collective bargaining advice.
- Acted for Virutex Ilko in a labour law trial that concerned the nullity of a dismissal.
‘Highly specialised in labour lawsuits’, family-owned boutique firm Bock Abogados has longstanding experience in labour law advisory work, as well as labour-related litigation. The group’s track record includes representing clients from an array of sectors, including telecoms, retail, finance, insurance and dairy products. Heading up the practice, Silvia Soto routinely assists company clients with labour issues and litigation; labour litigator and collective bargaining expert Sebastían Bock, ‘brings together positions that seem impossible to reconcile’; and Cristobal Bock, ‘one of the best lawyers in the field’, acts in large volumes of labour disputes. Former associate Estefania Klima departed the firm in June 2022 for Marinovic & Alcalde Abogados.
‘The team, in general, is excellent because there is good communication between them.’
‘The team stands out for its wealth and depth of knowledge, its relationships with colleagues, and the ability to serve some of the largest companies in the country in a personalised and efficient manner.‘
‘The Bock Abogados team has had a consolidated practice for quite some time, but it has also learnt how to adapt to present times. For example, the lawyers hold constant meetings with clients through digital platforms, and use other platforms for litigation, which allow them to maintain great control and transparency over case management.‘
Sociedad de Cobranzas Payback
Entel Call Center
Huevos Cintazul (Avicola El Toco)
Agricola Santa Marta Liray
Bice Vida Compañia de Seguros
Avicola El Monte
Ohio National Financial Services
- Acted for Entel in numerous labour cases.
- Acted for Ripley and Banco Ripley in multiple labour cases and anti-union claims.
- Assisted Soprole with numerous labour claims.
Arising from Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana’s dissolution during 2022, Bofill Mir Abogados’ five-member labour and employment practice covers domestic and cross-border transactional advice, as well as hirings, terminations and collective bargaining. The ‘always available’ team also assists with compliance work, while the department’s litigators act in claims involving anti-union practices, violations of fundamental rights, unjust dismissals and labour benefits. The team is co-led by Pablo Gutiérrez, who has over 20 years’ experience in labour, employment and social security matters; and recently-elevated partner Luis Alberto Cruchaga O, who advises on hirings, dismissals, immigration and corporate labour matters. At senior associate level, Rafael Sandoval’s broad practice includes labour litigation.
Pablo Gutiérrez; Luis Alberto Cruchaga
‘They take the time to study the internal realities of companies and provide responses that are tailored to clients’ needs. Their answers are not generic, but elaborated according to the company’s own contexts and cultures.’
‘The availability of the firm’s labour partners is outstanding, and they are always available to attend to queries with really excellent response times.‘
‘Great capabilities and strategic outlook. Very up to date on the matters on which they provide advice.’
‘Resolves issues – great teamwork between the internal and external lawyer.’
‘Availability, timely advice, commercial vision and knowledge. Good negotiators and litigants too.‘
‘Pablo Gutiérrez, Luis Alberto Cruchaga and senior associate Rafael Sandoval stand out for their ability to resolve issues, and they really get involved with client teams.’
‘Pablo Gutiérrez and Luis Alberto Cruchaga have the ability to produce strategies according to what was requested by the client, and they achieve better results than what was expected.’
‘Pablo Gutiérrez always keeps clients informed regarding the progress of the matter and meets deadlines in a timely manner.‘
Bakelite Synthetics Chile
DMC Mining Services
Sociedad De Procesamiento De Molibdeno
Yusen Logistics Chile
Sociedad Contractual Minera Candelaria
Hellmann Worldwide Logistics
Bureau Veritas Chile
Farmacias de Similares Chile
Universidad de las Américas
- Advises Ferrostaal Chile on its day-to day labour law issues.
- Advises Enjoy on labour matters on a permanent basis.
- Advises Grupo Río Blanco on labour matters on a permanent basis.
Clyde & Co was launched further to the August 2022 merger between Grasty Quintana Majlis (previously already in association with London-headquartered Clyde & Co) and Halpern Pino. With ‘high-level technical knowledge in labour matters’, the labour and employment department’s recent track record covers collective bargaining processes and union negotiations, as well as Covid-19-related reorganisations, terminations and lawsuits. Heading the group, labour law expert Christian Alvarado is ‘a great professional’, who routinely advises on employee, employer and union relations. Within the associate pool, senior Agustin Alcalde is a labour law specialist, while Lily Torrejón advises companies on labour relations.
‘A team with high-level technical knowledge in labour matters.‘
‘Knows its subjects very well, keeping clients informed and up to date on matters – stays close to company teams, and its lawyers are quick to respond and easy to locate.‘
‘Very efficient team with practical and agile solutions, and very committed to the client.‘
‘What differentiates the Clyde & Co workforce is its dynamism and speed in resolving clients’ requirements, together with its practical approach.‘
‘Security and certainty in its responses and advice, and always available and easily accessible, especially partner Christian Alvarado, which sets them apart from other firms.‘
‘Christian Alvarado and his team stand out precisely because of their speed and efficiency, and the correctness and timeliness of their advice.‘
‘Christian Alvarado is the partner that stands out – a highly prepared professional who always has a timely response for any need.‘
‘Christian Alvarado is a great professional, who is rigorous, methodical, knowledgeable, and clear in his answers.‘
Bridgestone Minning Solutions Latin
América S.A. No
D&C Depósitos y Contenedores
Empresa Constructora DLP
Harsco Corporation Mill Services Group
- Advised Tricot Group on the preparation, development and execution of its general strategic corporate-labour plans.
- Advised Indumotora Group on the development of its collective restructuring process.
- Advised Tres Valles on its collective restructuring process.
The ‘reliable team’ at CMS Carey & Allende advises on day-to-day contractual, pay and compliance issues, along with high-stakes litigation, international employees’ immigration requirements, and the employment side to corporate deals. The seven-member team also advises on redundancy programmes, senior employee dismissals, and health and safety issues; and it is particularly experienced in union and collective bargaining matters. Employment and pensions group head Enzo Canales ‘knows his clients and the industries in which they operate’; and within the senior associate pool, Julio Frías assists with both contentious and non-contentious employment work, while Constanza Yáñez also maintains a wide-ranging employment law practice.
‘A reliable team with knowledge that is up to date – an empathetic team offering permanent support.‘
‘Communication with the client is fluid, fast and clear.’
‘An available and friendly team that is always attentive to clients’ requirements, and very clear and precise in its answers.‘
‘Responds promptly to queries made.‘
‘Excellent quality and with a very good success rate.‘
‘Great knowledge and experience from Enzo Canales.’
‘A consolidated team with highly experienced lawyers, such as Enzo Canales, who knows his clients and the industries in which they operate, which makes the work very easy and fluid.’
Sociedad Punta de Lobos
Servizi Energia Italia (Saipem)
- Advised Banco BICE on the restructuring of all its internal employment documents.
- Obtained a favourable ruling for Besalco Maquinarias, in relation to false unions that were created within the company.
- Advised Unilever on its collective agreements.
DLA Piper Chile‘s ‘quality and professionalism are perfect’. The Santiago office’s five-member group is particularly well known for advising on gig-economy employment matters, employer-side collective bargaining, and compensation and benefits; and the group’s sector expertise ranges from manufacturing, healthcare and banking, to leisure, cosmetics, energy, construction and real estate. With ‘extensive experience in labour matters’, the broad experience of practice head Luis Parada covers stock option plans, collective bargaining, anti-union practices, harassment and discrimination. Parada also assists with company restructurings, labour due diligence, high-level terminations, restrictive covenants, executives’ expatriation agreements and migration issues. Within the office’s associate pool, seniors Diego González and Ignacio Abogabir are both names to note. Former senior Iñaki Irisarri left the firm in July 2023.
‘The quality and professionalism are perfect.’
‘Personalised attention from the partners.’
‘Each lawyer brings the experience clients need – recommended to anyone.’
‘Great personalised attention from Luis Parada. Luis is always available to answer all clients’ concerns.’
‘Luis Parada has extensive experience in labour matters and is well recognised in the field.’
San José Farms
- Successfully represented Econorent, which was sued for alleged wrongful dismissal by a former employee and regional manager.
Del Río Izquierdo Abogados’ ‘very competent office’ routinely advises on hirings, employment terminations, compensation packages, labour disputes, and labour-related administrative and jurisdictional litigation. It also assists with collective bargaining, union relations, migration, subcontracting and due diligence work; the firm’s representative clients are predominantly from the mining, construction, hospitality, technology and manufacturing sectors. Founding partner and labour group director, Eduardo Izquiero Bacarreza, ‘always responds to queries with speed and quality’, while Francisco Bañados Geywitz is the firm’s litigation practice director. The senior associate to note, labour and administrative law expert Daniela Vidal Saldías assists with contract negotiations and drafting, as well as civil, labour, administrative and arbitration procedures.
Eduardo Izquierdo Bacarreza; Francisco Bañados Geywitz
‘Quick responses, personalised attention and subject matter experience.’
‘A very competent office that responds quickly and with technical quality.’
‘A proactive team that supports clients in the search for effective legal solutions.’
‘Eduardo Izquierdo Bacarreza always responds to queries with speed and quality.’
Unisys Sudamericana Corporation
Accor Hotels Chile
Tetra Pak De Chile Comercial
Parque Zoológico Buinzoo
Gestora Studio 3000
TK Elevadores Chile
- Assisted Parque Zoologico Buinzoo with the negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement.
- Assisted Accor Chile with a lawsuit brought by an alleged ex-employee, who demanded the payment of labour indemnities and benefits (arguing the existence of an employment relationship between the parties).
- Assisted Grupo Barrick with a lawsuit brought by an alleged ex-employee who claimed compensation for an occupational disease.
Fontaine & Cía
The four-member team at Fontaine & Cía covers individual and collective employment contracts, social security benefits, collective bargaining processes, and union relations. The team is also experienced in claims involving accidents, work-related illnesses, violations of fundamental rights, anti-union practices, and dismissals, as well as remaining active in labour lawsuits brought by former workers of companies that terminated operations because of the pandemic. The group is led by Diego Marín, who assists with construction sector-related labour matters, while Georgo Peftlouloglou advises on work accident and occupational disease-related liability issues. At associate level, Rodrigo Palacios and Sebastián Rodillo both maintain active labour law practices, but Felipe Navarro moved in house at CMPC in September 2022.
Abbot Laboratories de Chile
Abbie Productos Farmacéuticos
Ingeniería y Construcción Sigdo Koppers
Claro Vicuña Valenzuela
Construcciones y Pavimentos
Maui & Sons
Maquinarias y Construccón Río-Loa
Jorge Piddo y Cía
Reich de Comercio Exterior
Exportadora los Lirios
Corporación Cultural de Vitacura
- Acts for Metlife Chile Seguros de Vida in labour lawsuits.
- Represented Construcciones y Pavimentos in five lawsuits, in which former engineers of the company sued for alleged unpaid bonds and alleged breaches of labour contracts.
- Onoing advice to Abbbott Laboratories on labour matters.
The ‘highly trusted’ seven-member labour, employment and migration practice at Guerrero Olivos covers pre-emptive labour advice, disputes, and M&A and reorganisation-related labour issues. On the contentious front, the group assists with unfair dismissals, anti-union practices, fundamental rights and work-related accidents; and it also undertakes collective bargaining processes. In migratory and expatriate matters, the team is highly active in relation to the mining and energy industries. Heading the department, the ‘accurate and highly knowledgeable’ Rocío García de la Pastora’s workload incorporates labour litigation, collective bargaining, and corporate labour issues; and within the associate ranks, Tomás Garnham is ‘empathetic, efficient and always available’, while Sergio Fuica is an expert in fundamental rights and labour disputes.
Rocío García de la Pastora
‘Clients are delighted with the advice received from this firm.‘
‘Very proactive and the lawyers give practical advice, taking into account clients’ business needs – a highly trusted team.’
‘Analytical, and gives efficient, practical advice.‘
‘Fees are reasonable and clients can trust them.‘
‘What makes Guerrero Olivos different is that its team has in-depth knowledge of labour conflicts, not only theoretical (but also practical) knowledge of litigation and unions (among others).’
‘Rocío García de la Pastora is an excellent professional and a better person. Always responds in a personal way to queries, and is accurate and highly knowledgeable.’
‘Associate Tomás Garnham is empathetic, efficient and always available; and the most valuable thing is that he always helps with any problem clients might have.’
Amazon Web Services
Compañía Cervecerías Unidas
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
- Advised ENAP on employment matters including salary structures, outsourcing and working time restrictions.
- Advised GNLQ on collective bargaining processes and corporate employment issues.
- Acted for Scotiabank in a complex executive-related lawsuit, which was brought by one of its principal unions.
Estudio Navarro Abogados
‘An excellent firm with a high-level team of lawyers’, Estudio Navarro Abogados’ large client base comprises companies from the energy, metallurgy, pharma, construction, banking, financial services, transportation, and food and agricultural production industries. The 11-strong team is experienced in individual and collective labour law, in addition to immigration, social security law, and labour law compliance. In a recent 12-month period, the practice acted in volumes of claims concerning fundamental rights, unjust dismissals, accidents at work, and benefit payments. The principal figures are name partner Luis Navarro, who has longstanding expertise in labour law and collective bargaining; experienced labour litigator Benjamín Costa; and Juan Pablo Fernández, whose practice incorporates individual and collective labour law, along with social security, immigration, audits and litigation.
Luis Navarro; Benjamín Costa; Juan Pablo Fernández
‘What makes them different is that they really work as a team, giving clients the peace of mind that if the primary lawyer is missing, there is always someone who knows exactly what is going on, and clients don’t need to explain anything again.‘
‘The team is specialised and up to date, and the collaboration is direct and concerns all points of view that might affect the decisions to be made.‘
‘An excellent firm with a high-level team of lawyers.’
Grupo Ducasse Comercial
Enel Green Power Chile
Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias
Compañía General de Electricidad
Banco del Estado de Chile
Constructora Gestión Uno
- Defended Compañía General de Electricidad against a labour suit brought by a former contractor.
- Defended Metrogas’ position of being a strategic company without the right to strike.
- Defended Banco del Estado de Chile against a labour suit brought by a former worker, who claimed discriminatory dismissal.
Hitting the market in early 2022, PMV Abogados was co-founded by former Canales Parga Abogados Laborales’ (CPA) name partner and labour, employment and disputes expert, Sebastián Parga (‘solid in litigation’), along with CPA’s former labour litigation associates Jorge Montes and Pablo Vasseur. The group is experienced in advising domestic and international companies on a range of labour and employment issues, including collective bargaining, and global mobility and immigration issues. The practice also acts in high-stakes lawsuits involving fundamental labour rights and trade union affairs. Expanding further in May 2023, the firm hired partner Alexandra de Grenade -who has over 20 years’ experience in labour litigation- from her own firm Agosin & de Grenade.
Sebastián Parga; Jorge Montes; Pablo Vasseur
‘A team that is willing to help, listen carefully to the problems, and give quick and assertive solutions – indicates the risks while keeping clients informed and up to date on labour law matters.‘
‘Achieved a high level of specialisation in labour law and social security, and with a global outlook.‘
‘Always keeping its knowledge updated, this firm has the knowledge, skills and experience to provide solid support and legal defences in labour matters.’
Alimentos y Frutos (Duncan Fox)
NTT Data-Everis Chile
Colmena Golden Cross
Double Tree by Hilton
ACW (Viña Aresti)
B&M Agencia Maritima
Hyatt Centric y Holiday Inn
- Provides ongoing advice to SMU on labour issues and trials across Chile.|
- Advised Weir Minerales/Vulco on a collective bargaining, as well global mobility and immigration issues.
- Assisted strategic company Aguas Antofagasta with both a trial involving a union leader and a collective bargaining.
Recent areas of focus for Porzio Ríos García’s ‘excellent team of lawyers’ range from internal investigations, to golden parachute proposals and employee wrongdoing-related criminal assessments. The five-member labour, employment, social security and immigration law practice is also highly active in court litigation, while flexible working from home is another growth area. Name partner and department head Ignacio García has longstanding experience in labour and employment work, his practice covering litigation, global mobility, collective bargaining, cross-border executive transfers, and transactional labour issues; and the work of fellow partner and labour and employment specialist Fernando Villalobos is ‘outstanding’. At associate level, Camila Quiroz is an experienced litigator, but Laura Kottmann departed the firm in July 2022 to pursue an LLM.
‘Deals with unusual questions and is direct in its answers, and the lawyers do not waste clients’ time with lots of caveats and limitations on their answers.‘
‘Patiently works through matters and provides clear counsel.’
‘Makes sure clients are complying with the law rather than trying to figure out how they can take risks!‘
‘Responsive and helps find solutions to problems; it also connects clients with other resources, such as accountants (when needed).‘
‘An excellent team of lawyers – follows up on agreements, advises on future risks, gives clients a holistic vision of problems, and helps clients during execution. The availability and speed of response are always exceptional. Real experts.’
‘The work of Fernando Villalobos is outstanding – he is an excellent lawyer, who not only knows and masters all the local laws, but is capable of understanding the values and behaviour of client companies.’
‘Fernando Villalobos is a professional who has focus and leadership skills.’
‘Fernando Villalobos is very responsive and very good.’
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints
Jones Lang Lasalle
Occidental Chemical Petroleum
Swedish Space Corporation
CGM Nuclear Energy
National Oilwell Varco
- Acted before the Labour Inspectorate further to an unlawful practice complaint, which was filed by the client company’s union.
- Assisted with a sexual harassment investigation into complaints of harassment that different employees made about the behaviour of an employee in a high-level management position.
- Assisted with the negotiation strategy for the termination of the employment contract of a high-level manager.
‘One of the top law firms in labour law matters’, Prieto Abogados’ labour, employment and immigration department is routinely sought out for complex labour litigation. The six-member group regularly assists with the labour aspects of corporate matters, as well as maintaining a robust collective bargaining practice. It is also increasingly active on behalf of foreign clients, particularly in relation to immigration work. The team is jointly led by collective bargaining and labour litigation specialist, Christian von Bergen, who acts for companies from the port, mining, electricity and casino sectors; and the ‘outstanding’ Cristóbal Raby, whose broad practice covers defence-side labour litigation. The practice of experienced associate Valentina Flen takes in litigation, social security, immigration, and individual and collective law.
Christian Von Bergen; Cristóbal Raby
‘Prieto’s labour team stands out from other firms due to the fact that it is exclusively dedicated to labour matters – two partners are in charge of the area, and they are permanently aware of all relevant issues.‘
‘By having a low partner-associate ratio, the involvement of a partner in all matters is ensured. On the other hand, the price-quality ratio is adequate and the availability of team members is always secure, regardless of the day or time that contact is required.’
‘Complete and up-to-date advice, which is adapted to clients’ specific requirements.’
‘One of the top law firms in labour law matters.‘
‘Innovative strategies and defence of the cultural values of client companies make the firm stand out from other offices.’
‘Probably the most notable aspect of Prieto Abogados’ practice is the involvement of partners in the matters entrusted. Cristóbal Raby is permanently involved in the work.’
‘Cristóbal Raby is outstanding – great market vision, very high legal standards, and in-depth knowledge of the labour law market’s key players.’
‘Cristobal Raby is a very efficient lawyer who is easily available and always attends to clients’ needs.’
Compañía Minera Teck Quebrada Blanca
- Acting for delivery company Pedidos Ya in several labour trials, which were commenced by former riders claiming the existence of a labour relationship between them and the company.
- Acted for SMU in labour trials, which were commenced by former and current employees throughout the country.
- Advised port operator DP World on several collective bargainings.
Salinas Toledo Abogados
Fielding ‘a team that comprises highly-trained and experienced lawyers’, labour and employment boutique Salinas Toledo Abogados acts on a wide range of global employment law and human resources issues. The 10-strong practice covers due diligence, internal employment audits, employee hirings and terminations, unfair dismissals, and HR company policies. It also houses experts in restrictive covenants, subcontracting and labour taxation, as well as compensation packages, collective bargaining, union relations, and labour-related disputes. Founding partner and former Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría labour practice director, Jaime Salinas, has ‘enormous knowledge of the market’; Francisca Montenegro ‘advises companies on labour law on a daily basis’; and Francisco Ruay is an expert in union issues, collective negotiations and strikes. Associate Sebastian Fernandez is an experienced labour litigator.
‘A competent, professional and available team.’
‘Available to resolve doubts in an assertive and timely manner.‘
‘Specialisation, assertiveness and availability. They transmit security in their advice, which allows them to develop their business with confidence.’
Zara Chile/Zara Home (Inditex Group)
Servicio de Registro Civil e Identificación
Kaufmann Vehículos Motorizados
Saba Estacionamientos de Chile
Sociedad de Inversiones y Asesorías Ibañez
Roberto Canales Villarroel y Cía
Empresa de Transportes Transvip
Colegio Patagonia Puerto Varas
Fischer y Cía. Abogados
Computer Generated Solutions
Wild Brands Wild Factories
Universidad Católica Silva Henriquez
Empresa Nacional De Telecomunicaciones
Recursos Humanos Rodser
Chilena de Revisiones Tecnicas
Ferpi Transportes y Obras (Agencia en Chile)
- Acts for Kaufmann Vehículos Motorizados on its employment matters, including representation in complex labour lawsuits.
- Acts for Zara Chile/ Zara Home (Inditex) in different labour law claims, as well as collective bargaining issues.
- Assists WOM with labour law matters, including its labour lawsuits throughout the country.
SCR Abogados’ ‘excellent’ labour and immigration practice has a strong track record in both labour litigation and collective bargaining. The team’s coverage also encompasses hiring processes, compensation packages, terminations, labour due diligence, and labour law compliance reviews. Its expertise further extends to internal investigations, corporate policies, social security, immigration, employee taxation and outsourcing. The firm has also recently gained new international mining clients that require ongoing immigration law assistance for their executives. The team is led by Constanza Contreras (a permanent columnist for the Revista Laboral Chilena), who has ‘has thorough knowledge of labour regulations’. Contreras is supported at senior associate level by Nicole Finkelstein, who assists with due diligence, immigration, and general employment issues; and María José Chible, a 2021 hire from the Labour Bureau.
‘SCR’s labour law team is excellent; it is made up of professionals with extensive experience in a variety of types of cases, with its experience ranging from collective negotiations to individual lawsuits.‘
‘A very important characteristic of this area is its availability to contain, listen and clarify clients’ doubts, as well as explain the complexity of cases, the possibilities of success, the strategies designed to achieve it, and the elements required by the client – and all in simple and appropriate language.’
‘A very experienced team, which is also complemented by experts from other areas of the firm, which allows them a broader vision of situations and their complexities, as well as a superlative definition of strategies.’
Gate Gourmet Catering Chile
Australis Seafoods (and related companies)
Royal America (and related companies)
Eurofins Testing Chile
Uribe, Hubner & Cia. is now known as UH&C Abogados, following the departure of former name partners Enrique Uribe Casasbellas and Enrique Uribe Errázuriz to co-found a new firm in December 2022, taking former senior associates Silvestre Lyon, María De Los Ángeles Bittner and Pablo Prieto with them. The retained practice remains well known for both advisory work and labour litigation, its expertise covering union relations, fundamental rights, and sexual and labour-related harassment. Other areas of strength include wrongful termination and contract breaches. Experienced partner and labour law specialist Marcelo Soto has wide-ranging experience in corporate employment law and collective bargaining; while former senior associate Marianela Smith and group lead lawyer Pedro Torres also departed the firm to co-launch a boutique in April 2022.
Abdala y Cia
The ‘incomparable’ labour and employment department at Abdala y Cia covers ongoing labour and employment issues, social security, immigration, terminations, and employment-related contractual and corporate issues. The team is additionally experienced in sexual harassment investigations, labour litigation, administrative procedures, and collective bargaining. Practice head José Ignacio Arteaga focuses on labour-related disputes, collective bargaining negotiations, and corporate labour work; and associate Andrea Abdala Ready advises on labour law and migration issues, along with litigation.
José Ignacio Arteaga Manieu
‘The team is top notch, always attentive, and willing to resolve the concerns, doubts and problems that clients face.‘
‘A preferred service from this firm.‘
‘Always one step ahead with reports on new laws, modifications, and/or jurisprudence that could affect clients.’
IFX Networks Chile
R & Q Ingenieria
VTR (Liberty Group)
Cepas Chile (Baccardi)
- Ongoing advice to the Argentinean Embassy on employment and labour matters.
- Advising Sociedad Constructora Acciona Chile on the construction of a hospital, which includes providing labour and employment advice so that the company is compliant with the regulations concerning its employees.
- Providing complete labour and employment advice to companies within the Efe Central holding.
Highly focused on labour litigation and collective bargaining, Albagli Zaliasnik’s labour and employment practice is ‘very innovative and practical in the solutions it proposes’. The team’s coverage further extends to hiring processes, compensation, employment terminations, subcontracting, due diligence, and corporate policies. The four-member department is led by Jorge Arredondo, who has ‘extensive knowledge of labour law’; and at associate level, senior Jocelyn Aros has significant experience in labour and pension law, while Felipe Neira advises on both the individual and collective aspects of labour matters.
‘AZ’s work team is highly committed to clients’ needs.‘
‘Very innovative and practical in the solutions it proposes.’
‘Jorge Arredondo has extensive knowledge of labour law – he gives a lot of confidence.’
‘Jorge Arredondo is an excellent labour lawyer, who is good at negotiating and has a lot of knowledge.’
‘Jorge Arredondo stands out for being up to date on labour legislation and for having a lot of knowledge about jurisprudence.’
Labor Union Turbus Company Workers
Comercial e Industrial Plásticos Hoffens
- Acted for Labor Union Turbus Company Workers in a violation of fundamental rights complaint.
- Acted for Unifood Holding and Uniservice in relation to a former Uniservice employee’s claim for labour benefits.
- Acted for Heavenward Ascensores in relation to an employee’s dismissal.
Headed by labour law and dispute resolution specialist, Andrés Garrido, Allende Bascuñán & Cía’s longstanding labour and employment practice acts for employers from a range of sectors, including mining, agriculture, aviation and construction, on employment, social security and occupational health issues. The team has notable experience in employment terms and conditions, routinely working alongside clients to avoid dismissal claims or manage contract termination processes. It also assists with collective bargaining involving large company unions, deceit complaints during negotiations, unfair labour practices, and strikes and lockouts.
‘Provides solid advice on labour, procurement and contract issues – demonstrates sensitivity to the quirks of clients’ internal constitutions, providing solutions to the unique problems they face.’
‘All the lawyers dealt with are pleasant and easy to deal with, and they demonstrate knowledge of the legal issues in question when searching for solutions.’
Anglo American Sur
Anglo American Chile
Federal Express Chile
Ingeniería y Construcción Casablanca
Associate Universities Inc (AUI)
Trane de Chile
Fundación Las Rosas de Ayuda Fraterna
- Defended Associated Universities (AUI) against a series of lawsuits brought by workers from contractor companies.
- Defended Qatar Airways Group against various demands, brought by workers of an external provider that was in charge of aircraft maintenance.
- Defended Korean Airlines against various demands brought by workers of an external provider that was in charge of aircraft maintenance.
The four-member team at ‘excellent firm’ Aninat Abogados specialises in corporate-related labour law issues, complex labour litigation, collective bargaining processes, and migration. The department is led by Rodrigo Ugarte (‘excellent for his commitment’), whose broad experience takes in collective bargaining, union negotiations, corporate labour matters and strategic labour litigation. At associate level, the practices of Leyla Alul and Mariana Ramírez both focus on labour law advisory work, immigration issues and labour-related litigation.
‘An excellent firm for availability and appropriate responses.‘
‘Very good preparation from the team for trials and negotiations.’
‘Professionalism, availability, and cordial and correct treatment of matters.‘
Prodiel (Agencia en Chile)
Asociación Chilena de Seguridad
Exxacon Desarrollo Inmobiliario
Empresa de Servicios Externos de la Asociación Chilena de Seguridad
Termas de Jahuel
Kantar Wordpanel Chile
Frutas y Hortalizas del Sur
H-E PARTS International Chile
Centro de Capacitación Netec
Asociación de Supermercados de Chile
Escuelas Deportivas Formando Campeones
In Store Media
- Defending Prodiel group companies against over 50 labour lawsuits.
- Executed a preventive audit for Exxacon Desarrollo Inmobiliario, which involved a review of labour and social security issues.
- Advised Clínica Ensenada on a collective bargaining procedure with its union.
‘Solid and constantly growing’, Barros Silva Varela & Vigil’s six-member labour and employment department covers equity, gender, sexual harassment and discrimination issues, as well as fundamental rights’ violations, and the implementation of policies and best practices. Team leader Roberto Lewin advises on labour-related restructurings, subcontracting, collective bargaining, employment litigation, immigration and compliance. At senior associate level, Paulina Rivera (‘a great professional’) focuses on labour and employment-related litigation, collective labour law issues and labour auditing, but Nicole Lüer left the firm in January 2023.
‘Responses are very quick and they know Chilean labour law very well.’
‘The BSVV labour law team is solid and constantly growing – it has a bright future.‘
‘They have acquired very good clients who give them a solid presence in the market.‘
‘Roberto Lewin is a great leader, and has impressive business and legal skills.‘
‘Senior associate Paulina Rivero is a great professional.‘
Phoenix Tower International Chile
- Advised Sika Chile on a collective bargaining with its largest union.
- Assisted Autocred with employment agreement issues.
- Advised Cementerio Metropolitano on a collective bargaining with one of its unions.
Deloitte Legal Chile
Deloitte Legal Chile’s labour practice focuses on collective bargaining negotiations, complex labour litigation, and compliance investigation processes concerning sexual harassment and mobbing. The 13-strong team also provides clients with labour training on post-pandemic legislative modifications (such as teleworking). Other key areas are executive personnel transfers, immigration, due diligence reviews, labour restructuring solutions, and mining sector labour issues involving contractors and subcontractors. Co-office founder Ruby Soteras is a former FerradaNehme senior lawyer; director and former immigration group leader at Carey, Monserrat Nova, is a November 2022 hire; and manager Santiago Swett is the labour advisory head in Chile.
Ruby Soteras; Santiago Swett
‘Good teamwork and very efficient coordination.’
‘They know how to think and how to resolve matters under pressure.‘
‘Very transparent when indicating information and requesting data. Professional from beginning to end.’
Rolls Royce Chile
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Flow Partners Chile
- Advised CMPC on an immigration process.
- Advises Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy on labour matters.
- Advises Flow Partners Chile on labour matters.
Dentons Larrain Rencoret
Dentons Larrain Rencoret fields a go-to team for mining sector-related labour issues. The Santiago office is also the exclusive Chilean law practice member of the Inclusive Companies (REIN) network, an organisation that focuses on making Chile a more inclusive country for people with disabilities (the firm’s role includes providing expert assessments on the Labour Inclusion Act). The broad practice of Karlfranz Koehler encompasses labour law compliance, collective bargaining and labour litigation; and the labour practice of recently-raised partner Rodrigo Sanhueza covers the mining, construction, energy, banking, technology and agriculture sectors. At senior associate level, both Francisca Vivaldi and María Belen Kútulas maintain active labour law and immigration practices.
Karlfranz Koehler; Rodrigo Sanhueza
Teck Quebrada Blanca Mining Company
Degasa (KFC & Wendys)
Nittetsu Mining Company
Arqueros Mining Company
Andritz Fabrics and Rolls
Hogar de Cristo
Givaudan (Chile Botanics)
Dragados (Agencia en Chile)
Constructora Queiroz Galvao
Tata Consultancy Services
Bridgestone Industrial Products
Ursus Trotter Small Appliances
- Defended Epiroc Chile against a labour lawsuit for compensation, brought by the relatives of a worker who died in an accident at work.
- Assisted Access Corp with the employment due diligence for the acquisition of Mega Centro and HQB.
- Defended TSK Chile against a claim for violation of fundamental rights (due to a Covid-19 infection).
The five-strong labour and employment practice at Garrigues Chile is increasingly advising on the recently-enacted Chilean immigration law. The team also specialises in collective bargaining, its advice covering assistance with unions, federations and unfair practices, as well as providing a robust labour litigation offering and routinely assisting with transactional labour due diligence matters. In a significant boost, group head Bárbara Vera, a specialist in collective bargaining and union issues, was raised to partner in early 2023; and senior labour law associates Ricardo Eckardt and Juan Ignacio Chamorro were recruited during 2022 from Grupo Vial Abogados and the former Aylwin Mendoza Luksic & Valencia – AMLV, respectively. Former senior associate Tomás Larrain recently departed for Equitat Abogados Laborales.
‘Technical knowledge and coordination between the members of the practice.‘
‘The follow-up of issues is very good, which makes it very easy for us because we feel that they are aware of our affairs.‘
‘The team is always available and their advice is concise and detailed: Bárbara Vera Ricardo Eckardt Juan Ignacio Chamorro.‘
Compañia Cervecerías Unidas
Ates Ingenieria y Servicios
Murex Chile Andino Pacifico
- Assisted Telsur with a collective bargaining process with its union, which has over 400 affiliated employees.
- Defending Ingeniería y Construcción Nahmías Hermanos in a labour lawsuit that was filed by a former employee who alleges that his loss of hearing and silicosis are job-related.
- Defending Gtd (and some of its affiliates) in a labour lawsuit filed by a former employee, who is alleging that the employer breached its employment contract obligations.
Larrain y Asociados Abogados is particularly well known for its representation of mining and education sector clients. The four-member team’s scope ranges from litigation, recruitment and cross-border employment and migratory issues, to collective bargaining, M&A-related employment issues, and general advice on employment and social security matters. The team is led by Andrés Silva, an expert in collective bargaining and general labour-related corporate advice; and -in a boost to the practice- labour law litigator Jorge Parro became the firm’s first-ever director in September 2022. Within the associate ranks, Consuelo Misle and Valentina Calderón both focus on labour law.
‘Among the aspects that I consider that Larraín’s labour area stands out from other lawyers is their quick response to requests, their pre-judicial negotiation capacity and the administrative order of collections. A detail arrives per lawyer with the activities carried out and the times involved.‘
‘Andrés Silva. Good judgment when analyzing complex situations. He delivers a strategic look beyond the legal one.‘
‘As a team they are very well coordinated, they answer quickly and their answers contain both knowledge of the laws, and relevant background of practical cases and past experiences. The billing service is agile, it follows up on pending charges and once the expense is authorised, billing is fast, without inconvenience. The face-to-face attention is excellent, the offices are very good and the support for meetings and others works very well.‘
‘Their answers are quick. The empathy and ethics of its collaborators is highlighted when proposing possible solutions and responses. Over time they manage to know and understand the client’s business, to provide a tailored service. They attends us with very good results Andrés Silva and Consuelo Misle.’
‘Larraín y Asociados is a law firm with expertise in labour and other areas with which they also provide us with services. They are extremely concerned about taking care of the company’s image and being rigorous in the analysis of proposals.‘
‘The senior lawyers are quite close, you can have meetings with them, each area has its own legal expert. I would highlight partner Andrés Silva.‘
Sociedad Punta del Cobre
Santo Tomás Educational Group
La Polar Group
Constructora de Infraestructura de Chile
Seguros Sura Chile
Larrain Vial Companies
- Defended Santo Tomás Educational Group before the labour courts against a lawsuit filed by a union from Universidad Santo Tomás.
- Defended Pucobre against a lawsuit filed by a subcontracted employee to obtain compensation (further to illness).
- Provided legal advice to Zamine Service Chile during its collective bargaining process with a union.
PAGBAM Schwencke Chile
PAGBAM Schwencke Chile‘s four-member labour and employment practice has significant experience in litigation, company closures, union negotiations, collective bargaining, social security and migration. The team also covers cross-border employment work, along with discrimination and harassment issues. Heading the group, labour law specialist Gonzalo Aravena Frontaura is a November 2022 counsel-level hire from Jara Del Favero Abogados (replacing former counsel and team leader Constanza Ríos Ghio, who departed the previous month). Key senior associate Fernanda Laborde Poblete also maintains a noteworthy and wide-ranging employment, immigration and social security practice.
‘The firm provides a personalised service and they show a good disposition when contacting them.‘
‘I appreciate the speed with which I can be contact them.‘
‘For those of us who are not specialists in legal matters, it is very useful for us to work with this firm since they are very detailed with the advice and use a language that, although professional, allows us to understand the matter and the points exposed to those of us who are not specialists.‘
Fundación Inria Chile
Tech Data Chile
WS Audiology Chile
GlobalLogic (Hitachi Group)
DRS Ingeniería y Gestión de Proyectos
- Represented CAF Chile before the Labour Court of Santiago in a claim filed by ten former employees.
- Advised Viñedos Veramonte on a collective bargaining process held with its main union.
- Represented Tivit before the Labour Court of Santiago in a claim filed by its union.
TSP Legal was co-launched in April 2022 by labour, employment, social security and human resources expert, Marianela Smith; Pedro Torres, a specialist in individual and collective lawsuits; and experienced labour law practitioner Edmundo Piffre de Voban. Smith is a former senior associate at Uribe, Hubner & Cia, where Torres was a group lead lawyer, and Piffre de Voban previously worked as adviser to both the Undersecretary of Labour and the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare. Since its establishment, the practice has advised on labour law matters on behalf of clients from the retail, insurance, finance, agriculture, healthcare and technology sectors.
‘The TPS legal team stands out for having professionals who have extensive knowledge and mastery of their matters – they deliver solutions quickly and very effectively in order to resolve any conflict. This marks a difference from other offices.’
‘They have both theoretical and practical knowledge, which means that the solutions delivered can be carried out without any difficulty.‘
‘Excellent response times, their expertise in labour lawsuits is visible, and they adapt solutions to the reality of each case.’
Plaza (Mall Plaza)
EbD Business Distribution
Sociedad Nacional de Agricultura
Centro de Terapia del Comportamiento
- Assisted Cauchoval with a labour audit.
- Advised Deloitte’s human resources management department on a restructuring process.
- Advised BUK on the calculation of severance payments.