Labour and employment in Chile
The sizeable, 17-strong labour and employment practice group at market heavyweight Carey is widely respected for its experience in collective bargaining and complex labour litigation, including wrongful discharges, violation of fundamental rights, anti-union practices, and work-related accidents. The broad practice also assists with hiring processes, employee taxation, compensation packages, terminations and mass lay-offs. Additional areas of strength include corporate policies, compliance, internal investigations, corporate immigration, subcontracting, and labour-related M&A, with the group demonstrating specific industry expertise in the pharmaceuticals, construction, mining, aviation, and banking and finance sectors, in particular. Oscar Aitken (a senior partner) and Francisca Corti (partner since 2017) co-head the firm’s labour, employment and immigration team, which includes experienced associates Francisco Arce, Carla Karzulovic, Constanza Trisotti and Valentina Kuscevic.
‘The truth is that working with Carey gives me tremendous confidence in their experience and abilities. In addition to delivering all the information and legal support, they give us their vision and clarity of eventual risks, and that is a plus that I have not seen in other firms. In addition, the security and support with which they address the issues is incredible.‘
‘They are shrewd, sharp and very professional, as well as being responsive and efficient.‘
‘The strengths of Francisca Corti and associate Carla Karzulovic are their friendliness, calmness, clarity of explanations and pros-and-cons of options, and experience. We also work with associate Francisco Arce in trials, with excellent support and results.‘
‘Francisco Arce is an outstanding associate.‘
Sterling & Wilson
- Advised 21st Century Fox on the local labour and employment issues arising from its global sale to Disney, including employee transfers, benefit structures and severance schemes.
- Acted for the local subsidiary of a global energy generator and utility company (Enel) in a collective bargaining that involved two unions and 450 employees.
- Acted for a global mining company in internal work harassment investigations and subsequent employment termination of a high-profile employee.
- Acted for a global insurance company in multiple labour disputes brought by independent contractors who claimed employee status.
- Acted for a global pharmaceutical company in an internal, sexual and labour harassment investigation involving a high-profile employee, his termination and related labour litigation.
Munita & Olavarría
Founded in late 2015, Munita & Olavarría, the Ius Laboris member firm for Chile is a specialist labour and employment law boutique. The practice is particularly focused on labour-related litigation and collective bargaining, although other areas of notable strength include hiring processes, compensation benefits and pension plans, compliance, corporate policies and sub-contracting, along with workforce reductions, work-related illnesses and accidents, and work permits and visas for foreign personnel. Founding partners Enrique Munita and Cristián Olavarría, together with experienced partners Paola Casorzo, José Luis De Marchena, Marcela Salazar and recently promoted Gonzalo Urcelay are all highly rated practitioners. Former senior associates Paula García-Huidobro and María de los Angeles Izquierdo left the firm in 2019.
Barros & Errázuriz's seven-strong employment and immigration department is best known for the full-service nature of its advice on employment matters. It assists with day-to day issues, labour-related M&A aspects, collective bargaining, labour disputes and labour audits. Areas of recent growth for the department include immigration and compliance work. The practice advises national and international companies from a broad swathe of industries including education, manufacturing, finance and telecoms. Experienced partner Juan Cristóbal Iturrate heads the labour and employment department, which also fields senior associates María Fernanda Espinosa (who has over 10 years' employment law experience), and 'excellent adviser' Carolina Carrillo.
Other key lawyers:
‘Great for knowledge, case management, trust and availability, with good judgement and quality of advice.‘
‘Committed, available and always collaborative.‘
‘A very good service – I always have support for any eventuality that arises.‘
‘The team is proactive in analysing and suggesting actions for the implementation of regulatory changes. In addition, the quality of the responses to client requirements is solid and with excellent results.‘
‘A team with deep knowledge of its subjects, efficient in its responses and quick to propose effective solutions. They also show deep knowledge of various industries and with an enormous degree of efficiency.‘
‘Juan Cristóbal Iturrate and senior associate María Fernanda Espinosa stand out for their technical quality, and for proposing practical solutions with effective results. Furthermore, the team’s attorneys are always available to meet the client’s requirements, engaging in the particularities of the company’s business and the risks inherent in the business.‘
‘Juan Cristóbal Iturrate knows the Chilean market very well, as well as the complexities of work that facilitates any legal requirement.‘
‘Senior associate Carolina Carrillo is an excellent adviser.‘
Sociedad Anónima Viña Santa Rita
Cristalerías de Chile
Hewlett-Packard / Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Fundición de Talleres
Vestas Turbinas Eólicas
Moneda Asset Management
Cooke Aquaculture Chile
Inmobiliaria Imsa – Adportas
Bruno Fritsch Automotora
- Acted for Teleperformance in a lawsuit brought by the Chilean Employment Agency, which claimed anti-union policies.
- Advised Viña Santa Rita on collective bargaining procedures which concluded successfully, thereby avoiding strike action.
- Advised Monadelphous Group on the labour law aspects of its acquisition of infrastructure company Builtek.
Canales Parga Abogados Laborales was co-founded in 2018 by highly rated name partners Alfonso Canales and Sebastián Parga, both formerly of Uribe, Hubner & Canales. The 13-strong practice has particular knowledge of labour matters involving the technology, hospitality and retail sectors - indeed, recent mandates include defending a British multinational contract foodservice company against a discriminatory dismissal and violation of fundamental rights' claim. Carlos Gutiérrez de Torres, Francisco Plass and Diego Nodleman were elevated to the partnership in 2019, considerably increasing the practice group's depth at partner level.
The four-strong department at Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos is best known for its expertise in collective bargaining, immigration, day-to-day labour support, and restructuring-related labour issues. It is also experienced in assisting with compensation packages, stock option plans, and tax issues involving labour benefits. The firm's broad industrial client base ensures strong sector-specific expertise, especially in retail, mining, IT, manufacturing and technology, and the practice has also experienced growth in its labour litigation practice. Ricardo Tisi (who focuses on labour, pensions and immigration) heads the labour group, with notable support provided by key senior associate Bárbara Zlatar.
‘I work with Ricardo Tisi, who is a professional that is ready to solve issues, is updated on his work and is consistent in his recommendations and risk analysis. He is also open to new ideas, looks for innovations and dares to go for more.‘
‘It is a very professional law firm that provides support at all times and is also proactive.‘
IBM de Chile
International Paper Cartones
Hasbro Latin America
Hotelera Four Points
- Acted for Skretting in a lawsuit brought by a group of 11 employees who claimed that their dismissal was discriminatory (on the grounds of union membership).
- Assisted Levi Strauss with labour-related issues related to an asset purchase agreement.
- Acted for Scholle in a compensation-related lawsuit following a workplace accident.
The six-strong department at CMS Carey & Allende advises across a range of labour matters, including individual and collective bargaining, labour litigation (including dismissals and the closing of companies' operations), compliance, social security, harassment and immigration. Other areas of note include litigation, M&A-related labour law issues, labour contracts, and associated tax matters. The team has particular expertise in advising companies from the mining, construction and engineering industries. Well regarded practice head Enzo Canales (together with other respected labour lawyers from the market), recently founded a think tank in relation to Chile's current Labour Reform. Promoted to senior associate in 2019, Julio Frías provides key support.
‘Enzo Canales stands out for his great technical knowledge and solid advice, that is provided very quickly and on time. They are a strategic ally in our labour management and we can count on them; despite being external, we consider them part of our team for their human and technical qualities, and dedication – far above other firms.‘
- Assisted Italy’s SAIPEM with union collective bargaining procedures.
- Defended real estate company Inmobiliaria Chamisero against a lawsuit filed by its former CEO (further to his dismissal).
- Acted for Virbac Centrovet in its collective bargaining process.
Della Maggiora, Eyzaguirre, Ferrada Abogados
Della Maggiora, Eyzaguirre, Ferrada Abogados is a specialised labour and employment boutique that fields eight practitioners who advise on social security, immigration, employment litigation, collective bargaining, terminations, restructuring, and employee compensation and benefits. The team is also experienced in internal policies, audits, employee taxation, pensions, and health and safety at work. Francisco Della Maggiora and Domingo Eyzaguirre are labour law, social security and immigration experts. Camila Herrera was made partner in January 2020, bringing greater partner-level depth to the team; and Anibal Zalaquett is an associate to note.
‘We rate their ability to meet the needs of the client, maintaining a high standard of excellence in precision, response time and resolution of lawsuits, regardless of which lawyer of the firm is working with the company or court.‘
‘Francisco della Maggiora and Domingo Eyzaguirre are capable of understanding the culture and way of acting of the company and fully adapt to the client’s relational and negotiation style.‘
Obrascón Huarte Lain
General Motors Financial Chile
Energy Development (EDC) Corporation Chile
Sociedad GNL Mejillones
Constructora de Pavimentos Asfálticos Bitumix
Latam Car Group
STR Power Chile
Solek Chile Holding
Century Link Chile
Viña Luis Felipe Edwards
- Defended Motor Sudamérica against a complex labour lawsuit brought by a former employee for infringement of fundamental rights and wrongful dismissal.
- Permanent advisory to Bechtel Chile on labour and social security law matters including labour relations, working schedules, employee benefits and litigation.
- Assisting Sandvik Chile and Sandvik Mining & Construction Chile with ongoing labour and social security issues, including several complex litigation claims.
Founded in 2006, specialist labour boutique Lizama Abogados has a particularly strong name in the market for its assistance with collective bargaining and union relations. The 12-strong practice has industry expertise across the mining, energy, agriculture, construction and manufacturing sectors, among others, and also handles compensation issues, the labour law aspects of corporate restructuring, and employment law litigation (both administrative and judicial). Director of the labour and employment department at the Universidad de Chile, name partner Luis Lizama is a highly regarded collective-bargaining expert. Gonzalo Riquelme, Esteban Palma and Osvaldo Parada, directors of the corporate, litigation and collective negotiation practices, respectively, are all also noted.
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría's eight-strong practice covers hiring and terminations, unfair dismissals, company policies and employment audits, as well as restrictive covenants, outsourcing, compensation packages, and collective bargaining. The group also has considerable experience regarding union relations, labour litigation and social security. In addition, it is highly regarded for new areas such as diversity, discrimination, female participation and AI. Director and collective bargaining and labour litigation specialist, Sergio Montes, was hired from Eyzaguirre Burlé Montes & Ossa in 2019 to head the labour team; while 'outstanding professional' Paulina Miranda, the first female partner in the multi-jurisdictional firm's Santiago office, has a broad advisory labour and employment practice. Key senior associate Andrea Papi's broad advisory practice also includes oversight of the department's immigration sub-practice. Former practice director Jaime Salinas left to co-found Salinas Toledo Abogados in August 2019.
‘It is an expert team, where the advice is based on experience and clients are kept up to date. Responses are speedy.‘
‘Excellent professional support and they are always available to solve our issues. They demonstrate extensive experience in this discipline, providing comprehensive advice and good results.‘
‘The advice is personalised and practical (they do not just recite the law), and they have the ability to cope with any style of client.‘
‘The timely advice we receive, the attention to detail and evaluation of options and strategies have been of great assistance when meeting our obligations under the relevant local laws.‘
‘We like its ability to adapt to each style of client.‘
‘Paulina Miranda is an outstanding professional, with knowledge of the different markets and how to deal best with events. She has years of experience and her advice helps us make the best decisions.‘
‘Paulina Miranda and director Sergio Montes have been fantastic for their consistent and professional manner, quick turn-round of advice and ability to articulate and translate complex legislation and how it applies to our particular situation.‘
Fox International Channels
Nyk Sudamerica Chile
- Provides Dell with labour advice, including assistance with benefits and internal policies.
- Advised Under Armour on employment matters, including termination of employee contracts, relations with the labour law authorities and internal policies.
- Assisted TATA with both collective bargaining with unions and sensitive dismissals.
Uribe, Hubner & Cia.
Labour law is one of Uribe, Hubner & Cia.'s strongest practice areas. The team is highly rated for its expertise in ongoing labour law issues and labour law litigation. The firm fields several experienced practitioners, including Enrique Uribe (current President of the Chilean Labour Law Centre and adviser to the labour committees of the Chilean Construction Chamber); and fellow senior partner Marcelo Soto, a corporate employment law and collective bargaining expert. Providing strong support at associate level are María de los Ángeles Bittner, Pedro Pablo Torres, Marianela Smith, Silvestre Lyon and Edmundo Piffre de Voban.
Baker McKenzie Chile
Baker McKenzie Chile fields five lawyers who specialise in complex employer-side litigation, which frequently concerns unlawful dismissal, employee benefits, discrimination and sexual harassment. The team also has a strong track record in mass terminations, workforce restructuring and collective bargaining, along with cross-border executive transfers and multinational company employment matters. In addition, the practice stands out for its mining-related employment law expertise. Experienced partner Andrés Valdés heads the labour department, which includes well-regarded associate José Ignacio Muñoz.
‘Quick response capacities when presented with a problem, and they provide concise, clear information, with suggestions of the most appropriate procedure for the circumstances.‘
‘We were advised by the firm in two labour lawsuits; we had an excellent result with this very professional team, which is highly trained. We were attended in a very good way and the preparation in this area is outstanding. The trials took almost a year and at all times we felt very well advised.‘
‘Andrés Valdés and associate José Ignacio Muñoz are rated for their professionalism, ability, and above all their knowledge in the labour field.‘
Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana's five-member labour and employment practice advises clients from the mining, manufacturing, healthcare, technology, and services and entertainment sectors (among others). Typical work ranges from workforce practices, immigration and compliance, to negotiations with senior executives and trade unions. The team also acts in labour litigation and labour-related M&A. Pablo Gutiérrez heads the labour practice, with key support provided by experienced senior associate Luis Alberto Cruchaga.
‘The team has great knowledge of this area and has great capacity for understanding the problems of its clients’ sectors. The lawyers complement each other very well in terms of policies, lines of defence and the execution of cases in court.‘
‘I like their dedication and involvement with clients and the problems upon which they are consulted.‘
‘Great for capacity, knowledge and involvement.‘
‘They form a very cohesive team.‘
‘Pablo Gutiérrez is a lawyer with solid knowledge of this area and a tremendous capacity to empathise with people from different levels of our organisation.‘
Sociedad de procesamiento de Molibdeno
Casino Luckia Arica
- Acted for hospitality and gaming conglomerate, Enjoy, in a series of unfair dismissal cases.
- Acted for Longport Security in contesting a fine, which was applied by the Employment Inspectorate for the failure to provide toilets on or near Santiago airport’s aircraft ramps.
- Acted for Nephrocare Chile (a renal care provider) in an action filed by a former employee, who claimed unfair dismissal and violation of fundamental rights.
DLA Piper Chile's team comprises five practitioners experienced in collective bargaining and employment litigation, as well as employee compensation schemes, high-ranking officer terminations, and day-to-day matters. The practice group also assists with labour-related M&A due diligence, labour compliance and corporate immigration. Labour and employment generalist Luis Parada heads both the local team and the firm's regional practice group; he is also an expert in corporate immigration. Counsel Juan Pablo Mesías (labour due diligences, welfare benefits, labour audits; and all tax and social security-related issues) is also a key practice contact. Associate Iñaki Irisarri, who arrived from Cruz y Cia until 2018, is also noted.
‘The DLA Piper team is very good for quick responses and comprehensive advice; it also considers different aspects and has knowledge of jurisprudence and good judgement. In addition, it understands the realities of companies.‘
‘The DLA team demonstrates a solid base of experience in its opinions and gives me peace of mind when giving advice. They are concerned with understanding situations from the ground.‘
‘It is a very committed and dedicated team that is always open and available to the client. Their opinions have been very well structured and professional.‘
‘The quality that best differentiates the DLA team is its proximity to the client, maintaining transparent, empathetic and clear communication at all times.‘
‘Great for quality and sense of urgency – the advice is fast, complete and clear. I would highlight their availability and monitoring of cases.‘
‘Luis Parada has an excellent attitude and is very responsible and formal. His advice was very sound and he helped handle and resolve a very sensitive issue very well.‘
Merck Sharp & Dohme
Empresa de Transportes de Pasajeros Metro
Cornershop, Delivery Technologies
San Jose Farms
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
EDF Renewables Chile
- Advised Air Liquide Chile on union collective bargaining matters.
- Advised Uber on a reduction of its marketing department in Latin America.
- Assisted Aleatica with the retention of key executives and employees during the closing of local operations.
Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia. fields a four-strong labour and employment practice, which is led by experienced partner Christian Alvarado, who focuses on the implementation, development and maintenance of labour relations, including union matters. The team has been particularly active, recently, advising clients in collective negotiations. It has also provided advice on the implementation of the 2017 Labour Reform (which aims to increase unionisation and collective bargaining); and assisted with labour litigation, hirings and terminations, workplace health and safety, and immigration. Patricio Riquelme is a key associate.
‘It is an experienced team that responds to our requirements.‘
Nike de Chile
Bridgestone Off-The-Road Tire Latin America
Harsco Metals Chile
- Ongoing counsel to Chilean pharmaceutical company Laboratorio Maver regarding labour matters.
- Assisted Minera Tres Valles with the preparation of its general action plan, involving a collective bargaining process.
- Provides ongoing labour law advice to Chilean real estate company Parque Arauco.
Guerrero Olivos' five-strong labour, employment and migration group develops tailored and comprehensive labour strategies for its clients, including migratory and expatriate matters. On the contentious side, it acts in unfair dismissals, anti-union practices, fundamental rights, work-related accidents, and union and collective bargaining processes. Department head (and director of the Chilean Labour Law and Social Security Association since 2010), Rocío García de la Pastora was promoted to partner in November 2019. Key associate support is provided by Tomas Garnham and Sergio Fuica.
‘They make me feel that I am understood and they give me confidence. They have good command of the subjects in question.‘
‘Great for professional experience and empathy with the client.‘
‘The team, led by Rocío García de la Pastora, is one with experience and the ability to understand clients’ problems, and it builds a range of interesting solutions with the ability to implement them.‘
‘Rocío García de la Pastora and associate Sergio Fuica present themselves as a very well complemented team and I feel treated as a person and not as a case.‘
- Permanent advisory to Empresas Carozzi regarding employment litigation.
- Assisting iron ore and pellets producer, CAP, with its labour guidelines.
- Represented retailer SMU in two successful collective bargaining processes.
Estudio Navarro Abogados
The eight-strong department at Estudio Navarro Abogados mainly advises large and medium-sized companies on individual and collective labour law, immigration, social security law, compliance, and defence-side litigation. Founding partner and labour leader Luis Navarro has a strong track record in labour law and collective bargaining processes, and Benjamín Costa is an experienced labour law litigator. Since publication the team has been further strengthened with the hire of contentious labour specialist Juan Pablo Fernández Avendaño -who arrives from his own boutique- as a partner, in January 2021.
‘With them we have never lost a trial, we have always reached beneficial agreements and we have not had any strikes. They have what is needed and are appreciated for their commitment, delivery and quality work.‘
‘This is a highly competent, prepared, updated and committed team of labour advisers.‘
‘Luis Navarro is a lawyer who, due to his experience, provides the knowledge base that gives the client company the confidence to work. In addition to his punctuality and faithful compliance with commitments, there is ease in accessing him and he provides opportune opportunities. The other attorneys are also excellent and provide the timely support required.‘
‘Luis Navarro is a lawyer with vast experience and great dignity. He leads the firm with absolute conviction in terms of quality of service and is focused on the client.‘
‘Benjamín Costa is an excellent lawyer who is always ready to give more and aims for the best for his client. When faced with a legal problem, I always turn to him or Luis to consult or discuss a strategy.‘
‘The firm has the winning combination of Luis Navarro’s vast experience combined with Benjamín Costa’s innovative ideas, and backed up by a team of very high-level associate attorneys.‘
‘The great experience of partner Luis Navarro, the dynamism of Benjamín Costa and great support of associate attorneys form an absolutely winning team. All of them have an understanding of business and stand out for their ease of contact and willingness to deliver tailor-made solutions. All of the above is reflected both in their preventative consultancy advice and the management of labour litigation.’
Association of Metallurgical and Metalworking Industries
Automotora Guillermo Morales
Maersk Container Industry San Antonio
Compañía de Seguros Vida Cámara
Compañía General de Electricidad
- Acted for Automotora Guillermo Morales in a lawsuit over the alleged violation of fundamental rights filed by a former company manager.
- Permanent advisory on labour issues to gas distribution company, Gas Sur.
- Ongoing labour law advice to the Association of Metallurgical and Metalworking Industries, including a recent collective bargaining procedure.
Prieto Abogados' six-strong labour, employment and immigration department has an established reputation for its labour litigation capabilities, corporate-related labour matters in general, and collective bargaining processes. It has particular experience across the energy, mining, gaming, logistics, tourism, retail, insurance and construction sectors; and has also been active, recently, advising on Chile's recent labour legislation reform. Christian von Bergen (advisory matters, collective bargaining and labour litigation) heads the labour department; with Cristóbal Raby, who was promoted to partner in January 2019, focusing on judicial defence in labour cases, as well as labour and social security advisory. Valentina Flen provides associate-level support.
‘The work team adjusts to the client’s needs, understanding the speed of the business and the relevance of its advice in sufficient time to be able to attend to good corporate practices and important contingencies.’
‘There is a direct and simple method to their responses, with easy access to partners and very good results obtained in litigation. They also demonstrate a high level of technical and practical knowledge, which is difficult to find in some external consultants.‘
‘Cristóbal Raby is a very comprehensive lawyer, with complete understanding of the situation. He is a strategist who is concerned with the quality and speed of the service. His updated knowledge and availability to face contingencies make him highly recommended.‘
Engie Energía Chile
Sherwin Williams Chile
Disal Chile Sanitarios Portables Limitada
- Acted for Muellaje Central in five simultaneous collective bargaining processes.
- Acted for SMU in labour disputes that were initiated by former and current employees.
- Assisted Yamana Gold with a collective bargaining process involving approximately 500 employees.
Rivadeneira Colombara Zegers
The five-strong department at Rivadeneira Colombara Zegers is experienced in collective bargaining, defending labour law claims, M&A-related due diligence, along with social security, compliance and employee conflicts (particularly mobbing and sexual harassment matters). Ramón Domínguez is recommended for complex labour litigation and collective bargaining; while director Francis Reyes is experienced in labour disputes, industrial safety, corporate labour matters, and collective bargaining. Both Domínguez and Reyes joined from DLA Piper Chile in late 2018.
Club Deportivo ENAP
Corporacion Educacional El Bosque
Constructora Socovesa Sur
- Acted for ENAP’s sports club in a complex case where a service provider claimed employee status.
- Represented ENAP in a complex mass dismissal procedure that involved approximately 400 workers.
- Advised Corporación Educacional El Bosque on a strike procedure.
Founded by Raúl Fernández and Felipe Sáez in 2016, Sáez & Fernández is a labour, employment law and immigrations-services focused boutique. The seven-strong practice is highly regarded for its assistance with labour law-related dispute resolution, union relations, collective bargaining, and social security matters. Previously at Alessandri & Compañía Abogados, Andrés Dighero was hired as partner in June 2019; and notable support is provided by attorneys at law Isaías Rodríguez (former Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate trial attorney), and Pablo Fuenzalida.
‘The differentiating factor is its ability to analyse from a legal, practical and political point of view.‘
‘In addition to Felipe Sáez’s technical knowledge, we appreciate his contacts with the authorities and multi-disciplinary approach to unions and companies, incorporating political and realist variables.‘
Saavedra & Compañía Abogados
Acting across industry sectors including retail, banking, mining, manufacturing and e-commerce, the five-strong group at Saavedra & Compañía Abogados is experienced in both individual and collective employment law. Representative work includes labour litigation, collective negotiations, labour union relations, social security and immigration, among other matters. Juan Pablo Saavedra, Cristóbal Muñoz and Gabriela Gerpe are all well-regarded partners, with key support provided by experienced practice director Priscilla Serres who joined the firm in April 2019.
‘The firm is rated for the specialisation and experience of the lawyers. All of them have vast experience in labour law, both in individual and collective labour matters. It has been wonderful to have found these legal advisers in labour matters.‘
‘They have the standard of the Big Four or large firms, but with convenient rates, and with senior and experienced staff serving the client. This allows them to deliver accurate, reliable, timely, and high-quality advice, and also leads them to be compared favourably with teams from other law firms, since their advice is highly personalised and always provided by a senior attorney.‘
‘What differentiates the service offered by the firm is its personalised attention. It is also unique for its vast knowledge in all matters related to employment. Without a doubt, they are excellent partners when making important decisions.‘
‘The advice is of high quality and grounded to the reality of the clients; they are also very fast in their answers and with very convenient fees. I was impressed at the great job I received from this boutique labour firm.‘
‘I do not know another firm that compares with the service I receive from this practice. The ease of reaching them immediately, whether through instant messaging applications, phones or mail really helps. They are always accessible and give answers that clarifies our doubts.‘
‘Juan Pablo Saavedra and Cristóbal Muñoz are without a doubt very talented people – they perfectly understand my needs.‘
Geotec Boyles Bros
Willis, Towers and Watson
Ferrovial Servicios Chile
Virutas de Madera
Red Electrica Internacional
- Assisted Prosegur in collective negotiations with five union organisations.
- Assisted Sanofi Pasteur with collective bargaining negotiations.
- Defended Groupon LATAM against a worker’s claim that his honour and psychological integrity had been violated.
Salinas Toledo Abogados
Salinas Toledo Abogados is a specialist labour and employment law firm that was founded in 2019 by labour litigation practice and collective labour law head, Jaime Salinas. Salinas is a former labour practice director at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría, from where he was joined at partner level by María Francisca Montenegro and Francisco Ruay. The seven-strong team covers employment audits, hiring and terminations, unfair dismissal, company policies and restrictive covenants, along with outsourcing, and labour taxes and compensation packages. It also fields experts in collective bargaining, union relations, labour litigation and social security.
‘It is a highly trained team that has vast experience in labour litigation. The lawyers stand out for their willingness and flexibility.‘
‘Great for its quality of customer service that is very personalised and flexible.‘
‘The team is excellent and young team, but with a lot of experience in labour law, – in my opinion, this is one of the best teams on the market.’
‘Being a small team, the attorney-client relationship becomes much closer; they are always attentive to any questions or queries and that makes a big difference. They are also very clear and accurate in their responses.‘
‘Jaime Salinas is rated for his professionalism and Francisco Ruay for his handling of trials and negotiations.‘
‘Jaime Salinas is an expert lawyer in labour issues. He stands out for the commitment with which he assumes each assignment and the results he obtains. He is a benchmark for this area and delivers great security to his clients.‘
‘María Francisca Montenegro has great litigation skills, understands problems very well and finds appropriate solutions to each case.‘
Kaufmann Vehículos Motorizados
Servicio de Registro Civil e Identificación.
Saba Estacionamientos De Chile
Sociedad de Inversiones y Asesorias Ibanez
Iberoamerican Radio Chile
- Assists Redbanc with its day-to-day employment matters.
- Advising Zara Chile on both litigation, and collective bargaining issues.
- Assists Kaufmann Vehículos Motorizados with its employment matters, including labour litigation defence.
Abdala y Cia's four-strong team is experienced in complex labour law disputes, collective bargaining negotiations, corporate law-related labour matters, social security, immigration, terminations, and sexual harassment investigations. José Ignacio Arteaga can draw on over 25 years' labour law experience; key associate Andrea Abdala Ready, who handles litigation, advisory and corporate labour matters, arrived from Morales & Besa in 2018.
‘Clear teamwork is evident between the different lawyers that make up the firm, providing an efficient and timely response to the client. They are proactive professionals within the framework of the legal dynamism that currently prevails in the region.‘
‘José Ignacio Arteaga and Andrea Abdala Ready are at the client’s disposal at all times, using different technological tools to support the company’s daily decisions. They know and understand the problems, offering solutions that can be put into practice, minimising the exposure of the company.‘
Worley Parsons Chile
IFX Networks Chile
Banco de la Nación Argentina
- Represented Worley Parsons Chile in a termination-related claim that was filed by an engineer.
The scope of Albagli Zaliasnik's work ranges from hiring processes, compensation, terminations and subcontracting, to corporate policies and collective bargaining in the technology, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, banking, and oil and gas sectors. Recent work also includes advising clients on the implementation of Chile's labour law reform. In addition, the firm has a significant litigation practice and experience of contentious labour matters. Jorge Arredondo is the director of the labour and employment group, which also includes experienced associate Felipe Neira.
‘Responses are very timely and accurate. This is an excellent team that is highly competitive with respect to other law firms.‘
‘The lawyers are committed to their clients, are always ready to assist them, providing advice that is tailored to each problem and always accurate. They differ from competitors in terms of responsibility and commitment to the client.‘
‘The AZ team is committed, trustworthy and quick in its responses. Its rates are very accessible, so the price-quality ratio is excellent.‘
‘Jorge Arredondo is outstanding.‘
‘Jorge Arredondo gives full availability and accessibility, great knowledge and is speedy in responding.‘
Agencia de Sostenibilidad Energética
Laboratorios Garden House Farmaceuticas
Banco do Brasil
- Defended concrete manufacturer Prefabricados Budnik against an unfair dismissal claim.
Allende Bascuñán & Cía's four-strong team is experienced in labour, employment and social security matters, particularly in relation to the mining, agriculture, aviation and construction sectors. It also acts in complex labour-related disputes. Labour law department head Andrés Garrido is experienced in complex litigation, anti-union practices and fundamental rights; and José Luis Ibáñez is noted for corporate labour law.
‘The advice is always highly qualified, specialised and committed. In our opinion, what differentiates the labour advice provided by this firm is the timeliness and efficiency of the responses.‘
‘The firm’s work is exceptional. It is always proactive, especially when there are regulatory changes. I have felt that the client’s interests are a priority.‘
‘The plus of this firm is its knowledge and proactivity approach towards labour issues. Communication is fluid and ongoing with the partners and the difference with other firms is that the conversation is direct and it has the diversity of resources to face multidisciplinary issues. More importantly, these lawyers know how to detect when a topic requires external analysis, which gives a lot of confidence.‘
‘Andrés Garrido is committed, solid and efficient.‘
Gibson Innovation Chile
G M T O
Fundación Las Rosas de Ayuda Fraterna
- Advised Fundación Las Rosas de Ayuda Fraterna regarding a collective contract.
One half of the former Aninat Schwencke & Cia -dissolved in April 2020 following the departure of former name partner Juan Pablo Schwencke to found Schwencke & Cía- Aninat Abogados' labour practice handles collective bargaining, labour disputes, compensation plans and M&A-related labour issues. Experienced partner Rodrigo Ugarte is the key contact.
Barros Silva Varela & Vigil's five-strong labour law team is led by Roberto Lewin, who founded the department in February 2019, when he joined from Vergara, Fernández, Costa & Claro. Lewin focuses his practice on labour, social security and immigration matters. Other typical areas for the group include restructuring, labour auditing, subcontracting, collective bargaining and litigation, among others.
‘Willingness to generate valuable information for decision making within the client’s organisation, and the quality of work is presented so that the information is relevant.‘
‘Proactivity when presenting solutions outside the scope of everyday life, such as training and talks.‘
‘A team of committed, agile and 100% available lawyers in the support of labour matters. They are also rigorous and well prepared. Their experience and knowledge are also great, and we like their speed in answering questions and availability to solve issues – good teamwork too.‘
‘The team is very connected to our internal needs and they quickly understand the operation of a company and how to approach customer advice. It is not only legal advice – they are involved in such a way that the consultancy generates a positive impact.‘
‘The lawyers adapt to the organisational culture of the company in order to understand its requirements. They also show good knowledge of labour management compared to other firms.‘
‘The main plus is that they are interested in knowing how the company works and from that point of view, they commit themselves to becoming n additional member of the company. Regarding this, I highlight partner Roberto Lewin for his ability to understand the needs of his client.‘
‘Roberto Lewin personally cares about directing and supporting each litigation, is very committed to clients and cares about knowing and understanding the client’s industry and market, so as to include it within his advice.‘
Qatro-Elec-Ingeniería y servicios eléctricos industriales (Chile)
- Assisted global chemicals company, Sika, with the labour issues arising from its merger with Parex.
Del Río Izquierdo Abogados' eight-strong labour team advises on hiring, terminations, compensation packages, dispute resolution, and collective bargaining and union relations. It is also experienced in immigration and subcontracting. The practice's key clients are from the mining, construction, technology, manufacturing and hotel sectors. Experienced name partner Eduardo Izquierdo and litigation practice head Francisco Bañados G are the principal contacts.
‘Total service provision and timely updating of regulations and news about labor legislation.‘
‘100% proximity and availability. The outstanding partners are Eduardo Izquierdo and Alejandra Aguad.‘
Unisys Sudamericana Corporation
Compañía Minera Nevada
Inversiones Barrick Conosur
Tetra Pak De Chile Comercial
Parque Zoológico Buinzoo
Gestora Studio 3000
- Defended Fundación Prohumana against a claim for breach of labour obligations and violation of fundamental rights.
Deloitte Legal Chile
Part of the global network of Deloitte member firms, Deloitte Legal Chile's labour practice focuses on collective bargaining, complex labour litigation, labour restructuring solutions and compliance programmes. Other notable areas include executive personnel migration and mining sector-related subcontractor issues. The 12-strong team also has sector experience in energy, manufacturing, logistics, telecoms and healthcare. Immigration head Ignacio Concha supervises the labour practice at partner level; and recently incorporated director, Nancy Ibaceta, who joined from Ernst & Young (Santiago) in 2019, is a dedicated labour and employment law specialist.
Instituto de Seguridad del Trabajo
Coca Cola Chile
- Defended Thiess Chile in a pair of actions filed by a union in relation to labour benefit claims.
Fontaine & Cía
Fontaine & Cía's Diego Marín leads the firm's seven-strong labour law department, which advises on individual and collective employment contracts, social security benefits, and collective bargaining processes and union relations. It is particularly experienced in labour litigation, including claims for accidents and work-related illnesses, violations of fundamental rights, anti-union practices and dismissals. In addition, the practice has notable industry expertise in construction, insurance and healthcare.
‘High knowledge of labour legislation and the practical application of them.‘
Metlife Chile Seguros De Vida
Abbott Laboratories De Chile
Schneider Electric Chile
Ingenieria Y Construccion Sigdo Koppers
Abbvie Productos Farmaceuticos
Isapre Cruz Blanca
Servicios De Comunicaciones Medicas
Claro Vicuña Y Valenzuela
Empresa De Montajes Industriales Salfa
- Represented Metlife Chile Seguros de Vida in labour matters, including individual and collective contracts, layoffs and union agreements.
Larrain y Asociados Abogados fields five practitioners who assist both national and international companies with litigation, labour-related corporate matters, recruitment, cross-border employment issues, collective bargaining, and general employment and social security issues. The team also acts in significant litigation, including anti-union practices and sexual harassment investigations. The practice's main clients are from the mining, education and service sectors. Andrés Silva leads the labour department and Jorge Parro is an experienced associate.
‘I have had to work with several lawyers from the firm and they have always stood out for their technical skills. I also highlight the quality of work, availability (regardless of the day and time) and proactivity.‘
‘They really work as a team and you don’t have to go to a particular lawyer, knowing that everyone always handles the required information in detail. That’s a plus I haven’t seen in other firms.‘
‘The constant availability to meet requirements, attend emergency meetings and positive adaptation to company’s needs make Andrés Silva and associate Jorge Parro stand out.‘
Sociedad Punta del Cobre
Santo Tomás Educational Group
La Polar Group
Consorcio de Salud Santiago Oriente
Seguros Sura Chile
Larrain Vial Companies
BSH Electrodomésticos (Chile)
Zamine Service Chile
- Ongoing advisory to Chilean mining company Sociedad Punta del Cobre regarding labour law matters, including contract drafting and terminations.
Morales & Besa's labour team covers individual and collective rights, social security, immigration, executive compensation plans, and employee benefits. It is also experienced in labour law litigation. Sector expertise for the practice includes banks, construction, transportation, energy, aviation, retail, and food and drink. Senior associate and litigation specialist Angelina Migliorelli heads the labour and employment practice with partner-level engagement from Álvaro Barriga (co-head of the firm's corporate and M&A department), and associate Diego González.
‘Knowledge of the procedures and great, practical support. They also have good negotiation skills during complex cases.‘
‘It is a highly qualified and trained team that is always empathetic; the lawyers are concerned with providing quick, effective and practical solutions that allow successful cases to be addressed.‘
‘The availability and personalised attention are two of the points that stand out the most in the team we work with. The lawyers are concerned with knowing and understanding our business; and, from that perspective, they advise more effectively.‘
‘Great availability and their experience is clear.‘
Internationational School Partnership
Iron Mountain Chile
- Successfully defended Dragados against a claim that concerned an employee’s termination.
PAGBAM Schwencke Chile
The four-strong team at what is now - since its mid-November 2020 tie-up with Argentine firm Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen - PAGBAM Schwencke Chile (formerly Schwencke & Cía), is led by practice director Constanza Ríos Ghio - a position she held at the former Aninat Schwencke & Cia since 2013; she focuses on labour law, labour litigation and corporate immigration matters. The practice offers daily labour counselling, has both administrative and judicial contentious capabilities, and experience handling closures, collective bargaining, social security and migration matters. Key support comes from senior associate Fernanda Laborde Poblete who focuses on employment, immigration and social security, and also undertakes litigation.
Fundación Inria (Chile)
Newell Brands de Chile
Austral Capital Partners
Tech Data (Chile)
- Labour consultancy to CAF Chile during a collective bargaining process.
- Advised WPP Group companies on how to face the Covid-19 pandemic and application of new legislation regarding the suspension of labour relations.
- Represented Tivit Chile in an anti-union law suit.
- Advised Exito Web on its installation in Chile from a labour perspective.
Porzio Ríos García's practice covers general labour issues, immigration, social security, collective bargaining and union relations, along with individual and collective contracts, unfair dismissals and accidents. Other notable areas of expertise include occupational illnesses, redundancies, health and safety regulations, benefits, pensions and immigration. Ignacio García is the experienced name partner, and Fernando Villalobos a key senior associate.
RTA Abogados' four-member team is well known in the local market for its experience in labour and employment law. Its expertise covers labour contracts, collective bargaining and labour litigation, along with strategic labour planning, fundamental rights, unfair practices, sexual harassment, mobbing and labour accidents. A specialist in both individual and collective labour matters, Manuel Tagle leads the labour and employment team; at associate level, Felipe Utman's practice includes social security matters.
Tattersal Company Group
Lafitte Cork Chile
Cuerpo Bomberos Santiago
- Advised Essity Chile on its negotiations with trade unions.
The five-strong team at SCR Abogados handles day-to-day labour law issues but is also well known for its litigation and collective bargaining expertise. Other areas include hiring processes, compensation packages, terminations, labour law compliance reviews and internal investigations, along with corporate policies, immigration, social security and employee taxation. Previously in charge of Carey's labour litigation department, Constanza Contreras heads the team.
‘Very competent – an excellent accompaniment to the client and exceeds expectations.‘
‘The SCR team is very professional and always ready to answer our questions and indicate the valid options for a given problem.’
‘Constanza Contreras has extensive knowledge of labour law and this allows decisions to be made in accordance with current regulations, without losing sight of the protection of the company’s interests. This knowledge and professionalism is above other firms that are more generic and without the focus on labour issues that we require as a company.‘
‘Along with its knowledge of labour regulations and professionalism in dealing with each situation, I believe that what differentiates SCR and especially Constanza Contreras is the availability and dedication to clients. She is a person who is always ready to advise us, no matter how early we call her. Her handling of the law, along with her good judgement in interpreting our company’s objectives, knowledge of the market and discussions of the law make one feel safe when seeking advice.‘
‘My experience was with Constanza Contreras, I would highlight her professionalism, knowledge and great command of her work.‘
Pedro Francino Battle
Gamers Making Games
Gate Gourmet Catering Chile
Fundación Paz Ciudadana
- Defended Gestion de Calidad y Laboratorio against a claim for constructive dismissal and unjust dismissal.
Urenda, Rencoret, Orrego y Dörr's practice is best known for its day-to-day assistance to multinational and local corporations regarding labour, social security and immigration matters. In addition, the team advises on specific labour issues, such as collective bargaining processes, litigation before the labour courts and administrative entities, and due diligence procedures. Alberto Rencoret heads the labour and employment practice, which also fields experienced senior associate Sebastián Merino.
‘The most relevant aspects of the advice provided by this firm are its timeliness, reliability and speed. When called they answer immediately and are very proactive. If they don’t know a certain subject, they say it frankly, then they study it, and they communicate when they have the solution, which is generally very fast.‘
‘Great for accessibility, quick responses and the possibility of sharing ideas related to labour issues.‘
‘Its customer service stands out.‘
‘They have good judgement and Alberto Rencoret has an affable and safe way of delivering reliable advice.‘
Archer Daniels Midland
Fieldcore Services Solutions
International Data Corporation
Kospo Power Services
SICPA Government Security Solutions
- Provides day-to-day advice to Thomson Reuters (TR) on labour matters, including recently assisting TR’s subsidiary with a collective bargaining process.