Firms To Watch: Employment

The employment team at CMS advises blue-chip clients on a wide range of employment matters, benefitting from the expertise of a leadership trio comprising Tomáš Matějovský, and associates Andrea Drimalova and Jakub Kabát.

Employment in Czech Republic

Baker & McKenzie s.r.o., advokátní kancelář

The employment and compensation department at Baker & McKenzie s.r.o., advokátní kancelář handles a wide range of issues, regularly providing advice surrounding general employment law, post-merger integration, cross-border secondments, organisational changes, internal compliance investigations, and non-compete issues, amongst many others. Martin Hrodek and Zuzana Ferianc  jointly lead the team; the former handles all employment disputes and internal investigations, while the latter's broad practice spans the gamut of employment law issues, as well as immigration matters.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hrodek; Zuzana Ferianc


Other key lawyers:

Vlastimil Kreysa


Testimonials

‘Very strong knowledge of labour law, both current rules as well as upcoming legislation.’

‘Zuzana Ferianc is a great labour law lawyer. She has extensive knowledge of Czech labour law and is ready to propose viable and practical solutions to the issues that arise in our daily operations. She is readily available, very approachable, and a pleasure to work with.’

‘The practice is renowned for their practical approach to legal issues raised by clients. Advisory is brief, concise, understandable, and always focused on business implications while managing to see the subject matter in a broader context. This combined with profound legal expertise, team capacity and mindset of its members results in the practice clearly standing out as a go-to.’

Key clients

Allegro Microsystems


BMI Group


Canva


Christian Dior


Collibra


CSL Behring


Delivery Hero SE


DNAnexus


Fastenal


Ferring


Foot Locker


Fortinet


Google


Inditex


Netflix


Oriflame


Palfinger


Panasonic


PRADA


Sberbank CZ, a.s. v likvidaci


Solar Turbines


Sony Pictures Entertainment


Tiffany


Trend Micro


Veeva


VF International


Western Digital Corporation


ZEBRA TECHNOLOGIES EUROPE LIMITED


Work highlights


  • Advising the liquidator of a major bank on a major collective dismissal of employees and related employment issues.
  • Assisting Inditex with all its employment issues in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
  • Assisted several global employers with their entry onto the Czech market.

Dentons

The employment team at Dentons handles employer-related litigation, strategic advisory projects, and day-to-day employment issues affecting clients from the pharmaceuticals and life sciences, financial, chemical, food, automotive, manufacturing, retail, media, and technology sectors. The team has extensive local knowledge and the capability to lead on cross-jurisdictional matters. Tomáš Bílek acts as one half of the leadership duo, with over 20 years of experience in contentious and non-contentious employment law. Ladislav Smejkal is the other co-head, focusing mainly on contentious matters, boardroom issues, management challenges, and senior executive exits. Associate Jitka Soldado is another key figure in the team.

Practice head(s):

Tomáš Bílek; Ladislav Smejkal


Other key lawyers:

Jitka Soldado; Michael Mráček


Testimonials

‘Extremely knowledgeable and experienced in many domains within employment law. Provides crystal-clear legal and practical advice. Quick at replying and readily available.’

‘Very pragmatic – the team focuses on the business side of the company well.’

‘Michael Mráček and Tomáš Bílek are available, know our industry and set of operating principles, are reliable, remind us of best practices, and aim for quick solutions.’

‘I am very happy with the cooperation with Dentons – all the team is very professional, and always available to support us in case of regular as well as urgent issues.’

‘I’d like to namely appreciate Tomáš Bílek. He is a great professional with deep expertise and experience, always positive, and ready to support.’

‘The Dentons team provides genuine assistance in an extremely customer-friendly manner. The key element is to fully understand the situation and background and this has been achieved by very close contact with appropriate follow-ups. Thanks to Dentons we have been successful in a very complex matter.’

‘The team takes a human approach, there is effective backup within the team. They have deep expertise in the field of employment law, and respond in a timely fashion.’

Key clients

Valeo


Mars Group (Mars Czech, Wrigley and Royal Canin)


PPF banka


ING Bank


Zentiva


Keyence International


Nike


Avast


Imperial Tobacco


Adient (formerly Johnson Controls)


Fukoku


Recordati


SITA Information Networking Computing


Ferag AG


Work highlights


  • Providing extensive advice on employment and data privacy issues to a global technology group, which spans 30 countries acorss Europe, Asia, North America, Australia and Africa.
  • Handling contentious and non-contentious employment issues on behalf of the companies from the Valeo Group in the Czech Republic.
  • Handling contentious and non-contentious employment advice on behalf of European pharmaceutical group Zentiva.

Randl Partners attorneys at law

The employment practice at Randl Partners attorneys at law provides assistance with the gamut of employment law issues, including collective bargaining and trade unions, annual leave, and non-compliance. The team regularly represents clients in court proceedings and works closely with tax advisors to provide a full service for its clients. The firm has clients from many sectors including the pharmaceutical, hospitality, banking, transport, and retail industries. Nataša Randlová and Michal Peškar co-head the team.


Practice head(s):

Nataša Randlová; Michal Peškar


Testimonials

‘They are very flexible legal advisors with a high level of expertise, solution-driven and business-oriented. Providing answers promptly, within 1-24 hours.’

‘Nataša Randlová is a solution-driven lawyer with excellent knowledge in labour law. She is a very valuable partner to us during difficult cases.’

‘The team specialises in employment law, has a lot of practical experience, and therefore is able to not just cite paragraphs but truly guide you and support you in critical decisions around employees, employment policies and practices.’

‘Nataša Randlová and Michal Peškar are amazing experts who are always available, ready to help, and provide support and advice. They are able to explain the law and potential impacts of decisions which we are making. I very much appreciate their ability to speak in a way which is understandable to non-attorneys and also to people who have no knowledge of Czech employment law.’

‘Randl Partners are exceptional attorneys. They know well the reality and practice so their advice is very practical, not just theoretical.’

‘Nataša Randlová is the best attorney in employment law in the Czech Republic. Her help is always extremely useful. Also her colleagues in Randl Partners are great.’

bpv Braun Partners s.r.o.

The employment team at bpv Braun Partners s.r.o. advises both global and family-run companies on all employment issues, readily adapting to external changes caused by the likes of Covid-19 or the current conflict in the region. The team focuses on building up long-standing relationships with clients, allowing practitioners to advise on all manner of day-to-day employment issues, and represent them in proceedings. Arthur Braun leads the team, ably supported by associate Lucie Kalašová, who has significant expertise in labour and employment-related litigation.

Practice head(s):

Arthur Braun


Other key lawyers:

Lucie Kalašová


Key clients

Aiomica


ALO Jewellery


Bookassist


Brunel


Carrier


Dayton Progress


Deutsche Lufthansa


DTIHK


Europlasma


Gerresheimer


Hanns Glass


Hidrostal Bohemia s.r.o.


Hornbach


Loxxess


LSG Sky Chefs Czechia


M.A.S. Automation a.s.


Progroup Board AG


Schenck Process


Suse Linux


Tenneco


Wiegel


DUKANE IAS


ECCO


Kolektory Praha


Intergraph


Motel One


OTIS


Work highlights


  • Advising the entire Lufthansa group on day-to-day Czech labour law issues.
  • Advising Europlasma on a range of labour law issues, including termination of relations, revision of existing documentation, protection of personal data.
  • Advising Suse Linux on employment issues relating to its business restructuring.

Deloitte Legal s.r.o., advokátní kancelář

The employment department at Deloitte Legal s.r.o., advokátní kancelář provides day-to-day employment law advice, as well as handling relevant litigation, and providing immigration law support. The team works closely with colleagues in the tax department, particularly on matters surrounding remote working, both in the Czech Republic and further afield. Jan Procházka is one of the team's co-heads, and focuses largely on the areas of flexibility, innovative benefits, and cross-border assignment of employees. Senior associate Iva Bilinská is the other co-head, and provides comprehensive advice to clients on internal regulations and employee monitoring. The team continued to grow with the arrival of Hana Gawlasová from Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o., advokátní kancelář in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jan Procházka; Iva Bilinská


Other key lawyers:

Pavel Bejšovec; Václav Bělohoubek


Testimonials

‘The team is very diverse, leveraging its network across the globe.’

‘They are sharing the best practices and have an excellent approach to risk, designing mitigations and possible solutions allowing further improvements and process automation.’

‘The individuals I work with are exceptional. They are maintaining constantly their high knowledge but they are also able to explain the challenges to the “lay” person. I like also the open-minded approach and approach to the possible risks.’

Key clients

ŠKODA AUTO a.s.


JTEKT Czech Republic s.r.o.


Livesport s.r.o.


CB&I s.r.o.


Toyota Motor Manufacturing Czech Republic s.r.o.


VIG RE zajišťovna, a.s.


SANTAL spol. s r. o.


Carrier Refrigeration Operation Czech Republic s.r.o.


Simoldes Plasticos Czech s.r.o.


Auto-Kabel Krupka, s.r.o.


SAP Services s.r.o.


Glatzová & Co., s.r.o.

The employment team at Glatzová & Co., s.r.o. works across the full spectrum of labour law and related matters, particularly operating in the automotive industry, where clients include Ford Motor Company and Mazda Motor Logistics. The team works closely with the corporate and M&A practice, handling transactions across companies or branches. The team advises on non-competition, confidentiality, and non-solicitation matters, as well as data protection and copyright protection. Jiří Sixta is the head of the team, overseeing the offices in both Prague and Bratislava.

Practice head(s):

Jiří Sixta


Other key lawyers:

Jan Veselý


Testimonials

‘Firstly, the level of service is high and consistent. I feel that we are getting premium care for reasonable money. Secondly, it is greatly appreciated in our company that the firm is always available to provide reliable legal support in all areas where we are active.’

‘What I personally value the most is their ability to deliver tailor-made solutions based on deep understanding of our business.’

‘We work closely together with Jan Veselý who I can highly recommend. I am impressed by his work ethic; he is a result-oriented and highly committed advisor. I really appreciate that he is personally involved in most of the work. For me, law is all about trust and discussing with a familiar face helps a lot. When it comes to employment, Jan offers practical and straightforward solutions that are comprehensible for our staff.’

‘Team which is assigned to us has a high responsiveness to our requests, they are fast and successful.’

Key clients

TAKE-TWO INTERACTIVE SOFTWARE, INC AND 2K CZECH s.r.o.


Pražská teplárenská, a.s.


IAC Group


Moody’s Investors Services EMEA Limited and Moody’s Analytics Czech Republic s.r.o.


Loomis CZ, a.s.


FORD MOTOR COMPANY, s.r.o.


Mazda Motor Logistics Europe


con4PAS, a.s.


ArcelorMittal Europe CZ s.r.o.


Cimpress/Vistaprint


UZIN UTZ


Work highlights


  • Advising Moody’s on a variety of topics, including employee privacy, overtime arrangements, home-working arrangements, terminations of employment, protection of know-how, and non-competition of the two Czech subsidiaries of the Moody’s Group.
  • Advising Loomis on its business activities in the Czech Republic, including representing the client in numerous disputes with employees.
  • Advised Uzin Utz on the change of legal form of a German holding company to Societas Europaea (SE).

LEGALITÉ advokátní kancelář s.r.o.

The labour and employment team at LEGALITÉ advokátní kancelář s.r.o. provides a full range of advice for clients across numerous industries, ranging from IT and automotive, to energy, media, and healthcare. The team advises clients on termination of employment proceedings, assists with the design of motivation and incentive programs, and also handles internal investigations and data protection issues. Marie Janšová heads up the team, and is frequently supported on complex mandates by associate Michael Granát.

Practice head(s):

Marie Janšová


Other key lawyers:

Michael Granát


Testimonials

‘Legalité’s employment team provides exactly the support I needed. They are responsive, knowledgeable about the law and business practice, and their solutions are practical, realistic and sensible. They point out risks and know how to assess them in a businesslike way. I really appreciate that they can point out things we can’t think of on our own.’

‘I work personally with Marie Janšová and Michael Granát. Both of them are great. I appreciate not only their deep knowledge of the law, but especially their practical approach to solving problems. Their advice is clear and practical.’

‘As a client we appreciated the very practical and business-oriented knowledge, approach and advice, and exceptional negotiation skills.’

Key clients

Volvo Car Czech Republic


Český rozhlas


O2 Czech Republic


KKCG


Zátiší Catering Group


Hochtief


GE Aviation


Lyreco CE, SE


Polestar Performance AB


ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab


DER Touristik CZ


Electro World


Work highlights


  • Represented several construction companies in proceedings before the Office of Labour Inspection concerning compliance with labour law rules.
  • Advised Volvo Car Czech Republic on intra-group international assignment of employees and new rules on remote working, including preparation of employment documentation.
  • Represented a public primary and secondary school in two disputes with an employee who refused to comply with obligations imposed by public authorities in connection with the Covid-19 pandemic.

PRK Partners

The employment team at PRK Partners provides clients with legal services across the full spectrum of employment law, often assisting with the labour law aspects of multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions. Jaroslav Škubal heads up the practice with almost two decades of experience; his broad workload spans restructurings, data protection issues, employee secondments, and individual and collective dismissals.

Practice head(s):

Jaroslav Škubal


Other key lawyers:

Daniel Vejsada


Testimonials

‘They have really strong knowledge and experience in labour law and collective bargaining’

‘Daniel Vejsada is the best expert in labour code and collective bargaining I have come across in my 20 year career.’

Key clients

SKODA AUTO


Marks & Spencer


Teva Pharmaceuticals


Pfizer


Epson


Commerzbank


Olympus


Four Seasons


Paylocity


SCS Software


Work highlights


  • Advised Citrix on its purchase of Wrike, in particular on the TUPE transfer of all Wrike employees.
  • Successfully represented Ostrava University in a dispute with the Slovak Social Security Agency regarding the interpretation of EU Social Security Coordination Regulations.
  • Advised Four Seasons Hotel Prague on internal documents relating to handling cash in the workplace.

Kinstellar

The employment and labour law practice at Kinstellar regularly advises on employment matters related to local and cross-border business transfers and restructurings, implementation of internal regulations, and engagement of contingent workers. The team specialises in handling complex and sensitive matters. Jan Juroška head up the team, and specialises in issues at the intersection of employment and corporate law, particularly M&A, private equity and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Jan Juroška


Other key lawyers:

Martina Mazůrková


Key clients

Vista Equity Partners


Inter Cars S.A.


Walmark, a.s./Stada Group


CAN-PACK S.A.


7R S.A.


Neuraxpharm Group


Nexen Tire Corporation


ABL Technic group


Faurecia group


Porsche


Work highlights


  • Advised Vista Equity Partners on its majority investment into Pipedrive, including post-closing employment assistance.
  • Advising Inter Cars on all employment-related matters, including drafting employment documentation.
  • Assisting Porsche with day-to-day, employment-related issues, including hiring of new personnel, drafting employment contracts, and termination agreements.

Kocián Šolc Balaštík

The labour law team at Kocián Šolc Balaštík advises a range of high-profile domestic and international clients across the spectrum of employment law issues, expertly handling transactional, litigious, and advisory matters. The team undertakes work concerning employment agreements, disputes, workplace injuries, labour unions, investigative procedures, and employment aspects of business transfers. Václav Rovenský leads the team, and specialises in employment, energy, and environmental law.

Practice head(s):

Václav Rovenský


Other key lawyers:

Michal Hanuš; Martin Štefko


Testimonials

‘I appreciate the high level of professionalism that leads to the drafting of the best strategy.’

‘They can look at a given task comprehensively and pay the utmost attention to it. They differ from the competition in that they have the opportunity to consult with colleagues within the company and outline several options, indicating the potential risks.’

Key clients

Lidl Česká republika


BAKALÁŘI software


Webglobe


Mango


URGO Healthcare CZ


Alkohol.CZ


Corinthia Panorama


Work highlights


  • Advising IT companies Bakaláři Software and Webglobe on new HR documentation, as well as assisting with revision of existing documentation.
  • Assisting MANGO with a transition of employees.
  • Assisting Alkohol with the revision and redraft of its whole HR policy in connection with the planned expansion of the client to another EU market.

PETERKA & PARTNERS

The employment department at PETERKA & PARTNERS provides legal services on a day-to-day basis to global, regional, and local companies. It works closely with the firm’s highly regarded disputes team on employment-related cases, as well as co-operating closely with the IT and tax departments. Adéla Krbcová leads the team, with extensive experience in restructurings and cross-border employment matters. Ondřej Dušek is another key player in the team, often working on employment litigation with an international element, and frequently working with start-ups.

Practice head(s):

Adéla Krbcová


Other key lawyers:

Ondřej Dušek; Magda Prchalová


Testimonials

‘Excellent service, fast reply rate, clear and jargon-free instructions.’

‘Magda Prchalová and Adéla Krbcová have given excellent service, very prompt replies to queries and comprehensive advice when needed.’

‘Very good knowledge of local labour laws. Great treatment, very professional and easy to work with.’

‘Timely answers, easy collaboration and efficient answers.’

Key clients

Allegis Group


ATALIAN


Atlas Copco


DeceunickEpiroc


Fm Ceska


Iveco Czech Republic


Tetra Pak


Veeam


Work highlights


  • Advising Atalian on various employment matters, as well as handling disputes.
  • Advising Tetra Pak on various post-pandemic issues in the employment sphere, including mandatory testing of employees, vaccination, travel policies and remote working.
  • Advised VEEAM on internal rules regarding a complex benefit system for employees.

Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o., advokátní kancelář

The employment team at Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o., advokátní kancelář carries out a wide range of high-level advisory work and workplace investigations, as well as dealing with interrelated intellectual property issues which arise out of employment matters. The team assists a roster comprising both international and domestic clients. The team works across multiple sectors, with signficiant expertise in the pharmaceutical industry. Recently, the team has handled an increasing number of restructurings and redundancies. Jaroslav Tajbr leads the team, with a wealth of expertise in ESG, data privacy, employment compliance, and internal investigations.

Practice head(s):

Jaroslav Tajbr


Other key lawyers:

Simona Zajíčková


Testimonials

‘Jaroslav Tajbr provides a complete understanding of labour law and support to employers of international companies such as us. His analyses are accurate and designed to the specific needs of the company.’

‘The team is commendable for their expertise and ability to martial resources beyond pure legal consultancy.’

‘The team is friendly and professional,  and easy to relate to.’

We worked closely with the team during the last three years. We appreciate their accuracy, expertise and reactivity.’

Key clients

Alzheon


Czech Bank Association


Invicti


Roper Technologies


Svaz průmyslu a dopravy ČR


Work highlights


  • Advising Svaz průmyslu a dopravy on the regulatory aspects of granting visas and work permits, including a comparative analysis of several neighbouring countries.
  • Advised Alzheon on its partnership with the Czech Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry.
  • Advising Invicti Security, a manufacturer of security solutions, on employment law matters related to its expansion into the Czech Republic.

Weinhold Legal

The employment team at Weinhold Legal takes a multi-disciplinary approach, working closely with the firm's corporate and M&A, and dispute resolution departments, to provide comprehensive advice. The practice offers general labour law advice, as well as handling issues relating to trade unions and work councils, dismissals, and employment-related litigation. Eva Procházková leads the team, working for major international and Czech companies, and providing complex labour advice on a day-to-day basis. Milan Polák, Daniel Weinhold, Martin Lukáš, and associate Anna Bartůňková are also key figures in the team.

Practice head(s):

Eva Procházková


Other key lawyers:

Milan Polák; Martin Lukáš; Daniel Weinhold; Anna Bartůňková


act Randa Havel Legal

The employment practice at act Randa Havel Legal works across the spectrum of employment and labour work, including negotiating collective bargaining agreements, representing clients in front of state authorities, and advising on restructurings, mass redundancies, and the employment of foreign workers. Standout clients include Coca-Cola and JCDecaux. Tomáš Slabý and Lenka Droscová jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Tomáš Slabý; Lenka Droscová


Other key lawyers:

Jan Ozana


Testimonials

‘The team is professional, spot-on, practical.’

‘Lenka Droscová has employment law experience, is very to the point, and is able to answer questions instantly over the phone.’

‘Tomáš Slabý is very analytical and very good at getting straight to the core of the case. He responds very quickly. His priority is to do an excellent job.’

‘Jan Ozana is a real expert, he has very broad knowledge in various fields. He thinks logically about problems. His work is precise and 100% reliable.  No improvement is needed in his case.’

‘Lenka Droscová is very accurate and precise, a good strategic adviser and very experienced. She is friendly and knowledgeable, easy to communicate with and gets to the point.’

‘Careful and diligent expertise, broad knowledge of the field, including inspection proceedings.’

‘The team stands out due to its subject knowledge and practical experience in various areas of employment law, complete reliability and prompt advice on issues that are short notice and time-critical. The lawyers are attentive and proactive, and understand perfectly the company’s mechanisms and dynamics.’

‘The firm works at a high professional level. Their team includes real experts. The team adheres to agreed deadlines and performs work with added value.’

Key clients

Coca-Cola HBC Česko a Slovensko, s.r.o.


JCDecaux, Městský mobiliář, spol. s r.o.


Pražské služby, a.s.


FCC Česká republika, s.r.o.


Kyocera Document Solutions Czech, s.r.o.


MyQ, spol. s r.o.


SERW, spol. s r.o.


University of West Bohemia


Daikin Industries Czech Republic s.r.o.


TOP security s.r.o.


Elekta Services, s.r.o.


Prodietix


Petra Babičová


Original Barber


G-Team, a.s.


BRUSH SEM, a.s.


Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine (IKEM)


JUFA Group


Doosan Škoda Power, a.s.


Gating services, a.s.


Work highlights


  • Represented Coca-Cola HBC Česko a Slovensko in a labour dispute with a former employee, as well as advising on home office regulations and assisting with day-to-day employment issues.
  • Advised Daikin Industries Czech Republic on matters relating to the employment of non-EU foreigners, as well as representing the client in misdemeanour proceedings held by the Labour Inspectorate due to alleged hidden agency employment used by the client.
  • Advised Pražské služby on its collective bargaining agreement, as well as providing legal advice on day-to-day labour law issues.

Aegis Law

Aegis Law is an much lauded new market player, formed primarily by lawyers from Eversheds Sutherland, advokátní kancelár, s.r.o.; the firm already counts many high-profile names, including Tesco, Siemens, and Volkswagen, among its clients. The team has expertise in transactional, contentious, and advisory matters, and routinely provides HR training to corporate clients. Tomáš Procházka leads the team, and is skilled at advising on all aspects of employment law, but is commended most highly for contentious employment issues. Principal associate Kateřina Demová is another key figure in the team.

Practice head(s):

Tomáš Procházka


Other key lawyers:

Kateřina Demová


Testimonials

‘The team is very strong. They understand our company’s operation which leads to very efficient and customised legal advice. The team is always very responsive and ready to help. Due to their vast experience in employment, they provide us with clear practical solutions corresponding to our business needs. It is always a pleasure to work with them.’

‘I consider them to be very professional, open, giving a clear picture of the legal options for me when solving difficult employment issues.’

‘Tomáš Procházka – clear leader in the employment area, easy to approach. He has superior expert knowledge and can explain very complex and difficult matters in a very clear way.’

Key clients

Tesco


Volkswagen Financial Services (ŠkoFIN)


Siemens


Sazka (KKCG Group)


Lasvit


Sandvik


Krones


IAC Group


BTN


Ideal Standard


Work highlights


  • Assisted the Chamber of Commerce with filing an amicus curiae brief in a dispute relating to admissibility of regional differences in remuneration.
  • Assisted a major media outlet with setting up a scheme to pay contributors reporting from undemocratic countries.
  • Successfully advised an international construction company on dealing with a plot by the majority of the local management team to leave to a competing business.

Allen & Overy

The employment team at Allen & Overy works regularly on litigious and advisory matters, and is capable of advising on both global and local issues. The department can rely on the the firm’s global network to advise on matters across the entire CEE region and beyond. Prokop Verner and counsel Markéta Císařová jointly head up the practice; the latter regularly advises clients on employment and benefits issues, including cross-border restructuring, outsourcing, and business transfers.

Practice head(s):

Prokop Verner; Markéta Císařová


Testimonials

‘A wide chain of law offices sharing knowledge.’

‘Markéta Císařová is straight to the point, quick and effective.’

Key clients

Asahi Breweries Europe Ltd


International Award Duke of Edinburgh Czech Republic


3WFoundation


DoorDash Inc.


W.A.G. Payment solutions, a.s.


Intersnack Group GmbH & Co. KG


České Radiokomunikace


Campari Austria GmbH


Work highlights


  • Advised Eurowag, a major provider of commercial transport solutions, on its pre-IPO corporate reorganisation.
  • Advising Asahi Breweries Europe and its subsidiaries across the CEE region on various local law implications of short-term incentive plans and related policies.
  • Advising The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Czech Republic on GDPR compliance, and assisting with a review of contractual and employment law documentation.

Clifford Chance

The employment team at Clifford Chance advises clients on sensitive employment terminations, implementing complex remuneration and benefit schemes, and has also recently been active on Covid-related mandates. The team handles relevant litigation, as well as risk evaluations. Alex Cook, a managing partner of the firm, co-heads the team, alongside David Koláček, who has extensive experience in M&A, corporate restructurings, joint ventures, and private equity transactions. Senior associate Veronika Kinclová is another key figure in the team.


Practice head(s):

Alex Cook; David Koláček


Other key lawyers:

Veronika Kinclová


Testimonials

‘Highly qualified, forward-looking and client-oriented when providing advice.’

Key clients

CBRE Global Investment Management


Pfizer, spol. s r.o.


Mondelez European Business Services GmbH


Trammell Crow Company European Logistics s.r.o.


Allegro.pl sp. z o.o.


Teijin Limited


Teijin Automotive Technologies Czech s.r.o.


AOC Resins Česká a.s.


A multinational tech and e-commerce company


Work highlights


  • Advising an automotive company on the pre-litigation stage of a claim for unpaid severance package raised by a manager terminated for wrongful misconduct.
  • Advising Allegro on risks associated with a concealed work agency scheme, as well as the risks surrounding requalification of freelance relationships as employment.
  • Advising Trammell Crow Company on the transfer of employees from one group company to another by offer and acceptance, preparation of employment termination agreements and new employment contracts for the employees.

DLA Piper

The employment practice at DLA Piper acts for employers in a range of sectors, and is instructed by companies ranging from large corporations to small, family-owned businesses. Uber, Bolt Technology, and Burberry are just some of the notable names on the client roster. Senior associate Ondřej Chlada heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Ondřej Chlada


Key clients

Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd.


Uber B.V.


Freepoint Commodities Services Ltd


SDL plc. (part of the RWS Group)


Pure Storage, Inc.


Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated


SolarWinds Inc.


Dialog Semiconductor Plc


Bolt Technology OÜ


Unity Software Limited


Danaher Corporation


Highspot, Inc


Dialog Semiconductor Limited


Seznam.cz


Logicor Europe Ltd


GTT Communications Inc.


Heimstaden AB


Burberry


Roeslein & Associates, Ltd.


Playtika Ltd


Ariello s.r.o.


Work highlights


  • Providing day-to-day advice for Uber, including on Covid-related regulations and working from home measures.
  • Advising Dialog Semiconductor on various day-to-day employment matters.
  • Providing day-to-day legal advice to Unity Software in relation to the client’s market entry into the Czech Republic.

Eversheds Sutherland Dvorák Hager, advokátní kancelár, s.r.o.

The employment practice at Eversheds Sutherland Dvorák Hager, advokátní kancelár, s.r.o. handles transactional, contentious and advisory matters, with particular strength in collective bargaining, cross-border employee transfers, and redundancies. The team regularly assists high-profile international clients with domestic and cross-border matters. The team also provides HR workshops to prominent corporate clients. Radek Matouš leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Radek Matouš


Other key lawyers:

Ondřej Šudoma


Testimonials

‘Radek Matouš has excellent expertise in labour law, is experienced, and provides flexible support.’

‘The Eversheds team in Prague is very committed and always offers a pragmatic approach to complex legal matters. I value the broad area of expertise.’

‘Radek Matouš is a great partner to work with on employment law and data privacy matters.’

Key clients

Edenred CZ s.r.o.


Xandor Automotive


Archbishopric of Prague


Edwards Lifesciences


Eaton


Tessitura Monti


EFACEC PRAHA s.r.o.


Deutsche Leasing CR, spol, s.r.o.


NAOS Czech Republic, s.r.o.


Johnson Controls


UEPA advokáti s.r.o.

The employment law team at UEPA advokáti s.r.o. advises on day-to-day employment issues, drafts employment contracts and work rules, and assists with employee terminations. The team regularly advises on cross-border and high-value matters. Andreas Ueltzhöffer, Lars Magnus Klett, and Lucie Hladěnová comprise the experienced leadership trio.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Ueltzhöffer; Lars Magnus Klett; Lucie Hladěnová


Other key lawyers:

Aleš Richtr


Testimonials

‘Highly skilled, fast, and great quality of work.’

‘Lars Magnus Klett is perfect for cross-border activities.’

‘The team consists of various experts who cover a span of legal fields.’

‘The key capability I like most is that the firm gives a distinct a clear recommendation.’

‘Each member of the team gives you the secure feeling (proved by my experience) that they analyse every case thoroughly and build their recommendation upon it.’

Key clients

MEIKO


KiK Textilien und Non-Food GmbH


BMK Group


pentahotel Prague


Lindner Hotels Group


NH Hotel Prague City and NH Collection Prague


Neways Electronics


Swiss Embassy


Mdexx


Plaschka (member of Poppe + Potthoff group)


Motel One


Kayser


Michael Riedel Transformatoren


BayWa r.e. AG


Segafredo Zanetti


Swiss Grana Group AG


Work highlights


  • Advising mdexx on cross-border posting of expert employees and trade union negotiations.
  • Advised KiK on its obligations and claims as an employer under the special measures and legislation passed by the Czech and Slovak governments in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advised BMK on potential measures to cope with the economic effects of Covid-19 on employers, including the complexities of short-term work and mass dismissals under Czech law.

Bird & Bird s.r.o. advokátní kancelář

The employment practice at Bird & Bird s.r.o. advokátní kancelář provides assistance primarily with cross-border matters, and typically advises on a large number of issues in conjunction with other practices, including dispute resolution, tax, and corporate and M&A. Ivan Sagál heads up the team, ably supported by senior associate Filip Hron.

Practice head(s):

Ivan Sagál


Other key lawyers:

Filip Hron


Testimonials

‘The lawyers we are working with are very well accustomed to working with foreign tech companies and understand the unique challenges they face doing business internationally. The advice we receive is timely, practical and easy to apply, and they effectively help us to minimise our risk profile.’

‘We work primarily with Filip Hron, who is an excellent and practical lawyer.’

Key clients

Pharmaceutical Research Associates CZ


Central European Development Hub Kft.


CERHA HEMPEL Kališ & Partners

The employment team at CERHA HEMPEL Kališ & Partners acts for clients across a wide range of sectors on the gamut of employment issues, including terminations, group organisation changes, confidentiality-related issues, and immigration matters. Martin Kartner and senior associate Nikol Jeništová jointly lead the team, both providing complex advice on employment law matters and compliance.

Practice head(s):

Martin Kartner; Nikol Jeništová


Other key lawyers:

Lukáš Srbecký


Testimonials

‘Availability of the team for urgent requests was exeptional, as well as the competence in employment and various related matters.’

‘Lukáš Srbecký stands out for his professionalism in legal matters and great management of his team.’

‘Nikol Jeništová and Martin Kartner are both professionals, responsive and friendly. Always ready to help us.’

‘Great value for money. Proactively looking for the solution, advising the best way from the client’s point of view, clear recommendations.’

‘Client focus, always thinking what is the best solution for a client. Very active with a problem-solving mindset.’

‘The whole firm has a tremendous work ethic and is staffed by highly capable lawyers and support staff. They offer high levels of service and are part of an international network.’

‘Martin Kartner and Nikol Jeništová are both excellent lawyers, practical, responsive, great with clients and produce high quality work.’

‘Nikol Jeništová is definitely our number one when we need employment advice. Very friendly, meets deadlines and is a great advisor with practical solutions.’

Key clients

UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation


Safina, a.s.


GSC GAME WORLD GLOBAL LTD


Tchibo Praha, spol. s r.o.


OFFICEO s.r.o.


NATUS VINCERE ESPORT CY LTD


MEDIN, a.s.


Thomas O’Reilly


McDonald’s ČR spol. s.r.o.


Telio Management GmbH


Work highlights


  • Advised UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the partial termination of the activity of the Prague Embassy, leading to the termination of employment contracts of almost all personnel.
  • Advised GSC Game World Global on immigration and employment issues to ensure the smooth transfer of non-EU employees from a Ukrainian subsidiary to the Czech one.
  • Advised a major Czech bank on the implementation of a new employee benefit, which would allow employees to work from abroad.

HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law

The employment team at HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law provides clients with comprehensive advice on employee remuneration, employee layoffs, collective bargaining agreements, company restructurings, whistleblowing, and compliance programmes, amongst other matters. Jan Koval and Petra Sochorová jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Jan Koval; Petra Sochorová


Key clients

Roche


AmRest


Bell Helicopter


DuPont


Intel Corporation


Organon


Aero Vodochody


Eurowings


Skanska Property Czech Republic, s.r.o.|Commercial Development Europe


ManpowerGroup


Work highlights


  • Advising Vodárenská akciová společnost on a transfer of employees.
  • Advising Actionon entry into the Czech market and the opening of new shops, including assisting with preparation of all internal regulations and contracts.
  • Advising MAN Truck & Bus Czech Republic on preparation and implementation of all internal regulations.

Taylor Wessing Czech Republic

The employment team at Taylor Wessing Czech Republic utilises the firm's strength across multiple disciplines to offer clients tailored advice. Janka Brezániová leads the team with over 15 years of experience in the field, and expertise in all aspects of employment law, in addition to M&A and corporate law.

Practice head(s):

Janka Brezániová


Other key lawyers:

Markéta Cibulková; Pavel Juřička


Testimonials

‘The team has extraordinary knowledge of employment and company law.’

‘Janka Brezániová is always willing and ready to help and effectively provide the guidance you ask her for. You feel that she does her best to meet and exceed your expectations.’

Key clients

COWI A/S


Canva Pty Ltd


The Emmes Company, LLC


C&A Moda


Work highlights


  • Advising Canva on various employment matters in the Czech Republic.

Wolf Theiss

The employment department at Wolf Theiss advises on complex workforce restructurings, collective dismissals, employment agreements, severance packages, and Covid-19 related matters. The team primarily acts for large and medium-sized corporations active in the IT, pharmaceutical, and automotive fields. Kamila Seberová heads up the team, and advises both local and international clients.

Practice head(s):

Kamila Seberová


Other key lawyers:

Sabina Krajíčková


Key clients

Sandoz


Perforce Software


Bain Capital


Work highlights


  • Advising Sandoz, a division of the Novartis Group, on various day-to-day employment issues, including employment agreements, management contracts, internal policies and bonus schemes, home working rules, and data privacy.
  • Advising Perforce Software, an American software developer, on its employee dismissals process and providing further advice on various internal policies.
  • Advising Bain Capital Tech Opportunities fund on its $150m minority investment in Ataccama Group.