Cuatrecasas remains a heavyweight in Spain, acting for some of the country’s foremost domestic companies, as well as a host of multinationals. As the market continued to contend with the pandemic, restructurings and redundancy plans were frequent features of the employment team’s workload, including Banco Sabadell’s restructuring, affecting 1,800 employees with voluntary or enforced early retirement and voluntary redundancies. Juan Bonilla and Rubén Agote jointly head the practice from Madrid and Barcelona, respectively, while other key figures in the sizeable group include senior judge on a leave of absence Jordi Puigbó, and Salvador Del Rey, a vastly experienced lawyer when it comes to cross-border matters. Since research concluded, Isabel Merenciano joined the firm from EY Abogados.
Employment in Spain
Rubén Agote; Juan Bonilla
Other key lawyers:
Francisco Conde; Salvador del Rey; Rubén Doctor; Jordi Puigbó; Lara Vivas; Valentín García; Isabel Merenciano
- Advising Banco Sabadell on restructuring the bank, affecting approximately 1,800 people with voluntary or enforced early retirement and voluntary redundancies.
- Assisting Bosch with a number of redundancy plans and factory closures.
- Advising Supersol on the company’s redundancy plan, which will affect 338 jobs, including office staff in the headquarters and regional offices.
Garrigues' considerable cross-country offering in labour and employment covers the range of services in the field. During 2021, the team continued to be one of the go-to departments for Spain’s most significant restructurings, redundancy programmes, collective bargaining agreements and labour disputes. Clients include a number of Euro Stoxx 50 companies, as well as other multinationals and major domestic banks. The highly regarded Rosa Zarza leads a team ‘made up of excellent professionals' including Barcelona-based senior figure Rafael Ortiz and up-and-coming labour litigation specialist Adriano Gómez. Rafael Giménez-Arnau specialises in strategic advice to senior management, while Ignacio Esteban Ros is adept in cross-border matters, having completed international secondments early in his career.
Other key lawyers:
Rafael Ortiz; Rafael Giménez-Arnau; Adriano Gómez; Ignacio Esteban Ros; Eloy Castañer; Ángel Olmedo; Eva Díez-Ordás; Clara Herreros
‘The team has several strengths: 1) its excellent technical / legal level. 2) Their high level of commitment. They act as if they were the company (the client) at all times. 3) Its permanent client orientation, adapting as far as possible the result of the work to our needs.’
‘The Garrigues Sevilla Labor team that we have been working with differentiate themselves by having extensive knowledge of the union world in Andalusia and the people who lead it as well as a great experience of the history of the labor relations of our company. At the same time they are professionals with good technical knowledge, experience in negotiation and very available.’
‘The team is made up of excellent professionals with a high level of demand, in all facets of the legal services it provides, both in strategic aspects and in the resolution of the specific cases requested.’
‘Rosa Zarza – very accessible, outstanding in knowledge and practical approach.’
‘We work with Eloy Castañer and his degree of involvement and collaboration with us is outstanding, in addition to having a very high technical knowledge.’
‘The Garrigues team we work with has always shown enormous professionalism and extraordinary technical knowledge of the issues. We highlight the constant monitoring they make of the matters entrusted, and the speed in solving them.’
‘Ãngel Olmedo – Accuracy, speed, he is an excellent lawyer who prepares trials in detail and does not leave a single point neglected. Their work is a guarantee that the defense that the client receives is always the best.’
‘The team has shown a high level of expertise from the preparation until the final negotiation and agreement sign. The coordination with our own team was always effective and fluid at all times. All stakeholders were always updated on a daily basis, including our team.’
EDreams International Network
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol
- Advised DIA on the voluntary termination of non-early retirement age workers, reducing its office structure by 400 workers.
- Acted for Alestis Aerospace in all the phases of a lay-off procedure involving union negotiations.
- Advised Liberty on the implementation of its home working model in Spain and Portugal.
Spain’s leading labour law boutique Sagardoy Abogados, member of Ius Laboris fields ‘highly specialised teams‘ from across the country to assist with the full range of contentious and advisory matters. Collective bargaining agreements are a particular strength, a recent example seeing Iván Gayarre assist Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores (CNMW) with what would be its first. Managing partner Martín Godino is focused on collective restructuring and litigation; he co-leads the practice with José Manuel Martín and the firm’s executive chairman Iñigo Sagardoy. Román Gil is another key partner contact, while Ana Goerlich is well regarded as one of the market’s rising stars in employment litigation.
Iñigo Sagardoy; Martín Godino; José Manuel Martín
Other key lawyers:
Román Gil; Ana Goerlich; Raquel Muñiz; María del Mar Ropero; Manel Hernández
‘For me, the Sagardoy labour practice is the best in Spain. Its strengths are: highly specialized teams with high performance capacity, reference partners with high knowledge and professional background in specific areas of labor law, geographic diversity of its offices, constant updating through notes and newsletters with practical and critical vision. Much value to the revision of the regulations and new sentences, and also its study center, which I think always prepares seminars and conferences with good speakers and on current issues.’
‘Martin Godino: in my humble opinion he is the best labour lawyer in Spain. He has many years of experience behind him and is a specialist in labour law. It stands out in key aspects such as collective bargaining, pension commitments, restructuring measures, litigation and especially in collective conflicts, being a benchmark in practical vision and application of innovative solutions to the challenges that arise.’
‘Raquel Muñiz: She is a professional who aligns herself with the client’s objectives, and seeks practical solutions that are adjusted to the law. She is characterized by being persuasive, and by applying an executive analysis of the issues raised, always seeking to achieve its objective. We have obtained very good judicial results in matters that she has supervised, and I also highlight her ability in court, as she is an excellent litigator.’
‘María del Mar Ropero: Partner and director of the Sagardoy de Canarias office, she is an excellent professional, very assertive, who applies a practical vision and executive approach in her legal approaches, she is a good litigator and also a negotiator.’
‘Manel Hernández dominates his work. They are very professional.’
‘Great involvement of all levels of professionals, with a very adequate distribution and complementarity of tasks between them.’
‘The practice and reputation of the firm in collective bargaining makes it especially valuable in the Spanish market.’
Johnson & Johnson
The employment practice at Uría Menéndez has had a key role in the host of matters flooding the Spanish market during the pandemic, leading advice in major litigation, restructurings and mass redundancies. On the disputes side, one of the standout cases through 2020 and 2021 saw practice head Mario Barros representing travel technology company Amadeus in a precedent-setting challenge to an employee dismissal that went to the Supreme Court. Other contacts to note include collective bargaining expert Sergio Ponce, and head of the employment team in Barcelona, Juan Reyes. Alongside him, Ana Alós assists with collective agreements and dismissals, temporary suspensions of employment and the employment law aspects of M&A. Counsel Álvaro Navarro receives client praise for his ‘clear, concise and practical‘ advice.
Other key lawyers:
Sergio Ponce; Juan Reyes; Ana Alós; Álvaro Navarro
‘Uría’s work practice is one of the best there is today. The strengths are: partners with extensive experience and technical knowledge and of the banking sector (specializing in financial regulation), who are supported by a balanced work team, and who apply a practical and executive approach with an innovative vision, meeting the needs of the client with assertiveness.’
‘Mario Barros: I would like to highlight his empathy, assertiveness and optimism as personal qualities. Entering the professional plane, his best skills are: practicing active listening, analyzing very complex issues and solving them with a practical approach, seeking innovative solutions, working with passion, and finally he is a great negotiator.’
‘Knowledge of the business that they support. Personal treatment and willingness to help at all times. Great professionals.’
‘The team not only has a technical knowledge that is solid and complete, but also prints a practical vision in its advice and understands the real needs of the client.’
‘Working with Álvaro Navarro, counsel for the area, is very easy because his advice is clear, concise and practical. Not only is he a good lawyer from a technical point of view, which is assumed in a firm of this level, but he also knows how to perfectly understand the client and their needs.’
Coca Cola European Partners
Mars Multisales Spain
Port Aventura Entertainment
Sabadell Asset Management
Asociación Nacional de Empresas Estibadoras (ANESCO)
ICEXEspaña Exportación e Inversiones
- Representing Amadeus before the Supreme Court in a complex employee dismissal challenge.
- Acting for Inditex in defending against collective claims brought by trade unions regarding its Covid-19 measures.
- Advised WiZink Bank on the first Expediente de Regulación de Trabajo (ERTE) in the banking sector in the context of Covid-19.
Abdon Pedrajas | Littler
Abdon Pedrajas | Littler is a boutique labour and employment firm with a team of lawyers whose ‘level of experience and technical knowledge is outstanding'. Since January 2021 the firm has been part of Littler Europe, increasing the team’s profile when it comes to acting for multinationals, which it has assisted with restructurings and executive terminations. ‘Excellent technical lawyer‘ Sonia Cortés co-leads the team alongside co-managing partner Antonio Pedrajas. Ivan López García De La Riva is the main contact for employment litigation, while Alfonso Pedrajas leads the Barcelona office and has particular experience in the insurance, hotel and chemicals industries. Inés Molero is noted for restructuring, collective negotiations and dismissals.
Sonia Cortés; Antonio Pedrajas
Other key lawyers:
Ivan López García de la Riva; Alfonso Pedrajas; Inés Molero; Miguel Arbreras; Sara Bermejo
‘It is a team of highly competent professionals in labour law in the Spanish market. They also have a deep knowledge of the environment of our company as a client and adapt labour advice efficiently to our idiosyncrasies and work strategy. In practice they act as an extension of our own labour department. The treatment is personalised, fast and focused on providing solutions and adding value.’
‘Extremely personalised treatment, with knowledge of all the members that make up the team of our company, with whom they relate directly and efficiently. Great knowledge of our sector, as well as of various sectors that enrich their work approaches. A large part of the firm’s lawyers train at prestigious universities in the country and offer technical advice at the highest level, even in matters of great relevance to important government institutions.’
‘Sonia Cortes is an excellent technical lawyer who also speaks superb English.’
‘The level of experience and technical knowledge is outstanding. The team is able to communicate with all levels in the company, provide the right level of detail and find the right words. Also outstanding in defining a strategy for the company in change management processes!’
‘I’d highlight the availability and agility of solving issues when necessary.’
‘Personal treatment – Availability – Knowledge.’
‘They are always pending both to assist us and to follow up on matters. To this is added the great knowledge they have of the different issues that we have been raising to them in labour matters.’
‘I especially highlight Inés Molero and Sara Bermejo; The credibility, seriousness and solidity of their arguments always achieve great results for the company in the courts, this type of advice being very useful internally, in addition, to avoid and prevent conflicts with workers. It is also very remarkable, the human quality in the treatment of the client.’
John Deere Iberica
The employment team at Baker McKenzie is praised for its ‘strong knowledge of the labour negotiation process' and is one of the market’s go-to practices for collective redundancies and labour restructuring. A recent highlight saw practice co-head David Díaz leading a team assisting Acciona with a collective dismissal of staff at its Nissan plant and the subsequent litigation. Co-leading alongside Díaz is Barcelona-based partner Mireia Sabaté, who has experience across the range of labour and employment matters. José Prieto and Ester Maza both come with client recommendation and Fermín Guardiola is a senior figure to note.
David Díaz; Mireia Sabaté
Other key lawyers:
Fermín Guardiola; José Prieto; Ester Maza
‘B&M is an eminently practical office. It goes out of its way to get to know its clients, and their business. In this way you can give quality and eminently practical legal advice. The response type is “user friendly”. It is tailored to the needs of clients, concise short notes and practical. They look for a way to help the client to make business decisions, not simply to carry out an analysis of whether such a measure is legal or not.’
‘It is a team with deep knowledge in the field and great availability. In our case, they have fully responded to the demands we had when hiring them at a time of special labor conflict for us.’
‘Ester Maza: she has always shown full disposition, helping and advising even in preventive tasks, with a great global vision of the problems, and anticipating the possible incidents and problems that could occur.’
‘Strengths and skills: strong knowledge of the labor negotiation process both in its formal and non-formal aspects. Strength in the definition and execution of the negotiation strategy. Strength in the knowledge of union relations and leaders. Strength in the management and direction of negotiations with unions and employee representatives.’
‘José Prieto – Outstanding. Excellent and brilliant in conducting negotiation meetings, as well as in advising our company during said process.’
‘I have found in Baker Mackenzie a very valuable support in all the labor initiatives that we have launched throughout the last year. Its approach has always been practical, close and effective.’
‘We always have the necessary help from the team and they all have knowledge of our business, always offering tailored help.’
‘We are more than satisfied working with B&M. In addition to the knowledge and experience of the lawyer responsible for the labor area and her team, the focus on providing a comprehensive service is important. They analyze the issues in a particular way and their connection with other areas. They are fast and effective.’
AstraZeneca Farmacéutica Spain
CCC Barcelona Digital Services
King Shared Services
Toys R´ Us
Lee Hecht Harrison (LHH)
Samvardhana Motherson Group
Samvardhana Motherson Group
- Advising Acciona on the collective dismissal of 560 employees at the Nissan plant in Barcelona and handling the litigation procedure.
- Assisted Samvardhana Motherson Group with a collective dismissal procedure to close the plant of the company Sintermetal Products.
- Advising Sage on the collective dismissal leading to the separation of 20% of its workforce in Spain.
Ceca Magán Abogados
Ceca Magán Abogados fields a young employment team that excels in labour litigation and has advised on a large number of the market’s most significant temporary layoffs since the start of the pandemic. The practice has a number of long-term clients across different industries, and a host of new clients also instructed the team during 2020 and 2021, a notable example being Solaria, which sought advice on several hearings across the country. The ‘undoubtedly exceptional‘ Enrique Ceca Gómez-Arevalillo heads the department, with support from Ana Gómez Hernández and labour litigator Juan Antonio Linares. Counsel Blanca Mercado Grande is especially strong in litigation and collective bargaining. The department was given an additional boost in April 2022 with the arrival of Àlex Santacana and Albert Toledo Oms from RocaJunyent.
Enrique Ceca Gómez-Arevalillo; Àlex Santacana
Other key lawyers:
Juan Antonio Linares; Ana Gómez Hernández; Laura Guillén; Blanca Mercado; Paula Ferro
‘I have always felt very well advised by all the people from Ceca Magán with whom I have met, but I would especially highlight Enrique Ceca and Paula Ferro for their professionalism and their closeness to the client.’
‘We believe that Ceca Magán is strongly characterized by their team working capacity. First, I would like to emphasize the respectful environment that is seen within the firm. The team shows clear commitment, community building and group decision making at all points, in addition to an ethical approach to all work.’
‘Labour law is constantly undergoing change and renewing itself. However, Ceca Magán has managed to communicate to us in a clear and precise manner all these updates, providing us not only all the important information to keep in mind, but further provided us advice on how to continue, allowing us to feel certain in the field of law and assertive in continuing with our business in a proper manner.’
‘Some specific stand-out partners and associates would be Enrique Ceca, Juan Linares and Laura Guillén who have at all times shown an assertive, efficient, honest and resolutive behaviour.’
‘Enrique Ceca’s team is a highly trained team that perfectly knows the needs we have as a client. They are always up to the task, despite not being an international firm.’
‘Practical orientation of their legal advice. Good exposition of advantages and disadvantages of each option. Excellent negotiation skills with the opposing party, reaching advantageous agreements for the interests of the company. Very high success rate in labor disputes.’
‘They must know very well the structure of the company and the particularities of the sector. In our case, Ceca is the best firm with whom we have worked. Partly thanks to the total involvement of the partners (especially Enrique Ceca) and the desire to give us the best service, which we perceive in our daily relationship with them.’
‘The technical knowledge is outstanding but I would highlight even more, the knowledge and the will to understand the client’s needs. Enrique Ceca is undoubtedly exceptional, he provides innovative solutions, places himself in the position of the client and always seeks the best agreements for our interests. In my opinion, he is the most outstanding lawyer in the firm.’
Mahou – San Miguel
Magnum Capital Partners
Le Pain Quotidien
- Advised Ilunion on a collective lawsuit against a temporary lay-off after the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Assisted Alsea with the collective temporary layoffs based on force majeure grounds, affecting 22,000 employees.
- Advised Solaria in more than 25 hearings in different regions regarding the salary debts of subcontractor employees.
Complex workforce restructurings, labour litigation and day-to-day advice are all areas of strength for Pérez-Llorca‘s employment department. The team acts for household name multinationals, and also has a significant domestic client base, with blue chip companies looking to the practice for sensitive senior executive dismissals and union negotiations, among other issues. Practice head Luis Enrique Fernández Pallarés is an experienced advisor and representative before all court levels in Spain, and has particularly strong clients in the banking sphere. Laura Pérez is an up-and-coming force in employment litigation, and Daniel Cifuentes is especially strong in pre-litigation counselling. 2020 partner appointment Isabel Moya is a further key contact, and the team was strengthened in 2021 by the additions of Gloria Pérez de Moya and Marta Iranzo at counsel and of counsel, respectively. Of counsel and professor of employment and social security law Yolanda Valdeolivas joined the firm in early 2022.
Luis Enrique Fernández Pallarés
Other key lawyers:
Daniel Cifuentes; Laura Peréz; Isabel Moya; Gloria Pérez de Moya; Marta Iranzo; Yolanda Valdeolivas
VAV Compañía de Producciones
El Corte Inglés
Bauer Media Group
- Advising Grupo Pascual on the strategy, implementation and coordination of a large number of collective employment-related measures.
- Assisting Duff & Phelps with the negotiation of its equality gender plan.
- Acting for Aon in its defence against several lawsuits submitted by different managers claiming for the payment of the amounts requested by the tax authorities.
Allen & Overy‘s team of ‘terrific professionals‘ in its employment and benefits department is led by Silvia Bauzá, an expert in collective and individual labour litigation, as well as restructuring processes and collective conflicts. She is supported by experienced senior associates Ana Hernández and Jose Antonio Segovia, since the latter's arrival from Garrigues in July 2021. The department assists a number of multinational clients with ongoing labour issues, Airbus being a new addition to that list in 2021.
Other key lawyers:
Ana Hernández; Jose Antonio Segovia
‘Allen & Overy’s team stands out for its high technical level and commitment to the client. The service they offer is of high quality by answering questions accurately and clearly and quickly. They adapt their responses to the needs and particularities of the client. Unlike other firms, it has adapted to us, being a very complex company, in record time and perfectly understanding the problems we face on a day-to-day basis.’
‘Not only is it a team that stands out for its high technical level, but also for the involvement and commitment they have in each of the client’s issues. All the team members are exceptional.’
‘They are very professional lawyers, very close to the business and who strive to understand it well. Very close, transparent and with great knowledge. Availability 24/7. Great treatment, closeness, empathy / sympathy, flexibility. They support the processes from start to finish with great leadership and involvement. They know how to move very well within organizations at all levels (managers, executives, management committees, boards of directors). They have a great human quality and generate environments of full trust. They become true partners for the business.’
‘Our experience is that all the attorneys we have worked with at Allen & Overy are terrific professionals. They are highly qualified professionals and where you see that there is a harmony in the team in a very important way. I believe that it is an office that responds perfectly to any circumstance that we have had but that also bills in a very fair way. It is not for every minute of dedication. In addition, they are very accessible, close, they generate great trust in the client.’
‘Without a doubt, in addition to the fact that they are always technically very prepared, they give you the best advice on the actions to follow, even if it is to the detriment of the billing of the law firm. They look after the client more than their own interests, which makes them generate a lot of trust. In addition, in any matter they are always perfectly prepared and have everything carefully studied. We are delighted with them.’
‘The team is very well organized and takes into account the different areas that affect the matter. They have a very good deal and are 100% available to the client.’
‘Complete availability, unbeatable internal organization, practical solutions to problems that arise and good alternatives.’
JT International Canarias
Aquila Capital Market
- Assisting Airbus with ongoing labour legal advice on relevant employment issues and judicial procedures.
- Advising JTI International Canarias on an ongoing daily basis in relation to its factories in Spain.
- Advised Indra on several employment-related matters, including complex judicial procedures and complex legal advice.
‘Characterised by its high level of professionalism', the employment group at CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo has expertise in collective restructurings, senior executive employment contracts, complex employment litigation, and support on corporate transactions. A mix of international and domestic blue-chip clients instruct experienced practice head César Navarro and the disputes-focused Elena Esparza. Eva Ceca, promoted to counsel in February 2021, stands out from the group supporting the partners.
Other key lawyers:
Elena Esparza; Eva Ceca; Carmen Bardi; María José Ramos
‘The CMS team that advised us is characterized by its high level of professionalism, combining many years of experience in similar issues, a clear alignment with the needs and particularities of our company and an evident ease to work in multinational environments.’
‘Both César Navarro and Eva Ceca, partner and counsel respectively from the CMS labor area, have done an excellent job, providing a clear vision. I would highlight, in addition to their knowledge and experience, their ease of communicating information to the client in a precise and practical way in international environments, as well as being integrated into internal meetings where key strategic decisions are discussed and made.’
‘Proactivity. The cases are prepared very thoroughly. Professionalism.’
‘Carmen Bardi prepared the defence of a case that affected our company with great thoroughness, very attentive to all details and anticipating possible questions from the opposing party.’
‘It is a young, dynamic team with deep knowledge of its work. The CMS team is one of the most complete teams in Spain, and in the workplace their work is technically very solvent and efficient.’
‘It is an excellent team from a technical point of view, fast and pragmatic in its responses to the client. What I would highlight is the good understanding they have of the business and the sector, which makes their advice very practical and adjusted to the needs of the client. Due to their experience and international profile, they manage multi-jurisdictional matters with total efficiency, coordinating the different firms that may be involved in the matter. From an organizational point of view, the team members are perfectly coordinated to immediately and efficiently attend to questions raised.’
‘The plus that I would highlight from the firm’s lawyers is their closeness, availability and honesty when giving advice, always thinking of the best for the client. I would especially highlight Elena Esparza for her total involvement, great sensitivity in all matters, closeness, and for her good work and management of the team she leads. I highlight María José Ramos and Carmen Bardi, who in addition to being technically excellent, have always shown maximum availability and passion for their work.’
‘We value Cesar and Eva’s practical support. They’ve been close to us for good decisions and also very sensitive and high exposure matter. We do have the impression they are very reliable and will be there when needed.’
Willis Towers Watson Services
Information Services Group
- Advised Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy on the preparation, negotiation and implementation of a collective redundancy procedure to close two plants in Spain.
- Assisted connectors and sensors manufacturer TE Connectivity with the preparation, negotiation and implementation of a collective redundancy procedure to close a plant.
- Advised cosmetics retailer Douglas on the coordination of the global and local restructuring, including the collective redundancy procedure in Spain which affected around 100 employees.
Deloitte Legal has established itself as a force in the Spanish employment law market in recent years, and its practice combines ongoing day-to-day advice for blue chip clients, with specialist groups that focus on areas such as compensation and benefits, global mobility, internal investigations, compliance, and labour disputes. Covadonga Roldán now heads the nationwide practice group and is an expert in senior management relationships, collective redundancies and restructuring. She has taken over the role from Fernando Bazán, who now heads the global practice. Susana Burgueño, Fernando Ruiz de Linaza and Xavier Pallarés are further key contacts.
Other key lawyers:
Fernando Bazán; Fernando Ruiz de Linaza; Susana Burgueño; Xavier Pallarés; José Valenzuela
‘Very business-focused and agile team. They are effective and they are next to the company.’
‘What makes this practice unique is that they provide specific training in law that is aimed at people with intellectual disabilities and the training needs in labor law that they need. The work area team is a socially and professionally committed, effective, and highly coordinated team.’
‘There are many things that make them stand out, the team acts in the image and likeness of Fernando Bazán; their proactivity, energy, commitment, values, innovation, experience, motivation, valuation, joy, and enjoyment make the experience reach excellence.’
‘I will highlight the accessibility and availability of the team, especially the ability to give advice completely from the hand of the business, seeking practical solutions that allow to achieve the objectives.’
‘I would highlight the work of the whole team whose way of working shows the collaboration between the team members and the client. In relation to the partner Fernando Bazán, I will highlight the strategic vision and the search for solutions adaptable to the real needs of real clients.’
‘Susana Burgueño has the ability to explain legal complexities in a very pedagogical way, providing practical solutions to find alternatives that fit each business organization.’
‘Without a doubt one of the best firms I have worked with. Teamwork is impeccable. They show great empathy with the client and show their work capacity and knowledge of the subject at all times. Very responsible and very professional.’
‘The lawyers we usually work with: Mr. Fernando Bazán; Mr. José Valenzuela, show exceptional attention to the different requirements that we have, with a rapid response that helps us extraordinarily in the management of labour problems that may arise in our company.’
Sitel Ibérica Teleservices
Red Cross (pro bono)
Honda Motor Europe
Yamaha Music Europe
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe
Atlético de Madrid Football Club
El Corte Inglés
- Assisting Sitel Ibérica Teleservices with a collective dismissal process and a temporary lay-off process.
- Advising Cigna on disciplinary dismissal processes in a call centre in Spain, and on the implementation of teleworking protocols regarding the new regulations.
- Acting for Ferrovial in the legal defence before the Social/Contentious- Administrative Court and in subsequent appeal phases before the High Court of Justice and the Supreme Court.
DLA Piper‘s employment practice is led by Pilar Menor, a reference in the market with ‘great experience‘; she focuses her practice on collective labour negotiations and employment litigation, especially restructurings and collective lay-offs resulting from M&A. Sector focus is an important part of the group’s organisational structure, with technology, financial services and real estate all being areas of particular strength, and Paz de la Iglesia has niche expertise in the hotel industry. In the legal director position, Pedro Molina focuses more on employment law, with Raúl Torres primarily involved in labour matters.
Other key lawyers:
Paz de la Iglesia; Pedro Molina; Raúl Torres
‘Magnificent work team, wonderfully led by Pilar Menor. I would highlight the ability to understand the culture and strategy of the company, and recommend the best path according to them.’
‘The main partner, Pilar Menor, oversees everything and offers her great experience, as well as having the opportunity to discuss the general strategy and details with her.’
Nomad Foods Europe
London Stock Exchange
Axalta Coating Systems
- Advised Hard Rock Spain on the implementation of a collective dismissal process affecting more than 85 employees in Madrid.
- Acted for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Spain in the preparation and implementation of a temporary-lay off based on organisational grounds linked to Covid-19.
- Assisted Hotel Ritz with various negotiations of new collective suspension of employment contracts and legal advice in relation to a serious work-related accident.
Gómez-Acebo & Pombo‘s broad employment practice excels in collective negotiations, and provides robust support to its corporate teams on M&A involving complex employment law issues. Social security issues are a further strength. Ignacio del Fraile and Borja González are litigators, as well as acting in collective restructuring, executive contract negotiations and health and safety-related matters. Experienced of counsel Juan Antonio de Lanzas is the key contact in Valencia, and Lourdes Escassi stands out at the senior associate level.
Other key lawyers:
Ignacio del Fraile; Juan Antonio de Lanzas; Borja González; Lourdes Escassi
‘Speed, firmness, high knowledge, adaptability to the client, both in terms of form, times and rates.’
‘Client service, technical capacity, professionalism, availability. Greater flexibility.’
‘Professionalism, availability. Extraordinary partner: Borja González.’
‘Good team of lawyers with resources and national presence. We work mainly with Juan Antonio Lanzas, and teams in Madrid and Barcelona. But depending on the needs, we have been able to count on resources for matters in many provinces of Spain.’
‘I’d highlight the closeness and long-term partnership relationship of Juan Antonio Lanzas. Manage the equalization by filtering the topics and distributing the resources according to their importance and assuming the topics in which it is necessary. He acts as an external strategic partner.’
Tennant Sales & Services
Toys R Us
- Advised American Nike (Spanish subsidiary of Nike Inc.) on a collective restructuring process, including the relevant negotiation process with the employees’ legal representatives.
- Acted for Hexcel Composites in a collective restructuring process.
- Representing Gate Gourmet in the different legal disputes derived from employees’ claims on employment-related issues.
The global network of Hogan Lovells International LLP makes the firm a popular choice for multinationals operating in Spain, while the reputation of practice head Luis Enrique de la Villa and his team has given it a solid base of domestic clients too. The full-service offering covers restructurings, executive contracts and employment litigation, and the group also provides support to the transactional departments on M&A. Jesús García, who was promoted to counsel in January 2022, comes with client recommendation as an ‘excellent lawyer' and assists with the full range of labour law issues.
Luis Enrique de la Villa
Other key lawyers:
‘Very good technical knowledge of its professionals.’
‘The close treatment, the great amount of knowledge and work capacity, are remarkable points.’
‘In the quality of its staff. Jesús Garcia is an excellent lawyer and a better person. Being able to work with such good professionals makes the service have a differential value.’
‘Excellent technical quality of its professionals.’
‘Solid and up-to-date technical knowledge coupled with a very broad and successful judicial experience. Litigation preparation is very thorough.’
‘Luis Enrique de La Villa is our reference. His technical quality is an element that undoubtedly makes the difference.’
American Tower Corporation
Laboratory Corporation of America
Unisono Soluciones de Negocio
Ticketbis Sociedad Limitada
- Advised SIT Transportes on three simultaneous furlough processes in different legal entities of the group.
- Acting for Laboratory Corporation of America as part of a cross-border team in a collective process to standardise working conditions after the merger of several legal entities and its first union election process in Spain.
- Advising a Spanish subsidiary of Groupon on two simultaneous furlough processes in different entities of the group, and on day-to-day employment issues.
RocaJunyent Spain‘s employment team has balanced a mixed workload of Covid-related collective actions and ongoing day-to-day advice for multinational clients in various sectors. On the contentious side, the team has experience handling employment litigation and collective disputes before the Supreme Court, and recent legislative advice has included assisting Spanish home-delivery platform Glovo. The practice is led by Rosa Rodríguez in Madrid, and Albert Rodríguez is another key name at the partner level. Support comes from senior associate Albert Toledo and María Garcia. Àlex Santacana left the firm in April 2022.
Other key lawyers:
Albert Rodríguez; Albert Toledo; María Garcia
‘The practice has multiple functions and can service changing client requirements. Also skilled international team with the ability to operate across cultures and in different languages.’
‘Combination of clear communication, sensitive and timely delivery.’
‘Rosa Rodríguez has demonstrated outstanding knowledge in labor matters. She has advised us on how to approach the claim and present it clearly, given the complexity, and clearing up any doubts that have arisen during the hearing preparation process.’
‘Dedication, involvement and knowledge – Albert Rodríguez, Albert Toledo.’
‘The strengths of the team are communication with the client, experience and knowledge of the laws.’
Cambra de Comerç de Barcelona
Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya
Mutua General de Catalunya
The Spanish Pilot Union Sepla
Andersen incorporated DA Lawyers in June 2021 and its employment practice is now led by Victoria Caldevilla, who has ‘extensive experience in representing companies in lawsuits of high technical complexity'. The team assists with the full complement of matters, both contentious and advisory, and has strong client bases on both domestic and international fronts. Clara Marín, also a former DA Lawyers partner, assists as director.
Other key lawyers:
‘The labor lawyers of the Victoria Caldevilla team are a diverse, specialized and balanced team that has been providing us with legal support in social litigation. Strengths are availability, empathy, negotiation and persuasion skills, knowledge of the banking sector and litigation experience.’
‘Victoria Caldevilla has extensive experience in representing companies in lawsuits of high technical complexity, she is assertive and practical in her legal approaches, seeking the best interest for the client. She is a recognized professional in the labor sector.’
Bodegas Emilio Moro
IEPE (Instalaciones Especiales de Publicidad Exterior)
Grupo Exterior Plus
The Gorillas Vet Company
2 The Loo
Techem Energy Services
Servicios Estudiantiles Integrales
Vita Capital Trading
Worldwide Intermediate España
- Advised Grupo Santander on substantive law and employment disputes and act of conciliations.
- Advised Atlantic Copper on the negotiations of the collective agreement of the copper plant that it operates in Huelva.
- Assisting all companies belonging to Airbus Group with their employment law issues.
Araoz & Rueda's employment practice excels in all manner of senior management negotiations, and the team also frequently acts in collective dismissals, bargaining agreements and due diligence for transactional matters. After her promotion to partner in January 2021, Clara Mañoso now co-leads the practice alongside Alfonso Suárez.
Alfonso Suárez; Clara Mañoso
‘Quality, speed and personalized service.’
‘Alfonso Suarez: exceptional legal quality of his work, proximity and availability, ease in explaining complex legal concepts, decisive.’
‘Clara Mañoso: excellent availability, speed and legal approach.’
The Phone House Spain
Kotobuki Seating Co.
- Advised The Phone House Spain on a collective dismissal and substantial modification of working conditions procedure.
- Assisted the trustee of Majórica with the agreement reached with the employees’ legal representative and trade unions for the termination of 103 employment contracts within the company’s insolvency proceedings.
- Advised Castellana Golf on the processing and filing of a temporary layoff procedure (ERTE) due to production reasons derived from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The ‘very skilled' team at Barcelona-based firm Augusta Abogados acts in a variety of matters - both contentious and advisory - for its clients. While the team advises a variety of companies, it has carved a niche in the aviation industry, recently acting for Ryanair in temporary furlough arrangements, collective dismissals and employment litigation. Maria José Sánchez and Juan José Hita Fernández jointly lead the department.
Juan José Hita Fernández; Maria José Sánchez
Other key lawyers:
Pere Vidal; Mattia Cardinali; Aleix Bujaldon Tarrida
‘Very good coordination between the team. They convey confidence and serenity even on tense occasions.’
‘Its most notable strengths are: Rigor in responses, technical knowledge combined with great availability, patience and responsiveness at all levels from technicians, juniors to partners.’
‘Availability. Practical vision combined with technical and legal rigor. Availability of resources from partners, associates, technicians. First level personal treatment. They maintain calm and perspective in tense and “crisis” moments. José Sánchez García and Pere Vidal stand out.’
‘It is a team of high professional level, with an international vocation and adapts to the needs of its clients.’
‘Maria José Sanchez García and Juan Jose Hita Fernandez: their high quality as lawyers and their high international presence. Of the associates Aleix Bujaldon Tarrida and Pere Vidal Lopez, I would highlight their work capacity and especially the high quality of their publications.’
‘Lawyers at Augusta Abogados are very skilled and reactive. Their employment practice benefits from the support of their other practices (and vice-versa) which makes them a very strong firm in most legal areas relevant for businesses.’
‘Maria Jose Sanchez is very smart, hard-working and understands the business needs very well. Juan Jose Hita is very creative and likes to think outside of the box to come up with tailor-made solutions to the client’s need. They are both very passionate about helping clients.’
- Representing Ryanair in collective dismissals at its Canary Islands bases and Girona bases.
- Acting for Servihabitat in implementing its policies in working time registry and in remote and flexible working.
- Advised Vueling on the implementation of a new business structure for handling, including the potential setup of a new company called Yellow.
A range of blue-chip clients look to Clifford Chance for their employment advice in Spain. Counsel Juan Calvente leads the practice, covering employment litigation, reorganisations and comprehensive support to the corporate team in employment-heavy matters. Efraína Fernández, Jorge Martín-Fernandez and Cristina González are a trio of senior associates that all come with client recommendation.
Other key lawyers:
Efraína Fernández; Jorge Martín-Fernandez; Cristina González
‘What makes Clifford stand out and especially Cristina Gonzalez who advises us in most cases is a very important knowledge of the law but at the same time a holistic vision of who we are and what we need to know at all times. Cristina on many occasions has known how to understand the business (which is not easy), where we were and how she could better help and advise us. She has an exceptional ability to give us exceptional and very commercial advice.’
‘They make the complex easy, in an agile and close way. With an unbeatable technical quality and the best attitude and contribution of creative solutions for the client. I’d highlight Juan Calvente, Jorge Martín Fernández and, above all, Efraína Fernández.’
Cubico Sustainable Investments
‘Extraordinary lawyer' Jacobo Martínez Pérez de Espinoza leads the employment group at Eversheds Sutherland, which assists with collective negotiations, senior executive contracts and regulatory issues, and has recently sought to expand its transactional support. The team’s work has an international scope, and the department is often relied on by the wider firm for matters involving Latin American jurisdictions.
Jacobo Martínez Pérez-Espinosa
Other key lawyers:
Luis Aguilar; Teresa Salinas; Adrián Pérez; Beatriz Reina; Cristina de Miguel; Estíbaliz García
‘Empathy and above all 100% dedication to the case.’
‘Agile, practical and excellent adaptability to the needs of each company.’
‘Strict knowledge of the regulations. Extensive previous experience in cases.’
‘The team is fantastic. Their knowledge of the law is deep and they are excellent people.’
‘The plus that stands out of the lawyers of the firm is their in-depth knowledge of labor law and its constant updates, as well as their human qualities and their flexibility to adapt to the client.’
‘Jacobo Martínez Pérez de Espinosa is an extraordinary lawyer, who knows how to wonderfully manage his team to get the best of themselves from each of its members.’
Fieldcore (General Electric Group)
ALSA (National Express)
Johnson Controls Group
Praised by a client as ‘a great team with great support from the other departments of the firm’, EY Abogados‘ employment practice assists with day-to-day contentious and advisory matters, collective reorganisations or dismissals, international contractual matters, and M&A. Practice head Raúl García has over 20 years’ experience and is particularly strong in labour disputes. Since research concluded, Isabel Merenciano left the firm, in July 2022.
Other key lawyers:
José María Goerlich; Eva Sainz; Miguel Prado; Nicolás Chacon
‘EY’s legal team stood out for its total availability, for meeting the deadlines and commitments acquired, and for maintaining close contact once the project was completed. They also demonstrated resource capacity in areas other than those initially contracted. In times of pandemic with limited mobility, they proved to have flexibility and offices in different geographical points that allowed us to move forward with the projects.’
‘Clear and certain legal language.’
‘It is a great team with great support from the other departments of the firm.’
‘José María Goerlich (of counsel, very practical, positive and looking for solutions).’
‘The personal treatment with the team of lawyers was very positive. In this sense, I’d highlight the lawyer Nicolás Chacón.’
Abaceria de Monasterio
- Assisted Banco Sabadell with restructuring the top management.
- Advising Saint Gobain on day-to-day ongoing issues.
- Acting for Henry Schein in the collective suspension of labour contracts of the group’s companies.
King & Wood Mallesons
Executive contracts, disciplinary action and dismissals are the standout specialisms of King & Wood Mallesons' employment practice, which also covers a range of other matters, including support on M&A and long-term ongoing advice to its clients. Carlos Gil leads the team and has two decades of experience in both contentious and non-contentious aspects of employment and social security law; Cristina Esteban and Sandra de Andrés are the supporting senior associates.
Other key lawyers:
Cristina Esteban; Sandra de Andrés
‘Strengths: Great knowledge and experience of the specificities that apply in the workplace to our sector.’
‘Carlos Gil is the reference partner, accessible, practical, diligent, efficient and responsive.’
‘They have a historical knowledge of the company.’
‘In our experience, they are very introduced to the scope of our company, concerned about being up-to-date with the situations that surround our business.’
‘Cristina Esteban and Carlos Gil are both very prepared, easily accessible and predisposed to help with solutions at the height of the situations.’
Shanghai Electric Power
Valencia Club de Fútbol
Qualitas Equity Partners
Inapa Distribución de Papel
Asterion Industrial Partners
- Advising Valencia Club de Fútbol on all the employment legal issues related with the club and its foundation.
- Assisted a private equity firm in Spain with the issues related to the remuneration policy of its top executives.
- Advised EDP on employment aspects of the sale of its B2C portfolio in Spain along with two power plants in Castejón to the French energy group Total.
KPMG Abogados, Spain's employment group has acted in a number of collective redundancies since the pandemic hit, and assists clients with all related labour and human resources issues, as well as restructurings and M&A. Francisco Fernández Díez and Francisco Javier Hervas Martinez co-lead the team, while Beatriz Ruiz Vela and Eduardo Martinez Perez are experienced figures in the court room on labour matters.
Francisco Javier Hervas Martínez; Francisco Fernández Díez
Other key lawyers:
Beatriz Ruiz Vela; Eduardo Martinez Perez; Ramón Mouriño Avendaño; Cristina Jurado
‘Trust and reliability.’
‘Knowledge, availability and results – Beatriz Ruiz Vela, Cristina Jurado.’
‘The KPMG team we work with is highly qualified and is involved from the beginning in the process.’
‘Empathy, knowledge of the case and collaboration It is worth highlighting Eduardo Martinez and Cristina Jurado.’
‘Good professionals, empathic, know how to manage the different actors in the process. Knowledge of the subject. Productivity, go the extra mile.’
‘Human quality of the team. Knowing how to be in the different forums. Management of the different actors, speed of response. Francisco Fernández and Ramón Mouriño.’
Coca-Cola European Partners Iberia (CCEP Iberia)
ICCS – Integrated Call Centre Services
Telefonica de España
Segurcaixa Adeslas y Adeslas Salud
- Advised Acerinox on trade union negotiations for the implementation of a large-scale collective redundancy involving the dismissal of more than 200 employees.
- Assisting Coca-Cola European Partners Iberia with the design of a strategy to respond to the pandemic, and the definition of a strategic model of labour relationships.
- Assisting Ferrovial on the full range of employment law matters arising from M&A transactions.
ONTIER‘s employment team has a strong domestic presence and supports clients in matters ranging from collective dismissals and restructuring to transactional support, while employment litigation is a standout strength. Practice co-heads Javier Aurelio Rodríguez Pérez and Eduardo González-Biedma are based in Oviedo and Seville, respectively, with associate Luis Sánchez Quiñones being the practice’s main contact in Madrid.
Javier Aurelio Rodríguez Pérez; Eduardo González-Biedma
Other key lawyers:
Luis Sánchez Quiñones; Santiago Zamora Antón; Sara Blanco Menendez
‘The team of lawyers distributes matters well according to their nature and importance, directed by the partner in the labor area, who also intervenes directly in specific matters.’
‘We value the ease of access to their lawyers and the speed with which they take on the issues that we raise, ease in dealing with them to understand and contrast questions and alternatives with us, giving a technically good service.’
‘Ontier is a firm with extensive experience in labour matters, which has professionals fully involved in the matters they defend. They are close, and always look out for the client.’
‘Close people, empathetic and easy to understand – Javier Rodríguez and Sara Blanco.’
‘Great dedication and professionalism.’
Fomento De Construcciones Y Contratas
Tata Consultancy Services
Camara De Comercio, Industria Y Servicios De Madrid
Laboratorios Protesicos Alchi
- Advised Dentix on its €70m acquisition by Advent International.
- Representing Abengoa in a number of disputes arising from collective dismissals and suspensions.
- Advising Duro Felguera on its internal labour restructuring.
PwC Tax & Legal Services
The employment law department at PwC Tax & Legal Services has broad national coverage and supports multinationals with operations across Spain. The team acts in all types of employment work, from transactional support to litigation and company-wide restructurings. Marc Carrera heads the nationwide practice and Maria Eugenia Guzmán is also a specialised partner. Julio Calvo, Francisco Marín Paz and Amaya Garrido are also noted.
Other key lawyers:
Maria Eugenia Guzmán; Francisco Marín Paz; Julio Calvo; Amaya Garrido
‘High knowledge of the sector. Highly qualified team with high technical knowledge and proven experience.’
‘They are differentiated by client orientation and time availability. The high degree of knowledge of the subject and its degree of experience and expertise. Without a doubt Francisco Marin Paz is a great professional and has far exceeded expectations. The management of its human team is also very valuable, which manages to have them very well-connected and in good harmony.’
‘PwC’s work practice in Bilbao stands out especially for its outstanding knowledge of the particularities of labor relations in the specific field of the Basque Country. Its professionals combine a deep knowledge of labor law with an outstanding practical sense when facing specific problems. In turn, they have the possibility of extending their expertise to practically the whole world, given their global presence.’
‘Julio Calvo and Amaya Garrido combine all the characteristics that one looks for in a reference labor lawyer: closeness to the client, involvement in cases, technical knowledge, imagination in proposing alternative solutions.’
‘Very reliable, professional and dominating team in their field. No cracks are perceived depending on who provides the service, which is evidence of excellent management.’
‘Julio Calvo: Absolute and updated command of the subject. Continuous commitment to good service and advice. He makes the problems of the client his own and thus defends them. Risks are perfectly anticipated and identified.’
‘Availability and search for solutions to needs. Accompanies client from beginning to end. Julio Calvo and Amaya Garrido are excellent people and professionals.’
‘Strong connected team, very collaborative and constant.’
Siemens Energy Engines
Grupo Garnica Plywood
Bic Graphic Europe
Thomas Cook Spain
Eroski, S. Coop
- Advising Siemens Energy Engines on the drafting and negotiation of the company plan for gender equality.
- Assisted Grupo Garnica Plywood with advice and representation in appealing an inspection violation report regarding safety and hygiene measures in the workplace.
- Advising a multinational health and wellness company on the legal strategy to cope with a complex business unit sale that involved several companies of the same group.
Simmons & Simmons
Simmons & Simmons in Spain acts for an international client base and is best known for its comprehensive employment law support to companies in the financial services and life sciences sectors. The team, led by Eduardo Peñacoba (who was also appointed the new country head of Spain), has been especially active in collective restructurings recently, but also acts in employment litigation, where of counsel Jesús Gimeno is a key name. Managing associate Carmen Torres is an ‘exceptional attorney‘.
Other key lawyers:
Jesús Gimeno; Carmen Torres; Álvaro Zaldívar; Cecila Castro; Itziar Borda
‘The Simmons & Simmons labor department is characterized by being a group of professionals close to the client, always characterized by taking care of the work in detail, and by a work with an excellent quality that goes beyond professional treatment and that cares about the client’s needs. The team is always receptive and concerned about everything that is entrusted to them. Their treatment has been exquisite.’
‘From my experience, I can say that each and every one of the attorneys on the team that I had contact with, showed at all times a real interest in the person as well as a strong commitment to the client. I would like to make special mention of Eduardo Peñacoba. His many qualities include mastery of all labor materials as well as his magnificent negotiating qualities. I’d also mention Itziar Borda. Other lawyers in the team also stand out, such as Carmen Torres and Cecilia Castro or Jesús Gimeno.’
‘The speed and quality of the responses, the personal closeness and the good understanding. Carmen Torres is exceptional, professionally one of the best labour lawyers we have worked with.’
‘Solid knowledge about legal practice, quick response. Great knowledge of our business and its needs, which allows them to give adequate advice and anticipate our needs by identifying potential risks and opportunities. Close team that gives real advice, interpreting the standard in the appropriate way.’
‘Carmen Torres is an exceptional attorney, with a solid knowledge of labor law. What I would like to highlight the most about her is her approach to the client, a quality not too frequent in lawyers. She invests a lot of time in knowing our business and needs, which allows her to make informed recommendations’
‘Great knowledge of the labour area. Careful advice and with a perfect understanding of our company situation. Carmen Torres is perhaps the best labor consultant with whom we have worked.’
‘We work with people and Carmen Torres is without a doubt the reason we work with Simmons & Simmons. I highlight her empathy, knowledge, quality of service, closeness, transparency, honesty, objectivity and advice. She gives us the peace of mind we need to face complex situations in labour matters.’
‘Álvaro Zaldívar is an excellent negotiator, he stands out for his ability to solve problems.’
World Wide Duty Free Group
Alliance Healthcare España
Consejo General de la Abogacía Española (CGAE)
Baker Hughes Operations España
Teka Group (Teka Industrial)
Mercados y Análisis
Alcon Healthcare and Alcon Management
- Acted for Novartis Farmacéutica in a collective dismissal affecting 92 employees.
- Advised Dufry International on its collective restructuring in Spain, consisting of a layoff affecting mainly the Head Quarters of Dufry in Madrid.
- Advised Zopa Bank on a collective restructuring process carried out in Spain.