Firms To Watch: Labour and employment

The raising of labour and migratory specialist Mercedes Nin to the partnership at Bragard Abogados marks the firm out as one-to-watch in the labour and employment sector. The practice handles the full range of labour matters, both collective and individual, with Nin demonstrating a particular strength in contentious matters.

Labour and employment in Uruguay


The large team at Ferrere is among the strongest choices in Uruguay’s labour and employment space, and exhibits ‘solid knowledge and capabilities, availability and reliability’. Its specialists participate in some of the market’s most complex and high-profile labour litigation cases, as well as dealing with non-contentious labour matters such as advising on due diligence, collective bargaining and negotiations with unions and the government, and internal compliance and in-house training courses. Clients work in such diverse sectors as banking, logistics, energy, technology, retail and agribusiness. Standout work highlights include assessing Finnish company UPM in all labour matters associated with the construction of its new pulp mill, including ensuring compliance with social security and health and safety standards for construction workers; and handling negotiations with the Uruguayan Medical Union (SMU) on behalf of Camsu. Leading figure Verónica Raffo co-heads the practice, along with expert litigator Nelson Larrañaga; and Alberto Baroffio, who is active in collective bargaining matters relating to the construction, energy and finance sectors. At associate level, the key contacts are Giselle Cardoso, Florencia Fitipaldo and Alejandra Añón.

Practice head(s):

Verónica Raffo; Alberto Baroffio; Nelson Larrañaga


‘The team members collaborate well with each other.’

‘Verónica Raffo, Alberto Brause, Cristina Muñoz and Martín Cerruti display strong knowledge, availability, technical reports and reliability.’

‘Excellent team.’

‘They are above all great people. Very nice to work with them.’

‘In-depth knowledge of the client’s business. Willingness and creativity to obtain the best result. Legal solidity and pragmatic application to cases. Advice to the full extent of the client. They collaborated in every way.’

‘They understand the customer. They put themselves in the client’s place to see the need and offer the best customized solution.’

Key clients


Mercado Libre



Abbott Laboratories


Katoen Natie



JC Decaux

Genia (Dasa Group)

Banco Nación




Globalization partners


Work highlights

  • Advised Riogas on day-to-day labour issues, including collective negotiations and individual relations with its workers.
  • Assisted Genia Laboratory with a recategorisation of its  payroll in order to be aligned with health industry requirements.
  • Assisted Terminal Cuenca del Plata with its negotiations with the government and union.

Guyer & Regules

Guyer & Regules‘s labour team carries out the range of non-contentious employment work, as well as related litigation. The group’s core experience includes representing financial entities in collective bargaining agreement negotiations with the banking union and the Uruguayan government. Domestic and international clients belonging to the FMCG, retail, insurance and luxury goods sectors also feature heavily on its client roster, and appreciate the lawyers’s ‘knowledge of the corporate practice of international companies’. The department’s robust advisory offering encompasses the drafting of employment contracts, assisting with terminations and carrying out internal audits, as well as data privacy matters. Leonardo Slinger heads the practice and specialises in labour lawsuits and union conflicts – he is singled out for his ‘level-headedness, vast knowledge and experience’; of counsel María José Poey handles labour advisory and social security work for local and foreign companies. At senior associate level, Santiago Madalena (labour advice on mobbing and workplace harassment, M&A) and Daniela Risso (labour audits and workplace training on health and safety) provide key support. Since publication, Madalena has been promoted to the partnership - effective as January 2024.

Practice head(s):

Leonardo Slinger


‘The team is technically solid with good knowledge of the corporate practice of international companies.’

‘The perfect combination of in-depth legal knowledge and practical experience in the matters. Leonardo Slinger is undoubtedly a key figure – he exhibits level-headedness, vast knowledge and experience.’

‘Excellent availability, knowledge of the practice area, rapid responses, practicality.’

‘Quality advice and professional treatment.’

‘The advice is in real time, simple, and super efficient. The differentiator is the proximity and accessibility at all times.’

‘Professionalism, excellence in service, availability, closeness.’

‘Guyer’s team is exceptional. It is made up of very solid professionals in the field and with extensive knowledge and experience in the issues submitted for their consideration. Also, having vast experience and great human quality, this makes the advice provided is of a high level and adjusted to the reality and needs of the company.’

‘Santiago Madalena is a professional with deep knowledge of the subject both theoretically and in practice, which is essential in the labor area. His advice is always provided on time and with a large dose of practicality, which makes him very wise and useful so that our company can conduct its business with solvency and security. It is a pleasure to work with Santiago and have his advice.’

Key clients








E D F Man Braux


Grupo Schandy

Goldman Sachs – Tienda Inglesa – Julius Baer

Private Banks Association of Uruguay (ABPU)




Ocean Network


Magna Motors

Banco de Valores



Jam City

TCS Consultancy


Frigorífico Carrasco

Porto Seguro Seguros

Cemento Artigas


Marco Financial

Grupo Piero

Wabi Pay




Work highlights

  • Assisted the World Bank with its overview assessment of Uruguay by identifying discrepancies with standards and recommending solutions.
  • Advised Amazon Web Services on setting up its business in Uruguay, handling employment contracts, benefits, job conditions, data privacy and terminations.
  • Assisted Punktal with a former employee’s claim alleging unfair dismissal, mobbing and unregistered salaries.

Hughes & Hughes

The team at Hughes & Hughes is a strong choice for labour and employment matters, commended as ‘excellent professionals with first-class technical skill’. It is sought out by start-ups, as well as longstanding corporations including Adidas, Siemens and Pernod Ricard, for its expertise on complex negotiations with unions, collective bargaining agreements and labour litigation. Enrique Radmilovich leads the practice and is experienced in litigation and labour negotiations, frequently advising companies in the forestry, hotel, food and chemical industries. At associate level, María Durán participates in collective negotiation and in the prevention and settlement of individual conflicts; María Noel Sayanes is well-versed in litigation; and Rafael Sanguinetti assists on all matters. The group was strengthened with the November 2022 hire of associate Camila de la Vega from Tibor Deutsch & Asociados.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Radmilovich


‘The multidisciplinary and dedicated team is made up of excellent professionals and provides first class technical attention.’

‘The work of the team’s members is very well-coordinated.’

‘A very professional team with a quick response time; they work with commitment and speed to solve the issues that are raised.’

‘Good knowledge of legislation and experienced in a range of sectors.’

Key clients

UPM – Forestal Oriental

Lojas Renner Uruguay

Baluma (Enjoy Hotel & Casino Punta del Este)



Air Liquide

Pinturas Inca (Akzonobel)


SC Johnson & Son




Akuo Energy




Grupo San Miguel

Metronics Logistics

Transcanada Pipelines

Pernod Ricard

Work highlights

  • Advised UPM on collective negotiations with its union and executed a collective bargaining agreement.
  • Assisted Grupo San Miguel with union negotiations.
  • Assisted Air Liquide Uruguay with union negotiations.


The practice at Posadas assists with labour due diligence, terminations and reorganisations, the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements and the management of relationships with trade unions. In addition, the team is skilled at drafting employment contracts and benefits packages, overseeing hiring processes and handling immigration and social security issues. Clients include domestic companies and foreign multinationals that work in retail, aviation, manufacturing, technology and logistics. Non-contentious advisory work is the specialism of practice head Mariana Fernández, and senior counsel Alejandro Castello negotiates employment conditions and manages relationships with unions. At senior associate level, Gonzalo Gari and Maria Florencia Novaretto handle litigation and assist with collective bargaining negotiations.

Practice head(s):

Mariana Fernández


‘The level of service and attention to the client’s needs stands out above many other legal services that I have had with other companies.’

‘They are always attentive to our needs, and with a knowledge of what they are talking about that makes it a pleasure to listen to them.’

‘It is a very good firm, with quick responses and adapted to the reality of the business.’

‘They have long-standing knowledge of the internal operations of our company, and are flexible to provide advice that adapts to the reality and need of the business. Among the labor team, I would highlight Mariana Fernández, always up-to-date on labor matters and aware of regulatory and jurisprudential developments.’

‘The firm’s lawyers stand out both for their technical and human qualities. The predisposition to evacuate any query is total. Mariana Fernández and Alejandro Castello are the ones who provide us with the service.’

Key clients

Aerolineas Argentinas

Ford Uruguay

Frog Stores

Tramontina Comercialización y Representaciones Uruguay

Cargill Uruguay

Pedidos Ya


Huawei Technologies

Axionlog Uruguay

Work highlights

  • Represented Aerolineas Argentinas in 15 judicial claims brought against former employees of the former handling service company Sofivial.
  • Advised Ford on the installation of its office in Uruguay.
  • Assisted Tramontina with labour and social security matters pertaining to its installation in Uruguay.

Castellan Abogados

The labour practice at Castellan Abogados is highly valued for the 'experience and in-depth knowledge they possess in all areas of employment law’. The team focuses on preventative work, drafting disciplinary guidelines and contracts and carrying out internal labour audits for a balance of local and international corporations from diverse sectors such as construction, manufacturing, automotive, communications and healthcare. The ‘excellentMariana Casella leads the practice and has strong experience advising companies from the metallurgical and construction industries, providing consultancy services and representing clients in court. Associate Macarena López focuses her practice on collective and individual labour law matters, specialising in contentious and administrative litigation.

Practice head(s):

Mariana Casella


‘Responsibility, willingness and interest in every case.’

‘What truly makes Castellán attorneys stand out is their deep commitment to their clients. Their level of experience and knowledge of our industry is outstanding, which gives us great confidence in his ability to resolve any legal situation we face. Compared to other studios, they stand out for their personalized and thorough advice. In addition, their outstanding qualities include an exceptional ability to analyze and understand the most complex details of our company and industry, as well as an ability to find creative and effective solutions.’

‘Mariana Casella has shown exceptional commitment to the company, providing expert legal advice and ongoing support.’

‘Professionals who are committed to the client; they give their all. I highly recommend Mariana Casella.’

‘Mariana Casella is an excellent professional and person. Always attentive, ready to solve the problems that arise.’

‘The team’s response was quick and technically solid.’

‘The entire team is ready to assist the client in any emergency, always in a professional manner and with a pleasant disposition.’

‘What really sets Castellán apart is the experience and in-depth knowledge they possess in all areas of employment law. Their comprehensive and personalized approach ensures that they take care of every detail of the cases that are brought before them, providing the company with precise and strategic advice. Compared to other studios, I can confidently say that Castellán stands out in several aspects. Their dedication to customers is truly impressive. From the very beginning, they took the time to thoroughly understand our company and industry, listening to our concerns and needs.’

Key clients

Royal IHC

Kia Motors Uruguay

GrandVision Uruguay

Las Acacias

Club Urunday


Maxion Montich Uruguay

Carmen Steffens

Fischer Montajes

Germe / Pimentón

Club de Golf del Uruguay

Alva Creative House

Work highlights

  • Assisted Las Acacias with labour due diligence regarding its acquisition by the Brazilian food manufacturer M. Dias Branco.
  • Assisted Club de Golf del Uruguay with multiple labour lawsuits following the termination of its contract with a bankrupt supplier.
  • Assisted a Uruguayan textile company with its union negotiations.

Dentons Jiménez de Aréchaga

The ‘excellent multidisciplinary team' at Dentons Jiménez de Aréchaga handles employment and benefits-related litigation and collective bargaining matters on behalf of multinational corporations, and also carries out corporate and governmental investigations. The firm’s strong offering across other practice areas in Uruguay and its international presence enable it to handle cases seamlessly for international clients. Practice co-head Diego Viana specialises in litigation and collective bargaining matters. Alongside him, Ignacio Demarco advises companies in labour disputes and audits, reorganisations, negotiations with unions and social security matters. Senior associate Mateo Robledo has his strengths in labour litigation.

Practice head(s):

Diego Viana; Ignacio Demarco


‘Excellent multidisciplinary team that keeps the client informed of all developments.’

‘Ignacio Demarco is always attentive and available.’

‘The response is excellent, when the assigned lawyer is not there, another one immediately attends you and cares about your situation. The advice is relentless, and there is follow-up on the issues, something that many times in other places comes to nothing. The administrative part is very clear and simple.’

‘From the partners to the junior lawyers they are available to give you an answer. A solution is always sought, and if they are not experts on the subject, they look internally for the solution.’

Key clients



Codere Group


Banco Santander



Uruguayan Association of Wholesale Importers



Work highlights

  • Advised CAE on its acquisition of Sabre’s airline operations portfolio.
  • Assisted Cipriani Group with due diligence relating to the reconstruction of the San Rafael Hotel.
  • Represented Banco Santander in a labour complaint filed by a former executive regarding his dismissal for misconduct.

Arcia Storace Fuentes Medina Abogados

The team at Arcia Storace Fuentes Medina Abogados handles the key labour issues and has particular skill in collective bargaining, health and safety issues, due diligence and disputes. Dolores Storace is the main contact and is recognised for her handling of both contentious and advisory issues. Carolina Sarroca is the name to note at associate level.

Work highlights

Bergstein Abogados

Bergstein Abogados‘s labour group is best known for its counsel on contentious dismissals, particularly for senior staff. Leonardo Melos specialises in litigation and is the name to note for labour disputes and union negotiations. Alongside him, associate Mariana Pisón‘s expertise covers labour litigation, collective bargaining, social security, and industrial and commercial safety and hygiene. Junior associate Rodrigo Felló provides practice-wide support.

Work highlights

Brum Costa Abogados

The scope of the work carried out by the labour and employment practice at Brum Costa Abogados encompasses preventative and advisory matters, collective bargaining and litigation. Corporations from the food, renewables, automobile, logistics and agribusiness sectors are mainstays on its client roster. Gustavo Gauthier steers the group and is experienced at carrying out negotiations with unions, as well as the range of preventative labour work; head associate Nicolás Gómez specialises in litigation.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Gauthier; Nicolás Gómez

Key clients

Lifan Motors





Fotmer Life Sciences


Forestier Pose



Work highlights

  • Assisted Lifan Motors with a lawsuit brought by a former employee seeking financial compensation.
  • Assisted Fundación Iberoamericana with a lawsuit brought by a former employee claiming unfair dismissal.
  • Assisted a former employee of Casmu with her claim to compensation for dismissal.