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August Debouzy
7 rue de Téhéran
75008 Paris

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Emmanuelle Barbara, Senior Partner at August Debouzy, has been a member of the Paris Bar since 1993. As a Managing Partner (Associé-gérant) of August Debouzy from 2001 to 2017, she created the labour department (comprising 35 lawyers, including 8 partners), which is involved in all areas of employment law and the development of HR strategies. In just fifteen years, her department has become a leading provider of labour law services and advice. In 2012 and 2018, Emmanuelle Barbara received the “Lawyer of the Year” award in labour law from Best Lawyer magazine. She teaches at Sciences-Po Paris’s School of Law in Master II level. She also actively participates, within multiple think tanks, in the debate on the evolution of French labour law. She is a member of the board of directors of the French think tank Institut Montaigne and was a board member and approved qualified person of the French Central Agency of Social Security Organizations (ACOSS) between 2007 and 2017.


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Admitted to the Paris bar in 1993


  • Specialization Certification in employment, social security and social welfare law, 2000
  • Postgraduate degree (DESS) in Business Law and Taxation, University of Paris II, 1989

Lawyer Rankings

France > Employment

(Hall of Fame)

Emmanuelle BarbaraAugust Debouzy

August Debouzy is home to one of France’s most prestigious practices. The high-profile team, led by superstar Emmanuelle Barbara, acts for a stellar client list that includes many of France’s leading companies and numerous international groups. The practice is very experienced in advising on large-scale and particularly challenging restructuring projects, an expertise recently in high demand in the context of the Covid-19 crisis, especially in the hospitality and industrial sectors. The team is able to cover the full range of individual and collective employment issues, both in an advisory function and in litigation. Highly sensitive matters, such as harassment allegations, are another area of strength. Fabienne HaasMarie-Hélène BensadounVirginie DevosEric MancaCatherine Le Manchec and Anaïs Qureshi are all top experts. Counsels Diane Reboursier, Sonia Moreau  and Laure Hosni are provide key support. The compensation and benefits practice, which focuses on advising on profits sharing, company pensions and tax audits for CAC 40 companies, banks, major French and international industrial groups and insurance companies, is primarily run by counsel Isabelle Hadoux-Vallier and senior associate Boris Léone-Robin.

Paris > Droit social

(Hall of Fame)

Emmanuelle BarbaraAugust Debouzy

August Debouzy advises a prominent client base, made up of many CAC 40 corporations and major French and international companies, including insurance companies. The practice offers full-service support ranging from day-to-day assistance to the most challenging issues. Several large-scale downsizing and site closure projects, each involving several hundred up to a thousand employees, are included in the caseload. The team was also chosen to assist with challenging Covid-19 pandemic-related issues, such as safety conditions, working time and the renegotiation of paid leaves and bonuses. The practice also handles sensitive litigation, such as a high-stakes dispute involving a major digital platform concerning the contract status issues of self-employed workers or disputes involving dismissal procedures of top executives. Social security tax audits are another area of strength. Practice head Emmanuelle Barbara is highly regarded. Other key figures in the team include: Fabienne HaasMarie-Hélène BensadounVirginie DevosEric MancaCatherine Le ManchecAnaïs Qureshi , Philippe Durand, counsel Diane Reboursier and Isabelle Hadoux-Vallier and senior associate Boris Léone-Robin, the latter two specialising in remuneration, compensation and benefits issues.

August Debouzy est un gage d’excellence sur le marché. Dirigée par la remarquable  Emmanuelle Barbara, l’équipe affiche un très haut niveau d’expertise, que reflète une base de clientèle de haut rang, comprenant de nombreuses entreprises françaises de premier plan et de nombreux groupes internationaux. Le cabinet est mandaté pour mener à bien des projets de restructuration à grande échelle ; une expertise particulièrement mise à profit en 2021 dans le contexte de la crise du Covid-19, notamment dans les secteurs de l’hôtellerie et de l’industrie. Le champ de compétences couvre l’ensemble des problématiques individuelles et collectives du droit du travail, en conseil et en contentieux. L’équipe dispose notamment d’un fort savoir-faire dans la gestion des dossiers d’harcèlement. . Fabienne HaasMarie-Hélène BensadounVirginie DevosEric MancaCatherine Le Manchec et Anaïs Qureshi sont de remarquables professionnels. Ils sont entourés des avocates counsel  Diane Reboursier, Sonia Moreau  et Laure Hosni Parallèlement, le cabinet dispose aussi d’un pôle d’expertise consacré aux questions de rémunérations et d’avantages sociaux (épargne salariale, retraites et URSSAF) que sollicitent des entreprises du CAC 40, des banques, de grands groupes industriels français et internationaux et des compagnies d’assurance. La pratique dans ce domaine est principalement développée par l’avocate  counsel Isabelle Hadoux-Vallier et le collaborateur senior  Boris Léone-Robin.