Firm Profile > brL Avocats > Paris, France

brL Avocats
11 - 13 AVENUE DE FRIEDLAND
75008 PARIS
France

Employment Tier 4

Employment law boutique brL Avocats offers a main office in Paris and regional offices in Strasbourg, Annecy, Vannes, Bordeaux, Lille and Montpellier. The firm advises a large and prominent client base and notably assists clients with the negotiation and amendments of collective status, notably in relation to working time issues. It also regularly provides assistance with restructuring projects, including employee transfers and site closure. The key partners are Jean d’Aleman, practice head Nicolas Czernichow, Thomas Godey , Thomas Humbert, Véronique Martin-Bozzi , Saïd Sadaoui and Henri Guyot. Guillaume Brédon founded Edgar Avocats in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Czernichow

Other key lawyers:

Jean d’Aleman; Thomas Godey; Thomas Humbert; Véronique Martin-Bozzi; Saïd Sadaoui; Henri Guyot

Testimonials

‘Very good responsiveness and precision.’

‘ Henri Guyot is professional, friendly and responsive.’

‘The team is versatile and responsive.’

‘Reactivity and knowledge.’

‘Thomas Godey is always available and responsive.’

‘Excellent client knowledge. Their availability, responsiveness and social engineering make them partners of very high quality and trust.’

‘Jean d’Aleman has good listening skills and provides great availability. His past experience in a company means that he knows what he is talking about and is perceived as a credible interlocutor The members of the teams systematically come back to us with operational advice that can be applied directly.’

Key clients

VINCI (various subsidiaries)

GROUPE FNAC

CONFORAMA

GROUPE ACCOR

LORCA GROUP

GENERAL MILLS AND YOPLAIT

CERBA HEALTHCARE / CERBALLIANCE GROUP

SIGNIFY

AGCS (Allianz Group Corporate Specialty)

KUEHNE NAGEL

NESTLE FRANCE

OGF

CREDIT AGRICOLE IMMOBILIER

APERAM

LACOSTE

CALZEDONIA France

DANONE SA, DANONE WATERS, SAEME VOLVIC

ZADIG & VOLTAIRE

DS SMITH PACKAGING

LAGARDERE TRAVEL RETAIL

The firm: brl Avocats (brl) is an independent firm that specialises in French labour and employment law. The firm was founded in 2001 in Paris. It has since expanded its outreach through additional offices in Lyon, Lille, Nantes, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Strasbourg and Vannes. brl currently has 10 partners and 40 lawyers who provide counsel, litigation and training services to French and international corporate clients.

The firm advises on all aspects of collective and individual employment relationships. brL can scale its services to provide quality, timely assistance with individual cases, day-to-day compliance matters and major workforce changes. The firm’s experienced litigators represent clients before all the French labour, employment and social security courts, including for appeals.

brl provides pragmatic, risk-sensitive solutions based on in-depth knowledge of its clients and of the business environments in which they operate. The firm can also meet the specific requirements of international clients, and offers fluent services in English, German and Spanish.

brl offers a variety of bespoke training programmes to companies and hosts quarterly seminars on current legal affairs. The firm is a Datadock-accredited training services provider.

Areas of practice: brl provides counsel, litigation and training services to French and foreign corporate clients, ranging from French SMEs to multinational groups.

Assistance with the employment-related consequences of restructurings: brl advises on all stages of employee transfers, mass layoffs, voluntary redundancies and site closures. Clients benefit from comprehensive legal services, starting with a risk analysis of the rationale for the project and continuing through to assistance with implementation and representation in post-restructuring disputes.

Collective bargaining: the firm advises clients on all aspects of collective bargaining. brL’s lawyers design agreements and advise on negotiations in areas such as working time compliance, mobility and competitiveness. For recurring bargaining obligations, such as annual wage negotiations, brL assists its clients in defining short-term negotiating targets and implementing long-term strategies.

Compensation and benefits: brl advises clients on matters ranging from workforce-wide compliance with social security regulations to tailored compensation packages for senior executives. The firm assists in implementing and optimising the mandatory schemes required by French law for death and disability benefits, pensions and healthcare, as well as profit-sharing and incentive schemes.

Relations with employee representatives: the firm advises on all aspects of employee representation obligations (obligations to provide information and consultation on a regular basis or in connection with specific projects such as reorganisation).

Individual employment relationships: brl advises on hiring and retaining employees, particularly key executives, through contracts, bonus packages and incentive schemes, and on employee mobility (secondment and expatriation). For individual employee disputes, the firm provides counsel during the severance process and represents the employer in the event of litigation.

Occupational health and safety: the firm assists clients in ensuring legal compliance, including with the prevention of harassment in its various forms. brl advises on claims against employers involving occupational health and safety, and provides representation services during the pre-litigation and litigation phases.

Employment relationships governed by public law: brl advises on civil service law for public sector employees as well as matters involving private sector employees who are protected from dismissal by the labour inspectorate.

Litigation: brl represents its clients before all the French lower and appeal courts that have jurisdiction over labour, employment and social security disputes.

Department Name Email Telephone
Assistance with the employment-related consequences of restructurings Nicolas Czernichow
Compensation and benefits Bastien Nicolini
Collective bargaining Nicolas Czernichow
Relations with employee representatives Nicolas Czernichow
Individual employment relationships, variable remuneration and mobility Nicolas Czernichow
Occupational health and safety, employers’ criminal liability Thomas Humbert
Employment relationships governed by public law Hugo-Bernard Pouillaude
Litigation Nicolas Czernichow
Number of lawyers : 40
English
French
German
Spanish
Romanian
European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA)
American Bar Association
Other offices : Lyon
Other offices : Montpellier
Other offices : Strasbourg
Other offices : Bordeaux
Other offices : Lille
Other offices : Nantes
Other offices : Vannes