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Flichy Grangé Avocats
16 - 18 rue du 4 Septembre
75002 PARIS
France

France > Employment Tier 1

Flichy Grangé Avocats  fields a highly experienced team and acts for a prestigious client base made up of many of France’s leading corporations; the practice is also retained by large international companies. The group's comprehensive range of expertise covers collective and individual employment mandates from day-to-day issues to the most important projects, as well as social security matters. The team is regularly retained to handle the employment aspects of large and complex M&A transactions, including public and cross-border transactions, and also has experience in restructurings, collective downsizings and plant closures. The team is also recommended for large and complex collective agreement negotiations. Key names in the practice include founding partner Joël Grangé, Marine ConcheAurélie Cormier Le GoffStéphanie DumasStéphanie Guedes Da CostaCaroline Scherrmann and Olivier Kress. Romain Guichard was promoted to partner in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Joël Grangé; Philippe Montanier; Arnaud Chaulet; Marine Conche; Florence Aubonnet; Juliana Kovac; Olivier Kress; Blandine Allix; Nabila Fauche-El Aougri; Stéphanie Guedes da Costa; Stéphanie Dumas; Joumana Frangie-Moukanas; Cyprien Pialoux; Jeannie Crédoz-Rosier; Charlotte Michaud; Bruno Fieschi; Corinne Potier; Aurélie Cormier Le Goff; Florence Bacquet; Caroline Scherrman; Camille Ventejou; Frédéric-Guillaume Laprevote; Emmanuel Raynaud; Amandine Vetu; Franck Morel; Natacha Lesellier; Romain Guichard

Key clients

TOTAL

SOCIÉTÉ GÉNÉRALE

GOODYEAR

BOUYGUES

SNCF

GENERAL ELECTRIC

LA POSTE

WHIRLPOOL FRANCE

Work highlights

  • Advising Bouygues on the employment aspects linked to the acquisition of Equans from Engie for a total of €7.1bn.
  • Advising Castel Group on the acquisition of Guinness Cameroon.

The firm: Flichy Grangé Avocats is a leading employment and labour law firm in France, comprising 26 partners, one consultant, 7 counsels and 50 associates, all specialised in labour law. The team works closely with human resource directors and top management teams which aim at anticipating and maximising potential changes and to benefit from effective advice in court.

The firm’s clients include companies in every area of business, notably industry, financial services, IT, mass-media and telecoms. Services are directed towards major French and international groups, employers’ associations and small and medium businesses, all of which benefit from the firm’s experience and practical advice in managing labour issues on a day-to-day basis. As well as the public sector, French and foreign law firms lacking in-house expertise are also clients.

The firm offers its clients an exclusive legal monitoring service to help them take advantage of new opportunities from case law and law.

Areas of practice: With nearly 80 lawyers in total, Flichy Grangé Avocats is a pre-eminent team in the employment and labour law market in France. As the area is constantly evolving, the firm offers a daily legal update and analysis by first-rate experts, thus enabling clients to be the first to take advantage of changes in the law or case law as those emerge, or to develop tools suited to deal with whatever issues may arise.

Flichy Grangé Avocats assists in the full range of labour/employment matters. The firm’s reputation is particularly strong in the following:

International employment/labour: Flichy Grangé Avocats provides counsel to foreign companies seeking to establish themselves in France and to French companies planning to set up business in other countries. The firm advises on all aspects related to employee mobility and business transfers, ie transnational hiring of executives and employees, relocation and expatriation, on a local and an international level.

Restructuring plans/business reorganisation: Flichy Grangé Avocats draws on its experience to address all matters in relation to companies’ restructurings. It provides advice on redundancy plans, how to manage relationships with employee representatives and on collective bargaining agreements. It also represents employers in collective and individual litigation. As far as restructurings are concerned, the firm carries out due diligence in the framework of M&A operations and helps the acquirer in preparing the changes following such an acquisition, in particular regarding remuneration packages and HR policies.

Day-to-day HR-related matters: Flichy Grangé Avocats handles all aspects of industrial relations which include drafting employment contracts, advising on executive compensation agreements, company policies, employer liabilities, workplace safety and healthcare issues, managing termination of employment and negotiating settlement agreements.

Social security/welfare: the firm advises on all aspects related to social security and welfare, including healthcare and pension plans, employee company savings schemes and employee benefits. The firm also provides assistance to companies facing social security audits.

Employment/labour litigation: the firm handles all kinds of litigation connected with employment including wrongful discharge and employment termination claims; defending cases in employment courts and tribunals; work-related accidents and illnesses; and collective disputes arising from restructurings. The firm also handles arbitration and mediation proceedings between the management and employee representatives. It handles all litigation involving the main French public welfare body.

Health and safety: the practice monitors work-related risks to give clients the best advice on preventive actions, in concert with the employee representatives. The firm assists its clients to prepare for and follow criminal proceedings, before the investigating judge and the criminal courts and in preparing delegations of authority and responsibilities at company/establishment level. The firm can also provide training to companies with regards to health and safety.

Collective agreements, collective bargaining and working time: assisting with the negotiation of national collective agreements or agreements at different levels within a company or establishment is a complex process governed by specific rules outlined in the French Employment Code.

The numerous topics that are mandatorily required to be the subject of collective negotiations (negotiations with regard to salaries, the news negotiations from the employment preservation Act, annual and multi-annual employment projections, equality of women and men, in working life, employee savings schemes working life conditions, collective performance etc.),the “social” challenges they represent and the way the various collective standards fit together justify the existence of this practice which is run by partners with a high level of experience in this area.

As setting working time and in general all questions in relation with work organisation are very often based on collective bargaining, branch-level or company-level agreements, this team has quite naturally developed specific know-how in helping companies to define the best arrangement for them, both from an economic and operational standpoint, favouring simplicity and flexibility.

Business ethics, CSR, discrimination, harassment, employees’ right to privacy, data privacy: companies are faced with growing regulation and enforcement with regards to business ethics, CSR, diversity & inclusion, and data privacy as well as rising stakeholder expectations (NGOs, consumers, candidates, etc.). This requires them to increase their vigilance in these areas and to put into place specific policies and programs.

We namely assist clients in identifying their priorities through anti-corruption (Sapin II), human rights (Vigilance) and data privacy (GDPR) due diligence and assessments, drafting internal policies (Code of Ethics, anti-corruption Code of Conduct, Human Rights policy, anti-discrimination/sexual and psychological harassment policies, IT charters, social media policies, conflict of interests/gift and entertainment registers, supplier codes of conduct). The Practice can also carry out ethics and compliance acquisition due diligence and advise on corporate reporting requirements. Further services include day-to-day support of Ethics, Compliance and CSR teams, management and employee training, whistleblowing lines and internal investigations. The Practice also assist clients in case of legal proceedings or regulatory controls (in particular Labour Inspectorate, Défenseur des Droits – French Ombudsman, CNIL – Data Protection Agency).

Training policy and initiatives, work/study contracts, annual review, financing: On a day-to-day basis, we advise and represent employers, training entities and agencies, and trade-branches. We accompany businesses in the elaboration of their training policies, in the implementation of their career-evolution interviews, or in the negotiation of collective agreements concerning the organization of these interviews as well as the employer’s contribution to the employee’s personal training account (CPF). We also assist the “OPCO” training agencies undergoing changes to their legal or organizational status.

Public service/state-owned companies: The state-owned companies category includes entities which may have a number of different legal forms (public industrial and commercial companies (EPIC), limited companies of which the share capital is partly state-owned, semi-public companies, etc.).
The rules that apply to their employees vary even more. Depending on the case, their staff members may be civil servants, have specific employment status, or be governed, entirely or essentially, by private employment law and collective bargaining agreements. The State-Owned Companies practice has been set up to deal with all these issues, which often involve a mix of administrative and private law. The practice is run by two partners with a high level of experience in this field.

Atypical and/or new forms of work: new forms of work have grown over the past fifty years as companies search for the right balance between flexibility and risk management.

The different types of temporary work contracts, including the “long-term temporary contracts”, “Professional Employment Organisations” (PEO) whose legal and collective bargaining framework have recently been defined, and the development of independent workers’ platforms notably illustrate this trend.

Having recourse to these new types of work requires a thorough knowledge of the various types of employment and independent statues available, expertise regarding each scheme’s characteristics and risk profile.

Comprehensive employment legal expertise (covering labour law, criminal law and social security law) is required in order to both advise and litigate these matters, as is regular and practical knowledge of the relevant supervisory authorities (in case of administrative sanctions in the context of secondment, for instance).

This dedicated practice advises companies, groups, temporary work agencies, professional employment organizations, interim management firms, independent worker platforms, employment bodies, and professional unions. It has developed a cutting-edge know-how of all labour and criminal law issues and provides appropriate risk management advice.

Department Name Email Telephone
Restructuring and employment Joël Grangé grange@flichy.com + 33 (0)1 56 62 30 00
Remuneration policies and benefits practice Camille Ventejou ventejou@flichy.com + 33 (0)1 56 62 30 00
Collective negotiations and working time Marine Conche conche@flichy.com + 33 (0)1 56 62 30 00
Health and safety Joumana Frangie Moukanas frangie-moukanas@flichy.com + 33 (0)1 56 62 30 00
Social security and mandatory contributory schemes Juliana Kovac kovac@flichy.com + 33 (0)1 56 62 30 00
High-Risk Litigation Arnaud Chaulet chaulet@flichy.com + 33 (0)1 56 62 30 00
Company managers and international mobility Olivier Kress kress@flichy.com + 33 (0)1 56 62 30 00
Ethics, diversity and CSR Natacha Lesellier lesellier@flichy.com + 33 (0)1 56 62 30 00
Public service and state-owned companies Aurélie Cormier Le Goff cormier@flichy.com + 33 (0)1 56 62 30 00
Vocational Training Caroline Scherrmann scherrmann@flichy.com + 33 (0)1 56 62 30 00
Pension & contingency Philippe Montanier montanier@flichy.com + 33 (0)1 56 62 30 00
Atypical and/or new forms of work Franck Morel morel@flichy.com + 33 (0)1 56 62 30 00
Number of lawyers : 80
French
English
Italian
L&E Global
EELA
ABA
IBA
AVOSIAL
Contacts : Joël Grange
Contacts : Olivier Kress
Contacts : Stéphanie Dumas
Contacts : Florence Bacquet
Contacts : Caroline Scherrmann
Contacts : Natacha Lesellier

Diversity  

Flichy Grangé Avocats is committed to serving its clients through excellence in lawyering, including by nurturing our diverse legal talent to work on challenging matters. We believe that diversity is fundamental to our success as a law firm, giving us a wealth of different perspectives from which to address our clients’ employment and labour law issues across a wide spectrum of industries. 

Diversity is part of the very foundation of the firm’s culture, business model and DNA, and our commitment is to have an environment where everyone feels welcome, valued and comfortable—regardless of sexual orientation, gender, religion or race—so that they have the ability to develop to their full potential. 

Since we are convinced that female partners add value to our work, we encourage our high potential women associates on the path to partnership to network with in-house counsel, gain pitch experience and participate in business development activities and we are proud to say that we have 16 female partners out of 25 partners.  

The firm was awarded “Champion of Mixity” by Décideurs Juridiques –Le Mag‘s survey on diversity and parity conducted among the 150 most productive business law firms in France in March 2020. 

CSR 

As officers of the court, we are subject to a strict code of ethics guaranteed by our professional association of lawyers. Beyond these essential rules, we are also aware of our responsibilities as a company.  

We are also aware of the need to take action to preserve the environment. We have chosen to rent our premises from the World Bank, which is itself very committed in this area. In this respect, particular attention is paid to the energy management of the premises (electricity, heating).  

Independently of these measures, for several years now we have put in place a paper collection system for recycling, in addition to daily actions to limit the use of paper through a sound management of printing and the reuse of documents that would otherwise be printed on one side only. 

Pro Bono 

Our partners believe not only in a lawyer’s social responsibility, but that we all benefit when the legal system is accessible to everyone. The firm gives billable hour credit for pro bono work, and our attorneys are involved in a variety of charitable endeavours such as La Cravate Solidaire and Le Bus de la Solidarité. Our attorneys also take part in a running race to benefit the fight against breast cancer (Odysséa), and every year we launch a food collection throughout the firm to benefit the Restaurants du cœur 

In addition, many lawyers, partners or associates, teach on a pro bono basis at Universities or at the Ecole Française du Barreau de Paris (EFB)


Diversity

Flichy Grangé Avocats is committed to serving its clients through excellence in lawyering, including by nurturing our diverse legal talent to work on challenging matters. We believe that diversity is fundamental to our success as a law firm, giving us a wealth of different perspectives from which to address our clients’ employment and labour law issues across a wide spectrum of industries.

Diversity is part of the very foundation of the firm’s culture, business model and DNA, and our commitment is to have an environment where everyone feels welcome, valued and comfortable—regardless of sexual orientation, gender, religion or race—so that they have the ability to develop to their full potential.

Since we are convinced that female partners add value to our work, we encourage our high potential women associates on the path to partnership to network with in-house counsel, gain pitch experience and participate in business development activities and we are proud to say that we have 16 female partners out of 26 partners.

The firm was awarded “Champion of Gender Parity” by Décideurs Juridiques –Le Mag‘s survey on diversity and parity conducted among the 150 most productive business law firms in France in March 2020.

 

CSR

As officers of the court, we are subject to a strict code of ethics guaranteed by our professional association of lawyers. Beyond these essential rules, we are also aware of our responsibilities as a company.

 We are also aware of the need to take action to preserve the environment. We have chosen to rent our premises from the World Bank, which is itself very committed in this area. In this respect, particular attention is paid to the energy management of the premises (electricity, heating).

Independently of these measures, for several years now we have put in place a paper collection system for recycling, in addition to daily actions to limit the use of paper through a sound management of printing and the reuse of documents that would otherwise be printed on one side only.

 

Pro Bono

Our partners believe not only in a lawyer’s social responsibility, but that we all benefit when the legal system is accessible to everyone. The firm gives billable hour credit for pro bono work, and our attorneys are involved in a variety of charitable endeavours such as La Cravate Solidaire and Le Bus de la Solidarité. Our attorneys also took part in several running races to benefit the fight against breast cancer (Odysséa), and every year we launch a food collection throughout the firm to benefit the Restaurants du cœur.

In addition, many lawyers, partners or associates, teach on a pro bono basis at Universities or at the Ecole Française du Barreau de Paris (EFB)


Our international expertise 

Since its creation, Flichy Grangé Avocats has developed a recognized high-level expertise in employment and labour law matters that companies have faced for decades in France and around the globeOur French and English-speaking practitioners are strongly qualified in advising and representing corporations, multinational entities, and financial institutions in domestic and international employment matters, allowing them to respond to the globalized economy challenges with tailored and developed legal instruments. As a Tier 1 ranked law firm, Flichy Grangé Avocats is the trusted legal advisor for clients looking to access the breadth and depth of the legal expertise in the jurisdictions they operate and in the geographical markets they are looking to expand.  

Local expertise with a global reach 

Through an integrated labour and employment expertise, Flichy Grangé Avocats brings together experienced lawyers in local and cross-border labour and employment matters specialized in providing seamless client service across national and global boundaries. We help our clients adapt to the complexity of the European and transnational restructurings, transfers of business activities and employees, and to successfully maneuver employees with temporary assignments and long-term expatriate arrangements. 

Active involvement in international affairs 

Our Paris based specialized lawyers are continuously authoring pieces on related employment and labour topics about global labour relations, teleworking and they equally conduct series of internationally focused webinars alongside with international employment experts on the current trends in labour and employment as well as the concerns and future perspectives of workplace dynamics. For keeping up with the latest developments in international labour and employment law sectorour lawyers are members of various international associations: Joël Grangé, Olivier Kress are active members of the EELA (European Employment Law Association), in addition, Joël Grangé, Olivier Kress and Caroline Scherrmann are  members of the Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee of the IBA (International Bar Association), Olivier Kress being Officer of this CommitteeFlorence Bacquet is an active member of the ABA (American Bar Association)Caroline Scherrmann, with dual French and Luxembourg nationality, is also a member of the France-Luxembourg Business Club. 

L&E Global AllianceNetwork of International Law Firms Relations 

To meet the evolving needs of international clients, Flichy Grangé Avocats has co-created L&E Global, an integrated cross-border labour and employment law alliance featuring 32 top law firms specializing in international and local laboupolicy with over 1,750 attorneys worldwide (Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada , Chile, China, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United- States). 

L&E Global is onestop shop with versatile and experienced practitioners with proficiency in international cases and multijurisdictional labour issues coupled with innovative approaches and seamless billing policies.  

For more information, please visit: http://leglobal.org