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Chapman & Asociados

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Barranquilla, Bogotá

Charles Chapman

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Chapman & Asociados

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Labour & Employment


He is considered the most recognized collective labour law attorney in the northern coast of Colombia and one of the principle employment labour lawyers in the country. Until today, Mr. Chapman is the lawyer who has developed the largest amount of collective negotiations and collective agreements in Colombia. This can be evidenced in the fact that during 2014 he has handled 25% of the collective agreements and arbitral awards presented in the Department of the Atlantic. During 2013 he handled 20%. In addition to his 14 year experience as employment litigator and consultant to a wide range of national and international clients, Mr. Chapman has a higher comprehension of labour and employment law thanks to his work in the Labour law dependence of the Supreme Court of Justice as Magistrate Assistant. His work is also noted because of his broad experience in providing legal advice to companies in voluntary retirement plans, authorizations for collective redundancies, organizational restructuring, flexible compensation strategies, pensions, and handling accidents and occupational diseases from a legal perspective.


Academically, he has taught at the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla and is a member of the Colombia Labour Law Bar Association (“Colegio de Abogados Laboralistas”), where he was elected Governor for the period 2011-2012. Also, he was appointed by the ANDI (the Colombian business sector association) in May 2006 and 2007, to represent the Colombian employers in the 95th and the 96th International Labour Conference of the ILO, both held in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Chapman has published several articles and interviews in local and international publications. Some of them are listed as follows: • El abuso del derecho de asociación en la creación de sindicatos (“The abuse of the right of association in the formation of unions”). Law Magazine No. 22. Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla. • Compartibilidad y compatibilidad de pensiones (“Shareability and compatibility of pensions”). Labour and Social Security Magazine – Legis, Bogotá. • Análisis crítico de la declaración de cese de actividades ilegal, por parte de la jurisdicción laboral (“Critical analysis of the declaration of cessation of illegal activities by the labor courts”. Labour and Social Security Magazine – Legis, Bogotá. • Director of the book Theory and Practice Compendium of Labour Law: Individual and Collective Party and coauthor of the chapter on trade union rights in collective part. Legis, Bogotá. • Social Security - Selected Topics. Coauthor of the chapter of Special Pensions for High Risk Activities. Posted by Ibanez and the Colombia Labour Law Bar Association (Colegio de Abogados Laboralistas Colombianos). • The Right to Strike: A Comparative View. Coauthor of the chapter “The Right to Strike in Colombia”. KluwerLaw International. • Nuevos rumbos del derecho del trabajo y de la Seguridad Social (Charting of labour law and social security). Author of the chapter “Estabilidad laboral reforzada con personas con limitación” (Employment stability for people with limitations). Posted by the Colombia Labour Law Bar Association. • Social Law Magazine No. 63 of the Colombia Labour Law Bar Association. Coauthor of the article "The labor law: A current discipline addressing the current economic situation in Latin America and the Caribbean".


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Mr. Chapman is a member of the board of the Chamber of Commerce of Barranquilla, and therefore, his advice goes a step beyond the legal perspective and manages to be business oriented.


• Law degree. Universidad del Norte. Barranquilla, Colombia. • Specialist in Labour Law and Industrial Relations. Universidad Externado de Colombia. Bogotá, Colombia.


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Barranquilla-based Chapman & Asociados’ client base is nevertheless nation-wide. The 45-strong team offers ‘quick responses, creative solutions, and an interdisciplinary’ approach, with expertise on issues such as outsourcing, health immunities and unions’ protection. Charles Chapman (‘a very detailed and creative attorney’) and Mirna Wilches (‘updated with the most recent jurisprudence’), who are both very well regarded, co-lead the department, which has been representing the Colombian Family Welfare Institute (ICBF) in a multi-faceted judicial process to prove the inexistence of a labour relationship between the institution and the “Community Mothers”, achieving a favourable result in the Constitutional Court. The team also successfully acted for Bancolomia in a protection-of-rights case against two judicial opinions that forced the bank to reinstate an employee. Other 2018 mandates included creating a specific strategy to respond to protection-of-rights actions brought by Electricaribe’s employees. Director of labour proceedings Heimy Blanco is also a key practice member. Other clients include Prodeco, Sura, Grupo Nutresa and Ecopetrol.

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