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Our team guides local and multinational companies and their employees through this highly regulated and continuously developing area of law.

confident with the advice ... a strong team of lawyers ... always quick to respond to our demands, and willing to go the extra mile

The Legal 500 EMEA 2019

excellent service ... always respond immediately and are always available

Chambers Europe 2019

they know the local market very well, have excellent knowledge of labour law and resolve complicated issues very quickly and effectively

Chambers Europe 2018

the excellent Bernitsas Law fields an employment team that handles all cases skilfully, providing guidance in an efficient manner

The Legal 500 EMEA 2018

they are able to take quite complex set-ups and bring them back to simple solutions ... able to have very pragmatic conversations and find efficient solutions .... deliver within tight timescales and deadlines

Chambers Europe 2018

they usually got work to us well before deadlines ... it was really nice to work with them ... they were very responsive

Chambers Europe 2017

We focus on understanding our clients’ aims and concerns and providing in-depth and tailored advice. At the core of our practice is advising on the human resources and employee relations issues which arise on an everyday basis in any business, whether these are run of the mill or challenging.

Our experienced lawyers act in an advisory capacity and in the context of transactions, advising on the employment aspects of mergers, acquisitions, privatisations and transfers of undertaking.

Collective Agreements & Industrial Relations

We act in disputes arising from union relations and industrial action. We have substantial experience in participating in negotiations with trade unions and work councils, in particular when collective consultation obligations have been activated. We also advise on mass and collective workforce reductions and redundancy programmes.

Employment Contracts

We advise businesses and their employees on a strategic and day to day basis on the recruitment, management, retirement and dismissal of personnel. We document employment contracts, both standard form and tailored, consultancy and other outsourcing agreements. We are specialised in advising on the contractual and legal terms and conditions of employment and their bilateral or unilateral modification, as well as terms imposed through company policies, employment regulations or collective employment agreements, and those applying to special categories of employees and foreign nationals. We also advise on the termination of employment contracts or other types of service agreement, such as consultancy, agency and advisory, and in cases of both collective and individual dismissals.

Employment Disputes

We represent clients in the case of employee complaints and disciplinary procedures and, together with our Disputes team, in litigation arising from employer-employee relationships, dismissals, accidents at work and professional liability.

Pensions, Incentives & Compensation

Our team has an expertise in advising employers and employees on remuneration and bonuses, executive pay, share option schemes, benefits, private pensions and social security. We assist employers in the structuring, modification and termination of incentive and pension schemes, holiday and leave allowances and flexible employment packages, as well as the associated benefits and risks.

Regulations & Compliance

Our team is expert in advising on compliance with the complex legislative and regulatory framework in place and managing the risks associated with it. We structure and draft employment regulations, company policies and codes of conduct. We advise on employment data protection, the effect and requirements of privacy laws in the workplace and restriction of trade, confidentiality, non-compete and non-solicitation provisions, as well as employer obligations in terms of health and safety at work.

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Recognitions

Employment Issues Arising in Acquisitions

We advised CVC Capital Partners on the employment issues relating to their purchase of four private hospitals in Athens, and we continue to advise on claims under warranties.

Ongoing Advice to Global Biopharmaceutical Company

We advise a global biopharmaceutical company on a wide range of matters arising in the course of their day to day business, including termination of employment and related litigation, implementation of policies, adoption of employment regulations, teleworking, data protection compliance,  voluntary exits and benefits packages, as well as labour law issues arising from a recent restructuring.

Employment Law Issues in Context of Acquisition

We advised Linxx Holding SA, the purchaser of a majority stake in ForthCRS SA from Forthnet SA, a major Greek telecommunications provider, on the employment law issues arising in the context of the acquisition and the employment agreements of the managerial staff.

Ongoing Advice to International Clothing Brand

We advise an international casual clothing brand on an ongoing basis on employment contracts, terminations of employment, litigation, restructuring of business operations and relationships with labour authorities and the application of protective employment laws.

Employment Advice to Museum

We advise an Athens museum on employment law issues arising in the course of their day to day business, including employment agreements, salaries and relations with the Labour Inspectorate.

Employment Issues in Energy Sector

We are advising the shareholders of a leading energy company on the labour law issues arising from employment contracts, collective labour agreements, outsourcing, termination of employment and payments to members of the Board.

Advice to International Tobacco Company

We advise a leading international tobacco company on executive personnel employment contracts, outsourcing agreements, voluntary exit packages, temporary transfer of employees to other locations and labour inspectorate issues.

Employment Issues Arising from Acquisition

We advise a globally operating market leader in building materials on the employment law issues arising from their acquisition of 100% of two chemical products companies and employment contracts for senior management.

Employment and Services Agreements

We advise the concessionaire of a major national motorway on the terms and conditions of employment and independent services agreements, subcontracting, employer obligations and accidents at work.

Employment Issues Arising from Acquisition in Technology Sector

We advised the subsidiary of a global media entertainment group on the employment law issues arising from their acquisition of an audio platform and the drafting of employment agreements for key personnel under negotiated terms.

Employment Advice in Agrochemical Sector

We advised an agrochemical manufacturer on independent services contracts.

Advice to Media Company

We are advising a major media company on issues relating to the hiring and redundancy of employees in the context of reality television programmes, and on working hours, overtime, relations with the labour authorities and the Social Security Fund and data privacy issues.

Staffing of Branches and Subsidiaries

We are advising a private equity fund on employment issues relating to the hiring of new staff in local subsidiaries and branches.

VLT Agency Employment Contracts

We are advising a leading gaming group in relation to the labour law issues arising in their day to day business and from the employment contracts of the staff at their VLT agencies.

Executive Contracts

We are advising a leading Greek importer and distributor of cars in relation to employment contracts of executive and other personnel, terminations arising from retirement and working hours, paid leave, overtime and overwork.

Transfer of Undertaking Employment Issues

We are advising a leading energy storage and solutions company in relation to employment law issues arising from a transfer of undertaking, as well as retention bonuses, share option plans and loans to employees.

Ongoing Advice to Marketing Communications Service Provider

We advise a marketing communications specialist on employment law issues on an ongoing basis, including on termination of employment, employment contracts and social security issues, employment regulations and relations with the Labour Inspectorate.

Employment Issues Arising from Sale of Business

We advise a global leader in hygiene and personal care on the Greek law employment law issues arising in the context of the sale of one of their business operations, including the transfer of employees from the business of the seller to the purchaser.

Transfer of Undertaking in Entertainment Industry

We are advising a global mass media corporation in relation to employment law issues arising from a transfer of undertaking.

Termination Agreements

We are advising an energy producer in relation to termination agreements.

Employment Policies

We are advising a sportswear manufacturer on the employment law issues arising from their company’s global and local policies.

Employment Contracts

We are advising a luxury goods manufacturer in relation to the employee expatriation, employment contracts and employment law issues arising in the course of their day to day business.

Pharmaceutical Sector Reorganisation

We are advising a leading pharmaceuticals company on the labour law issues involved in the restructuring of its activities, including agreed terminations of employment.

Ongoing Advice to Watch Manufacturer

We advise a leading watch manufacturer on a wide range of employment matters arising in the course of their day to day business including contracts, terminations of employment, employment regulations, relations with the Labour Inspectorate, privacy and accidents at work.

Advice to Insurance Company

We advise the subsidiary of a multinational insurance group on terminations of employment, voluntary exits, social security issues and employment agreements of management personnel.

BMW Employment Advice

We provide ongoing employment law advice to BMW Hellas on compliance with regulatory requirements, employment contracts, data privacy, employment related private insurance and litigation.

Ongoing Advice to International Electronics Manufacturer

We are advising a leading international manufacturer of electronics on employment matters including regulations, contracts, terminations and data protection compliance issues.

Employment Advice on Samsung Electronics Greece Intra-Group Merger with Innoetics

We are advising Samsung Electronics Greece and Innoetics on the employment aspects of their intragroup merger by absorption, and related TUPE issues.

Ongoing Advice to Biopharmaceutical Company

We advise a global biopharmaceutical company on a wide range of matters arising in the course of their day to day business, including restructuring, termination of employment and related litigation, voluntary exits, implementation of policies, adoption of employment regulation, teleworking and data protection compliance.

Employment Advice in Defence Industry

We advise a leading Greek company active in the defence industry on a number of matters including more recently in relation to alternative means of employment such as flexible working time and rotational work.

Ongoing Employment Advice to Leading Packaging Company

We advise a leading packaging company on a wide range of employment matters on an ongoing basis, including employment contracts, salaries and applicable taxation, dismissals, accidents at work, compliance with regulatory requirements, use of social media, collective agreements, interactions with trade union representatives, social security issues, private insurance, relations and representation before authorities, litigation, strike action and issues concerning the European Works Council.

Advice to Non-Profit Organisation on Employee Dismissal

We advised an international non-profit organisation on options to reduce and ultimately terminate all employees on a voluntary basis in the context of its departure from Greece and dissolution of the local entity.

Transfer of Undertaking in Pharmaceuticals Sector

We advised a pharmaceuticals company with respect to benefit related questions arising in the context of a transfer of an undertaking and share sale as well as on collective dismissals regulations and terms of employment.

Pension Arrangements Advice to Multinational Car Manufacturer

We advised a multinational car manufacturer on pension arrangements and information and consultation obligations in the context of a global transaction involving the sale of undertakings in several European jurisdictions, including Greece.

Management Reorganisation

We advised a leading energy solutions company on terminations of management personnel and representation before the Greek courts in connection with a legal action brought by former legal counsel.

Global Employment Contract

We advised an international consumer goods company on the review of their global employment contract in line with Greek law requirements.

Restructuring in Business Technology Sector

We advised a business technologies enterprise regarding restructuring issues and terminations of employment.

Transfer of Undertakings

We advised a leading global music company on transfer of undertakings, terminations of employment, litigation related to labour disputes and restructuring of business operations.

Glaxo Smith Kline Transaction with Novartis

We advised Glaxo Smith Kline in relation to the labour law issues involved in a major three part transaction with Novartis.

Bayer Sector Reorganisation

We advised Bayer Aktiengesellschaft with respect to the employment law issues arising in the context of the reorganisation of its Material Science Business.

Advice to Pipeline Constructor

We advised a leading onshore pipeline constructor on terms and conditions of employment for workers and employees, social security requirements, overtime, work and residence permits, work during night hours and on Sundays and national holidays, as well as working in shifts.

  • regulatory and legislative risk and compliance
  • employment contracts for all levels of personnel
  • transfer and termination of contracts, settlement agreements and agreed dismissals
  • transfers of undertakings and collective dismissals
  • retirement
  • contracting out, leasing and restructuring of employment relationships through outsourcing or other arrangements
  • employment of foreign nationals
  • employment relationships within a European company (Societas Europaea)
  • early retirement, insurance and pension funds, pension contributions and eligibility to retire
  • collective labour agreements and the place of individual employment contracts within them
  • sector specific compliance with collective and individual labour law
  • social security
  • employment benefits and their revocability
  • stock option structures
  • employment regulations, codes of conduct and enforceability of company policies
  • health and safety in the workplace
  • data privacy, employee monitoring and whistle-blowing hotlines
  • immigration
  • employment disputes
  • labour law issues arising from mergers and acquisitions, transfers of undertakings, privatisations and restructurings