Antonio Pedrajas

Spain, Abdón Pedrajas & Molero

Dan Begbie-Clench

United Kingdom, Doyle Clayton Solicitors

Darren Clayton

London, Doyle Clayton

Hans Graf

Switzerland, Graf & Partner

Marijke Granier-Guillemarre

France, MGG Legal

Olivier Rijckaert

Belgium, SOTRA

Sonia Cortes

Spain, Abdón Pedrajas & Molero

Antonio Pedrajas

Antonio Pedrajas is the Managing Partner of Abdón Pedrajas & Molero – one of the largest Employment and Labor Law boutiques in Spain.

His practice focuses on providing Employment and Labor Law counsel to both national and multinational companies with operations in Spain. In particular, he has extensive experience advising on strategic restructuring plans, spin-offs and asset transfer deals, boardroom and senior management disputes, changes to working conditions, transfers of the workforce, collective agreements, employment due diligence and employment disputes. He can also represent clients in the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court in Spain.

Antonio, who is regularly recognized in leading international legal guides such as Best Lawyers, teaches employment law in various prestigious institutions such CEU University as well as speaking at specialised employment forums such as AULA LABORAL, AEDIPE or FORO DEPORTE.

Specific skills:

  • Employment Litigation
  • Human Resource Policies
  • Restructurings & Reorganisations
  • Transfers of Business
  • Transfers of People

Languages:

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Professional Memberships:

  • Actualidad Laboral – Experts Board
  • ASNALA – Spanish National Association of Labour Lawyers (Board Member)
  • Best Lawyers International – Advisory Board
  • EELA – European Employment Lawyers Association
  • Madrid Bar Association

Education:

  • Complutense University – PhD Labour & Social Security Law 2006
  • Centro de Estudios Garrigues – Labour Consultancy Masters 2000
  • San Pablo C.E.U. University – JD 1998

Contact details

Abdón Pedrajas & Molero

Jorge Juan 35
28001 Madrid
Spain

T: +34 91 590 39 94
F: +34 91 590 39 98

E: apq@abdonpedrajas.com
W: www.abdonpedrajas.com


Dan Begbie-Clench

Dan Begbie-Clench is a Partner at Doyle Clayton, a leading specialist firm of Employment and Business Immigration lawyers in the United Kingdom.

His practice focuses on advising multinationals and SMEs on a range of strategic Employment and Labor Law matters, including as part of corporate transactions. He is particularly noted for his counsel on redundancy processes, reorganisations, dismissals, TUPE transfers, discrimination and unfair dismissal claims, in addition to High Court claims to enforce restrictions and prevent employees from using confidential information.

Before qualifying as a lawyer Dan studied at a French university and went on to work at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

Specific skills:

  • Employment Law
  • Employment Litigation
  • Human Resources Policies
  • Protecting Confidential Information
  • Reorganisations & Restructurings
  • Transfers of Business

Languages:

  • English
  • French
  • Italian

Professional memberships:

  • Employment Lawyers’ Association (UK)

Education:

  • University of Sheffield (UK) – J.D. 1999
  • Université de Nancy II (France) – J.D. 1998 French Law

Contact details

Doyle Clayton Solicitors

One Crown Court
Cheapside
London EC2V 6LR
United Kingdom

T: + 44 (0) 20 73 29 90 90
F: +44 (0) 20 73 29 50 50

E: dbegbie-clench@doyleclayton.co.uk
W: www.doyleclayton.co.uk


Darren Clayton

Darren Clayton is a Founding Partner of Doyle Clayton – the UK’s leading workplace law practice.

Darren acts for both corporate and individual clients and has in recent years spent much time advising on complex contractual negotiations and disputes with a particular focus on shareholder disputes and complex employee reward arrangements.  Darren frequently advises on disputes at both the Employment Tribunal and High Court as well as advising major corporations on their restructuring programs.

Darren also has significant experience of restrictive covenant disputes both within the unionised and non-unionised sectors.  Given the breadth of his experience he is often called upon to mediate in disputes between stakeholders and is well known for his approachable yet firm manner.

Darren has been recognized by the leading international legal guides for his work in the field of Employment and Labor Law which say:

  • Darren Clayton offers sophisticated advice to both employers and employees, with significant experience in restrictive covenants and TUPE matters. He is also noted for handling senior executive exits. One client notes that he “focuses on the business outcomes and any subsequent potential risks”.
    –        Chambers & Partners Guide 2017
  • ‘Reassuringly Good’
    –        Legal 500 2017
  • Darren Clayton is one of the founding partners of the firm and has a reputation for being “great at negotiating advantageous deals on exits for senior executives. He is particularly adept at handling restrictive covenant disputes and team moves”
    –        Chambers & Partners Guide 2016
  • Darren Clayton is a ‘first-rate advocate’
    –        Legal 500 2016
  • Darren is appreciated by clients for his “integrity and empathy”
    –        Chambers & Partners Guide 2015

 

Specific skills:

  • Restrictive Covenant Disputes
  • Team Moves &  Business Transfers
  • Restructuring issues including TUPE
  • Senior Executive Terminations & Disputes.

Languages:

  • English
  • French

Professional memberships:

  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • European Employment Lawyers Association

Education:

  • University of Durham. BA Hons. Law – 1987

Contact details

Doyle Clayton

Berger House
36-38 Berkeley Square
London W1J 5AE

T: +44 203 696 7171

E: dclayton@doyleclayton.co.uk
W: www.doyleclayton.co.uk


Hans Graf

Hans Graf is the Founding Partner and Managing Partner of Graf & Partner – a Swiss boutique law firm based in Zürich, which provides Employment and Labor Law counsel to national and international companies.

Hans has a wealth of experience advising on a wide range of Employment and Labor Law matters such as employment contracts, directives, executive contracts, incentive and benefit schemes, individual and collective dismissals, restructurings and reorganisations, as well as representation in court proceedings.

Specific skills:

  • Employment Litigation
  • Human Resource Policies
  • Individual & Collective Dismissals
  • Restructurings & Reorganizations

Languages:

  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Professional Memberships:

  • ABA – American Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
  • Swiss Bar Association
  • Zurich Bar Association

Education:

  • University of Chicago Law School – LL.M 1991
  • University of Berne – PhD 1986
  • University of Berne – JD magna cum laude 1984

Contact details

Graf & Partner

Attorneys-at-Law
Seegartenstrasse 2
P.O. Box
CH-8022 Zürich
Switzerland

T: +41 44 221 17 17
F: +41 44 221 19 20

E: graf@grafundpartner.ch
W: www.grafundpartner.ch


Marijke Granier-Guillemarre

Marijke Granier-Guillemarre is the Founding Partner and Managing Partner of MGG Legal – a French boutique law firm which is exclusively specialized in Employment and Labor Law.

Marijke advises both national and multinational clients on a range of contentious and non-contentious Employment and Labor Law matters. Her practice is particularly well known for providing counsel on day-to-day employment matters (employment contracts, remuneration, pension plans, life insurance plans, termination) as well as collective employment matters – including working time, employee savings, and relations with staff representative bodies. In addition, Marijke also heads MGG Legal’s newly created German desk.

She is recognized internationally for her work in the field of French employment and labour law by leading international legal guides. In their words:

  • Marijke Granier-Guillemarre demonstrates a “real command of the international environment”
                         – Legal 500 Paris 2016
  • “Everybody agrees on her competence and ability to understand and analyse a problem and then propose a business-oriented solution.”
    “Her professional rigour, responsiveness and proximity to the business world have allowed us to successfully overcome the various legal hurdles that we had to cross.”
    “She is our legal business partner and is highly valued by our legal department.”
    “She thinks with the business in terms of solutions, rather than just throwing legal opinions at us as to what we cannot do”
                         – International Law Office – Client Choice Awards 2014

Marijke has also been recognized for her work by the Expert Guides Women in Business Law report as well as Best Lawyers.

She regularly publishes articles on employment law in addition to giving lectures for Montpellier University’s Employment Relations Practices Masters.

Specific skills:

  • Human Resource Policies
  • Transfers of People
  • Transfers of Business
  • Restructurings & Reorganisation

Spoken languages:

  • French
  • German
  • English

Professional Memberships:

  • AVOSIAL – French Employment Law Working Group
  • ANDRH – French HR Working Group
  • EELA – European Employment Lawyers Association
  • Paris Bar Association

Education:

  • University of Montpellier/Paris II – Masters in Employment Law 1997
  • University of Paris I: Panthéon-Sorbonne – LLM 1996
  • University of Cologne Germany – LLM 1994

Contact details

MGG Legal

63 bd Haussmann
75008 Paris
France

T: +33 1 83 64 56 42
F: +33 1 83 64 56 41

E: mgg@mgglegal.com
W: www.mgglegal.com


Olivier Rijckaert

Olivier Rijckaert is a Founding Partner of SOTRA – a Belgian boutique law firm which is exclusively specialized in providing Employment and Labor Law counsel.

Olivier, who has over 20 years of experience advising national and international organizations including government agencies, provides legal advice on a wide range of Employment and Labor Law. In particular, his practice focuses on corporate reorganizations, dismissals and employee benefits – in addition to more ‘modern’ workplace issues such as Smart Working, discrimination, privacy, and intellectual property. Olivier has acted as a Deputy Judge at the Employment Tribunal of Namur – a role he served for over 8 years.

Olivier has been recognized as a Leader in his field by one of the top independent international legal guides. In their words:

  •  Sources highlight Olivier Rijckaert’s extensive knowledge: “His strength is his in-depth knowledge of company and business matters combined with honesty and accessibility. He is a good listener.“- Chambers Europe 2017
  • Olivier Rijckaert is highlighted by clients for his in-depth knowledge of different domains. He focuses on employment flexibility and privacy matters…
                         – Chambers Europe 2016

Specific skills:

  • Dismissals: Individual & Collective
  • Discrimination
  • Human Resource Policies
  • Trade Union Negotiations
  • Reorganisations & Restructurings

Languages:

  • French
  • English
  • Dutch

Professional Memberships:

  • ABA – American Bar Association
  • AJPDS – Association des Juristes Praticiens du Droit Social

Education:

  • The Catholic University of Louvain – Masters with Honours 1995
  • Notre-Dame de la Paix University – J.D. with Honours 1992

Contact details

SOTRA

Avenue Louise, 65
B-1050 Brussels
Belgium

T: +32 028 99 50 50
F: + 32 027 06 50 45

E: olivier.rijckaert@sotra.be
W: www.sotra.be


Sonia Cortes

Sonia Cortés is the Head of the Barcelona office of Abdón Pedrajas & Molero – one of the largest Employment and Labor Law boutiques in Spain. She is also head of the firm’s international Employment and Labor Law department.

Her practice focuses on providing counsel to national and international businesses, with operations in Spain, on complex restructuring projects, collective redundancy plans, transfers of undertaking (mergers and spin-offs), drafting negotiation and termination of senior executives in addition to advising on a range of many other employment and labour law matters.

She is recognized for her work in the field of Spanish Employment and Labour Law by leading international legal guides which say:

  • “Sonia Cortés advises on restructurings, redundancy plans and transfers of undertakings. Interviewees say that she is “responsive, clear and easy to work with.” She is a key contact for the firm’s international client base and has additional experience in executive terminations.
                         – Chambers Europe 2017
  • “Sonia Cortés is known for workforce restructuring and is recommended for her language abilities, contacts and international work.” Sources praise her friendly nature and availability, saying that “she gives really good explanations.”
                         – Chambers Europe 2016
  • “She provides clear and pragmatic advice, and is calm and pleasant to deal with.”
                         – Chambers Europe 2015
  • “Sonia Cortés maintains a good reputation in the market.
    Peers highlight her international outlook and technical proficiency as key strengths”.
                         – Chambers Europe 2014
  • “Sonia Cortés has a wealth of experience in the market”.
                         – Chambers Europe 2013

In addition, Sonia is regularly recognized as a leader in her field by independent international legal guides such as Who’s Who Legal, Best Lawyers, and Expert Guides.

She is a lecturer at the ESADE International Business Law School for their Employment Law and International Business Law Masters courses.

Specific skills:

  • Senior executive agreements
  • Social aspects of corporate transactions
  • Employment Litigation
  • Restructurings & Reorganisations
  • Transfers of Business Across Borders
  • Transfers of People Across Borders

Spoken languages:

  • English
  • French

Professional memberships:

  • ABA – American Bar Association
  • EELA – European Employment Lawyers’ Association
  • IBA – International Bar Association
  • UIA – Union International d’Avocats (Vice-President)

Education:

  • Evade Executive School – Postgraduate Degree in Employment Law 2011
  • Escuela Internacional de Negocios de Madrid – MBA 1997
  • University of Barcelona – J.D. 1988
  • College of Europe, Belgium – Certificate in European Law Year?
  • Certificate in English Law, City of London Polytechnic University – 1987

Contact details

Abdón Pedrajas & Molero

Avda. Pau Casals, 7, Entresuelo - 2ª
08021 Barcelona
Spain

T: +34 93 20 92 96 7
F: +34 93 20 91 94 3

E: sc@abdonpedrajas.com
W: www.abdonpedrajas.com