- 22 Jul 2019
Several Ius Laboris lawyers were named Global Elite Thought Leaders in labour and employment law in the recent Labour & Employment Analysis, published by Who's Who Legal (WWL).
The ranking is based on labour and employment lawyers who had made a significant contribution to the field of labour and employment law in their respective countries over the past year.
Nominees were selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.
Our Belgium member had sixteen practitioners listed in this year's guide.
A Global Elite Thought Leader in the field, Chris Engels is "unmistakably one of the best". Respondents to the Who's Who Legal research were effusive in their praise of his work on individual and collective employee dismissals.
Olivier Wouters is a pre-eminent figure in the Belgian market which received praise for his wealth of experience on employee dismissals and collective-bargaining agreements.
With an impressive ability on restructuring and dismissals work, the "very knowledgeable" Sophie Maes runs a top-notch practice that sees her garner widespread commendation from peers. "There is no better person" in the field in Belgium", comments one interviewee.
Our UK member is a dominant force in the labour and employment space, with 14 individuals highlighted this year.
Michael Burd is "a leader in the European market" whose peers describe as "very knowledgeable with very impressive client contacts". An "innovative practitioner", he excels on high-level employment disputes.
James Davies is a "very creative and innovative" name in the space and received widespread plaudits for his expertise acting for large multinationals on a range of issues in the field.
Toni Lorenzo is an "impressive" lawyer who is "excellent for employment litigation", providing "highly effective, hands-on advice and representation for the most demanding commercial clients", according to sources. He also won plaudits for his "Rolls-Royce service" and as a "formidable opponent who drives forward and gets results".
Richard Miskella is an excellent and "immensely clever" lawyer who offers "technical excellence combined with a wealth of experience". One client states "His ability to think strategically and obtain the best outcome for our business is second to none." Sean Dempsey is a leading name when it comes to the technology sector due to his "pragmatism, commerciality and responsiveness".
Russell Brimelow is an outstanding lawyer who is "highly strategic and responsive", with one client noting that "he is always one step ahead of me". His practice features deep expertise on TUPE matters and senior-level terminations.
Our Danish member sees six impressive lawyers highlighted.
Yvonne Frederiksen is a Global Elite Thought Leader who excels in discrimination, collective bargaining and welfare issues. Peers state that "she is the leader in Europe for discrimination cases" and is praised for her "professionalism and responsiveness" by clients.
Jørgen Vinding continues to receive effusive praise from respondents to our research. Clients state that he is "always thorough and to the point" and is "able to provide both a legal and practical view to matters" in arbitration and litigation.
Christian Clasen is a much-respected figure in the market whose practice provides clients with superb know-how on discrimination litigation and collective bargaining. His "professionalism, competence and understanding of our business dynamics" make him a standout name for clients.
Nataša Randlová from our Czech Republic member firm is "a very knowledgeable practitioner and the go-to in the country". She excels on a range of issues including transfers of undertakings and collective bargaining.
Guillaume Bordier from our French member firm is credited for his "very high-quality work" in the sector. An "extremely knowledgeable practitioner", he has a "broad understanding of all aspects of employment law" including GDPR, restructuring and dismissals.
Pascal Lagoutte is "one of the European leaders" who note him to be "a top figure in French employment law". He excels on matters such as corporate restructuring.
Franco Toffoletto from our Italian member firm is "a leading figure in European employment law". Peers who speak highly of him in the research highlighted his handling of employment contracts and litigation.
Valeria Morosini wins widespread plaudits for her impressive ability on matters such as restructuring and litigation.
Mark Contini from our Canadian member firm is a superb lawyer who possesses a commanding reputation in the jurisdiction for his expertise on grievance arbitration and collective bargaining.
Keith Murray is "very responsive" and provides "succinct, commercial advice that is invaluable on international projects", comment respondents. Peers describe him as being a "very responsive, practical and solution-oriented lawyer" for matters such as union organising campaigns.
Our Argentinian member received four inclusions in this year's guide.
Ignacio Funes de Rioja is a Global Elite Thought Leader for his impressive ability on issues including collective dismissals and collective bargaining arrangements.
Eduardo Juan Vinales is "a well-known practitioner who has extensive experience in the field". Market observers laud him for his work on restructuring and collective bargaining issues.
Daniel Funes de Rioja is a well-established figure in the market who wins widespread plaudits from peers. He runs an enviable practice that features expertise across the gamut of labour and employment matters.
Ernesto Arguello Bavio is an outstanding practitioner with wide-ranging expertise in the field who continues to receive widespread praise from respondents to our research.
Our Brazilian member sees five of its top individuals highlighted.
Luiz Guilherme Migliora is "a go-to name in the market" to peers who laud his "excellent client list". He possesses a top-notch practice that sees him engaged in litigation arising out of a range of labour law issues.
Maria Luisa "Isa" Soter da Silveira is a "very responsive and experienced lawyer" and received much applause for her handling of collective bargaining agreements and employee terminations.
José Carlos Wahle is an impressive practitioner who continues to receive strong support from interviewees. He runs a top-drawer practice, with a wealth of experience in employment litigation.
Enrique Munita from our Chilean member firm is "technically solid, dynamic and pragmatic in his approach" and is "always looking for solutions to problems" according to impressed clients. He runs a "fantastic practice" that sees him involved with international clients on collective and individual labour law.
Jorge De Presno-Arizpe from our Mexican member firm excels on both collective and individual labour law issues. Interviewees described him as "very reliable and extremely responsive".
Three prominent figures from our Singaporean affiliate were nominated to the guide this year.
Desmond Wee is a leading name in the market whose "advice is always excellent". Respondents mentioned his fantastic ability on corporate restructurings and contentious matters in the field.
Abdul Jabbar Bin Karam Din continues to impress in our research, with sources commending him for his deep understanding of cross-border matters including reorganisations and employee terminations.
Francis Xavier SC is "an excellent practitioner" who market commentators laud for being "very strong on the employment aspects of commercial disputes".
Our Japanese affiliate is home to some of the region's top lawyers, with three individuals listed this year.
Kazutoshi Kakuyama is described as a "top-notch lawyer" by respondents to our research this year. He possesses a well-regarded practice that sees him involved in union negotiations and regulatory advice.
Hideki Thurgood Kanoh is "an intelligent lawyer and strong communicator" who sources highlight for his impressive ability on issues ranging from collective bargaining to dismissals and disciplinary actions.
Nobuhito Sawasaki is highlighted by market observers for his in-depth understanding of the Japanese labour and employment space, with fantastic expertise on litigious matters.
From our Indian member form, sources are "very impressed" by Debjani Aich 's work and credit her for her "responsiveness, price advice and her ability to coordinate a team". Her practice features an in-depth knowledge of employee transfers and terminations.
Stephen Mathias is a well-established player in the Indian market who wins widespread plaudits for his handling of outsourcing issues.
Sang Wook Cho from our South Korean affiliate firm is a leading name in the jurisdiction. He earned commendation for his work on harassment, trade secrets and whistle-blowing issues.
The "well-known" Orly Gerbi from our Israeli member firm is a "super-professional and responsive" practitioner who gives "practical and business-oriented advice". She is widely regarded as the pre-eminent name in Israel in the sector.
Samir Kantaria from our United Arab Emirates affiliate firm draws recommendations from as far afield as Europe and Asia for his top-tier practice in Dubai. He skilfully handles employment litigation as well as advisory and other non-contentious issues.
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