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Austria: Labour & Employment Analysis 2015

Austria’s labour market has experienced a growing unemployment rate in 2013 and 2014. With a low employment rate among the elderly the situation presents several problems for the jurisdiction, not least to its pension system. We list 12 lawyers in this chapter with the necessary skills and abilities to advise management on the full scope of labour and employment matters.

Kunz Schima Wallentin Rechtsanwälte garners two listings in this chapter. Birgit Vogt-Majarek is an “esteemed practitioner” who advises on employment aspects of corporate restructurings, management employment contracts, and labour law. Peers “cannot praise her highly enough” and single her out as “one of the leading figures in the market”. Georg Schima also has a top reputation in the field and is lauded for his “high-quality service”.

Gerlach Rechtsanwälte achieves two recommendations. Founding partner Roland Gerlach advises on employment contracts and dismissals, pensions, negotiations with works council and unions and related litigation. Branco Jungwirth is also a founding partner of the firm and he specialises in Austrian labour law.

Head of employment at Wolf Theiss, Ralf Peschek advises clients on executive agreements and contracts, pension plans and benefits, outsourcing, restructuring and manager liability. He possesses “finely tuned skills” and provides “sound advice”.

At Eisenberger & Herzog, Jana Eichmeyer heads the employment law and dispute resolution practice groups and is considered a “top talent” in the sector. Her broad practice encompasses all areas of employment and labour law.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Stefan Köck specialises in helping clients find effective HR solutions and is particularly well known for his experience in cross-border and international matters.

Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati is represented by Julian Feichtinger, a “quick thinker” who approaches matters with a “no-nonsense approach”.

Burgstaller & Preyer’s Helmut Preyer is a “top-tier” practitioner who has a “commanding presence” and “unrivalled reputation”.

Thomas Angermair at Dorda Brugger Jordis is an employment labour law “specialist” who clients describe as “user friendly” and “very bright”.

At CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte, Bernhard Hainz heads the employment and pension law team and is noted for his experience in contentious and non-contentious matters. He is lauded for his “intricate knowledge” of the sector and his “excellent style of delivery”.

Alois Obereder is a partner at Freimüller Obereder Pilz & Partner Rechtsanwälte specialising in the field of employment and labour law. He is “a pleasure to work with” and has a “quick grasp of complex issues”.

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