By Enrique Munita L, Munita & Olavarría
On 29 December 2014, the Chilean government presented a bill to Congress to reform major aspects of Chile’s industrial relations system, seeking important amendments to the current regulation related to collective bargaining procedure and unions. Due to the calibre of such amendments, this is the deepest reform in Chile in recent years.
By Íñigo Sagardoy de Simón and Gisella Alvarado Caycho, Sagardoy Abogados
To date, and having taken stock of what the 2012 Labour Reform has meant in practice, we can confirm that the data seems persuasive and hopeful. Indeed, the Spanish economy has passed the recession’s turning point, and has resumed growth in an environment of stable prices: key to strengthening competition further.
WWL has brought together James Davies of Lewis Silkin, Enrique Stile of Marval O’Farrell & Mairal, Vikram Shroff of Nishith Desai Associates, and Angelo Zambelli of Grimaldi Studio Legale to discuss key issues facing labour employment and benefits lawyers today.
Paul Callaghan, Morten Langer and Geoff Weirich discuss recent developments in labour and employment law, with a focus on their respective jurisdictions. They also provide insight into the changing role of lawyers as businesses look to stay ahead in a globalised marketplace.
This guide seeks to identify the leading private practice lawyers with a proven track record in representing and advising management, and senior executives and partners, on all aspects of labour, employment and industrial relations law.
We also include a section listing the foremost pensions and benefits lawyers. These practitioners advise on the changing landscape of state retirement systems around the world, and assist clients with restructuring their pension arrangements. Nominees also include those able to advise on the full range of matters relating to employee benefits plans and arrangements, as well as specialists in ERISA litigation.
Listing over 800 labour and employment specialists and 300 pension and benefits practitioners, we take a closer look at the firms and individuals that stand out across our global research in this section.
Globalisation is nothing new, but the modern implications of integrating a global economy are nonetheless having an acute impact on the way businesses operate, and subsequently how law firms tailor their services to meet clients’ needs. As businesses expand and technology allows for greater integration across jurisdictions, companies are focusing on implementing harmonised global policies across all personnel.
In this first edition of Who’s Who Legal: Pensions & Benefits we feature 335 lawyers from 200 firms across 42 jurisdictions who are considered leading practitioners in their respective markets.
Baker & McKenzie earns top place in our research with an expansive global network matched by a depth of expertise that is unrivalled in the international market.
In the US, Morgan Lewis & Bockius impresses with a stand-out ERISA litigation practice group. Seyfarth Shaw, Proskauer Rose, Sidley Austin and Steptoe & Johnson are also among a number of strong offerings in this field.
Allen & Overy is widely recognised for its expertise in both pension and benefit issues across the European market.
Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira and employment law boutique Sagardoy Abogados stand out in the Iberian Peninsula; CMS Cameron McKenna, Travers Smith and pensions boutique Sacker & Partners impress in the UK; while Bronsgeest Deur and Norrbom Vinding excel in the Dutch and Danish markets respectively.
Wilberforce Chambers is marked out as the leading set in this field.
The most highly regarded individuals in the US, the rest of the world and the UK Bar are also recognised in this section.
Despite the stark differences in pension strategy and entitlement across the globe, greater public awareness among employees and an increasing life expectancy in many regions are driving change worldwide. With each jurisdiction at a completely different point in the pension spectrum, harmonisation for multinationals remains an elusive dream – meaning that lawyers well versed in the complexities of the pensions and benefits market in their jurisdiction are in high demand.
We are pleased to introduce our 2015 Labour & Employment edition, an exhaustive guide to the world's leading labour and employment lawyers, featuring 798 lawyers from 393 firms around the world.
The top of the legal market is an interesting mix of global firms and boutiques. Seyfarth Shaw and Proskauer Rose are among the most established names in international labour and employment law, and both firms offer sector-leading expertise in the US and across Europe. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is once again recognised for its strength in the European market.
Specialist firms in the US are able to boast some of the finest names for management labour and employment expertise. Littler Mendelson, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart and Morgan Lewis & Bockius are three of the very best in the US. Lewis Silkin maintains a leading position in the UK, while Belgian specialist firm Claeys & Engels is another standout firm in its domestic market.
We have identified the most highly regarded individuals in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region. We also recognise the leading UK barristers, with Blackstone Chambers continuing to perform impressively in our research.
With the pace of corporate work picking up, practitioners overall have a much more positive outlook on the employment market this year. While there are still significant amounts of restructuring and redundancy work available, they are once again being supplemented by transaction-related work such as team moves. According to our sources, there is “generally a greater sense of business optimism in a more sustained way” than in previous years and lawyers are anticipating a busy year ahead.
This year, we single out 769 individuals from 381 firms who are considered leaders in the field of management labour and employment law. Several firms particularly stand out, including boutique firm Littler Mendelson, which maintains the top spot in our research. Seyfarth Shaw has lawyers from its offices across the US, Australia and England recognised and specialist US outfit Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart has practitioners from 11 different states selected for inclusion.
We also single out the most highly regarded individuals in the world across six different regions and at the UK bar.
Following another sluggish year, the employment legal market has finally started to pick up once again. The pace of corporate work is on the up, and lawyers are anticipating greater vibrancy in the year ahead.
In this edition seven top firms are recognised for their impressive number of listings, with Littler Mendelson leading the way with 21 of its lawyers recognised. Seyfarth Shaw boasts 16 inclusions, with six practitioners for its "incredibly active" Chicago office featured. Morgan Lewis & Bockius follows closely behind, fielding 15 individuals to this edition from seven of its offices accross the US and in Paris. Proskauer Rose, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, Paul Hastings and Heenan Blaikie are also among the firms singled out.
We also recognised 10 "world-class" pracitioners who are the most highly nominated individuals in this sector.
Our research indicates that lawyers remain as busy as ever, despite the fact that the global economy continues to be gripped by financial difficulties. In light of the economic situation the focus of many lawyers has been on restructurings, team moves and litigation. While the concerns of employers might change from year to year, advice from highly experienced lawyers is something they cannot afford to forgo.
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Nominees have been 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.