Labour & Employment 2018

This year’s edition of WWL: Labour & Employment features 1,131 lawyers from over 500 firms around the world. These practitioners are experts in team moves; restrictive covenants; collective bargaining and industrial disputes; and employment litigation and arbitration.

In Europe, Lewis Silkin is the leading firm in the UK with Claeys & Engels the foremost outfit across Europe. Boutiques perform very well, with CM Murray, GQ Employment Law, Capstan and Castegnaro, among others, all carving out a niche.

At the UK Bar, the leading sets are advocacy powerhouses 11KBW and Matrix Chambers. Employment specialists Cloisters also perform well.

US stalwarts Littler Mendelson and Proskauer Rose are the top two most highly rated firms in our research. Boutique firm Roper Greyell in Canada puts in a stellar performance, alongside full-service Canadian law firm Fasken.

Herzog Fox & Neeman retains its position as Israel’s premier labour and employment law firm. In Africa, ENSafrica and Bowmans in South Africa do particularly well, alongside Indian firms Kochhar and Co, and Nishith Desai Associates.

In Asia, Deacons in Hong Kong, Fangda Partners in Beijing and Lee & Ko in Seoul field an impressive array of lawyers. In Australia, Corrs Chambers Westgarth remains the leading firm for labour and employment law.

Latin America sees a strong spread of exceptional firms including Veirano Advogados in Brazil, Funes de Rioja & Asociados in Buenos Aires, Munita & Olavarría in Santiago and De la Vega & Martínez Rojas in Mexico City.

Once again, the bar set by the lawyers at these firms is incredibly high. We have identified the best-regarded individuals in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region.


Thought Leaders
1. Michael Burd Lewis Silkin, London
2. James Davies Lewis Silkin, London
3. Chris Engels Claeys & Engels, Brussels
4. Clare Murray CM Murray, London
5. Nataša Randlová Randl Partners, Prague
6. Bartłomiej Raczkowski Raczkowski Paruch, Warsaw
7. Toni Lorenzo Lewis Silkin, London
8. Juan Bonilla Cuatrecasas, Madrid
9. Marianne Granhøj Kromann Reumert, Copenhagen
10. Patrick Thiébart Jeantet AARPI, Paris

Leading Firms

Claeys & Engels 

Widely regarded as one of Europe’s premier employment law firms, with sources calling it a “top-tier firm with solid lawyers”. Eighteen practitioners are recognised this year.
The “prompt, practical and business-focused” Chris Engels is recognised as one of the foremost figures in employment law. He draws high praise for his work in dismissal law and labour matters across Europe, with sources highlighting his “invaluable willingness to offer a view on risks and a real opinion on what to do”.
Sophie Maes is a national leader with a superb practice. She is also recognised for her international expertise, with sources commenting, “Sophie is the go-to person on global mobility and immigration issues in the context of employment law in Belgium and beyond.”
Olivier Wouters is a market authority on collective bargaining, company reorganisation and dismissals and is frequently instructed for his expertise in such matters. He wins plaudits as a “very helpful counsel who is always making himself available at short notice and has a very good knowledge of how our company works”.
The highly respected Olivier Debray regularly advises national and multinational entities on labour law, social security and compliance matters.
Jean-Paul Lacomble is a go-to name on business restructuring and transfer of undertakings. He is well respected across Europe for his in-depth expertise.
Inger Verhelst receives praise for her work on collective and individual labour issues and is recognised as “an expert in discrimination matters and mobbing”.
Bart Vanschoebeke’s expertise spans the gamut of employment matters including contracts, dismissals, social security and restructuring on a European level. He is widely known and well respected within the international market, receiving nominations from peers around the world.
Bart Adriaens is a leading name in labour and social security law. He advises employers who are subject to investigations and has an in-depth knowledge of European labour inspectorates.
Dieter Dejonghe is widely known as a top-notch employment and labour lawyer on both civil and criminal matters. His expertise includes restructuring, dismissal, contracts and discrimination matters.

Lewis Silkin

A powerhouse firm well known for its employment law practice. Its operations hub is situated in London but it offers a global reach with work across Europe and an office in Hong Kong. In total, 14 leading figures are recommended.
Michael Burd is recognised as “a leader in his field” when it comes to employment and partnership law and stands at the top of our European listings this year. He has extensive experience advising national and international clients on senior-level departures, business transfers and restructuring. One source says, “Michael is a very smart and strategic lawyer.”
Thought Leader James Davies draws praise as a “very quick and very creative” lawyer with long-standing experience. He advises on the gamut of employment law issues and is frequently instructed on high-level matters by national and international clients.
The “first-class” Toni Lorenzo acts on team moves, restrictive covenants and high-value breaches of contract where he is widely respected as “an excellent lawyer”. He is particularly well known for his litigation work, with interviewees calling him “a great High Court lawyer”.
Sean Dempsey is well known for his expertise in technology-related issues in the employment sector and also has in-depth experience in HR matters. Commentators say Dempsey is “pragmatic, commercial and speaks very well”.
Richard Miskella is respected for his work on matters involving strategy and careful handling, including sensitive senior exits and disciplinary procedures. Sources praise him as “very strategic and a very calm person” who is “very pleasant to work with and provides reliable and thorough advice”.
The “very knowledgeable and highly responsive” Colin Leckey focuses on financial services where he is highly esteemed by clients in the space. He provides a long-standing and in-depth knowledge of employment matters in the sector.
Russell Brimelow is a top name on senior-level and TUPE issues, as well as restructuring matters. One source says, “Russell is very business-orientated and has a good understanding of what the client wants.”
Hannah Price receives praise for her stellar work advising multi-national clients on employment and HR issues including terminations, restructuring and disputes. She is cited as being particularly active in multi-jurisdictional matters.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

A leading international firm that is widely respected in the field of employment law. Nine standout practitioners are recommended.
The “superb” Caroline Stroud is a leading name on employment litigation. She is experienced in high-stakes matters involving misconduct, often including investigations on a global scale and is frequently instructed to act on High Court, Court of Appeal and employment tribunal matters.
Klaus-Stefan Hohenstatt is a well-known name in employment law and is recognised for his skills when handling sensitive issues. One source describes him as “brilliant in negotiations”.
Kathleen Healy draws widespread praise for her work in industrial relations matters relating to M&A and restructuring. She is recognised for her expertise in both contentious and advisory matters.
Raquel Flórez specialises in the Latin American region and is a go-to name on global recruitment and retention, redundancies and outsourcing matters.

Toffoletto De Luca Tamajo e Soci

A standout name in the Italian market that achieves nine listings for its superb employment practice. Peers note it as “a long-standing boutique firm with a family footprint”.
Raffaele De Luca Tamajo is highly respected for his long-standing practice and his outstanding expertise in all manner of employment and labour law. Respondents favour his “pragmatic approach” with one commenting, “Raffaele has wide experience and a calm demeanour combined with passion, dedication and huge experience.”
Franco Toffoletto is a leading name in employment contracts and litigation praised as “the grand seigneur of employment law in Italy”. Sources call him “very smart and strategic” and someone who is “three steps ahead of everyone else”.
Emanuela Nespoli draws praise for her expertise in industrial relations, contracts and disputes where she “strikes the right balance between technical skills and a practical approach”.
Valeria Morosini is a go-to name for cross-border employment matters including litigation. One source praises her as “practical, hardworking and great to work with”.
Paola Pucci regularly acts on employment law issues relating to industrial relations, data privacy and contracts. She is highly respected for her “straightforward approach that gets to the point and her effectiveness in solving complex issues with a single line”.

Allen & Overy

The firm sees eight leading practitioners recommended across its European offices.
Mark Mansell is a standout name on both contentious and non-contentious matters including TUPE, contracts and restrictive covenants. Sources recommend him as an “impressive” practitioner who is “one of the best in the business”.
Karen Seward is recommended for her work on employment issues in the banking and financial sector. She is recognised as “very tough” and “at the top of her game”.
Thomas Ubber is recognised as “very experienced in strike litigation” and has significant expertise in handling works councils and trade unions. He also acts on outsourcing and restructuring matters where he is widely respected.
Claire Toumieux draws praise for her skills in HR and management strategy and as “an experienced lawyer for international clients”. She is frequently instructed to act on employment matters in the corporate and investment funds space.

ALRUD Law Firm

Seven lawyers from Russia’s leading labour and employment firm are recognised.
Irina Anyukhina is a leading authority on labour and employment law in both Russia and internationally and has strong experience in the corporate sphere. One respondent says, “Irina is very reliable and always responds before deadlines. She can find a solution to any issue."
Ekaterina Rodionova has in-depth experience in employment and migration issues and draws widespread praise for her work on complex dismissal cases and matters with a data protection element.
Maria Gnutova is a well-known figure in labour disputes and is recognised for her superb practice in the area.

Capstan Avocats

Two new practitioners from the firm have been added to the listings this year, taking its total to an impressive six.
Pascal Lagoutte is one of France’s leading employment lawyers. He is a go-to name on employer/employee relations, management and restructuring matters. He is praised as “an out-of-the box thinker who is very creative and intelligent”.
Guillaume Bordier receives plaudits for his well-regarded employment law practice. One source says, “Guillaume is an excellent lawyer with a very accurate analysis and great experience in restructurings.”
Jean-Michel Mir represents both French and international clients and has a raft of experience in transactional and restructuring-related employment issues, alongside collective bargaining.


Six lawyers from the firm are recommended in this edition.
Juan Bonilla is one of Spain’s foremost international labour lawyers. He is widely respected for his advisory and contentious practice and his work with corporate clients. He is recognised as “a great lawyer with a very international and business-oriented focus.”
The “extraordinary” Salvador del Rey draws praise for his labour, employment and HR practice. He is frequently instructed to advise national and multinational groups and is noted by one source as “a lawyer with a wide knowledge of employment law and innovative solutions.”
Jorge Aranaz is recognised as “one of the very best” labour lawyers in Spain. He is an expert on collective bargaining, collective dismissals and trade union matters.

Gleiss Lutz

Another leading European firm with six lawyers listed.
The “exceptionally good” Thomas Winzer is a go-to name for complex labour and employment matters. He is widely praised for his work on transactions, reorganisations and compliance investigations, with sources describing him as “professional, prudent and fair”.
Christian Arnold is a “rising star at the firm” who advises on collective and individual employment matters including c-suite level, collective bargaining and industrial disputes.
Doris-Maria Schuster is an expert on contracts and compliance-related litigation. One source says, “Doris is a highly professional, highly competent negotiator who is able to reach meaningful solutions and compromise.”


Seven lawyers from this superb German firm win recognition.
Jessica Jacobi is widely respected for her work in data protection and discrimination matters. She acts on issues of both individual and collective employment law and has over 20 years of experience in the field.
Stefan Fischer is a standout name in collective bargaining and negotiations. He is recognised for his work in both advisory and contentious employment matters and has represented clients at all levels of the German courts. He is “appreciated by international clients”, say sources.
Michael Kliemt is a leading authority on employment law in Germany. He is respected for his superb advisory practice encompassing large reorganisations, post-merger integration and collective agreements.

Mishcon de Reya

A leading UK firm renowned for its exceptional depth of capability in labour and employment matters.
Daniel Naftalin is an authority on employment in the corporate sphere and regularly acts on both advisory and contentious matters. He is recognised for his excellent litigation work and one source describes him as “one of the best in the business”.
Greg Campbell draws praise for his top-notch advice to employers and senior executives in employment disputes. One respondent says, "Greg is the consummate legal professional. He provides sound advice and strikes the rare balance between the legality and practicality of the issues at hand.”
Sharon Tan is recommended for her “highly practical” outlook when it comes to high-stakes employment disputes, both at tribunal and in the High Court.

Sagardoy Abogados

Five lawyers from the firm are recommended in this edition.
Román Gil is widely respected for his skills in employment litigation as well as collective bargaining and dismissal matters. He is praised by sources as “an excellent negotiator” who is “practical and results orientated”.
Iñigo Sagardoy is esteemed for his stellar employment practice, with sources respecting him as “a very smart lawyer who offers good strategical insight and is always to the point”.

Norrbom Vinding

Another strong European firm in our listings, with five outstanding attorneys highlighted.
Yvonne Frederiksen is recommended as “the expert in the world of discrimination law”. She advises on incentives and industrial relations including disputes and receives plaudits for her work across Europe where she is “a thorough and skilled lawyer”.
Morten Langer receives praise for his business acumen and commercial outlook when it comes to employment law. He handles matters relating to restrictive covenants, reorganisations and IP and can “always identify a path through a very complex situation”.
Jørgen Vinding is frequently instructed on matters in both the public and private sector including disputes where he sits as arbitrator. He is recommended as a “highly professional and competent” lawyer.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Five practitioners from this well-known German firm are recommended.
The “very active and highly responsive” Bernd Weller is widely respected for his work in compliance, works constitution matters and litigation. He is one of Germany’s top names in the field this year.
Regina Glaser is “highly recommended” as an expert in both contentious and non-contentious employment matters and is also well known for her work in discrimination matters.

Castrén & Snellman Attorneys

Stands out as the top firm in Finland in our research this year, with four excellent names included.
Tomi Kemppainen advises both domestic and international clients on employment matters and disputes where he is highly respected. Sources say, “Tomi is highly knowledgeable and especially good at disputes” and he is praised for his “business-oriented approach" and “outstanding legal competence”.
Outi Tähtinen is a go-to name on contracts, M&A and negotiations in both Finland and internationally. One respondent says, “Outi is knowledgeable and practical, with a no-nonsense attitude and pragmatic approach.”

GQ Employment Law

Four lawyers are recognised here.
The “excellent” Paul Quain is frequently instructed on high-stakes employment disputes where he is respected for his strategic outlook. Among other matters, he advises on team moves and theft of confidential information often involving multiple jurisdictions.
Darren Isaacs has over 10 years of experience in employment law. He draws praise as “an excellent communicator” who has an in-depth knowledge of TUPE issues.

Kromann Reumert

Four leading Danish employment lawyers are recommended for their work in the area.
Marianne Granhøj is a “top lawyer” in the field of regulatory and compliance matters, particularly concerning collective agreements in the financial space. Sources have “excellent experiences” of working with her.
Helene Amsinck is recognised as a “such a dedicated employment lawyer” in both transactions and disputes. She advises on outsourcing, reorganisations and hiring and dismissals.

CM Murray

Five practitioners from this highly regarded litigation boutique are included.
Clare Murray is widely recognised as “a leading light” in employment law. She acts for US and UK firms and investment management firms and has in-depth expertise in sexual harassment and partner conduct issues. Sources call her “a real force” and “an innovator in the field”.
Anna Birtwistle is one of the foremost names in the field. She frequently advises multinational clients on redundancies, misconduct investigations and litigation relating to unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing. 

Dittmar & Indrenius

We list four practitioners this year.
Petteri Uoti is a “highly skilled” employment lawyer who is widely respected for his dispute resolution expertise. He advises employers on a broad range of issues, including M&A and company reorganisations.
Seppo Havia is a go-to name on both Finnish and international employment law. One source says, “Seppo has vast experience and knowledge of labour law and an analytic mind. He is one of Finland's top labour lawyers.”

Bronsgeest Deur

Four leading lawyers from this Dutch firm are highlighted.
Erik Deur is a major player in the Dutch market and is widely respected for his expertise in corporate restructuring and negotiations with trade unions and works councils. He is praised as “very pragmatic”, with one source noting, “No matter how complicated the issue, he will find a straightforward solution.”
Hylda Wiarda has over 15 years of experience and is noted for her in-depth experience and expertise when it comes to all matters of employment law.

Addleshaw Goddard

Three lawyers are named in this year’s edition.
The “excellent” Michael Leftley is frequently instructed to act on both contentious and non-contentious matters in the field of employment law. He is noted for his experience across a range of industry sectors including the corporate and finance spheres.
Malcolm Pike draws praise for his work on boardroom disputes, reorganisations and industrial relations. He is recommended for his “big-picture thinking and commerciality”.
Richard Yeomans is well known for his superb work on complex, high-stakes employment matters including TUPE transfers and restructuring programmes, particularly involving large-scale redundancies.


Two practitioners at Luxembourg’s top employment firm are recommended. Guy Castegnaro is one of Luxembourg’s leading lights in employment law. He has in-depth expertise in reorganisations and social security matters and is recognised as “a very good litigator” who provides strategic advice and “good insights”. Ariane Claverie is an expert on the Luxembourg Labour Code and is frequently instructed on complex, high-value employment matters.

UK Bar


11KBW is one of London’s premier sets with a leading offering in employment law. Its barristers are experts in handling complex, high-stakes litigation. Nine leading names are recognised this year.
“Class act” Daniel Stilitz QC is an “exceedingly bright” silk who focuses on financial and professional services. He frequently appears before the High Court and tribunals on employment disputes including discrimination and dismissal matters.
Sean Jones QC advises clients in the private sector as well as trade unions and individuals on employment matters and is a go-to name on sport-related employment disputes. Sources say: “Sean is exceptionally hard-working and is able to express very complex concepts with striking simplicity.”
“Standout name” Richard Leiper QC receives high praise for his work acting for both individuals and businesses on directors’ duties, restraint of trade, discrimination and whistleblowing matters.
Jane McCafferty is widely respected as a “brilliant senior junior” who is frequently instructed on complex, multiparty litigation relating to team moves and misuse of confidential information. Interviewees describe her as an “excellent technical lawyer who is equally strong advising on commercial issues and strategy”.
Amy Rogers is a standout in employment litigation and arbitration. She has vast experience of directors’ duties and duties of confidence and is described by sources as “the junior star across the whole of the Bar” and “a superb advocate and a rising star”.

Matrix Chambers

Matrix Chambers is well known for its members’ dynamism, which they deploy in all manner of employment matters. The set sees eight standout barristers listed.
James Laddie QC is a “very versatile” and “impressive” practitioner in employment and discrimination law whom sources call “a real fighter who is great to work with”. He regularly represents trade unions and multi-national companies in their most complex cases.
Thomas Linden QC is recognised as “one of the leaders in the field” of employment law, particularly EU and human rights-related matters. He wins praise for his “great judgement” and as “a supreme advocate”.
Thomas Kibling is an barrister with “an excellent track record” in employment disputes who is highly esteemed for his work on complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims.

Littleton Chambers

Four silks and two juniors are recommended from the set this year.
David Reade QC draws high praise for his work in employment, TUPE and discrimination law. One source says, “David gets around really complicated issues very quickly.”
Jonathan Cohen QC is “an impressive practitioner” with an in-depth experience of employment litigation. He is recognised as one of the most eminent silks in the field.
Gavin Mansfield QC receives plaudits for his work in employment and partnership law, particularly complex team moves where he lauded as being “wonderful with clients”.

Blackstone Chambers

Five barristers from this leading commercial set are recognised.
Paul Goulding QC is frequently instructed on the most complex cases involving restrictive covenants, discrimination and team moves. Sources describe him as “a top injunction silk” and “the best employment barrister going”.
Thomas Croxford QC is a go-to name on High Court employment litigation, particularly injunctive relief cases. He is praised for his “very accurate advice”.
The esteemed Dinah Rose QC continues to be a leading name in employment law with an “extraordinary reputation”. She is widely respected for her work on discrimination and equal pay cases and her “high-level appellate work”.

Cloisters Chambers

A well-known name for labour-related work, with four silks and one junior highlighted.
Robin Allen QC is a leading name in equal pay, discrimination and human rights matters. He is praised for his “superb written work, strategic and tactical awareness” and his “client and user-friendly service”.
The “highly impressive” Paul Epstein QC draws extensive praise for his work in employment cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, including landmark litigation cases. Sources commended him as “very approachable and responsive” with “high attention to detail”.
Caspar Glyn QC is a top employment silk with leading expertise in industrial disputes; he is retained by both employers and trade unions. One respondent says, “Caspar is excellent at rolling his sleeves up and getting into the detail of a case.”

Essex Court Chambers

Four standout silks are recognised this year.
David Craig QC is “one of the leaders in the field”, well known for his experience in the High Court on complex employment litigation. He acts on wrongful termination, bonus disputes and team moves among others where is recommended as “an excellent advocate”.
“Excellent practitioner” Martin Griffiths QC is frequently instructed to act on high-profile employment disputes where he is recognised for his superb High Court and Court of Appeal work.

Other Leading Individuals

Czech Republic

Nataša Randlová of Randl Partners is a national authority on TUPE, reorganisation and collective bargaining matters. One source calls her “my go-to in the Czech Republic”, while others describe her as “business-orientated and very responsive”.


Proskauer Rose sees Daniel Ornstein recognised for his work across the board on national and international employment matters, particularly on sensitive issues and that require strategic expertise. One respondent says, “Daniel is a good communicator and very intelligent.”

Nicola Rabson at Linklaters is recognised as “a leader in the field” of employment law with deep and broad experience. She frequently acts in High Court and tribunal litigation and is a well-known smooth handler of high-stakes matters.


Patrick Thiébart of Jeantet AARPI is a top-class labour adviser with an international reputation for the strength of his expertise. He draws recommendations from across Europe and North America and is deservedly listed as a Thought Leader in this edition.


Mason Hayes & Curran’s Melanie Crowley is well known for her “very strong legal and analytical skills, practical and strategic advice”. She represents clients in complex employment matters including litigation and workplace issues


Angelo Zambelli at Grimaldi Studio Legale is a top name in employment and industrial relations matters, including agency agreements and disputes. Sources describe him very flexible, efficient and highly competent” and “the absolute best” in the country.


Bartłomiej Raczkowski of Raczkowski Paruch is one of Poland’s foremost labour lawyers. He is praised as “a very smart lawyer” who has overseen the “impressive” and fast growth of his boutique firm over the past decade.


Jenny Welander Wadström at Roschier draws extensive praise for her work on M&A, restructuring and related employment matters. She is also an expert in disputes and is described as “business-oriented and highly skilled” and “a role model in how to lead the next generation."


Blesi & Papa founding partner Alfred Blesi is a widely renowned practitioner in Switzerland. He has 20 years of experience in in national and international labour and employment law. Sources call him a “great employment lawyer” who runs “a leading boutique”.


Vasil Kisil & Partners sees Oksana Voynarovska recognised as a top name in employment contracts, restructurings and transfers of undertakings, and disputes. Sources call her “very solutions-orientated” and “number one in the Ukrainian market”.

North America

Thought Leaders
1. Johan Lubbe Littler Mendelson PC, New York
2. Philip M Berkowitz Littler Mendelson PC, New York
3. Wendi S Lazar Outten & Golden, New York
4. Michael P Royal Littler Mendelson PC, New York
5. Danny J Kaufer Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Montreal
6. Lloyd B Chinn Proskauer Rose, New York
7. Peter A Susser Littler Mendelson PC, Washington, DC
8. Samantha C Grant Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, Century City

 Leading Firms

Littler Mendelson

Littler Mendelson remains the foremost employment law firm in the US. It sees an impressive 22 practitioners recognised as standout figures from across its national offices.
Johan Lubbe is one of the nation’s most prominent employment lawyers. He is highly regarded for his work in supply-chain management, compliance and data privacy matters on a global scale and is well known for his ability to handle complex and sensitive issues.
Philip Berkowitz draws praise for his prowess in both national and international employment matters. He regularly advises and represents multinational companies in litigation and arbitration. One source calls him “highly experienced in advising international clients”.
Peter Susser provides expertise in collective bargaining, discrimination, compliance and litigation matters. He is praised for his “excellent corporate practice” and his “highest-quality and most professional approach to providing legal services”.
Michael Royal receives plaudits for his “practical, strategic, excellent analytical and advocacy skills”. He has an in-depth knowledge of whistleblowing and harassment cases alongside other related torts and is recognised as "a strong litigator”.
Charles Powell IV is a well-known name in the Southeast US and is frequently called on to represent employers in high-stakes discrimination, harassment and wage litigation lawsuits. He has over 20 years’ experience in the field.
Juan Carlos Varela is a top attorney with an international practice. He advises on compensation, taxes, and labour litigation and arbitration where he receives high praise for his skills.
Melinda Caterine is recognised for her “strong work ethic” and her excellent abilities as a litigator. She is also well known for her expertise in sexual harassment, discrimination and wrongful discharge matters.

Proskauer Rose

Proskauer Rose is recognised as one of the strongest employment practices in the US. It has the ability to handle the gamut of issues including complex new law and high-value disputes. Twelve leading names are recognised.
Lloyd Chinn is a go-to name on whistleblowing and retaliation. He is regarded as a top-quality litigator and one respondent says, “Lloyd is highly regarded especially for representation of financial institutions.”
Erika Collins has a global practice where she regularly handles workforce reductions, workplace issues and data privacy matters. Sources praise for her as “a leading employment lawyer” withan extensive knowledge of international employment matters”.
Bettina Plevan is a seasoned expert in labour and employment matters with a long-standing national reputation. She represents clients in banking and finance, life sciences and entertainment on significant advisory and litigious matters.
Kathleen McKenna is widely respected for her litigation practice, in which she defends employers on discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination and wage-and-hour matters. She is frequently instructed by multinational corporations on high-stakes matters.


Fasken remains one of Canada’s premier law firms, with a stellar employment practice. It sees nine standout practitioners listed this year.
Brian Burkett is a “really great” employment lawyer who is highly respected for his long-standing expertise in the field. He advises on strategic labour and employment matters as well as policy government policy and is an authority on labour disputes and relations management.
Sources “have a lot of respect” for John Craig, who is recognised on both a provincial and federal level as a go-to name in employment law. He advises on corporate social responsibility, human rights issues and is an expert on workplace codes of conduct both nationally and multi-nationally.
Douglas Gilbert earns plaudits for his work in collective bargaining and labour and employment litigation. He is well known for his skills representing clients in employment tribunals and courts.
The “excellent” Ronald McRobie is widely respected for his work in employment and human rights law. He is also noted for his expertise in litigious matters and regularly appears before arbitrators, civil courts, tribunals and labour boards. One leading peer says: “He is one of the best labour and employment attorneys I know.”

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

Six superb lawyers from this national US firm are recognised this year.
Gary Siniscalco is a leading name on complex employment matters. He is widely respected for his advisory and disputes practice and is regarded as a formidable force in litigation defence in relation to equal opportunity, affirmative action and wrongful discharge.
Michael Delikat receives high praise for his work in whistleblowing matters. He is frequently instructed by multinational corporations for his expertise in employment litigation.

Roper Greyell – Employment and Labour Lawyers

Five of the firm’s top employment lawyers are highlighted in this edition.
James Kondopulos is a national authority on employment law. He regularly represents employers in workplace conflicts and human rights issues. He has acted before all levels of the Canadian courts and administrative tribunals. One source says, “James is very responsive and has creative and honest solutions that protect our best interest even in very tricky situations. I really appreciate his personal approach.”
Sandra Guarascio advises clients in both the public and private sector, where she is highly esteemed for her expertise. She acts on workplace issues, management-side representation and investigations and is praised for her “thoroughness, responsiveness and depth of knowledge in the field”. One interviewee comments, “Sandra understands our business, our culture and her guidance aligns with our culture and values.”
Gregory Heywood has a stellar reputation for his work in labour litigation, where he has over 30 years of experience. He regularly represents clients on wrongful dismissal, human rights issues and in labour arbitrations.
“Star” practitioner Thomas Roper QC and the “very intelligent and poised” Delayne Sartison QC are also recognised.

Other Leading Individuals


Borden Ladner Gervais’ Danny Kaufer is a “really great” and widely known name in labour and employment negotiation and arbitration. He is well regarded for his ability to handle high-stakes matters and represent employers before both provincial and federal authorities and arbitral boards.


Samantha Grant at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton is an “excellent advocate” who is “savvy and tenacious” in her representation of clients. She acts for employers in both state and federal courts and federal agencies on matters of wrongful termination, harassment and breach of contract.

Wendi Lazar at Outten & Golden is a “leader in her field”, according to peers thanks to her deep experience in the employment field. She has an international practice with an emphasis on executive agreements.

Latin America

Thought Leaders
1. Enrique M Stile Marval O'Farrell & Mairal, Buenos Aires
2. Ignacio Funes de Rioja Funes de Rioja & Asociados, Buenos Aires
3. Enrique Munita L Munita & Olavarría, Santiago
4. Oscar De la Vega Gomez De la Vega & Martínez Rojas SC, Mexico City
5. Jorge G De Presno-Arizpe Basham Ringe y Correa SC, Mexico City

Leading Firms

Veirano Advogados

One of Brazil’s leading firms, Veirano Advogados achieves the highest number of listings in Latin America this year with five standout names recognised.
Maria Luisa “Isa” Soter da Silveira is widely regarded as an expert in Brazilian labour laws and regularly advises companies on handling complex matters relating to collective bargaining, terminations and outsourcing. One respondent praises her as “responsive, practical and to the point” and commends her “broad outlook”.
José Carlos Wahle draws praise for his skills in commercial litigation and for his ability to solve challenges relating to staff employment and human resources matters. One source praises his “professionalism, knowledge and agility”.
Luiz Guilherme Migliora is a go-to name on labour litigation and advises both Brazilian and international companies. One respondent says, “What most impressed me was Luiz’s combination of pragmatism and academic knowledge. He is the best combination of litigator and adviser.”

Funes de Rioja & Asociados

Four practitioners from this outstanding Argentinian firm are recommended.
Ignacio Funes de Rioja is “a big name” in employment law in Argentina. He is frequently instructed by employers to advise on high-stakes national and international issues in employment law. One source praises his “internationally experienced, thorough advice”.
Daniel Funes de Rioja is praised for his long-standing position as “a leader in the field” of employment law. Has in-depth knowledge of Argentinian labour policy and is well known internationally for his expertise.

Munita & Olavarría

A leading Chilean employment boutique with two leading lawyers recognised.
Enrique Munita L is one of Chile’s top names in labour litigation and has broad expertise in contracts and corporate issues surrounding collective labour law. Sources describe him as a “fantastic” lawyer who is “pragmatic, responsive and has a broad view on things”.
Cristián Olavarría draws praise for his work in collective bargaining and anti-union practices. He is an also expert on employment contracts and labour lawsuits.

Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

Two practitioners from the firm are highlighted.
Sólon de Almeida Cunha receives widespread praise for his long-standing expertise in employment law and the esteem in which he is held within the market. One source calls him “an excellent lawyer with a great industry network.”
Vilma Toshie Kutomi is an expert handler of collective bargaining negotiations and a stellar litigator, according to interviewees. She is recognised as “an excellent professional and an expert in labour legislation”.

Brigard & Urrutia Abogados

This firm sees two excellent names recommended.
Catalina Santos Angarita is a top-notch practitioner when it comes to individual and collective labour law. She is recognised as “very pragmatic and solution-oriented”.
Álvaro Iván Cala Carrizosa is praised for his work advising national and international companies on all matters of employment law. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the area and has acted for a number of multinational firms.

Other Leading Individuals


Enrique Stile at Marval O'Farrell & Mairal is frequently instructed by international clients for his expertise in advising on hiring, terminations and employment risks and litigation often with a cross-border aspect. He is praised as “a great lawyer” who is “experienced and business-oriented.”

Mercedes Balado Bevilacqua of MBB Balado Bevilacqua Abogados is a leading name in employment law and is widely respected for her “very strong legal and analytical skills”.


Carey’s Oscar Aitken receives plaudits for his expertise in collective bargaining, union issues, discrimination and violation of fundamental employee rights. He is recommended as “a great lawyer with great knowledge”.


Juan Carlos de la Vega G at Santamarina y Steta is recognised as an “experienced and highly knowledgeable lawyer”. He is a go-to name on trade union disputes where he represents national and international clients.

Littler Mexico’s Mónica Schiaffino is widely regarded as a top litigator with an in-depth experience on the implementation of labour structures. One source says, “Mónica has great expertise and passion, and she is very easy to work with.”

Jorge de Presno-Arizpe at Basham Ringe y Correa is a well-known name in the field of individual and collective labour disputes. He is widely respected as “very business-oriented, pragmatic and to the point”.

De la Vega & Martínez Rojas’ Oscar De la Vega Gomez has over 30 years of experience in labour litigation and advisory work. He is frequently instructed by leading multinational clients is considered an expert on international matters.

Francisco Peniche-Beguerisse at Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez advises on the gamut of labour and employment matters including significant matters in the corporate sphere. One respondent says, “Francisco is always responsive and provides innovative, high-tech, effective and high-skilled solutions.”

Middle East and Africa

Thought Leaders
1. Orly Gerbi Herzog Fox & Neeman, Tel Aviv
2. Stuart Harrison ENSafrica, Cape Town
3. Fiona Leppan Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Inc, Johannesburg
4. Samir Kantaria Al Tamimi & Company, Dubai
5. Rebecca Ford Clyde & Co, Dubai

Leading Firms


ENSafrica, one of the continent’s most eminent law firms, sees four stellar practitioners recognised.
Stuart Harrison specialises in executive appointments and dismissals, disciplinary procedures and litigation. One source says, “Clients love him. He is very pragmatic and creative in finding solutions and puts things across in a way that everyone understands."
The “standout” Brian Patterson has long-standing experience in the field and an in-depth knowledge of employment contracts, mobility, restructuring and collective bargaining matters.


Four widely respected names are listed at leading African firm Bowmans.
Chris Todd is a specialist in employment disputes from a public law perspective. He has vast experience in negotiation and mediation and is “very well respected in terms of his practice and highly knowledgeable”.
Karen Fulton is a go-to name on all aspects of employment law, including executive employee exits, corporate restructurings and unfair dismissal.

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Four of the firm’s practitioners are recognised this year.
Aadil Patel acts for employers in both the public and private sector, often across multiple jurisdictions in Africa and the world. He is “highly regarded in the field” as “a standout practitioner”.
Fiona Leppan is an expert on employment disputes, including arbitrations. She is active in mining, engineering and financial services where she is “probably one of the best and most recognised names in labour law”.

Other Leading Individuals


Orly Gerbi at Herzog Fox & Neeman is “the go-to person” in Israel for employment law. She is an expert on employment relations, negotiation agreements and regularly provides legal opinions on structural changes. Sources praise her “very high level of professionalism and conduct”, and her “service-oriented” practice.

South Africa

David Woodhouse of Tabacks is one of South Africa’s leading names in employment law. One source says, “David is a very impressive individual, I use him often when conflicted” while another says, "He's fantastic."

United Arab Emirates

At Clyde & Co, Rebecca Ford is an “excellent lawyer” with excellent experience in Middle East employment issues and a notable industry focus in oil and gas and financial services-related matters.

Sources praise Samir Kantaria at Al Tamimi & Company for his “responsive, practical and solution-oriented” approach which has resulted in an exceptional track record on both contentious and non-contentious employment issues.


Thought Leaders
1. Ajay Raghavan Trilegal, Bangalore
2. Vikram Shroff Nishith Desai Associates, Mumbai
3. John Tuck Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Melbourne
4. Cynthia Chung Deacons, Hong Kong
5. Jenny Tsin WongPartnership, Singapore

Leading Firms

Kochhar & Co

Kochhar & Co is one of India’s most esteemed law firms with a robust employment practice. It sees three names recognised this year.
Debjani Aich draws high praise for her experience in advising multinational corporations on workforce-related operations in India. She is widely respected for her knowledge of both federal and state-level employment law.
Stephen Mathias is an authority on outsourcing to India and is well known for his expertise in high-tech industries.
Zulfiquer Hansi is a formidable litigator with in-depth experience in trade union negotiations, strikes, and settlements.

Other Leading Individuals


John Tuck of Corrs Chambers Westgarth is a widely respected name in workplace relations and is recognised for his ability to handle complex issues and litigation in the field. One source praises him as “very responsive and practical”.
Nicholas Ellery receives plaudits for his work with senior executives on boardroom-related workforce matters. He is also experienced in high-stakes industrial disputes.


Zheng Xie at Fangda Partners is a leading employment lawyer in the Chinese market. He is praised for his acumen when it comes to corporate issues and “has a good understanding of what clients want”. One respondent says, “Zheng gives us good advice and is very approachable.”
Bo Zhou is widely experienced in handling labour law matters in both the Chinese and global market. He is praised as “very professional, solutions-oriented and efficient”.

Hong Kong

Thought Leader Cynthia Chung at Deacons is a widely respected name in labour-related matters. She advises on employment visas for expatriates, contractual matters and corporate issues in the field where she is praised highly.


Vikram Shroff of Nishith Desai Associates continues to be one of India’s premier employment lawyers. He advises multinational companies on significant complex matters. One commentator says: "Vikram is pragmatic, responsive and flexible. I love that he works hard to maintain the relationship and is willing and open to adapting to meet our needs."

Ajay Raghavan at Trilegal draws high praise for his work in complex senior management negotiations and disputes, particularly with trade unions. One source calls him “unarguably the clear leader in employment law in India”.


Sang Wook Cho at Yulchon is an expert on workforce-related matters including disputes. He has in-depth experience of handling sensitive issues surrounding dismissals, wages and internal investigations.


Skrine’s Selvamalar Alagaratnam is a “well-known” presence in the industry who is widely respected for her work in employment disputes. She is one of the Malaysian Bar’s most esteemed names.


Jenny Tsin at WongPartnership is a “very hands-on” lawyer who is “always on top of things”. She is particularly praised for her “fast, no-nonsense and practical advice” and her “knowledge of the legal position and the market”.

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