Jan Tibor Lelley
Office:
Bockenheimer Landstrasse 101
60325
City:
Frankfurt
Country:
Germany
Tel:
+49 69 9897 235 0
Fax:
+49 69 9897 235 99

Questions and Answers:

Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders - Germany

Dr Jan Tibor Lelley LLM is a partner with Buse Heberer Fromm. Jan works exclusively on labour and employment law cases. He is admitted to the Bar as a certified specialist for labour and employment law and is appointed as a foreign legal consultant by the State Bar of California. Jan represents national and international clients from a broad variety of industries. Among them are many market leaders in the field of financial services, information technology, hospitality, automotive and life science.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT WORKING IN THE FIELD OF EMPLOYMENT LAW?

When I entered the profession some 20 years ago I believed, and I still do, that employment law is people’s law. It is the area of the law where you can work a lot with real people – not just abstract principles and concepts. And I love the challenge of helping employers and management in a field where the law often protects the other side more.

YOUR PRACTICE COVERS A RANGE OF ISSUES. ON WHAT SORTS OF MATTERS DO CLIENTS COME TO YOU MOST FREQUENTLY AT PRESENT?

German labour and employment law itself is an extremely broad and complex field. Over the years my practice earned a particularly high reputation for advising in complicated restructuring projects, including negotiations with unions and works councils. I’m very proud of that.

HOW HAS THE FIELD CHANGED SINCE YOU STARTED PRACTISING?

It has changed a lot but, at the same time, it has also changed very little. Our daily practice sees the most changes when it comes to how we use technology. As a young lawyer, in the late 1990s, I heard senior partners in the firm I was working at that time discussing if using email would be a good idea. Unbelievable, when I think back to this now!

WHAT DO YOUR CLIENTS LOOK FOR IN A SUCCESSFUL EMPLOYMENT LAWYER?

It is the same old story: clients are looking for a trusted adviser. This is particularly true for employment lawyers. It is always practical advice that is expected, and advice leading to the best possible results. I try to be a trusted adviser by always asking myself the question: what would I do if I had to make the decision on my own? How can we resolve this as quickly as possible? Would I go down that route? Being reflective produces the best results for my clients. 

HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR PRACTICE DEVELOPING OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?

As many of my clients’ businesses are changing rapidly, my practice will change with them. It is our job to help our clients succeed in their markets. I believe there will be a growing need for professional support, with reorganisations and businesses adapting to the new environment of the 21st century. Work will be more driven by technology and a need for flexibility.

WHERE DOES THE FUTURE OF EMPLOYMENT LAW LIE?

I believe that for the foreseeable future, the majority of people will still rely on their work to make a living. Employment law will remain the instrument regulating this important part of many people’s lives. However, we will see much more change in the way employers and employees work together. Change will be the norm and employment lawyers will lead the charge for their clients.

Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders - Labour & Employment

Dr Jan Tibor Lelley LLM is a partner with Buse Heberer Fromm. Jan works exclusively on labour and employment law cases. He is admitted to the Bar as a certified specialist for labour and employment law and is appointed as a foreign legal consultant by the State Bar of California. Jan represents national and international clients from a broad variety of industries. Among them are many market leaders in the field of financial services, information technology, hospitality, automotive and life science.

What do you enjoy most about working in the field of employment law?

When I entered the profession some 20 years ago I believed, and I still do, that employment law is people’s law. It is the area of the law where you can work a lot with real people – not just abstract principles and concepts. And I love the challenge of helping employers and management in a field where the law often protects the other side more.

Your practice covers a range of issues. On what sorts of matters do clients come to you most frequently at present?

German labour and employment law itself is an extremely broad and complex field. Over the years my practice earned a particularly high reputation for advising in complicated restructuring projects, including negotiations with unions and works councils. I’m very proud of that.

How has the field changed since you started practising?

It has changed a lot but, at the same time, it has also changed very little. Our daily practice sees the most changes when it comes to how we use technology. As a young lawyer, in the late 1990s, I heard senior partners in the firm I was working at that time discussing if using e-mail would be a good idea. Unbelievable, when I think back to this now!

What do your clients look for in a successful employment lawyer?

It is the same old story: clients are looking for a trusted adviser. This is particularly true for employment lawyers. It is always practical advice that is expected, and advice leading to the best possible results. I try to be a trusted adviser by always asking myself the question: what would I do if I had to make the decision on my own? How can we resolve this as quickly as possible? Would I go down that route? Being reflective produces the best results for my clients.

How do you see your practice developing over the next five years?

As many of my client’s businesses are changing rapidly, my practice will change with them. It is our job to help our clients succeed in their markets. I believe there will be a growing need for professional support, with reorganisations and businesses adapting to the new environment of the 21st century. Work will be more driven by technology and a need for flexibility.

Where does the future of employment law lie?

I believe that for the foreseeable future, the majority of people will still rely on their work to make a living. Employment law will remain the instrument regulating this important part of many people’s life. However, we will see much more change in the way employers and employees work together. Change will be the norm. And employment lawyers will lead the charge for their clients.

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