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Vincent Carron

Vincent Carron

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd15bis, rue des AlpesPO Box 2088GenevaGenevaSwitzerland1211

Thought Leader

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Vincent Carron is “a very famous name” in the labour and employment market. Peers praise him as a “highly competent lawyer and a good litigator”.

Questions & Answers

Vincent Carron is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Geneva office, where he heads the employment law group. Vincent has extensive experience representing clients before the labour courts and advising them on all employment law matters, including drafting and review of employment documentation, unilateral and collective dismissals, business transfers, severance pay structure, international employee transfers, international social security coordination, lease of services, restructuring of remuneration and bonus schemes, working time recording and employers’ liability. Vincent also advises clients in relation to pension funds covering both litigation and corporate aspects.

What inspired you to pursue a legal career?

The reason is twofold: the legal profession is an intellectual and highly stimulating one in which you have to adapt daily to new clients, new situations and new challenges. It is also a career where you can be very effective in resolving delicate issues for your clients. Your achievements have an impact on others.

What motivated you to specialise in labour and employment law?

This field of law is so varied. An employment lawyer will draft incentive schemes in the morning; discuss employment aspects of a transfer of business in the early afternoon; solve a technical issue in the scope of social security later that afternoon; and then plead in a harassment case in a labour court in front of layman judges in the evening. It goes from very dry technical issues to very emotional matters.

How has the market changed since you first started practising?

There are more lawyers with a certified specialisation in employment in the market – our law firm counts five certified employment law specialists. Employment law has become a highly important field and has a reputation it did not have 20 years ago. It is difficult today for generalist lawyers to assist their clients appropriately in that field.

What do clients look for in a successful employment lawyer?

It is first a question of trust. The client has to feel that his or her lawyer is deeply committed; has knowledge of both the law and their sector of activity; is pragmatic; is reactive; has good judgment; and is an out-of-the-box thinker.

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

I always consider it crucial to cover both transactional and litigation work. Each practice nourishes the other. Clients request my assistance for a great variety of cases, including high-profile litigation, complicated restructuring projects and complex negotiations.

Where, in your opinion, does the future of the practice area lie?

It will remain a field where the human is at the centre. Employment law will not cease to be a crucial field of law.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Switzerland is a very small market, and careers can be long. One of the best pieces of advice I received was to always keep a high level of respect towards colleagues and the courts, and to cherish integrity regarding both the quality of work and the positions defended in courts on behalf of a client.

Global Leader

Labour & Employment 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Vincent Carron is "a very famous name" in the labour and employment market. Peers praise him as a "highly competent lawyer and a good litigator".

Biography

Vincent Carron is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer's Geneva office, where he heads the employment law group. He has extensive experience representing clients before the labour courts and advising them on all employment law matters, including drafting and reviewing of employment documentation, unilateral and collective dismissals, business transfers, structure of severance payments, aspects of international employee transfers, international social security coordination, lease of services, restructuring of remuneration and bonus schemes, working time recording and employers' liability. Vincent also advises clients in matters related to pension funds covering both litigation and corporate aspects.

Vincent regularly publishes within his fields of specialisation. He is a member of the EELA and president of the West Switzerland Association of Employment Law Specialists. Vincent is part of the exam committee in charge of the Geneva labour court judges' exams and has been teaching them on aspects of Swiss employment law.

Prior to joining Schellenberg Wittmer in 2002, Vincent worked as a teaching and research assistant at the University of Fribourg, where he graduated from the School of Law in 1998 (summa cum laude). Vincent additionally studied at New York University where he was granted the AT Vanderbilt scholar full scholarship and was admitted to the New York Bar in 2007. In 2008, Vincent became an SBA-certified specialist in employment law.

Pensions & Benefits 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Vincent Carron is "possibly the best in Geneva" for sector-related issues, with sources praising his ability "not just on the legal issues but also the strategy".

Biography

Vincent Carron is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer's Geneva office, where he heads the employment law group. He has extensive experience representing clients before the labour courts and advising them on all employment law matters, including drafting and reviewing of employment documentation, unilateral and collective dismissals, business transfers, structure of severance payments, aspects of international employee transfers, international social security coordination, lease of services, restructuring of remuneration and bonus schemes, working time recording and employers' liability. Vincent also advises clients in matters related to pension funds covering both litigation and corporate aspects.

Vincent regularly publishes within his fields of specialisation. He is a member of the EELA and president of the West Switzerland Association of Employment Law Specialists. Vincent is part of the exam committee in charge of the Geneva labour court judges' exams and has been teaching them on aspects of Swiss employment law.

Prior to joining Schellenberg Wittmer in 2002, Vincent worked as a teaching and research assistant at the University of Fribourg, where he graduated from the School of Law in 1998 (summa cum laude). Vincent additionally studied at New York University where he was granted the AT Vanderbilt scholar full scholarship and was admitted to the New York Bar in 2007. In 2008, Vincent became an SBA-certified specialist in employment law.

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Vincent Carron stands out for his top-notch work on a range of labour and employment matters, including M&A transactions, termination agreements and collective dismissals.

Biography

Vincent Carron is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer's Geneva office, where he heads the employment law group. He has extensive experience representing clients before the labour courts and advising them on all employment law matters, including drafting and reviewing of employment documentation, unilateral and collective dismissals, business transfers, structure of severance payments, aspects of international employee transfers, international social security coordination, lease of services, restructuring of remuneration and bonus schemes, working time recording and employers' liability. Vincent also advises clients in matters related to pension funds covering both litigation and corporate aspects.

Vincent regularly publishes within his fields of specialisation. He is a member of the EELA and president of the West Switzerland Association of Employment Law Specialists. Vincent is part of the exam committee in charge of the Geneva labour court judges' exams and has been teaching them on aspects of Swiss employment law.

Prior to joining Schellenberg Wittmer in 2002, Vincent worked as a teaching and research assistant at the University of Fribourg, where he graduated from the School of Law in 1998 (summa cum laude). Vincent additionally studied at New York University where he was granted the AT Vanderbilt scholar full scholarship and was admitted to the New York Bar in 2007. In 2008, Vincent became an SBA-certified specialist in employment law.

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