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Employment — Slovakia


Allen & Overy Bratislava s.r.o. - Employment Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Distinguished and dedicated employment team with the ability to work on a broad spectrum of matters, from drafting of employment and management contracts, drafting of internal policies and incentive schemes to whistle-blowing cases. Strong experience in unfair dismissal claims, as well as transactional and restructuring employment issues. Acts for both domestic and international clients.

Strengths Clients praise the team for its "depth of resources and easy-going communication."

Another interviewee simply states: "I receive service of the highest quality."

Work highlights Advised Deutsche Telekom on the launch of a new compensation programme in relation to their new management model.

Acted for Zurich on a broad range of employment law matters including drafting of template documents and assisting with employment terminations.

Notable practitioners

Katarína Matulníková is well known for her work in the employment sphere, assisting with advisory as well as contentious matters. She is particularly specialised in issues related to data protection. One client states: "Katarína is a real professional in terms of knowledge, experience and client approach."

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White & Case - Employment Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Internationally acclaimed firm with an outstanding Slovak employment practice. Advises clients on a broad range of matters, including the implementation of whistle-blowing regulations and cross-border employee transfers. Well placed to advise on transactional labour issues, benefiting from the support of corporate/M&A resources. Provides expert advice on employment regulation, outsourcing and mass dismissals as well as related litigation.

Strengths Clients are "very satisfied" with the team's diligent working style, as one notes: "They are very detail-oriented and flexible professionals with excellent reaction time."

Work highlights Advised Cetelem Slovakia on an analysis of the application of a severance pay collective agreement.

Advised Faurecia on the employment aspects of the sale of its Automotive Exteriors division.

Notable practitioners

Juraj Fuska advises a broad clientele on employment matters including dismissals, whistle-blower policies and overseas employees. One client states: "He can provide a detailed analysis very fast. I also appreciate his professional approach during demanding negotiations."

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To learn more about our practice, please visit: whitecase.com/law

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Čechová & Partners - Employment Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Significant practice on the Slovak employment market, representing domestic and international companies from a range of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, technology and retail. Notable experience regarding employment disputes related to redundancies, as well as assistance with transactional matters, restructuring, regulatory compliance and data protection issues. Recently increased activity in collective bargaining matters.

Strengths Clients laud the team's reliability and clarity, stating: "They are clear, user-friendly and met the deadlines."

Another client praises the team's responsiveness, describing them as "highly knowledgeable, very flexible and easy to reach."

Work highlights Represented Merck Sharp & Dohme in various employment law matters including employee transfers, terminations and whistle-blowing policies.

Notable practitioners

Employment head Tomáš Rybár mainly advises on privacy matters, compliance and whistle-blowing regulation. He has been particularly active of late in the life sciences and manufacturing industries.

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Čechová & Partners provides full employment and labour law assistance including employment contracts, employment termination, damage actions, works councils, collective bargaining, antidiscrimination, employee data protection, health and safety at work, employee pensions, share plans and benefits.

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Nitschneider & Partners, s.r.o. - Employment Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Employment-focused boutique offering expertise across a range of employment issues, including transfers of undertakings and employee terminations, in addition to its significant experience in labour law training. Notable activity on the employment aspects of corporate reorganisation mandates. Also represents clients in employment disputes before domestic courts.

Strengths Clients are very appreciative of the speedy service. One client states: "We are absolutely satisfied with their services. They are quick and precise at the same time. They understand our needs well and, undoubtedly, they are experts at what they do."

Clients further praise the team for being "organised and flexible."

Work highlights Assisted Inditex with the employment aspects of opening a new logistics warehouse.

Advised PPC Čab on a reorganisation of their salary model.

Notable practitioners

Dušan Nitschneider is a leading employment specialist who is well respected for his work on contentious employment disputes including termination litigation, white-collar crime and competition matters related to employment. He is held in high esteem by his peers, and clients praise his "commercial awareness and operational knowledge."

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Paul Q Law Firm - Employment Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected local team experienced in advising several larger clients from the pharmaceutical, automotive and food industries on a range of employment matters including day-to-day advice and collective bargaining agreements. Often assists with outsourcing as well as terminations. Alongside advisory experience, it offers strength in contentious labour law cases regarding professional misconduct and dismissals.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's overall level of service, commending their "response times, business knowledge, customer service and team spirit." This particular client also notes that the team was "supportive when immediate feedback was needed."

Work highlights Advised Edenred Slovakia on employment law matters related to the implementation of a voucher system.

Represented GLOBESY in various employment law matters, most notably terminations.

Notable practitioners

Tomáš Kamenec is the key contact for the employment team.

About the Team (content provided by Paul Q Law Firm)

Our Employment department has recently experienced a significant growth as we’ve acquired two new major clients, both leading players on the market in their respective industry sectors. The legal advisory services we provide in the area of labour are rather complex, go beyond routine legal advice on day-to-day employment matters and involves strategic advice on highly specific individual requirements of each client.

We are consistently recognized by renowned world-wide and local ranking organisations for the quality of our work. Our most recent recommendations in the Employment category as a highly recommended firm are by Chambers Europe 2017 and the most prestigious national independent ranking of Slovak law firms the “Law Firm of the Year”.

The department is the best known for:

- day-to-day human resources and labour relations matters, including drafting of employment contracts and other employment-related documents;

- employee performance and disciplinary issues;

- employee transfers, mass redundancy and severance payments schemes;

- trade union related matters;

- employment-related disputes;

- work and residence permits.

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Taylor Wessing - Employment Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong team with a particular focus on employee transfers and reorganisation, negotiations with trade unions and termination issues. Also has notable expertise representing clients in disputes regarding alleged discrimination in the workplace and unfair dismissals. Clients include both domestic and international companies from a range of industries including retail, technology and services sectors.

Strengths A client states: "We were satisfied with the quality of all services provided."

Work highlights Represented Letove prevadzkove sluzby Slovenskej republiky in various disputes with former employees including discrimination cases and invalidity of bargaining agreements provided.

Advised dm drogerie markt on a broad range of employment law matters including employee documents drafting and terminations of employment.

Notable practitioners

Radovan Pala runs a broad practice but is particularly specialised in the dismissal of managers.

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bnt attorneys-at-law, s.r.o. - Employment Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Active on cross-border issues regarding transfer of employees as well as negotiating with trade unions, advising on contractual matters and disputes. Also assists with internal guidelines related to redundancies, disciplinary action, data protection and whistle-blowing. Provides notable expertise in the automotive and life sciences industries.

Notable practitioners

Zuzana Chudáčková is a key contact for the practice.

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Kinstellar, s.r.o. - Employment Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Represents clients in a broad range of employment matters, including restructuring, working conditions and negotiations with trade unions and employee representatives, with a particular focus on collective redundancy-related advice. Notable experience in disputes related to termination of employment and white-collar crime investigations. Acts for major employers in the technology, automotive and pharmaceutical industries.

Strengths Clients praise the high standard of services at the firm. One states: "I'm impressed with the quality of people I have met there. Everything is up to standard, we always get good feedback and opinions, the turnaround time is quick and they meet deadlines."

Others emphasise the supportive nature of the team: "They are responsive, attentive to our needs and very helpful."

Work highlights Advised Wood Group on employment aspects related to their planned market entry.

Represented MHP in various employment law matters including the employment of non-EU nationals.

Notable practitioners

Adam Hodoň is the key contact for the employment practice.

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Noerr - Employment Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Experienced in drafting internal by-laws, regulations and ethical codes, representation during negotiations and collective bargaining and employee structuring and transfers. Advises local and international companies from areas including manufacturing, food, retail and energy, with a particular focus on German-speaking clients. Offers further experience in dismissals and employment disputes. Particularly active in the automotive industry.

Strengths Clients appreciate the consistency in service, with one stating: "The service is very good and on time. They are a big help and a stable background for my daily business. We work with the same lawyers every year, and they are easy to reach."

Another interviewee emphasises the client care: "Noerr reacts to our requests promptly and treat our company with the highest respect."

Work highlights Represented Volkswagen Slovakia in various issues including negotiations with trade unions as well as in various litigations.

Notable practitioners

The main contact for the employment team is Pavol Rak.

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PETERKA & PARTNERS advokatska kancelaria s.r.o. organizacna zlozka - Employment Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-reputed firm offering assistance to a wide range of clients with day-to-day employment matters, as well as significant experience in whistle-blowing issues and employment terminations. Advises clients from an array of sectors including manufacturing, life sciences, food production and automotive. Noted for co-ordinating employment projects across several jurisdictions, aided by its regional network. Also assists with trade union co-operations as well as collective bargaining.

Strengths One client praises the prompt advice as well as the streamlined co-ordination of international work: "The lawyers are personable, helpful, think commercially and react promptly. There is one main point of contact in each country that doesn't change, which we appreciate because it's easier and clearer for us that way."

Work highlights Represented Nissens Slovakia in negotiations with a trade union and assisted with day-to-day employment issues.

Acted for Decathlon on a termination of one of its employees.

Notable practitioners

The main contacts for the practice are Andrea Butašová and Jan Makara.

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PRK Partners - Employment Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-known firm with broad experience across the full range of employment issues. Frequently advises major employers on their day-to-day employment issues, including matters relating to collective bargaining, secondments and terminations, as well as contentious matters. Also advises on the employment aspects of M&A transactions, business closures and start-ups. Increasingly active in data protection and employee privacy projects.

Strengths Clients highlight the prompt services provided by the firm: "They give efficient responses and handle tight deadlines well."

Work highlights Advised Legrand on a mass dismissal related to the closure of its manufacturing business in Slovakia.

Assisted Cintra/Ferrovial, Porr and Macquarie with the hiring of employees and other labour matters in relation to their consortium for the construction of a highway.

Notable practitioners

Andrea Olšovská is well known in the market and her practice spans many areas of employment law. She advises an impressive list of household-name clients on all of their labour queries.

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Ružička Csekes s.r.o. - Employment Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Acts on a broad range of general employment matters including recruitment, contract drafting, TUPE procedures, health and safety and immigration. Also experienced in employment-related contentious matters. Assists clients from a broad range of sectors, including construction, automotive, pharmaceuticals and retail, and frequently assists international firms with the Slovak-related employment issues of their international clients.

Strengths Interviewees highlight the "very good co-operation and prompt solutions."

Clients further praise the "very high quality of services."

Work highlights Advised Siemens Healthcare on its rights and obligations as employers in relation to the establishement of a new trade union.

Assisted BRAMAC strešné systémy with several day-to-day matters including the reviewing of collective bargaining documents.

Notable practitioners

Sylvia Szabó is the head of department and the key contact for this practice.

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Band 1

Dušan Nitschneider

Nitschneider & Partners, s.r.o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dušan Nitschneider is a leading employment specialist who is well respected for his work on contentious employment disputes including termination litigation, white-collar crime and competition matters related to employment. He is held in high esteem by his peers, and clients praise his "commercial awareness and operational knowledge."

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Band 2

White & Case

From the Chambers Europe guide

Juraj Fuska advises a broad clientele on employment matters including dismissals, whistle-blower policies and overseas employees. One client states: "He can provide a detailed analysis very fast. I also appreciate his professional approach during demanding negotiations."

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Band 2

Katarína Matulníková

Allen & Overy Bratislava s.r.o.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Katarína Matulníková is well known for her work in the employment sphere, assisting with advisory as well as contentious matters. She is particularly specialised in issues related to data protection. One client states: "Katarína is a real professional in terms of knowledge, experience and client approach."

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Band 2

Andrea Olšovská

PRK Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrea Olšovská is well known in the market and her practice spans many areas of employment law. She advises an impressive list of household-name clients on all of their labour queries.

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Band 2

Taylor Wessing

From the Chambers Europe guide

Radovan Pala runs a broad practice but is particularly specialised in the dismissal of managers.

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Band 2

Čechová & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Employment head Tomáš Rybár mainly advises on privacy matters, compliance and whistle-blowing regulation. He has been particularly active of late in the life sciences and manufacturing industries.

^ See whole ranking table