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Employment & Pensions

The challenge

Companies are now facing four key challenges in terms of employment policy:

  • Guaranteeing the best possible legal protection
  • Meeting market demand with more flexibility in terms of employees
  • Developing solid labour relations based on loyalty and motivation
  • Dealing with the financial implications of the implementation of an employment policy within a company.

We aim to help our clients meet these challenges.  

Our practice areas

We advise our clients on collective and individual labour relations and the employment implications of their strategic decisions. We provide advice and handle disputes in the following areas:

  • Directors’ contracts/negotiated departures
  • Flexible working arrangements, 35-hour working week
  • Salary and employee shareholding policy
  • Collective bargaining and staff representation
  • Job preservation plans and redundancies
  • Collective and individual disputes (labour relations, social security audits, etc.)
  • Adapting human resources policies in line with European legislation
  • Pension plans and employee benefits
  • Managing international mobility National and international restructuring
  • Employment audits in the scope of acquisitions.  

Our approach

  • Drawing together legal and tax expertise from across the firm: many employment issues are so complex that they require expertise in other areas, such as taxation for dealing with directors’ contracts and international mobility, or company law for dealing with restructurings.
  • Methodological attention to detail: assessing needs, strategy, providing advice focusing on foreseeing disputes, handling disputes, providing support at all stages of our client’s business operations.
  • Ability to handle international issues by dedicated, multilingual lawyers with expertise in international employment practices.  

Our clients

Medium-sized enterprises, French and international groups and their subsidiaries in all business sectors. We have reputed expertise in handling complex cases notably in the pharmaceutical, information technology, press, food and car parts sectors.

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Christophe Girard
Part­ner
France, Lyon
Christophe Girard is a legal advisor in the Employment Law team at CMS Francis Lefebvre Lyon Avocats. He provides advice on employment law, social security and social welfare law. He advises companies...
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Françoise Albrieux-Vuarchex
Part­ner
France, Lyon
Françoise Albrieux-Vuarchex is a partner in the Employment Law team of CMS Francis Lefebvre Lyon Avocats. Françoise specialises in Employment, Social Security and Social Welfare Law. She does l...
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Pierre Combes
Part­ner
France, Lyon
Pierre Combes is a partner in the Department of Social Law CMS Francis Lefebvre Lyon Avocats. Pierre is involved in pre-litigation and litigation in employment law, the right to social security and...
Elodie Bossuot-Quin
Part­ner
France, Lyon
Elodie Bossuot-Quin is a partner lawyer in the labour law department of CMS Francis Lefebvre Lyon Avocats. Elodie is specialized in social security law and more particularly in the field of...
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François Coutard
Part­ner
Chairman of the Executive Board
France, Lyon
François Coutard is a partner in the Employment Law team of CMS Francis Lefebvre Lyon Avocats. Specialised in employment, social security and social welfare law, he mainly represents clients in ...
Guillaume Bossy
Part­ner
France, Lyon
Guillaume Bossy is a partner lawyer in the employment law department of CMS Francis Lefebvre Lyon Avocats. He mainly intervenes in counsel and in litigation in employment law and in cooperation with...
Charlotte Brachet
As­so­ci­ate
France, Lyon
Charlotte Brachet has been an associate within the Employment Law Department of CMS Francis Lefebvre Lyon Avocats since January 2013. Charlotte is primarily involved in employment law, social ...
Marie Debruyne
Marie Debruyne
As­so­ci­ate
France, Lyon
Marie Debruyne has been an associate within the Employment Law Department of CMS Francis Lefebvre Lyon Avocats since 2011. Marie mainly acts as an advisor on employment law. She advises companies on...
Ségolène Chupin
As­so­ci­ate
France, Lyon
Ségolène Chupin has been an associate within the Employment Law department of CMS Francis Lefebvre Lyon Avocats since January 2018. She is primarily involved in employment law, social security law a...
Tristan Poncet
As­so­ci­ate
France, Lyon
Tristan Poncet has been an associate within the Employment Law Department of CMS Francis Lefebvre Lyon Avocats since January 2016. Tristan acts as an advisor and is involved in labour law, criminal ...