Labor, Employment & Pensions Lawyers

With more than 90 employment lawyers based in Germany’s major commercial centres, we are able to offer excellent advice tailored to your specific needs.

Our clients include companies of all sizes, based both within Germany and worldwide from DAX-listed corporations to high-performing SMEs.

Clients and competitors alike agree that CMS is now “the first choice in Germany” for employment law. We pride ourselves on always remaining aware of the wider context – without losing sight of important details – and develop real-world, sustainable solutions to your legal challenges.

Always by your side, nationally and internationally

Where there are cross-border aspects, we provide one-stop international legal advice, involving international teams if required.

Our excellence clusters – specialist knowledge focused on your business

We have established excellence clusters. These clusters combine the specialist and industry knowledge relating to specific legal issues or particular practice groups and sectors as well as on individual and collective employment law aspects. This type of focus is unique within the German labor & employment law market.

What others say about us

 "None of its competitors is as active in providing high-end advice on employment law. In addition, no other firm has the manpower to work in parallel on a large number of complex projects at the same time as providing long-term advice to a high-calibre client base."
(JUVE Handbook, 2012/2013)

"CMS Hasche Sigle provides ‘great performance at a reasonable price’, and has an admirably comprehensive practice capable of acting on high-end cross-border matters as well as domestic issues."
(Legal 500, 2012)

We are strategic partners of the

Bundesverband der Arbeitsrechtler in Unternehmen e.V. (BVAU)

The Bundesverband der Arbeitsrechtler in Unternehmen (BVAU) is an independent body representing the interests of employment lawyers. It promotes the transfer of knowledge and exchange of information, seeks to raise the profile of employment lawyers in companies and supports education and training for junior lawyers. At CMS Germany, our support for the BVAU and its objectives includes active participation in its events.

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Carsten Domke
Carsten Domke, LL.M., Maître en Droit
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht (Certified lawyer for labor and employment law)
Germany, Frankfurt
Carsten Domke advises German and multinational companies on restructuring and outsourcing projects and negotiates collective bargaining agreements, reconciliations of interests and redundancy programmes....
Matthias Kappus
Dr. Matthias Kappus
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Cologne
Matthias Kappus is an employment law specialist with many years of experience advising companies on employment agreements for managers, managing directors and board members, including hiring, dismissal...
Alexander Bissels
Dr. Alexander Bissels
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht (Certified lawyer for labor and employment law)
Germany, Cologne
Alexander Bissels advises companies on all labor law aspects of restructurings, transfers of undertakings as well as outsourcing projects. He has special expertise in cross-border personnel adjustment...
Andrea Bonanni
Dr. Andrea Bonanni
Part­ner
Rechtsanwältin | Fachanwältin für Arbeitsrecht (Certified lawyer for labor and employment law)
Germany, Cologne
Labor and employment specialist Andrea Bonanni advises German and international companies on all aspects of both individual and collective employment law, particularly on preparing and implementing...
Nina Hartmann
Dr. Nina Hartmann
Part­ner
Rechtsanwältin | Fachanwältin für Arbeitsrecht (Certified lawyer for labor and employment law)
Germany, Munich
Nina Hartmann advises German and international companies on all aspects of employment and labor law. She focuses on corporate restructuring projects (including outsourcing) as well as corporate transactions....
Marion Bernhardt
Prof. Dr. Marion Bernhardt
Part­ner
Rechtsanwältin
Germany, Berlin
Marion Bernhardt is an expert for industrial relations and has extensive experience advising and representing medium-sized and large companies in the context of all works constitution matters: She...
Dr. Martin Lützeler
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht (Certified lawyer for labor and employment law)
Germany, Cologne
As a lawyer specialising in labor law, Martin Lützeler advises German and foreign multinational companies on all labor law issues, specifically, risk topics (health and safety at work, compliance)...
Björn Gaul
Prof. Dr. Björn Gaul
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Arbeitsrecht (Certified lawyer for labor and employment law)
Germany, Cologne
Björn Gaul has extensive experience in advising German and international companies on corporate restructurings, business outsourcings, changes of collective bargaining agreements, flexible staff...
Antje-Kathrin Uhl
Dr. Antje-Kathrin Uhl
Part­ner
Rechtsanwältin | Fachanwältin für Arbeitsrecht (Certified lawyer for labor and employment law)
Germany, Stuttgart
Germany, Leipzig
Antje-Kathrin Uhl is a labor law expert, advising companies on the preparation and implementation of restructuring measures, with a particular focus on negotiating with employee representatives and...
Yvonne Wolfgramm
Yvonne Wolfgramm
Part­ner
Rechtsanwältin | Fachanwältin für Arbeitsrecht (Certified lawyer for labor and employment law)
Germany, Frankfurt
Yvonne Wolfgramm has long-standing expertise advising German and international companies on all aspects of employment contract and service agreement regulations as well as works council matters....