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François Coutard

Partner
Chairman of the Executive Board

CMS Francis Lefebvre Lyon Avocats
174 rue de Créqui
CS 23516
69 422 Lyon
cedex 03
France
Languages French, English

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 non-contentious matters. He provides daily guidance to companies on legal aspects of individual and collective work relations, as well as the subject of social protection. Alongside the managers, he contributes to devising useful legal strategies for their projects. He has a wealth of experience notably within the field of employee representation and in the management of social relations: he assists many companies on a day to day basis in this area (notably regarding the reorganisation of activities and companies).
A lawyer for 25 years, François Coutard joined the law firm in 2000. With Guillaume Bossye, he co-manages a team of 11 lawyers dedicated to employment law, dealing with both litigation and non-contentious matters.
He was a lecturer at Paris Dauphine University and regularly runs training courses and conferences, especially for the Law School of the Rhône Alpes Region.

A former expert on the pilot committee ""Social Dialogue"" of the Young Managers' Centre, he wrote an article on negotiating business agreements in 1997, which was published in the Liaisons Sociales

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The Regions - Employment

Legal 500 EMEA 2019

Relevant experience

  • Lecturer at Paris Dauphine University
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Education

  • Master in Law
  • Master in Human Sciences
  • Master in Theology
  • Two-year university degree in Philosophy
  • Diploma in law firm management from the Ecole de Management de Lyon
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Memberships

  • Member of the Board of the Lyon Bar association (Conseil de l'Ordre) (2010 to 2015)
  • Former expert and member of the steering committee « Social dialogue » of the Center of Young Leaders (Centre des Jeunes Dirigeants)
  • Member of ACE in Lyon (French association of corporate legal advisors)
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Publications

  • Co-editor of the collective work "Négocier les accords d'entreprise" published in 1997 by Editions Liaisons Sociales
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