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Labor, Employment & Pensions


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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    Excellence Clusters

    CMS employment lawyers from a range of specialist areas work together within our excellence clusters. These clusters combine the specialist and industry knowledge relating to specific legal issues or particular practice groups and sectors.

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    The international deployment of personnel is a long-established part of HR practice, particularly for global corporate groups. It is becoming increasingly common for ‘expats’ to be posted abroad, whether temporarily or for the longer term - for example under a fixed-term secondary employment arrangement. The CMS Expat Desk provides advice to businesses on all matters of law concerning the posting of personnel internationally.

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    International Expertise

    We have brought together the specialist knowledge of over 280 employment law experts, based in locations both within Europe and beyond, to create our CMS Employment & Pensions Practice Group. This group enables an ongoing exchange of expertise and knowledge across national borders.

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