As specialist lawyer in employment law, I am the partner in charge of our German employment team and a member of our International HR Services Practice Group, providing in-depth insight and legal solutions to complex employment matters.

I provide legal advice to our German and international clients in matters of individual and collective employment law, particularly regarding large commercial transactions, as well as the protection of confidential information and trade secrets.

Over the last 20 years, I have gained extensive experience negotiating redundancy programmes and collective bargaining agreements, having provided advice to leading domestic and multinational companies such as TUI and Michelin in connection with the transfer of undertakings.

As member of our China Desk Germany, I also advise a number of Chinese companies on a wide range of employment law issues.

For many years, I worked as in-house counsel as head of a legal department, becoming closely acquainted with in-house company practice and gaining valuable commercial experience. Before joining our firm in 2002, I worked in employment law for another leading international law firm.

Today I often lecture on employment law issues, including at Euroforum and Beck publishing events. I have also authored numerous publications and am co-editor of the compilation of commentaries Employment Law Practice (Praxis des Arbeitsrechts) by Berscheid, Kunz, Brand and Nebeling, where I worked on the chapter on 'Change of business ownership', among others.

I am a member and examiner at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Düsseldorf, was a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences for Economics and Management (Hochschule für Ökonomie und Management, FOM) in Essen/Düsseldorf and am currently a lecturer at the University of Public Administration (Fachhochschule für öffentliche Verwaltung NRW, FHöV) in Duisburg. I am also a past President of the UIA – the Union Internationale des Avocats.

  • ASICS International: Comprehensive advice on individual employment law, restructurings under industrial constitution law and collective agreements.
  • DRK Blutspendedienst gGmbH: Advice regarding a number of industrial constitution law disputes in which support was also provided in court, including various proceedings before the Federal Labour Court and the European Court of Justice.
  • Electronics for Imaging GmbH: employment law advice on the day-to-day business.
  • Comprehensive industrial constitution law advice vis-à-vis the works council of the corporate group, the central works council and the individual works councils of eight company locations, including proceedings before an arbitration board;
  • Advice and representation in individual employment law disputes;
  • Advice and representation in individual employment law proceedings regarding the consideration of commission payments when calculating the minimum wage.
Education
  • Doctoral thesis in labour law
Admissions
  • Admitted to the German bar since 1996
  • Specialist lawyer for employment law since 2002