Employment and Labour Law

Skau Reipurth advises on all aspects of employment and labour law. Our clients include businesses, private individuals and trade unions, and we advise Danish as well as international clients.

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We advise on all aspects of set-up, changes to or termination of employment relationships, be it conclusion of employment contracts, executive service contracts or negotiation of severance agreements.

Our team is also experienced in incentive programmes, be it cash bonuses, employee retention bonus programmes or warrant programmes.

Our extensive experience covers labour law, and we assist clients with conclusion and negotiation of collective agreements and workplace agreements as well as disputes before the Danish Labour Court or industrial arbitration tribunals.

Last but not least, our team regularly provides advice in respect of M&A which means we have in-depth knowledge of performing legal due diligence reviews from an employment law perspective. The team also conducts regular examinations of whether a transfer is subject to the Danish Act on Employees’ Rights in the event of transfers of undertakings.

Attorney and Partner Thomas Christian Thune is co-author of the most recent edition of Funktionærret (on employment of salaried employees), which is regarded as one of the major works in Danish employment law literature.

Our services include

  • Terminations, warnings, severance agreements etc.
  • Employment contracts
  • Executive service agreements
  • M&A and reorganisations
  • Non-competition clauses, non-solicitation clauses and restrictive employment clauses
  • Human resource due diligence
  • Labour law, including collective agreements
  • Conflict management and negotiations
  • Litigation and arbitration
  • Freelance and consulting agreements
  • In- and expatriation agreements
  • Legislation relating to equal opportunities
  • Incentive programmes
  • Work and residence permits (business immigration)
  • Information and consultation of employees and cooperation committees
  • Holiday, leave, illnesses and other types of absence
  • Legal position of employees in case of bankruptcy
  • Employment practices and employee handbooks
  • Drafting and implementation of HR policies
  • Performance of interviews with employees, for instance employment interviews, sickness absence interviews and performance appraisals

Experts

Amanda Hauge Madsen

Amanda Hauge Madsen

Assistant attorney

Bilal El Arbouchi

Bilal El Arbouchi

Legal intern

Bo Enevold Uhrenfeldt

Bo Enevold Uhrenfeldt

Attorney of the Danish High Courts, partner

Christian Bonne Rasmussen

Christian Bonne Rasmussen

Assistant attorney

Sofie Precht Rosenfalck

Sofie Precht Rosenfalck

Attorney, senior associate

Thomas Christian Thune

Thomas Christian Thune

Attorney, partner

Ratings

  • The Legal 500

    Great team – in my experience the only team in the Danish market that are also truly skilled in international employment law and at the same time are able to provide practical solutions for their clients on such technical matters.

  • Chambers Europe

    An impressed source states: “We appreciate their sincere interest in our company and in the collaboration as well as their very good understanding of our business and the challenges we face.”

  • Chambers Europe

    Clients emphasise that the firm’s lawyers “are good at listening to their clients, find pragmatic solutions and have the same goal as their clients.”

  • The Legal 500

    Legal 500 (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)

    Skau Reipurth acts for employers and employees, as well as labour unions (…)

    “Competent” and “pragmatic” Skau Reipurth primarily handles disputes over the interpretation of collective bargaining agreements and terminations (…) The team was bolstered by the arrival of Bo Enevold Uhrenfeldt from Bech-Bruun.

    Skau Reipurth is “very quick to respond”, “always available” and “provides appropriate solutions” (…) and Bo Enevold Uhrenfeldt, who is an expert in examining collective agreements and public procurement labour clauses, acted for the Danish Dental Association in an arbitration with Danish Regions concerning a collective agreement.

    Great team – in my experience the only team in the Danish market that are also truly skilled in international employment law and at the same time are able to provide practical solutions for their clients on such technical matters.

    Very competent, easy to deal with, accurate with speedy delivery.

    All individuals that I have had the pleasure to work with have been exceptional, delivering high-quality legal documents and creating a feeling of utmost reassurance. I specifically want to point out Bo Enevold Uhrenfeldt as outstanding to work with!

    Skau Reipurth advises its client roster on restructurings, mass redundancies, and employment-related transactions. It also represents a variety of clients in litigation, with notable expertise in claims regarding the interpretation of collective agreements and terminations. Former practice co-head (…) was replaced by transactional expert Thomas Christian Thune, who joined from Bech-Bruun. Fellow co-head Bo Enevold Uhrenfeldt is also a key name to note.

    The employment team at Skau Reipurth specialises in international employment relations, including the handling of foreign workers in Denmark and expatriations, as well as disputes regarding the interpretation of collective agreements and terminations. Practice co-head Bo Enevold Uhrenfeldt focuses on the posting of workers, including fast track certifications and work permits, while fellow practice head Thomas Christian Thune handles M&A-related work.

    Very pragmatic approach with useful and clear advice.

    Thomas Thune gives clear, valuable and useful advice.

    Advised Maersk Drilling on downsizing the number of drilling rigs and implementing mass redundancies.

    Advised the Icelandic cargo airline company, Bluebird efh, in connection with a dispute regarding Bluebird’s right to use Copenhagen airport as a hub for its self-employed pilots.

    Assisted Mtek AB in a negotiation with the Danish Union of Electricians concerning minimum wage.

  • Chambers Europe

    Chambers Europe (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)

    Skau Reipurth’s employment department is a Recognised Practitioner.

    Clients highlight that the firm has “a very experienced team and good knowledge of the business.”

    Clients emphasise that the firm’s lawyers “are good at listening to their clients, find pragmatic solutions and have the same goal as their clients.”

    An impressed source states: “We appreciate their sincere interest in our company and in the collaboration as well as their very good understanding of our business and the challenges we face.”

    “They are knowledgeable, trustworthy and always deliver to-the-point services,” says a client.

    Adept at handling employment contract negotiations and well versed in assisting with disputes regarding collective agreements and wrongful terminations. Client roster includes companies in the shipping, healthcare and energy sectors.

    Assisted Total with the employment aspects of its reorganisation, including with collective redundancies and relevant disputes.

    Skau Reipurth Advokatpartnerselskab is adept at handling employment contract negotiations and well versed in assisting with disputes regarding collective agreements and wrongful terminations. The team’s client roster includes companies in the shipping, healthcare and energy sectors.

    Skau Reipurth Advokatpartnerselskab assisted United International Pictures with the termination of employees.

    The “very high-quality” Bo Enevold Uhrenfeldt assists with employment contracts, collective redundancies and unfair dismissal claims relating to discrimination allegations.