L&E Global News

Frances Gallop and Angela Rae honoured by the Lexpert Zenith Awards 2017: Celebrating Women in Law

09 Aug 2017

L&E Global is proud to announce that Frances Gallop and Angela Rae, Partners at our L&E Global Canada member Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti, were honoured at the 2017 Lexpert Zenith Awards, an annual celebration of women lawyers.

“This year’s Zenith winners are lawyers who have advanced the position of women in the profession and society by leading firms, starting firms, and making ground-breaking contributions to pro bono and charitable organizations.”

FWTA Webinar: The Changing Workplaces Review: What it Means for Employers

08 Jun 2017

Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP, L&E Global’s member firm in Canada, is pleased to invite you to an upcoming webinar on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 on “The Changing Workplaces Review: What it Means for Employers”.

The Webinar is scheduled from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., local time in Toronto – Eastern Standard Time (UTC-05:00).

To register for this free online webinar via Webex, please CLICK HERE.

About the Topic

Sweeping changes to Ontario’s employment and labour laws were recommended in the final report of the Changing Workplaces Review, which the Ontario Government released on May 23, 2017. If adopted, the recommendations from the report would result in the most significant reforms to labour and employment law in over 30 years.

Early indications suggest that the Government intends to move ahead with significant reforms. By the time our seminar takes place, we expect to know much more about the Government’s intentions. Senior partners Rob Bayne and Jamie Knight will bring you right up to date with the most current information and our projections as to “what’s next”.

The upcoming seminar will:

-Review the most significant changes recommended in the review;
-Bring you up to date with the most recent developments since the Review’s release
-Identify key legal concerns regarding the implementation of these recommendations; and
-Offer practical insights into how these recommendations might affect employers.



If you require more information regarding the seminar, please email  or contact Joseph Granato, Communications Manager at L&E Global at .


L&E Global publishes 2017 Global Handbook | Employees vs Independent Contractors

25 Apr 2017

Understanding The Distinction Between Contractors And Employees And The Re-Characterisation Of A Contractor Into An Employee

With our clients in mind, and to help them through the labyrinth of the modern workforce with different approaches in different jurisdictions, L&E Global is proud to present our 2017 Global Handbook, which serves as an introduction to the complex issue of employees vs independent contractors, with analysis from 32 key jurisdictions, across 6 continents.

For the 4th year in a row, L&E Global has published its annual global handbook especially for our valued clients. Since we last touched upon the issue of employees vs independent contractors and the consequences of the re-characterisation of a contractor into an employee back in 2014, there has been a universal effort to eliminate “sham” contracts, which seek to hide the true nature of the relationship as an employer and employee agreement.

In recent years, the use of independent contractors has increased significantly. There has also been an increase in the use of fixed-term contracts, temporary commercial agency agreements and labour outsourcing services. This trend is not without its risks. The rise of the on-demand sharing economy (online business transactions) in areas such as carpooling, apartment/home lending, peer-to-peer lending, reselling, co-working and talent-sharing and the enterprises that drive these new workforces, has led to an increase in litigation, with the qualification of the contracts and work agreements as the central issue.

For employers with operations in multiple jurisdictions, successfully entering into a working relationship, whether with an employee or an independent contractor, is a very real challenge and one that impacts every sector of industry, in every region of the world.

View and download your copy here:

If you wish to receive your personal hard copy version, or if you have any questions, please contact us directly at .

Pusch Wahlig Legal (L&E Global Germany) receives 2017 Azur Diversity Award

27 Feb 2017

L&E Global is pleased to announce that our member firm in Germany, Pusch Wahlig Legal (PWL), won the 2017 Azur Diversity Award.

Azur highlighted that, “Pusch Wahlig proves that mandate work at the highest level and flexible working time models are compatible. The Berlin law firm has responded to the wishes of its associates and offers them two particularly flexible working time models. This makes the employment law firm a true model, even for larger law firms.”

Upon hearing the news, PWL Partner Dr. Kara Preedy, LL.M., Lic.dr., responded, “Totally surprised that we won against such great competition such as eBay and Telekom. Why? I think because we do mean it seriously – parents should be able to do a great job, work with amazing clients and still be able to pick up their kids from kindergarten. Not always maybe but on a regular and reliable basis. Apparently still not the normal approach among law firms…I am really pleased and proud of my partner colleagues for being so constructive and open-minded about these things – that is the reason I work at Pusch Wahlig.”

Pusch Wahlig Legal’s working time model embodies L&E Global’s commitment to provide innovative services to clients and colleagues alike, as part of our mission to help clients navigate legal and business challenges in a globalised world.


In 2011, AZURE launched an international competition recognizing excellence and innovation in, amongst other categories, products and concepts from around the world.



For more information please contact Joseph Granato, Communications Manager at L&E Global at .

L&E Global Shortlisted for the MPF Awards for Management Excellence 2017

25 Jan 2017

We are pleased to announce that L&E Global has been shortlisted in four major categories in the UK-based Management Partners Forum (MPF) Awards for Management Excellence 2017.

The MPF Awards, associated with The Financial Times and Harvard Business Review, recognise management teams for their achievements in the following key categories: Leadership & Strategy; Operational Excellence; Client Journey; and Responsible Business. L&E Global has been shortlisted for the following categories in 2017:

Best Managed International Network

Summary: For the leadership team of a firm or network with offices in multiple countries that demonstrates how a coherent strategy, inclusive culture, relevant leadership style and effective implementation have helped the business overcome challenges and achieve sustainable, superior returns in its chosen markets and sectors.

Most Innovative Client Service

Summary: For the management team that has worked with its frontline to enhance client service in innovative ways that are original and valuable to clients.

Best Implementation of Systems or Technology

Summary: For creating value through unique innovations.

Best Provision of Know-How

Summary: For the management team that has organised firm know-how in ways that demonstrably engage and support their clients

The gala dinner and awards ceremony will take place in London on Wednesday, 8 March 2017, at the London Marriott, Grosvenor Square.

This recognition from the MPF Awards reflects L&E Global’s commitment to provide employers worldwide with efficient advice from a legal team that thinks ‘outside-the-box’. At L&E Global, we continuously refine our mission and the services we offer to help clients navigate legal and business challenges in a globalised world.

Management Partners Forum is the UK’s preeminent resource for law firm managing partners and firm leaders to help them lead a more profitable, cohesive and sustainable law firm.


For more information please contact Joseph Granato, Communications Manager at L&E Global at .

L&E Global Shortlisted for “Global Network of the Year” in The Lawyer European Awards 2017

23 Jan 2017

In 2016, The Lawyer European Awards named L&E Global “Global Network of the Year”.

Now, for the second year in a row, L&E Global has once again been shortlisted for this prestigious award.

In the category of “Global Network of the Year”, the network must demonstrate its excellence in three key areas: strategic vision, particularly focused on cross-border initiatives; consistent excellence in delivery of legal services; and outstanding talent management.

“In a world where law firms’ quality of service and fees are under constant pressure, L&E Global developed an operational strategy that requires a hands-on, diplomatic and flexible 24/7 management style, while ensuring the highest quality services in every jurisdiction,” said Jeroen Douwes, Executive Director of L&E Global. “Having been shortlisted for this award is a testament to the success of this strategy.”

Congratulations to L&E Global’s Italian firm, LABLAW – Studio Legale, which was shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year: Italy.

The Lawyer European Awards is scheduled for 16 March 2017 at the Grange St. Paul’s Hotel in London.


For more information please contact Joseph Granato, Communications Manager at L&E Global at .


Chambers Commends L&E Global’s Asia-Pacific Members in 2017

20 Jan 2017

“The 2017 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific was recently published, and I am delighted to report, said Jeroen Douwes, Executive Director of L&E Global, “that all of our member firms in that region were recognised for their expertise in the field of labour and employment law.”

Chambers –

Harmers Workplace Lawyers | L&E Global Australia

“Interviewees highlight Michael Harmer of Harmers Workplace Lawyers for his depth of knowledge of industrial relations. He successfully represented Hawker Pacific in resisting applications by the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association and Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union for a protected industrial action ballot order.”

Zhong Lun Law Firm | L&E Global China

“[The team] offers well-rounded expertise in employment law, with a depth of knowledge of HR management. Frequently engaged by international companies and large state-owned enterprises in a variety of industries including finance, energy and technology. Recently active in mass lay-off and redundancy projects.”

Carol Zhu regularly advises foreign companies undergoing mergers and acquisitions on employment due diligence. A client enthuses: “She is one of the best lawyers I’ve worked with in terms of knowledge, sense of urgency and attitude to service.” Recently she advised Buchan, an Australian architectural company, in a wrongful dismissal claim brought by a former senior employee.”

IndusLaw | L&E Global India

“The “clever, eloquent and pragmatic” Avik Biswas leads the employment team at IndusLaw Group. His remit spans audits, compensation, contracts and investigations, and one recent client remarks that he is becoming a go-to for matters involving South India.

SBM Legal | L&E Global New Zealand

SBM Legal has been ranked by Chambers as a BAND 1 employment law firm in New Zealand and is the only boutique firm in this tier.

“[The team is] highly recommended specialist employment law firm offering seasoned practitioners. Notable areas of expertise include guiding clients through sensitive workplace investigations and defending unfair dismissal claims, as well as other industrial relations matters. Advises employers and unions on collective agreement negotiations and strike actions.

Kathryn Beck is highly skilled in industrial relations matters and advised McDonald’s on unlawful strike action and issues concerning zero hours contracts. Peers identify her as a “standout” and “a really strong practitioner” who is “very highly regarded in the market.”

Don Mackinnon specialises in union bargaining and has extensive experience advising clients in the sports sector. He assisted Emirates Team NZ in its retention and hiring of key staff and sailors to participate in the America’s Cup. He is recommended as “an excellent and very experienced employment lawyer,” who “tells you how it is and is very practical.”

Penny Swarbrick has considerable experience advising clients on contentious employment law disputes. She acted for The Warehouse in successfully defending against an employee who claimed she had been disadvantaged by a workplace injury. Interviewees identify Swarbrick as “highly regarded for her expertise in advocacy.” One notes: “She has technical experience, but her pragmatism makes her unique. She will give you a range of options, and cover all the benefits and risks of each of the options. She really adds value.”


Chambers and Partners

One of the most respected publishers in the industry, Chambers and Partners identifies and ranks the most outstanding law firms and lawyers in over 180 jurisdictions throughout the world.



For more information please contact Joseph Granato, Communications Manager at L&E Global at .


FWTA Webinar/Seminar: Best Practices in Disability Management

20 Jan 2017

Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti, L&E Global’s member firm in Canada, is pleased to invite you to an upcoming webinar/seminar on “Best Practices in Disability Management” on Thursday, February 16, 2017.

The Webinar is scheduled from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., local time in Toronto – Eastern Standard Time (UTC-05:00).

To register for the online webinar via Webex, please click HERE.

If you plan to attend in person, the seminar will take place at FWTAs Toronto office at 333 Bay Street, Suite 2500, Toronto. Breakfast will be served starting at 7:30 a.m. followed by the presentation from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m, local time.

RSVP by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 3rd:

To register to attend the seminar in person, please email

About the Topic

It is well-known that Ontario employers deal with complex duties and obligations when managing an employee with a disability. An employer’s failure to properly manage employees with disabilities may result in a number of potential liabilities, including grievances, civil actions, and complaints made pursuant to human rights legislation.

In this session, we will offer an in-depth look at two issues that commonly arise in the disability management process. We will address the following:

(1) How to appropriately conduct disability management meetings. Who should be present and what should be discussed? What is an appropriate way to ask for additional medical information about an employee’s disability, or to establish a return to work plan, during such a meeting? When, if ever, will communication with an employee regarding medical information be considered discrimination or harassment?

(2) How to approach an employee’s refusal to agree to or follow a return to work plan. What rights and responsibilities do employers and employees have in this situation? Must an employee at least try to follow the terms included in a return to work plan? When, if ever, can an employer discipline an employee for such reluctance or refusal?


If you require more information regarding the seminar, please email  or contact Joseph Granato, Communications Manager at L&E Global at .


Belgium: Analysis of ECJ ruling on Temporary Inability to Work, Disability and Discrimination

13 Jan 2017

L&E Global is pleased to present Analysis of ECJ ruling on Temporary Inability to Work, Disability and Discrimination authored by Cecilia Lahaye, attorney at Brussels-based employment boutique Van Olmen & Wynant. We are confident that this memorandum could be of great interest to international clients operating in Belgium and throughout the EU.


For more information please contact Joseph Granato, Communications Manager at L&E Global at .

Jackson Lewis Webinar: “January 20th and Beyond: Workplace Law Under President-Elect Donald Trump”

03 Jan 2017

Jackson Lewis P.C. is pleased to invite you to attend our upcoming webinar entitled January 20th and Beyond: Workplace Law Under President-Elect Donald Trump on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST. Registration is complimentary.


CLE – 1.5*          HRCI – 1.5          SHRM – 1.5

* The firm is an accredited provider of CLE in California, New York, Missouri and Texas. We are also accredited providers of HRCI and SHRM.

What You’ll Learn

Inauguration Day is rapidly approaching. A new President with strongly held beliefs about stimulating business growth and creating jobs will take office. A single party will control both houses of Congress. On the campaign trail, President-elect Donald Trump promised to vigorously enforce immigration laws, invalidate President Obama’s executive orders, and dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

Trump’s cabinet continues to take shape as key advisors are being named. How quickly, and in what ways, will rules governing the workplace change?

Join a panel of Jackson Lewis experts for a timely, engaging and insightful analysis of the likely impact the Trump Administration will have on labor and employment law.


For more information please contact Courtney Ross at or (703) 483-8304.