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Reputed labour and employment boutique Capstan operates out of offices in Paris, Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nantes, Nîmes, Saint-Étienne, and Sophia Antipolis.

Its membership of the Ius Laboris alliance allows it an international reach. Founding partner and chairman of Ius Laboris Pascal Lagoutte is the key contact.

The team advises private, public, and semi-public companies.


The firm offers expertise across the entire spectrum of HR issues.

On the advisory side, the team regularly assists with work permits, drafting and amending contracts, disciplinary proceedings and terminations, and subcontracting arrangements.

Experts at the firm are also able to support with data protection and GDPR obligations, as part of which they frequently act on compliance and audits, and offer training.

Restructuring is another area of expertise. The team advises on contract transfers, share plans and employee savings schemes, renegotiation of collective agreements, strategy definition and negotiation support, and represents clients in related disputes.

Remuneration experts at the firm are well placed to advise on incentives, profit-sharing, and equal pay obligations.

On the labour relations side, expertise in trade union law and managing collective movements includes collective bargaining, negotiation with trade unions, and disputes.

Further experience in contentious work includes litigation relating to obstructionism, subcontracting, harassment, health and safety, and discrimination.

Other areas of prowess include pensions and provident schemes, and health and safety – from risk prevention through to crisis management. In addition, the team is well-versed in matters relating to corporate social responsibility and D&I.

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