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Awards and Rankings

Finance Monthly Global Awards 2018 

Flichy Grangé Avocats was awarded Health Law Firm of the Year - France 2018.

AI’s 2018 Global Excellence Awards


Flichy Grangé Avocats has been awarded Most Outstanding Employment Law Firm 2018 – France by the AI’s 2018 Global Excellence Awards.
 

Four partners ranked in Best Lawyers


Some of our partners have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the Ninth Edition of The Best Lawyers in France for their work in Labor and Employment Law. Along Joël Grangé and Olivier Kress who have been ranked since 2010, Best Lawyers ranked Florence Aubonnet and Stéphanie Dumas in 2018.
 
 

Flichy Grangé Avocats on top tier legal 500 EMEA 

"Flichy Grangé Avocats is to be ‘recommended without moderation’. The large 70-strong boutique has an ‘excellent level of expertise’ that is particularly sought after for ‘highly technical issues in employment and social security law’. Its lawyers, who are ‘available, very responsive and have great listening skills’, assist leading French and international corporations, as well as leading international and French corporate law firms, in the context of high-profile M&A transactions and large-scale restructuring projects and regularly manage mass litigation."

"The practice is representing SNCF before the Court of Appeal in a lawsuit led by some 1,150 Moroccan employees demanding compensation for their differentiated status, and recently obtained a favourable outcome for Charbonnage de France before the industrial tribunal following 755 claims made by former employees regarding safety at work."

"The team is made up of some 22 partners including top experts Joël Grangé, Arnaud Chaulet, Marine Conche, Florence Aubonnet and Philippe Montanier. Juliana Kovac, Olivier Kress, Nabila Fauché-El Aougri, Stéphanie Dumas, Joumana Frangie-Moukanas, Jeannie Crédoz-Rosier and the ‘excellent, very accurate and very business-oriented’ Aurélie Cormier Le Goff were also recently involved in key matters. Florence Bacquet, Caroline Scherrmann and Camille Ventejou were promoted to the partnership in 2017 and are all particularly recommended for their advice to international companies."
 

Flichy Grangé Avocats : Top ranked 2018 - Band 1

What the team is known for Outstanding French firm renowned for its dedication to employment law, where it offers a full range of expertise. Frequently assists both domestic and international clients with various employee litigations, redundancy schemes and collective agreements. Additionally involved in handling the labour aspects of M&A transactions.
 

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's in-depth insight and "commercial approach to difficult matters." Another source speaks highly of the team, praising in particular its "expertise and reliability."
 

Work highlights Advised Vivarte on the employment aspects of its restructuring.

Represented Charbonnage de France in litigation proceedings against employees claiming compensation following health and safety concerns.
 

Notable practitioners

Hubert Flichy is a well-established figure on the French employment market. He advises both domestic and international companies on restructuring plans and collective disputes. He boasts further skill in the criminal aspects of labour law.
 

Joël Grangé has an excellent reputation for his skill in the French employment sector. He regularly assists with employee litigation and M&A transactions. Sources enthuse: "He has a great tactical sense and proposes solutions adapted to the situation."
 

Olivier Kress frequently advises clients from the telecommunications and manufacturing sectors on M&A deals, restructurings and the implementation of redundancy schemes.
 

Florence Aubonnet is described by sources as a "very pragmatic individual who understands business issues and offers operational solutions."She primarily advises clients on redundancy plans and is experienced in acting on international mandates.

Ranking 2018 of law firms specializing in downsizing measures and related collective litigation

Flichy Grangé Avocats is recognised for the 6th consecutive year as one of the best law firms in these categories in France and gets the highest level in this ranking with 5 stars with the following comment :
 
"Employment Law niche firms continue to make their mark, such as Flichy Grangé Avocats, of which a client enhances “the quality of the teams, as well as their depth of technical knowledge which is of remarkable assistance in the course of dealing with difficult cases with strong issues at stake”.

Décideurs stratégie droit finance 2018

Leadership & Management of the workforce
  • Collective negotiations & labour relations (band 1 – Key player)
  • Restructuring, redundancy schemes and collective litigation (band 1 – Key player)
  • High-risk litigation and penal aspects of labour law (band 1 – Key player)
  • Workforce issues further to M&A and labour-law audits (band 1 – Key player)
  • Advising upper-echelon executives and company officers (band 2 – Held in high esteem)
  • Collective and individual remuneration (band 2 – Excellent)
  • Mobility & Expatriation (band 1 – Strong reputation)
  • Social Security issues (band 1 – Key player)
  • Complementary pension, contingency and related benefits (band 1 – Excellent)

Track record

“Flichy Grangé remains very active in mass litigation cases. The firm has represented a major group in both phases of  litigation, in first instance and on appeal, regarding more than a thousand staff members and requests totaling several hundreds million euros.  The firm has also been mobilised by the suspension of activity of a large industrial group’s plant,  for whom it put in place a social plan, the search for buyers, and the takeover follow-up. The firm also assisted a major distribution group in a large restructuring operation involving several collective negotiations and related litigations.”


Differentiation :

The variety of trainings they offer is greatly appreciated by clients. For example the sessions they organized on the Macron reform were very successful. The firm, which wishes to renew itself and stand the test of time, continually nominates new partners. This year alone, three senior associates have been made partners. The structure is in constant evolution as well, with several practices, social security and psychological risk factors being leading practice areas, and with the pensions and employee benefits practice being one of the strongest of the firm.

Le Monde du Droit Awards 2018

Flichy Grangé Avocats won the copper award of the “Monde du Droit” Awards 2018 in the employment category.

Mondaq Contributor With Most Reader Response In France

Chambers

Flichy Grangé Avocats : Top ranked 2017 - Band 1

What the team is known for Standout French firm focusing solely on employment law, where it offers the full spectrum of expertise. Provides leading French and international corporations with expert advice on restructurings, mass redundancies and work-related health and safety. Also deals with sensitive discrimination and diversity issues, with considerable expertise in employment litigation cases.

Strengths One client singles out the firm for its "excellent expertise in employment law and collective and effective support," also commenting on its "dedication to clients, humility and reactivity."

Other clients point out the strong capabilities of the team's lawyers, emphasising their "very high level of experience in the subjects handled, with a good sense for and experience of difficult negotiations." 

Work highlights Advised Goodyear on a dispute with over 800 employees following a mass redundancy.

Advised IPC on its takeover of Etrali and on the subsequent integration and restructuring operations.

Notable practitioners  

Hubert Flichy (Eminent Practitioner) is an extremely well-established and "really unique" figure on France's employment market. He is widely respected and well liked by interviewees, maintaining a strong reputation for his expertise in collective disputes and restructuring plans.

According to market commentators, Joël Grangé (Band 1) is "extremely famous on the Paris market" and brings a "client-friendly, pragmatic" approach to his management of cases. He is a renowned specialist across the full employment spectrum, notably in mergers, restructurings and collective redundancies and disputes.

Sources appreciate working with Olivier Kress (Band 5), praising him in particular for his "extremely commercial" mindset. He is skilled at handling the employment law aspects of M&A and restructuring operations, with noteworthy experience in cross-border matters involving international mobility and immigration.

Florence Aubonnet (Up and Coming) is described by clients as "a top lawyer" who is "efficient, pragmatic and reliable." She is highly knowledgeable when it comes to collective restructuring plans and recently led the team in advising Nokia on the employment elements of its acquisition of Withings. 


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Flichy Grangé Avocats on top tier legal 500 EMEA 

Flichy Grangé Avocats’ ‘highly efficient and precise’ 60-lawyer practice provides a comprehensive employment law service, including specialisms in areas such as retirement and accidents at work. It handles some of the market’s most sensitive restructuring and collective redundancy projects and disputes, as well as transaction-related issues. The team includes the highly experienced figures of Joël Grangé, Arnaud Chaulet, Marine Conche, Florence Aubonnet and Philippe Montanier. Other names to note are: Olivier Kress, Stéphanie Guedes da Costa, Laurent Gamet, Stéphanie Dumas, Nabila Fauché-El Aougri, Jeannie Crédoz-Rosier, Bruno Fieschi and Aurélie Cormier Le Goff.

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Décideurs stratégie droit finance 2017

Leadership & Management du capital humain
  • Négociations collectives & relations sociales (band 1 – Incontournable)
  • Restructurations, plans sociaux et contentieux collectif associés (band 1 – Incontournable)
  • Contentieux à risque & Droit pénal social (band 1 – Incontournable)
  • Gestion sociale des M&A et audits sociaux (band 1 – Incontournable)
  • Sécurité Sociale (band 1 – Incontournable)
  • Représentation des dirigeants et mandataires sociaux (band 1 – Forte notoriété)
  • Rémunération collective et individuelle (band 2 – Excellent)
  • Mobilité & Expatriation (band 1 – Forte notoriété)
  • Protection sociale complémentaire (band 1 – Excellent)

Track record

“Over the year, Flichy Grangé has observed a sharp increase in mass litigation.  Our firm advised three major groups in the course of litigation which in one case involved 1,000 employees, and in the other two, 800.  These opportunities confirmed our ability to mobilise larger teams within tight deadlines, in view of optimising management of this particular type of procedures.  The firm also advised a major retail chain during collective bargaining over Sunday work, and took part in a takeover deal involving two media groups.


Differentiation :

The firm continues to grow internationally thanks to the L&E Global network, which this year welcomed several new associates including one in the UK.  Our team’s teaching skills have been greatly appreciated by clients, who particularly wish to benefit from explanations and seminars on the recent changes to labour law.  The firm’s RPS practice area (health & safety management in relation to industrial accidents and illness) continues to expand and is now one of the firm’s major assets.”.

Ranking 2016 of law firms specializing in downsizing measures and related collective litigation

Flichy Grangé Avocats is recognised for the 5th consecutive year as one of the best law firms in these categories in France and gets the highest level in this ranking with 5 stars with the following comment :

"Niche firms continue to make their mark as well, such as Flichy Grangé Avocats, of which a client says “Our lawyers do not sell law, but provide legal solutions for whatever kind of issue we are faced with“, while another client praises the firm’s “remarkable assistance in the course of litigation”.
 
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Flichy Grangé Avocats on top tier legal 500

Flichy Grangé Avocats ‘closes the bridge between companies’ businesses and the legal framework’, and stands out for its complete range of expertise. The 60-lawyer team assists the largest French and international companies and is called on to manage the most complex transactions and restructuring projects in France; the team also expertly handles litigation and issues such as compensation and benefits. The 20-partner practice includes market-leading figures Hubert Flichy and Joël Grangé, who provides ‘outstanding strategic insights and defends his clients’ interests with the strength of a soldier and the precision of a surgeon’. Other top experts include Arnaud Chaulet; Marine Conche, who is willing to ‘take a position’; Florence Aubonnet, who ‘knows very well the nuts and bolts of French labour law relating to M&A’; Juliana Kovac; Olivier Kress; and Nabila Fauché-El Aougri, who is ‘highly responsive and sharp’. Stéphanie Guedes da Costa, Laurent Gamet, Stéphanie Dumas, Cyprien Pialoux and Jeannie Crédoz-Rosier are also recommended along with compensation and benefits expert Philippe Montanier and social security specialists Bruno Fieschi and Corinne Potier. Aurélie Cormier Le Goff joined the firm from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

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Flichy Grangé Avocats : Top ranked 2016

What the team is known for French firm focusing solely on employment law with outstanding capabilities across the board. Advises companies and entrepreneurs on general employment queries including complex restructurings, criminal law, employee benefits, working time and collective negotiations. Recognised for its strengths in employment issues with global ramifications. Also has a team dedicated to health and safety at work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“The advice is always precise and very thorough.”

“The firm has a deep bench of experts, whether it’s for individual matters, employer relations, union matters or social security.”

Notable practitioners

A specialist in collective litigation, Hubert Flichy enjoys an excellent reputation on the market for his lengthy experience in employment law.

Clients say of Joël Grangé: “His support is more than just legal. He’s also really strong in advising on strategic approaches.” He is an excellent all-rounder, advising on diverse issues such as restructuring, collective redundancies, transfer of undertakings and collective disputes.

Florence Aubonnet focuses on collective employment law, especially regarding restructuring plans. Clients praise her “excellent knowledge of the dynamics of M&A and labour law-related issues.”

Olivier Kress handles a broad range of transactional, advisory and contentious matters but gains particular recognition for his skills in individual litigations and criminal employment cases. “He’s absolutely outstanding in pleadings,” notes one client, adding: “When studying a criminal case he really picks up the right arguments.”

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WHO'S WHOLEGAL

Flichy Grangé Avocats has four practitioners highlighted

Hubert Flichy is a specialist of collective litigation ans also advises on the implementation and restructuring plans. He is “the guru of employment law in France” and boats an “enviable client list”.

Joël Grangé is a “leading light in the French labour law market” and is lauded for his “prowess” and the high-quality service” that he offers clients.

Florence Aubonnet is a “true specialist” in the collective aspects of labour law, particularly in the area of restructuring plans in industrial sector.

Olivier Kress advises French and international corporations on all aspects of labour law and is commended for his “cross-border experience”.

Option finance

There is, in particular, Flichy Grangé Avocats, the clear front-runner.  The Grangé team round off avery busy year and has just recruited a new partner namely Aurélie Cormier Le Goff, formerly with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.  “The work its partners and associates invest is in-depth, individualised and has brought about successful outcomes in difficult matters.  I have had occasion to observe that their advice and suggestions are respected both by their peers and by the authorities”.

This is haute couture advice, tailored to respond most accurately to obstacles along the way.  The quality and level of the firm’s interventions fully meets my expectations, while “the fee level is reasonable”, according to a client consulted by the editors of Option Droit & Affaires.

Décideurs stratégie droit finance 2016


Leadership & Management du capital humain
  • Négociations collectives & relations sociales (band 1 – Incontournable)
  • Restructurations, plans sociaux et contentieux collectif associés (band 1 – Incontournable)
  • Contentieux à risque & Droit pénal social (band 1 – Incontournable)
  • Gestion sociale des M&A et audits sociaux (band 1 – Incontournable)
  • Sécurité Sociale (band 1 – Incontournable)
  • Représentation des dirigeants et mandataires sociaux (band 1 – Forte notoriété)
  • Rémunération collective et individuelle (band 2 – Excellent)
  • Mobilité & Expatriation (band 2 – Forte notoriété)
  • Protection sociale complémentaire (band 1 – Excellent)

Track record

“None of the partners had expected that the year 2015 would be marked by massive restructuring operations – and yet their view is unanimous :  while a considerable number of transformation plans were announced the first semester, that trend carried over into the second.  The teams intervened in drafting, negotiating and implementing collective redundancy schemes, notably on behalf of a number of France’s leading companies and international giants.  Meanwhile, the firm has moved ahead with expanding its Health and Safety practice, further to integrating Plichon firm three years ago.”


Differentiation

“Flichy Grangé Avocats’ strategy includes a strong international focus both through the L&E Global network and its view of the African horizon.  With employment law as its particular speciality, the firm seeks to ensure that every partner fully develop every facet of his or her expertise in France.  Aurélie Cormier Le Goff, restructuring expert, has joined as partner, alone with Bruno Fieschi and Corinne Potier, partners specialised in psycho-social risks; they represent tangible proof of this approach.  The niche firm advises on large-scale M& A operations, often alongside the big corporate firms”.

Décideurs stratégie droit finance 2015

Leadership & Management of the workforce
  • Collective negotiations & labour relations (band 1 – Key player)
  • Restructuring, redundancy schemes and collective litigation (band 1 – Key player)
  • High-risk litigation and penal aspects of labour law (band 1 – Key player)
  • Workforce issues further to M&A and labour-law audits (band 1 – Key player)
  • Advising upper-echelon executives and company officers (band 2 – Held in high esteem)
  • Collective and individual remuneration (band 2 – Excellent)
  • Mobility & Expatriation (band 2 – Strong reputation)
  • Social Security issues (band 1 – Key player)
  • Complementary pension, contingency and related benefits (band 1 – Excellent)

“When it comes to restructuring operations, the list of those with which Flichy Grangé has been involved is a lengthy one. Major affairs, which have on occasion attracted considerable media attention, represent the firm’s core activity. The partners with expertise in labour-law audits can also boast of the firm’s involvement with the biggest takeover operation in the hotel industry. Not to speak of teams with expertise in Social Security matters, whose members often advise on significant URSSAF litigation, including that involving a big French retailer.

What distinguishes us : With the appointment of Aurélie Cormier Le Goff as partner, the firm – currently celebrating its fifteenth year in existence – now has twenty partners. In line with its growth policy, it has co-opted three specialised partners as well. Indeed, the firm’s lodestar is developing great in-house expertise, thanks to partners like Juliana Kovac in the field of complementary pension, contingency and related benefits.”


Restructuring operations; reorganising the workforce & collective litigation

“FIFTEEN SUCCESSFUL YEARS FOR FLICHY GRANGE AVOCATS.


Over the course of 2014 and 2015, our firm’s experts have dealt with over 90 restructuring operations. The core of our activity involves major affairs, which on occasion have attracted considerable media attention. We have also been advising a worldwide IT player throughout a large-scale redundancy scheme.

What distinguishes us : As a founding, active member of L&E Global’s international network, Flichy Grangé is in a position to respond to the cross-border needs of multinationals.”

Le journal du Management

In the Employment Law category, Flichy Grangé Avocats ranks third amongst 81 firms. The Journal’s ranking is based on The Legal 500, Le Palmarès des Avocats and Leaders League.

Four “exceptional” lawyers from Flichy Grangé Avocats have been selected for inclusion.


Hubert Flichy advises French and international clients on implementing restructuring plans and the impact on the workforce. He is A “vastly experienced” practitioner with a “formidable reputation”.

Joël Grangé has particular experience with restructuring plans and collective bargaining negociations, and is a “leading light” amongst his peers.

The “impressive” Florence Aubonnet guides clients through all stages of the restructuring process, and is noted for her “quick grasp of complex issues”.

Olivier Kress is a specialist in collective redundancy and M&A described by his peers as “versatile” and “a technical expert”.

Top Ranked Chambers Europe 2015

What the team is known for Niche employment firm with a sizeable team covering the entire spectrum of labour law, including social security, health and safety and criminal law. Team is noted for its work on restructuring and social plans and litigation, as well as M&A-related employment matters. Represents major French and international clients from an array of different sectors.

Strengths
“It is a very good team; it tries to find solutions rather than just going through the legal aspects.”

Notable practitioners
Widely respected and vastly experienced, Hubert Flichy (Eminent Practitioner) remains an important figure in the employment and labour law market. He is a specialist in collective litigations.
An expert on restructurings and regarded by peers as one of the best in the market, Joël Grangé (Band 1) is praised by clients for his precision on legal details and “his ability to explain in a crystal clear way the complexity of French social law.”
Olivier Kress (Up and Coming) enjoys a growing reputation, especially for his work on collective bargaining and corporate restructuring.

Legal 500 EMEA 2015 – (tier 1) :

Flichy Grangé Avocats has ‘a very high level of professionalism and expertise, especially in complex litigation’. It advises leading corporations on matters including strategic restructuring and assisted Goodyear with the closure of its Amiens-Nord site. The 18-partner practice, which exhibits ‘excellent availability and remains close to its clients’, also advises on M&A and matters involving health issues at work. Key figures include: Hubert Flichy, whose strategic vision is highly appreciated; the ‘creative’ Joël Grangé, who can advise on ‘highly technical issues’; Arnaud Chaulet; Marine Conche; Florence Aubonnet; Juliana Kovac; Olivier Kress; Laurent Gamet and Stéphanie Dumas, who provides ‘fine analyses’. Philippe Montanier is renowned for his compensation and benefits expertise.

Ranking 2015 of law firms specializing in downsizing measures and related collective litigation

Flichy Grangé Avocats is recognised for the 5th consecutive year as one of the best law firms in these categories in France and gets the highest level in this ranking with 5 stars.

Trophée d'or Golden award in employment in the incentive schemes and international mobility category

Flichy Grangé Avocats won the golden award of the “Trophées du droit” Awards 2014 in the Incentive schemes and international mobility category on thursday the 17th november 2014.

Décideurs stratégie droit finance 2014

  • Collective negotiations & social relations – (band 1 – Inevitable)
  • Restructuring, social plans and collective litigation – (band 1 – Inevitable)
  • Litigation risk & social criminal law – (band 1 – Inevitable)
  • Labor aspects of M&A and labor audits – (band 1 – Inevitable)
  • Social Security – (band 1 – Inevitable)
  • Collective and individual compensation – (band 2 – Excellent)
  • Representation of directors and officers – (band 2 – Strong reputation)
  • Mobility & expatriation – (band 2 – Strong reputation)
  • Complementary social protection – (band 2 – Excellent)

Silver award in employment lawl

Flichy Grangé Lawyers won the silver award of the “Monde du Droit” Awards 2014 in the employment categories

Legal 500 EMEA 2014 – (tier 1) :

Legal 500 EMEA – (tier 1) : Employment boutique Flichy Grangé Avocats is seen by some as the ‘best of the best’ in France. The 60-lawyer practice, which is praised for its ‘client dedication’ and ‘hands-on approach’, regularly advises on high-end M&A transactions, sensitive reorganisations and litigation. Clients include leading French and international groups such as Orange. Among the 18 partners, Hubert Flichy and Joël Grangé are recommended along with the highly experienced Arnaud Chaulet, Marine Conche and Laurent Gamet. Philippe Montanier also stands out for his compensation and benefits expertise.

Option Finance – Ranking 2014 of law firms specializing in downsizing measures and related collective litigation

Flichy Grangé Avocats is recognised as one of the best law firms in these categories in France and gets the highest level in this ranking with 5 stars.

Décideurs Stratégie Finance Droit – Classement de la mixité des cabinets du barreau d’affaires

En 2013, Flichy Grangé Avocats est classé 3e cabinet d’avocats ayant mis en place une réelle mixité femme/homme (selon le pourcentage de femmes associées). 

Legal 500 US 2013 – (tier 1):

Excellent’ employment law firm Flichy Grangé Avocats fields some 60 lawyers including 18 partners. It advises on the most challenging restructuring and M&A-related matters and litigation. Hubert Flichy and Joël Grangé rank among the market’s top experts and Philippe Montanier is a major reference for compensation and benefits work. Claire Toumieux, Arnaud Chaulet, Anne Le Bault de La Morinière and Florence Aubonnet are also recommended.”

Chambers Europe 2013

“An extremely well-known, efficient team.”

Hubert Flichy is widely respected for his considerable skill in collective litigation (band 1).

Joël Grangé is lauded as “one of the best employment lawyers in France.” His practice centres around complex cross-border restructuring projects (band 1).

Clients appreciate Claire Toumieux for her detailed knowledge of collective bargaining agreements and HR management strategies (band 1).

Décideurs stratégie droit finance 2013

 
  • Collective negotiations & social relations – (band 1 Inevitable)
  • Restructuring, social plans and collective litigation – (band 1 – Inevitable)
  • Litigation risk & social criminal law – (band 1 – Inevitable)
  • Labor aspects of M&A and labor audits – (band 1 – Inevitable)
  • Social Security – (band 1 – Inevitable)
  • Collective and individual compensation – (band 2 – Excellent)
  • Representation of directors and officers – (band 3 – Strong reputation)
  • Mobility & expatriation – (band 3 – Strong reputation)
  • Complementary social protection – (band 2 – Excellent)

 Legal 500 EMEA 2012

‘Excellent’ employment law firm Flichy Grangé Avocats fields some 60 lawyers including 18 partners. It advises on the most challenging restructuring and M&A-related matters and litigation. Hubert Flichy and Joël Grangé rank among the market’s top experts and Philippe Montanier is a major reference for compensation and benefits work. Claire Toumieux, Arnaud Chaulet, Anne Le Bault de La Morinière and Florence Aubonnet are also recommended.

Trophée d’Argent 2012

du Droit Social – Décideurs Juridiques

Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers 2011 ranked Hubert Flichy, Joël Grangé, Claire Toumieux, Olivier Kress and Philippe Langlois.

The LEGAL 500 PARIS

Legal 500 Paris 2011-12: « Flichy Grangé Avocats delivers excellent legal advice with actively involved partners and a hands-on approach.

Chambers and Partners 2011

« The advice is always excellent and the team has outstanding experience in employment litigation. »

Best lawyer 2010

Joël Grangé recognized as best lawyer in Employment law in France

Why choose Flichy Grangé Avocats