Employment law
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VJT & Partners' highly-rated employment lawyers have a wealth of experience in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. We are acknowledged for understanding our clients’ business needs and...

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Dispute Resolution

We are well aware that the effective management and resolution of disputes is of critical importance to companies from a corporate risk management point of view. The strategic objectives of our clients are always on our mind...

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VJT & Partners can now provide its great experience to clients in the international environment of aviation because its expertise covers many aspects of aviation law from civil and commercial matters to regulatory issues.

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Commercial Contracts

We draft commercial contracts to ensure that they withstand even the most intense scrutiny from the courts in the event of a dispute. We place emphasis on both accurate and practical contractual language...

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VJT & Partners advises on a wide variety of competition investigations including cartels and abuse of dominance. We often analyse and provide legal advice on exclusivity, non-compete, tying and bundling matters...

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Data Protection

Due to the unique and rigorous requirements of the Hungarian Data Protection Act, global companies regularly face unexpected challenges in cases where technical data processors are involved, personal data is transferred outside...

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We have been at the forefront of the Hungarian private equity industry for many years. Our experience in this field has proved to be crucial to providing clients with a bespoke service from initial investment through to exit...

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VJT & Partners' highly-rated employment lawyers have a wealth of experience in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. We are acknowledged for understanding our clients’ business needs and intentions, while designing structures and procedures that are watertight and defensible in any court proceeding.

We regularly advise employers - from global market leaders to local start-ups - on general employment law matters including drafting employment agreements, internal policies, termination agreements, termination notices and complex mass dismissal structures as well as employee incentive schemes. We also advise executive employees on their employment agreements which are often linked with separate bonus and share option agreements. We have particular expertise in managing work permit applications and handling various employment and labour related issues arising during mergers and acquisitions, and also in commercial transactions such as outsourcing.

Our team has successfully represented employers and executive employees in numerous court proceedings in Hungary. We are experienced in disputes concerning a wide range of issues including unlawful termination, overtime payment, damages and bonus claims.

The employment practice group recently advised a global financial services provider on employee transfer issues as well as a complex redundancy project. We also advised a multinational company in relation to the offering of its mother company’s listed shares to employees as part of an employee incentive scheme. We recently advised a multinational retail company on documentation of working time of its executive employees. We also advised another multinational company on a policy regulating their employees’ use of personal IT devices during their work. Our recent contentious employment work includes advising a client on non-compete payment claims and representing a major outsourcing company in connection with unlawful termination as well as overtime payment claims. Currently we represent multinational companies as employers in two separate litigations launched by former executives claiming unlawful termination of their agreements.

Main Contact: Zoltán Csernus

Zoltán Csernus Zoltán is is the head of VJT & Partners' Employment Law Team. He has extensive experience in labour and employment matters and has advised a number of multinational clients on a wide variety of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. His experience as an employment and labour lawyer covers due diligence, employee transfers in outsourcing and M&A transactions, employment litigation, implementation of foreign employment agreement templates in the Hungarian legal environment, preparing internal HR policies and guidelines, advising on termination matters of leading and ordinary employees, including mass dismissals.

Mail to Zoltán Csernus

 +36 1 501 9900

Legal 500 EMEA
Legal 500 EMEA, 2017

Highlighted for its ‘deep knowledge’, ‘prompt and detailed answers’, ‘flexibility and availability’, VJT & Partners is a leading practice in Hungarian employment law. The standalone labour department is active across the whole spectrum of employment matters, with complementary expertise in immigration law, and is led by ‘go-to lawyer’ Zoltán Csernus.

Chambers Europe
Chambers Europe, 2017

Solid employment group acting for employers on internal policies and contracts, terminations and work permit issues, as well as representing senior employees in various contractual matters and dismissal cases. Regularly acts for leading clients in a range of sectors, including the retail and hotel spaces.

The team receives enthusiastic praise from clients for its high level of employment-specific knowledge. Clients proclaim: "They have a superb level of employment law expertise, combined with a very client-centred and professional approach." Other clients agree, saying: "They have a deep knowledge of labour law, provide prompt and detailed answers, and have flexibility and availability." Client consensus suggests that the team provides excellent value for money. Sources report that they receive "premium-quality advice for a competitive price."

Zoltán Csernus receives glowing praise from clients, who describe him as "extremely knowledgeable, and very responsive and approachable." Particularly appreciated for his "deep understanding of clients' legal and commercial needs," he acts on a wide range of matters that include mass terminations, staff transfers and internal policies.

János Tamás Varga is well regarded in the market, with interviewees describing him as "very client-centred with brilliant organising skills." Highly skilled in handling employment-related litigation, he also has a strong M&A practice.

Legal 500 EMEA
Legal 500 EMEA, 2016

VJT & Partners’ ‘expert’ employment group has significant litigation experience, and also incorporates the firm’s immigration practice. Zoltán Csernus is ‘client oriented, business focused, responsive and reliable’; he recently advised longstanding client [..] on employment terminations and the renewal of a work permit for a non-EU employee.

Chambers Europe
Chambers Europe, 2016

Well-regarded local outfit with contentious and advisory employment experience spanning work permit applications, employee incentive schemes, mass terminations and a variety of transactional issues. Represents numerous high-end corporate clients from sectors including retail, technology and insurance, as well as acting for executive employees on sensitive, complex cases.

"The team is extremely good at litigation strategy, fast in its execution and allocates sufficient resources to your case."

"These lawyers are responsive, flexible in their thinking and very creative."

Clients describe experienced employment lawyer Zoltán Csernus as "very approachable and responsive, with broad expertise," adding: "He always provides clear and timely responses." He provides wide-ranging advice on contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including due diligence and employee transfers.

According to interviewees, János Tamás Varga has "a fast understanding of cases and is a hands-on lawyer," with experience of advisory and litigation labour cases as part of an extensive corporate practice.

Legal 500 EMEA
Legal 500 EMEA, 2015

VJT & Partners has 'a very strong and reliable team' that stands out for providing advice that is 'straight to the point'. The 'fast and precise' Zoltán Csernus advised a leading management consultant on termination issues, including gardening leave and the protection of trade secrets.

János Tamás Varga is also noted.

Chambers Europe
Chambers Europe, 2015

Growing and increasingly active employment team, renowed for its experience in transactional and contentious employment matters. Advises multinational and Hungarian companies on outsourcing, employment and termination agreements, mass dismissals and employee incentive schemes. Experienced in supporting senior managers in terms of employment negotiations.

„The lawyers do not speak legalese - they are flexible, business-oriented and provide straightforward and practical advice. Their employment expertise is strong and this technical knowledge is accompanied with a truly business-minded approach. This blend makes their service exceptionally helpful and valuable.”

„Clients highlight employment specialist Zoltán Csernus as a „business-focused, enthusiastic and helpful lawyer who meets the highest international standards, and whose advice you can confidently rely on.”

Legal 500 EMEA
Legal 500 EMEA, 2014

The ‘very knowledgeable’ and ‘very responsive’ team at VJT & Partners counts HP, Montivíz and ING Financial Advisory among its clients, and advises on employment contracts, policies, termination and mass dismissals. Zoltán Csernus is recommended.

Leading Individual: János Tamás Varga

Chambers Europe
Chambers Europe, 2014

The firm represents multinational companies and top executives in employment matters. Noted for its business-oriented approach and experience of contentious and non-contentious cases.

Sources say: "I am absolutely satisfied with the firm. The team is really quick and supports me well."

"Responsive and flexible adviser" Zoltán Csernus is praised for his attention to clients' needs and his work ethic.

Legal 500 EMEA
Legal 500 EMEA, 2013

VJT & Partners is well regarded for advice on employee terminations, labour disputes and the regulatory aspects of outsourcing. It experienced an uptick in employment instructions with an international element, and boosted team numbers at associate level. Practice head János Tamás Varga is ‘an excellent lawyer’, who provides ‘very competent’ advice to client.

Leading Individual: János Tamás Varga

Chambers Europe
Chambers Europe, 2013

The growing team at VJT is acknowledged for its general labour law advice and litigation services.

Sources say: "The team is capable and flexible."

Janos Varga is widely recognised as "especially kind and helpful".

Legal 500 EMEA
Legal 500 EMEA, 2012

VJT & Partners has witnessed an increase in contentious matters including litigation relating to termination of employment.

Chambers Europe
Chambers Europe, 2012

Sources say: “The team pays attention to detail, gives reliable advice and does diligent work.”

KEY INDIVIDUAL: János Tamás Varga enhances his employment knowledge with notable strength in transactional work.

Legal 500 EMEA
Legal 500 EMEA, 2011

Within Employment, VJT & Partners Law Firm is a first tier firm. The team at VJT & Partners Law Firm won work from new client […], the IT outsourcing giant. It has also handled due diligence work for […].

Chambers Europe
Chambers Europe, 2011

Employment is a core practice area for this firm. It has forged robust relationships with clients such as […] and […], attracted to the team for its focus and experience. In addition to day-to-day matters, the firm advises on litigation, termination and customising international executive employment agreements. It has also represented high-level employees in unlawful termination proceedings.

Sources say: "The team is well educated, understands foreign and cross-border business and is able to compete with the larger firms..."

KEY INDIVIDUALS: Lead partner János Tamás Varga (Band 1) built up this standalone practice. Clients say: "His knowledge and the detail he provided to us on incredibly complex issues were excellent; his level of competence is extremely high."