Labor and Employment Highlights
A Partner with Maclay Murray & Spens LLP, Lex Mundi’s member firm for Scotland, had been advising a U.S. bank regarding its outsourcing of IT contracts throughout Europe and the employee issues that could arise. The existing client wanted each contract’s verbiage to achieve the same basic principles, especially those pertaining to risk, across all jurisdictions.
The Partner had developed a contract template to be distributed to all prospective contractors; however, it was vital to ensure that the wording for each contract complied with the local laws in each country.
Calling upon its fellow Lex Mundi member firm Labor and Employment lawyers in ten jurisdictions, including Austria, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, the Partner with Maclay Murray & Spens was able to assemble the necessary labor law information and verbiage applicable to each contract.
According to the Partner, “If Maclay Murray & Spens did not have these personal and professional relationships with the lawyers in the Lex Mundi Labor and Employment Law Group, the firm would not have been able to assist the client with its multijurisdictional project. The client would have had to reach out to a global firm instead.”
Acting as the main point of contact for both the U.S.-based client and the other Lex Mundi member firm lawyers, the Scottish member firm Partner was able to provide the client with “specialist legal resources” in a timely manner that required limited client instruction. In the end, the client was very pleased with Maclay Murray & Spens and valued the firm’s ability to connect the client with the legal expertise necessary to ensure compliance of its outsource contracts in a number of European countries.