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Thorsten Kühnel

Senior Associate // Certified Employment Law Specialist, Munich

Thorsten advises German and international clients in all individual and collective labour law matters. His clients appreciate his responsiveness and pragmatic, solution oriented approach.
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Thorsten  advises companies on all employment law issues such as drafting employment contracts, preparing and implementing variable compensation systems, dismissals, transfers of businesses, negotiations and agreements with works councils, restructuring and M&A transactions and represents his clients in court. He has proven experience in the area of external staff deployment (employee leasing / contract for work and services) and represents his clients in audits.

Thorsten Kühnel has in-depth experience with international clients who are planning to expand their business into the German market and therefore need a complete set-up (of employees/contracts etc.) and advice on compliance of their business model.


Rechtsanwaltskammer München


"Managing your workplace post-lockdown", June 2020

"The COVID-19 journey so far – Germany", May 2020

"Returning your workforce: Checklist of employment considerations", May 2020

"BAG zum Verfall des Urlaubsanspruchs ohne Urlaubsantrag des Arbeitnehmers", September 2019.

"Kein automatischer Verfall des Urlaubsanspruchs“, December 2018.

“Fixed-term employment agreements in professional sports?” Lexology: 03/2016.


“We have built a fantastic relationship with the DWF experienced German law team over the years. The team provide invaluable support for us and our International clients when navigating complex German employment law matters. DWF take the time to understand our business and our clients ensuring that any guidance provided is pragmatic and commercially focussed.”  Leading International Advisory Firm

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