Linklaters expands its employment practice with the hire of Dr Timon Grau


  • Linklaters hires Dr Timon Grau from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Dr Grau will be based between Linklaters’ offices in Düsseldorf and Frankfurt
  • He joins the firm’s employment practice

Dr Timon Grau will join Linklaters’ employment practice as a partner in March. Dr Timon Grau, who previously worked for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, specialises in such work as restructurings, collective employment law, employee data protection and compliance, including internal investigations, and transactional matters. Dr Timon Grau will work from Linklaters’ offices in Düsseldorf and Frankfurt.

“Dr Timon Grau’s considerable experience in various industries and industrial sectors and his in-depth expert knowledge, make him one of the leading employment lawyers of his generation”, says Andreas Steck, Senior Partner of Linklaters in Germany.

“Dr Timon Grau will be a great asset to our practice group, both professionally and personally”, adds Matthew Devey who will be head of Linklaters’ employment practice group from 1 May onwards. “His expertise in fields that are of crucial importance to our German clients in particular – such as dealing with trade unions and works councils, matters concerning corporate bodies, compliance and crisis management as well as restructurings – will brilliantly add to our strengths in the field of providing strategic advice to international clients and dealing with cross-border matters.”

“I am very much looking forward to working together with Matthew Devey and the entire Linklaters team. Our aim is to further expand and develop the practice together. This applies to strategically important fields of classic employment law, but also to interdisciplinary fields such as data protection and forward-looking topics such as the shaping of processes of change initiated by technological change. In this context, our ambition is to provide comprehensive, top-level advice to German and international clients on all complex questions of employment law and interdisciplinary questions concerning various fields of law”, says Dr Timon Grau.

Dr Timon Grau is a member of the Employment Law Working Group (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Arbeitsrecht) of the German Bar Association (Deutscher Anwaltverein – DAV) and of the European Employment Lawyers Association.  He is a lecturer at the Law School of the European Business School in Wiesbaden. He started his career in 2006 with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Cologne. In 2013, he moved to Frankfurt and helped to build the Frankfurt employment team. In 2014, he was appointed as partner.