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Hot Practice in Hungary: Daniel Gera on Schoenherr's Employment and Privacy Practice in Hungary

Hot Practice in Hungary: Daniel Gera on Schoenherr's Employment and Privacy Practice in Hungary

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While the pandemic negatively affected a plethora of legal practices, this does not seem to be the case with employment and privacy, according to Schoenherr Counsel Daniel Gera who says that it has been the principal driver of work recently.

“Looking back, not just at the past few quarters but the last 14 months, really, it was our employment and privacy practice that has seen most work,” Gera says. “Ever since the start of the pandemic our clients had to suffer the shock of uncertainties when it comes to switching to home office, regulating unpaid leave, social security, or unavailability for work.” Luckily for Schoenherr, Gera says that most of their clients have managed to escape the need for severe redundancies.
 

“This year, focusing on the most recent months and the third wave hitting us again, we were prepared, but new issues still came up,” Gera continues and points to matters related to handling employee health, whether or not it is permissible to inquire employees about their vaccination status or candidates during job interviews, and the like. “It is rather natural, then, that privacy aspects arose to follow employment ones.”

 

Focusing on specific types of legal work, Gera says that their firm has been focusing on three things. “Firstly, we had to prepare our clients for home office concerns – we developed internal home office regulations for several clients that we later used to create a template which we could further tailor to specific client needs.” This, Gera says, encapsulates work safety, data privacy, working hour regulations, home office costs, and the like. “Secondly, with many people working from home, we had to define the parameters of electronic communication methods and making the switch from paper forms.” Lastly, he says that a lot of their clients had to implement flexible worktime patterns. “We created ready-made structures to accommodate for this so that employers can pick them up more easily and can avoid worrying about overtime in home office situations.”


Looking ahead, Gera feels that, in upcoming months, the activity levels of the employment and privacy practice will “either be the same or slightly increase, especially with more and more clients opting to implement hybrid working conditions.”

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Nagy és Trócsányi was founded in 1991, turned into limited professional partnership (in Hungarian: ügyvédi iroda) in 1992, with the aim of offering sophisticated legal services. The firm continues to seek excellence in a comprehensive and modern practice, which spans international commercial and business law. 

The firm’s lawyers provide clients with advice and representation in an active, thoughtful and ethical manner, with a real understanding of clients‘ business needs and the markets in which they operate.

The firm is one of the largest home-grown independent law firms in Hungary. Currently Nagy és Trócsányi has 26 lawyers out of which there are 8 active partners. All partners are equity partners.

Nagy és Trócsányi is a legal entity and registered with the Budapest Bar Association. All lawyers of the Budapest office are either members of, or registered as clerks with, the Budapest Bar Association. Several of the firm’s lawyers are admitted attorneys or registered as legal consultants in New York.

The firm advises a broad range of clients, including numerous multinational corporations. 

Our activity focuses on the following practice areas: M&A, company law, litigation and dispute resolution, real estate law, banking and finance, project financing, insolvency and restructuring, venture capital investment, taxation, competition, utilities, energy, media and telecommunication.

Nagy és Trócsányi is the exclusive member firm in Hungary for Lex Mundi – the world’s leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in 100+countries worldwide.

The firm advises a broad range of clients, including numerous multinational corporations. Among our key clients are: OTP Bank, Sberbank, Erste Bank, Scania, KS ORKA, Mannvit, DAF Trucks, Booking.com, Museum of Fine Arts of Budapest, Hungarian Post Pte Ltd, Hiventures, Strabag, CPI Hungary, Givaudan, Marks & Spencer, CBA.

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