Fuhlrott Hiéramente & von der Meden Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB (FHM) is a highly specialized law firm that focuses on labour law and corporate criminal law. We bring together a solid expertise in advising businesses of all sizes, a scientific approach and forensic experience.

FHM advises companies of all sizes as well as managing directors, board members and managers in all fields of individual and collective labour law. In the field of corporate criminal law, we represent individuals and companies facing business-related allegations by the prosecution or other investigative authorities. We also advise companies and individuals who have been affected by criminal wrongdoing of business partners or (former) employees and management. Our experience in the fields of labour and corporate criminal law enables us to efficiently and professionally conduct internal investigations and provide strategic support to businesses in times of crisis.

Labour Law

We understand that Germany’s labour law might be unfamiliar to those not of a German background. Through our many years of experience advising companies of all sizes on all matters of labour and employment law, we can help you navigate the intricacies of the German legal system. We work efficiently and are known for our short reaction time.

These are some of the services you can expect from us:

  • Advising on all aspects of day-to-day business in the field of labour law (e.g. negotiating and terminating contracts)
  • Negotiating with workers’ councils in the field of collective labour law (e.g. operational changes, restructuring, Co-determination rights)
  • Negotiating with local authorities (e.g. Employment Agency or Office for Occupational Safety etc.)
  • Implementing compliance systems, such as whistle blower-hotlines
  • Advising on employee data protection
  • Supporting internal investigations
  • Litigating labour law cases
  • Advising on manager contracts
  • Advising on labour law-related social security issues

Corporate Criminal Law

Companies doing business in Germany are subject to a broad range of rules, including rules in the field of criminal law. At FHM, we represent managers and companies in all matters of corporate criminal law on the local, regional and federal levels. We know how to work with the German authorities and we literally speak the language of the court. If further coordination is required, we have a strong network of competent criminal defence lawyers and other specialists at hand. We promise to fight for your interests, and we are happy to cooperate with your local lawyers and consultants.

To give you an idea of what to expect from us, here are some of the services we provide:

  • Defending managers and employees in all stages of criminal proceedings
  • Defending companies facing allegations of insufficient supervision of their managers or employees
  • Defending companies facing fines and confiscation of profits
  • Defending companies and managers/employees facing regulatory proceedings
  • Advising companies in cases of (possible) crimes against the company
  • Extradition, cross boarder claim preparation, asset tracing
  • Advising companies on criminal compliance programs as well as on strategical issues
  • Implementing dawn raid work shops
  • Constitutional complaints

Internal Investigations

Internal investigations require forensic expertise as well as in-depth knowledge of the law. We combine expertise in national and international criminal investigations with expert knowledge on individual and collective labour law. We coordinate and execute internal investigations in a way that allows us either to cooperate with the authorities and dismiss employees who have broken the rules or to prepare an effective defence against the charges levelled against the company and its employees.

Data Protection Law

FHM also advises companies in the field of data protection law. Our main focus lies in the field of data processing for employment-related purposes as well as data protection issues arising from internal investigations. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) highlights and strengthens the already existing data protection rules. Violations of the relevant data protection laws can lead to the inadmissibility of the evidence gathered through internal investigations. Breaches of data protection laws are also subject to substantial fines. Strict adherence to the relevant laws is therefore essential.

Here are some of the services we provide:

  • Review and structuring of data protection rules
  • Implementation of data protection standards in internal investigations
  • Representation with supervisory authorities