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The firm

Scope of the firm’s activities

As a labour law boutique firm, we advise on commercial law with the focus on all issues of labour law. This includes specifically advising domestic and foreign companies on questions of individual and collective labour law, European Union labour law and related aspects of company and social security law.

The firm provides ongoing assistance to both national and international companies in reorganizations of all kinds. We also provide recurrent assistance to our clients on data protection issues, assigning employees abroad and staff secondment. Likewise, we regularly work on drafting and amending company respectively collective bargaining agreements and we provide ongoing advice to clients on issues involving termination of employment. We are regularly engaged to draw up executive respectively (senior) management employment contracts and collaborate on drawing up or amending complex working time models and company pension schemes. The firm represents clients in all kinds and stages of labour law litigation.

Our partners

Dr. Helmut Preyer and Dr Gerald Burgstaller founded Burgstaller & Preyer Rechtsanwälte GmbH in 2001. Previously, both partners had worked for years in two prominent Austrian law firms (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte GmbH and Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati Rechtsanwälte GmbH) where they worked in or headed the labour law departments.

Dr Helmut Preyer and Dr Gerald Burgstaller are founding members of the European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA) and are active in this organization.

They also lecture regularly on labour law issues of all kinds at seminars and conferences, including acting as co-editors and co-authors of the “Kommentar zum österreichischen Angestelltengesetz” (Commentary on Austrian employment law, F. Marhold, G. Burgstaller, H. Preyer [eds.], Manz-Verlag, 2007, with regular updates). Dr Helmut Preyer is also a co-author of the “Handbuch Arbeitsrecht” (Labour Law Manual, Kuras [ed.], Manz-Verlag, 1997, with regular updates).