Commerce, large scale retailing and services

Sector Overview

We are at the forefront in providing legal support to firms engaged in the large-scale retail trade and the provision of services in the tourism and hospitality, catering and road haulage industries, assisting them not only in analyzing and negotiating collective bargaining agreements at all levels, but also in managing reorganization operations and in litigation before all Italian and foreign courts.

Large-scale retail trade

Dealing with new forms of collaboration and new trade associations

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Hotel and catering services

Assuring compliance in the award of contracts and the management of employment agreements

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Haulage and transport services

Assuring due compliance with the rules by all parties involved in logistics, shipping and haulage operations

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Our Expertise

Dealing with new forms of collaboration and new trade associations

We have been assisting major players in the retail trade for some time, dealing regularly with matters typically associated with large-scale retail chains, such as, for example, monitoring employees’ work (shoplifting, tills, etc.) and substituting staff on strike. We have also recently been involved in the exit of major companies from the relevant trade associations and the ensuing need to put a new national collective bargaining agreement and a new system of industrial relations in place for more than 300,000 employees.

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Assuring compliance in the award of contracts and the management of employment agreements

Our clients in the hotel and catering sector entrust us with handling litigation concerning all aspects connected with the performance and termination of employment agreements, in which the most common issues raised include the correct classification and job titles of staff, dismissals and part-time, short-term, seasonal and on-call contracts. We also advise on the management of contracts for the procurement of catering services and on the procedures to be followed in cases where a contractor changes.

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Assuring due compliance with the rules by all parties involved in logistics, shipping and haulage operations

We assist major firms in the haulage and transport sectors that are engaged in transporting passengers and goods and providing logistics and shipping services to major large-scale retailers.
In the rail transport sector, we have been instructed to deal with problems connected with the award of contracts for various services (cleaning, train services, catering, etc.) and handle the relating litigation on behalf of the contracting entity. We have also handled disputes concerning disciplinary and salary matters.

The assistance required of us in the road haulage sector has focused on monitoring and regulating the work performed by employees hired as drivers, also in view of the strict safety rules they are required to follow. In court cases in that regard, our legal assistance has laid the foundations for arriving at a correct univocal approach in the case-law on the subject, also in cases of claims concerning pay differentials, allowances and rest breaks.
With regard to airlines, we have dealt with all the labour law issues typical of the air transport sector, as well as those typically pertaining to airports.

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