In its latest 2022 edition, the respected legal magazine JUVE ranks our firm among the top three employment law practices in Austria (Group 2).

„For over 20 years now this boutique legal firm specialising in labour law for employers and senior executives has been one of the most sought-after in the market. Market developments have meant that their workload has recently been dominated by a large number of restructuring measures and severance package negotiations; however, their spectrum of expertise is actually considerably broader, ranging from work on company pension schemes through to implementation of group-wide matrix structures and drafting of management board mandates […] The team regularly land new clients through their cooperation with respected German labour law firms, who commend them as being “highly proficient in their field” […] With generational change on the horizon in the medium term, a young lawyer from their prestigious competitor CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz was brought on board in 2021. Both he and an experienced female colleague have already been promoted to a position equivalent to that of salaried partner with a major law firm.“

Helmut Preyer: Described by a competitor as “capable, solution-driven, efficient”.

Gerald Burgstaller: “Goes all out for his clients yet still very pleasant to work with”, according to a competitor.

Strengths: “Excellent links to a network of international labour law specialists from other firms, and also regularly represent foreign-based clients.”

In 2022, as in previous years, Chambers (Volume 1) ranked Helmut Preyer and Gerald Burgstaller among Austria’s best employment lawyers:

“Experienced practitioner Helmut Preyer is an excellent adviser for clients seeking comprehensive employment law advice. While mostly visible in complex termination cases, Helmut Preyer also assists with bonus payment issues, working from home regulations and social plans as well as data protection-related labour law mandates. Reflecting on their cooperation, one source describes him as a ‘very experienced and great lawyer‘.”

Gerald Burgstaller is held in high esteem for his breadth of expertise and coverage of all matters related to employment law, assisting with social plans, business transfers and new human resource management tools as well as pension issues. He is also frequently sought after for his prowess in handling litigation.“

Furthermore, our firm was once again listed (in Volume 2) as one of the country’s leading labour and employment law practices:

“What the team is known for Leading boutique firm for employment law, Burgstaller & Preyer regularly handles contentious and non-contentious matters for investors, startups and financial institutions. The law firm also demonstrates excellent capabilities in advising on employment matters pertaining to M&A transactions and downsizing projects. Additionally, clients benefit from the team’s expertise in employee dismissals of senior management, the implementation of new human resource management tools and data protection as well as working from home guidelines. Burgstaller & Preyer is well placed to assist with proceedings across all court levels.“

The latest 2022 edition of Legal 500 again lists our practice as one of the top employment law specialists in Austria (in Tier 2) and ranks Helmut Preyer among the group of “Leading Individuals”:

“Boutique labour and employment firm Burgstaller & Preyer Rechtsanwälte GmbH focuses on employer work, acting for national and international banks and companies from a range of sectors such as insurance, manufacturing and arts and entertainment. The practice also advises top-level management on employment contracts, pension agreements and litigation against former employers. Helmut Preyer and Gerald Burgstaller head the team and are founding members of the European Employers Lawyers Association.“

The latest 2022 edition of Legal 500 again lists our practice as one of the top employment law specialists in Austria (in Tier 2) and ranks Helmut Preyer among the group of “Leading Individuals”:

The latest ranking published by Austria’s leading business magazine, Trend, in 2022 places Helmut Preyer among the country’s top four employment lawyers.

2002 also saw Best Lawyers select our practice as “Law Firm of the Year” in its “Labor and Employment Law” category.

Helmut Preyer was awarded the “Lawyer of the Year” title in the category “Labor and Employment Law in Vienna”.