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Saskia MacLaughlin

Of Counsel

Saskia MacLaughlin focuses on employment and labor law. She advises a wide range of German and international companies on all aspects of individual and collective employment law, as well as related aspects of other areas of law.

A particular focus of her work lies in collective employment law, advising companies in dealing with works councils and co-determination issues. Saskia's practice includes preparing employment and service contracts for employees and executive officers and advising clients on the implementation of restructuring measures.

Areas of FocusEmployment
Professional QualificationsRechtsanwältin admitted with Hanseatische Rechtsanwaltskammer Hamburg


  • Frequent representation of employers in Arbitration Boards (Einigungsstelle) concerning co-determination rights of works councils
  • Preparing a stock option plan and the respective service contract for a leading executive officer of an international company
  • Advising a client on the claim for damages against the former members of the board of directors due to unjustified payments
  • Preparing employment contracts and service contracts for executive officers
  • Advising on legal aspects of employment of foreign nationals in Germany addressing issues of visa and work permits and dealing with German authorities
  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • University Bayreuth, First State Examination

  • Higher Regional Court Celle, Second State Examination

  • Certified Specialist for Labor Law

Prior Experience

Prior to joining DLA Piper, Saskia has gained experience working in the Labor Law department of one of the largest German financial institutions. Additionally, Saskia completed internships lasting several months at the German Embassy both in Ecuador (2011) and Argentina (2007), providing legal support in consular affairs.