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Dr. Kerstin Neighbour


Dr. Kerstin Neighbour

Dealing with working relationships means making relationships work. German employment law is rarely black or white and is typically nuanced and open to interpretation. You need an advisor who provides your business with sound advice and offers workable solutions: no sitting on the fence but clear answers to your questions. Kerstin Neighbour is a highly respected senior employment lawyer with extensive experience in transactional employment law advice and restructuring projects.

Apart from her legal knowledge, Kerstin is known for her solution-oriented advice and her instinct and tact when negotiating a balance of interests and social plans with works councils and their advisors. Among other things, this is why Kerstin's international and domestic clients have placed their appreciation of her work on record by praising her "pragmatic and sensible advice" (Legal 500 EMEA) as well as her ability to get to the point quickly and balance risk and reward effectively (Chambers Europe).

Kerstin heads the German Employment Practice Group of Hogan Lovells with more than 25 dedicated employment lawyers in four German offices. She is co-editor of as well as contributor to the German standard reference on employment law Beck'sches Formularbuch Arbeitsrecht (publisher C.H. Beck, currently available in its 3rd edition) and of the legal handbook Mergers & Acquisitions in Germany (German Law Publishers). Kerstin read law in Münster and worked as a scientific assistant in the Employment Law Department of Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. Her doctorate thesis deals with specific legal aspects of employee leasing.

Clients praise (…) Kerstin Neighbour, who "understood our business quickly and gave pragmatic and sensible advice".

Legal 500 EMEA

Representative experience

Advising Honeywell Group in all individual and collective employment law matters (including M&A projects, restructurings, outsourcing projects etc.).

Advising Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings on the acquisition of Covance Inc.

Advising Ametek Inc. on the acquisition of Dunkermotoren Group, a leading manufacturer of electrical drive technology.

Advising 3M on the employment aspects of its US$1bn acquisition of the Separations Media business of Polypore International (a New York stock exchange traded company).

Advising a US private equity investor on the acquisition of a pharmaceutical business in Germany.

Advising a major global IT services and consulting company on the divestiture of one of its German businesses to a private equity investor.

Advising Alstom on employment law aspects of the sale of the energy business to General Electric.

Advising several companies of the metal industry on restructurings, including relocations of the production abroad.

Advising Erste Abwicklungsanstalt on the acquisition of risk-based assets and non-strategic business units of WestLB (book value ca. €71bn.).

Education and admissions


  • Dr. iur., University of Münster, 2002
  • Second State Exam in Law, North Rhine-Westphalia, 2002
  • First State Exam in Law, University of Münster, 1998


  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft Arbeitsrecht im DAV


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