DLA Piper has appointed Paz de la Iglesia as the new head of the Spanish Employment practice, effective 1 May 2022. Pilar Menor, until now head of this practice in the Madrid office, will focus on her responsibilities as senior partner of the firm in Spain and international head of the Employment practice as Global co-chair Employment, Pension and Benefits.
Paz de la Iglesia is partner in charge of Pro Bono and co-head of the ESG practice in Spain, as well as co-lead of the Hospitality sector in Madrid. She has been involved in numerous Corporate Restructuring transactions, legal intervention before social courts and tribunals, collective bargaining, drafting of senior management contracts, advising on Employment aspects of M&A, etc. She is also a regular speaker at seminars on social and Labour issues.
Pilar Menor, senior partner of the firm in Spain, will maintain her international responsibility as Global co-chair of Employment, Pension and Benefits of the firm, one of the largest international employment departments, comprising a team of nearly 400 professionals in 40 jurisdictions dedicated to employment law, pensions and benefits. She is currently one of the Spanish lawyers with the greatest international responsibility and also participates in various international committees of the firm, such as the Diversity and Inclusion and Health and Welfare committees.
Pilar teaches on the Master’s Degree in Access to the Legal Profession at Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE) and at Centro de Estudios Garrigues. She is president of the Spanish Forum of Employment Lawyers (Forelab), Advisor to the Council of Bar Associations of the Community of Madrid. She has been named one of the Top 100 Women Leaders in Spain by the ranking of Mujeres & Cia and is the author of several publications on Labour Law and a regular speaker at labour seminars.
For Pilar Menor, “It is a great satisfaction to pass the baton of the local management of the department to Paz de la Iglesia, a great lawyer and colleague, and thus focus on my international responsibility which I will continue to combine with advising our clients. These are very interesting times for labour lawyers and it is a privilege to have first-hand knowledge of the major global trends. Paz’s appointment is another example of DLA Piper’s commitment to providing leadership opportunities for female talent.”
Paz de la Iglesia commented on her appointment: “It is an honour for me to take on this new professional challenge in the Employment area, which I face with the utmost enthusiasm and commitment. I am confident that I will be able to add the knowledge acquired over all these years alongside Pilar Menor, at a particularly key time for the area, which, following the pandemic and the latest reforms, has experienced a significant increase in the number of cases and clients, as well as in the importance of these cases.”