Jacob Sand


Gorrissen Federspiel
Axeltorv 2
1609 Copenhagen V

Tel: +45 86 20 74 04

Email: jas@gorrissenfederspiel.com
Web: gorrissenfederspiel.com

Jacob Sand heads the firm’s Labour & Employment practice group. Jacob specialises in a broad range of employment law issues. Having worked for more than 3½ years as a Legal Secretary at the European Court of Justice and having acted as an active advocate before the EU Court, Jacob has state-of-the-art knowledge and understanding of all aspects of EU employment law. Jacob Sand combines this knowledge with profound insight into collective labour law. This means that he is one of the most widely used litigators in Labour Court cases.

Jacob Sand has conducted numerous arbitration and court cases before the Supreme Court, Labour Court and other tribunals, including industrial tribunals, concerning for example equal treatment, discrimination, breach of competition clauses, secondment of employees, collective redundancies, mergers and restructurings.

Jacob advises clients in a wide variety of different industries, for instance IT companies, consultancy agencies, transport businesses, financial services providers, telecommunications and media.

Significant Cases:

The Solesi case: Jacob Sand has assisted in a long range of the most significant Danish cases conducted regarding the secondment of employees to Denmark, including the Solesi case which concerns Italian employees seconded to major construction works in Denmark. The Solesi case involved a number of fundamental EU law issues.

The obesity case: On the strength of his extensive EU law experience, Jacob litigated the obesity case both before the EU Court of Justice and before the Danish courts of law. The issue of this case was to determine whether obesity may constitute a disability. The judgment handed down by the EU Court of Justice attracted global attention and counted as a landmark case in Europe at the time. Having litigated the case, Jacob Sand was appointed ”Lawyer of the Week” by The Times, a title that has neither before nor after been awarded to any other Danish lawyer.

Gorrissen Federspiel provides advice to Danish and international clients relating to labour and employment law issues.

Gorrissen Federspiel provides specialist advice on labour and employment law issues complemented by a strong commercial understanding of company law. We provide assistance in relation to Danish and international aspects of employment law, including in particular EU law aspects where we hold a unique market position. We act as sparring partner to the clients that dispose of strong internal HR resources, just as we provide advice to and spar with the clients that do not have an internal HR department.

As advisers, we are in close contact with our clients to find best solution in a given situation, based on business, strategic and ethical considerations.

Gorrissen Federspiel ranks among the leading corporate law firms in Denmark and has strong international relations.

Our offices are located in Copenhagen and Aarhus. More than half of our approx. 450 employees are lawyers, all possessing high-level education and the qualifications that our clients demand.

Gorrissen Federspiel offers legal services within all areas of Danish and EU business law and is organised into 26 practice areas.

The advantage of organising our people into teams of highly specialised experts is that they all excel within their area and are able precisely to pinpoint our clients’ challenges. Having in-depth knowledge of market practices and the relevant businesses, a specialised lawyer creates more value for the client and solves legal issues and transactions much more quickly.

It is our philosophy that good advice attracts good clients. Therefore, we are proud to represent some of the largest Danish and foreign business undertakings and financial institutions. Over the years, we have assisted our clients in many of the largest and most challenging M&A transactions in Denmark, and in recent years we have litigated some of the most highest profile court cases.

“Jacob Sand rises to the top tier as a result of very positive feedback. He is best known for his skilful handling of employment disputes before the Labour Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union. “His cases are highly complex and substantive,” a source says, while several other source praises his responsiveness and reliability. He also assists with employment issues related to transactions.”
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