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The firm

Our practice: all fields of employment law

DDLC assists and represents its clients in litigation, as plaintiffs and/or defendants, in civil, criminal and labor courts, in individual (dismissal, disciplinary sanctions, employment agreement transfers, etc.) or collective disputes (litigation related to informing and consulting with works councils, election litigation, litigation related to the validity of collective agreements, etc.).

DDLC also works on litigation related to URSSAF tax adjustments.

We assist our clients with the labor management of their corporate law transactions (sales, acquisitions, lease managements, mergers, etc.) and with performing audits, implementing the terms for transferring employees, managing employees' collective statuses, the procedure for informing and consulting with staff representatives (determining the procedure to be adopted, preparation of documents to be provided, procedure follow-up), procedures to undertake vis-à-vis the labor authorities.

DDLC also assists public entities and public-sector companies with the labor private law aspects of certain of their transactions (change in public-sector concession holders, etc.).

Our lawyers

Marie-Cécile de la Chapelle and Karen Durand-Hakim have more than 20 years of experience in employment law, both in an advisory capacity and in litigation.

  • Marie-Cécile de la Chapelle, a member of the Paris Bar since 1993, practiced at Jeantet and Associates, Salès Vincent & Associates, Bersay & Associates, Franklin and Sekri Valentin Zerrouk, before founding DDLC.

She is the author of a number of articles on doctrine in the journal RF Social, and she regularly participates in professional colloquia devoted to employment law.

Marie-Cécile de la Chapelle also teaches at the CNAM. Education: Master's in private law, Paris I Panthéon La Sorbonne; Master's II in employment and social security law Paris II Assas.

She has close ties with Lebanon, where she has cultivated many professional contacts, including with certain fellow lawyers.

  • A member of the Paris Bar since 1998, Karen Durand-Hakim practiced at Bersay & Associés and Franklin before founding DDLC.

Karen Durand-Hakim regularly conducts training in employment law, notably with the EFE and the school Sup des RH.

As Karen trained in collaborative process and in mutual gains negotiations, she prioritizes amicable settlements for conflicts and can assist her clients with negotiations in a peaceful framework.

Education: Master's in private law, Paris XI; Master's II in economic law and competition law, Paris XI.

DDLC law firm joined in 2018 “The Lawyers International Network for Employees and Executives” (“LINEE”) (, which is a worldwide network of highly-rated specialist law firms launched in 2013 to meet the growing need of international executives and other employees.

The goal of LINEE is to provide expert employment law advice around the world on such issues as employment contracts, compensation and bonuses, restrictive covenants, severance benefits, dismissal, discrimination, whistleblowing, and repatriation.

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