BREXIT vs. (Employee) Freedom of Movement

I. Background and status of negotiations

It has now been over one and a half years since the United Kingdom resolved, in a referendum held on 23 June 2016, with the slimmest majority thinkable (51.9% / 48.1%), to leave the EU. A period of “shock” and paralysis on both sides was followed by highly controversial political and legal discussions regarding the resulting consequences. As the result of these discussions, Prime Minister Theresa May submitted a written notification to the European Council on 29 March 2017, declaring the exit which, however, would not come into effect until after the expiry of two years. Unless the Council agrees otherwise with the exiting nation, European contracts will therefore no longer apply two years from the date of the formal application, i.e. after 28 March 2019, according to Art. 50 para. 3 TEU, provided that this extension is granted in mutual agreement of all member states.

Intra company transfer directive

EU ICT card / intra-corporate transferee permit

In implementation of the EU Directive on the intra-company transfer (“Directive 2014/66/EU of the European Parliament and the European Council of 15 May 2014 on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals in the framework of an intracorporate transfer”), the so called ICT card (“ICT-Karte”) has recently been introduced effective 1st August 2017, Section 19b – 19d German Residence Act. There are several options available:

  • ICT card for stays of more than 90 days (Section 19b German Residence Act)
  • notification for short term stays of no more than 90 days (Section 19c German Residence Act)
  • mobile ICT card for stays of more than 90 days for applicants holding a ICT card issued by another EU member state (Section 19d German Residence Act)

19th, September 2016: Dr. Gunther Mävers Speaker at IBA 2016 in Washington D.C.

Speaker: Dr. Gunther Mävers | Date: 19th,  September 2016 | Place: Washington D.C.

“Welcome to our country! But please, put down that job application.”

During IBA 2016 in Washington D.C. Mr. Mävers, who is Chair of the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA), will be a Speaker at a debate over refugees, the Syrian/African diasporas, employment opportunities and inclusion  Weitere Informationen

Juve Handbook 2014 / 2015: michels.pmks among the 90 most renowned labour law firms in Germany

Although only established in September 2014 the JUVE Handbook 2014/15 has named michels.pmks already among the 90 most renowned labour law firms in Germany: 


“The team around the nationally renowened founding partner Dr. Marcus Michels was anyway very independent in the past. They now appear on the law market with a strong specialiaticon on labour law. Beside a comprehensive mixture of medium sized clients and national active industrial- and service companies, the lawyers have a focus on the health care sector […].” 

Juve Handbook 2014 / 2015: michels.pmks is a proven expert for hospitals and physicians

The JUVE Handbook 2014/15 has  referred the team of the fouding partner Dr. Kerrin Schillhorn as especially renowned law-firm for hospital- and healthcare law.


michels.pmks: New name – proven team.

michels.pmks: Gründer-Partner

The labor law department around Dr. Marcus Michels at the Cologne office of the law firm Mütze Korsch Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH as well as the health lawyer Dr. Kerrin Schillhorn are leaving Mütze Korsch. Starting September 1 of this year, the partners Dr. Marcus Michels, Markus Pillok, Dr. Kerrin Schillhorn, Dr. Gunther Mävers and Ulrich Kortmann will operate under the name of michels.pmks. By this means, the tried and trusted labor law team stays together and also integrates health legislation, playing an important role in hospital law.

Successful doctorate: Dr. Jannis Kamann

In December 2013, while working as a lawyer in our law firm, Dr Jannis Kamann also successfully concluded the studies for his doctoral degree in labor law at Cologne University. The doctorate with the title “The omission in bad faith of an acquisition in the employer’s default of acceptance” was supervised by Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Ulrich Preis, Managing Director of the Institute for German and European Labor and Social Law of Cologne University.