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Peter Hützen

Certified Employment Law Specialist

michels.pmks Köln

“Employment law is exciting, true to life and constantly changing. What drives me is finding tailor-made solutions for today’s and tomorrow’s HR issues of my clients.”

Peter Hützen is a Certified Employment Law Specialist and works as a partner of the firm out of the Duesseldorf office.

Perseverance, tenacity and precision: all this describes the experienced reorganisation and restructuring specialist Peter Hützen. The opportunity to constructively support clients with his work and help them achieve success motivates him anew every day.

He has been navigating companies through troubled waters for more than two decades. Next to his restructuring work and his highly demanded advice on day-to-day HR work, Peter accompanies M&A deals and transactions in terms of labour law. With confidence, pragmatism and always with foresight Peter constantly advises on employee data protection issues.

Peter regularly passes on his broad experience and labour law knowledge in seminars o and regularly trains executives in labour law issues.

  • Since 2021 Partner of michels.pmks Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB
  • 2015 – 2020 Partner at vangard ⎮Littler
  • 2011 – 2015 Counsel at Bird & Birld LLP
  • 2007 – 2010 Partner at Oppenhoff & Partner
  • 2001 – 2007 Associate / Managing Associate at Linklaters LLP
  • 2000 – 2001 Lawyer at Oppenhoff & Rädler
  • Restructuring and reorganization of companies and businesses
  • Labour Law during insolvency
  • Digitalization of work environments
  • Employee data protection
  • Executive management advisory services
  • Ecclesiastical Labour Law
  • German Bar Association
  • Düsseldorf Bar Association
  • Working Group Labour Law in the German Bar Association
  • German Employment Lawyers Association
  • European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA)
  • “Dealing with Social Media in the Workplace,” in Working 4.0 in Corporate Practice – Labour Law Challenges and Opportunities, pp. 106-123, 1st edition 2020, HUSS Medien GmbH Verlag
  • “Beware of digital sick notes,” in, on March 31, 2019
  • “Better to deliver notice by messenger?”, in Landschaft Bauen und Gestalten 2/2019, pp. 12-13.
  • The Flexible Workplace in the Gig Economy, 2019 National CLE Conference – Labour & Employment.
  • “Sick leave via WhatsApp: practical and problematic,” in Legal Tribune Online, on Jan. 15, 2019
  • GDPR: Practical tips for (new) data protection
  • Personnel data in the company – (not) an internal matter?, Update Temporary Employment – Compact Seminar.
  • Paying attention to data protection in the recruitment process in: Winning the Best – Modern Personnel Recruitment as a Success Factor for Top Companies, Haufe 1st edition 2018.
  • Reemployment, Beck Online 23rd ed.
  • “Data Protection in the Cultural Sector,” in Handbook of Cultural Management, ed. by Prof. Dr. Gereon Röckrath et al, DUZ Verlags- und Medienhaus GmbH, Berlin, 2018
  • “Delivery of a notice of termination by messenger – Are there data protection concerns?” ArbRB blog post, Nov. 30, 2018, available at:
  • “More flexible working hours would be possible” in NJW-aktuell, 44/2018, p. 19, together with Dr. Gerlind Wisskirchen
  • “Winning the Best – Modern Personnel Recruitment as a Success Factor for Top Companies,” ed. by Arne Prieß, Ivana Hilgers, Ewald Manz, Jan Peter Schiller et al. Haufe, 2018 (published October 2018)
  • “Please quite friendly! – Fotografieren auf Betriebsfeiern”, in: Der Betrieb (DB) 2018, Heft 9, M 41 ff., together with Dr. Isabel Meyer-Michaelis LL.M.
  • “Adapt or leave it alone?”, in: personalmagazin issue 08/18, pp. 88-91
  • “Data Protection in Temporary Employment”, in: special edition of personalmagazin’s practical guide to data protection law Heft 05/18, pp. 5-11
  • ” Labor Law Aspects of Social Media” in Working 4.0 – Labor Law and Data Protection in the Digitalized World of Work, ed. Nicolai Besgen, Thomas Prinz, DeutscherAnwaltVerlag, updated edition expected to appear in early 2018
  • “Re-employment,” co-author in Minn/Stück/Braun (eds.), Beck Online-Kommentar – Personal-Lexikon, 2017
  • ” Reinstatement claim,” co-author in Grobys/Panzer (eds.), StichwortKommentar Arbeitsrecht, 3rd ed. 2017
  • “Digitalization – a technical challenge for the right of co-determination under Section 87 (1) No. 6 BetrVG”, in: BetriebsBerater, issue 36/2017, p. 2105-2109
  • Facebook appearances are subject to works council co-determination rights, BVAU News Issue 3/2017.
  • Working 4.0: Big Data analyses in human resources, in DER BETRIEB, 2016, Herft 51-52, pp. 3042-3049
  • “Co-determination in the family business” in: Handbook of Family Businesses and Entrepreneurial Families – Design Practice in Civil, Corporate and Tax Law”, 1st edition 2016, Schäffer-Poeschel, Stuttgart 2016, Dr. Gerlind Wisskirchen/Jan Peter Schiller.
  • “Co-determination in Family Businesses,” in Handbook of Family Businesses and Entrepreneurial Families, Wolf-Georg Freiherr von Rechenberg/Angelika Thies/Heiko Wiechers (eds.), 1st ed. 2016, pp. 185-206.
  • “Securing Smart Data Treasure,” in BankInformation 2016, issue 02/16, pp. 72 – 75.
  • – “Workplace co-determination,” in Group Labour Law, Braun/Wisskirchen Handbook, 1st ed. 2015, pp. 499-517
  • – “Bring Your Own Device,” in Der Betrieb 2015, issue 20, pp. 1163 – 1168


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