Valérie Blandeau is the Head of the Employment department of Gowling WLG in Paris. Previously partner at Eversheds since 2008, Valérie joined Gowling WLG in April 2011. She assists French and foreign clients to navigate in a very complex and evolving legal environment.
Her extensive experience of the French employment legislation, more specifically on working time and restructuring enables her to provide pragmatic data analysis for her clients, notably to optimise costs and predict budgets where issues arise regarding working time, variable remuneration, social security charges, mass redundancies or negotiated departures.
She works with both French and international clients on issues of employment law across a range of business sectors including: telecommunications, retail, recycling, tech and the pharmaceutical industry.
Valérie regularly writes for the legal press and has authored various publications on working time. She also regularly participates in seminars and conferences and organises training for clients, both in France and abroad.
Valerie is also member of IBA Employment (International Bar Association), EELA (European Employment Lawyers Association) and AVOSIAL (a network which represents employment lawyers in France).
Introduced in 2000, the 35 hours law continues to have a great impact in France. Valérie was highly involved in the implementation of several agreements on the reduction of working time. Following a comprehensive research into the innovative and complex subject, Valérie's interest, ability to deal with figures and technical skills led her to co-write a book on the topic: 35 hours in figures and letters.
Valérie has a very large experience in dealing with non-French companies operating in France. She perfectly understands the cultural difference and provides her clients with a real added value by explaining the French rules to a non-French company.