• Ofir Pozner specialises in all areas of non-contentious and contentious employment law, and is also a commercial litigator. His expertise includes advising on individual and collective employment terms, staff handbooks, termination of employment, redundancy, discrimination, grievances, whistleblowing, collective agreements, union recognition and employment litigation, as well as obtaining work permits and visas for expert foreign employees, and representing such clients before the various governmental offices which enforce labour laws in Israel.  Ofir's expertise also includes advising on the employment aspects of commercial transactions, in particular venture capital and seed financing of technology based companies, mergers, acquisitions, business sales and transfers of undertakings.

     

    Ofir's clients include domestic and international clients from a wide range of industries, venture capital funds, investors, founders, government entities and foreign embassies in Israel as well as officers and senior employees.

     

    Ofir has extensive experience representing both private and state-owned companies in union-related and individual employee labour disputes. These have variously related to workplace conditions, collective agreements, termination and lay-off policies, severance entitlement, pensions, and other contractual issues. He has also handled sensitive cases relating to whether individual workers are to be considered independent contractors or employees. His expertise also includes the effectiveness and enforcement of restrictive covenants, particularly with regard to preventing former employees setting up competing businesses.

     

    His commercial litigation practice focuses on real estate and partnership disputes, often associated with large-scale infrastructure projects.

     

    Publications

    Ofir is a specialist contributor on employment law to Calcalist, one of Israel’s leading financial newspapers and financial websites.

  • Ofir advises a wide range of leading commercial entities in connection with all their employment contracts and issues, including international airlines such as Delta Air Lines and British Airways, broadcasting companies such as the Reshet television franchisee, the Hadassah Medical Organisation, the technology transfer arm of the Weizmann Institute and the British Embassy, as well as manufacturing, energy and fuel production entities.  This includes representation of:

     

    • The Israel Electric Company in union-related labour disputes and individual employee disputes regarding workplace conditions, collective agreements, termination and lay-off policies, severance agreements and other contractual issues
    • The Paz Group in disputes regarding real estate assets arising from partnership issues on a major building project and in particular which partner held the rights to the building and its further expansion
    • Flying Cargo, the local franchisee of FedEx, in claims filed by all its employees, as well as providing ongoing legal counsel in particular with regard to the law on hours of work and rest
    • Flying Cargo against claims by self-employed contractors that they should be treated as employees in terms of benefits upon termination of the relationship
    • Amnir Recycling on whether an employer-employee relationship existed between Amnir and the plaintiff, and whether the latter would be entitled to compensation as an employee as a result of the agreement between the parties