Dr. Volker Vogt, LL.M.

Lawyer, Specialist in employment law, Partner

Beruflicher Werdegang

Studied law in Hamburg, Germany, with employment law as an optional special subject, studied for an LL.M. at the University of Bristol, England, was awarded a summa cum laude in Hamburg and Bristol for his doctoral dissertation on the transfer of an undertaking, served his legal traineeship at the Landgericht Hamburg (Regional Court Hamburg), including time spent in New York, USA (at the UN representation) and in Alicante, Spain. From 2004 to 2009 he worked for a leading international US law firm in Hamburg, Munich and Paris. From 2009 to 2011 he was co-head of employment law at a corporate law firm in Hamburg and from 2011 to 2013 head of employment law at PwC Legal’s Hannover and Osnabrück Offices in Germany. He joined SCHOMERUS in 2013.


Dr. Volker Vogt advises his clients on employment law and related areas of law.

His clients include international and national companies (including a Dow Jones company as well as a Bundesliga club), non-profit organizations and executives.


  • Restructuring and operational changes under labor law

  • Negotiations on social compensation plans and reconciliation of interests

  • Legal representation in individual and collective labor law disputes

  • Drafting contracts under labor and employment law

  • Coordination and support of labor law aspects in M&A transactions

  • Compensation structuring

  • Collective bargaining law and collective negotiations

  • Works constitution law

  • Employee representation law

  • Employee leasing

  • Introduction of compliance regulations under labor law

  • Company pension law

  • Data protection issues


According to Handelsblatt & Best Lawyers 2019, 2020 and 2021, Dr. Vogt is one of the best lawyers in the field of employment law in Germany.


  • Hanseatic Bar Association Hamburg

  • Hamburg Association for Labor Law

  • German Bar Association

  • Lawyers' association Hamburg

  • Working Group for Labor Law in the German Bar Association


  • Co-author Münchener Handbuch Arbeitsrecht, 5th edition 2022, ed. by Kiel/Lunk/Oetker, chapter on special regulations, participation of the works council in tendency as well as provisions on penalties and fines.

  • Co-author of Anwaltformular Arbeitsrecht, 4th edition 2021, edited by Prof. Lunk, chapter on part-time work for older employees and employer's application pursuant to Sec. 78a BetrVG (German Works Council Constitution Act)

  • Comment on Chemnitz Labor Court, judgment of Dec. 11, 2019 - 9 Ca 1416/19, together with Ole Volquardsen, SpuRt 2020, 152

  • Short-time work in the Corona crisis, together with Felix Geulen, ArbR Aktuell 2020, 181

  • Genossenschaft-Ausweg aus der Scheinselbständigkeit oder doch illegale Arbeitnehmerüberlassung?, together with Felix Geulen, ArbR Aktuell 2019, 499

  • Interim management - An update on the current social security and labor law legal situation, together with Felix Geulen, ArbR Aktuell 2019, 319

  • Co-author HGB Commentary, 5th ed. 2019, edited by Röhricht, Graf von Westphalen, Haas, §§ 59 to 83.

  • Münchener Handbuch Arbeitsrecht, 4th ed. 2019, ed. by Kiel/Lunk/Oetker, chapter on special regulations

  • Münchener Handbuch Arbeitsrecht, 4th edition 2019, ed. by Kiel/Lunk/Oetker, Volume IV, chapter on participation of the works council in tendency as well as provisions on penalties and fines

  • Nomos Kommentar Gesamtes Arbeitsrecht, 1st edition 2016, ed. by Boecken, Düwell, Diller, Hanau, §§ 7 to 32 BetrAVG.

  • Tighter controls on artists' social security contributions, Initiativbanking 2/2015, 6

  • Labor law within the group, 2014, ISBN 978-3-8487-0702-7, Nomos Verlag, Baden-Baden

  • Data transfer within and outside the group, Betriebs-Berater 2014, issue 5, 245 - 250

  • Company pension adjustment and calculation pass-through within the group, NZA Neue Zeitschrift für Arbeitsrecht 2013, Heft 22, 1250 - 1255

  • Update on statements by employees in social networks that are harmful to the company, StBW 2013, 861-864

  • Design options for transfers of undertakings, StBW 2013, 90

  • Co-author Compliance Kompakt, ed. by Prof. Behringer, 3rd edition 2013: chapter Labor Law Compliance.

  • Interim management in the area of conflict between self-employment and dependent employment, together with Lars Deepen, ArbRAktuell 2012, 573.

  • Anwachsung als Fall des Betriebsübergangs?, together with Sönke Oltmanns, NZA 2012, 1190.

    Social Media and Labor Law, StBW 2012, 1001.

  • News on Termination due to Changed Requirement Profiles, together with Sönke Oltmanns, NZA 2012, 599

  • Particularities in the Employment of Severely Disabled Employees, StBW 2012, 573

  • Dealing with underperforming employees, StBW 2012, 236

  • Possibilities and limits of poaching work colleagues, together with Sönke Oltmanns, ArbRAktuell 2011, 604

  • Store-in-Store Concepts: An Assessment under Labor Law, together with Dr. Patrick Zeising, BB 2011, 2165

  • Labor Law Implications of Personnel Interviews, StBW 2011, 764

  • Viewpoint: Labor law stumbling blocks in store-in-store concepts, BB 2011, 2035

  • Co-author Compliance Kompakt, ed. by Prof. Behringer, 2nd edition 2011: chapter on labor law compliance

  • Co-author Lawyer Forms Labor Law, 2011, ed. by Prof. Lunk, chapter Partial Retirement and Employer's Application under Section 78a BetrVG

  • Dismissal due to frequent short-term illnesses, StBW 2011, 381

  • Rarely without trouble - the company party, together with Jan Kossmann, NZA 2010, 1264

  • The Christmas Party: Special Features under Labor, Tax and Social Security Law, StBW 2010, 1149

  • Job advertisements in the focus of discrimination lawsuits, StBW 2010, 860

  • Viewpoint: Smartphones - limited work duties also outside working hours?, BB 2010, 2299

  • Compliance and Investigations - Ten Questions from the Perspective of Employment Law Practice, NJW 2009, 3755 = NJOZ 2009, 4206

  • Work performance in a pandemic, U.F.O. 03/2009

  • Effects of a Pandemic on the Employment Relationship, steuer-journal 23/2009, 45

  • Viewpoint: Stressed employees - liability risks for employers?, BB 2009, 437

  • Risk Limitation Act - Labor Law Implications for M&A Transactions, together with Dr. Dorothea Bedkowski, NZG 2008, 725

  • Partial retirement - Transfer of business during the release phase, BB 2008, 1739

  • Improvement of working conditions on the occasion of a transfer of business, BB 2008, 1627

  • Labor Law Advice on the Acquisition of a Company, U.F.O. 01/2008

  • Transfer of Undertakings in the Event of the Outsourcing of Public Services in Great Britain and Germany, Diss., Verlag Peter Lang, 2002

Dozenten- und Prüfertätigkeiten

  • Lecturer for labor law at the Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA) since 2010

  • Member of the judicial examination board at the Hanseatic Higher Regional Court for the 1st state law examination (2006 - 2011)

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