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Lawyers at the Geneva Bar

A law firm expert in labour and employment law,
social insurance law, criminal law and contract law.


Founded in 1995 by Me Joanna BÜRGISSER, the Firm was dedicated both to labour and employment law issues, with special expertise in gender equality.

The desire to offer a complete and high-quality service to our clients has governed the association since 2019, with the arrival of Me Laurence PIQUEREZ, whose areas of specialization enrich our offer.

The Firm’s clients can now benefit from specific and informed advice in the areas of criminal law, social insurance law and contract law.

The Firm BÜRGISSER & PIQUEREZ focuses on the client’s needs, whilst always ensuring an individual and privileged contact.

Quality, efficiency, availability, and complementarity are the Firm’s chief principles.

While the lawyers fully master court proceedings, negotiated solutions are – whenever possible – preferred to the procedural route.

Joanna BÜRGISSER and Laurence PIQUEREZ are assisted in their duties by their trainee lawyers.



Founder of BÜRGISSER ATTORNEYS in April 1995. Born in Poland in 1963.

Higher education in Poland and Switzerland. Law degree from the University of Geneva in 1986. Admitted to the Geneva Bar in 1991.

Former research assistant at the University of Geneva.

Former Deputy Secretary General, head of legal affairs of a major Swiss trade union (negotiations, collective labour agreements, social plans, individual and collective litigation and proceedings, member of advisory commissions of Geneva Cantonal Government regarding immigration issues and the labour market)

Former member of the Examination Commission of judges at the labour court (prud’hommes).

Lecturer at the Geneva Bar School, University of Geneva (ECAV).

Practices labour and employment law including gender equality, as well as a few aspects of immigration law, with specialisation in work permits.

Languages: French, Polish, English and Russian.

Me Laurence PIQUEREZ

Firm associate since March 2019.

Born in 1975, origins in Swiss Jura. Higher education in Switzerland and Australia.

Law degree from the University of Geneva in 1999. Licence delivered by the Canton and Republic of Jura in 2002.

Independent lawyer since March 2018.

Former law clerk at the Tribunal of Insurances in Luzern.

Former head of the legal department at the Geneva Cantonal Office of Disability Insurance.

Former law clerk of the ‘Chambre’ of Insurances at the Geneva Court of Justice.

From 2011 to 2018, Prosecutor of the Prosecution Ministry of the Republic and Canton of Geneva (head of enquiries with international aspects, including collaboration with numerous foreign authorities as part of international mutual aid in penal matters, member of the Commission on narcotics of the Latin Conference of Swiss prosecutors).

Her main practice areas are general criminal law and national and international economic law: defence of adult and juvenile defendants, sentence and measures enforcement, assistance to victims in criminal cases, international judicial mutual aid.

Also practices in the areas of social and private insurance law, including civil liability, as well as in general family law.

Collaborated to the redaction of ‘Procédure pénale suisse’ (Swiss criminal procedure), Gérard PIQUEREZ/Alain MACALUSO, published in 2011.

Member of the Swiss Society of criminal law.

Languages: French, English, German, Italian.


Law studies at the University of Geneva between 2007 and 2012. Trainee lawyer at Bürgisser Avocats between 2015 and 2017. Admitted to the Geneva Bar in 2017.

Former jurist to a trade union, former lawyer at legal protection insurances firms, and former executive within Geneva’s cantonal administration.

Judge assessor at the social insurances Chamber at Geneva’s Court of Justice. Trains as conflict mediator.

His main practices areas are private labour law, public service law (communal, cantonal and federal administration employees, as well as independent public institutions), social and private insurance law.

Also practices in the areas of administrative law, immigration law, traffic law and adult protection law.

Collaborator since the 1st of October 2021.

Languages: French, Italian, English

Me Amanda GJONEJ

Trainee lawyer

BA and MA in Law from the University of Geneva.
Received the trainee lawyer specialization certificate as well as the certificate in Transnational/International Law and legal profession in 2021.
Judicial internship in a Geneva law firm.
Internship in a Geneva financial firm’s compliance department.
Trainee lawyer at BÜRGISSER & PIQUEREZ Avocates since March 2021.
Languages: French, English, Albanian, Italian, Spanish and German.


In principle, according to the law and in conformity with custom, the Firm asks for retainers, due and payable in advance, according to the development of the mandate.

Fees and expenses statements are sent regularly, with details.

A first consultation, fixed rapidly, has the objectives of a first contact, a preliminary discussion, and advice with regards to the first steps to take, or litigations to initiate. Lasting sixty minutes maximum, its price is fixed at a rate of CHF 380.- including VAT, payable in cash at the desk before the consultation.

The hourly rate situates itself between CHF 450.- and CHF 500.- excluding VAT. It can be increased or decreased depending on the urgency, the judicial difficulties, the case’s importance or gravity, the procedural result and the client’s situation.

The Firm points out that the law forbids the lawyer to convene with their client, before the end of the dispute, of any financial arrangement that entails sharing the benefits obtained during the procedure instead of the lawyer’s fees. Moreover, the lawyer cannot commit themselves to waive their fees if the law proceedings’ results turn out to be negative. However, a share in profits (pactum de palmario) is admissible as long as it is concluded at the very start of the mandate, or after the end of legal proceedings.

Finally, individuals who do not have the necessary financial resources can get help from the State to pay lawyers’ fees. In such cases, the lawyer then acts as an appointed lawyer. The Firm readily counsels and assists clients in such a process.


The papers in this section are by no means to be understood as legal advice. They merely reflect actual or ongoing legal and judicial questions and are constructed as personal opinions. These papers do not encompass the authors’ complete opinions and do not engage the Firm’s responsibility nor bind it in any way.

Versement des bonus en cas de très hauts revenus

Libération de l’obligation de travailler pendant le délai de congé



Bürgisser & Piquerez
5, av. de Frontenex
1207 Genève

Tel +41 22 700 22 44
Fax +41 22 700 24 11


Me Joanna Bürgisser

Me Laurence Piquerez


5, avenue de Frontenex, 1207 Genève


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