Employment law is at the core of ASCENT
As a business law firm structured around a group of specialists in employment law, ASCENT has developed strong expertise in consulting and litigation, to meet the needs of French and international companies, groups, voluntary organizations and startups.
ASCENT is a law firm that understands employment law as a tool for organizing the company and improving the performance of its human resources.
A group combining Human Resources and Employment Law
For its clients’ HR projects, ASCENT works with privileged partners with specific skills, such as consulting firms, psychosocial risk prevention organizations, professional development coaches, and more.
The proven experience of its litigation partners ensures a relevant and accurate assessment of social, criminal and financial risk, as well as a detailed and targeted strategy for resolving disputes.
ASCENT brings lawyers specializing in other areas of business law to work with this employment law group to meet the specific demands of companies.
A wide range of economic sectors
Our clients are active in: insurance, agro-food, banking, cosmetics, digital, packaging, education, clothing, high tech, media, metallurgy, the community sector, consulting, telecommunications, tourism, road and rail transport, and more.
What brought us together at ASCENT
Marie-Hélène Fournier Gobert and Joséphine Imbert are, above all, experienced, positive and combative lawyers.
Specializing in employment law, they shared a professional journey in Barthélémy & Associés, where they worked for several years on the same team.
They understood each other immediately because they share the same vision of their practice, based on a close working relationship with their clients, an understanding of the strategic and human challenges faced by companies and a strong sense of ethics.
Both pursued their career in business law firms where they brought their know-how as experts in the field of employment law to cases including broader issues of company law, competition law and insolvency.
They share the conviction that employment law is essential to the success of companies.
And outside work …
“We have the same passion for mountains and running. Our commitment to self-improvement is a constant in our profession as well as our personal life … We also love dance and opera and actively support them through sponsorship.”
ASCENT supports “Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix Relief Fund”, the Friends of the Paris Opera (AROP), and “Vert-Avenir – Enfance au Vietnam”.
Marie-Hélène FOURNIER GOBERT
Marie-Hélène is a Founding Partner of ASCENT Avocats, the law firm she created with Joséphine IMBERT in April 2017.
Marie-Hélène’s strength is that she brings a clear understanding and strong listening skills to her work as an advisor integrating HR issues and the risk of litigation. Her negotiation skills enable her to intervene effectively and firmly, alongside her clients. She writes well, drawing on extensive experience, speaks forcefully, and is widely recognized for her litigation practice.
Holding a CAPA [Certificat d’Aptitude à la Profession d’Avocat – the entrance exam for the French Bar] and a DEA [Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies – Masters level qualification] in Employment Law from Paris II University (Panthéon Assas), Marie-Hélène has been a lawyer at the Paris Bar since 1995.
After working as an Associate with Barthélémy, a law firm specializing in employment law, for almost 10 years, Marie-Hélène became a partner in a Paris business law firm where she created the employment / social protection department.
Marie-Hélène has always been convinced that early identification of the risk of litigation is a basis for better targeted advice and risk control.
From the beginning of her career, she has oriented her professional practice towards advice to and defense of companies. She particularly enjoys the management of high risk situations and litigation where the stakes are high, such as industrial disputes, collective action, challenges to redundancy plans and collective agreements, or where the criminal liability of companies and their managers is engaged.
This experience allows her to provide highly relevant advice to foreign companies seeking to establish themselves in France and in relation to plans for reorganization (takeover of companies in difficulty, sale of subsidiaries, liquidation, collective redundancies).
Marie-Hélène also has solid expertise in negotiations with IORPs and institutional investors.
Joséphine is a Founding Partner of ASCENT Avocats, the law firm, which she founded with Marie-Hélène FOURNIER GOBERT in April 2017.
Joséphine’s strengths are commitment to passing on her knowledge and her excellent understanding of human and economic issues. Joséphine takes great care in providing her clients with clear, analytic and pragmatic answers to facilitate their decision making. She persuades judges of the merits of her litigation cases, pleading with conviction, method, and drawing on her extensive learning.
Joséphine holds a CAPA [Certificat d’Aptitude à la Profession d’Avocat – the entrance exam for the French Bar] and a DEA [Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies – Masters level qualification] in Employment from Paris Nanterre university. She has been a lawyer at the Paris Bar since 2000.
Her interest in the economy immediately means that she has always wanted to work with business, convinced that the workforce is essential to company performance.
Joséphine worked for four years as an associate at Barthélémy, a law firm specializing in employment law. She then joined BCTG, a law firm in Paris, after two years in London, where she assisted several international companies in their restructuring, takeovers and liquidation projects. Joséphine supported the implementation of codes of conduct and professional warning systems, in liaison with the CNIL.
In 2009, Joséphine created her own firm and continued her consulting activity with companies in the transport, media, education and community sectors. She offers them her expertise in the conduct of their operations of transformation, merger, reduction of staff, and in liquidation. Joséphine also supports them in drawing up appropriate employment contracts, preventing psychosocial risks and managing sensitive situations such as psychological harassment and burn-out.
Marie-Anne Lobry, who holds the CAPA and a Master’s degree in Labour Relations Law and Practice at Paris XI University (Sceaux), joined the firm in 2018 as a collaborator. Marie-Anne accompanies ASCENT clients, both in counsel and in litigation, to resolve their individual and collective labour law and social security law issues.
Marie-Anne has acquired a solid expertise through her experience in Social Relations at Danone and SNCF, and her final internship with LPA-CGR (formerly Lefevre Pelletier).