Lidia Zarnescu

Managing Associate

+40 21 307 1611

Lidia Zarnescu

Managing Associate
+40 21 307 1611


Lidia Zarnescu is a Managing Associate in the Bucharest office and the co-head of the local Employment & Labour Law service line. She focuses on employment & labour law, social security and dispute resolution.

Lidia has significant expertise and an established track record in handling a wide spectrum of employment law issues, including TUPE, disciplinary procedures, termination of employment agreements, mobbing, data protection, and immigration issues. She has also drafted and reviewed a variety of employment-related documents including internal regulations and collective labour agreements.

She has a Ph.D. in Labour and Social Security Law and currently holds the position of Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest. She also participates in professional conferences and regularly publishes books and articles.

Lidia is also specialized in dispute resolution, having coordinated a portfolio of more than 300 labour disputes. She has successfully assisted and represented employers before national courts of law in complex matters, including wrongful termination, patrimonial liability, strikes and work-related accidents.

Lidia Zarnescu has been very professional and helpful, and the whole team is very good to work with.

Remus Codreanu and Lidia Zarnescu demonstrated core qualities to support our legal matters, efficiency, professionalism and adaptability.

Legal 500, 2024



  • HCL TECHNOLOGIES on various day-to-day employment law matters, as well as on a collective bargaining agreement, internal regulations, TUPE aspects, disciplinary procedures, termination of employment agreements, recruitment and conclusion of employment agreements, whistle-blowing or social security rights, among others
  • TEMENOS on numerous matters including collective dismissals, employment relationship terminations, internal regulations, teleworking regulations, data protection and data security policy at the workplace, employment tax issues, and other day-to-day matters
  • MAERSK on various employment law matters including an internal reorganization matter and assistance regarding the applicable social security and other employment law matters for Romanian seafarers/officers
  • CONFIDENTIAL SHIP MANAGEMENT COMPANY on day-to-day employment matters, as well as on the revision of all internal employment policies, on-call policies, implementation of a new employment agreement for key employees, internal regulations, a collective bargaining agreement, terminations and redundancy procedures etc.
  • COMPANY PROVIDING INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS on day-to-day employment matters, including employment agreements, internal regulations, terminations, TUPE aspects, data protection and anti-harassment policies


  • ONE OF THE LARGEST PAYMENT-PROCESSING CORPORATION WORLDWIDE on a complex and highly sensitive case involving moral harassment and non-performance at work
  • ONE OF THE WORLD'S LEADING DEVELOPER OF MOBILE VIDEO GAMES on two complex and very sensitive moral harassment cases and two dismissal cases
  • A WORLD LEADER IN MINERAL-BASED SPECIALTIES on a complex and very sensitive case involving financial claims
  • ONE OF THE LARGEST NON-BANKING FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, with more than 1,000 employees in over 300 disputes relating to wrongful dismissal and patrimonial liability*

*Experience prior to joining Kinstellar


  • 2016 – 2021: University of Bucharest, Romania, Faculty of Law, Ph.D. in Labour and Social Security Law
  • 2014 – 2015: University of Bucharest, Romania, Faculty of Law, M.A. in Public Procurement
  • 2012 – 2013: University of Bucharest, Romania, Faculty of Law, M.A. in Labour Law
  • 2007 – 2011: University of Bucharest, Romania, Faculty of Law, Bachelor's degree


  • Romanian Union of Lawyers
  • Bucharest Bar Association


Romanian, English


  • Collective Labour Law. (Re)Thinking Social Dialogue, Universul Juridic Publishing House, 2023
  • Contemporary Architecture of the Individual Right to Work, Universul Juridic Publishing House, 2023
  • Controversial issues and proposed solutions in labour and social security disputes, In memoriam Viorel Mihai Ciobanu, Universul Juridic Publishing House, 2023
  • Facile dictum, difficile factu: protection of employees on transfer of undertakings, In Honorem Anstasiu Crisu, Hamangiu Publishing House, 2022
  • Pleading for a fair work family balance, Universul Juridic Publishing House, 2022
  • Adapting employment agreements to the 21st century challenges, Judicial Courier, No. 12/2021
  • Organizational culture - an essential pillar in maintaining work life balance, Hic et Nunc: Alexandru Athanasiu, C.H. Beck Publishing House, 2020
  • Social Security Law. Seminar Workbook, Solomon Publishing House, 2019 (co-author)
  • The European Social Law in practice. Part II, Universul Juridic Publishing House, 2019 (co-author)
  • Rethinking work in the digital age. Telework and its implications on the employment relationship, Judicial Courier, No. 10/2018