Oliver Zöll

Partner / Attorney / Board-certified in labor law

Oliver Zöll

+49 69 / 76 80 73-252

AGS Legal
Senckenberganlage 19
60325 Frankfurt am Main

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Oliver Zöll is an attorney at the Frankfurt office of AGS Legal. He is board-certified in labor law and represents clients in all areas of collective and individual labor law in out-of-court disputes and before labor and civil courts.

He has extensive expertise in employee data protection, IT labor law and compliance with labor laws. Mr. Zöll assists companies and executives with all the legal issues associated with HR activities and supports change management processes at all levels, with particular emphasis on managing directors and management board members.

Thanks to his lengthy career at major well-known law firms, he has a storied track record representing international clients and working on M&A and outsourcing transactions, including those involving staffing reorganizations.

Fields of activity

Labor law & data protection


  • Legal 500, Compliance in Germany 2022, core attorneys AGS Legal "Oliver Zöll plays the interface with labor and data protection law".
  • JUVE Commercial Law Firms 2015/16: Experienced attorney at the intersection between data protection and labor law
  • Top attorney for labor law: WirtschaftsWoche 10/2017
  • Handelsblatt and Best Lawyers: Germany’s best lawyers 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021


  • Zöll Oliver, Dr. Jan Kappel and Dr. Florian Junkers: „Dealing with intentional corporate harm - embezzlement, theft, fraud: a guide.“, Compliance-Berater 3/2018, 55.
  • Oliver Zöll: „Company acquisition in tax practice“ Published by Prof. Dr. Patrick Sinewe (3. Auflage, 2022), on preliminary labour law considerations in the preparation of the sale of a company.
  • Zöll in Taeger/Gabel: Commentary to the GDPR and German Federal Data Protection Act [BDSG] (from 1.A (previously former BDSG Section 32) to today: 4.A. 2022): Commentary on new BDSG Section 26 (employee data protection) and GDPR Article 88.
  • No right of access in case of disproportionate effort, comment on LG Heidelberg judgement of February 21st, 2020 – 4 O 6/19 (with Jacek Kielkowski), in: ZD 2020, 313 ff.

  • Scope of the right of access under GDPR Article 15 for internal investigations, comment on State Labor Court of Stuttgart judgment of December 20, 2018 (with Kielkowski Jacek), in: jurisPR-Compl 2/2019 comment 1.
  • The digital personnel File, (in collaboration with Christian Schönbach), in: AuA (Arbeit und Arbeitsrecht) 04/2018, p. 217f.

  • Review of deliberate company damage - Embezzlement, theft, fraud: A Guide, (in collaboration with Dr. Jan Kappel and Oliver Zöll), in: Compliance-Berater 3/2018, 55

  • Inadmissibility of statements of facts obtained through excessive employer monitoring under data protection law, comment on State Labor Court of Frankfurt judgment of September 21, 2018 (with Kielkowski Jacek), in: jurisPR-Compl 1/2019 comment 5.
  • Zöll Oliver and Schüssler Lennart: “EU General Data Protection Regulation and Employee Data Protection,” Datenschutz und Datensicherheit (DuD), Issue 10, 2013, pp. 639-643.
  • Zöll Oliver and Nebeling Martin: “Co-determination does not extend to Facebook page operated by employer” - German Works Constitution Act Section 87(1)(6) - Labor Court of Düsseldorf judgment of June 21, 2013 (14 BVGa 16/13), Issue 09, 2013, pp. 470-473.
  • Zöll Oliver and Kielkowski Jacek: “Agreeing on a termination notice period of 18 months” German Civil Code Section 307(1, 2), Arbeit und Arbeitsrecht (AuA) Labor Court of Heilbronn judgment (5 Ca 307/11) of May 8, 2012, Issue 12, 2012, p. 732.
  • Zöll Oliver and Kielkowski Jacek: “Implementing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies in conformity with labor law,” BB 42/2012, pp. 2625-2630.
  • Zöll Oliver: Let’s try it in-house, Personalmagazin, Issue 10, 2012, pp. 66-67.
  • Zöll Oliver and Paul Jörg-Alexander: “Seizing opportunities, avoiding mistakes,” Personalmagazin (Cloud Computing), Issue 08, 2011, pp. 16-17.
  • Zöll Oliver: “The preserved vacation entitlement,” Personalmagazin (vacation rights), Issue 06, 2011, pp. 71-72.
  • Zöll Oliver quoted in Barbara Sommerhoff: “The two-job dilemma,” Süddeutsche Zeitung (online) of July 10, 2010 (https://www.sueddeutsche.de/karriere/hauptberuf-und-nebenjob-standbein-spielbein-1.972606)
  • Zöll Oliver: AuA 2010, 54 comment on Federal Labor Court judgment of December 9, 2008 (3 AZR 431/07) on contracts with third-party beneficiaries.
  • Zöll Oliver, Schielke Christian and Langen Markus: “No more bonuses? Compensation at institutions after the MaRisk amendment,” BB 46/2009, pp. 2479-2485.
  • Zöll Oliver quoted in “Condemned to silence,” FAZ, Work and Opportunities section, October 14, 2009 
  • Zöll Oliver: “Forfeiting the right to object.” Comment on Federal Labor Court judgment of July 24, 2008 – 8 AZR 175/07. In: BB, Issue 15, 2009, p. 784.
  • Zöll Oliver and Sehr, Sonja: “Age and labor law – age-based discrimination,” Personalmagazin, Issue 2, 2009, pp. 72-73.
  • Zöll Oliver and Heuchemer Frank-Karl: “In-depth background research – The legal framework for background checks,” Personalmagazin, Issue 12/2008, p. 70 f.
  • Zöll Oliver: “FAQs on occupational retirement schemes in the event of transactions,” in Arbeit und Arbeitsrecht (AuA), Issue 6/08, p. 364 f.
  • Zöll Oliver: Betriebs Berater, Issue 15/2008, p. 788 f., Discussion of the Federal Labor Court judgment on classifying settlements for partial retirement agreements for bankruptcy purposes.
  • Zöll Oliver: Interpreting the small-company clause in German Termination Protection Act [KSchG] Section 23(1) sentences 2 and 3 – Federal Labor Court, reference no. 2 AZR 840/05, in Arbeit und Arbeitsrecht (AuA) Issue 2/2008, pp. 118-119
  • Zöll Oliver and Plümpe Sabine: Article on forfeiting the right to object to a transfer of operations in HANDELSBLATT, Law & Taxes section, September 5, 2007.
  • Zöll Oliver and Insam Alexander: Comment on the Federal Labor Court judgment of September 21, 2006 (2 AZR 840/05), in: DB 2007, pp. 694-695.
  • Zöll Oliver: “New deadline for objections,” comment on the State Labor Court of Munich judgment, reference no. 2 Sa 990/05 in FINANCIAL TIMES Deutschland, March 13, 2007
  • Zöll Oliver and Heuchemer Frank-Karl: Applying time as a general manager to protection against wrongful termination (Federal Labor Court November 24, 2005, also comment on the State Law Court of Berlin judgment of February 15, 2006, on “written form” under German Civil Code Section 623). In AuA (Arbeit und Arbeitsrecht), 2007, p. 117.
  • Zöll Oliver: Review of Ramrath - Termination of employment contracts. In: AuA (Arbeit und Arbeitsrecht), 2006, p. 693.
  • Zöll Oliver and Insam Alexander: Transfer companies - reliable reorganization? In: AuA (Arbeit und Arbeitsrecht), 2006, pp. 389-393.
  • Zöll Oliver and Insam Alexander: Protection against wrongful termination in small businesses: grandfather clause of German Termination Protection Act [KSchG] Section 23(1) - Can replacing employees reduce company size? (reply). In: DB (Der Betrieb), 2006, p. 1214 f.
  • Zöll Oliver and Insam Alexander: German Termination Protection Act [KSchG] does not apply to companies with no more than 10 new employees and fewer than 5.25 old employees. In: DB (Der Betrieb), Düsseldorf, 2006, pp. 726-728.
  • Zöll Oliver: Information letters matter: Duty to inform when transferring operations. In: AuA (Arbeit und Arbeitsrecht), Berlin, 2006, pp. 18-21.