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Europe Guide

Employment — Netherlands

Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Ferdinand Grapperhaus and Suzanne Sikkink
- 2 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading practice with considerable expertise in the employment aspects of high-profile corporate deals. Active in mandates concerning dismissals, remuneration in the financial sector and pension-related taxation. The department has recently integrated expertise on data protection and compliance in respect of changes to European data protection regulations. Also strong in the fields of litigation and restructuring.

Strengths Clients praise the strength of the team at all levels of seniority as well as the versatility on multijurisdictional mandates, saying: "They have in-depth knowledge, solid senior availability, backed by sufficient junior support and excellent cross-border flexibility," adding the firm's "general availability and service speed" as further strengths.

Further interviewees praise the top-notch service and responsiveness, remarking: "They are outstanding in performance, and their response time is great." 

Work highlights Acted for Jumbo on industrial actions brought by its employees and also represented the company in a major reorganisation.

Advising General Electric on the employment and pension elements of the discontinuation of the activities of GE Banque Artesia.

Significant clients Accenture, Liberty Global, Nidera, Robeco PPI, STAP. 

Notable practitioners

Clients describe Ferdinand Grapperhaus as "outstanding in his performance," citing his "great technical knowledge and brilliant service." He is widely commended for his experience both as a litigator and legal adviser, advising clients on collective labour disputes, work council issues and boardroom counselling. 

Frank Doornik is a visible and active participant in the pensions sphere with over 20 years experience advising funds, insurance companies and multi-nationals on pension issues. His work highlights include advising Accenture on the transfer of its collective pension scheme to NN Group.

Suzanne Sikkink maintains a broad practice that encompasses expertise on corporate transaction-related employment issues, collective and individual dismissals and union and works council negotiations. She is described by clients as "incredibly knowledgeable" and "very pleasant to work with."

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Evert-Jan Henrichs, Stefan Sagel, Barbara van Duren-Kloppert and Harro Knijff
- 4 partners
- 19 other partners

What the team is known for Excellent team boasting wide-ranging expertise encompassing individual and collective dismissals, collective agreements, restructuring, outsourcing and flexible and temporary employment mandates. Offers comprehensive support on all HR aspects of domestic and international M&A transactions in collaboration with the firm's top-notch corporate team. Also noted for advice on rights issues such as equal treatment and industrial action.

Strengths Clients praise the depth of expertise across the team, as well as its pragmatic assistance, saying: "Their service is great. They all have a very thorough knowledge of employment law, are very responsive and deliver practical and to the point advice."

Further interviewees praise the firm's sharpness and ability to assist on challenging issues, saying: "The team is on the ball, they provide high quality service and excellent guidance on complex matters."

Work highlights Assisted AKZO Nobel with an industrial action brought by the employees at its chlorine production facility, successfully obtaining injunctive relief.

Successfully represented two former employees in a dispute with the State of the Netherlands relating to the wrongful application of a European Directive on holiday entitlements.

Significant clients Achmea, Philips, Rabobank, RELX, Shell.

Notable practitioners

Evert-Jan Henrichs continues to be a well-known and respected figure in the Dutch market. Clients describe him as a "highly effective adviser" that "combines excellent technical knowledge with great client service." He both advises and litigates across the full spectrum of employment and pension law issues and has specific expertise in the areas of co-determination, equal treatment, pensions and industrial actions.

Stefan Sagel is an esteemed litigator and regularly represents clients in issues including collective bargaining, transfer of undertakings, dismissals and industrial action. Interviewees say he has an "excellent reputation and is known for his in-depth market knowledge." One of his highlights includes assisting Alcatel-Lucent with Supreme Court litigation concerning the termination of the company's pension fund administration agreement.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Jaap van Slooten, Paul Vestering and Astrid Helstone
- 3 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded full-service firm, providing advice on the full range of stand-alone employment matters, including collective redundancies and restructurings. The group offers a multidisciplinary focus that includes an increasingly strong emphasis on pension fund related matters. Fields a reputable litigation team well equipped to assist with the employment aspects of transactions. Also has notable expertise in the financial and consumer goods sectors.

Strengths Several interviewees point to the overall calibre of the practice, one in particular stressing that "the quality of the team is outstanding," adding: "They are highly responsive, flexible, hands-on and are fully up to speed with the latest legal developments."

Other sources note the team's excellent cross-border capability, with one saying: "As they regularly advise foreign clients, they know exactly how to approach foreign, non-Dutch HR and legal in-house lawyers. That is a big difference to law firms that only regularly advise national clients."

Work highlights Advised KLM on various employment and pension matters, including litigation against a trade union regarding the collective labour agreement, a dispute with a works council and several claims brought against former personnel.

Acted for Ahold on the employment elements with regard to its EUR25 billion merger with Delhaize.

Significant clients ABN AMRO, Heineken, PostNL, Sodexo, Smurfit Kappa.

Notable practitioners  

Clients and peers alike hold Jaap van Slooten in the highest regard, saying: "He is one of the top employment lawyers in the Netherlands. He combines academic knowledge with a practical approach to support you." A client adds: "He is a very strategic lawyer with excellent skills of communication." He is vastly experienced on collective employment litigation and has a notable focus on company closure, industrial actions and pensions.

Astrid Helstone acts on executive remunerations and terminations and disputes with works councils at both the national and European levels. Clients say: "She provides an excellent service and strikes a great balance between the commercial opportunity and achieving the best outcome for the client. A highly trusted adviser." Her highlights include advising LeasePlan Corporation on the employment aspects of its sale to a consortium of investors and pension funds.

Clients say of Paul Vestering: "He is a very knowledgeable, sharp and practical lawyer that is calm, unflappable and knows what he is talking about. Paul is able to clearly define the scope of the matter, set out a strategy and explain that in a clear and simple way to the relevant stakeholders." He has a particular focus on works council issues, pensions and executive remuneration and termination matters. He advised APG on its pension plans, including the amendments thereof and the role of works councils following recent changes to legislation.

Since publication, Teun Huijg has joined Held Law Advocaten

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Max Keulaerds
- 5 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Esteemed domestic firm that is a strong choice for Supreme Court litigation, primarily representing employers in both individual and collective disputes regarding dismissals, discrimination, works councils, pensions and transfer of undertakings. The team offers specialist expertise in workplace discrimination matters and is notably active in the public, transportation and financial sectors.

Strengths A referee emphasises the care taken by the team to tailor its approach to the client's requirements, reporting: "They are very professional and take into account our core values and business principles when advising us."

Another source says that "BarentsKrans is outstanding," highlighting the team's careful attention to detail, saying: "They are good listeners with an excellent antenna for internal politics and situations."

Work highlights Representing 186 Martinair pilots in a claim against KLM and the Dutch pilots' union. The dispute centred on whether the pilots could claim employment with KLM following a transfer of undertaking that occurred between air cargo carrier Martinair and its parent company KLM .

Represented Chicago Bridge & Iron Company before the Appeals Court of The Hague, successfully defending a claim brought by its works council in relation to a change in remuneration for its expats.

Significant clients ABN AMRO, Aramco Overseas Company, Gist, TAQA Energy, ING.

Notable practitioners  

Senior statesman Rogier Duk is an employment law specialist who, sources agree, "remains one of the market's leaders without any doubt." Of late he successfully represented the works council of the Dutch Hospitals Association in a dispute regarding changes to its employment terms and conditions.

Max Keulaerds receives extensive positive feedback from peers and clients that consider him to be "one of the best corporate litigators in employment." One client says: "He is very smart, energetic and extremely skilled in all aspects of his work," adding that "he brings a lot of extra value to the table and, at the same time, is down-to-earth and a pleasant person to work with." He led the team's representation of HTM in a dispute with its works council concerning the introduction of a new work schedule affecting hundreds of employees.

Peter Vas Nunes is characterised by one source as "superb." The same source adds: "He has a top-notch understanding of the law and is a fine litigator as well." He possesses a particularly deep knowledge of discrimination matters and is praised by his clients as an "extremely qualified lawyer with an extensive knowledge of employment law."

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Hélène Bogaard
- 2 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Large and versatile team offering market-leading expertise on pensions. A strong option for multi-jurisdictional mandates with substantial experience advising on cross-border M&A matters. Regularly acts for clients in the retail, technology, aviation and banking sectors.

Strengths Clients commend the approachable demeanour and solution-focused approach of the group. One says: "The team is involved and engaged with a good cooperative and open attitude towards us. They have been creative in finding solutions to strengthen our position." 

Work highlights Acted for easyJet Airline Company on a dispute with the Dutch trade union for pilots. The dispute centred on whether easyJet were allowed to utilise its employees from foreign countries to limit the impact of domestic strike actions.

Assisted USG People's works council on the successful completion of a recommended public offer for the issued shares in USG's capital and delisting of shares on the Euronext Amsterdam by Recruit Holdings.

Significant clients Arsenal Capital, Disney, Imagine Nation, Pension Fund Bouw, SuperDry.

Notable practitioners  

Eminent practitioner Erik Lutjens wins praise as a leading expert in the area of pension law, described by one source as the "king of pensions in the Netherlands." He is a prominent figure in the market for over 25 years who is admired further for his academic contribution to the field. He is the professor of pension law at the VU University in Amsterdam and has published extensively in the field.

Marnix Holtzer is an established and respected figure in the Dutch market. He combines advice on employment and corporate law and has particularly extensive experience on works council, trade union and pension litigation.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Edward de Bock and Rixt de Vries
- 2 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded team offering a wide range of expertise, including drafting and negotiation of management, employee benefit and collective labour agreements, as well as pension and stock option schemes. Demonstrates a particularly strong track-record in the representation of clients during high-profile dismissal proceedings. Also has notable experience advising on restructurings and handling employment issues arising from transactions.

Strengths Several interviewees highlight the firm's ability to provide the requisite legal expertise in a commercial and collaborative manner, saying: "My experience with the Houthoff Buruma team has been excellent: besides the in-depth knowledge you expect, they proved to be both legal professionals and also a business partner on all levels."

Another client describes them simply as a "very good team" with "excellent all-round legal expertise, cross-border capabilities," adding that they are "practical and strategically strong."

Work highlights Assisted Royal IHC with a major restructuring of 800 employees.

Acted on behalf of Volvo Netherlands on a substantial reorganisation of Volvo NL.  

Significant clients APM Maersk, HEMA, Huntsman, TMG, Royal IHC.

Notable practitioners  

Edward de Bock climbs to the top tier following an exceptional year. He focuses on the employment aspects of M&A and joint venture transactions and is noted for his extensive experience on co-determination, individual and collective dismissal matters. He is also active on contentious cases. Clients admire his collected demeanour, with one saying: "He is considered and has a great depth of knowledge and experience on labour matters. He is very pragmatic in his dealing of issues and gives a balanced view to the client pointing out the pitfalls before giving calm and sound advice."

Practice co-head Rixt De Vries is identified by one client as "a true professional who has excellent technical knowledge and commercial awareness." She has extensive experience on collective bargaining agreements and dismissals. She is regularly instructed on the employment aspects of M&A transactions and subsequent restructurings, including advising  V&D on its substantial restructuring.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Hermine Voûte
- 3 partners
- 43 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Experienced in the full spectrum of employment and pensions law. Particularly strong on the tax aspects of employment and pensions mandates. A popular choice for M&A transactions and large restructurings particularly within the financial services, healthcare and retail sectors.

Strengths Clients commend the seamless integration of several departments when assisting on employment matters: "I have been impressed with the team as a whole. The breadth of the expertise of a large firm such as Loyens & Loeff is only as good as the coordination between the specialists. I have been particularly impressed by the team's level of coordination which was of particular importance in the actions we have taken."

Another source confirms that they have "very short response times, very good follow up and in-depth knowledge" and "a very good understanding of the practical effects of legal actions."

Work highlights Assisted Brocacef Groep with both the employment and pension law elements resulting from its acquisition of Mediq Apotheken Nederland.

Advised Aegon on the employment aspects of the disposal of its Commercial Property and Casualty Portfolio to Allianz Benelux, including TUPE and employee representation matters.

Significant clients Aon, CBRE, Euronext, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Maxeda.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Hermine Voûte attracts praise for her ability to source "innovative solutions" to employment issues which clients can utilise within their own organisations. She acts on pensions and litigation matters as well as collective dismissals.

Klaas Wiersma advises on a range of mandates with a particular emphasis on employee representation, individual and collective dismissal law and reorganisations. Clients say: "He has very good follow-up, in-depth knowledge and is very good at understanding the practical effects of legal actions."

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Els De Wind and Marjolijn Lips
- 4 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded national practice noted for its expertise in restructurings, collective dismissals and negotiations with works councils and unions. The team has an increasingly strong emphasis on pensions, handling both regulatory and contractual aspects of funds. 

Strengths Interviewees admire the firm's efficiency and ability to collaborate seamlessly with the client's company, saying: "They were excellent partners. They were fast and responsive," adding that "they showed resilience, ingenuity and determination. We were very pleased with the outcome of the case."

Work highlights Advised CHC Helicopter Corporation and CHC Helicopter Netherlands on workers participation matters in relation to a reorganisation.

Assisted Flexera Software on the structure of a employee bonus scheme and an instant dismissal.

Significant clients Avantor Performance Materials, Intel, Mentor Graphics, Metro, Staples.

Notable practitioners  

Chair of Van Doorne's pensions team Albert van Marwijk Kooy principally advises funds. Advising on both transactional and contentious matters, he acted for WPG and WPG Pension Fund on conflicts with each other and with Zwitserleven concerning the termination of a EUR150 million reinsurance contract and the ensuing liquidation of WPG Pension Fund. Clients describe him as an "excellent expert and seasoned lawyer who  truly understands business and is therefore able to bridge the gap between law and business in a pragmatic manner."

Clients admire Els de Wind for her incisiveness, with one saying: "She has an outstanding knowledge of the landscape in the Netherlands and an in-depth know how of the legal context." She maintains a broad practice advising on remuneration and restructuring and has particular expertise in European and cross-border employment law.

Marjolijn Lips advises on restructurings, outsourcing and collective labour issues and has a particular focus on the media and technology sector. Sources highlight her grasp of the commercial side of matters, saying: "She has very quickly understood the nature of my business and provides guidance and advice on workable solutions."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Pieter Huys
- 4 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected stand-alone employment team offers services to national and international clients, noted in particular for expertise in executive remuneration and dismissal law. Continues to grow its expertise in pension mandates advising both on amendments to and terminations of pension schemes. Maintains a strong emphasis on the energy sector and is experienced in acting for Asian industrial clients. Breadth of practice broadened by the arrival of two dedicated employment tax lawyers in 2016.

Strengths Clients highlight the firm's in-depth expertise, as well as its understanding of a number of key Dutch industries, saying: "They have a very good knowledge of difficult and sometimes industry specific matters. An excellent level of service."

Sources also appreciate the quality of the team, as well as its understanding of the international context in which their businesses operate, saying: "They are a high calibre law firm and that quality comes across, the understand the issues well and work well in an international setting."

Work highlights Advised Webhelp on the drafting of master agreements with various agencies regarding the hiring of a flexible workforce.

Assisted DuPont de Nemours with its reorganisation, including negotiations with trade unions, works council and individual employees.

Significant clients Boskalis, China Southern Airlines, Deloitte, LG Electronics, Mitsubishi.

Notable practitioners  

François Defaix's broad experience spans reorganisations, international labour law and advising on the employment aspects of takeovers. He also assists clients with matters of collective and executive dismissal.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Mirjam de Blécourt
- 2 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong international firm advising multinationals and domestic clients on cross-border transactional employment law. Handles executive representation and trade union and works council negotiations. Also active in pension scheme and company restructuring, hiring and dismissals and internal investigations.

Strengths Clients praise the ability of the team to collaborate with other departments in order to utilise the firm's substantial resources, saying: "Excellent quality. Once they understand the case they operate in a holistic way, involving different specialists in the case where needed. They really take ownership of the case."

Other clients emphasise the quality of the service, saying: "The team is remarkable! Response times are excellent and they understand what our business needs are."

Work highlights Acted for Nippon Electric Glass on the employment and pension-related issues resulting from its acquisition of the outstanding shares in the capital of PPG Industries Fiber Glass.

Assisted Daimler with the employment and pension matters relating to the acquisition of Athlon Car Lease International.

Significant clients Abbott Laboratories, APM Terminals, Equinix, Emerson, Tata.

Notable practitioners  

Mirjam de Blécourt-Wouterse leads the practice with over 25 years' experience of the employment scene. She has a broad practice that includes assisting with board room negotiations with works councils and trade unions and advising on collective dismissals and fraud. Clients say: "She is a fast thinker that handles matters in a knowledgeable and convincing manner. A great professional to deal with."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Philip Hartman
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers  

What the team is known for Established employment group possessing strong capabilities in restructuring and outsourcing with an emphasis on coordinating multijurisdictional mandates. Advises on dismissal procedures and co-determination issues, both contentious and non-contentious. Recently active in internal policy changes and negotiations with trade unions as well as outsourcings. Clients particularly hail from the technology, IT, pharmaceutical and tobacco industries. Frequently advises at the pan-European level. 

Strengths Clients commend the team's "great expertise," describing it as "highly service-oriented."

Work highlights Advises Teva on all of its European employment work across multiple jurisdictions.

Represented Philip Morris in the defence against claims for additional severance from former employees following its restructuring.

Significant clients Asics, Enrichment Technology Company, Mammoet, Menzies Aviation, Royal Conservatoire and Academy of Arts. 

Notable practitioners  

Based in The Hague, department head Philip Hartman advises on outsourcing and M&A-related mandates as well as restructuring and executive terminations. Clients praise his being "very attentive to our needs and timelines," adding: "He provides excellent service and expertise."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Reputable boutique employment firm based in Amsterdam. Noted for advising and litigating on collective bargaining, individual and collective dismissals including executive dismissal, employer liability, employee participation and transfers of undertaking. Experienced in advising both employers and employees. Also assists with drafting contracts and mediation.

Notable practitioners  

Charlotte Dingemans's practice places emphasis on employee participation, restructuring and representing clients in matters of individual dismissal.

Sources describe Olav van der Kind as "a very experienced lawyer who has built a very good boutique firm." He is known to represent employees and is a well regarded academic within the field.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Simon Tan
- 3 partners 
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Amsterdam and Rotterdam-based practice, advising on the employment aspects of M&A transactions, pensions and related litigation. The team's pension related expertise is notably enhanced by its strategic partnership with niche firm Bergamin Pensioenrechtadvies. Cooperates with overseas sister offices making it a popular choice for domestic and international public and private companies, government authorities and employees. Boasts an impressive client base consisting of numerous prestigious US companies.

Strengths The firm's international capability is cited as an asset by a number of referees, one of whom reports: "They have an impressive cross-border capability as they have offices and relationships with firms across Europe."

Other referees say the team is "outstanding," with one reporting: "The representatives of Eversheds are always available, pragmatic and deliver valuable legal advice."

Work highlights Advised Merus on all employment aspects of its IPO on the Nasdaq stock exchange.

Represented Securelink in the dismissal of a senior executive.

Significant clients American Express, DS Smith, Hallmark, Rolls-Royce Marine, Tyco.

Notable practitioners  

Based in Rotterdam, Simon Tan heads the firm's employment group and is described by his clients as "smart, business orientated and accurate." He advises a number of Dutch organisations on negotiations with works councils, contract terminations and restructurings.

Ingrid Van Berkel advises on labour law and employee representation with an emphasis on international mandates. Her recent work includes advising Forever 21 on the termination procedure concerning one of its directors based in the Netherlands. Clients observe: "She is excellent with respect to technical knowledge and effectiveness."

Wijnand Blom leads the Amsterdam office's employment and labour law team. He has extensive experience in matters of employee representation, remuneration and collective dismissals. An interviewee reports: "He is commercially strong, thinks out of the box and has gravitas."

Senior associate Marieke Koster has played a fundamental role in many of the firm's prominent employment mandates, including on matters relating to the termination of contracts, transfer of undertakings and negotiations with works councils. She is extensively praised by interviewees as a "bright lawyer" who is an "excellent technician and a highly effective communicator."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Chris Nekeman and Eva Knipschild
- 2 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers  

What the team is known for Has a distinguished national reputation for its representation of clients in the area of employee participation on behalf of both employers and works councils. Other areas of strength include privacy and governance matters. Boasts particular sector expertise in the technology and healthcare sectors.

Strengths Clients praise the team's coordination and expertise, stating: "They have good collaboration, are quick to respond and have an in-depth understanding."

Interviewees also appreciate the firm's supportive approach to client service: "The whole team is very flexible and eager to assist each other on matters which are not directly related to the expertise of the lawyer who is handling the case."

Work highlights Represented Turien & Co in negotiations with the trade union and works council following a reorganisation impacting 150 employees.

Acted for UWV on its employment law work including advising on a number of dismissals and amendments to internal policies.

Significant clients Microsoft, Nike, Liberty Global, PepsiCo, Ziggo.

Notable practitioners  

Eva Knipschild advances in the rankings following excellent feedback from sources. Peers remark that she is "very impressive" while clients highlight her keen "eye for timetable and political issues." She recently assisted Martinair Holland with all of its employment and co-governance work, including dealings with works councils and trade unions, reorganisations and dismissals.

Clients describe Chris Nekeman as "quick to respond with good technical knowledge." He is well known for assisting individuals, businesses and works councils with employment law litigation. A highlight was his representation of Rabobank in litigation regarding a number of dismissals.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Judith Schulp and Mark Keuss
- 4 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Robust national offering, recently active on large reorganisation and rationalisation procedures. Advises on collective labour agreements, compliance mandates, dismissals and redundancies. Maintains a focus on the security, healthcare, energy and financial services sectors. The team continues to develop its specialist expertise on employee representation matters affecting municipalities.

Strengths Clients commend the team's approach to client service, as well as its awareness of the most current changes in the market, saying: "They are to the point, quick to respond and provide a high quality service. They are always on top of the newest developments."

Work highlights Advised I-SEC on a reorganisation with regard to changes with security at Schiphol and works council matters.

Assisted the City of Eindhoven with modernising its employment conditions.

Significant clients Allied Telesis International, Apollo Vredestein, Bilderberg, GE, Sensata.

Notable practitioners  

Clients appreciate that Judith Schulp is "easy to work with, open to suggestions and has the ability to explain technical terms in understandable terms." She has notable experience of corporate M&A transactions and assists clients across the spectrum of related employment law issues as well as fraud and compliance matters. She advised DELTA on a number of matters including terminations, outsourcing and litigation.

Mark Keuss is a "very effective, strong negotiator and litigator who understands clients' needs perfectly," enthuses a client. He is sought after for his specialist expertise on collective dismissals and investigations of misconduct. He acted for SITA Nederland on fraud cases and the dismissal of employees for violating company policies.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Homme ten Have
- 3 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well placed to assist corporate and international clients both in an advisory capacity and in litigation. Advises clients on the employment aspects of sale and purchase transactions as well as on corporate restructuring and executive dismissals. The team has notable expertise in the professional services and financial sectors. Increasing its focus on the energy and offshore sectors.

Strengths Clients commend the group for its hands-on expertise and awareness of market developments, saying: "The lawyers are very up to date with recent jurisprudence and legislation and have a lot of practical experience."

Interviewees also appreciate the firm's ability to utilise additional expertise when required, saying: "They are readily available, scalable if more resources are required, adding technical expertise when needed."

Work highlights Assisted Facilicom with an appeal to the Netherlands Supreme Court against a decision requiring the payment of debts to the industry-wide pension fund in respect of the period prior to its outsourcing.

Advised FedEx on its works council consultations and the continued integration with TNT Express following the completion of its IPO.

Significant clients Authority for the Financial Markets, Boston Consulting Group, Cognizant, Deutsche Bank, Dutch Central Bank.

Notable practitioners  

Head of the firm's employment practice Homme ten Have advises and litigates on all aspects of employment law including executive contracts and dismissals, collective bargaining agreements and compliance, often representing financial institutions. One source says: "He is incredibly knowledgeable and his negotiation skills are off the chart." Others add: "His experience and depth of knowledge means he is able to present different scenarios and the related risks. He is able to deal with highly complex matters."

Warner Roeters van Lennep specialises in individual and collective employment law, he advises a variety of businesses on work council matters and individual dismissals particularly within the financial sector. Clients say he keeps "a clear and simple focus on what counts and what doesn't," adding: "He keeps the client in charge, but voices a strong opinion based on experience." 

Senior associate Gijs Van Nes is "committed and knowledgeable," according to sources. He has played an integral role in a number of the firm's key mandates, including advising ASR Verzekeringen, ForFarmers and Sif on the employment law aspects of their respective IPOs.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Christiaan Oberman, Gieneke van Wulfften Palthe and Marcus Draaisma
- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Boutique employment practice with particular strength in advising public sector organisations on the management of its workforce. Advises on the full range of employment matters, including employment contracts, transfers, restructuring, HR management and individual, collective and executive terminations. Also experienced at dealing with works councils and unions.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the firm's approach to client service, saying: "They are very capable, give good advice, listen to the client, they call you back when you ask for it," adding that they are "very efficient."

Work highlights Represented KLM in litigation relating to a class action claim brought by 215 cabin crew members.

Significant clients Barilla Wasa, comScore, Dutch Jewish Museum, Swift, War Child.

Notable practitioners  

According to sources Christiaan Oberman is a "strategic, highly skilled and technical" lawyer. He assists both Dutch and international clients with trade union matters and executive dismissals.

Gieneke Van Wulfften-Palthe represents clients in several aspects of employment law, particularly assisting with individual and collective dismissals, contract negotiations and co-determination law. Clients say: "She has a high level of technical knowledge, effectiveness and proactivity. She reacts quickly but maintains a high standard of quality."

Marcus Draaisma advises on company reorganisations as well as handling matters of co-determination and collective agreement law. Also active in disputes, he advised KLM on a class action brought by 215 cabin crew members. Clients report: "He is a very seasoned lawyer who is not afraid to go for the confrontation."

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Compact employment-focused boutique known for its representation of both Dutch and international clients. Has considerable expertise in a wide array of employment and HR mandates. The firm offers additional value through its membership in the lus Laboris network.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department and founding partner Erik Deur has over 25 years' experience in the employment law space. He assists both domestic and international clients and is frequently instructed on corporate restructurings as well as on works council and trade union negotiations. 

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Floris van de Bult
- 1 partner
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Pensions-focused practice particularly experienced in pension planning and litigation. Also active in litigation and remuneration matters. Draws on the expertise of the firm's corporate team to provide well-rounded advice on M&A and international affairs.

Strengths "Clifford Chance stands out on availability and great turnaround," one client says, adding: "When you call they are always available to listen and have a very clear, fast follow up. Their attitude makes them a solid legal business partner whom we can call on when things get difficult."

Other sources summarise they "are a growing, energetic and innovative team" giving "clear, pragmatic advice."

Work highlights Advised BNP Paribas Investment Partners on its remuneration work based in the Netherlands.

Assisted Gilde Buy Out Partners with the works council aspects of its EUR140 million IPO of Royal Reesink.

Significant clients Staples, LaSalle Investment Management, Unibail Rodamco, Pfizer, Aegon.

Notable practitioners  

Wijnanda Rutten heads the pension team within the employment practice, boasting more than 20 years experience in the field. Rutten is an established litigator and frequently advises funds and other institutions on the pension-related aspects of transactions. She acted for Sanoma Media Netherlands in a dispute regarding the accountability of the Sanoma pension fund.

Sources report that Floris Van de Bult is a "trusted advisor who has in-depth knowledge and proactively thinks about the questions of the client before he considers them." Bult represents domestic and international clients in fraud and compliance matters, remuneration and reorganisations. He advised a consortium consisting of Audi, BMW and Daimler on the hire of the Chief Executive Officer of their joint venture, HERE International.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Eugenie Nunes
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected boutique handling both national and cross-border employment. Offers extensive expertise in redundancy and individual dismissals. Also handles council matters and pensions, as well as reorganisations and employment aspects of M&A.

Strengths Clients praise the team's in-depth knowledge and efficient service. One reports: "They were very crisp and clear in their requirements, precise in their response and if I needed information they were very accurate."

Other interviewees add: "What we need is flexibility in thinking, a pragmatic approach and easy accessibility. Boekel scores very well on all of these points."

Work highlights Advised Tech Mahindra on the implementation and employment aspects of its outsourcing agreements.

Assisted China Southern Airlines on the competition and employment law elements resulting from the incorporation of Xiamen Airlines in its joint venture with KLM.

Significant clients AXA, Fonterra, Getronics, Sanovo Technology Group, Vestas Offshore.

Notable practitioners  

Eugenie Nunes represents clients in restructuring and transfer of undertakings, outsourcing, as well as advising on HR compliance issues and the employee aspects of transactions. Clients enthuse: "Her qualities come out distinctly, she helped us in a precarious and complex situation and was instrumental in the process."

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Brechje Nollen
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts on an array of HR matters, including employee benefits, restrictive covenants and executive dismissal. The group is well known for its collaborative approach, providing support to the firm's corporate group and advising on employment aspects of transactions.

Strengths Clients particularly appreciate the firm for its responsiveness, reporting: "The team works very well, responding in a timely manner with precise advice. It is highly appreciated that the whole team is available to discuss matters in a very professional way."

Work highlights Assisted Boehringer Ingelheim on the employment aspects of the implementation of the global swap of its Consumer Healthcare Business with Sanofi’s Animal Health Business.

Advised Talpa on its strategic collaboration with Telegraaf Media Group.

Notable practitioners  

Clients describe Brechje Nollen as "experienced and pragmatic." One in particular emphasises: "She is a tenacious lawyer who is not afraid to go to court." She advises and litigates on HR boardroom negotiations, corporate governance matters and executive remuneration.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Juliette Huyzer
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Dedicated employment boutique highly experienced in all manner of HR matters. The firm offers a deep knowledge of employment law, including dismissals, codetermination, benefits and tax issues. Handles public and private sector mandates.

Strengths The team's ability to be both pragmatic and committed to meeting the client's requirements is highlighted by referees, who say: "HDK is a very client-based firm with a good balance of independent high-quality advice to get the job done," adding: "They were decisive on some very important decisions within a complex setting."

Work highlights Advised Honeywell on a collective dismissal procedure following the closure of several of its departments.

Assists Arizona Chemical on all employment issues, including advising on termination settlements, reorganisations and pension plans.

Significant clients Inchcape Shipping Services, Klépierre, PepsiCo Nederland, Orrick, Ticketscript.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department and co-founder of HDK Juliette Huyzer is praised by sources for her "ability to translate the grey areas into black and white." A client adds: "She is clear and transparent with the highest level of knowledge." Huyzer acts for Bakkersland's board of directors on their employment matters including trade union negotiations, codetermination and collective dismissals.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Anita de Jong
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly active on the transactional aspects of employment matters, including dismissals, outsourcing and collective bargaining. Offers substantial experience in domestic and international matters.

Strengths Interviewees praise the firm's down-to-earth approach as well as its seamless service on multijurisdictional mandates, saying: "For us Hogan Lovells is a very professional and pragmatically oriented law firm which has delivered excellent results in an international playing field."

Another referee remarks on the team's international capability, saying: "They are supportive, quick and capable of providing advice in all countries our entities do business."

Work highlights Advised Alcoa on its interactions and strategy with the European Works Council regarding anticipated pan-European corporate events.

Assisted Kodak Alaris following the termination of its partnership with Ityx, including with the negotiation of settlements with several senior employees.

Significant clients Alibaba, AniCura, Halliburton, Under Armour, Uniface.

Notable practitioners  

Managing partner and department head Anita de Jong focuses on employment issues associated with takeovers, dismissal law and outsourcing. She advised Dun & Bradstreet on all employment aspects of its sale to Banque Populaire Developpement. A referee highlights her willingness to engage with their organisation: "She quickly became a trusted adviser because of her willingness to understand our business, her experience and her confidence in guiding us through these processes."

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Maartje Govaert
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handles a wide spectrum of employment mandates, including dismissals, restructurings and corporate governance. The team collaborates closely with the firm's wider tax, dispute resolution and M&A offerings. Also covers sensitive internal investigations, including fraud, sexual harassment and whistleblowing.

Strengths Clients praise the team's round-the-clock assistance, one says: "The level of support and responsiveness was quite impressive, as was the level of expertise."

Sources describe the team as "on the ball, clear and flexible," adding: "They were a pleasure to deal with."

Work highlights Advised CAE on a restructuring procedure affecting a substantial number of employees based in the Netherlands.

Successfully represented Reckitt Benckiser in court proceedings regarding the dissolution of an employment agreement.  

Significant clients AIG, Ballast Nedam, BP, Generali, Mobile Iron.

Notable practitioners  

According to clients, Maartje Govaert has the "ability to explain complex legal issues in a vivid and clear manner." She offers experience on restructuring, outsourcing and corporate governance and has substantial experience on works council negotiations and internal investigations. She recently led the team's advice to IG Markets on the employment aspects relating to the closure of its Dutch branch.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Sandra van Heukelom-Verhage
- 2 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Comprehensive expertise across a wide range of matters with a particular activity in litigation regarding amendments to Dutch employment law before the Supreme Court. Regularly advises public entities as well as blue-chip clientele on executive dismissals, restructurings and dismissals.

Strengths Clients commend the team for its excellent client service, saying: "They provide a high standard of professional legal advice and support which meets our own high professional standards."

Interviewees also highlight the firm's approach to client support, saying: "They take excellent care of the personal relationship with us."

Work highlights Represented the State of Netherlands and employers within the public and education sectors in proceedings against trade union FNV.

Continued to advise KPN on its reorganisation, assisting with the reduction of 3000 employees.

Significant clients ABB, Jacobs Engineering, McDonald's, Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit, Wageningen University & Research.

Notable practitioners  

Ruben Van Arkel continues to play an integral role on a number of the firm's employment mandates, including acting as lead counsel to KPN in a dispute with media pension fund PNO following the termination of its participation in the scheme. He receives praise from several sources as a "shrewd and knowledgeable" associate.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Bart de Vroe
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Practice consists of both employment and corporate law specialists handling a variety of workplace issues on behalf of employers and high-profile executives. Regularly represents international clients on employment matters resulting from substantial corporate restructurings. Often acts for clients in the retail, financial, pharmaceutical and technology sectors.

Strengths Clients appreciate the commitment and direct approach of the group, saying: "The lawyers have a great hands-on mentality, they are fast to contact and provide practical advice that is easy to interpret and translate to the situation at hand."

Other referees identify the team's commercial approach, saying: "The lawyers of Vestius combine their legal expertise with a business acumen so that they have a good understanding of the employment issues."

Work highlights Assisted Sandvik Mining and Construction with approximately 20 redundancies at its Amsterdam office following a reorganisation.

Represented Diversey in negotiations with its trade unions regarding the renewal of the collective labour agreement for its Dutch operations.

Significant clients Allianz, ACN Europe, Foot Locker, Urban Outfitters, Sealed Air.

Notable practitioners  

Bart De Vroe joins the rankings this year following excellent feedback. His practice spans both contentious and non-contentious issues, including works council matters, executive remuneration and advisory work regarding corporate transactions. Clients say: "He is creative, responsive and absolutely focused on the best outcome; a pleasure to deal with."

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Senior Statesmen

BarentsKrans

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior statesman Rogier Duk is an employment law specialist who, sources agree, "remains one of the market's leaders without any doubt." Of late he successfully represented the works council of the Dutch Hospitals Association in a dispute regarding changes to its employment terms and conditions.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mirjam de Blécourt-Wouterse leads the practice with over 25 years' experience of the employment scene. She has a broad practice that includes assisting with board room negotiations with works councils and trade unions and advising on collective dismissals and fraud. Clients say: "She is a fast thinker that handles matters in a knowledgeable and convincing manner. A great professional to deal with."

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Band 1

Houthoff Buruma

From the Chambers Europe guide

Edward de Bock climbs to the top tier following an exceptional year. He focuses on the employment aspects of M&A and joint venture transactions and is noted for his extensive experience on co-determination, individual and collective dismissal matters. He is also active on contentious cases. Clients admire his collected demeanour, with one saying: "He is considered and has a great depth of knowledge and experience on labour matters. He is very pragmatic in his dealing of issues and gives a balanced view to the client pointing out the pitfalls before giving calm and sound advice."

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients describe Ferdinand Grapperhaus as "outstanding in his performance," citing his "great technical knowledge and brilliant service." He is widely commended for his experience both as a litigator and legal adviser, advising clients on collective labour disputes, work council issues and boardroom counselling. 

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De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

From the Chambers Europe guide

Evert-Jan Henrichs continues to be a well-known and respected figure in the Dutch market. Clients describe him as a "highly effective adviser" that "combines excellent technical knowledge with great client service." He both advises and litigates across the full spectrum of employment and pension law issues and has specific expertise in the areas of co-determination, equal treatment, pensions and industrial actions.

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Band 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stefan Sagel is an esteemed litigator and regularly represents clients in issues including collective bargaining, transfer of undertakings, dismissals and industrial action. Interviewees say he has an "excellent reputation and is known for his in-depth market knowledge." One of his highlights includes assisting Alcatel-Lucent with Supreme Court litigation concerning the termination of the company's pension fund administration agreement.

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Band 1

Stibbe

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients and peers alike hold Jaap van Slooten in the highest regard, saying: "He is one of the top employment lawyers in the Netherlands. He combines academic knowledge with a practical approach to support you." A client adds: "He is a very strategic lawyer with excellent skills of communication." He is vastly experienced on collective employment litigation and has a notable focus on company closure, industrial actions and pensions.

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Band 1

Loyens & Loeff

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Hermine Voûte attracts praise for her ability to source "innovative solutions" to employment issues which clients can utilise within their own organisations. She acts on pensions and litigation matters as well as collective dismissals.

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Band 2

Stibbe

From the Chambers Europe guide

Astrid Helstone acts on executive remunerations and terminations and disputes with works councils at both the national and European levels. Clients say: "She provides an excellent service and strikes a great balance between the commercial opportunity and achieving the best outcome for the client. A highly trusted adviser." Her highlights include advising LeasePlan Corporation on the employment aspects of its sale to a consortium of investors and pension funds.

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Band 2

DLA Piper Nederland

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marnix Holtzer is an established and respected figure in the Dutch market. He combines advice on employment and corporate law and has particularly extensive experience on works council, trade union and pension litigation.

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Band 2

BarentsKrans

From the Chambers Europe guide

Max Keulaerds receives extensive positive feedback from peers and clients that consider him to be "one of the best corporate litigators in employment." One client says: "He is very smart, energetic and extremely skilled in all aspects of his work," adding that "he brings a lot of extra value to the table and, at the same time, is down-to-earth and a pleasant person to work with." He led the team's representation of HTM in a dispute with its works council concerning the introduction of a new work schedule affecting hundreds of employees.

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Band 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients describe Brechje Nollen as "experienced and pragmatic." One in particular emphasises: "She is a tenacious lawyer who is not afraid to go to court." She advises and litigates on HR boardroom negotiations, corporate governance matters and executive remuneration.

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Band 2

NautaDutilh

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of the firm's employment practice Homme ten Have advises and litigates on all aspects of employment law including executive contracts and dismissals, collective bargaining agreements and compliance, often representing financial institutions. One source says: "He is incredibly knowledgeable and his negotiation skills are off the chart." Others add: "His experience and depth of knowledge means he is able to present different scenarios and the related risks. He is able to deal with highly complex matters."

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Band 2

BarentsKrans

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peter Vas Nunes is characterised by one source as "superb." The same source adds: "He has a top-notch understanding of the law and is a fine litigator as well." He possesses a particularly deep knowledge of discrimination matters and is praised by his clients as an "extremely qualified lawyer with an extensive knowledge of employment law."

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Band 2

Boontje Advocaten

From the Chambers Europe guide

Paul Witteveen, who joined Boontje Advocaten in Amsterdam in September 2016, offers a wealth of expertise across the corporate employment law sphere. He advises on co-determination, executive remuneration, corporate governance and litigation.

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Band 3

Rutgers & Posch

From the Chambers Europe guide

Inge De Laat of Rutgers & Posch advises her clients across the gamut of employment law with particular expertise on collective and individual dismissals, outsourcing and M&A transactions. She is notably active as an adviser and litigator to participants in the field of health law, privacy and data protection.

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Band 3

Van Doorne

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients admire Els de Wind for her incisiveness, with one saying: "She has an outstanding knowledge of the landscape in the Netherlands and an in-depth know how of the legal context." She maintains a broad practice advising on remuneration and restructuring and has particular expertise in European and cross-border employment law.

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Band 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to clients, Maartje Govaert has the "ability to explain complex legal issues in a vivid and clear manner." She offers experience on restructuring, outsourcing and corporate governance and has substantial experience on works council negotiations and internal investigations. She recently led the team's advice to IG Markets on the employment aspects relating to the closure of its Dutch branch.

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Band 3

Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Europe guide

Based in The Hague, department head Philip Hartman advises on outsourcing and M&A-related mandates as well as restructuring and executive terminations. Clients praise his being "very attentive to our needs and timelines," adding: "He provides excellent service and expertise."

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Band 3

Kennedy Van der Laan

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eva Knipschild advances in the rankings following excellent feedback from sources. Peers remark that she is "very impressive" while clients highlight her keen "eye for timetable and political issues." She recently assisted Martinair Holland with all of its employment and co-governance work, including dealings with works councils and trade unions, reorganisations and dismissals.

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Band 3

Palthe Oberman

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to sources Christiaan Oberman is a "strategic, highly skilled and technical" lawyer. He assists both Dutch and international clients with trade union matters and executive dismissals.

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Band 3

Simmons & Simmons LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients note department head Joris Oster of Simmons & Simmons LLP "is effective and understands exactly how to work with us and what we want to achieve." He assisted Gunvor with negotiations with trade unions in respect of collective redundancy agreements following its acquisition of Kuwait Petroleum Europoort Refinery.

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Band 3

Lexence

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients appreciate that Judith Schulp is "easy to work with, open to suggestions and has the ability to explain technical terms in understandable terms." She has notable experience of corporate M&A transactions and assists clients across the spectrum of related employment law issues as well as fraud and compliance matters. She advised DELTA on a number of matters including terminations, outsourcing and litigation.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Suzanne Sikkink maintains a broad practice that encompasses expertise on corporate transaction-related employment issues, collective and individual dismissals and union and works council negotiations. She is described by clients as "incredibly knowledgeable" and "very pleasant to work with."

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Band 3

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers Europe guide

Based in Rotterdam, Simon Tan heads the firm's employment group and is described by his clients as "smart, business orientated and accurate." He advises a number of Dutch organisations on negotiations with works councils, contract terminations and restructurings.

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Band 3

Liber Dock BV

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients praise Marian van Eck of Liber Dock BV for her communication and customer service skills, saying: "She thinks along with the client to serve their best interest and pushes back if something isn't feasible." She advised Teleplan on its strategy and approach with the trade union and works council in respect of its reorganisation. 

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Band 3

Stibbe

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients say of Paul Vestering: "He is a very knowledgeable, sharp and practical lawyer that is calm, unflappable and knows what he is talking about. Paul is able to clearly define the scope of the matter, set out a strategy and explain that in a clear and simple way to the relevant stakeholders." He has a particular focus on works council issues, pensions and executive remuneration and termination matters. He advised APG on its pension plans, including the amendments thereof and the role of works councils following recent changes to legislation.

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Band 3

Loyens & Loeff

From the Chambers Europe guide

Klaas Wiersma advises on a range of mandates with a particular emphasis on employee representation, individual and collective dismissal law and reorganisations. Clients say: "He has very good follow-up, in-depth knowledge and is very good at understanding the practical effects of legal actions."

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Band 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner and department head Anita de Jong focuses on employment issues associated with takeovers, dismissal law and outsourcing. She advised Dun & Bradstreet on all employment aspects of its sale to Banque Populaire Developpement. A referee highlights her willingness to engage with their organisation: "She quickly became a trusted adviser because of her willingness to understand our business, her experience and her confidence in guiding us through these processes."

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Band 4

Vestius Advocaten

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bart De Vroe joins the rankings this year following excellent feedback. His practice spans both contentious and non-contentious issues, including works council matters, executive remuneration and advisory work regarding corporate transactions. Clients say: "He is creative, responsive and absolutely focused on the best outcome; a pleasure to deal with."

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Band 4

AKD

From the Chambers Europe guide

François Defaix's broad experience spans reorganisations, international labour law and advising on the employment aspects of takeovers. He also assists clients with matters of collective and executive dismissal.

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Band 4

Bronsgeest Deur Advocaten

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department and founding partner Erik Deur has over 25 years' experience in the employment law space. He assists both domestic and international clients and is frequently instructed on corporate restructurings as well as on works council and trade union negotiations. 

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Kennedy Van der Laan

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients describe Chris Nekeman as "quick to respond with good technical knowledge." He is well known for assisting individuals, businesses and works councils with employment law litigation. A highlight was his representation of Rabobank in litigation regarding a number of dismissals.

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Band 4

Dentons Boekel

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eugenie Nunes represents clients in restructuring and transfer of undertakings, outsourcing, as well as advising on HR compliance issues and the employee aspects of transactions. Clients enthuse: "Her qualities come out distinctly, she helped us in a precarious and complex situation and was instrumental in the process."

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Band 4

NautaDutilh

From the Chambers Europe guide

Warner Roeters van Lennep specialises in individual and collective employment law, he advises a variety of businesses on work council matters and individual dismissals particularly within the financial sector. Clients say he keeps "a clear and simple focus on what counts and what doesn't," adding: "He keeps the client in charge, but voices a strong opinion based on experience." 

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Band 4

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ingrid Van Berkel advises on labour law and employee representation with an emphasis on international mandates. Her recent work includes advising Forever 21 on the termination procedure concerning one of its directors based in the Netherlands. Clients observe: "She is excellent with respect to technical knowledge and effectiveness."

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Band 4

Shearwaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Practice head Martijn van Broeckhuijsen of Shearwaters is recognised as a "highly experienced and knowledgeable" employment specialist. He is frequently instructed to advise on the employment aspects of M&A transactions, executive dismissals and remuneration. He acted for Crown Van Gelder on its dismissal of a prominent board member.

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Band 4

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources report that Floris Van de Bult is a "trusted advisor who has in-depth knowledge and proactively thinks about the questions of the client before he considers them." Bult represents domestic and international clients in fraud and compliance matters, remuneration and reorganisations. He advised a consortium consisting of Audi, BMW and Daimler on the hire of the Chief Executive Officer of their joint venture, HERE International.

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Band 4

Gieneke Van Wulfften-Palthe

Palthe Oberman

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gieneke Van Wulfften-Palthe represents clients in several aspects of employment law, particularly assisting with individual and collective dismissals, contract negotiations and co-determination law. Clients say: "She has a high level of technical knowledge, effectiveness and proactivity. She reacts quickly but maintains a high standard of quality."

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Band 5

Adriaanse van der Weel Advocaten

From the Chambers Europe guide

Martin Beijneveld of Adriaanse van der Weel Advocaten has extensive experience of corporate reorganisations, transfers of undertakings and executive dismissals.

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Band 5

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wijnand Blom leads the Amsterdam office's employment and labour law team. He has extensive experience in matters of employee representation, remuneration and collective dismissals. An interviewee reports: "He is commercially strong, thinks out of the box and has gravitas."

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Band 5

Houthoff Buruma

From the Chambers Europe guide

Practice co-head Rixt De Vries is identified by one client as "a true professional who has excellent technical knowledge and commercial awareness." She has extensive experience on collective bargaining agreements and dismissals. She is regularly instructed on the employment aspects of M&A transactions and subsequent restructurings, including advising  V&D on its substantial restructuring.

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Band 5

DingemansVanderKind

From the Chambers Europe guide

Charlotte Dingemans's practice places emphasis on employee participation, restructuring and representing clients in matters of individual dismissal.

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Band 5

Palthe Oberman

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marcus Draaisma advises on company reorganisations as well as handling matters of co-determination and collective agreement law. Also active in disputes, he advised KLM on a class action brought by 215 cabin crew members. Clients report: "He is a very seasoned lawyer who is not afraid to go for the confrontation."

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Band 5

HDK Advocaten

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department and co-founder of HDK Juliette Huyzer is praised by sources for her "ability to translate the grey areas into black and white." A client adds: "She is clear and transparent with the highest level of knowledge." Huyzer acts for Bakkersland's board of directors on their employment matters including trade union negotiations, codetermination and collective dismissals.

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Band 5

Lexence

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mark Keuss is a "very effective, strong negotiator and litigator who understands clients' needs perfectly," enthuses a client. He is sought after for his specialist expertise on collective dismissals and investigations of misconduct. He acted for SITA Nederland on fraud cases and the dismissal of employees for violating company policies.

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Band 5

Van Doorne

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marjolijn Lips advises on restructurings, outsourcing and collective labour issues and has a particular focus on the media and technology sector. Sources highlight her grasp of the commercial side of matters, saying: "She has very quickly understood the nature of my business and provides guidance and advice on workable solutions."

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Band 5

DingemansVanderKind

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources describe Olav van der Kind as "a very experienced lawyer who has built a very good boutique firm." He is known to represent employees and is a well regarded academic within the field.

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CLINT Lawyers & Mediators

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees commend Dennis Veldhuizen of CLINT Lawyers & Mediators for his "great commercial awareness, client focus and down-to-earth approach." His practice is primarily focused on European employment law and co-determination matters.

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Up and Coming

Jones Day

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to clients, Mariëlle Daudt of Jones Day "stands out from the crowd," with one source saying: "She is very knowledgeable and a careful listener who provides effective advice and guidance." She acts on corporate restructurings and assists management teams with collective and executive dismissals and remuneration. Of late she advised McGregor and Doniger Fashion Group on its cross-border restructuring.

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Up and Coming

Dutch Advocaten

From the Chambers Europe guide

Up-and-coming Sigrid Romijn of Dutch Advocaten is a specialist in Dutch employment law. She regularly advises international clients on outsourcing, privacy and flexible employment relations.

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Associates to watch

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior associate Marieke Koster has played a fundamental role in many of the firm's prominent employment mandates, including on matters relating to the termination of contracts, transfer of undertakings and negotiations with works councils. She is extensively praised by interviewees as a "bright lawyer" who is an "excellent technician and a highly effective communicator."

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Associates to watch

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn N.V.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ruben Van Arkel continues to play an integral role on a number of the firm's employment mandates, including acting as lead counsel to KPN in a dispute with media pension fund PNO following the termination of its participation in the scheme. He receives praise from several sources as a "shrewd and knowledgeable" associate.

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Associates to watch

NautaDutilh

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior associate Gijs Van Nes is "committed and knowledgeable," according to sources. He has played an integral role in a number of the firm's key mandates, including advising ASR Verzekeringen, ForFarmers and Sif on the employment law aspects of their respective IPOs.

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