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Employment — Netherlands


Allen & Overy LLP - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Market-leading practice with considerable expertise handling the employment aspects of high-profile corporate deals. Active in mandates concerning dismissals, remuneration in the financial sector and data protection compliance. Offer additional experience advising and litigating on behalf of state institutions. Notable pensions offering, advising a number of high-profile clients on the establishment of pension funds.

Strengths One client highlights the "combination of strong legal advice and solution-driven approach" as a key asset.

Another source describes the lawyers as "very sharp, shrewd negotiators."

Work highlights Advised Telegraaf Media Groep on the employment aspects of the EUR278 million public bid for the company launched by Mediahuis and VP Exploitatie.

Assisted VodafoneZiggo on the pensions aspects of the integration of Ziggo and Vodafone activities through an equal joint venture.

Notable practitioners

Pensions specialist Frank Doornik is praised for his "thorough and in-depth knowledge of pensions law" and described as a "sharp thinker and analyst who is good to work with and willing to be critical" by market sources. He is also commended for his "quick response time, availability at all hours and great attention to detail." He is experienced advising investment funds, insurance companies and multinational companies. He recently assisted FedEx with the review of the administrative agreement for a new pension scheme.

Suzanne Sikkink handles a broad range of employment matters including works council negotiations, corporate transactional matters and individual and collective dismissals. Clients laud her negotiation and technical skills, additionally highlighting her "very good knowledge of local law, practicality, and solution-oriented approach." She recently advised LeasePlan on the employment aspects of a significant reorganisation across multiple jurisdictions.

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De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek - Employment Department

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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. Highly experienced in Supreme Court litigation. 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 team's "availability, response time, multidisciplinary approach and ability to think with the client in respect to the broader picture."

One impressed source calls De Brauw "the strongest brand in the Netherlands for employment law."

Work highlights Represented Shell in litigation proceedings before the Dutch Committee on Human Rights and Equal Treatment relating to the introduction of an IDC pension scheme for new hires.

Assisted Schiphol Airport in matters relating to industrial action taken by KLM's ground personnel.

Notable practitioners

Evert-Jan Henrichs handles an extensive range of employment matters including co-determination, trade union disputes and corporate governance issues. One client calls him "the most impressive lawyer I have worked with in the Netherlands," whilst others highlight his "solid mix of knowledge and practicality." He is also highly reputed for his expertise in pensions law and related litigation. Henrichs recently represented Holland Casino in a works council and union dispute relating to the company's decision to terminate its agreement with its current pension fund.

Described by one source as "the best Supreme Court litigator for employment law in the Netherlands," Stefan Sagel regularly represents leading Dutch companies in matters relating to individual and collective dismissal, co-determination and industrial action. He has also acted for trade unions, assisting FNV in Supreme Court proceedings relating to the interpretation of collective bargaining agreements. Clients value his "in-depth knowledge of case law" and describe him as "fast and practical."

Barbara Van Duren-Kloppert focuses on transactional employment law and executive termination cases, recently acting for Klépierre on individual employment matters. Clients report that "she is knowledgeable and practical."

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Stibbe - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Highly regarded full-service firm, providing advice on the full range of standalone employment matters, including collective redundancies and corporate restructuring. The group offers a multidisciplinary focus that includes market-leading expertise in all aspects of pension fund-related matters. Fields a reputable litigation team well equipped to assist with the employment aspects of transactions. Client base includes major financial institutions, insurers, and domestic and multinational companies.

Strengths Clients acknowledge the firm's strength in complex cases: "We use Stibbe for high-level employment claims where the level of expertise is so specific that we need an absolute expert," saying that "they are very responsive and the quality of advice is exactly what you need in high-level matters with very big repercussions for our business."

Other sources state that "they demonstrate a combination of a strong employment practice and strong regulatory practice, which gives them a different perspective."

Work highlights Advised LeasePlan on the employment aspects of Volkswagen's EUR3.7 billion sale of the company to an international consortium led by PGGM.

Advised Ahold-Delhaize on how to end strike action by unions in the Ahold delivery warehouses.

Notable practitioners

Widely regarded as a leading figure in the Dutch employment landscape, Jaap van Slooten specialises in collective labour disputes, corporate integration and pensions law. Clients value his ability to provide a "broad overview of labour conditions in the Netherlands" and say he is someone who "can test your thoughts and support you in tough negotiations by bringing totally new solutions to the table." He is a trusted adviser to numerous leading Dutch companies including ING, KLM and the NN Group, which he recently advised on post-merger integration following the merger of NN and Delta Lloyd.

Astrid Helstone is best known for her expertise on remunerations in the financial sector. She has additional expertise in individual and collective dismissal and works council litigation. Her clients include leading banks and financial institutions, who value her friendly approach and quick turnaround. One client says: "She knows our organisation really well and understands the dynamics of our business and our style."

Paul Vestering is noted for his experience in transactional employment mandates, works council litigation and corporate governance. He offers additional expertise in pensions work and related litigation. He recently assisted RELX Group in works council negotiations pertaining to the amendment of an executive pensions allowance. Clients appreciate his "fast, simple and practical" approach alongside his thorough knowledge of pensions legislation.

Johan Zwemmer handles a range of corporate employment matters including flexible labour, recently advising RAI regarding the deployment of flexible workers as well as several dismissal matters. Known for his academic expertise in respect to non-standard employment practices, clients also praise his "forthcoming and approachable" attitude and describe him as a "great guy who explains the ins and outs of complex legislation in a clear way."

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BarentsKrans - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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, logistics and financial sectors. Also capable advising on non-contentious employment matters, including employee outsourcing and corporate restructuring.

Strengths According to clients, "the lawyers are easily available, react immediately, and are very realistic and down to earth in their advice."

Another client adds: "They understand our business, are pragmatic and come up with creative solutions to legal challenges, as well as being hands-on, approachable and responsive."

Work highlights Defended KPMG in dispute proceedings with a number of Centric employees following KPMG's winning of a tender to administer numerous Shell fuel stations.

Represented the works council of DA Group in Supreme Court litigation regarding co-determination rights following the company's bankruptcy.

Notable practitioners

A renowned Supreme Court litigator, Rogier Duk is lauded as "a guru" in Dutch employment and recognised for the "vast experience and seniority he brings to the table." Duk represented a number of major Dutch transport companies in numerous lawsuits initiated by trade unions in relation to the employment of Eastern European drivers.

"A brilliant litigator," Max Keulaerds is valued for his "broad experience in employment and social law" and described as a lawyer who is "friendly and down to earth but at the same time a library of knowledge." He is particularly experienced in disputes relating to transfer of undertakings. His clients include listed companies and financial institutions and he continues to represent ABN AMRO in all employment-related litigation.

Peter Vas Nunes has over 40 years' experience in employment law. He is known for his specialisation on discrimination in the employment field and is valued by clients for his academic prowess.

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The firm’s highly experienced employment specialists are known for their excellent service. They have been on top of the latest developments for well over a quarter of a century. BarentsKrans’ lawyers can assist with any employment law issue such as civil servants law, co-determination and pensions. All attorneys are members of relevant associations of employment law specialists.

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DLA Piper Nederland - Employment Department

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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 private equity firms and on cross-border M&A matters. Strong corporate litigation expertise, with a notable focus on the retail, media and entertainment sectors.

Strengths Clients value "the international character of DLA Piper" as well as the team's "down-to-earth mentality," adding: "They are very pragmatic in how they deal with cases and are always ready in emergencies to handle contentious cases."

Work highlights Assisted Sky Netherlands in litigation proceedings initiated by a number of actors following the cancellation of 'Sky de Musical' due to low ticket sales.

Advised Arsenal Capital Partners and Nordic Capital on the employment aspects of the sale of Chromaflo Technologies to American Securities.

Notable practitioners

Erik Lutjens is renowned for his "stellar reputation in pensions law," to the extent that one impressed commentator remarks: "He is Mr Pensions Law in the Netherlands." He continues to represent leading Dutch pensions funds in contentious mandates, recently representing Pensioenfonds Slagersbedrijf in an appeal against the Dutch pensions regulator relating to the creation of a new pensions provision.

Marnix Holtzer has a good reputation for corporate employment disputes and international M&A transactions, recently advising Cushman & Wakefield on the acquisition of DTZ Zadelhoff VOF and related pensions restructuring and role transfers. He is valued by clients as a "knowledgeable team leader who is pleasant to work with."

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Houthoff - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Highly regarded team offering a wide range of expertise. Act for corporate clients on employment and co-determination aspects arising from high-profile M&A and internal restructuring. Demonstrates a particularly strong track record representing companies in executive dismissal proceedings. Also assists in pensions law disputes and disputes arising from industrial action.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's "knowledge and experience in employment law" alongside the lawyers' "sharp thinking and logical and consistent approach."

Another client adds: "They are always fast responding and easy to reach and the advice we receive is effective, understandable, and to the point."

Work highlights Advised Insinger De Beaufort on the employment aspects of its merger with Theodoor Gilissen.

Assisted Royal VolkerWessels with contract drafting, co-determination and remunerations policy in connection with its upcoming IPO.

Notable practitioners

Edward de Bock advises on co-determination and the employment aspects of major corporate reorganisations. He also has strong practice in boardroom dismissal proceedings, recently advising Delta on the dismissal of its CEO. Recognised as a "clear leader in the field," clients value his "effective advice, flexibility and client-orientated approach."

Rixt De Vries "gets to the crux of the matter in clear language and gives sound advice," according to clients who also praise her "in-depth knowledge of the customer and case she is working on and impressive technical skills." She is especially experienced in the retail and technology sectors, and recently assisted Atos in an extensive restructuring process, including the amendments of employment packages and dispute proceedings against former board members.

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Houthoff's Employment Team advises a wide variety of Dutch and foreign clients. The practice assists clients in connection with the full spectrum of employment issues that confront today’s corporates, with a special focus on strategic issues and boardroom counselling. The Team provides expertise in connection with labour aspects of mergers and acquisitions, compliance with domestic and foreign statutes and represents clients in high-profile litigation cases.

The Team offers extensive experience on handling management agreements, D&O remuneration, employee share options, outsourcing matters, reorganisations, dismissals and other strategic employment law matters.

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Loyens & Loeff - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Also handles pensions litigation and individual dismissal matters. A popular choice for M&A transactions and large restructurings, particularly within the financial services, healthcare and production sectors.

Strengths Several clients highlight the team's "very fast response rates" as a key strength, alongside its "in-depth knowledge of legislation and good understanding of practicalities."

Another client is "very happy with Loyens & Loeff as a partner," saying: "They are quick, agile and direct, they are not afraid to take risks, and have a high level of expertise in their field."

Work highlights Advised O-I Manufacturing on the closure of its Schiedam factory, which involved the redundancy of 240 employees.

Assisted Toyota with works council consultations relating to its EUR1.2 billion acquisition of Vanderlande Industries Holding.

Notable practitioners

Hermine Voûte focuses on corporate employment law and restructuring mandates alongside pensions disputes, recently representing Euronext in an appeal against former employees in relation to the company's decision to end affiliation with the group's Pension Fund Mercurius. She is recognised as a seasoned and experienced employment lawyer who is "extremely responsive and always delivers on time."

Klaas Wiersma handles a wide range of employment law matters including individual and collective dismissals, M&A and cross-border labour participation structures. Clients view him as a "very practical lawyer who has a lot of knowledge upfront," and who provides "short and direct advice." He recently assisted Niacet in works council negotiations regarding its acquisition by SK Capital Partners.

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Distinctive features of the team
Our Employment & Benefits practice group is best known for the fact that it is able to cover the full spectrum of employment issues that employers may have to deal with in their relationships with employees. The integrated approach of employment lawyers with tax lawyers makes our practice group unique, compared to other law firms advising on employment matters in the Netherlands. Another distinctive feature of our Employment & Benefits practice group is that we have an intensified focus on the Benelux region and Switzerland, pooling all the top employment experts from Loyens & Loeff in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland into an integrated team of 60 experts in total. We believe that our team is able - more than any other law firm in our field of expertise - to provide clients with pragmatic solutions to complex matters. Our clients come to us for concrete and honest advice, and we ensure that this quality service is delivered at all times. Our practice is known for its high quality standards and we continuously strive to keep this in mind as our end goal.

Key types of work
Our key areas of advice are employment law, employment tax, social insurances, pensions and expat activities. We assist on employment issues in connection with mergers and acquisitions, and advice on specific remuneration legislation and also assist companies and their management in redundancies. Our attorneys litigate in all employment courts.


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Van Doorne - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded national practice noted for its expertise in transactional employment mandates, collective dismissals and negotiations with works councils and unions. The department boasts a capable pensions practice, handling both regulatory and contractual aspects of funds. Notable strength in the TMT and insurance sectors.

Strengths Clients say the team "know what they need to know and are to-the-point in their advice."

Work highlights Assisted Legal & General with the employment aspects of the EUR160 million sale of Dutch Legal & General to Chesnara.

Advised MS Amlin on the Dutch regulatory aspects of its retention pay structure.

Notable practitioners

Albert van Marwijk Kooy is identified as a leading pensions expert, with particular expertise relating to pensions contracts. He recently advised ING Pension Fund on implementing a one-tier board structure. He offers additional expertise in contentious pensions matters.

Els de Wind is a "well-respected name in the market" and focuses on corporate restructuring, TUPE, outsourcing and regulatory compliance matters. She led the Dutch team in relation to the joint venture between Intel and TPG and the subsequent integration of McAfee.

Marjolijn Lips is valued by clients as a steady counsel who is "really helpful in the more difficult employment cases." She recently advised the works councils of Reym and ATM with regards to the merger of Shanks Group and Van Gansewinkel Groep.

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AKD - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Respected standalone employment team acting for domestic and international clients on industrial disputes, restructuring and matters relating to immigration and foreign employees. Well-versed in the energy sector and in acting for Asian industrial clients, recently welcoming China Southern Airlines as a new client.

Strengths One client appreciates that "we have a dedicated team at AKD and their advice and legal opinions are very pragmatic," adding: "They know our company very well."

Another client values the firm's full-service approach, reporting: "The team as a whole is very tight and makes use of each other's areas of expertise; the firm also has a broad network and they can consult with other departments, for example with respect to tax issues."

Work highlights Represented Den Breejen Shipyard in challenging fines imposed by the Inspectorate SZW in relation to alleged violations of the Foreign Nationals Employment Act.

Assisted Hansgrohe in the restructuring and partial closure of its Dutch company and all related employment matters.

Notable practitioners

François Defaix handles large restructuring mandates and collective dismissal proceedings, with notable experience in the energy sector. Clients also value his experience in individual termination cases.

Clients value Henrike van de Laar's "quick, to-the-point and clear" advice and describe her as "a pleasant person who understands the needs of the business and has a pragmatic approach to legal matters." She advises a roster of multinational clients, including those based in Asia, on transactional employment mandates and day-to-day human resources matters.

About the Team (content provided by AKD)

Few areas of law change as quickly as Employment Law. And we’re not just talking about the introduction of the new Dutch Work and Security Act (Wet Werk en Zekerheid). What, for instance, are your thoughts on the increasingly international employment market and the rising demand for flexible employment relationships? How are you coping with these challenges? You can count on us.​

The Employment & Pensions practice group has lawyers with in-depth specialist expertise in employment law to guarantee the very best quality and to meet the increasing demand for specialist knowledge and experience. 


Our expertise 

AKD's employment lawyers can deploy their extensive procedural skills to make sure that their specialist areas hit the mark effectively and efficiently. As well as their far-reaching substantive expertise in employment law, the procedural aspects of employment law represent a significant specialist area for the practice group. 

Pension Law

Pension law also falls within the expertise of the Employment & Pensions practice group, so you can consult our specialists for any matters in this specific area as well.

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Baker McKenzie - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. The department is notably experienced advising on matters in the tech and healthcare industries

Strengths One client values the firm's personal service, saying: "They understand our business and what our business needs. Everyone in the team is quick and flexible."

Another impressed client states: "Their advice is to the point and very useful."

Work highlights Advised Accenture on the acquisition of MOBGEN and Realworld OO Systems and related pensions and employment matters.

Acted for Chesnara on its EUR160 million employment acquisition of Dutch Legal & General.

Notable practitioners

Mirjam de Blécourt "has a personality that gains the trust of all persons involved at all levels" according to clients, who also praise her "outstanding technical knowledge and hands-on, practical and strategic thinking." She principally focuses on domestic and cross-border transactional matters, collective and individual dismissal and outsourcing projects. Recently, she advised Corbion on the cross-border employment aspects of its joint venture with Total.

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With 16 dedicated specialists, Baker McKenzie Amsterdam has a very sizeable employment en pensions practice. Additionally, the team can rely on an extensive network of 700+ employment law specialists across 76 offices in 46 other countries. Mirjam de Blécourt heads the Amsterdam Employment & Compensation Team.

Their client base largely consists of leading multinationals. The group has a strong reputation in the Dutch market with an unrivaled track-record in collective dismissals as a result of reorganizations and (related) works councils and trade union negotiations. The team has specific expertise in the Healthcare, IT, Fashion and Food industry.  

Aside from the impressive client base, the group is most known for taking an active role in the public debate. The team advises the SER (Socio-Economical Committee), the government and the legislator on important employment law matters. Moreover, Mirjam was one of the main drivers behind the - now implemented - legislation on the equal representation of women in board positions. She is also responsible for the establishment of an alternative to the 'last in, first out' approach in collective dismissals, which is known as the "Method de Blécourt".

To support the team's  international client base, Mirjam recently wrote a comprehensive guide in the English language further detailing the Dutch Labor Law reform. 

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Clifford Chance LLP - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Growing employment practice with a strong track record in cross-border M&A matters. Advises an increasing number of financial institutions on executive remunerations policy and high-level terminations. The department is particularly experienced in pension planning and litigation.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's handling of complex works council matters alongside their "pragmatic advice and patience in dealing with twists and turns in transactions."

A number of clients value the firm's international reach, particularly with respect to large corporate transactions. One client says: "We chose Clifford Chance for their global presence, solid M&A practice and M&A experience relating to employment."

Work highlights Advised Staples on works council processes and pensions law aspects of the disposal of its European businesses to Cerberus Capital Management.

Acted for Aegon on a number of boardroom employment matters.

Notable practitioners

Wijnanda Rutten advises pension funds and multinational companies on both contentious and transactional pensions matters. She recently represented Media Pensioen Diensten in a dispute with a self-employed worker regarding pensions arrangements. Clients appreciate her extensive knowledge of Dutch pensions law as well as her solid network within the field of pensions.

Floris Van de Bult primarily focuses on transactional employment matters, but is also valued by clients for his "knowledge of financial regulations for remunerations in the financial sector." He is also praised for his "outstanding technical knowledge and depth of experience," and clients regard him as a "highly trusted adviser who is extremely responsive, service-minded and sensitive to organisational needs and the human side of employment matters."

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DingemansVanderKind - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Reputable boutique employment firm based in Amsterdam. Best known for advising on 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

Chair of the Dutch Employment Lawyers Association Charlotte Dingemans advises companies and individuals on individual employment disputes. She also has experience acting on employee participation matters and corporate restructuring. Sources highlight Dingemans as a particularly strong choice for matters involving individual board members.

Co-founding partner Olav van der Kind is highly regarded for his broad knowledge base and publications within the area of employment law. In addition to his work with academia, he maintains a strong practice representing employees.

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Eversheds Sutherland - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Amsterdam and Rotterdam-based practice, advising on the employment aspects of M&A transactions, restructuring and related litigation. Strong choice for US companies with Dutch interests. The team's pension-related expertise is notably enhanced by its strategic partnership with niche firm Bergamin Pensioenrechtadvies.

Strengths One source says: "Eversheds provide us with the 101 of legal advice," highlighting "the firm's ability to service us as a customer and understand our business well enough to help us along difficult paths and build good relationships."

Another client values the team's ability to handle "complex cross-border cases" with "all the necessary support, swift responses and personal attention."

Work highlights Advised Sovereign Capital Partners on its EUR34 million acquisition of Xendo.

Acted for G4S on works council negotiations, collective dismissals and individual dismissal litigation.

Notable practitioners

Simon Tan is valued by clients for his "long experience, hands-on approach and astute advice." Tan heads the firm's employment practice from the Rotterdam office, handling works council negotiations and restructuring matters.

Ingrid Van Berkel is a restructuring specialist, and recently assisted Tyco with several labour matters resulting from an extensive reorganisation. One client identifies her main strengths as her "clarity in terms of expressing complex matters in clearly understandable terms," with another highlighting her "hands-on and practical approach."

Based in Amsterdam, Wijnand Blom is recognised as an expert in co-determination matters. He regularly assists with the employment aspects of transactions and collective dismissal proceedings. He recently assisted WestRock with the closure of a manufacturing plant which involved the redundancy of 125 employees. Clients value his ability to build relationships across the table in negotiations as well as the "authority and expertise" he brings.

Sources say that associate-to-watch Marieke Koster offers "clear and powerful" advice. She assists clients with respect to restructuring, works council matters and dismissal proceedings.

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Kennedy Van der Laan - Employment Department

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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 expertise in the technology, financial services and healthcare sectors.

Strengths One client praises the team's collaborative approach, saying: "They ensure knowledge and experience is shared so that the overall experience is at a very high level."

Another client highlights the consistent quality of the service, saying: "If they have to substitute in a colleague, you almost get a clone of the original lawyer you were working with, with the same approach, commitment and response times: the service is truly equal across the board."

Work highlights Advised Rabobank on a large TUPE-related outsourcing project as well as several dismissal cases.

Assisted Syngenta with restructuring matters, including executive dismissal proceedings and works council negotiations.

Notable practitioners

Eva Knipschild acts on collective bargaining agreements and works council matters for international clients including Nike and CGI. She is also recognised as a successful mediator. Clients praise her down-to-earth attitude and her ability to "get directly to the bottom of the case and understand and solve problems very quickly."

Chris Nekeman is highlighted by commentators for his expertise in co-determination and described as a lawyer who "knows everything about trade unions and works councils." Clients also appreciate his "practical approach." He handles all employment matters for Microsoft in the Netherlands, including day-to-day HR issues and restructuring matters.

About the Team (content provided by Kennedy Van der Laan)

Kennedy Van der Laan’s Labour & Employment team is one of the biggest teams of the Netherlands, representing high profile clients, such as the Dutch Association of Judges and various multination listed companies, such as Nike and Microsoft. The Labour & Employment team is specialized in all aspects of employment law and co-governance law. They are experienced legal advisers and capable litigators.

The team assists HR departments with their on-going employment questions, such as day-to-day HR issues, drafting agreements, restrictive covenants, handbooks and HR policies, creating a flexible workforce, finding solutions for labour conflicts and assist with individual and collective dismissals.

They also deal with and advise on a strategic level on the employment law consequences of all forms of corporate transactions, (international) mergers, acquisitions, outsourcing and business restructurings. They are experienced in offering a total solution for the development and integration of a harmonized employment conditions policy that takes all HR disciplines into account. This also involves discussions and negotiations with the (European) works council and trade unions.

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Lexence - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Robust national offering 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. Growing engagement with internal fraud investigations through a collaborative effort launched with Hoffmann and GGN.

Strengths Clients highlight the firm's "unique approach and broad knowledge," saying: "They know how to deal with the law but can also handle matters in a unique and creative way and are transparent in outlining risks and opportunities."

Others describe the service as "precise and quick."

Work highlights Advised Plukon Food Group on collective labour agreements and strike action.

Assisted SUEZ with a number of internal fraud matters.

Notable practitioners

Judith Schulp is experienced handling the employment aspects of corporate transactions, as well as overseeing restructuring and internal fraud investigations. She continues to advise IMC on transfer of business enterprises, remunerations policy and employee terminations. Clients highlight her "technical and commercial knowledge" and appreciate her "hands-on" work ethic.

Mark Keuss demonstrates "a great balance of professional attitude and social personality," according to clients, who also praise his "technical knowledge and field experience." Keuss specialises in internal investigations and dismissal proceedings, representing both companies and individuals. He recently assisted the chairman of NS in a high-profile employment dispute.

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NautaDutilh - Employment Department

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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. Regularly acts on high-profile works council negotiations and TUPE disputes.

Strengths One client says: "The partners are knowledgeable, personable and flexible in making themselves available at short notice, and they are able to reduce stress by reducing complexity and clarifying our legal position."

Others value the department's commercial approach, saying: "They look for solutions and evaluate what the risks will be, and they think along with us to see how to solve problems in a flexible way."

Work highlights Represented the works council of Seaway Heavy Lifting in a dispute with the companies' shareholders relating to Seaway's decision not to consult the works council regarding the potential sale of the company.

Acted for Smallsteps on a TUPE dispute with former employees of the bankrupt Estro.

Notable practitioners

Homme ten Have "is able to create a good atmosphere in negotiations" and is particularly valued by clients for his expertise in handling sensitive disputes. He garners additional praise for his "practical approach" and "swift responses." He regularly works with NautaDutilh's corporate team on major restructuring projects, recently assisting PZEM in the employment aspects relating to the sale of its retail and network business.

According to commentators, Warner Roeters van Lennep "is very dedicated both to his profession and to his clients," and is valued for his "pragmatic and solution-orientated approach." In a recent highlight, he oversaw the significant restructuring of the Municipality of Amsterdam's control system, which involved works council and trade union negotiations and the implementation of a new employee structure.

Gijs Van Nes focuses his practice on employment matters in the financial sector. Clients view him as a "very devoted and knowledgeable" counsel and add that he is "highly competent and focused on delivering the right advice."

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NautaDutilh Employment & Pensions group assists clients in using their commercial possibilities to the maximum extent, while at the same time limiting the legal risks to a minimum. In a competitive environment it is essential to companies to attract and retain the best people. Our clients seek our specialist advice in doing so.

Our lawyers advise on and handle employment issues arising from the relationship between employers and employees, drawing on their wide experience in collaboration with directors and employees of large companies. We can guide our clients through the staffing consequences of drastic operations, such as mergers, acquisitions, IPOs, restructurings, management buy-outs and outsourcing. On a strategic level we work with our clients, advising them on recruitment, redundancy plans, health and safety in the workplace, and insolvency procedures. Furthermore, we assist our clients in their contacts with trade unions. We also have wide experience in mass redundancy and individual dismissals, disputes on employment agreements, and disputes with directors. In all their services, our lawyers combine their legal expertise with a business acumen, so that they have a good understanding of sensitive employment issues.

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Palthe Oberman - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Boutique employment practice with particular strength in advising public sector organisations on the management of their 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. Alongside public sector work, key sectors include aviation, financial services and healthcare.

Strengths Market sources consider the firm to have "good and practical lawyers with a good track record for dismissal cases and works council matters."

Work highlights Advised War Child on employment law matters relating to the protection of employees in conflict zones.

Advised Active Implants on evading a golden parachute clause relating to the termination of the Dutch statutory director.

Notable practitioners

Christiaan Oberman is described by one client as an "assured counsel with whom I always feel at ease: he clearly knows his stuff." Noted for his strength in the healthcare sector, he advised new client Active Implants on the dismissal of its Dutch statutory director. He also advises on trade union and works council matters.

Gieneke Van Wulfften-Palthe focuses her practice on collective and individual dismissal proceedings. Clients value that "she listens, she has the respect of the counterparties and is good at negotiations," and say she is "on the ball and provides good advice."

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Bird & Bird - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established employment group possessing strong capabilities in restructuring and outsourcing. Often works alongside the firm's offices in other jurisdictions on pan-European human resources matters. Experienced negotiating with trade unions and advising on dismissal procedures and co-determination issues, both contentious and non-contentious. Regularly acts for clients from the technology, IT, pharmaceutical and tobacco industries.

Strengths Clients value the team's "quick action and strategic decision making."

Sources also describe the group as "specialists in labour law who give personal attention and custom-made advice."

Work highlights Advised the Royal Conservatoire and Academy of Arts on day-to-day human resources matters.

Assisted Asics with multi-jurisdictional human resources matters.

Notable practitioners

Philip Hartman is praised for his expertise in outsourcing, restructuring and multi-jurisdictional matters. Clients say: "He is very proactive and demonstrates a very deep understanding of law from an employment angle," adding that "strategically he is very strong and is able to spot risks far in advance and set up counter-measures."

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Boontje Advocaten - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-established employment law boutique enters the rankings this year. Covers the whole spectrum of employment matters including transfer of undertakings, co-determination and employment conditions. The team has been strengthened following the hire of Paul Witteveen.

Strengths Clients say: "Boontje is a professional and flexible law firm with in-depth knowledge of their area of expertise."

Commentators also highlight the breadth of the firm's expertise, saying: "It is a very well-informed and well-rounded team with knowledge on almost all topics connected with employment law - if they don't have a specialist themselves, they have a connection who is."

Work highlights Assisted the works council of Legal & General Netherlands through its acquisition by Chesnara.

Advised Citrix Systems on the employment aspects of the spin-off and subsequent merger of its GoTo Family of service offerings with LogMeIn.

Notable practitioners

Paul Witteveen is a highly experienced employment counsel who handles corporate governance matters, and is also "very well known for co-determination." He is also described by market sources as "a really great litigator." He recently advised Deloitte on a dispute with an equity partner.

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Boontje Advocaten operates in a wide variety of sectors and industries and include employers (both multinational and medium-sized businesses), managing directors, works councils, interest groups, employees (mostly white collar) and self-employed entrepreneurs.

Boontje Advocaten aims to provide more than a legal practice that focuses on dispute resolution and
employment law challenges. Paul Boontje, the firm’s name-giver, is also a (registered) mediator. Wouter Hes, one of the firm’s other partners, provides (employment law) coaching in addition to his legal practise.

Boontje Advocaten applies the Employment Law Plus Formula. Besides having a general knowledge of employment law, each lawyer focuses on one or more particular related areas of expertise. Thanks to this specialization, the lawyers can offer clients a broad range of services. Moreover, they also contribute to the public debate, for example by publishing articles and participating in working groups that advise the government on legislative bills.

The business areas of the clients are: Banks, Charities/Not for profit, Chemicals, Commercial & Professional Services, Education, Health Care, Industrial Engineering, Media, Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences, Private Clients/Individuals, Software & Computer Services, Technology, Hardware & Electronics, Transportation, Travel & Leisure, Retail and NGO’s.



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Bronsgeest Deur Advocaten - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Compact employment-focused boutique known for its representation of both Dutch and international clients. Handles a wide range of common employment matters. Notable expertise in reorganisation, including individual and collective dismissals and works council negotiations. The firm offers additional cross-border capabilities through its membership in the Ius Laboris network.

Strengths One client values that "they give sound, business-minded advice and always adopt a principled stance."

Another client adds: "They have great insight into what is going on in labour law, they are fast and know our business very well."

Notable practitioners

Founding partner and head of department Erik Deur is "practical, a good listener and very responsive," according to clients. He principally handles corporate restructuring matters and related negotiations.

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Dentons Boekel - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected employment practice in an international network offering expertise in corporate reorganisation and the employment aspects of cross-border M&A transactions in a variety of sectors. Experienced handling mass redundancies, collective labour agreements and social plans.

Strengths One client says: "They are very flexible and have in-depth and broad knowledge," adding that "they are focused on getting the best result and are always thinking in the best interest of our company."

Others praise the team's "up-to-date knowledge, great network for international cases and good value for money."

Work highlights Assisted McArthurGlen with the employment aspects of its EUR60.7 million acquisition of the Rosada Fashion Outlet in Roosendaal from Resolution Property.

Advised CBRE Global Workplace Solutions on ongoing outsourcing and the employment aspects of various transactions.

Notable practitioners

Eugenie Nunes handles corporate employment matters including transfer of undertakings, employee outsourcing and restructuring. Clients appreciate that she is "always available to respond to questions" and highlight her "great technical knowledge" and "fantastic personality" as key strengths.

Epke Spijkerman is "open, honest and approachable," according to clients, who value his "ability to provide solutions in a pragmatic way." Spijkerman frequently advises clients on international restructuring projects.

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Dentons Boekel’s Employment and Labor team has a very clear focus on and has continuously been involved in high profile and complex matters covering a broad range of employment law related issues. The team both advises and litigates on employment disputes (mass redundancies as well as individual dismissals). Furthermore, our lawyers supervise cross-border employment issues, handle collective labor agreements, works council issues, social plans and pension related issues. The team has experience with mass redundancies up to an impact of 2,500 employees (with national media attention).


In addition, our practice stands out for its wealth experience in advising on acquisitions, reorganizations and in- and outsourcing projects. Given the considerable amount of work done at an international level, our team has also significant experience in acting for foreign employers. Our knowledge of the market and involvement in significant matters clearly sets us apart from other competitors.

Besides our proven track record, key lawyers of our team are recognized as thought leaders in their field. They regularly visit offices of our Firm abroad for the development of the multinational client base and for marketing purposes.

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HDK Advocaten - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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, co-determination, benefits and tax issues. Clients include established Dutch and multinational companies.

Strengths One client highlights the firm's "profound knowledge of labour law," and adds that "they add value and can always deliver on commitments. They provide stability for us with their support."

Another client views the team as a "great business partner for employment law" and describes the firm as "extremely transparent, helpful and very quick in responding."

Work highlights Advised Bakkersland on the employment aspects of its takeover by Borgesius.

Assisted PepsiCo with the employment aspects, including dispute resolution, benefits and co-determination, associated with its various Dutch brands.

Notable practitioners

Co-founder Juliette Huyzer is experienced handling cross-border transactions, collective dismissal proceedings and transfer of undertakings. Clients say: "Besides her profound knowledge of labour law and corporate complexities, she is clear and decisive in her advice and understands the dynamics of multinational companies." She continues to advise Ardent on employment matters resulting from the restructuring and reorganisation within the company following its establishment via merger.

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Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn N.V. - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Primarily assist state institutions in contentious employment disputes and also advises a number of corporate clients on a range of human resources matters.

Strengths Clients describe the group as "a highly professional and respected labour team who achieve good results while maintaining a pleasant relationship."

Another client praises the team for being "knowledgeable, emphatic and flexible."

Work highlights Acted for the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations on an interim injunction proceeding against trade unions representing civil servants in relation to a new law equalising the legal status of civil servants and civil law employees.

Advised KPN on a wide range of HR matters including trade union negotiations.

Notable practitioners

The "impressive and very skilled" Ruben Van Arkel advises and litigates for a number of governmental organisations on a whole range of employment and pensions matters, with notable expertise in the field of equal treatment. He recently represented the Ministry of Defence in a dispute with a number of civil servants following the increase in the state pension age in 2013. Clients value him as "a professional who is prepared to go the extra mile for his client."

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Rutgers & Posch - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Newly ranked employment team advising domestic and international clients on human resources strategy. Areas of expertise include co-determination, social plans, individual dismissals and large-scale reorganisation. Notable experience in the TMT and manufacturing sectors.

Strengths One client says: "Besides their in-depth legal knowledge, they also understand our business and are capable of assessing which advice best suits our company," adding that "they are willing to think outside of the box to find solutions."

Another commentator agrees, saying: "The firm works as a team and radiates team spirit; they offer in-depth knowledge and a good working relationship so we are able to create solutions together."

Work highlights Advised FD Mediagroep on its new digital strategy, which included co-determination, trade union negotiations and the implementation of a new social plan.

Advised TMF on the employment aspects arising from the relocation of its IT processes from the Netherlands to locations in India and CEE.

Notable practitioners

According to market sources, Inge De Laat is "excellent with clients and well connected internationally," and receives praise for her "down-to-earth and pragmatic approach." She advises on restructuring matters and social plans as well as dismissal proceedings. Her clients include Euronext and Meteogroup.

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Simmons & Simmons LLP - Employment Department

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What the team is known for Regularly advises on cross-European and domestic restructuring projects and complex works council negotiations. Key clients include banks, hedge funds and leading financial institutions. Also boasts considerable experience across the TMT sector, acting for major telecoms operators, software companies and film studios.

Strengths One client says: "Their expertise helps us through the whole process, both in terms of legal advice and practical operation."

Another client highlights the team's ability to "deal with sensitivity from different angles and with care and agility" alongside their "willingness to spend time to gain an in-depth understanding of the case."

Work highlights Assisted Progress Software with works council negotiations in connection with the reorganisation of its EMEA headquarters in Rotterdam.

Advised Stage Entertainment on the reorganisation of its European activities, which involved collective dismissal across multiple jurisdictions.

Notable practitioners

Joris Oster is experienced advising on collective and individual dismissal proceedings, works council negotiations and transfers of undertakings. Clients say he "offers a very good balance between guiding and listening to clients" and highlight his "open and direct way of communicating" as a key asset. He regularly acts for clients in the TMT sector, recently assisting VEON with a large-scale reorganisation of its European business model.

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Vestius Advocaten - Employment Department

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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 acts for international clients on significant corporate restructuring matters. Often acts for clients in the retail, financial, technology and media sectors, with Triumph Studios and ANP News Agency among significant new clients.

Strengths One client says: "Vestius are on-the-ball, emphatic, knowledgeable and forward-thinking," and also appreciates that "they understand that agility and flexibility from a legal perspective is required in our market."

Another client highlights the "personal contact" from the team, saying: "You always work with the same lawyer, so they know a lot about our business, take a personal interest and have a proactive way of communicating."

Work highlights Negotiated individual separation agreements for a number of senior executives of ING Bank following the bank's decision to close its foreign exchange trading function in Amsterdam.

Assisted Triumph Studios with the employment aspects of its acquisition by Paradox Interactive.

Notable practitioners

Bart De Vroe handles corporate transactional employment matters and represents individuals in sensitive dismissal proceedings. Peers highlight his litigation skills as a key strength and clients praise his "straightforward, entrepreneurial and solution-oriented" approach.

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Vestius is a modern firm specializing in all aspects of employment law, shareholders disputes, corporate contracts and mergers & acquisitions. The partners of Vestius started and have all been trained within the big law firms.


Whereas Vestius offers legal services in the fields of both employment law and corporate law/ M&A, those two disciplines work closely together where it concerns M&A work and / or shareholders and executive management disputes.


The employment law department of Vestius Attorneys at Law represent a broad field of industries, with an important focus on retail, financial services, pharma and IT.


All specialists in the aforementioned areas aim to deliver tailor-made services to their clients based on in depth knowledge and a pragmatic approach, offering top-end quality at competitive rates. Below are listed a few examples of employment work highlights which have been performed during the last 12 months.

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Senior Statesmen

BarentsKrans

From the Chambers Europe guide

A renowned Supreme Court litigator, Rogier Duk is lauded as "a guru" in Dutch employment and recognised for the "vast experience and seniority he brings to the table." Duk represented a number of major Dutch transport companies in numerous lawsuits initiated by trade unions in relation to the employment of Eastern European drivers.

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Senior Statesmen

Boontje Advocaten

From the Chambers Europe guide

Paul Witteveen  is a highly experienced employment counsel who handles corporate governance matters, and is also "very well known for co-determination." He is also described by market sources as  "a really great litigator." He recently advised Deloitte on a dispute with an equity partner.

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Band 1

Mirjam A de Blécourt

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mirjam de Blécourt "has a personality that gains the trust of all persons involved at all levels" according to clients, who also praise her "outstanding technical knowledge and hands-on, practical and strategic thinking." She principally focuses on domestic and cross-border transactional matters, collective and individual dismissal and outsourcing projects. Recently, she advised Corbion on the cross-border employment aspects of its joint venture with Total.

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Band 1

Houthoff

From the Chambers Europe guide

Edward de Bock advises on co-determination and the employment aspects of major corporate reorganisations. He also has strong practice in boardroom dismissal proceedings, recently advising Delta on the dismissal of its CEO. Recognised as a "clear leader in the field," clients value his "effective advice, flexibility and client-orientated approach."

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Band 1

Evert-Jan Henrichs

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

From the Chambers Europe guide

Evert-Jan Henrichs handles an extensive range of employment matters including co-determination, trade union disputes and corporate governance issues. One client calls him "the most impressive lawyer I have worked with in the Netherlands," whilst others highlight his "solid mix of knowledge and practicality." He is also highly reputed for his expertise in pensions law and related litigation. Henrichs recently represented Holland Casino in a works council and union dispute relating to the company's decision to terminate its agreement with its current pension fund. 

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Band 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

From the Chambers Europe guide

Described by one source as "the best Supreme Court litigator for employment law in the Netherlands," Stefan Sagel regularly represents leading Dutch companies in matters relating to individual and collective dismissal, co-determination and industrial action. He has also acted for trade unions, assisting FNV in Supreme Court proceedings relating to the interpretation of collective bargaining agreements. Clients value his "in-depth knowledge of case law" and describe him as "fast and practical."

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Stibbe

From the Chambers Europe guide

Widely regarded as a leading figure in the Dutch employment landscape, Jaap van Slooten specialises in collective labour disputes, corporate integration and pensions law. Clients value his ability to provide a "broad overview of labour conditions in the Netherlands" and say he is someone who "can test your thoughts and support you in tough negotiations by bringing totally new solutions to the table." He is a trusted adviser to numerous leading Dutch companies including ING, KLM and the NN Group, which he recently advised on post-merger integration following the merger of NN and Delta Lloyd.

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Loyens & Loeff

From the Chambers Europe guide

Hermine Voûte focuses on corporate employment law and restructuring mandates alongside pensions disputes, recently representing Euronext in an appeal against former employees in relation to the company's decision to end affiliation with the group's Pension Fund Mercurius. She is recognised as a seasoned and experienced employment lawyer who is "extremely responsive and always delivers on time."

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Stibbe

From the Chambers Europe guide

Astrid Helstone is best known for her expertise on remunerations in the financial sector. She has additional expertise in individual and collective dismissal and works council litigation. Her clients include leading banks and financial institutions, who value her friendly approach and quick turnaround. One client says: "She knows our organisation really well and understands the dynamics of our business and our style."

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DLA Piper Nederland

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marnix Holtzer has a good reputation for corporate employment disputes and international M&A transactions, recently advising Cushman & Wakefield on the acquisition of DTZ Zadelhoff VOF and related pensions restructuring and role transfers. He is valued by clients as a "knowledgeable team leader who is pleasant to work with."

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BarentsKrans

From the Chambers Europe guide

"A brilliant litigator," Max Keulaerds is valued for his "broad experience in employment and social law" and described as a lawyer who is "friendly and down to earth but at the same time a library of knowledge." He is particularly experienced in disputes relating to transfer of undertakings. His clients include listed companies and financial institutions and he continues to represent ABN AMRO in all employment-related litigation.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Brechje Nollen of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP frequently handles the employment aspects of complex international transactions. Clients highlight her "practical thinking and thorough expertise" as well as her "ability to think in terms of solutions" as key strengths.

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Band 2

NautaDutilh

From the Chambers Europe guide

Homme ten Have "is able to create a good atmosphere in negotiations" and is particularly valued by clients for his expertise in handling sensitive disputes. He garners additional praise for his "practical approach" and "swift responses." He regularly works with NautaDutilh's corporate team on major restructuring projects, recently assisting PZEM in the employment aspects relating to the sale of its retail and network business.

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Band 3

Rutgers & Posch

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to market sources, Inge De Laat is "excellent with clients and well connected internationally," and receives praise for her "down-to-earth and pragmatic approach." She advises on restructuring matters and social plans as well as dismissal proceedings. Her clients include Euronext and Meteogroup.

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Van Doorne

From the Chambers Europe guide

Els de Wind is a "well-respected name in the market" and focuses on corporate restructuring, TUPE, outsourcing and regulatory compliance matters. She led the Dutch team in relation to the joint venture between Intel and TPG and the subsequent integration of McAfee.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Maartje Govaert of Norton Rose Fulbright offers "excellent support whenever required" and is experienced handling a wide range of employment matters including transfer of undertakings, restructuring, executive remunerations and whistleblowing matters. She recently advised Sandvik on the employment aspects of its potential sale of its Dutch mining operations.

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Band 3

Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Europe guide

Philip Hartman is praised for his expertise in outsourcing, restructuring and multi-jurisdictional matters. Clients say: "He is very proactive and demonstrates a very deep understanding of law from an employment angle," adding that "strategically he is very strong and is able to spot risks far in advance and set up counter-measures."

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Band 3

Kennedy Van der Laan

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eva Knipschild acts on collective bargaining agreements and works council matters for international clients including Nike and CGI. She is also recognised as a successful mediator. Clients praise her down-to-earth attitude and her ability to "get directly to the bottom of the case and understand and solve problems very quickly."

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Christiaan Oberman

Palthe Oberman

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christiaan Oberman is described by one client as an "assured counsel with whom I always feel at ease: he clearly knows his stuff." Noted for his strength in the healthcare sector, he advised new client Active Implants on the dismissal of its Dutch statutory director. He also advises on trade union and works council matters.

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Band 3

Simmons & Simmons LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Joris Oster is experienced advising on collective and individual dismissal proceedings, works council negotiations and transfers of undertakings. Clients say he "offers a very good balance between guiding and listening to clients" and highlight his "open and direct way of communicating" as a key asset. He regularly acts for clients in the TMT sector, recently assisting VEON with a large-scale reorganisation of its European business model.

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Band 3

Lexence

From the Chambers Europe guide

Judith Schulp is experienced handling the employment aspects of corporate transactions, as well as overseeing restructuring and internal fraud investigations. She continues to advise IMC on transfer of business enterprises, remunerations policy and employee terminations. Clients highlight her "technical and commercial knowledge" and appreciate her "hands-on" work ethic.

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Band 3

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Suzanne Sikkink handles a broad range of employment matters including works council negotiations, corporate transactional matters and individual and collective dismissals. Clients laud her negotiation and technical skills, additionally highlighting her "very good knowledge of local law, practicality, and solution-oriented approach." She recently advised LeasePlan on the employment aspects of a significant reorganisation across multiple jurisdictions.

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Band 3

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers Europe guide

Simon Tan is valued by clients for his "long experience, hands-on approach and astute advice." Tan heads the firm's employment practice from the Rotterdam office, handling works council negotiations and restructuring matters.

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Band 3

Floris Van de Bult

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Floris Van de Bult primarily focuses on transactional employment matters, but is also valued by clients for his "knowledge of financial regulations for remunerations in the financial sector." He is also praised for his "outstanding technical knowledge and depth of experience," and clients regard him as a "highly trusted adviser who is extremely responsive, service-minded and sensitive to organisational needs and the human side of employment matters."

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Band 3

Liber Dock BV

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marian van Eck of Liber Dock BV advises on restructuring matters, with recognised expertise on collective and individual dismissals. She advises clients from a range of industries, most notably the healthcare and pharmaceuticals sectors. She recently advised Merck Sharp & Dohme on the implementation of a new social plan and related trade union negotiations. 

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Band 3

BarentsKrans

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peter Vas Nunes has over 40 years' experience in employment law. He is known for his specialisation on discrimination in the employment field and is valued by clients for his academic prowess.

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Band 3

Stibbe

From the Chambers Europe guide

Paul Vestering is noted for his experience in transactional employment mandates, works council litigation and corporate governance. He offers additional expertise in pensions work and related litigation. He recently assisted RELX Group in  works council negotiations pertaining to the amendment of an executive pensions allowance. Clients appreciate his "fast, simple and practical" approach alongside his thorough knowledge of pensions legislation.

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Band 3

Loyens & Loeff

From the Chambers Europe guide

Klaas Wiersma handles a wide range of  employment law matters including individual and collective dismissals, M&A and cross-border labour participation structures. Clients view him as a "very practical lawyer who has a lot of knowledge upfront," and who provides "short and direct advice." He recently assisted Niacet in works council negotiations regarding its acquisition by SK Capital Partners.

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Band 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anita de Jong of Hogan Lovells International LLP is valued by clients for her "availability and responsiveness," and is described as a lawyer who "gets to the heart of the matter in a short time." She often advises on the employment aspects of M&A transactions and restructurings. Together with partners across the Hogan Lovells network, she recently advised Ball Packaging Europe on works council negotiations associated with the carving out of its Dutch operations. She is also experienced advising on remunerations and sensitive dismissal proceedings. 

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Band 4

Vestius Advocaten

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bart De Vroe handles corporate transactional employment matters and represents individuals in sensitive dismissal proceedings. Peers highlight his litigation skills as a key strength and clients praise his "straightforward, entrepreneurial and solution-oriented" approach.

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Band 4

Bronsgeest Deur Advocaten

From the Chambers Europe guide

Founding partner and head of department Erik Deur is "practical, a good listener and very responsive," according to clients. He principally handles corporate restructuring matters and related negotiations.

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Band 4

Charlotte Dingemans

DingemansVanderKind

From the Chambers Europe guide

Chair of the Dutch Employment Lawyers Association Charlotte Dingemans advises companies and individuals on individual employment disputes. She also has experience acting on employee participation matters and corporate restructuring. Sources highlight Dingemans as a particularly strong choice for matters involving individual board members.

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Band 4

Kennedy Van der Laan

From the Chambers Europe guide

Chris Nekeman is highlighted by commentators for his expertise in co-determination and described as a lawyer who "knows everything about trade unions and works councils." Clients also appreciate his "practical approach." He handles all employment matters for Microsoft in the Netherlands, including day-to-day HR issues and restructuring matters.

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Band 4

Dentons Boekel

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eugenie Nunes handles corporate employment matters including transfer of undertakings, employee outsourcing and restructuring. Clients appreciate that she is "always available to respond to questions" and highlight her "great technical knowledge" and "fantastic personality"  as key strengths.

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Band 4

Ingrid Van Berkel

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ingrid Van Berkel is a restructuring specialist, and recently assisted Tyco with several labour matters resulting from an extensive reorganisation. One client identifies her main strengths as her "clarity in terms of expressing complex matters in clearly understandable terms," with another highlighting her "hands-on and practical approach." 

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Band 4

Martijn van Broeckhuijsen

Shearwaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Martijn van Broeckhuijsen of Shearwaters is described by market sources as a "skilful, amicable guy" who is "commercial, helpful and prompt." He regularly assists with corporate transactions and executive hiring and dismissals. He recently advised a prominent board member of a Dutch football league club on stepping down from their various legal positions.

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Band 4

Olav van der Kind

DingemansVanderKind

From the Chambers Europe guide

Co-founding partner Olav van der Kind is highly regarded for his broad knowledge base and publications within the area of employment law. In addition to his work with academia, he maintains a strong practice representing employees.

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Band 4

Gieneke Van Wulfften-Palthe

Palthe Oberman

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gieneke Van Wulfften-Palthe focuses her practice on collective and individual dismissal proceedings. Clients value that "she listens, she has the respect of the counterparties and is good at negotiations," and say she is "on the ball and provides good advice."

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Band 5

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers Europe guide

Based in Amsterdam, Wijnand Blom is recognised as an expert in co-determination matters. He regularly assists with the employment aspects of transactions and collective dismissal proceedings. He recently assisted WestRock with the closure of a manufacturing plant which involved the redundancy of 125 employees. Clients value his ability to build relationships across the table in negotiations as well as the "authority and expertise" he brings.

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Band 5

Houthoff

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rixt De Vries "gets to the crux of the matter in clear language and gives sound advice," according to clients who also praise her "in-depth knowledge of the customer and case she is working on and impressive technical skills." She is especially experienced in the retail and technology sectors, and recently assisted Atos in an extensive restructuring process, including the amendments of employment packages and dispute proceedings against former board members.

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Band 5

AKD

From the Chambers Europe guide

François Defaix handles large restructuring mandates and collective dismissal proceedings, with notable experience in the energy sector. Clients also value his experience in individual termination cases.

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Band 5

HDK Advocaten

From the Chambers Europe guide

Co-founder Juliette Huyzer is experienced handling cross-border transactions, collective dismissal proceedings and transfer of undertakings. Clients say: "Besides her profound knowledge of labour law and corporate complexities, she is clear and decisive in her advice and understands the dynamics of multinational companies." She continues to advise Ardent on employment matters resulting from the restructuring and reorganisation within the company following its establishment via merger. 

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Band 5

Lexence

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mark Keuss demonstrates "a great balance of professional attitude and social personality," according to clients, who also praise his "technical knowledge and field experience." Keuss specialises in internal investigations and dismissal proceedings, representing both companies and individuals. He recently assisted the chairman of NS in a high-profile employment dispute.

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Band 5

Van Doorne

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marjolijn Lips is valued by clients as a steady counsel who is "really helpful in the more difficult employment cases." She recently advised the works councils of Reym and ATM with regards to the merger of Shanks Group and Van Gansewinkel Groep.

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Band 5

Warner Roeters van Lennep

NautaDutilh

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to commentators, Warner Roeters van Lennep "is very dedicated both to his profession and to his clients," and is valued for his "pragmatic and solution-orientated approach." In a recent highlight, he oversaw the significant restructuring of the Municipality of Amsterdam's control system, which involved works council and trade union negotiations and the implementation of a new employee structure.

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Band 5

Dentons Boekel

From the Chambers Europe guide

Epke Spijkerman is "open, honest and approachable," according to clients, who value his "ability to provide solutions in a pragmatic way." Spijkerman frequently advises clients on international restructuring projects.

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Band 5

Barbara Van Duren-Kloppert

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

From the Chambers Europe guide

Barbara Van Duren-Kloppert focuses on transactional employment law and executive termination cases, recently acting for Klépierre on individual employment matters. Clients report that "she is knowledgeable and practical."

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Band 5

Dennis Veldhuizen

CLINT Lawyers & Mediators

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dennis Veldhuizen of CLINT Lawyers & Mediators is "responsive and to-the-point" with his advice according to clients. Veldhuizen is a trusted human resources counsel to a number of international companies in sectors including medical, healthcare and hospitality. He advised Fresenius Kabi on a number of labour matters including the dismissal of around 200 employees.

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Up and Coming

Jones Day

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mariëlle Daudt of Jones Day is described as "content-driven and very analytical" and is experienced handling international restructuring and compliance projects. She recently advised Kotug Smit Towage on its integration process following the merger of Kotug International and Smit.

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Up and Coming

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn N.V.

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "impressive and very skilled" Ruben Van Arkel advises and litigates for a number of governmental organisations on a whole range of employment and pensions matters, with notable expertise in the field of equal treatment. He recently represented the Ministry of Defence in a dispute with a number of civil servants following the increase in the state pension age in 2013. Clients value him as "a professional who is prepared to go the extra mile for his client."

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Associates to watch

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources say that associate-to-watch Marieke Koster offers "clear and powerful" advice. She assists clients with respect to restructuring, works council matters and dismissal proceedings.

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Associates to watch

Henrike van de Laar

AKD

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients value Henrike van de Laar's "quick, to-the-point and clear" advice and describe her as "a pleasant person who understands the needs of the business and has a pragmatic approach to legal matters." She advises a roster of multinational clients, including those based in Asia, on transactional employment mandates and day-to-day human resources matters.

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Associates to watch

NautaDutilh

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gijs Van Nes focuses his practice on employment matters in the financial sector. Clients view him as a "very devoted and knowledgeable" counsel and add that he is "highly competent and focused on delivering the right advice."

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Associates to watch

Stibbe

From the Chambers Europe guide

Johan Zwemmer handles a range of corporate employment matters including flexible labour, recently advising RAI regarding the deployment of flexible workers as well as several dismissal matters. Known for his academic expertise in respect to non-standard employment practices, clients also praise his "forthcoming and approachable" attitude and describe him as a "great guy who explains the ins and outs of complex legislation in a clear way."

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