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Allen & Overy LLP’s department is led by the ‘highly responsive’ Suzanne Sikkink, with support from Ferdinand Grapperhaus and counsel Frank Doornik, who is a pensions expert. The team is strong in individual and collective dismissals, transactional and reorganisational work, and negotiations with works councils.

The ‘remarkable’, sizeable full-service team at Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam N.V. acts for clients such as Equinix and the works council of Propertize. ‘Very well-connected, creative and to-the-point’ partner Mirjam de Blécourt leads the practice.



Shearwaters is the unique boutique law firm focusing exclusively on advising clients in the international business environment on matters of Dutch corporate employment law. Shearwaters is a seasoned team of highly specialised and very experienced lawyers in their field, having worked at global law firms Baker McKenzie and Linklaters for a combined period of over 75 years. Since its inception in 2015, Shearwaters has been recognized as a leading firm by The Legal 500.

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Particularly strong in litigation, BarentsKrans’ ‘very knowledgeable’ team gives ‘to-the-point advice’. Caroline van Gent leads the practice, in which Rogier Duk, Peter Vas Nunes, Max Keulaerds and Laurens de Graaf are widely recommended. The department also handles restructuring.

Unilever, Rabobank and Philips are among the clients of De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s ‘responsive, knowledgeable and insightful’ practice, whose strengths include multi-jurisdictional outsourcing, Supreme Court litigation and high-profile executive dismissals. Evert-Jan Henrichs, Stefan Sagel and Barbara van Duren-Kloppert are names to note.

Houthoff’s key figures are ‘outstanding’ employment law partner Rixt de Vries and ‘strategic, knowledgeable’ pensions expert Edward de Bock. Clients include Nederlandse Spoorwegen and Volvo; large-scale reorganisations, litigation and high-profile dismissals are particular strengths of the practice.

Stibbe’s team gives ‘high-quality, creative’ advice. ‘Calm, confident and very analytical’ practice head Jaap van Slooten represented KLM in litigation against FNV regarding a collective labour agreement. Other strengths include collective dismissals, works council matters and remuneration regulation, the latter specialism being an area of expertise for Astrid Helstone.

Marjolijn Lips leads Van Doorne’s ‘business-focused’ practice, which is praised for its availability, value for money and pensions expertise, and has wide-ranging capabilities. She is supported by Els de Wind and pensions expert Albert van Marwijk Kooy.

Philip Hartman heads Bird & Bird LLP’s team, which has ‘good business sense’ and strong cross-border capabilities. Strengths include large-scale reorganisations, disputes with trade unions, and Europe-wide collective dismissals; Hartman advised Teva on the latter. Marcus Huisman is ‘very helpful and experienced’.

DLA Piper’s longstanding clients include easyJet, Disney and ABN AMRO; Imagine Nation is a recent client. Hélène Bogaard heads the department, which is strong in litigation, boardroom advice and pensions matters. Marnix Holtzer is ‘very experienced and very thorough’.

Eversheds Sutherland B.V.’ team has ‘broad industry knowledge’ and is led by the ‘creative, very skilled and to-the-pointSimon Tan. Dismissals and cross-border restructurings are particular strengths. Wijnand Blom and Ingrid van Berkel are also names to note.

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s practice head is the ‘strategicAnita de Jong, who advised Halliburton on the employment aspects of the prospective transfer of its business in IJmuiden to Emmen. Other areas of expertise include works council negotiations.

Chris Nekeman leads Kennedy Van der Laan’s team, which is praised for its ‘international focus’; clients include Microsoft and Nike. The practice is particularly adept in trade union negotiations, employee participation matters and outsourcing. Eva Knipschild is ‘extremely reliable, responsive and client-focused’.

Lexence’s practice, which is especially strong in large-scale reorganisations and collective dismissals, is headed by Judith Schulp and Mark Keuss. Redundancy specialist Floor Damen is ‘driven, result-oriented and creative’. DELTA is a high-profile client.

The ‘experienced, responsive and decisive’ Hermine Voûte leads Loyens & Loeff’s team, which has a broad skillset and includes the recommended Klaas Wiersma. Danieli, Brocacef Group and Aegon are representative clients.

FedEx and Delta Energy are among the clients of NautaDutilh’s ‘communicative, knowledgeable and no-nonsense’ full-service department, which is headed by Homme ten Have. Warner Roeters van Lennep is ‘very articulate and focused’.

Very focused, effective’ employment boutique Palthe Oberman has ‘outstanding knowledge’; strengths include reorganisations, executive dismissals, and litigation on behalf of employers and employees. The team is led by Marcus Draaisma, Christiaan Oberman and ‘very good negotiator’ Gieneke van Wulfften Palthe.

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s ‘very skilful, well-connected’ practice head Sandra van Heukelom-Verhage represented the Dutch state in interim injunction proceedings against FNV, regarding allegedly unlawful trade union agreements. Other clients include private companies such as KPN.

AKD’s clients include Boskalis, Deloitte and JCDecaux. The department, which is praised for its business acumen, responsiveness and value for money, is led by the ‘available, empathetic but resolute’ Pieter Huys.

Dentons Boekel’s ‘exceptional, insightful’ department head Eugenie Nunes assisted Tech Mahindra with the employment aspects of various outsourcings. Epke Spijkerman made partner in January 2016.

AB InBev, Canon Europe, Crucell and Delta Lloyd are among the clients of Bronsgeest Deur Advocaten, member of Ius Laboris. Erik Deur leads the speedy practice, in which Henriëtte Bronsgeest is recommended.

The wide-ranging practice at Clifford Chance counts Staples and BNP Paribas among its clients. The ‘knowledgeable, pragmatic’ Floris van de Bult leads the team, in which counsel Wijnanda Rutten specialises in pensions.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s team is headed by the ‘very responsive and strategic’ Brechje Nollen, who handles employment, pensions and benefits work. Clients include AXA, Hewlett-Packard, Nomura and Jacobs Douwe Egberts.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s ‘very knowledgeable’ team is ‘thorough, streetwise and good value for money’. Department head Maartje Govaert advised CAE on a collective dismissal.

The ‘accessible, proactive’ team at Osborne Clarke is headed by Jorgo Tsiris, with support from senior associate Marije Stiebner Bergman. Clients include Picsolve International and Embraer. Marita Hoogeveen left the firm.

The department at Simmons & Simmons LLP is headed by Joris Oster, who assisted Gunvor with a collective dismissal arising from its acquisition of Rotterdam’s Kuwait Petroleum Europoort Refinery.

Katja van Kranenburg-Hanspians and Robert Jan Dil lead CMS’ team, whose clients include Accor and Amgen. Sports specialist Michiel van Dijk often handles employment law matters.

Clint Lawyers & Mediators’ ‘very knowledgeable’ practice provides ‘accurate, timely advice’. Wouter Engelsman, Dennis Veldhuizen, Eric van Dam and pensions specialist Hilde de Kubber are recommended.

Achmea, Unilever and VimpelCom are among recent clients of HVG Law LLP, which has employment lawyers in five Dutch offices. Joost van Ladesteijn heads the practice.

Niels van Gelder and Nils van Dijkman are the key partners in Heussen’s ‘responsive’, ‘dedicated’ and ‘good-value’ team, which acts for Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and the Swedish Embassy.

The team at Höcker Advocaten is led by Remco Dammers, with support from Jasper van Hulst and associate partner Martyn Top. Clients include Baker Hughes.

Mariëlle Daudt heads Jones Day’s practice, which recently hired pensions and employee benefits expert Irene Vermeeren-Keijzers from Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam N.V..

Liber Dock’s ‘vibrant, client-focused’ team provides ‘practical, commercial advice’. The employment boutique’s clients include Merck Sharp & Dohme. Marian van Eck and Boudewijn Kanen lead the team.

Peter de Waal is the key partner in Ploum Lodder Princen’s ‘flexible, customer-focused’ team, whose clients include Unilever and Kuwait Petroleum. Rutger Ploum is recommended.

Sagiure Legal has ‘a very high level of business acumen and industry knowledge’. Madeleine Molster and department head Rachida el Johari assisted IDEXX Laboratories with a workforce reorganisation.

Martijn van Broeckhuijsen and Maarten Vestering lead the team at employment boutique Shearwaters, which hired counsel Barbara-Ellen Bruin and of counsel Karin Bodewes from Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam N.V.. Executive dismissals, works council negotiations and collective redundancies are the practice’s core strengths.

Valegis Advocaten is praised for its ‘excellent service and knowledge’; practice head Carolien Brederije ‘solves issues with great care and expertise’. Clients include De Ruiterij (Hotel Crowne Plaza Maastricht) and Dekker Hout Groep.

The ‘no-nonsenseMichiel van Haelst leads the ‘very knowledgeable’ team at Vestius, in which Bart de Vroe is also recommended. Clients include Diversey, Foot Locker and Sandvik Mining and Construction.

Jochem de Roos, Maaike de Jong, Bas den Ridder and Marnix Ritmeester are the key contacts at Workx Advocaten; they are ‘hands-on, thorough’ and ‘easy to do business with’.

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