Firms To Watch: Employment

Schoups handles an increasing volume of contentious employment matters and enjoys close relationships with clients in the construction sector.
Simmons & Simmons has continued to expand both at junior and senior levels and is capable of handling a growing volume of mandates under the leadership of Dimitri Van Uytvanck. Restructuring expert Herman Craeninckx, formerly at Strelia, joined the team in March 2024.

Employment in Belgium

Claeys & Engels

Claeys & Engels maintains its longstanding reputation as a top-tier specialist firm capable of handling the full breadth of employment matters, with its very large team of lawyers handling tax, data protection, and immigration matters in addition to advising on core employment issues. Pension-related questions and corporate restructurings are key areas of expertise for the firm, which counts leading Belgian and multinational corporates from a range of sectors such as retail and financial services as well as a wide array of public bodies on its client roster. Olivier Wouters is a key contact for restructuring work, in addition to handling the employment aspects of complex M&A, and co-leads the practice with Chris Engels, who is noted for his extensive experience handling collective dismissals. Inger Verhelst specialises in union relations and employee discrimination matters, while Sophie Maes stands out for her advice on cross-border employment and immigration matters.

Practice head(s):

Chris Engels; Olivier Wouters

Other key lawyers:

Inger Verhelst; Sophie Maes; Fabienne Raepsaet; Ward Bouciqué; Bart Vanschoebeke


‘C&E has a unique combination of deep theoretical knowledge and expertise with pragmatic understanding of clients day to day needs.’

‘Very short response time, deep knowledge and expertise, solid understanding of client needs, pragmatic approach (no ivory tower perspective).’

‘Great firm to work with. Top of class in employment law. Knowledgeable, yet practical and solutions oriented. Pleasant and reliable people, client-interested, good culture across the board.’

A&O Shearman

In addition to advising on corporate transactions and reorganisations, A&O Shearman represents its domestic and multinational corporate clients in internal investigations and litigation, especially in the context of terminations, employee conduct concerns as well as payment and benefit disputes. Close collaboration with the firm’s global network and with the corporate, IP, and tax practices allows the team to offer clients comprehensive due diligence advice in the context of new policy roll-outs, M&A, and leadership changes, while also being well equipped to advise on employment contracts and collective bargaining matters. The practice is led by Christian Bayart, who is particularly well versed in compensation and restructuring matters. Further key contacts include benefits expert Inge Vanderreken and Virginie Vercheval.

Practice head(s):

Christian Bayart

Other key lawyers:

Inge Vanderreken; Virginie Vercheval; Bart Franceus


‘Over the years, Christian Bayart has built up in-depth knowledge of our organisation and activities and is therefore ideally placed to handle the intake of our more complex legal issues in the field of employment. As a partner, he is always quickly accessible, committed and extremely reliable in his advice.’

‘Competent team with good coverage across markets. Proactive approach to challenges.’

‘Excellent availability to support the client needs.’

Key clients

Port of Antwerp Bruges

Work highlights

  • Advised the Port of Zeebrugge on all the employment, social security and pension aspects of its merger with the Port of Antwerp, resulting in the Port of Antwerp-Bruges.


The team at ALTIUS advises on cross-border mergers and transactions, assists with restructuring and TUPE matters, and handles individual and collective dismissals and employee disputes for a client base of large corporates that is particularly concentrated in the sports sector. The team also regularly advises on the implementation of new company-wide policies and remuneration schemes, working closely with partner firms to provide integrated employment and tax advice to its clients. Practice head Philippe De Wulf handles a wide portfolio of contentious and non-contentious employment issues, with a particular focus on transactional matters. Sven Demeulemeester and Grégory Ernes have represented Belgian football clubs and sports governing bodies in high-profile dismissals and contract disputes. Emma Van Caenegem is the key name at counsel level. Pauline Van Parys joined from Strelia in April 2024.

Practice head(s):

Philippe De Wulf

Other key lawyers:

Sven Demeulemeester; Emma Van Caenegem; Grégory Ernes; Astrid Caporali


‘The team proactively advises on any labour law changes and provides practical advice in a timely and approachable manner. You can count on them to be your legal partner.’

‘It’s always a pleasure to work with Astrid Caporali on labour law matters. She is ever-available and offers real-world practical advice that is most appreciated.’

‘I have worked with Philippe De Wulf, Sven Demeulemeester and Emma Van Caenegem. They have a good client base. They are dynamic, knowledgeable, responsive and practical. ’

‘The employment team consists of top notch lawyers. Each and every one of them is very reactive, solution-oriented and pleasant to deal with.’

‘In terms of employment law knowledge in the specific sector of football, Sven Demeulemeester’s expertise is unrivalled. He’s always available and hands-on. He knows the law in detail and is able like no other to translate the legal provisions into practical, actionable advice.’

‘Emma Van Caenegem is a rock. We can always count on her. She knows everything and helps us very well.’

‘Working together with Philippe De Wulf and Astrid Caporali has always been a very positive experience. Both individuals are very responsive and always ready to discuss.’

‘ALTIUS provide excellent support on Belgian employment issues. They are responsive, practical and commercial, always will to help and to explain the law in terms which can be easily understood.’

Key clients




McCain Foods

ABE Clearing



Alight (NorthGateArinso)



Media Markt


TI Automotive




Royal Antwerp Football Club

Racing Genk

Club Brugge

City Football Group

Miles Mobility


Dell Technologies



GL Foods

Hilding Anders

RSC Anderlecht


AniCura Group



Ascend Materials

Vanguard Logistics

Airplus International



Berry Superfos

Will Pharma

Alliance Optique

Prem Group

The Nickel Institute

The Cobalt Institute

Fenzi Group


Precisely (former Vision Solutions)

Work highlights

  • Advised a fashion retailer on managing a coordinated staff reduction at its European main office as part of a comprehensive business and internal restructuring effort triggered, in part, by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Assisted university hospital UZ BRUSSEL with the employment-related aspects of the implementation of an alternative variable remuneration scheme, including a bonus pension plan.

Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Major multinationals in the life sciences, TMT, retail, and financial services sectors instruct Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL to advise on the full spectrum of HR and employment litigation matters. The team is especially reputed for its ability to provide advice on the employment aspects of corporate reorganisations and restructuring projects and also stands out for advising on senior hires and dismissals, internal and external investigations, and misconduct cases. Practice head Nancy Luyten primarily advises on employment contracts and terminations, while Sebastian Burg is an expert in restructurings and Annick Van Hoorebeke focuses on executive compensation matters. François Gabriel left the firm in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Nancy Luyten

Other key lawyers:

Sebastian Burg; Annick Van Hoorebeke; Ellen Devloo; Julie Van thienen


‘The team and the firm are very client-friendly, very helpful and flexible.’

‘We are working closely with Nancy Luyten and Sebastian Burg from the Employment team. They provide excellent service and are very flexible and available. I also appreciate very much the legal advice based on the experience in the field but also their pragmatic approach, thinking with the business to find a solution.’

‘We have consulted the team across many different issues we have had and their expertise is second to none.’

Key clients




Bain Capital

Bank of America

Cadence Design Systems, Inc.

Carglas NV

Core Equity Holdings




Mercedes-Benz Group






Citibank International



Work highlights

  • Assisted the Kantar Group with the Belgian employment law aspects of the split between its public business and its insights business and the subsequent worldwide sale of the public business to third-party investor Trilantic Europe.


The team at CMS is ‘exceptionally knowledgeable‘ across employment and pensions issues and is capable of providing support to the likes of Google in the context of global transactions and restructuring projects, while also handling a large volume of HR matters related to benefits, harassment claims, and dismissals. The team is also well versed in litigation and has a particular focus on clients in the gig economy, with Sophie Berg representing major multinationals in high-profile employee classification and remuneration disputes. Practice head Gaël Chuffart is noted for his expertise in collective bargaining, while Elke Duden focuses on corporate reorganisations and contract negotiations.

Practice head(s):

Gaël Chuffart

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Berg; Elke Duden; Karen Dereepere; Bertrand Simonart


‘The CMS Brussels Employment team is exceptionally knowledgeable and world-class. The partners and associates not only perform the employment services with a high degree of sophistication, but they also take the time to teach and explain how Belgian law is applied in each situation. They are interested in ensuring our team is knowledgeable and independent. In addition, it’s nice to see and work with diversity, and CMS embodies this.’

‘The CMS Brussels Employment team is accessible when we have urgent matters and they grasp the issues very quickly. The employment laws in the transport industry, including the labour issues, are very complex. I can rely on CMS to assist our legal team with these matters and meet the timelines. The lawyers in the Employment practice are personable and easy to work with. As a result, we use CMS for employment, commercial and other legal matters.’

‘Elke Duden is accessible and attentive to detail. I am particularly impressed by her ability to drill down to the heart of our issue or concern immediately.’

Key clients



BNP Paribas




Exxon Mobil Petroleum & Chemical BV



J&J Pension Fund

Korn Ferry


Pharma Belgium


Qatar Airways



Work highlights

  • Advised Google on day-to-day employment law issues such as the termination of employment contracts, labour inspections, thematic leaves, and its global restructuring.
  • Advised DPD on day-to-day employment law issues such as employee tax benefits, dismissals for serious cause, dawn raid assistance, implementation of a whistleblowing policy, and others.
  • Advised Deliveroo on day-to-day employment law issues.


The employment team at Liedekerke stands out for its expertise in all dismissal-related questions, advising on individual and collective dismissals in the context of TUPE and restructuring projects, employee misconduct and criminal investigations, and closures. Practice head Paul Geerebaert is a key contact for this line of work and is noted in particular for his ability to represent clients before labour courts and tribunals. Further contacts in the team, which is also capable of advising Belgian and foreign corporate clients as well as governmental and public institutions on collective bargaining matters, discrimination claims, and the employment aspects of M&A, include Vincent Busschaert and Bruno Aguirre.

Practice head(s):

Paul Geerebaert

Other key lawyers:

Vincent Busschaert; Loic Timmermans; Bruno Aguirre; Siemen Buttiëns; Leen Holvoet


‘They are easy to work with, they have a very good client base, they know their clients and pay attention to their needs.’

‘A significant and excellent employment practice with a number of high-profile partners.’

‘The Liedekerke employment team are very knowledgeable, responsive and take a practical, commercial view to all matters. In terms of how they frame and provide advice, they operate in the role of a true business partner and always try to understand and articulate the commercial implications and outcomes of any particular scenario. As a general counsel, this approach is extremely helpful in managing issues and articulating potential legal/commercial risks to our business.’

‘Vincent Busschaert and Siemen Buttiëns are easy to deal with, experienced and have a very good all-round knowledge of the legal implications of any scenario and how that is likely to play out in a commercial context. Understanding the potential commercial implications for your client and being able to articulate that concisely and effectively is a key differentiator.’

‘Liedekerke has a strong team. Good variation of levels. Good quality and pragmatic. Work very easy internationally and understand international dynamics.’

‘Paul Geerebaert is a down to earth and top-notch attorney.’

‘The Liedekerke labour law advisers offer deep advice and understand the context and our needs as an organisation. We observe a very professional and customised approach.’

‘I appreciate every contact I have with the team of Liedekerke. They are all top professionals, very aware about new laws and rules that may apply to our industry. I do appreciate both verbal and written communication. I think that what makes the difference is that we have built a trustful and interpersonal relation where we can easily understand and express our issues and need for advice.’

Key clients


Grand Opticiens Belgium

IGVM (Institute for Equality of Men and Women)

LM Belgium

Argea (Veolia Group)

Safestore Group

Reply Group

B&B Hotels

Michael Kors

Volker Wessels Telecom Belgium

Work highlights

  • Advised B&B Hotels on various employment law related questions and projects, including the acquisition of new hotels in Belgium, the transfer of undertakings, the dismissal of employees and providers’ services agreements.
  • Advised Euronews on all the employment-related aspects of its reorganisation, including a review of the employment conditions of current Belgian employees, the development of a strategy to harmonise the current and future employment conditions of all Belgian employees, and the provision of an overview of the specific rules applicable to the media industry.
  • Advised Volker Wessels Telecom Belgium on the client’s intention to shut down its activities in Belgium and on the related collective lay-off.

Loyens & Loeff

Loyens & Loeff combines tax and HR expertise to provide a comprehensive employment offering to clients located primarily in the retail, financial services, tech, and industrials sectors. Areas of focus for the team include advising on the employment aspects of corporate mergers, acquisitions, and reorganisations, as well as senior-level dismissals, immigration matters and new company-wide remuneration policies. Since the arrival of Joris Beernaert from Claeys & Engels in November 2022, the team also serves as the central point of contact for an increasing number of clients seeking advice on pensions and benefit-related matters. Beernaert now co-leads the practice with vastly experienced restructuring specialist Kris De Schutter and Filip Saelens, who is adept at handling the employment aspects of cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

Filip Saelens; Kris De Schutter; Joris Beernaert

Other key lawyers:

Lucia Bellobuono; Etienne Pennetreau


‘Very high level of technical expertise in many domains of HR. Very much a team working for us, coached and guided by a senior mentor in Kris De Schutter.’

‘Kris De Schutter is an excellent lawyer. Fast feedback and intake into the problem.’

‘Flexible, pragmatic and to-the-point collaboration.’

‘Out-of-the-box & result-driven advice. Mr Kris De Schutter in particular brings added value.’

‘Our file is closely monitored. Our questions are answered professionally and clearly. The strategy is good and well explained. This means that the collaboration runs very well and the confidence in the lawyer is high.’

‘High level of experience and knowledge in diverse areas and domains. Very good and pragmatic advice and support from Kris De Schutter.’

‘Kris De Schutter is both very reactive & proactive and really thinks about what is the best solution for the company.’

‘Filip Saelens was the lead counsel of the team we worked with. We felt he was more like an in-house attorney rather than outside counsel. His advice was practical and implementable. Rather than merely citing case law and theoretical situations, he and his team were able to provide solutions we could immediately use and were best practices in the technology industry. They were always accessible and we always felt he and the team had our company’s best interests at heart.’

Key clients

P&V Insurance

DHL Employee Benefit Fund

Ghent University

Pensioenfonds PRO


Remy Cointreau

Ferrero Ardennes

Yara International



Fertilizers Europe





BNP Paribas Fortis

AG Insurance

Platinum Equity


SD Worx

Lunch Garden





Brussels Airlines

Work highlights

  • Advised GXO on the closure and restructuring of one of its plants, leading to a collective dismissal procedure.
  • Advised P&V insurance on the development of its new branch 23 occupational pension schemes.
  • Advised Demant on the employment and pension aspects of the acquisition of the audiology business of Goed Hulpmiddelen.


Lydian‘s team comprises a large roster of employment and pensions specialists capable of advising Belgian and multinational clients as well as notable individuals on contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Litigation and investigations are a core are of focus for the team, with practice co-heads Alexander Vandenbergen and Jan Hofkens having recently represented clients in complex and high-profile disciplinary proceedings related to toxic leadership, contentious dismissals, and gender-based discrimination claims. The team also provides routine advice on HR contracts and policies and handles the employment aspects of corporate restructurings and closures, with Jurgen De Vreese serving as a key contact in this space. Kato Aerts, who provides employment advice in the context of cross-border undertakings, and health and discrimination expert Eveline Ankaert are also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Vandenbergen; Jan Hofkens

Other key lawyers:

Jurgen De Vreese; Isabel Plets; Kato Aerts; Eveline Ankaert


‘Broad field of knowledge and experience within the company.’

‘Jurgen De Vreese and the employment team are great partners in helping us to navigate employment law and best practice in Belgium. They are approachable, friendly, supportive and flexible, with a welcoming informal style, which invites questions and challenge. They are very easy to connect and communicate with, with strong knowledge presented in an easy to understand way.’

‘Jurgen De Vreese has a very pragmatic and partnering approach, taking the time to understand our business and what it is we need to achieve, jointly partnering with us to help us get to a preferred solution. His guidance is always very straight forward and clear, with considered options, risks and a view on how we might prefer to proceed.’

‘The employment practice at Lydian consists of strong individuals at junior and senior levels. The team offers stable coverage of our employment and pension matters and differentiates in availability, responsiveness and creativity compared to other practices.’

‘Lydian’s employment team took the time to understand our way of working and the priorities of our HR department. We know we can trust their quality of service and advice.

‘I’ve consistently worked with Jurgen De Vreese for several years. His business insight extends beyond the text of the law and enables him to provide practical, relevant advice. Generally, his legal expertise gives me peace of mind, and I rely on him to navigate the complexities of employment law and explain their steps, statuses, and risks in a way that my colleagues and I can easily process.’

‘Alexander Vandenbergen and his team are extremely smart, pragmatic and fast. I would not hesitate to work with them again whenever the opportunity arises.’

‘The support of Eveline Ankaert has been outstanding. She manages to advise with strong understanding of our business and understands the different perspectives within a certain case. Her advice is to the point, clear and considerate. On top of that, it helps that she does this by showing up as her true self and with the right amount of humour. I would recommend Eveline to anyone that is looking for a strong legal business partner.’

Key clients




AG Insurance



Flanders Investment & Trade

Visit Flanders


Scandinavian Tobacco Group

Landewyck Group


Walt Disney


Tereos Group





Royal & Sun Alliance

Nippon Express (Belgium) NV




British American Tobacco

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company


Société Wallonne des Eaux

Flemish Radio & Television Broadcasting Company

Generali Belgium


Banijay Group


Plukon Food Group

Radisson Blu Hotel Group

Van Der Valk hotels

Barry Callebaut






Wunderman Thompson






Worldwide Flight Services

The Belgian Federal Ministry of Pensions






Euro Heat Pipes

Dejbox (Carrefour Group)

Goed Farma


World Customs Organization


Harvey Nash



Brunello Cucinelli


Svens Handel

Commonwealth War Graves Commission


McDonald’s Belgium NV

Estée Lauder Cosmetics NV

Aperam Stainless Belgium NV

Work highlights

  • Assisted Bloomberg with all labor and employment matters, including dismissals due to performance or breach of policies, and the drafting of contracts and policies.
  • Advised AG Insurance in connection with a discrimination complaint filed against the client.


Leading multinationals and Belgian corporate and public clients rely on Stibbe‘s comprehensive employment and pensions expertise, which encompasses restructuring projects, harassment and discrimination claims, and payment disputes and is particularly concentrated in the area of collective dismissals. The team handles contentious and non-contentious dismissals in the context of corporate reorganisations and internal investigations and also assists with dismissal-related trade union negotiations. Elisabeth Matthys, who is a key contact for this line of work, maintains close relations with clients in the sports sector and co-leads the team with Jérôme Aubertin, who has ‘exceptional knowledge’ of employment and social security litigation. Pensions and insurance expert Jan Proesmans is also recommended. Dieter Demuynck left the team in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Elisabeth Matthys; Jérôme Aubertin

Other key lawyers:

Jan Proesmans; Charlotte Mortiaux


‘Elisabeth Matthys has excellent knowledge and is very constructive and solutions-oriented.’

‘Jérôme Aubertin is super-available and always drives you to the practical solution.’

‘The team is very reliable, has a high level of expertise and a pragmatic approach for clients which is very appreciable.’

‘I have been collaborating with Elisabeth Matthys for years now and she is an excellent attorney, very pragmatic in her approach to the files, and she has a very good knowledge of the local authorities which helps a lot to define the best strategy to recommend to clients.’

‘Stibbe is known for providing clients with tailored advice in a timely manner. The team focuses on complex strategic board-level employment law issues, which also include AI-related HR matters. Stibbe provides support to the clients on their way to becoming more sustainable or more ESG-oriented.’

‘My main contact is Jérôme Aubertin. I appreciate his exceptional knowledge, especially when it comes to transfer of undertakings, complex company restructurings, collective dismissals, closures and negotiations with union organisations. Apart from being an excellent lawyer and an expert in his field, he is also a very interesting person to speak to.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Atos on its global restructuring through carving out its tech foundation services (now Atos) from its cloud IT Services (now Eviden).
  • Acted for the Institute for Gender Equality of Women and Men as well as several (former) female players of the Belgian national volleyball team in a landmark case concerning transgressive behaviour.
  • Assisted the Benelux Union with litigation before the Benelux Court of Justice versus its former Secretary General following a decision to stop automatically increasing his statutory Benelux pension based on indexation.

Van Olmen & Wynant

Van Olmen & Wynant cements its presence in the market through its extensive experience in employment litigation, representing standout Benelux corporates and public organisations in high-profile disputes before Belgian labour and constitutional courts. The team is particularly well versed in defending clients in equality and discrimination claims. Under the leadership of Chris Van Olmen, the group also leverages its employment expertise to advise on collective dismissals in the course of corporate restructurings and mergers. Vincent Vuylsteke focuses on civil service law, while Gautier Busschaert has experience advising on European social law. Nicolas Simon is also recommended for his advice on harassment, privacy, and discrimination issues.

Practice head(s):

Chris Van Olmen

Other key lawyers:

Vincent Vulysteke; Gautier Busschaert; Nicolas Simon


‘I highly recommend Van Olmen & Wynant. With an exceptional track record in employment and labour law, they consistently demonstrate unparalleled expertise in navigating complex HR legal issues. Their team of seasoned attorneys combines deep industry knowledge with a client-centric approach, ensuring tailored solutions for every unique situation. They excel in providing comprehensive HR legal services, from employment contracts to workplace discrimination cases. Their commitment to excellence, responsiveness, and a forward-thinking approach make them the go-to choice for businesses seeking top-tier HR legal support. Their impressive track record is a testament to their unwavering dedication to delivering outstanding results for their clients in the dynamic landscape of HR law. ’

‘Chris Van Olmen is an outstanding lawyer, very customer centric, with great business experience. He is clearly one of the best HR lawyers in the country and able to resolve all complex legal issues, as he understands the business strategy in an excellent way. I recommend Mr. Van Olmen very warmly.’

‘Chris Van Olmen – Trust is the way to describe him. You can trust he will be there. You can trust that he will help you in any way possible. You can trust the fact that he & the team will deliver.’

‘It is a team with high level specialists. Their availability is great. They usually have the most recent information and share it proactively. Excellent follow-up on files and deadlines. Very good network of influence.’

‘Availability, follow-up, smart, good legal technique.’

‘Chris Van Olmen has been a trusted source of advice for years. One-stop shop – always available, goes beyond formal interpretation, helps me negotiate/assess risks and make a call.’

Key clients




HR Rail



Loterie Nationale





Work highlights

  • Assisted an industrial company with a restructuring procedure, including the collective dismissal of more than 50 employees.
  • Advised a large bank on the social law aspects of a €38m acquisition of shares in an automotive company.
  • Advised a multinational construction company on the set-up of its whistleblowing policy.

Clifford Chance

In addition to advising corporate clients in Belgium and abroad on the employment aspects of high-profile M&A, Clifford Chance is capable of handling a wide array of strategic employment matters, advising on the introduction of new company-wide remuneration, working time and whistleblowing arrangements, handling collective bargaining and union negotiations, and assisting with TUPE and restructuring projects. Practice head Gert Cuppens also advises on senior-level hires and dismissals and handles a large volume of contentious matters around issues such as employee fraud.

Practice head(s):

Gert Cuppens

Other key lawyers:

Maxime Nyamabu


‘Very proactive team, always well focused. Delivers on time and chases others to do the same with no detriment on quality.’

‘Always well positioned, rounded, capable and experienced. They all shine.’

‘The firm is reliable and always at hand for any questions and advice, and I can honestly recommend them. Their approach is nothing but efficient, and results-driven. The team is always helpful, patient and professional, making them a pleasure to work with.’

‘Responsive team. Easy to work with. Good availability. And real problem solvers.’

‘Gert Cuppens – Great business partner. Provides practical advice and thinks in solutions, not problems. Very knowledgeable and relaxed, he is unflappable. Easy communicator as well.’

Key clients


Total Energies Belgium

Liberty Steel Group



Zoetis Belgium





Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC)



CVC Belgium


City of London Corporation

Fero Group



Work highlights

  • Advised Deliverect on its strategic employment matters for the Belgian headquarters and all other jurisdictions where it is currently active.
  • Advised TotalEnergies Belgium on negotiations with unions in relation to a sensitive employee transfer impacting over 1,000 employees spread over 619 service stations.
  • Advised a US tech company on ensuring full regulatory compliance in the development of its operations in Belgium, including the use of sub-contractors and temping agencies, the implementation of specific working time arrangements, whistleblowing requirements, cross-border intra-group secondments and advice on the impact of the new postal law on the client’s operations.

Deloitte Legal

Deloitte Legal‘s integrated tax, HR and financial law expertise enables the team to maintain a wide-ranging portfolio of employment and pensions work that encompasses drafting new corporate and regulatory frameworks, advising on corporate restructuring and downsizing initiatives, and representing its roster of corporate clients in dismissals and discrimination-related disputes before employment tribunals. Practice co-heads Stijn Demeestere and Alexis Ceuterick are both well versed in dismissals work and regularly handle the employment aspects of M&A and collective dismissals procedures, while Stefanie Van de Perre, who joined from PwC Legal in January 2023, focuses on social security and criminal law.

Practice head(s):

Stijn Demeestere; Alexis Ceuterick

Other key lawyers:

Setfanie Van de Perre; Karel De Schoenmaeker; Thomas De Donder


‘The Deloitte employment team has relevant experience with complex cross-border employment issues and focuses on delivering pragmatic solutions.’

‘Stefanie Van de Perre puts genuine effort into trying to understand the issue and to define together the expected outcome. In projects involving the coordination of teams at various international locations, she works in a time-efficient manner.’

‘Very good knowledge of social law in the public sector. Very approachable. Thinking about good solutions that correspond with the interests of the organisation. Especially Thomas De Donder.’

‘Thomas De Donder is an excellent lawyer. He thinks along with the organisation very constructively. Knows the legal branch very well and advises very professionally.’

Key clients

Allianz Technology Benelux

University Hospital of Ghent

Beaulieu International Group





Sony Music Entertainment



Toyota Material Handling

City of Antwerp


ON Semiconductor

Getinge Belgium

Kaneka Belgium


Vlaamse Vervoermaatschappij De Lijn


Process Automation Solutions


Pro League

Sony Music Entertainment


Kaneka Belgium



Ackermans & van Haeren

Pur Natur


Work highlights

  • Advised Borealis on the setup and implementation of a social compliance model for (sub)contractors on a €1bn construction site following a criminal investigation about alleged human trafficking by a subcontractor.
  • Advised Beaulieu International Group on the sale of its tuft business involving a collective dismissal.
  • Advised Parkwind on the review of its labour management policy to ensure full social and human rights’ compliance with the Equator Principles IV, the applicable European and national law, as well as international law applicable to work at sea.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is noted for its cross-border approach to employment work, advising clients on international HR matters related to dismissals, multijurisdictional reorganisations and M&A, and complaints directed at global corporate entities. The team is also well versed in domestic regulatory matters, advising on corporate employment policy roll-outs and representing clients in contentious dismissal, accident and discrimination claims. Practice head Eddy Lievens is an expert in restructuring and whistleblowing issues, while Laurent De Surgeloose is noted for his collective dismissals and investigations expertise.

Practice head(s):

Eddy Lievens

Other key lawyers:

Laurent De Surgeloose; Pierre Dion; Jascha Kolesnyk; Frederic Brasseur


‘DLA Piper Belgium are super responsive and adept at providing pragmatic and commercial solutions to tricky Belgian employment issues. They sit within a wider team that we utilise across EMEA. We particularly enjoy the trusted business adviser relationship we have with DLA Piper across EMEA where the advice is consistent, pragmatic and high-quality.’

‘Pierre Dion is a first-rate employment attorney who is excellent in helping us navigate the difficult Belgian employment law landscape to provide workable and pragmatic solutions.’

‘The team at DLA Piper is very strong, primarily because they work together as a team, which is not always obvious at other firms. The team smoothly takes over tasks from each other, without the client having to have the same communication all the time. Of course, and most importantly, the team members have a high level of technical knowledge in their respective fields and consult efficiently in matters that go beyond their domain.’

‘I had the privilege of working with Laurent De Surgeloose and Frederic Brasseur on a complex and delicate restructuring case. Their performance was outstanding in every aspect. Their ability to guide and support the client through the technical intricacies of the situation was fluid. They demonstrated exceptional listening skills, ensuring they fully understood our needs and concerns, and then went above and beyond to explain the stakes clearly.’

‘Laurent De Surgeloose proved to be an invaluable asset in our industry-specific legal matters. His ability to grasp the nuances of our industry was remarkable, allowing for highly effective communication and written responses to our employees, always with a sense of benevolence.’

‘Eddy Lievens and Pierre Dion are quick to respond to enquiries and provide detailed information relevant to the situation on the ground, while mindful of potential broader international implications.’

‘Very knowledgeable and responsive team. High accuracy. Customer-focused.’

‘We partnered with Eddy Lievens and Jascha Kolesnyk. Eddy is highly experienced with a strong reputation and puts clients at ease with his style and calmness. He was able to speak directly to our client’s lawyer and persuaded him to influence his client to pursue a less litigious approach. Jascha was excellent and supported us well during the process and was incredibly quick and diligent in producing high-quality documents and scenarios.’

Key clients


Asbest Partners


BD Media


Dentsu Aegis


Dr Martens Airwair

Element Materials


Environmental Defense Fund

European Petrochemical Association

Extreme Networks

FMC Chemical

Hard Rock Café


International Flavors & Fragrances


Lucid Motors









PVH Europe

QBIC Investment Fund

Robert Half

Royal Sun & Alliance Group




TD Synnex

The Cookware Company

World Courier

Zurich Insurance

Work highlights

  • Advised a technology company on all HR aspects of an acquisition in Belgium, which included support with the post-completion alignment with the client’s global HR organisational structure.
  • Advised a healthcare company on the implementation and handling of a collective dismissal process and the negotiation of a social plan.
  • Assisted a global measurement and data company with all aspects of the collective dismissal of about 20% of its workforce, from the information and consultation procedure and the negotiations with the trade unions on the social plan to the drafting of the documents necessary for the implementation of the collective dismissal.


Eubelius fields a team of ‘true specialists‘ whose expertise ranges from HR-related matters such as restructurings, dismissals, and collective bargaining to contentious issues, including whistleblowing procedures, external and internal investigations, and questions surrounding pension reforms and employee classification. The team’s broad client base encompasses major Belgian corporates as well as public sector organisations, which instruct the team to advise on constitutional issues in the context of new employment legislation. Liesbet Vandenplas heads up the practice and advises across a wide spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Former practice co-head Veronique Pertry left the firm in June 2023, while Filip Van Beirendock departed in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Liesbet Vandenplas

Other key lawyers:

Maaike Cornelli; Sam De Voogt


‘Very competent, hands-on, practical legal business partners, Liesbeth Vandenplas in particular.’

‘The legal team in Eubelius (Liesbet Vandenplans and Sam De Voogt) is strongly reactive, flexible and provides a professional contribution to support my internal team in Belgium.’

‘Their availability and the quality of their advice is very good. They think with us about the business and find creative legal solutions. They have extensive legal knowhow.’

‘You always get the right interlocutor specialised in the subject matter. They are pleasant people who can deliver quickly.’

‘The Eubelius team shows a great theoretical knowledge and is able to translate this into practical advice.’

‘Liesbet Vandenplas shows great availability and can translate the legal theory into advice that is easy to implement and fully compliant.’

‘We have an excellent working relationship: Very good follow-up of cases, excellent personal contacts, availability and high-quality procedural writings.’

‘True specialists in the diverse and complex world of Belgian social law. Hands-on if possible, in depth if necessary, but always quality.’

Key clients

Thalys – Eurostar Group

European Payments Initiative

Fedrus International Group

PON Group

Claire’s Group

bpost Group

Ahold Group

Delhaize / De Leeuw

Crelan Group

Impextraco Group


Federal Public Services for Employment, Mobility, Social Security and Pensions

Flemish government


CSM Ingredients Benelux

European Trade Union Cooperation

D’Ieteren Group

Elia Group

Stork Group

Salvator Group

SD Worx Group

Work highlights

  • Advised bpost on the termination of the employment and management agreements of several high-level management people within bpost as a result of multiple internal audits and compliance reviews.
  • Advised Flemish Government/Governmental Services in connection with various employment law and social security matters.
  • Advised the European Payment Initiative on all different aspects related to the staffing of a virtual company throughout Europe, starting with Belgium, France, Spain and Germany.


The team at Fieldfisher is led by ‘technically top-notch‘ employment expert Stefan Nerinckx, whose cross-border experience allows the team to advise international corporations on the employment aspects of their European expansions and defend clients in EU-wide contract and dismissal-related disputes. Additionally, the team provides routine due diligence advice in relation to new employment legislation such as the EU whistleblowing directive, and advises on cross-border restructurings as well as the introduction of new corporate policies. Further key contacts include Anne Kamp and Tim Perdieus.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Nerinckx

Other key lawyers:

Anne Kamp; Tim Perdieus


‘I highly recommend Stefan Nerincnkx, a senior partner, and Tim Perdieus, a young lawyer with a proven track record.’

‘The team at Fieldfisher keeps abreast with the latest regulations and shares its knowledge with clients and contacts. They are on the top of their practice and always have in mind the practicalities and pragmatism. They are a help to clients and are passionate about what they do, and that makes the difference.’

‘I have known Stefan Nerinckx for over a decade and what is powerful is that he is consistent in his approach: Technically top-notch, but always having in mind how to implement the solution for that particular client. He is so trustworthy and always available when you need him. Furthermore, he is very good in following files, negotiating and litigation.’

‘The team was very efficient and results-oriented, presenting all the possible defense strategies as well as their respective advantages and weaknesses.’

‘We appreciated their attitude, which was professional and easy-going. We would definitely use them again.’

‘Thorough and in depth knowledge of the law. Very good follow-up/ownership over a case.’

‘Professional approach, good balance between formal/informal contact. Makes working with Fieldfisher very efficient and as well pleasant.’

‘I really appreciate the hands-on pragmatic approach of Tim Perdieus. He is always ready to think with the client/business to come to the best workable advice and solution. He is not just a legal adviser, but a true business partner.’

Key clients


NSE Products



Région de Bruxelles Capitale






Security Masters


Work highlights

  • Advised BOORTMALT on its whistleblowing policy in eight EU countries to be compliant with the latest EU directive implementation.
  • Assisted SHURGARD with the set-up of a new remuneration scheme for its C-level executives in five EU countries, involving tax and employment law aspects as well as social security.
  • Assisted EMBUILD with the drafting of a specific handbook/guide for the construction sector to identify the exact scenario and its employment law consequences.


The ‘reliable and experienced team‘ at Linklaters routinely handles the employment aspects of strategic undertakings for the likes of Solvay and JP Morgan, focusing primarily on guiding clients through the implementation of new employment regulations and corporate policies as well as employee transfers and dismissals in the context of restructurings and corporate transactions. Litigation is a further area of focus for the team, with Luc Vanaverbeke handling a wide range of discrimination and employee fraud cases. Practice head Nele Van Kerrebroeck is a key contact for whistleblowing matters and corporate reorganisations, while Caroline Borgers handles tax and social security-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Nele Van Kerrebroeck

Other key lawyers:

Luc Vanaverbeke; Caroline Borgers; Thierry L’Homme; Jennifer Granado Aranzana


‘Reliable and experienced team.’

‘Nele Van Kerrebroeck is a skilled technical lawyer who has the drive to make the difference.’

‘Exceptional services. In-depth, pragmatic, client and solution-oriented, with high flexibility.’

‘Nele Van Kerrebroeck is a very accessible and pragmatic lawyer who seeks solutions with the client.’

‘The Linklaters Belgium team is extremely helpful and provides excellent client service. They are very responsive and offer a wide range of practical legal advice.’

‘Nele Van Kerrebroeck is a fantastic partner who is exceptionally knowledgeable. Together with Jennifer Granado Aranzana, they make a great team.’

‘Nele Van Kerrebroeck is really capable of understanding the client’s context and needs and bridge them with the legal context to come up with pragmatic and solid solutions.’

‘Very strong knowledge. Pragmatic approach. Smooth collaboration.’

Key clients





The Bank of New York Mellon


La Lorraine Bakery


Work highlights

  • Assisted Galapagos with all its recent international/cross-border employment and incentives-related questions.
  • Advised Solvay on a number of sensitive and strategic projects, including queries regarding the HR aspects of its proposed change of headquarters.
  • Advised energy company Fluxys on a number of matters, including on the implementation of its whistleblowing policy at international level, the secondment of expats, and C-level challenges.


Belgian and multinational clients in the life sciences, TMT and manufacturing sectors benefit from NautaDutilh‘s full-service offering, which enables the team to provide integrated employment, insolvency and tax advice on complex cross-border M&A, corporate reorganisations, and judicial restructurings. In addition to advising on the employee transfer aspects of transactional undertakings, the team handles contentious proceedings arising from collective and individual dismissals as well as from contract disputes. Transactional employment specialist Philippe François leads the team, which is also home to collective bargaining and discrimination expert Thierry Duquesne.

Practice head(s):

Philippe François

Other key lawyers:

Thierry Duquesne


‘Very good customer orientation. The customer is at the center and his point of view, his concerns are listened to and understood beyond the sole application of the law. Excellent handling and follow-up of files.’

‘Long professional relationship with Thierry Duquesne and therefore very good understanding of the client and how he works. Ongoing research into the latest judgments and case law to prepare cases.’

‘Very good full-service law firm.’

‘Thierry Duquesne and Philippe François are exceptional lawyers.’

Key clients

Banque Transatlantique



Carpenter Technology Europe

Cerba Healthcare

Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc





Fiege Logistik



Schneider Electric



Work highlights

  • Assisted S-Biomedic’s shareholders and co-founders with the employment aspects of the sale of shares to Beiersdorf.
  • Assisted the founding shareholders of Route Mobile with the employment aspects of the sale of a majority stake to Proximus.
  • Advised Connectis CMC on 10-15 legal proceedings following the judicial reorganisation and subsequent bankruptcy of Scinorteg NV.

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke‘s team is knowledgeable across the spectrum of hiring and dismissal-related matters, regularly advising its roster of clients in the tech, retail and life sciences sectors on contentious and non-contentious corporate reorganisations and M&A, employee transfers, collective dismissals, and the onboarding of new executives. The team is also well equipped to handle pensions issues and relies on the expertise of Vinciane Rysselinck to advise on an increasing volume of immigration-related matters. Practice head Thierry Viérin is noted for his restructuring and TUPE expertise, while Bernd De Marrez is an expert in employment matters in the sports sector.

Practice head(s):

Thierry Viérin

Other key lawyers:

Vinciane Rysselinck; Bernd De Marrez; Julien Verbeke


‘My experience with Osborne Clarke Belgium’s employment law team has been excellent. They always provide detailed, clearly written analyses of legal requirements and legal risk that take not only the law but also business concerns and practical considerations (including market/industry practice) into account, which helps us make good decisions. The team is very responsive. The lawyers are knowledgeable, skilled and articulate, both the partner and the associates. I view OC’s employment lawyers as essential partners for us in Belgium.’

‘I work primarily with Thierry Viérin, Bernd De Marrez, and Julien Verbeke. I give them my highest recommendation. They are knowledgeable, skilled and very responsive, and the comprehensive and balanced legal advice they provide helps us move forward quickly and confidently.’

‘They are lawyers who really know their client and have a genuine curiosity to find out more. They’re also extremely practical and helpful.’

‘I’ve worked with Thierry Viérin to help solve challenges relating to our Belgian entities. He’s always been very professional and focused, but also warm, engaging and curious. This is a great combination of personal attributes.’

‘The team is responsive, provides practical advice and is technically excellent.’

‘Thierry Viérin is an excellent lawyer. He is fluent in all relevant languages, very approachable and his advice is always practical and to the point.’

‘Bernd De Marrez and Thierry Viérin are clear communicators who think with the client for the best solution.’

Key clients


Larsen & Toubro




Novo Nordisk





Work highlights

  • Advised Xerox on an insourcing of activities transferred from an incumbent provider in relation to the servicing of machines on client sites.
  • Advised Bolt on the new Belgian act on platform workers.
  • Advised an international brand in the chocolate industry on its restructuring.

Reliance | Littler

Boutique firm Reliance | Littler handles a wide variety of transactional employment matters, ranging from M&A and reorganisations to collective dismissals and cross-border employee transfers, and also represents its clients in contentious proceedings related to remuneration, pensions and benefits. The consortium of practice heads includes immigration and international mobility expert Koen De Bisschop, restructuring specialist Edward Carlier, Anne-Valérie Michaux, who advises on the employment aspects of Belgian market entries, and Stéphanie De Ridder, who specialises in data protection matters. Whistleblowing and dismissals expert Yne Machiels is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Koen De Bisschop; Edward Carlier; Anne-Valérie Michaux; Stéphanie De Ridder

Other key lawyers:

Yne Machiels; Pierre Van Achter


‘Reliance is a boutique firm specialised in employment law. What I really like about the firm is that they have a multilingual team, which is very handy when our company is confronted with litigation cases in other languages, and that they are part of a broad international network of employment law firms, which we have often used when we were confronted with employment cases in other countries where we operate.’

‘Yne Machiels is a very accessible expert in employment law. She always provides practical solutions with which we can work with.’

‘Global vision of the issue. Facilitated contact with other departments.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a global corporation on all Belgian employment law aspects of a cross-border M&A transaction valued in excess of €1bn.
  • Advised an international company on a potential reorganisation of its logistics activities across Europe.


Boutique firm Sotra maintains a ‘very professional and specialised‘ team that acts for corporate and public sector clients across the full breadth of social and employment law. In addition to advising on routine employment matters such as individual dismissals and collective bargaining, the team is also capable of handling the contentious and non-contentious aspects of company policy roll-outs, TUPE and restructuring projects, and disciplinary investigations. Practice head Olivier Rijckaert is noted for his dismissal and union negotiation expertise, while Marian Dewaersegger stands out for her ability to represent clients in contentious matters. Jonathan De Wilde frequently leads on public sector work, while Noël Lambert handles work for clients in the healthcare sector.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Rijckaert

Other key lawyers:

Marian Dewaersegger; Noël Lambert; Jonathan De Wilde; Valentin Hanquet; Karel Devloo


‘I personally work most with Marian Dewaersegger, who is a really competent social lawyer and has built credibility with our social partners and management. She has a real customer focus and delivers on time. She will also not shy away from challenging us as she deems necessary.’

‘Sotra is a team of lawyers who are very professional and specialised in social law. They have great expertise which supports our international company. We can easily and quickly contact Sotra if needed.’

‘We have worked with Olivier Rijckaert and with Valentin Hanquet. Both have a lot of knowledge and experience in social law. I trust their analysis and I follow their advice.’

‘What makes this firm unique for me is the speed with which it reacts to requests, the quality of its answers/analyses, the relevance of its interventions, and above all the fact that it knows us in terms of personnel and activities.’

‘Olivier Rijckaert and Valentin Hanquet have both theoretical and practical knowledge of social legislation. They do their utmost to find the best solution for us, while always reminding us of the risks, advantages and disadvantages.’

Marian Dewaersegger consistently provides an outstanding service. She is a lawyer that doesn’t only sees the law but also tries to assess a particular situation from all angles (including social and financial). This, again, is done whilst keeping a human-centric approach. Marian is also excellent at giving different scenarios and allows a reflection from the client too.’

‘It is very special to work with them because they have prompt knowledge in complex labour laws and are also very familiar with the retail sector.’

‘Strong collaboration and coherence between the associates and partners, very good follow-up, easy and rapid interaction, efficient.’

Key clients

Cimenteries CBR

Province de Hainaut


Centre Hospitalier Jean Titeca


ASL Airlines

Gefco Benelux



Cost Association





Work highlights

  • Assisted Cimenteries CBR with all its employment matters on a day-to-day basis, including strategic advice regarding its dealings with works council and union representation within the company, drafting of CBAs, and individual dismissal cases.
  • Represented Talent.Brussels in seven disputes before the administrative court regarding the appointment of several top-managers in the Brussels administration.
  • Assisted Gefco, a French international industrial logistics company, with the closing of a branch of activities, involving a collective dismissal of ca. 50 employees.


Offering its clients a comprehensive service across various domains of employment law, boutique firm Younity is particularly reputed for its pensions expertise, advising both corporate and public sector clients on complex pension scheme modifications. Integrated expertise in immigration, employment, and data privacy law further allows the team to advise on TUPE and restructuring undertakings, collective bargaining matters, transactional issues, as well as contentious and non-contentious dismissals. The practice is led by collective bargaining expert Jean-Philippe Cordier and pensions specialist Corinne Merla, and is bolstered by the expertise of managing partner Brecht Cops.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Philippe Cordier; Corinne Merla

Other key lawyers:

Brecht Cops; Aurore Guérit


‘Important for us is the stability in the team as well as the quick approach and accurate response. We can rely on our attorney Brecht Cops and his staff.’

‘All matters we present to Younity are very urgent and require a quick and accurate solution. Brecht Cops knows the company and its needs very well. This has the advantage that a complex case can be briefly summarised by us and well understood by the lawyer.’

‘Team able to adapt to new topics in labour law and advise on draft regulations with concrete proposals.’

Key clients




Belgian Chamber of Representatives

Benelux Union

BNP Paribas Fortis

ByMyCar Brussels


CFE Group

Colisée Group (and subsidiary Armonea)


Epson Europe


Home Invest Belgium

Hummingbird Ventures Management



Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg

Martin’s Hotels




Red Cross Flanders


Sandvik Benelux




Waaslandia Autobussen

Zadig & Voltaire


Work highlights

  • Advised the Belgian Chamber of Representatives on the legality of pension allowances and departure indemnities for Members of Parliament.
  • Assisting Brussels broadcast public organisation Brutélé with the transfer of employees and civil servant staff to a private undertaking.
  • Advised Belgian Pro League Football Club KAA Gent on the employment and pensions due diligence aspects of a Flemish entrepreneur’s acquisition of a majority share in the club.


AKD‘s employment team serves a growing base of clients in the Benelux region and abroad and is well versed in transactional matters, handling employee transfers, collective dismissals and closures in connection with corporate M&A and restructuring projects. Team lead Julien Hick is an experienced adviser and litigator who manages collective and individual employment issues and regularly defends clients before labour courts. Heleen Franco is also recommended for corporate employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Julien Hick

Other key lawyers:

Heleen Franco


‘Collaborators with a high level of HR knowledge and expert advice. Fast and efficient processing of requests. Flexibility.’

‘I believe Heleen Franco is a true asset of the firm.’

‘Very strong end efficient team, very good knowledge of the Belgian market.’

‘Julien Hick struck me as highly professional, rigorous, responsive and imaginative.’

‘Our experience collaborating with AKD is exceptional, the team is always available and ready to support even on very short notice. The combination of Heleen Franco and Julien Hick’s expertise in both employment law and the finance/insurance sector, highly complex areas, enables them to deliver outstanding services. They are both able to provide tailored and comprehensive advice on how to comply with the applicable legal requirements while protecting our interests.’

‘Julien Hick and Heleen Franco frequently exceed our expectations. They always deliver high-quality work. They listen in an active manner, pay attention to details, adapt to changes and always have a very positive and respectful attitude. They have excellent communication skills, responding appropriately and adapting answers to the audience. Ideas are clearly expressed and structured. They are creative, but remain critical. They have strong problem-solving skills, high ethical standards and integrity. Finally and importantly, they are trustworthy.’

‘The Employment practice of AKD, led by Julien Hick is exceptional and by far the best I have ever worked with. Their highly pragmatic client-oriented approach, and availability distinguish them from any other firm. They are a true business partner, put the interest of the client at the centre. I also want to highlight their exceptional availability.’

‘Julien Hick really makes the difference. I have never met such an exceptional and pragmatic employment lawyer.’

Key clients

AG Real Estate







Hyundai Merchant Marine


Auto1 Group







Life Fitness

Sichuan Airlines

Work highlights

  • Advised Medtronic on a redundancy exercise.
  • Represented AG Real Estate in a TUPE-related dispute against a former employee following the transfer of a business division.
  • Advised a multinational insurance company on legal requirements applicable to bonus clawbacks in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Bird & Bird

In addition to leveraging its global network to advise multinational clients on cross-border restructurings and mobility issues, the team at Bird & Bird also advises Benelux-based companies on union negotiations, employee fraud issues, and the employment aspects of corporate policy roll-outs. Employment litigation expert Pieter De Koster co-leads the team with Anton Aerts, who is noted for his immigration expertise as well as for his ability to advise on corporate reorganisations and collective dismissals.

Practice head(s):

Pieter De Koster; Anton Aerts

Other key lawyers:

Cecilia Lahaye

Key clients



Metsa Board Oyj

Mulder Natural Foods


Patria Oyj

Ricoh Belgium


Vlerick Business School

Work highlights

  • Advised Wolters-Kluwer on day-to day employment and immigration matters, including a dispute with an employee, the relocation of Russian and Belarussian employees to Belgium following the war in Ukraine, as well as the relocation of highly qualified staff from countries such as India.
  • Assisted Vlerick Business School with a detailed screening of its current partnership structure and service agreements, including a thorough screening of the setup in the light of new legislation and case law with an emphasis on tax, social security and labour risks.
  • Assisted Zoom with both collective and individual labour law issues.

Crowell & Moring

Crowell & Moring‘s employment portfolio spans individual and collective issues, including senior-level dismissals, restructuring projects, and regulatory questions surrounding HR policies, with integrated corporate and data protection expertise rounding out the offering. Experienced restructuring and collective disputes expert Emmanuel Plasschaert co-leads the team with Evelien Jamaels, who is particularly noted for her experience handling international mobility matters for the practice’s varied client base.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuel Plasschaert; Evelien Jamaels


‘Strong employment practice in the Belgian market, with a panel of clients of different sizes and industries.’

‘Emmanuel Plasschaert and Evelien Jamaels are outstanding employment lawyers, leading the practice.’

Key clients


Ingersoll Rand

Oxera Consulting



The Regulatory Assistance Project


Delhaize Le Lion (Ahold)

Audax Management Co. LLC

Vias institute

Liga voor Mensenrechten

Work highlights

  • Assisted a logistics company with a restructuring, including with respect to a phased termination plan, TUPE, and the relocation of its HQ.
  • Assisted a defense and space manufacturing multinational with an EU whistleblowing compliance project.

Eversheds Sutherland

Dismissal-related advice represents a cornerstone of the offering at Eversheds Sutherland, with the team handling both individual terminations at senior level as well as collective dismissals and collective bargaining issues in connection with corporate reorganisations, office wind-downs, and closures. Employment litigation is a further area of focus for the team, which is co-led by experienced dismissal expert and former labour tribunal judge Stefan Corbanie and restructuring specialist Céline Wauters.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Corbanie; Céline Wauters

Other key lawyers:

Laetitia Nagels


‘We operate across multiple different countries and there is exceptional support from Eversheds and all countries. The Belgium subsidiary is very supportive, providing advice and clear and concise support whenever we need it.’

‘Céline Wauters is a reliable and trustworthy partner to us. She makes complex legal matters easy to understand and follow. Her advice has been invaluable during our recent and past challenges and I would definitely recommend her to anyone I speak to.’

‘Céline Wauters and Stefan Corbanie are knowledgeable and responsive employment lawyers with a pragmatic approach.’

‘The team understand the pressures of running a business and they look to help find solutions – solutions that are practical.’

‘I trust Céline Wauters completely and know, besides outlining the legal position and risks, she works collaboratively with me to find practical solutions. Her advice is clear and she responds in a timely way.’

‘Very effective and business-oriented advice for international companies navigating the intricacies of Belgian employment law. Good understanding of how companies make decisions and very helpful in moving that process along. Excellent knowledge of their subject matter, including tax and international implications of complex employment matters.’

‘Stefan Corbanie leads an excellent team and is a consummate professional. A reassuring presence in tumultuous situations.’

Key clients


GXO Logistics

Parker Hannifin

Johnson Controls

Avery Dennison

Newell Brands

Orange Business

Total Safety

Work highlights

  • Assisted Ryanair with the closure of its Brussels base and consequent information and consultation procedure.
  • Assisted Johnson Controls International with the employment aspects of a merger of the various legal entities in Belgium.
  • Represented Westinghouse Electric in employment litigation.

Jones Day

Jones Day‘s employment practice is led by experienced labour and social security expert Chantal Biernaux, whose portfolio encompasses restructuring and collective bargaining matters as well as employment litigation related to termination and remuneration issues. The team has extensive cross-border expertise, frequently collaborating with the firm’s international offices to handle multi-jurisdictional contracting and harmonisation issues, and accordingly maintains a client base consisting of both Benelux-based corporations as well as large multinationals.

Practice head(s):

Chantal Biernaux


‘The team has employment law expertise and a practice that goes far beyond only supporting transactions.’

‘Chantal Biernaux is the biggest asset – few lawyers have her experience, and those who have it do not have her energy and absolute focus on client needs.’

‘Very strong knowledge about company-related policies and complexities.’

‘Individual/personalised service. In-depth studies and advice.’

Key clients

The Hain Celestial Group – Lima Natuurvoedingsbedrijf BV

Lifeline Scientific

GardaWorld Security Corporation

Riverside Europe Partners BV

Work highlights

  • Assisted GardaWorld Security Corporation with the restructuring of its Brussels office, including labour, corporate, tax and security matters.
  • Advised the Brussels branch of The Riverside Company on employment issues relating to independent contractors and local and foreign employees in Belgium.
  • Advised the Belgian and French branch of The Hain Celestial Group on a broad range of employment law matters, e.g. hiring and termination of employees in Belgium, drafting and implementation of Belgian work rules and related policies, and cross-border employment and expat employment contracts.


Experienced restructuring and collective bargaining expert Damien Stas de Richelle heads up the employment practice at Laurius, which routinely advises multinational entities on local regulatory matters, guides clients through restructuring endeavours, and handles sensitive senior-level dismissals. The team is particularly active in advising international franchises and growth companies on the set-up of Belgian activities.

Practice head(s):

Damien Stas de Richelle


‘Highly available, adapts to the company’s context, delivers relevant and understandable advice without too much legal jargon.’

‘Team are all very friendly, efficient and willing to help.’

‘Very good contact with the partner Damien Stas de Richelle.’

Key clients

AGP E-Glass

European Travel Commission





Greenhouse Talent

Climate Finance Fund

Joe & the Juice

Nacional de Reaseguro

Work highlights

  • Advised The Climate Finance Fund on regulatory questions surrounding how employers can lawfully collect race and ethnicity background information from their employees for the purpose of tracking the diversity makeup of its portfolio of grantees.
  • Advised Greenhouse Talent on the framework of the acquisition of Gent Jazz on several cases of dismissals and the harmonisation of the employment conditions of transferring employees.
  • Assisted Joe & The Juice with various HR-related matters, including drafting employment agreements, work regulations, and policies.

Monard law, joined by Buyle

Monard law, joined by Buyle handles a large volume of transactional and advisory matters for its roster of Belgian SMEs and large multinationals, including TUPE and corporate reorganisations, immigration issues, and compliance matters, and is also capable of advising on contentious issues such as dismissals and discrimination claims. The practice maintains offices across the country and is led by Tom Messiaen, Peter Dufaux and Bert Theeuwes, who is a key contact for cross-border employment work.

Practice head(s):

Tom Messiaen; Peter Dufaux; Bert Theeuwes

Other key lawyers:

Astrid Aerts


‘The team offers a hands-on and pragmatic approach. They are available to discuss in brief and on the spot if necessary.’

‘Tom Messiaen is very available and drives the pragmatic approach of his team.’

‘This practice is looking after their clients and thinking out of the box together with the client. They respond to questions directly and are proactive once a relationship is installed.’

‘Very good experience with the individuals I am working with. In Belgium, both Bert Theeuwes and Astrid Aerts have always provided good advice and assistance in the roll out of legal projects.’

‘Monard’s legal team has proven to be very resourceful and competent in complicated, crosscutting matters. The team is definitely more than the sum of its parts. Its advice and interventions testify of the added value of accumulated and shared experience in a highly specialised law firm such as Monard Law.’

‘Bert Theeuwes’ legal advice has been outstanding: meticulous analyses of the issues presented, followed by well-considered and well-prepared interventions. His advice and interventions are without exception built on sound argumentation and offer clear testimony of his extensive experience and his in-depth knowledge in the matter.’

‘Bert Theeuwes has the advantage of being multilingual, he has strong analytical skills and an eye for detail. He combines his extensive knowledge base with his excellent strategic and operational planning skills in order to deal with legal issues in a comprehensive manner, while simultaneously being sensitive to the particular context in which he is required to mediate or intervene. We hold his expertise in employment law in the highest esteem.

‘The Brussels-based employment law team has deep experience with international employment and complex reorganisations. The Monard Law team is very knowledgeable, extremely responsive, hands on and makes complex issues easy to manage. The team is also quite large and partners can fall back on specific team members as needed.’

Key clients


Atlas Copco

Autogrill Belux

ARAG Belgium

GLS Group





Sisu Group


KBC Bank


Witteveen+Bos Belgium




VPK Packaging

Containers Maes

IPL Global



EU Parliament


Securitas Direct Management


Facilicom Group


Work highlights

  • Advised CLARIO, a contract research organisation specialising in clinical services in the biopharmaceutical and healthcare sector, on compliance issues, the implementation of international policies and reorganisation of the working environment when moving to a hybrid work place.
  • Advised AUTOGRILL on all employment and HR compliance-related aspects of its business in Belgium.
  • Acted for Carglass in sensitive litigation, including discrimination litigation.

PwC Legal

The employment team at PwC Legal maintains a strong regulatory offering, frequently working with global clients to provide domestic compliance advice in connection with market entries and operation set-ups, and is additionally capable of advising its clients on major restructuring operations, social inspections and disputes with employees. TUPE and collective dismissal expert Pascale Moreau leads the team, which is further bolstered by the expertise of restructuring and pensions expert Sara Vanderstraeten.

Practice head(s):

Pascale Moreau

Other key lawyers:

Sara Vanderstraeten; Olivier Chapelle; Jessica De Bels


‘The PwC legal team distinguishes itself through its highly pragmatic approach, displaying a deep understanding of operational and business challenges.’

‘Sara Vanderstraeten’s expertise is unparalleled, bringing a depth of knowledge that consistently surpasses expectations. Her exceptional communication skills ensure seamless collaboration, translating complex ideas with clarity.’

‘Very proactive team, benefiting from a great network of employment lawyers, able to leverage their employment law expertise across markets.’

‘Very accessible lawyers, applying employment law concepts in a practical way to business constraints. In particular, Pascale Moreau and Jessica De Bels provided structured legal advice on cross-border matters in a very comprehensive way, facilitating implementation internally.’

‘They are experts and they have a pragmatic vision of the business. They come with solutions and recommendations to make right decisions.’

‘They are close to the customers. They develop narrow links with us and are empathic.’

‘Great personal commitment from Sara Vanderstraeten on a file with potentially very high financial impact. She is a good and reliable sparring partner; she provides clarification on all unclear elements of the case and she helps us navigate between all possible pitfalls.’

‘International network, very specialised knowledge. Trustworthy in their advice.’

Key clients

Christian Mutuality





Iscal Sugar

Kongsberg Precision Cutting Systems


Work highlights

  • Assisted a group active in the construction industry with a comprehensive employment law compliance check in two of its companies, which included extensive field work, all of which resulted in a detailed report with clear recommendations to improve the level of compliance going forward.
  • Assisted a large organisation active in healthcare with a complex multi-year reorganisation project, including extensive post-merger integration work.
  • Assisted a global food and beverages group with the reorganisation of its worldwide employment set-up, which included an analysis of local employment law in eight different countries.


Under the leadership employment practitioner Stefanie Tack, who took over the practice leadership in early 2023, Strelia is capable of handling a large volume of employee transfers and terminations in the context of corporate restructurings and also advises a growing number of clients on whistleblowing matters. The team also acts for its base of Belgian and multinational clients in contentious matters, including criminal investigations as well as discrimination and harassment claims. Vastly experienced restructuring expert Herman Craeninckx left for Simmons & Simmons in March 2024, followed by Pauline Van Parys, who advises on discrimination, remuneration and collective bargaining matters, departing in April 2024.

Practice head(s):

Stefanie Tack

Other key lawyers:

Marnix De Greve


‘Stefanie Tack is a very business oriented employment lawyer with high-quality operational solutions. She always tries to provide clients with pragmatic answers that can be effectively implemented by the client.’

‘They are highly responsive and business-oriented.’

‘We experience a personal and competent approach by Marnix De Greve and Stefanie Tack.’

‘Concise and to the point, knowledgeable in their field.’

‘The team is extremely professional. I was struck by their clear communication and transparent management. They provided clear reflection points for me to consider.’

‘I worked with Stefanie Tack and can recommend her 100%. She is absolutely on top of her area of expertise and very knowledgeable and experienced. In addition, and I think this makes her unique, she also has a very personable approach and keeps the emotional aspects of individual labour law matters in mind. She is a very well rounded legal professional and has been the best counsel I could have hoped for.’

‘I like the attitude in the way that they think together with us, you really feel that they know their cases very well and I’m able to easily discuss the points. They are not afraid to give plusses and minuses of the different standpoints and really act together with the customer.’

‘Stefanie Tack is exceptionally competent and very much business oriented. She can assess quickly and exhaustively all ins and outs in a given situation.’

Key clients

Accor Invest Belgium sa

Ace Dental Belgium srl

Bagio bv

IQEQ Holdings (Belgium) nv

Abrisud Bénélux sa


Vinçotte International

Oregon Tools

Brusano asbl

CEJI aisbl

Liège Airport

Essity Belgium sa

ASL Airlines

OTTO Office

Telecom Infrastructure Partners Belgium

Kryseo srl

Europcar Mobility Group

Mifratel nv

Simovision bv

WWF International

Permanent Representation of Greece to the EU

Herta Belgium bv

Netcompany – Intrasoft sa

Novadip Biosciences sa

Sopra-Steria Benelux

Sumitomo Chemical Europe nv

Marken Ltd

Soil Capital Belgium srl



Bon-bon srl/Menssa

Bergerat Monnoyeur nv

Metro Delivery Service nv

Corinthia – Hôtel Astoria sa

Nico-Lab bv

Work highlights

  • Advised Metro Delivery Service nv on the closure of the company.
  • Advised Marken Ltd. on reviewing and adjusting working-time practices and policies in Belgium, including the negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement with trade unions.
  • Advised Netcompany – Intrasoft sa on the implementation of its internal whistleblowing channels and procedures, including the drafting of its whistleblowing and privacy policy.

Tetra Law

Belgian SMEs, listed companies and a growing roster of global clients instruct Tetra Law to advise on the employment aspects of corporate M&A and restructuring as well as to act in discrimination, harassment, fraud, and safety-related litigation. The team also draws on practice head Sylvie Lacombe‘s vast experience in transactional and contentious work to handle all matters surrounding the modification and termination of work contracts.

Practice head(s):

Sylvie Lacombe

Other key lawyers:

Julie Malingreau


‘We worked with Sylvie Lacombe and Julie Malingreau and they are both very efficient. They had a good understanding of our demands and fulfilled them quickly.’

‘We appreciated working with Tetra Law. The team was available and could deliver qualitative work. The team also made itself available to collaborate with US partners to advise us for our US matters. This was appreciated.’

‘The team we worked with was qualitative and extremely skilled. This helped us to take the best decisions for our cases.’

‘Collaborating with Tetra Law is very easy. They have a very professional approach. They simplify complicated topics so that you can participate more easily.’

‘Julie Malingreau is a brilliant lawyer, clever, determined, very good contact, very supportive.’

Key clients

Acumen Public Affairs

Armonea Group

Bank Nagelmackers SA

Befimmo Group


Chimay Group

Codic Belgique

Euronext Brussels

Jones Lang Lasalle SPRL

Lagardère Travel Retail Belgium


Pemco Belgium


Work highlights

  • Advised Befimmo on the labour-related aspects of a transfer of undertaking in the course of its transition to a Specialised Real Estate Investment Fund after acquisition by private investors.
  • Advised Pemco Belgium on the social security, tax, and labour aspects of its acquisition by Pemco International Group after its sale by the Prince group (now Vibrantz).
  • Represented three clients employed in the public sector in a criminal complaint against a common colleague for sexual and moral harassment at work.

Van Bael & Bellis

Life sciences expert and employment litigation specialist Catherine Longeval leads the team at Van Bael & Bellis, which focuses particularly on handling individual and collective dismissals in the context of restructuring projects and on representing its clients in sensitive harassment-related termination cases as well as in union negotiations around redundancies. Sara Beutels is a further key contact in the team and advises clients on a growing volume of pensions-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Longeval

Other key lawyers:

Sara Beutels


‘The Van Bael & Bellis employment team is agile and very responsive. You can feel their culture is to help you to get what you need in the most efficient way.’

‘Sara Beutels is very responsive and easily understands client needs and problems. She works efficiently and pragmatically towards solving them. With Sara, it very much feels like a no-nonsense approach, you get exactly what you need.’

‘The team worked well and dynamically together and was always coordinated and informed.’

Key clients



Bridgestock Care

MSG Care



Embassy of Namibia

Gedeon Richter


Hyundai Motor Company Brussels


KIA Belgium

Kekst CNC

Nissha Metallizing Solutions

Pentax Medical

Quaker Houghton

Rockwool Group



Work highlights

  • Assisted Nisha Metallizing Solutions, a manufacturer of metallised packaging and labelling solutions, with a broad range of employment issues, including collective labour agreements, disciplinary sanction proceedings, and several day-to-day HR matters.
  • Assisted EPAM with a wide variety of employment law work, including the harmonisation of several employment conditions/benefits for different Belgian entities following the acquisition of the Emakina group, the harmonisation and amendment of several sets of work rules and employee policies, and the implementation of digital payroll documents.
  • Advised new client Survitec, a global survival technology leader, on several sensitive dismissal cases, including dismissals for serious cause.