The employment and benefits practice at Allen & Overy LLP is experienced across the full spectrum of employment matters with a focus on high-end transactional work, acting for Dutch listed and unlisted companies, financial institutions and insurers. The team leverages the firm’s wider multi-jurisdictional capacity, offering strength in cross-border employment projects, as well as utilising its strong corporate finance capabilities when acting in M&A transactions. The team is competent across both non-contentious and contentious matters, led by Suzanne Sikkink and Arnold Keizer, respectively. Offering expertise in pensions, remuneration, litigation and regulation, the team ‘understands the problem from a 360-degree perspective’, and handles compliance, cross-border reorganisations, collective bargaining and works council matters. The team is also well regarded for its incentives and executive compensation work. Associate Chelsea Gunning advises on remuneration issues (including incentives), M&A, cross-border employment matters and TUPE.
Employment in Netherlands
Allen & Overy LLP
Suzanne Sikkink; Arnold Keizer
Other key lawyers:
Naomi Reijn; Chelsea Gunning
‘Naomi Reijn knows the ins and outs of our organisation and understands what the challenges we are facing are. Every piece of advice fits our situation; she keeps on asking questions to get a broader view. She is more than able to be one step ahead of us and she has all the right information.’
‘Arnold Keizer is a strong team lead with a lot of international experience, is easily approachable, responsive and very nice to work with.’
‘We had the pleasure of working with Suzanne Sikkink and Chelsea Gunning. Both are very flexible, easy to work with in our high-paced organisation, pragmatic and firm. They negotiate if absolutely necessary, but no is definitely also an answer for them. Even when we come up with a new, very tight deadline, this is where they flourish.’
Aircraft Fuel Supply
Athora Netherlands (formally Vivat)
Eurasian Resources Group
EG Group (Euro Garages)
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek‘s employment practice is well regarded for Supreme Court litigation, as well as for representing clients in high-profile cases relating to industrial action, mass claims and #MeToo matters. The firm also handles individual dismissal cases, particularly involving executives and board members, and offers employment advice related to transactions. The practice also covers employee benefit schemes, reorganisations, collective bargaining, pension agreements and co-determination matters. The practice is led by Stefan Sagel and Barbara Kloppert; Sagel, described by clients as ‘an iron fist in a velvet glove‘, has a focus on Supreme Court litigation, as well as acting in dismissal, collective bargaining, TUPE and co-determination cases, and Kloppert has expertise relating to works council matters, dismissals, remuneration and pensions.
Barbara Kloppert; Stefan Sagel
‘Barbara Kloppert is excellent and quick.’
‘We routinely work with De Brauw on a variety of employment-related issues including complex cross-border transactions that require a high level of expertise. Their team of skilled lawyers are always able to provide quick and effective responses.’
‘Barbara Kloppert and Stefan Sagel have the ability to put themselves in their clients’ shoes and deliver practical solutions to any issues that arise. The depth of Stefan’s legal knowledge and Barbara’s knack for handling complex situations are particularly impressive. It is a pleasure to collaborate with and learn from such talented professionals.’
‘Here you have a team that is exceptionally good, both in terms of legal quality but also litigation.’
‘Stefan Sagel is a unique combination of a legal genius and an outstanding litigator. He has truly impressive knowledge of Dutch employment law and, as a professor, is also leading in the development of Dutch employment law.’
‘I have relied on De Brauw to advise on our more complex employment matters for the last six years. Their timely strategic advice is current, relevant and balanced, leading us in the right direction. The De Brauw team understands my goals and attitude and works with me to achieve the best results for the company.’
‘Stefan Sagel is an iron fist in a velvet glove, extremely knowledgeable, humorous and a great person to work with. Barba Kloppert is the doyenne of Dutch employment law – honourable in all aspects of her work and solution driven.’
‘The employment department is very knowledgeable and supportive. They are cooperative and provide hands-on advice.’
Optiver Holding B.V.
Tata Steel Nederland B.V.
Elof Hansson Fiber B.V.
- Advised Nissan Mitsubishi in high-profile appeal proceedings against its former top executive, who is claiming millions in damages for his allegedly unfair dismissal.
- Advised LeasePlan on the employment and co-determination aspects of ALD S.A.’s acquisition of 100% of the LeasePlan shares from a consortium led by TDR Capital, for a cash and shares consideration of €4.9bn.
- Advising trade union FNV in a high-profile case currently pending before the Supreme Court against online food delivery platform Deliveroo concerning the employment status of Deliveroo riders.
Focusing on employment, pensions and incentives, Stibbe offers litigation, dispute resolution and advisory services for its high-profile client list. The practice, led by Jaap van Slooten, Paul Vestering and Astrid Helstone, has expertise in remuneration and board matters, acting for several Dutch listed companies on these matters. The firm also specialises in advising multinationals on employment matters relating to the consumer goods sector. Senior practitioner van Slooten has experience in matters concerning the platform economy, acting for companies including Uber, and focuses on collective disputes and pensions. Helstone is well regarded for advising on executive compensation issues affecting listed companies, and has experience in terminations, works council negotiations and restructurings. Vestering specialises in employment, pensions and works council matters.
Other key lawyers:
Marko Jovović; Suzanne Hogendoorn
‘This practice is incredible forward thinking about the ways in which diversity, equity and inclusion are at the heart of what determines the quality of legal service provision.’
‘Astrid Helstone is not only exceptionally well informed of current legal developments, but is working at the foreground of shaping the future direction of employment law. As an intellectual powerhouse and forward thinker, she provides legal advice and services that are not only efficient and effective in the current circumstances but have sustained value for the changing future.’
‘The team is able to provide top-notch advice in the most complex situations. They not only provide legal analysis but also propose solutions to difficult matters. Their client base is impressive. Very responsive, very solution oriented.’
‘Astrid Helstone and Paul Vestering are fantastic lawyers, with a clear view on the situation, and provide holistic advice.’
‘Stibbe has a very strong employment law team, which stands out for its knowledge of our business and the ability to give practical advice while keeping the strategic rationale in mind. In many instances just a phone call is enough.’
‘Jaap van Slooten stands out. He is a strategic thinker with the ability to translate that into hands-on advice. I also know him as a great litigator in employment law, with the right neutral tone of voice.’
‘An excellent full-service offering, capable of taking on and executing complex cross-border mandates.’
- Handling employment litigation with significant press coverage for clients such as KLM, NS and PostNL.
- Advising clients such as Uber, Helpling, Groupon and Temper on employment issues in the growing platform economy.
- Acted as counsel to several Dutch companies, including LeasePlan and AholdDelhaize, on remuneration and board matters.
Led by former senator Mirjam De Blécourt, Remke Scheepstra and Daniëlle Pinedo, Baker McKenzie’s employment practice specialises in reorganisations and works council and trade union negotiations, with an increasing focus on #MeToo and workplace bullying matters. Among other industries, the firm has specific experience acting for clients in the healthcare and pharmaceuticals sector on an array of employment-related matters. De Blécourt is involved in collective redundancies, works council matters and employee benefit schemes in M&A transactions. Pinedo focuses on employment litigation, individual and collective dismissals, and restructurings.
Mirjam de Blécourt; Remke Scheepstra; Danielle Pinedo
‘My impression of Baker McKenzie is that they are very client oriented and have a good understanding of their clients’ business needs. Their USP is that Baker can connect me to the best legal minds anywhere in the world coordinated by a local go-to person. Their high level of expertise and the size of their international network makes them the firm to go to when the stakes are high. The team is also very responsive to requests, and they make sure that the follow-up is practical and comprehensive. The team amazes me as a client with their innovative tools, such as the Work Council Tool.’
‘Mirjam de Blécourt is an outstanding lawyer with great technical knowledge and good negotiating skills. She is very creative, hands-on and responsive which makes her great to work with. She has built an excellent team around her both locally and internationally. She can lead international projects in a hands-on, effective manner. I do not know a better employment lawyer than her.’
‘Danielle Pinedo is very proactive, solution oriented and innovative.’
BarentsKrans’ employment team, based in The Hague, is known for its involvement in high-profile litigation, specifically cases before the Courts of Appeal and Supreme Court, such as the highly publicised Deliveroo litigation regarding the employment status of riders. The firm is also closely involved in the inception of the ‘Future of Work’ legislation and committee. Practice co-head Max Keulaerds is an experienced employment litigator and acts in the firm’s most significant cases. Co-head Laurens De Graaf also participates in litigation as well as collective dismissals, TUPE cases, works council negotiations and matters related to strikes. Associate Frank Dekker is a Supreme Court litigator who specialises in employment law and has been instructed on several of the firm’s high-profile cases.
Max Keulaerds; Laurens de Graaf
Other key lawyers:
Bart de Hek; Frank Dekker
‘Very accessible and willing to cooperate and discuss the problem. Also very knowledgeable and very smart.’
‘BarentsKrans is a very client-focused law firm and always makes sure that the clients’ expectations are met and managed in a timely manner. Their team of lawyers consists of strong experts with a breadth of experience, who all have the ability to communicate in a clear and to-the-point manner while still remaining comprehensive.’
‘The team’s advice always adds value and demonstrates that they are top lawyers.’
‘Laurens de Graaf is an outstanding lawyer. He is very sharp, knowledgeable and provides excellent advice. He is very easy to talk to and has an eye for details, but never loses sight of the bigger picture. He can relate to the issues in practice, is to the point, practical and well informed. All in all, an outstanding legal advisor for any commercial organisation.’
‘Value for money. High quality of work and availability of lawyers.’
‘Bart de Hek is extremely hands-on and knowledgeable, delivering quality work at a fast pace. Really a pleasure to work with.’
‘BarentsKrans is a law firm that we enjoy working with. Quick responses to questions, expert answers and personal approach. If one of the lawyers in question is not present, there is always someone there as back up who is ready to give advice.’
‘The team is cooperative, fast, thorough and very knowledgeable. They work well together so that there is no delay when a specific lawyer is unavailable, and work with us in a very pleasant manner, always making sure we understand their advice and documents well. I value their pragmatic approach. I am glad they use Teams so working together remotely is going very well, even for larger meetings.’
ABN AMRO Bank
Canon Production Printing
BASF Vegetable Seeds (Nunhems)
- Representing Deliveroo in litigation at the Courts of Appeal and Supreme Court level, in relation to the employment status of riders, the applicability of the collective labour agreement (CLA) for road transport, and mandatory participation in the pension fund for the road transport industry.
- Represented ABN AMRO in a string of cases concerning the maximisation of redundancy pay in the ABN AMRO CLA.
- Acted on behalf of Carlos Ghosn in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit over his dismissal as director of Dutch joint venture Nissan-Mitsubishi B.V.
Houthoff offers a full-service employment practice, but with a focus on boardroom advisory work, strategic issues and high-profile litigation, as well as the dismissal of senior staff. The firm also has a strong pensions capacity and has developed extensive market experience in the healthcare sector. The practice is led by Edward de Bock and Jet Stolk, who was recently promoted to partner. De Bock is sought after for his experience in the employment and pensions aspects of M&A and joint venture transactions and has expertise in board remuneration and board member dismissals. Stolk has a focus on corporate employment, reorganisations and advising board members.
Edward de Bock; Jet Stolk
Other key lawyers:
‘Great knowledge. Practical, to-the-point solutions, not lengthy advice. Business understanding. A stable team without too many changes.’
‘High level of knowledge, but with business understanding and practical solutions.’
‘The team is very knowledgeable and consists of people with different expertise (e.g. in litigation, reorganisations, dealing with disgruntled employees, etc.). Compared to other firms the expertise and client focus stands out.’
‘Jet Stolk has excellent knowledge and business understanding and it is also a pleasure to work with her.’
‘Naomi Dempsey has great litigation experience.’
‘Jet Stolk has a strong grasp of a wide variety of employment law matters. She excels in the quality and useability of her advice and is easy to work with. Jet goes the extra mile for the client which is much appreciated. Maybe her best quality is the way she translates legal problems into practical solutions.’
Tata Steel Nederland
Unibail Rodamco Westfield
Samsung Electronics Airconditioning
Pension Fund for Road Transport
- Advising TATA Steel Netherlands on the harmonisation of the employment conditions of senior management, issues with the Dutch central works council, issues with trade unions and strikes regarding a new collective labour agreement, and dismissal cases of senior management throughout the intended division of the UK and Dutch business.
- Advising Danone in relation to all the employment law aspects of its ‘Local First’ project in the Netherlands.
- Acting for Pensioenfonds PGB, a pension fund, which is claiming more than €500m from Booking.com as a consequence of the Supreme Court ruling under which Booking.com was formally defined a travel agency, instead of an IT platform.
Loyens & Loeff
Integrating employment, pensions and immigration matters into its practice, Loyens & Loeff offers expertise in high-profile dismissals, restructurings, pensions, executive remuneration, employment mobility and the employment aspects of corporate transactions. The firm regularly acts on behalf of companies, executives and works councils, and supports other areas within the firm including energy, logistics and corporate. The practice is led by Klaas Wiersma and Hermine Voûte; Wiersma has a focus on transactional employment matters as well as co-determination procedures, restructurings and collective dismissals, and Voûte, who has over 35 years’ employment experience, specialises in director dismissals and remuneration policies. Senior associate Youssef el Harchaoui focuses on corporate employment law including M&A deals and restructurings, employee representation procedures and director dismissals.
Klaas Wiersma; Hermine Voûte
Other key lawyers:
Youssef el Harchaoui; Maureen te Poel
‘We needed a specialist in employment law in the Netherlands for a specific project. This firm has proven to match our needs, covering different aspects of employment law advice and adapting their billing process to our needs.’
‘Quick responses and no unnecessary hassle with overload of information. Direct access to the partner if needed. Quick on their feet and try to find the best solution for the client.’
‘Easy to reach, immediate answers, no hassle in getting to the right person. Broad base of knowledge.’
‘Quick responses, hands-on. We could phone in the weekend and in the evening for up-to-date advice.’
‘Extremely on point in communication. Fast and clear. Very knowledgeable and forward thinking. Customer focused and realistic. Reliable and accurate. Most importantly, they have a human centric approach with a great understanding of the effect their approach can have on one’s circumstances.’
‘Klaas Wiersma is able to translate the client’s wishes and demands into a thought-out legal approach and outcome.’
‘Very to the point and practical. Effective and efficient communication.’
Ernst & Young
- Acting on behalf of EY in nine proceedings against a former partner.
- Advised EQT on all the employment law aspects of its acquisition of LSP, a European life sciences venture capital firm with approximately €2.2bn of assets under management and a team of 34 professionals.
- Advised Holland America Line (HAL) on various aspects of its change from a defined benefit (final salary) pension scheme to a defined contribution scheme and the related consent process with the works council and all individual employees.
The employment and pensions group at Clifford Chance focuses on boardroom advice, remuneration policies, #MeToo investigations and pension matters. The practice is also active in reorganisations, works council disputes, data protection matters and TUPE, as well as supporting the firm’s wider corporate offering. Floris Van De Bult leads the team and is co-head of the firm’s global employment practice. IJsbrand de Jong, who was recently promoted to counsel, has experience in domestic employment litigation, fraud cases, collective dismissals and co-determination procedures.
Floris van de Bult
Other key lawyers:
IJsbrand de Jong; Sanne Blankestijn
‘Great, hands-on team, dedicated and flexible. Knowledgeable and pragmatic advice.’
‘Floris van der Bult and IJsbrand de Jong are both highly dedicated and pragmatic.’
‘Clifford Chance’s Amsterdam office has been of invaluable support throughout the years. They have become a trusted advisor due to their efficiency in delivering advice promptly, being practical and to the point, and always being available, even for last-minute requests, despite the work pressure they face.’
‘Sanne Blankestijn has supported us since day one: she showed great leadership and ownership of the projects and understood the type of advice our business needs and our requirements. The team delivers work with great diligence, providing the right support (also in terms of the technology offered), and Sanne has been key in keeping the ball rolling.’
‘Amazing team. They give excellent legal advice, whilst being pragmatic and understanding the commercial goals. They are our go-to for complex employment matters that need to be handled in the right way.’
‘Floris van de Bult is very approachable and is engaged in the full process, despite being a senior partner. As well as being very skilled in his field of law, he’s very much able to create a great client relationship and is available to advise on any matter, big or small. In addition, he has created a very strong team with IJsbrand de Jong and Sanne Blankestijn. Both of them stand out for their easy way of communicating with different members of our business and getting across the legal implications in an understandable and straight-forward way.’
‘A very responsive team that is on the ball and provides practical advice of high quality. They are a true sparring partner and understand our organisation and the market we operate in very well. They are proactive when it comes to matters that may potentially affect our business and are very solution driven.’
‘Floris van de Bult is a very practical and solution-driven lawyer. Sharp, hands-on and with a good sense of humour. Apart from the high-quality advice that he and his team provide, he is just a very nice person to work with.’
Prosus N.V./Naspers Ltd.
Stichting Pensioenfonds Vliegend Personeel KLM
BME / BMN Bouwmaterialen B.V.
City of Rotterdam
Koole Terminals B.V.
Stichting Beroepspensioenfonds Loodsen
- Advising Stichting Pensioenfonds Vliegend Personeel KLM in litigation before the court of Amsterdam against a claims organisation stating that during the period from 1968 to 1990 the pension fund wrongfully applied a deductible.
- Assisting Prosus/Naspers as sole trusted advisor on employment, incentives, pensions and remuneration matters, as well as their business segments, including boardroom advice, reorganisations of Prosus’ businesses, the dismissal of senior leaders, internal investigations and international pension matters.
- Advising Adyen on strategic employment and pensions matters, including boardroom advice, diversity and inclusion issues, drafting and review of policies, incentive schemes, immigration matters, secondment of staff and remuneration regulations (including SRD II, CRDV and related disclosures).
Leveraging its international capacity, DLA Piper‘s employment practice regularly handles cross-border employment litigation and the employment aspects of transactions including M&A and restructurings. The firm has experience in the TMT, energy, aviation, financial services and retail sectors, and operates a strong pensions practice. Hélène Bogaard leads the team, with expertise in international and transactional employment matters, particularly for US clients in Europe. Johan Zwemmer focuses on flexible workforce matters and non-standard labour relations and is a member of Commissie-Borstlap, an independent commission appointed by the Dutch government to examine the state of the employment market.
Other key lawyers:
Onyx Power Group
Stichting Pensioenfonds Metaal en Techniek
Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP
- Advising the Onyx Power Group on the employment law aspects of the closing of the coal-fired power plant in Rotterdam in exchange for a subsidy from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, and – since March 2022 – the plant’s continued operation.
- Successfully assisted the road haulage pension fund in appeal proceedings brought by Deliveroo against the finding that it is active in the road haulage sector and therefore liable to pay a pension contribution.
- Advised and represented (before the court of first instance and the Court of Appeal) Deloitte in legal proceedings in which a former equity partner disagreed with the termination of his management agreement by Deloitte and claimed damages.
Eversheds Sutherland (Netherlands) B.V.
Based predominately in Rotterdam, the employment, labour and pensions group at Eversheds Sutherland (Netherlands) B.V. is led by Eric Bergamin, Anique Bitterlich, Wijnand Blom and Marieke Koster. The practice has expertise in pension law including fund work and related litigation, and has a focus on industries including energy, financial services, healthcare and TMT, and the public sector. The firm advises multinationals and listed companies on day-to-day employment matters as well as corporate employment issues relating to M&A and restructurings.
Eric Bergamin; Anique Bitterlich; Wijnand Blom; Marieke Koster
Other key lawyers:
‘The global and local collaboration of the Eversheds team was seamless – the team was able to find each other quickly and ensured we as a client were also globally aligned. I specifically would like to highlight Anique Bitterlich and Bas Dieleman.’
‘Anique ensured through her excellent international collaboration, her personal care for and dedication to the client, and her profound expertise and insights that we were able to close a complex transaction at record-breaking speed. Due to her ability to set and voice key priorities on point with the right people internationally, senior leadership within our business was able to communicate globally while respecting local consultation needs.’
‘The in-depth expertise of Bas Dielman, his sense of humour, sharpness of mind, and constructive collaboration helped us navigate a costly pensions matter. He has been able to effectively explain local pension matters to a global client team that has limited insight into this local topic, addressing (financial) concerns appropriately and setting our strategy to deal with the issue.’
‘Anique Bitterlich stands out for her professional attitude, work ethic and product delivery.’
‘Scalable team with consistent quality and excellent internal alignment.’
‘Excellent balance between advice on the legal risks and very pragmatic recommendations to reach practical solutions.’
‘The team are very professional, always give clear advice and make you feel like you are their most important client.’
‘I worked with Marieke Koster and Anique Bitterlich on a particularly difficult employment issue and they were both simply outstanding. Always available to help even in the evening and at weekends – nothing was too much trouble. They are professional and very knowledgeable in their subject matter.’
Ministry of Defence
Pension Fund AVH
American Express Global Business Travel (GBT)
- Advised Expedia Group on all phases of the acquisition of Egencia (a leading digital travel management platform that was owned by the Expedia Group) by American Express Global Business Travel (GBT).
- Advised the Dutch Ministry of Defence on one of the retirement plans for former soldiers and former civilian employees.
- Representing NetJets in litigation, currently before the Supreme Court, regarding jurisdiction in the aviation sector in collaboration with De Brauw.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has an impressive roster of high-profile multinational clients spanning a variety of sectors including media and entertainment, real estate and financial services. The people and reward team is led by experienced employment practitioner Brechje Nollen and is engaged on a broad array of matters, generally with a focus on the employment side of corporate transactions, including issues arising with regard to M&A, IPOs and divestures. The team is also experienced in dealing with high-profile and sensitive employment matters including complex #MeToo allegations and subsequent investigations.
‘Brechje Nollen has very good knowledge in a broad variety of fields.’
‘Highly skilled and proactive. We work at present mainly with Brechje Nollen and she does an outstanding job for us.’
‘We have had a very positive experience with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer who successfully provided us with professional legal advice on labour related matters.’
APG Asset Management
CVC Capital Partners
Stellantis (formerly named Fiat Chrysler Automobiles)
Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize
Koninklijke Boskalis Westminster
Save the Children
Universal Music Group
- Advised Universal Music Group N.V. on the employment aspects of its separation from Vivendi SE and the listing of its shares on Euronext Amsterdam.
- Advised The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. on the employment aspects of its acquisition of NN Investment Partners from NN Group N.V. for approximately €1.6bn.
- Advised Talpa Holding on employment issues relating to the proposed merger of the broadcasting and affiliated media businesses of Talpa Network and RTL Nederland.
Kennedy Van der Laan
Kennedy Van der Laan has a strong focus on sectors including technology, financial services and healthcare, and has specific experience in employee governance, advising and representing employers and work councils. The firm is also active in restructurings and reorganisations, as well as employment-related data protection matters and #MeToo issues. The practice is led by Chris Nekeman, who specialises in employee participation and legal proceedings for works councils and employers, Soo-Ja Schijf, who primarily represents multinationals with European operations, and Ester Damen, who has expertise in employee participation and data protection in employment relationships.
Chris Nekeman; Soo-Ja Schijf; Ester Damen
‘Great partnership, always ready to assist, exceptionally professional and very accessible, with multicultural expertise. Very appropriate communication, critical thinking and ownership of the matter.’
‘Kennedy suit our company very well as they are used to working with big clients. They are professional, while keeping a practical, down-to-earth approach.’
‘We work mostly with Soo-ja Schijf. She is used to working for big international companies and helped us a lot in some complex legal matters.’
‘Very responsive, and clear and concise in their advice to cut through some of the more complex aspects of Dutch labour law.’
‘Ester Damen is calm and assured, with good commercial sense underpinned by strong technical skills.’
‘Good quality. Down-to-earth approach. Practical and quick advice that will help you to proceed.’
‘Chris Nekeman is a great sparring partner.’
‘Ester Damen is a true business partner to the client’s company and I have great trust in her abilities and intentions for our company. I trust her implicitly.’
Central Works Council IBM
- Represented Rabobank in legal proceedings with a number of executive employees following a reorganisation.
- Advised Dassault Systemes in relation to a reorganisation and works council matters.
- Represented Mediahuis in legal proceedings initiated by a number of distributors who claim to be employed by the client.
Led by Mark Keuss, Judith Schulp, Floor Damen and Frank ter Huurne, the employment practice at Lexence is described as ‘knowledgeable, intelligent and decisive’. Keuss has handled several high-profile matters including terminations and reorganisations, specifically in the healthcare sector, alongside ter Huurne, who has experience in collective labour agreements and industrial action. Schulp is experienced in corporate employment law and has advised on the employment aspects of several transactions, including restructurings, acquisition deals and transfers of business. Damen supports clients in reorganisations, TUPE matters and dismissal cases.
Mark Keuss; Judith Schulp; Floor Damen; Frank ter Huurne
‘The team is knowledgeable, intelligent and decisive. They contribute constructively, keeping their eyes and ears open to the possibilities and opportunities in the case instead of focusing on legal roadblocks or limitations.’
‘Judith Schulp is distinguished by her broad perspective, high degree of expertise and straightforward approach. Judith knows the details, but does not lose sight of the bigger picture. She shows that she also feels the client’s issue is her issue, but she does not hesitate to indicate the limits of what is achievable. Judith acts as a real business partner.’
‘Deep knowledge of legal issues. Friendly firm.’
‘They think in terms of practical solutions and do not only think about the object of the case but also take into account the human side. They have a practical way of working and a quick response rate.’
‘The people stand out for their professional and personal approach. They are always open to finding a solution and have a positive way of working, thinking in terms of solutions, not problems. They are flexible: it feels like they have always time for me, even though I know that isn’t the case.’
‘They always have time to answer my questions and are always open to practical solutions. They understand the client’s business and their advice fits that business and is legally correct.’
‘Easy to communicate with. Creative in terms of solutions and their way of working. Understand the business we work in.’
‘Judith Schulp is fantastic!’
N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie
DAS Nederlandse Rechtsbijstand Verzekeringsmaatschappij N.V.
BE Semiconductor Industries N.V.
Royal A-ware Food Group
Sensata Technologies Holland B.V.
Stork (a Fluor company)
The arrival of Maartje Govaert and her team from Norton Rose Fulbright in May 2022 has significantly strengthened NautaDutilh’s employment offering. The team handles sensitive litigation as well as corporate employment matters. Govaert is recognised for her strength in whistleblower claims and investigations, as well as works council issues and discrimination cases. Homme ten Have advises and represents clients in a range of employment cases, including in relation to reorganisations, employee consultations and governance. Albert van der Kolk is experienced in pensions law, employment and corporate labour law.
Other key lawyers:
Albert van der Kolk; Homme ten Have; Peter Vogels
‘Knowledgeable, experienced, efficient and practical team. Very capable pair of hands. You’ll get all the support you require.’
‘Maartje Govaert will support you in the best way she can, which may include advising you to do something other than what you were asking for. She will always go the extra mile for a client.’
‘Strong involvement in cases and excellent legal knowledge. They are also able to translate (sometimes complex) legal concepts into understandable and practical explanations.’
‘Maartje Govaert provides very practical advice and knows a lot about the industry.’
‘A team that is fully in tune with what is happening in the market at the relevant time, and is hardworking, flexible, knowledgeable, pragmatic, helps us to get deals done and always ensures that we get the right advice at the right time. Great collaboration between the Rotterdam and Amsterdam offices, and between the different practice areas. Great junior support and a strong bench of emerging partners.’
‘Great partner support from Homme ten Have, particularly when dealing with some more complex dismissal situations. Strong market acumen and pragmatic advice.’
‘Peter Vogels provides great quality work and sound, commercial advice. Good knowledge of the market.’
‘Very experienced and skilful partners, with a good sense of legal interpretation and societal developments and expectations. No hidden agenda and very clear communication.’
Municipality of Amsterdam
Boston Consulting Group
Central works council of LeasePlan
Works council of PARK NOW
Works council of EasyJet
Works council of Visma | Raet
Europe Combined Terminals
Central Works Council Booking.com
Works Council Ultimaker B.V.
Central Work Council Johnson & Johnson
Works Council EMS
Picnic Technologies B.V.
Allianz Nederland Groep NV
TakeAway.com Group B.V.
Mckinsey & Company, Inc.
Johnson & Johnson (Works Council of different subsidiaries)
Cboe Europe Limited
- Advised Accell on the employment law aspects of the public offer of shares of Accel Group NV, including information and consultation obligations vis-à-vis the works councils and unions, and currently representing Accell in a pending complaint procedure before the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands.
- Assisting the Central Works Council of Johnson & Johnson with the amendment of its pension scheme as a result of the new pension legislation.
- Assisting PZEM with the restructuring of its wholesale activities, ranging from advising on strategy and processes to conducting discussions with the works council and the workforce.
The ‘outstanding team’ at Osborne Clarke advises a mixture of multinational employers and Dutch companies, with specific focus on the TMT, fintech, retail and sports sectors. The team leverages the firm's increasing international footprint to advise on restructurings, particularly for large technology clients, as well as handling works council negotiations, disputes, the design of employment policies such as flexible working arrangements, and employment issues relating to corporate transactions, including M&A. The practice is led by Jorgo Tsiris, the founding partner of the Amsterdam office, who specialises in corporate employment law, and Jim Margry, who focuses on the employment aspects of post-takeover restructurings and M&A transactions, as well as sports employment law.
Jorgo Tsiris; Jim Margry
Other key lawyers:
‘Jim Margry understands the client’s needs and swiftly provides support with legal matters. He is a great communicator and problem solver.’
‘Osborne Clarke stands out as a practical law firm, which delivers useful responses in a cost-efficient and timely manner. The team is down to earth and easy to approach. Osborne Clarke excels in assisting with global matters.’
‘Jim Margry stands out for his practical and useful approach to employment matters. His advice and proposed solutions are tailored to the client’s business in a way that makes it easy to implement and explain. He is proactive and very responsive when help is needed.’
‘There is a great team dynamic between Luuk Molendijk and Jim Margry. Their advice is diligent and concise, and they are always available.’
‘The key difference is the people. They are always on top of what is going on in the industry and thinking ahead.’
‘Outstanding team – extremely knowledgeable and trustworthy, a great combination to work with. They have the ability to be sharp, leaving no detail unnoticed, and come up with clever solutions. The team was responsive, easy to work with and always delivered high-quality work.’
‘Jim is a great lawyer, who is very easy to interact with, supportive and proactive. Due to his excellent experience he was able to provide us with sharp, creative and practical advice, always thinking a step ahead. He is extremely reliable and his energy is outstanding – great to work with.’
‘Jorgo Tsiris is very proactive and provides us with great out-of-the-box thinking.’
DKV Mobility Services Holding GmbH + Co. KG
O-I Netherlands B.V. (Owens-Illinois)
- Assisting Bitpanda with a global restructuring which resulted in redundancies of more than 400 employees in 11 jurisdictions.
- Advising Atradius on the sale of its portfolio company Graydon to Creditsafe, a transaction which involved a works council process at multiple levels, given the complex co-determination structure of Atradius.
- Advising MessageBird on the implementation of a ‘work from anywhere’ policy to allow its more than 1,000 employees to work from any country globally.
Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV
Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is frequently engaged on high-profile employment cases, often with a particular focus on advising pension providers, including public offices. The team has been active in several sensitive strike-related cases, and recently represented the state in preliminary relief proceedings brought by Uber regarding exemption from a collective agreement for the taxi transport industry. Practice heads Monique de Witte-van den Haak and Femke Van Herk are experienced practitioners in public sector, M&A-related and pension employment matters. The firm is also developing its private sector and corporate client base alongside its existing reputation for state representation.
Monique de Witte-van den Haak; Femke van Herk
Other key lawyers:
‘Very professional, customer-friendly, proactive, and come up with sharp analysis and creative solutions for legal problems.’
‘Highly accessible and talented legal champs and excellent support staff. Great empathy for clients in complex matters in an even more complex environment. Accurate and timely in terms of their legal advice and representation in proceedings, with an awareness of the position of our organisation in society.’
‘Highly flexible team with profound knowledge of different legal fields. Flexible when it comes to their way of problem solving and solving the problem itself. PR has been able to make the much-needed shift from a law firm that gives advice on a specific matter to an all-out legal advisor, even on site and with regard to subjects that influence legal decision making in the long term.’
‘PR has lawyers who are not only more than up to the job, but also are able to take into account internal company matters that are relevant from a legal standpoint. Therefore, the individual lawyers are able to assist in and resolve legal issues in a way other firms can’t.’
‘Peter Mauser is very involved in our work and knows our purpose, practices and specific regulations. He understands our way of working, for which sound legal advice is very important. He explains the pros and cons in clear language and is honest about the feasibility of a case. What I particularly like about Peter is that he is very approachable and easy to reach. When working with him you can really see that he absolutely knows (and also really enjoys) his job.’
‘Truly excellent knowledge of their subject, ample availability and flexibility, and a sense of humour too: a pleasure to work with!’
‘The team’s skills are very well developed, their responses are very quick, and they are creative.’
‘They listen well to what’s being said, they suggest several solutions to the problem, they point out the risks and opportunities of every solution, and they respond very quickly if necessary. In the team, Peter Mauser is a standout partner for me.’
Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment
Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Dutch Ministry of Finance
Dutch Ministry of Defence
Municipality of Rotterdam
Public Prosecution Office
Several Dutch universities, including TU Delft, University of Amsterdam and Erasmus University Rotterdam
Municipality of Amsterdam
- Represented the state in high-profile preliminary relief proceedings against Uber.
- Advised the Dutch Ministry of Defence on a matter concerning the interpretation of the pension agreement for military personnel.
- Represented the state in proceedings before the District Court and Court of Appeal initiated by several senior citizens’ organisations because they believe that the Dutch Pension Act conflicts with European regulations.
‘Responsible, knowledgeable and business oriented’, Van Doorne’s growing employment practice covers a broad range of matters, with specific strength in pensions. Sijbren Kuiper, who was recently promoted to partner, leads the pensions team, advising and representing pension funds, financial market authorities and corporate clients, while Cara Pronk, another new partner, specialises in both domestic and international labour law. Following the retirement of Els de Wind, Marjolijn Lips and Steven Sterk lead the practice. Lips focuses on co-determination, investigations, restructurings and M&A, and Sterk specialises in advising on executives and workers’ participation, including works council consultations and negotiations.
Other key lawyers:
‘Very knowledgeable practice and always responsive to urgent matters. They do not provide lengthy advice notes but seek out the commercial issues and provide practical solutions that clients can work with.’
‘They have a personal approach, taking into account the level of experience on the client’s side. They really team up with the client.’
‘Marjolijn Lips really listens and her advice is always tailor made and hands on. She really understands the professional needs of her clients.’
‘We have worked with Marjolijn Lips, Victor Gielen and Niels van Boekel. All three of them have shown a very personal and not too formal approach. At the same time, they were very good at illustrating the full context of the case and making sure we understood the impact and consequences of the different scenarios.’
‘The team I worked with was able to understand my legal challenges in a foreign setting. They proved to be flexible in their strategy and advice, continuously adapting to new circumstances. The team understood the art of tactics within a legal framework.’
‘Steven Sterk understands the issue, asks further questions and seeks to understand the daily practice and problems of the client. He does not only provide legal advice, but also advice that takes into account the context of the organisation.’
‘The team is incredibly responsive, knowledgeable and business oriented. They deliver high standards of advice with an open, personal approach.’
‘Cara Pronk is hands-on, sharp and solution oriented. She is an excellent sparring partner, with an exceptional ability to find practical solutions for complex legal issues. Sijbren Kuiper is highly knowledgeable, responsive, and able to analyse legal issues thoroughly from a business perspective.’
Ascend Performance Materials
Central Works Council of LeasePlan
D.O.R.C (Dutch Ophthalmic Research Centre)
Pensionfund Metal Sector (PME)
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/E)
- Acting for the Mac United foundation, which represents approximately 100 former Martinair pilots, in a collective action against KLM/AirFrance.
- Advising the central works council of LeasePlan on its position in relation to the intended merger between ALD (a subsidiary of Societe Generale SA) and LeasePlan Corporation.
- Appointed by the mandatory sector-wide pension fund for the furniture and timber trade sector as its legal adviser for employer and employee-related matters.
The Rotterdam-based employment team at AKD has experience across the healthcare sector following the pandemic, and has advised companies establishing Dutch bases post-Brexit while also increasing its expertise in transactional matters, including advising on takeovers and divestments of interests of multinational companies. The firm can also draw on its membership of the Interlaw network, an international association of independent law firms in multiple jurisdictions. The team is led by Pieter Huys.
Other key lawyers:
Henrike van de Laar; Pascal van Schaik
‘Good and quick to response. Professional and prompt in their advice. Feedback is clear and practical.’
‘Henrike van de Laar is accessible and responds quickly to requests for help. Thanks to her strong analytical skills, she quickly gets to the heart of the matter. She is knowledgeable, accurate and acts decisively.’
‘AKD is a professional organisation. In particular, I work with the employment law team. They are all very experienced. The billing process runs smoothly, taking into account our organisation’s processes. Cooperation with the other departments within AKD also runs smoothly and other professionals are called in promptly if necessary. No unnecessary work is done and they clearly anticipate our requirements as a client.’
‘In particular, I work with Henrike van de Laar. She is great to work with. She can be reached quickly and always makes time to provide us with expert advice. She not only looks at the purely legal issues but also thinks ahead pragmatically. She has an eye on the requirements of our organisation and not only looks for the best legal solution but also for the best solution for the organisation. After experience with several lawyers and various offices, she clearly adds extra value.’
‘Delivers promptly in a well-structured way and actively deals with clients’ concerns and possible solutions for them.’
‘Pascal van Schaik and Henrike van de Laar in the Amsterdam office were excellent, helping me deal with a tricky international matter. They stayed very calm in difficult circumstances and helped navigate us to the right outcome.’
‘In my opinion, AKD has a great group of very experienced people working for them, with a broad scope of abilities. In the times I needed expertise from another department at AKD, they would swiftly introduce me to the right person, who was also always very capable, experienced and flexible. I think their level of expertise combined with their flexibility in particular makes AKD unique.’
‘I’d like to praise Pieter Huys specifically. He is a truly very knowledgeable professional, who is highly emotionally intelligent and very flexible. He truly cares about getting the client the best result and, also, about the well being of his client in a way that I had never seen before in a professional relationship.’
Port of Rotterdam Authority
Dupont de Nemours
China Southern Airlines
- Supported Vueling with the employment issues related to setting up its new hub in Amsterdam.
- Supported Sparck Technologies with the employment aspects of its demerger and the sale of the company to a Dutch investor.
- Advised Siemens Energy on employment issues relating to the sale of its Heat Transfer Technology business division to Balcke Dürr, a subsidiary of a private equity fund.
Bird & Bird
With a focus on the pharmaceuticals, TMT, retail, tobacco and aviation sectors, Bird & Bird acts for multinational companies on a range of employment matters, including outsourcing, corporate transactions and restructurings, co-determination issues and related litigation. Philip Hartman heads the team and specialises in post-acquisition integrations, outsourcing and M&A on a multi-jurisdictional basis. Marcus Huisman has a focus on restructurings, employee participation and management issues. Associate Yaser Aziz joined the firm in February 2021 from HVG Law LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Marcus Huisman; Yaser Aziz
‘Overall I find the team to be very supportive and responsive. We have excellent access at a partner level. Bird & Bird tend to take a collaborative approach and are generally good at understanding the needs of our particular organisation.’
‘I primarily work with Marcus Huisman. I particularly appreciate Marcus’s responsiveness. We often have to approach Marcus for complex advice with very tight deadlines and he’s often able to deliver. He has also partnered with us to increase efficiencies and cost-saving measures in relation to ongoing projects.’
Royal Conservatoire and Academy of Art
- Assisting with strategic advice, works council consultation and the implementation of a major restructuring for a global printer manufacturer.
- Defending a client against claim for payment of arrears within the context of an alleged past promotion.
- Advising a client on the conversion of the US paid leave policy to the Netherlands’ leave policy, aligned with Dutch statutory law.
Bronsgeest Deur Advocaten
Specialist employment firm Bronsgeest Deur Advocaten is active in advising on dismissals, co-determination and industrial action negotiations, as well as transactional employment matters, including M&A, restructurings and TUPE. The firm is a member of the global Ius Laboris alliance of employment firms, and acts for international clients active in the Dutch market on this basis. Philip Nabben, who specialises in data privacy, Cathelijn Derks, and Benjamin Vaandrager and Hylda Wiarda, both of whom focus on international commercial employment matters, co-lead the practice.
Philip Nabben; Benjamin Vaandrager; Hylda Wiarda; Cathelijn Derks
‘Professional and very qualified.’
‘Excellent team who organise a lot of interesting knowledge sessions.’
‘We have had a very pleasant and effective collaboration with Benjamin Vaandrager for more than 15 years. He knows our company and understands the way we want to do business.’
‘Very practical and reliable.’
‘What is pleasant about the team is that they are easily approachable, easily stand in for/replace each other, and are easy to contact. They have a pragmatic approach.’
‘Cathelijn Derks is the partner we work with most. She has a good sense of our organisation, and therefore is realistic and pragmatic. She is very oriented towards problem solving for the client with a practical approach. Also, on a personal level, she is a very pleasant person to work with. She feels like an external colleague. She has a lot of experience, which makes her work very efficient.’
‘Strong collaboration with our organisation and strong providers of expertise in the area of employment legislation. Bronsgeest Deur knows our challenges very well and anticipates them from a legal point of view.’
‘In-depth know-how about employment legislation, combined with a strong business sense.’
ICL Europe Coöperatief
Johnson & Johnson
Air Liquide Medical
- Acted as the sole adviser of Essilor Luxottica on all employment aspects of the integration of GrandVision into the client’s organisation, including but not limited to the departure of the board members, harmonisation of employment conditions and policies, and works council/industrial relations matters.
- Advised PAI Partners on the employment aspects of the multi-jurisdictional acquisition of Veonet GmbH and its subsidiaries (including the Eyescan group in the Netherlands), such as the wording of the share purchase agreement and the preparation of retention documents for managers, all in an international context.
- Supported TotalEnergies Gas & Power with the closure of its supply branch in the Netherlands at the end of 2021/beginning of 2022, including managing the co-determination procedures with the works council (and the trade unions), negotiating a social plan and drafting all paperwork to terminate the individual employment agreements.
Acting predominantly for international companies, CMS leverages its global presence to take on cross-border employment mandates. The firm frequently advises on restructurings and has also seen a recent increase in whistleblower and compliance-related matters. The practice is headed by Katja van Kranenburg-Hanspians and Michiel van Dijk; the former focuses on restructurings, dismissals and high-profile litigation, while the latter specialises in sports and employment law.
Katja van Kranenburg-Hanspians; Michiel van Dijk
- Supporting Primark with a large restructuring in the Netherlands leading to the redundancy of more than 250 employees and the introduction of more than 200 new roles.
- Supporting Coty in different matters regarding a loyalty bonus paid to international employees whose position was transferred to the Netherlands and who were willing to relocate to the Netherlands.
- Supporting BMC with high-profile employment matters, including restructuring decisions and the implementation of such decisions.
Dentons’ employment and labour practice, led by experienced practitioner Eugenie Nunes, handles the full spectrum of employment and pension-related matters, including litigation relating to mass redundancies and individual dismissals. The team is also experienced in the employment aspects of M&A and restructuring deals and draws on the firm's international presence in cross-border employment matters.
Other key lawyers:
Johanne Boelhouwer; Jorrit Kraaikamp; Marije Ozinga
‘Dentons has a dedicated team where multiple disciplines can be involved.’
‘Johanne Boelhouwer is a knowledgeable professional (for instance, in the field of pensions) with good communication skills. She ensures we get timely advice and knows how to involve the right people within her organisation. Jorrit Kraaikamp is a knowledgeable in the field of liability. He knows how to clearly articulate complex subject matters, he interacts easily with clients and he is a good litigator.’
‘Eugenie Nunes and Marije Ozinga were very helpful and provided expert employment advice in our deal, as well as being our go-to outside counsel in the Netherlands.’
‘The team is strongly business focused and delivers business-friendly advice. It is also flexible in terms of having discussions and walking in-house lawyers through specific issues.’
‘While working with Eugenie Nunes and Marije Ozinga, there is a quality of partnership and advice that is important from an operational and business perspective.’
‘Very technically able. Fantastic commercial assistance regarding the transfer of employees from a third-party employer.’
‘Johanne Boelhouwer and Eugenie Nunes are both highly commercial and pragmatic in the advice that they have given.’
‘Knowledgeable and responsive.’
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts
Works council Microsoft
Cushman & Wakefield
The Student Hotel
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
De Heus Animal Nutrition
- Advising Astorg on the employment aspects of its acquisition of a majority stake in Avania from Kester Capital.
- Advised, alongside Kirkland & Ellis, KKR and fund manager Global Infrastructure Partners on the employment aspects of its $15bn acquisition of data center operator CyrusOne, Inc.
- Advising Yondr on a continuing basis on all employment matters.
Hogan Lovells International LLP
Led by Anita de Jong and Maria Benbrahim, who was promoted to partner in January 2023, the employment team at Hogan Lovells International LLP focuses on transactional employment matters, particularly for international clients. With specific experience in sectors including TMT, retail, automotive and finance, the firm advises on a range of matters regarding outsourcing, dismissals (both individual and collective), M&A and works council consultations.
Anita de Jong; Maria Benbrahim
AvePoint Deutschland GmbH
BMS Heavy Cranes B.V.
Canada Goose Netherlands Retail B.V.
Cardano Holding Limited
Chanel International B.V.
Choice Hotels International, Inc.
The Walt Disney Company
DPR Construction B.V.
Fresenius Medical Care Netherlands B.V.
Groupon Nederland B.V.
Howmet Europe Sarl
Incyte Biosciences Benelux B.V.
Kyndyrl Nederland B.V.
Management Board of AEB Holding B.V.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Inc. Europe
Nissan Motor Parts Center B.V.
Perkin Elmer Inc.
QTS Realty Trust, Inc.
StoryTerrace UK Ltd.
Royal Terberg Group B.V.
Telefonica International Wholesale Services II, S.L.
Vereniging van Effectenbezitters
- Advising Cardano on the employment aspects of the acquisition of Athora Netherlands, for example on information and consultation requirements in the Netherlands, employment due diligence, the asset purchase agreement and employee transfer agreement, and the Works Council process regarding the acquisition.
- Advising Invitae Inc. on and coordinating a restructuring involving 70 employees in 14 European jurisdictions.
- Advising Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. on various employment matters, including regarding cross-border employment and various employee disputes.
L&A Advocaten is a boutique firm specialising in employment law, focusing primarily on advising listed and medium-sized Dutch companies, as well as senior executives. The firm assists with the employment aspects of restructurings, collective dismissals, TUPE and remuneration policies, as well as contentious matters, including investigations into transgressive behaviour, such as #MeToo allegations. The practice is led by managing partner Arlette Putker-Blees and Irene Francken.
Arlette Putker-Blees; Irene Francken
‘The firm is very responsive and provides practical and well-thought-out advice in a manner that is readily adoptable by international employers. It is my go-to firm in the Netherlands.’
‘Arlette Putker-Blees is excellent. She has great judgement, makes the right calls and has a deep understanding of the law and clients’ needs.’
‘Good communication, responsive and no-nonsense attitude. Besides that, the L&A team proactively provides us with relevant labour and employment information and insights on a regular basis.’
‘Arlette Putker-Blees stands out as a thoughtful, seasoned and pragmatic professional.’
‘What I like about them is that they know how my team and I work. The contact is informal but the output is very professional!’
‘Arlette is a powerhouse but also down to earth.’
‘A real team that can work together to discuss a case. Always focused on the best interests of the client. Team members are of comparable level and therefore qualified to stand in for each other if necessary, so there is always high-quality legal advice or action available.’
‘Responsive, fast in their actions, quick in their thinking. Well informed. Real sparring partners. Always, always available.’
Coöperatie Royal FloraHolland U.A.
Vesteda Investment Management B.V.
Park Plaza Hotel Europe B.V.
Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel (Marriott Group)
BP Raffinaderij Rotterdam B.V.
Wolters Kluwer N.V.
Avery Dennison Materials Nederland B.V.
Bose Products B.V.
Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V.
ICL Europe Coöperatief U.A.
Stichting Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
Koninklijke Jumbo B.V.
KinderRijk Holding B.V.
Ordina Nederland B.V.
Broad Horizon B.V.
- Advised Coöperatie Royal FloraHolland U.A. on the process of using gig economy platform Young Ones, for example in consultations with the works council and unions.
- Represented a professional ballet dancer in several court proceedings (regarding summary hearing, suspension, payment of wages and rescission proceedings) resulting from a discussion on preventive COVID-19 testing requirements instituted by his employer.
- Advised Vesteda Investment Management B.V. regarding an investigation into a rental agent employee suspected of letting houses for marijuana nurseries and on the subsequent summary dismissal, and also represented the client in court, which resulted in the employee having to personally refund the client’s damages of over €110,000.
Employment law boutique Palthe Oberman has experience in dismissal cases, acting for both employers and senior employees, handling court proceedings and alternative dispute resolution. The firm is also active in outsourcings, corporate acquisitions and works council consultations, and increasingly acts in investigations into transgressive behaviour, including #MeToo allegations. The practice is led by founding partners Christiaan Oberman and Marcus Draaisma, who specialise in collective dismissals, restructurings, disputes and insolvency matters. Oberman also has unique experience in civil servants law.
Christiaan Oberman; Marcus Draaisma
Other key lawyers:
Nadia Adnani; Stéphanie Spoelder; Noor Cuppen
‘The firm stands out as a very good labour law firm, with a very friendly and practical approach and relatively modest fees.’
‘We mainly deal with Christiaan Oberman, who is a very good and compassionate lawyer and takes a great interest in our company.’
‘Great expertise in strategic planning and execution. Quick communication and follow up. Stand out for their flexibility, confidence and case building, double-teaming to make sure knowledge is secure.’
Deutsche Bank AG
Anesticon – Ocon
Pot Jonker Advocaten
Characterised by its focus on advising multinationals on cases in the Netherlands, Pot Jonker Advocaten, which also acts for Dutch companies and upper management, is regularly instructed on the full spectrum of employment matters, particularly #MeToo allegations, transfer of undertakings, and absenteeism and reintegration issues. The firm has specific experience in the healthcare, construction, agri-food and technology sectors. Hester Tonino leads the team and specialises in employment, healthcare and privacy law. The practice was strengthened by the arrival of Martyn Top from Höcker Advocaten in March 2022.
Other key lawyers:
Muriel Middeldorp; Martyn Top
‘Easily accessible, respond quickly and know how to manage expectations well. Give an honest picture of a situation. Make you feel like you’re their only customer.’
‘Able to communicate at all levels and make legally complex matters accessible to everyone. They can approach a problem from various angles.’
‘Thorough knowledge, short response times, quality advice. Great sparring partner, making use of all modern technology. Pragmatic and honest, with straightforward communication.’
‘Muriel Middeldorp and Hester Tonino are our partners of choice for all labour law advice and beyond.’
‘The team are easily accessible, know their clients and offer fast and expert advice.’
‘Our contact person knows our company well, responds quickly and gives good advice. Transfer of work due to holidays is arranged smoothly.’
‘The team is very broadly qualified to advise in different areas of legal practice.’
‘My contacts are, apart from their professional skills, very approachable and fast in responding. They are sincerely interested in our company.’
Amadeus Hospitality Netherlands BV
Apotheek der Haarlemse Ziekenhuizen
Congregatie van OLV van Liefde van De Goede Herder in Nederland
Danish Crown Netherlands
Dutch Flower Group
Hoyng Rokh Monegier
HDI Global SE
House of E&J Couture
Royal Kampert en Helm Rotaform
Société des Produits Nestlé
Orthoclinics (the Knee Clinic)
RedWave (formerly USG Energy)
Royal Ahold Delhaize (Albert Heijn)
Streeklaboratorium voor de Volksgezondheid Kennemerland
- Advised on possible TUPE situations for several companies as well as on possible reorganisation alternatives.
- Advised Kennemerhart on employment matters including the takeover of district teams from TSN.
Simmons & Simmons
Focusing on corporate employment law, Simmons & Simmons has expertise in highly regulated markets and is active in contentious matters, including investigations and board terminations. The team also has particular experience relating to remuneration policies in the financial sector, as well as in a wider range of matters regarding pensions, tax and international social security law. The practice is led by Joris Oster and was strengthened at partner level with the arrival of Laurie Kuijpers, who specialises in pension law, primarily representing pension funds, insurers, companies and intermediaries in high-profile cases, from Loyens & Loeff in October 2022.
Other key lawyers:
Gilde Equity Management
- Assisted Roku with the employment issues related to establishing a European footprint and serving as the client’s go-to counsel for all EMEA employment matters.
- Regularly assisting Warner Bros. on employment matters, including individual separations, changing employment terms, transfer of undertakings and template updates.
- Assisted Monument Re with employment issues relating to the governance of its Dutch subsidiary Robein Leven, a regulated insurance company.
Headquartered in Eindhoven, Taylor Wessing LLP has strong client base of tech, automotive and production companies, particularly those based in the US, advising on the integration of cross-border employment schemes, long-term incentive plans and equity incentives, as well as corporate immigration matters. Bart Hunnekens and Marc van Gelder lead the team and are also responsible for the firm’s Belgian employment practice, which opened in October 2021.
Bart Hunnekens; Marc van Gelder
Other key lawyers:
Juultje van der Zanden; Roos Seesing
‘The team, especially Bart Hunnekens, Juultje van der Zanden and Roos Seesing, are pragmatic and responsive.’
‘They have good knowledge of employment law, but are also practical in applying the law. They offer quick responses and in-depth analysis of cases, and are open to feedback and input from the client, but also very straightforward in their advice.’
Hilton Food Group Plc
- Advised Lidl on various employment matters, including multiple litigation proceedings on sensitive topics.
- Provided legal support on employment matters to Dutch Seafood Company during its acquisition by Hilton Food Group Plc from H2 Equity Partners.
- Advised Vebego on the acquisition of Hectas, which employs around 1,400 employees, including intensive works council negotiations.
Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V.
Offering a ‘solid, reliable practice’, Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V. has experience of advising on employment matters in the payment platform and technology sectors, as well as in relation to senior executive employment matters and board disputes, corporate reorganisations and collective bargaining agreements. The practice is led by firm managing partner Else Loes Pasma, who specialises in workplace sexual harassment allegations, and Leendert Kruidenier. Associates Maaike Faber and Karlijn van der Heijden focus on works council consultations.
Else Loes Pasma; Leendert Kruidenier
Other key lawyers:
Sophie Wierenga; Maaike Faber; Karlijn van der Heijden
‘Good values, high standards, accurate and precise advice, personal involvement, team effort.’
‘Else Loes Pasma stands out for her good preparation, sensible advice, social intuition, fairness and teamwork. “Does what she says, says what she does”.’
‘Solid, reliable practice.’
‘Great cooperation. Very capable lawyers.’
‘Sophie Wierenga is always willing to do something extra even on her days off, and she is thorough in her way of working without slowing the process down, which is very important in a fast-moving business environment.’
‘Both in advisory work and at trial, when a challenge or problem arises the practice stands out – they see opportunities, work shoulder to shoulder and win.’
‘Empathetic, very smart, forceful if needed.’
Works Council Microtek Medical
Vereniging Nederlands Cabinepersoneel VNC
SV Kampong Hockey
- Advised the former CFO of state-owned bank De Volksbank regarding his dismissal as a statutory director and on his €3m claim for compensation.
- Coordinated 5CA’s employment issues as the business has further internationalised to cover 2,000 workers/employees, particularly advising on cross-border contracts and compliance, global employer of record (EOR) solutions and technology platforms.
- Succeeded in overturning the suspension of the technical director of the Dutch Rowing Association in a case before the court of Amsterdam, which declared the suspension unfounded.
Independent Dutch firm Buren has an Asia and Benelux-facing practice with offices based in Amsterdam, Beijing, The Hague, Luxembourg and Shanghai. The firm has also established a presence in the diplomatic sphere, with the employment team advising several embassies, as well as domestic clients including mid-sized and Dutch listed companies on a range of employment matters. The team is led by Suzan van de Kam and Epke Spijkerman.
Suzan van de Kam; Epke Spijkerman
‘Reliable, all-round, specialists in any field, quick responses, customer driven.’
‘The team is very competent and pragmatic at the same time, so there are no lengthy processes if it’s not necessary. You quickly receive the answers with which you can continue your case. A very capable team with great personal contact. They truly understand our business and the needs we have.’
‘I have worked together with Suzan van de Kam for more than 20 years. I like the personal approach and communication, but at the same time the very high level of professionalism, in combination with pragmatic answers that solve our questions very quickly.’
‘Personal approach, knowledge of our employment practices, legal skills and empathy with out issues.’
‘Quick to analyse any given file, focused on finding the most fitting solutions, integrity in solving the issues with a human touch without losing the businesses perspective. Also, forward-looking seminars are organised for the regular clients.’
‘Suzan van de Kam never disappoints. She finds practical solutions and analyses every case quickly. We would never work with another lawyer when it comes to employment issues.’
‘Our contact is always very quick to respond to our questions, and gives very sound, practical advice.’
‘Great firm. As a smaller company and client I feel very much respected and well treated. This firm offers solutions which are appropriate and are what we, as a mid-size company, need.’
Information Services Group Inc
China Cargo Airlines Ltd.
Van Spaendonck Groep/Atrium Wissenraet Van Spaendonck
Canon Medical Systems Europe B.V.
Zeeman TextielSupers B.V.
- Advised Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. (USA) on the restructuring of the activities of Lincoln Smitweld B.V, which involved a collective layoff of more than 75 employees.
- Advised and successfully acted for Stichting DATE in a highly publicised case involving summary proceedings by an employee who worked for the company as a dancer and who refused to be tested for COVID-19.
- Assisted Canon Medical Systems Europe with all employment-related issues as well in a number of individual dismissal cases.
CLINT | Littler
CLINT | Littler is a boutique firm specialising in corporate employment law and is part of international employment practice Littler. The firm advises mid-sized Dutch and international companies, and assists with transactional employment matters with a specific focus on collective employment relations and co-determination. The practice is led by Dennis Veldhuizen, Eric van Dam and Wouter Engelsman.
Dennis Veldhuizen; Eric van Dam; Wouter Engelsman
Other key lawyers:
‘Very responsive. Explained Dutch law in a way that a US attorney could easily understand. When one attorney was out of the office, another picked up the case and didn’t miss a beat.’
‘The team collaborates closely with our business and is proactive in aligning our legal actions to our strategy, whilst remaining practical in its approach.’
‘We work mostly with Sander Theunissen, who is always on the ball, direct and reliable.’
Starbucks Manufacturing (EMEA)
Tate & Lyle
Samsung Electronics Benelux
- Assisting Holland Casino’s management board and its HR team with respect to strategic and day-to-day HR and labour law affairs, as well as litigation.
- Advising Starbucks Manufacturing (EMEA) in connection with labour and employment matters.
- Assisting Under Armour in connection with a wide range of labour and employment matters.
De Clercq Advocaten Notariaat
Led by Renate Vink-Dijkstra and Henriëtte van Baalen, De Clercq Advocaten Notariaat has specific expertise in employee participation law. The firm regularly acts for clients in the healthcare and education sectors and is also a member of the EELA and IR Global international networks. The team has been active in collective bargaining as well as works council negotiations.
Renate Vink-Dijkstra; Henriëtte van Baalen
Other key lawyers:
Montse Rodríguez Escudero; Ernst van Win
‘The level of knowledge they bring to the table is stunning. They are not only experts but also coaches throughout the whole process. The diversity in the team is great. And, last but not least, they are easy to get in contact with.’
‘De Clercq Advocaten Notariaat show excellent expertise. They are always up to date on the law, show profound interest in any developments with their clients in order to understand the position on cases they are dealing with, and are very cooperative.’
‘Every individual shows professionalism, respect, responsiveness and integrity. Easy to contact, easy to connect with, always willing to think ahead and also able to give another perspective if situations should be perceived otherwise than initially assessed.’
TUI Airlines Nederland
Central Works Council of Unilever Nederland
Works Council of Roche Nederland
Webasto Thermo & Comfort Benelux
Works Council of Sony Benelux
Hop Lun (Benelux)
Works Council of ICT Netherlands
Works Council of Roche Diagnostics Nederland
Het Wereld Natuur Fonds
Works Council of Mars Nederland
Works Council of HTM
Works Council of Medux
Stichting GGZ Rivierduinen
Hamburg Süd Nederland
Works Council of B & S
Works Council of Stichting Liemerije
Stichting Confessioneel Onderwijs Leiden
- Acted for TUI Airlines in an appeal procedure against Dutch trade union FNV regarding admission to collective bargaining.
- Advised Medux’s works council on the establishment of an employment conditions regulation with the board.
- Advised HTM’s works council on the advisory process concerning the development of the IT landscape and the resulting intention to completely redesign the IT organisation.
Greenberg Traurig LLP
The labour and employment team at Greenberg Traurig LLP, led by Thomas Timmermans, advises on a range of employment issues, including dismissals (both mass layoffs and high-level individual exits), employee incentive schemes, and the employment aspects of M&A and restructurings for an array of the firm’s corporate clients.
‘All are knowledgeable in their field of expertise and able to step in when one of the contact persons is not available.’
‘Easy to approach and able to explain complicated topics in a clear way. Show interest in our company and awareness of what we do.’
‘Link their advice with an understanding of our business.’
‘Quick, available, to the point.’
IDEMIA the Netherlands B.V.
Tyson Foods Europe B.V.
UBM Hotel Zuidas B.V. (aka Crowne Plaza, part of the IHG Group)
Wisa B.V. (part of the Fluidmaster Group)
Wisdom Property B.V. (part of AXA Investment Managers)
Crown van Gelder B.V.
Netraco Garments B.V.
Solid Nature Industries B.V.
Bergen Logistics B.V.
- Representing Wisa B.V., a Netherlands-based subsidiary of Fluidmaster, a sanitary solutions company for toilets and bathrooms, in a mass-lay off scenario, including handling social plan negotiations with the trade unions on behalf of the client.
- Represented UBM Hotel Zuidas B.V., managed by LSE-listed hospitality conglomerate IHG Group, in a dispute with CSU, the largest cleaning services company in the Netherlands, over fees and the termination of the service contract for the Crowne Plaza Amsterdam-South hotel.
- Advised WE Fashion on an asset purchase transaction concerning a transfer of four Van Gils Brand stores and the employees working in these stores, as well as other employment-related issues to be negotiated upon.
HDK Advocaten is a niche firm specialising in corporate employment and co-determination law. Primarily advising Dutch companies, managing directors and works councils, the firm is active in merger and takeover transactions. The practice is led by Juliette Huyzer, who specialises in negotiations with trade unions, works councils and managing directors, and has expertise in collective dismissals, mergers, employee benefit schemes and TUPE matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘HDK works very fast and comes up with practical solutions and ideas. Where other firms can use a lot of legal language, HDK communicates on a level that we can all understand and with info that we can instantly use in practice. The team is also knowledgeable about collective labour agreements and cases where unions are involved.’
‘We mostly work with Emma Harlaar and Juliette Huyzer. Their responses are very quick and they give us usable options and practical examples. If something is not clear, it is easy to call them and go through the case.’
‘The big advantage of HDK Advocaten is that they combine good legal advice with good, practical and commercial sense. They are fast in their responses and actions, have great availability and I think are good value for money.’
Maersk Logistics & Services International B.V.
Dutch Medical Group
Betaalvereniging Nederland (Dutch Payments Association)
Koninklijke VolkerWessels B.V.
Archer Daniels Midland Europoort B.V.
Kraton Polymers Nederland B.V.
Royal Lactalis Leerdammer B.V.
- Advised a VolkerWessels entity on a large restructuring involving layoffs and a transfer of undertakings, as well as representing the shareholders in disputes with the managing directors of the respective legal entities, including handling matters relating to the management participation plan.
- Assisted Orange Clover’s M&A team with respect to the employment and co-determination matters that arose in the context of various transactions (including but not limited to acquisitions on behalf of Fortino Capital, Waterland Private Equity, Korian and Poke House).
- Advised A.P. Moller-Maersk during the transition to a new business model, and on the consequent restructuring of departments and layoffs, as well as contributing to the drafting of a new long-term social plan.
Holla legal & tax
Focusing on dismissals, conflicts of interest, and employee and employer obligations, Holla legal & tax is active across a range of matters, including advising on the employment aspects of M&A transactions, restructurings, TUPE matters and works council negotiations. The team is led by Petra Domevscek, Martijn Huisman and Ralph Jan van der Ham from 's-Hertogenbosch, Eindhoven and Utrecht, respectively.
Petra Domevscek; Martijn Huisman; Ralph-Jan van der Ham
‘The lawyer who assisted us is highly knowledgeable and has helped us perfectly in this case, both in his advice on the way to approach the case and in court, where he was able to convince the judge 100% of our case.’
OTTO Work Force
Vitalis Woonzorg Groep
Wij zijn Jong (formerly KSS/Korein)
Royal Smit Works Council
Puy du Fou
Janssen de Jong
- Advising the Dutch HR department of Panasonic in relation to a collective dismissal in Europe.
- Advised and represented L1 in court following a conflict with a works council, leading to a number of favourable verdicts.
- Advising Royal Philips on numerous individual employment law issues and in particular representing the client in court when requesting the termination of individual employment contracts.
Regularly advising on sensitive employment matters relating to unions and #MeToo allegations, as well as employment disputes and investigations, Höcker Advocaten also assists with transactional corporate employment matters, with a focus on the media and culture, engineering and healthcare industries. The team is led by Jasper van Hulst.
Jasper van Hulst
‘Very knowledgeable and effective in the field of employment and labour law. All our cases were successfully completed. Good teamwork, and efficient consultation and communication about progress and the final settlement.’
‘The lawyers I have worked with at Höcker are without doubt experts and take good care of my interests. They make the right decisions and, in my case, ensured satisfactory settlements and results. This makes their rates and hours fair. Their communication is transparent.’
‘It is precisely because of the personal contact and the experience of the partners that Höcker distinguishes itself from other law firms in my experience. Most notably, Jasper Van Hulst is a very experienced labour law expert and his associates are well prepared and of exceptional quality and expertise.’
House of Sports B.V.
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Nemo Science Museum
Dutch Association of Performing Arts
HF Sinclair Corporation
MOJO Concerts B.V.
Dutch National Opera & Ballet
Amerborgh International N.V.
- Represented the account manager of a recruitment agency in a dispute with their employer over the amendment of the employee’s commission scheme.
- Advised Foundation Royal Visio on the decision to be part of a European programme, called H2020 Marie Curie Optivist, to employ two international researchers in the Netherlands, assisting with the transnational law aspects and the implications of the European programme for the employment contracts of the researchers.
- Advised Noga Engineering & Technology Ltd, a manufacturer of machinist hand tools, on the employment aspects of the acquisition of a Dutch company within the business, Noga Tools B.V.
Liber Dock’s employment practice has expertise in issues relating to workers’ organisations, including works councils and trade unions, and collective processes such as dismissals and collective bargaining. The employment practice has experience in the financial, pharmaceutical and IT sectors, and is led by Marian van Eck and Boudewijn Kanen.
Marian van Eck; Boudewijn Kanen
‘Liber Dock is my trusted, go-to partner for when I have to deal with a challenging and sensitive issue touching on Dutch labour law. I choose to use Libor Dock because they bring a grounded, credible and empathetic approach to problem solving. In one particularly tricky case, a partner of Libor Dock spent a few hours with me and a whiteboard strategising about approaches, dependencies and risks, demonstrating an attention to quality and detail that I do not regularly see at other firms.’
‘Marian van Eck has consistently demonstrated world-class professionalism, deep subject matter expertise, and sensitivity in complex, labour-related matters. She brings a holistic view, seeking to fully understand the situation in order to ensure that our approach is the right one and that all involved are treated with respect. I have had several opportunities to work closely with her, and in each case, I have considered her to be a trusted partner, a mentor, and even a confidant who I know is on my side (but not afraid to stand up for what is right).’
‘The team are nimble, alert and very approachable. They respond quickly and can handle even complex cases at pace. They work in a professional, yet appropriately informal manner.’
De Nederlandsche Bank (Dutch Central Bank)
BOLD Capital Management
K&L Gates LLP
Merck Sharp & Dohme
Credit Agricole Consumer Finance
Kite Pharma EU (part of Gilead Sciences)
syncreon Supply Chain Solutions
Mercer (subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies)
Rotterdam-based Ploum has a strong focus on employment matters affecting clients in heavy industry, in addition to advising on issues in other sectors. Founding and managing partner Rutger Ploum leads the practice along with Simon Tan. Both are experienced practitioners in employment law, including dispute resolution and non-contentious advisory matters.
Rutger Ploum; Simon Tan
Other key lawyers:
Michelle Westhoeve; Kim Prooij
‘Excellent support in the specific circumstances of closing a business and developing a suitable social plan. Excellent support at the negotiation table and in preparation for the case.’
‘Experience in similar situations, good listening skills, able to respond promptly.’
‘Very good and committed lawyers.’
‘Very good advice and answers at short notice.’
‘Rutger Ploum is not only an expert but has excellent qualities in his relationships with the client and the other parties. He always reacts fast and involves colleagues if necessary. He’s a good lawyer to work with.’
‘Michelle Westhoeve and Kim Prooji are experts in this area of law – very productive, accurate and nice people to work with.’
‘Simon Tan is an excellent lawyer and trusted adviser. He is our go-to lawyer for all labour law-related matters. He has seen it all and is always there when you need him. He is able to provide to-the-point and excellent advice, and is very experienced, knowledgeable, efficient, calm and a safe pair of hands. Simon never loses sight of the bigger picture, while keeping an eye on the important details. He is easily able to cope with all circumstances.’
‘Strong team with outstanding track record, client driven and very easy to work with.’
- Advising on a day-to-day basis on a wide array of employment issues, including privacy and co-determination matters, for Unilever.
- Advising Aluchemieon on a wide array of issues, including the intended shutdown of the Aluchemie plant, which involves negotiating a social plan with the trade unions, assisting in the works council advisory process, drafting documents and providing day-to-day advice regarding this project.
- Advising APM Terminals on various high-profile employment and co-determination issues, including the works council advisory process regarding the sale of APM Terminals Rotterdam B.V. to Hutchison Ports.
Russell Advocaten B.V.
Led by Jan Dop, the employment team at Russell Advocaten B.V. has a focus on acting for embassies and luxury fashion brands, advising on a range of employment-related matters. The team is particularly active in handling issues in relation to individual directors and boards of directors, as well as supervisory boards, with an emphasis on #MeToo complaints.
‘The Russell team work quickly and efficiently to deal with matters when we ask for their assistance.’
‘Jan Dop is our sparring partner in employment matters. We highly value his efficient follow up and advice on all the employment questions and issues we face. The Russell team and Jan Dop have in-depth knowledge of all areas of employment law in the Netherlands.’
‘Very responsive team, available at any time. They are to the point and quickly understand any case. They provide in-depth expertise over a wide range of employment matters. In general, they are much more efficient and productive than other legal firms.’
‘On an individual level, you work with solid lawyers who not only understand their field of expertise but provide you with good advice about the dos and don’ts and, most importantly, come up with fair solutions. Good negotiators when it comes to it.’
Rutgers & Posch
Rutgers & Posch has an integrated employment practice covering pensions and corporate employment matters for the firm’s transactional clients, as well as advising on reorganisations, dismissals and works council negotiations. The practice is led by Tijmen Noordoven, Inge De Laat and Dirk Jan Rutgers.
Tijmen Noordoven; Inge de Laat; Dirk Jan Rutgers
‘The approach of the team is very professional and at the same time very personal. They always have a positive attitude. Even the most difficult cases get a light touch and that helps a lot and makes working with this team very worthwhile. They never disappoint me.’
‘I’ve worked with Dirk Rutgers for more than 15 years now. The results are always there and I feel supported in every single case. Rutgers is always available when necessary, as is his team. Tijmen Noordoven is also very dedicated, as is Inge de Laat. They are all very professional, hardworking and smart people and on top of that they are very good communicators.’
‘I really like the practical mindset of Rutgers & Posch. They always think ahead and aim for the best solution.’
Works Council Centric
Euronext Amsterdam NV
Kuijpers & Kuijpers
Media Markt Saturn Holding
- Advising Royal IHC (a Dutch shipbuilder operating internationally) on all the employment aspects of its second reorganisation.
- Assisted CLIL Holding B.V. with the employment issues related to the sale of the Scholle INP packaging group for $1.53bn to Swiss-listed strategic buyer SIG Combibloc.
- Advising insurance consultancy firm Kuijpers & Kuijpers and insurance company Quantum Leben on breaking down the monopoly of trade unions and employers’ organisations.
Led by Rachida el Johari and Madeleine Molster, Sagiure Legal’s employment practice is active in advising contractors and other clients in relation to restrictive covenants, internal investigations and consultation obligations. The team also handles dispute resolution, acting in contentious matters including dismissals, cases related to trade secrets and contractual disputes.
Madeleine Molster; Rachida el Johari
‘The team at Sagiure are very engaged with their clients and they are therefore able to deliver relevant, to-the-point legal advice. They will also try to provide guidance from a practical point of view, rather than just state the legal requirements. Because it is a small practice, you receive their full attention and dedication.’
‘Rachida El Johari and Madeleine Molster truly listen and try to understand the legal issues you are faced with and they will guide you every step of the way to a solution. They provide tailor-made solutions instead of copy-and-paste advice that does not necessarily work for your specific company.’
‘All of them have a personal approach and always keep your goals in mind. You can call at any moment and they support you in every situation.’
‘Their knowledge of employment law is exceptional. They have vast experience and are able to come up with simple solutions to difficult problems. As they are a boutique firm and their own reputation is at stake, it genuinely feels like they care.’
‘Rachida and Madeleine are a team. They complement each other really well. They always put the client first. You don’t deal with a faceless organisation – the work is partner led. They always come back to you on time and they can both be counted on to deliver.’
‘Super responsive, technically and commercially excellent, savvy, very well connected globally, ideal for international projects.’
‘My experience of working with Sagiure’s team was extremely pleasant. They work quickly, with direct communication, are very dedicated and think ahead. Their professional experience has allowed us to solve and avoid potential future employment issues on numerous occasions. When working with Sagiure we know we are in good hands and we trust them to provide the best advice.’
‘Rachida el Johari and Madeleine Molster are not only strong lawyers who provide a top-quality service, they are also very approachable and fun which makes it very pleasant to work with them. We have had some good laughs on our journey together. Labour law issues can be very complex, but they have the gift of explaining things in such a manner that it is understandable for the rest of us non-experts.’
Genesee & Wyoming Inc.
Concordia International Forwarding
W.P.Carey & Co.
Improvers, a subsidiary of E.On
Hof Promotions B.V., a subsidiary of E.On
SMA Technologies Europe
- Assisting Farfetch with the employment aspects of setting up its business in the Netherlands.
- Advising Archipelago Analytics Inc, on setting up an international contracting structure for its employees in various countries, involving complex, cross-border employment considerations.
Handling both contentious and non-contentious matters, but with a specific focus on litigation, Shearwaters is a boutique firm specialising exclusively in corporate employment law. The team also advises on the employment aspects of multi-jurisdictional transactions, acting as local counsel. The practice is led by Martijn van Broeckhuijsen and Maarten Vestering.
Martijn van Broeckhuijsen; Maarten Vestering
‘The Shearwaters team have gravitas and considerable experience.’
‘Maarten Vestering and Martijn van Broeckhuijsen have a very pleasant way of communicating and providing clarity in confusing situations.’
‘They are kind and have a personal touch in their communication with clients. We have worked together for many years. They have excellent knowledge of the Dutch labour code and any potential pitfalls when dealing with employer issues.’
Blue Fire Capital (Galaxy Digital)
Amino Technologies/24i Unit Media
West Coast Supply Group
TenCate Outdoor Fabrics/Heytex Holding/DBAG
Heerema Marine Contractors
- Advised global software company Trellix (formerly McAfee) on the employment aspects of its large-scale restructuring.
- Advised various global law firms (such as DAC Beachcroft and Latham & Watkins) and their clients on high-stakes employment matters in the Netherlands.
- Advised Amino Technologies (Aferian plc.) and its Dutch subsidiairy 24i Unit Media on various employment-related topics.
Vestius has a focus on corporate employment law, advising a number of large multinationals across a range of sectors, including logistics, retail and fashion, financial services, pharmaceuticals and life sciences. The practice is led by Bart de Vroe and Michiel van Haelst; Haelst focuses on individual and collective dismissals, outsourcing and works council issues.
Bart de Vroe; Michiel van Haelst
‘Michiel van Haelst provides an outstanding service and is knowledgeable, very approachable and practical.’
‘Quick and pragmatic advice. Pleasant to work with.’
‘Extremely experienced and service-oriented team. Outstanding expertise in Dutch law as well as with respect to international assignments.’
‘Michiel van Haelst is a top-notch employment law expert with a strong understanding of the client’s business needs and is pleasant to work with.’
‘Vestius offers broad capabilities spanning the full range of employment matters, including all issues arising from flexible working agreements.’
‘Bart de Vroe can quickly grasp complex situations. He is a sharp lawyer.’
‘The support from Bart is thorough, personable and quick! I enjoy working with this firm and the level of support I receive.’
‘Bart’s advice is personal and thorough. I always get an immediate response and he always tailors the way we manage a situation.’
Cesi – KEMA
Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau (ANP)
FPS Flexible Packaging Solutions
- Assisted Advario during the employee participation process with the works councils of the terminals in Amsterdam en Terneuzen.
- Advised Roularta on the employee participation process that had to be gone through by the seller to ensure the smooth acquisition of New Skool Media.
- Drafted a long-term incentive plan for GIGA Storage’s staff.
Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh
Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh is particularly active in advising trade unions and assisting with works council matters, including strike actions. Other areas of focus include the employment aspects of the restructuring of corporate operations, as well as contractor relationships. The firm also has experience investigating allegations of sexual misconduct. The practice is led by Steven Palm, who was recently promoted to partner and who is active in restructurings, collective dismissals and remuneration matters. Peter de Waal is also a key contact.
Other key lawyers:
Peter de Waal
‘Steven Palm and Peter de Waal and their teams give understandable, practical and excellent advice to their clients.’
‘Steven Palm is an excellent lawyer who gives clear and concise advice to his clients and also to peers. I engaged him based on his deep knowledge of successive employment relationships, a topic he knows more about than any other employment lawyer. Steven provided a very helpful legal opinion in a collective claim.’
‘They get involved in a case as if they have no other clients. They can be reached any time, any place, and they have all the details ready.’
Stichting Bedrijfstakpensioenfonds HVI & Jachtbouw (PHJ)
Focusing exclusively on employment law, Workx Advocaten is specialised in corporate employment matters and has experience covering the energy, media, food and healthcare sectors. Four partners - Marnix Ritmeester, Jochem de Roos, Maaike de Jong and Bas den Ridder - lead the practice, and the recent arrival of associates Marlieke Schipper and Justine Schellekens from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek and NautaDutilh, respectively, has strengthened the practice.
Marnix Ritmeester; Jochem de Roos; Maaike de Jong; Bas den Ridder
‘Workx is a boutique firm and they know their clients very well. They are able to advise us promptly because of their knowledge of Dutch legislation, our company and the various employment contracts we have with individuals.’
‘Workx makes every client feel like their number one client. No matter how many or how few legal issues you involve Workx in, you always get their full attention and the highest service level. This makes Workx a true partner, with great value for money.’
‘Marnix Ritmeester provides the highest quality service and always makes you feel welcome. Marnix makes every client feel like they’re his number one client. What’s great about Marnix is that he visibly loves his work; he excels in high complexity cases, but also handles simple legal questions, just for fun. Marnix is easy to reach and swift in his replies; usually he provides (preliminary or full) advice the same day. Marnix has built a very competent team around him. The growth of his team is testament to how his clients appreciate the firm.’
Stek advocaten B.V.
Dura Vermeer Infra B.V.
Eye Wish Opticiens
Cerus Europe B.V.
Felyx Sharing B.V.
The Employment Group B.V.
Johan Cruyff Arena
- Advised Accenture in a matter that related to an international transfer and consequently legal proceedings against several employees.
- Acted as co-counsel to Stek advocaten on the employment aspects of Enexis’ sale of Fudura B.V. to infrastructure equity fund manager DIF.
- Successfully represented global energy giant RWE in proceedings relating to the termination of an ill employee with a long employment history.