Employment in Netherlands
Allen & Overy LLP
Allen & Overy LLP is home to 'an excellent team with a high level of expertise'. It is led by Suzanne Sikkink, who is particularly experienced in the field of executive remuneration. The team has a strong core of own clients, in addition to supporting the firm's transactional or corporate practice, and advises on issues including unions, restructuring, pensions, Brexit planning, and disputes. Arnold Keizer, who was promoted to the partnership in 2019, is a key contact for contentious matters and associate Simone van der Plas is also a noted team member.
‘Suzanne Sikkink assists us on works council related matters, and is a sharp lawyer and expert on the subject.‘
‘The employment section of A&O has a very deep understanding of all the legal aspects of our business, more than any other law firm I know.‘
‘An excellent team with a high level of expertise.‘
‘Arnold Keizer is a pleasure to work with – high professional skills, extremely efficient and proactive.‘
‘Susanne Sikkink is a very good, result oriented employment lawyer and a very pleasant person to work with.‘
‘Arnold Keizer and Simone van der Plas have guided us through a very difficult discussion with unions, making a true difference with their profound, thorough knowledge of our business and our business needs.‘
APG Asset Management
DSM Pension Fund
Hill’s Pet Nutrition
Jacobs Douwe Egberts
KPMG| Meijburg & Co
Liberty Global / VodafoneZiggo
Maersk /APM Terminals
Nuon / Vattenfall
Van Lanschot Kempen
Warner Music Benelux
BarentsKrans is home to one of the premier employment teams in the Netherlands, and is particularly recommended for complex litigation, union negotiations, and restructuring. Max Keulaerds heads the team, and is well regarded for his litigation experience, particularly for disputes arising out of employee dismissals. Elsewhere in the team, Laurens De Graaf is highly recommended for matters involving trade unions, while senior associate Frank Dekker is another key name to note, having advised and represented several large clients, including in the Supreme Court. Peter Vas Nunes and Rogier Duk have retired.
‘BarentsKrans is really your go-to when it comes to employment law. Its a rare combination of an employment law team where all lawyers are above the average smart. They are very knowledgeable and each have their own specialism. That makes it a very all-round team.’
‘Their rates are more friendly than the Amsterdam firms, while at the same time they are probably even more knowledgeable than most firms. An excellent choice for any company to work with!‘
‘For me Laurens de Graaf is the employment team of BarentsKrans. His level of knowledge and the way he treats clients questions, both complicated and simple, with speed and care is remarkable.‘
‘We often work with Max Keulaerds, who is an outstanding litigator, extremely smart and at the same time a very friendly guy‘
‘Ireen Castenmiller is very knowledgable and can think very quickly on her feet. She has a pragmatic way of looking at issues which can simplify issues and make priorities clear which is very much appreciated.‘
ABN Amro Bank
Canon / Océ Technologies
The National Police
- Successfully represented VDL Nedcar in its attempts to stop continuing strikes at it 6,000 employee car manufacturing plant.
- Represent former automotive executive Carlos Ghosn in a € 15m lawsuit against a Dutch joint-venture of Nissan and Mitsubishi, which dismissed him in March 2019 on the allegation that he received unauthorized remuneration from that joint venture.
- Successfully defended the National Police in litigation brought by the works council, which protested the move of an organizational unit from Eindhoven to Den Bosch.
The employment team at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is highly recommended for its role as a support function to the corporate team, advising clients on the employment aspects of their acquisitions, and particularly concerning works council negotiations. The firm also represents clients in disputes, both with individual employees and larger organisations such as unions or pension funds, in addition to undertaking advisory work for large employers. The practice is jointly led by Barbara Kloppert and Stefan Sagel .
Barbara Kloppert; Stefan Sagel
‘The De Brauw team operates fast and in a very pleasant way with thorough knowledge of labour law and the capability of thinking out of the box. It has the guts to open new perspectives and stands for the interests of its clients.‘
‘Very knowledgeable and up to date, rendering well-thought-out and comprehensive advice. The trainings that the firm organizes on regular basis for its clients are very useful and with added value for the participants.‘
‘Stefan Sagel and Irina Timp fit seamless in the description as mentioned above. Both have a very pleasant way to communicate with contacts on a base of equality and with humour. But always with the absolute goal to get the best solution for the client. ‘
‘I have particular good experiences with Barbara van Duren. I find her to be analytic but also realistic. She is ready to strike a deal of come up with a practical solution, without losing sight of her client’s best interests.‘
‘Stand-outs include Stefan Sagel for his strategic advice in complex projects and his litigation skills, not only in writing but also his pleadings in court. Janneke van der Kroon for her helicopter view and drafting skills in complex transactions. Mirjam Kerkhof for her excellent writing and negotiation skills.’
‘I also work with Janneke van der Kroon. She is pleasant to work with and has a sound legal analysis, that she uses to come to practical terms with her counterparts.‘
RELX (formerly Reed Elsevier)
- Assisting Booking.com in litigation brought by the national pension fund for the tourism industry.
- Assisted Intergamma in employment aspects of its acquisition of CRH DIY-stores in the Netherlands and Belgium and its internal restructuring.
- De Brauw represented Schiphol airport in preliminary relief proceedings against trade unions regarding public transport strikes.
Houthoff's 'customer-focused, responsive, and professional' employment and pensions department has a focus on boardroom-level issues and strategic advice, in addition to its high-quality pensions practice. Also notable is the team's significant experience in the medical and healthcare sectors. The team is jointly led by Edward de Bock and Rixt de Vries, with de Bock leading the pensions sub-group in addition to work on executive remuneration and dismissals. De Vries is well-regarded in matters involving the unilateral amendment of employment conditions, amendment of co-determination structures and consultations, along with a strong track record in M&A-related employment advice.
Edward de Bock; Rixt de Vries
‘The labour law team has a quick understanding what is needed and to which scale their skills and effort are needed. When talking to one you know the other team members will be informed the next time you speak to them. Especially on law concerning the collective labour agreement they have a great insight in how to act and negotiate‘.
ABN Amro Pensionfund
- Houthoff advised Sligro on all employment and pension-related matters in relation to a major transaction: the sale of its retail business comprising 130 supermarkets to a consortium of Jumbo and Coop.
- Houthoff advised HEMA on the deletion of more than one third of the jobs at its head office.
Stibbe provides the full range of employment, remuneration, and pension advice to large domestic and international clients. The team is led by Jaap van Slooten, whose practice focuses on collective labour disputes and pensions, particularly for clients in the finance, logistics, and transport sectors. Paul Vestering and Astrid Helstone round out the three-partner practice, with Helstone particularly recommended for executive-level matters including remuneration structures and terminations. On the more junior end, Johan Zwemmer departed the firm in October 2019 for DLA Piper.
Jaap van Slooten
‘A great and responsive team, diverse and their combined experience is greatly appreciated by our team. They are a true added value where it comes to experience and expertise, which fits nicely with our own in-house business knowledge.‘
‘Astrid Helstone is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to the impact of financial regulations on employment conditions, such as severance and bonus.‘
‘The team offers a wide range of expertise. They are easy to approach and always respond quickly and to the point. They advise about topics that have many perspectives. And often advise pragmatically. They know our company very well, and are able to anticipate if necessary.‘
‘Astrid Helstone is very knowledgeable in regulations on remuneration and able to find very practical solutions for difficult problems. Jaap van Slooten has very deep understanding of the law. Paul Vestering is great in moving projects forward. ‘
‘We work often with Paul Vestering, who is responsive, smart, calm and commercial. He understands the needs of international / private equity clients and ensures that his advice is practical and timely.‘
‘Astrid Helstone and Anne Merks are always available, very hands on and have a sharp eye on practical solutions in this complicated legal landscape.’
LeasePlan Corporation N.V.
- Acted as lead employment counsel in the closure of the Starbucks Coffee EMEA support office centre in Amsterdam.
- Acted as employment counsel to LeasePlan’s executive and non-executive board in connection with the company’s preparation for the listing of its business on Euronext and related remuneration structures.
- Advised Mars on a major adjustment of its longstanding pension plan, pursuant to regulatory and tax issues raised by the relevant authorities.
Van Doorne remains one of the key firms in the Netherlands for employment law and other related advisory work. Additionally, the firm houses one of the jurisdiction's strongest pension teams, with a good number of sector-wide and individual company pension funds among its client list. The firm is active in both advisory work and disputes, providing a full service across all aspects of employment law. Els de Wind focuses on cross-border matters and co-heads the team along with Marjolijn Lips. Other key figures within the team include specialist pension law advisor Albert van Marwijk Kooy, as well as senior associates Steven Sterk, who is particularly experienced in worker participation matters, and Cara Pronk, who assists de Wind in the international employment practice.
Els de Wind; Marjolijn Lips
‘Van Doorne N.V. have considerable knowledge of the international legislation and provide extensive advice on the international law. They consider potential routes for the companies to take to minimise litigations and associated costs in the long term.‘
‘Van Doorne’s practice is unique in the combination of legal knowledge and business sense. We consider them as our trusted advisor on all employment law questions. They perform this role in a very professional and accessible way while delivering countervailing power at the same time.‘
‘Professional and very competent team. High expert level on the topics we address.‘
‘Els De Wind was the contact person for us in Van Doorne N.V. and we highly value her experience and advise in the international employment law.‘
‘Els de Wind and Niels van Boekel are very approachable and it feels like we have been working together for years.‘
‘Marjolijn Lips and Steven Sterk: they are both very knowledgeable, accessible, helpful and sharp, with short response times.‘
‘Friso Foppes and Cara Pronk are our primary partners. They both provide excellent service and are extremely responsive.‘
‘Marjolijn Lips and Willemien Bischot are senior partners with great expertise. With crisis, they are there for us, support us and will serve are interest. Lieke Bartelsman, Niels van Boekel are the driving force to get things done. They make thorough analyses on which they base their expert advice. They will always point out the risks involved.‘
‘We work with Marjolijn Lips and Steven Sterk. They are very accurate, flexible and substantively strong.‘
Avantor Performance Materials
DAMCO Aluminium Delfzijl Coöperatie U.A.
Datto Europe Limited
Hilton Foods Group
SThree Holding B.V.
TransIP (Group) BV
National Opera & Ballet
Works Council of Tele2
ING Pension Fund
NN Pension Fund
TNT Express Pension Fund
Sector-wide pension fund for the metal and engineering sector
Sabic Pension Fund
Sector-wide pension fund for the medical specialists
Sector-wide pension fund for the timber trade sector
Kuwait Petroleum Pension Fund
Sector-wide pension fund for general practitioners
Hewlett-Packard Pension Fund
- Assisting the Dutch works council of Tele2 in relation to the 18-month merger process with T-Mobile
- Advising National Opera and Ballet on an outsourcing of restaurant and hospitality activities
- Advising the sector-wide pension fund for the timber trade sector on its transfer of assets to the Furniture Pensionfund.
'Keen negotiator' Mirjam de Blécourt heads the employment team at Baker McKenzie, and specialises in strategic boardroom advice regarding works councils, trade unions, collective dismissals and major fraud investigations. The firm is also active in the employment litigation space, representing major clients in complex or business-critical disputes. The firm also assists the corporate team in connection with cross-border M&A transactions and restructurings. Other key names to note within the team include Remke Scheepstra and newly-appointed partner Daniëlle Pinedo.
Mirjam de Blécourt
‘Baker Mackenzie’s Dutch employment is the most knowledgeable practice in The Netherlands in their field. That expertise is extremely useful when negotiating with employees and unions, this in combination with the personalities of the team they have.‘
‘This team is a fast, efficient and highly responsive team. It knows the key documents, policies and procedures and is thus able to provide quick and commercial advice. Excellent use of lower level associates and global offices to lower costs for the client. ‘
‘Mirjam de Blécourt herself is calm, to the point and oversees complex situations.‘
‘Mirjam de Blecourt is an outstanding partner, with extensive technical knowledge but a commercial and strategic approach to advice.‘
‘Remke Scheepstra has excellent technical knowledge, calm in the face of highly stressful situations‘
‘Malou Schoevaars is excellent negotiator in difficult senior terminations. Trust her explicitly with these sensitive situations.‘
- Helped a company develop a global mobility platform / interactive tool to quickly research which laws and requirements applied when an employee is sent from country Y to country Z, covering both legal and tax considerations.
- Represented ENGIE in a dispute concerning an employee who claimed continuation of an employment contract following termination, on the basis of a presumed employment guarantee and redeployment in a new role.
Lexence provides a wide range of employment law services, including advice on restructuring, collective labour agreements and strikes, and internal investigations. The firm is also highly active in contentious matters, representing clients in disputes concerning dismissal, discrimination, and wages among others. 'Driven and solution-oriented' professional Floor Damen is a key figure within the team, focusing on issues arising from restructuring such as transfer of undertakings, and both collective and individual dismissals. Esther van der Meulen and Jordi Rosendahl both made partner in 2019.
Mark Keuss; Judith Schulp; Floor Damen; Frank ter Huurne
‘The team has a no nonsense mentality and acts very quick on finding any kind of legal solutions. This mentality fits very well within our culture.‘
‘The Lexence team is for me unique for its direct and no-nonsense approach. Time is always short and Lexence understands how this works. If I have a question I will get a professional direct answer, with which I can get further. If my first contact is not available, there is always a professional colleague nearby.‘
‘The team is pragmatic, business savvy and highly effective‘
‘The Lexence lawyers we work close with can be described as highly effective in terms of moving fast and bringing the right solutions to the table. In regard to most other law firms they are extremely pragmatic and have a deep understanding our individual business as the ever changing landscape of law and regulation, so creating a one-time right effect.‘
‘Our main contact person is Mr. Floor Damen. His approach is very unique. He has the ability to create a discussion atmosphere whereby participants feel very comfortable. His knowledge on legal matters is always up to date so that, according to his mindset, he always can find a solution.‘
‘Frank ter Huurne is a not only a no-nonsense type of lawyer, he also is very active in keeping up a great network. Therefore he knows his way around and keeps his knowledge of the market to high standards. He invests a lot in his clients in terms of sharing upcoming legal changes and knowledge. Therefore clients keep coming back to Frank. I value Frank for his directness, his availability and Frank being an intelligent professional. Therefore, Frank is an ideal legal partner to have! ‘
‘Floor Damen works in a very structured way, this gives not only a good overview but also trust that any case will be won. Documentation and communication is clear, objective and written in such a way that it helps to maintain overview.‘
N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie
SHV Energy N.V.
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
Harsco Metals Holland B.V.
- Assisting CooperSurgical and its Dutch affiliated companies with the setup of a new distribution centre, redundancy and other employment related advice.
- Advised DSV on several high profile dismissal cases in relation to discrimination and reckless behaviour on the workfloor and represented DSV in the legal proceedings in connection thereto.
- Ongoing representation of Agro Merchants, the global warehouse and distribution xompany, on all their strategic high-level employment issues, including dismissals, reorganizations, disputes with top managers, TUPE (transfer of undertakings) and harmonization of labour conditions.
Loyens & Loeff is home to a strong employment and pensions team with significant experience in both advisory and contentious work, often working with other departments to service all of a client's needs. Hermine Voûte maintains a particular focus on executive dismissals, restructurings and collective dismissals, and co-determination procedures, leading the group along with Klaas Wiersma , who specializes in cross border work as well as the employment aspects of corporate transactions. On the pensions side, senior associate Laurie Kuijpers is a key figure within the team, and is instructed by pension funds, insurers, and large corporates to handle a variety of pension issues.
Hermine Voûte; Klaas Wiersma
‘They are concise and professional – their advice is straight forward, with options if helpful, but also with recommendations, risks and mitigating factors. They can extract the salient points of an argument, and not be distracted by irrelevant arguments of someone’s case.‘
‘Senior associate Laurie Kuijpers is a highly skilled pension lawyer and a pleasant person to work with.‘
‘Hermine Voûte is friendly but proficient; prompt; understands the reality of a situation and not just the technical viewpoint‘
‘Klaas Wiersma is always available and has a very practical approach, he helps us resolve employment issues quickly and efficiently.‘
‘I really appreciate working with Klaas Wiersma, because of his very high degree of services and the ability to help us in a practical way with the (difficult) employment law issues we have to deal with.‘
- Advised Onex Corporation on all employment related aspects of the acquisition of Kidsfoundation Holding BV
- Advised SSP Nederland on all TUPE related questions regarding the transfer of operations and assets of 29 Starbucks stores in licensed partnerships in the railway stations of the Nederlandse Spoorwegen.
- Assisted CTB Inc. with the employment law aspects of the closure of one of their Dutch subsidiaries and the related dismissals
NautaDutilh's employment practice encompasses a broad range of work, and the team is particularly notable for its work on collective labour law and disputes, pension law, and transaction-related advisory work. Negotiations either with or on behalf of works councils are another key element of the firm's practice, with several team members having a strong focus on this area. Additionally, lead partner Homme ten Have is highly focused on executive contracts and dismissals, along with fraud and compliance matters.
Homme ten Have
‘The Employment Team of Nauta Dutilh under leadership of Homme ten Have provides excellent service. All team members are very knowledgeable. Their response time is very timely. The advice they provide is based on sound legal analysis and is practical of nature.‘
‘Juliette Niersmann is a very diligent, thoughtful lawyer; this made the team discussions very fruitful, and our work a success. ‘
‘My lawyers are Homme Ten Have and Juliette Niersman (associate): they are user-friendly, calm but eager with a very personal approach, honest with great advice. They are always there for me, and they know what they’re doing. Great research and they get the job done.‘
‘Francien Rense definitely deserves a mention – a lateral thinker, not afraid to fight back to protect clients interest and very sharp in strategy too.‘
‘Gijs van Nes did an excellent job in orchestrating each step and always making sure we rationally assess each piece of evidence or argument.‘
Municipality of Amsterdam
Boston Consulting Group
ECN (Energy Research Centre Netherlands)
NS (Dutch Railways)
Louis Dreyfuss Holding
Shine Medical Technologies
Works council of Sitech
- Represented the Municipality of Amsterdam in its litigation to prevent a strike by civil guards.
- Represented Louis Dreyfus Company Holdings in litigation against a former director regarding alleged bonus.
- Represented the works council of Sitech Services in its litigation against the company arising from a failed consultation process.
The employment team at Bird & Bird is highly recommended for clients in the pharmaceutical, IT, media, retail, and tobacco sectors, and provides a wide spectrum of employment advice. The firm is particularly notable for its role in cross-border matters, either coordinating matters as lead counsel, or assisting other offices within the broader firm network. The practice is headed by Philip Hartman, who takes the lead on several of the firm's cross-border and pan-European projects.
‘The strength of this team lies with its approach to its clients. As General Counsel covering a European business what I value most is the ability to pick up the telephone and speak to members of the team getting timely tailored advice as and when I need it.‘
Royal Conservatoire and Academy of Art
Wilhelmsen Ships Service
- Represented Philip Morris in the restructuring of its European cigarette manufacturing footprint and in its defence against a multi-million court claim initiated by trade unions.
- Represented Wilhelmsen Ships Service in appeal court litigation relating to multiple executive level terminations for alleged severe misconducts.
- Coordinating Employment support to Asics in multiple European jurisdictions.
Boutique firm Bronsgeest Deur Advocaten, member of Ius Laboris covers all aspects of Dutch employment law, and is particularly prominent in multi-jurisdictional matters, working with other members of the Ius Laboris alliance. Founding partner Erik Deur heads the team, and provides high-level advice in non-contentious matters, as well as negotiating with unions and works councils. Philip Nabben is another key name within the team, advising clients on data and privacy issues in connection with employment law.
‘This practice is acting more as a business partner instead of a lawyer. They think with you to come to a solution.‘
‘Erik Deur is very practical and experienced‘
‘Erik works hard to understand the underlying issues and then gives clarity about the options open to us.‘
‘We are very happy with the assistance provided by Ms. Marieke Ten Broeke and Mr. Philip Nabben. They are always ready to help, and they coordinate the different teams involved in the matter in an efficient way. ‘
Clifford Chance is home to an employment team that is particularly adept at working with the firm's corporate team, in relation to the pensions, incentives, and employment aspects of M&A or capital markets transactions, as well as providing a strong joint service in the field of Brexit planning, generally working alongside the firm's London office. Floris van de Bult heads the team and is particularly recommended for remuneration work in the financial sector as well as boardroom advice, while Wijnanda Rutten is a key contact for pension work. Senior associate IJsbrand de Jong joined the team in 2019 from Allen & Overy LLP.
Floris van de Bult
‘The employment team has a very good understanding of our business and understands what is needed. They provide very practical and high quality advice.‘
‘I worked with Clifford Chance for a litigation. I found the approach pragmatic and clear. Questions and suggestions are being discussed in a professional manner and I very much felt supported.‘
‘Floris van de Bult is very quick to respond and has a natural authority in the case matter.‘
‘Floris van de Bult is one of the best employment lawyers in the Netherlands. His counsel is top notch. He understands his clients, is practical and commercial.‘
Stichting Pensioenfonds ING
NDC mediagroep B.V.
Stichting Beroepspensioenfonds Loodsen
Riverstone and Carlyle and HES International
- Clifford Chance continues to be a strategic adviser to Aegon on employment and remuneration issues.
- Successfully advised NSI and won legal proceedings on behalf of NSI in relation to legal proceedings against a former senior executive of NSI on the amount of their Long Term incentive payment
- Advising an American global investment management corporation with a European headquarters in London on it’s Brexit planning.
The team at DLA Piper is led by Hélène Bogaard, who is highly experienced in the employment and pensions aspects of major corporate transactions, along with a significant sector expertise in aviation, acting for large clients such as EasyJet. The team is also active in litigation and other stand-alone employment work, including on union and works council negotiations, restructuring, and pensions, where counsel Erik Lutjens is prticularly well-regarded.
Stichting Bedrijfstakpensioenfonds voor de Bouwnijverheid
Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP
- Assisted Diebold Nixdorf in all employment aspects of the sale of SecurCash to G4S, including the consultation process of the relevant works councils.
- Advising VEON in a dispute with one of its works councils.
- Advising and litigating on behalf of easyJet in proceedings following on from strike actions in the summer of 2016.
Eversheds Sutherland (Netherlands) B.V. has a broad advisory practice covering general HR and labour law matters, as well as acting alongside the firm's corporate practice to provide advice on transactional matters. The team is jointly led by Ingrid van Berkel and Wijnand Blom, who practice from the firm's Amsterdam and Rotterdam offices respectively. van Berkel focuses on works council issues and transactions, while Blom is highly experienced in remuneration structures and collective dismissals. Principal associate Marieke Koster is also recommended.
‘The team are very responsive and provide sound, reliable and robust employment law advice across various jurisdictions.’
‘They are knowledgeable, accurate and fast. Always friendly and make time to explain the different possibilities to create an optimum outcome.‘
‘Marieke Koster is an expert in employment law and she gives pragmatic solutions for our business. Marieke is fast and accurate and professional.Her style is warm and businesslike.‘
‘The individuals we work with are very responsive which makes them easy to work with. They understand how to write an advice for non-legal readers: executive summary, clear explanation and business sense. They understand the business and the market we operate in. ‘
Smiths Medical/John Crane Indufil
Koninklijke Nederlandse Beroepsorganisatie van Accountants
- Advised Iron Mountain on the employment aspects of its acquisition of EvoSwitch Netherlands B.V. and EvoSwitch Global Services B.V.
- Employment advice to G4S in relation to Works Council, commercial contracts, collective dismissals, litigation, restructuring, day-to-day employment advice, strategic employment advice and transactional work.
Kennedy Van der Laan's three-partner employment team provides the full range of employment law services for both national and international clients. Chris Nekeman focuses primarily on employee co-governance, union negotiations, and outsourcing mandates for Dutch companies. Eva Knipschild is high recommended for work involving flexible employment, and Soo-Ja Schijf is a key contact for international clients seeking advice on cross-border matters involving restructuring and TUPE. Employment-focused data protection specialist Ester Damen was appointed as an associate-partner of the firm in July 2019.
‘We like the fact Kennedy’s people are really down to earth. ‘
‘It is a great pleasure to work with Kennedy because of their expertise and flexibility.‘
- Eva Knipschild and her team assisted the CEO of a global media brand, who accepted employment at a competitor.
- Advised on the employment law elements of the integration of Bank Insinger de Beaufort N.V. and Theodoor Gilissen Bankiers N.V.
- Advising the Data Privacy-committee of the Central Works Council of IBM with regard to guidelines for implementing new IT-tools and applications that include the processing of employee data.
Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is, as with the rest of the firm, best known for its work on behalf of the Dutch state, along with a wide range of ministries and municipalities. The team also provides a strong pension law service, both for the state and for corporate clients. Practice head Ruben van Arkel is recommended for sensitive matters such as whistle-blowing, equal treatment of employees, and alleged frauds, while 'pro-active and knowledgeable' Erika Wies was promoted to senior associate in 2019.
Ruben van Arkel
‘All lawyers I have experienced from this firm are very committed and deliver high quality work.‘
‘This practice makes the difference for me because of their total package: up-to-date knowledge of labour law, pro activeness, think out-of-the-box/creative, dare to take a risk, flexible and someone is always available when urgency is needed.‘
State of the Netherlands
University of Amsterdam
Municipality of Amsterdam
- Handled a case about whether there was reasonable ground for TU Delft to withhold consent for a variety of complex ancillary activities performed by an employee.
- The Employment Law team acted on behalf of the Ministry of Defence in cases brought by former public servants that are faced with a state pension gap.
AKD is home to a large team of employment specialists, and has particular experience in the food, energy, real estate, and transport industries, as well as having strong relationships with several Asian clients. Pieter Huys leads the group, and practises in all areas of employment law. Other key names within the practice include François Defaix, and senior associate Pascal Van Schaik, who works closely with the firm's asian clients.
‘Very responsive and available. Always commercial and always wanting to do a good job.‘
‘The employment section of AKD is well documented, agile and knowledgable.‘
‘High level of strategic capabilities which is there as legal details are fully under control.‘
‘Pieter Huys and Ronald van der Stap are dedicated to their course serving their clients.‘
‘Mr Pieter Huys is head of the section: He is as much a psychologist as a lawyer. Knows how to bite, bark and wag a tail or two when needed. Very down to earth advise and always focused on how to avoid litigation. His good humored advises are precious and worth every Euro‘
‘Pascal Van Shaick’s advice is always thorough, and he tends to think with us instead of for us and has excellent negotiation skills. We can always count on his 100% dedication to our cases‘
‘I mainly work with Henrike van de Laar. She is a very high skilled lawyer not only content wise but also her social skills are very well developed. As a consequence she is able to work with all kind of people within our company. She can describe complex issues in a very easy manner, also understandable for people who are not familiar with the wording of the law. Of great value is that she is always looking for a pragmatic solution.‘
Dupont de Nemours
China Southern Airlines
Port of Rotterdam Authority
- Represented Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. in their challenge to a penalty imposed by the Inspectorate SZW after the client was found to have violated the Foreign Nationals (Employment) Act
CLINT | Littler
CLINT | Littler is a corporate-focused employment law firm, part of the Littler Mendelson global network, and advises a wide range of both Dutch corporates and multinationals. The firm is also often instructed by Dutch corporate law boutiques to advise on the employment aspects of M&A transactions, in addition to servicing its own clients. The team is able to provide the full spectrum of HR advisory services, and is particularly adept in issues concerning unions, works councils, and collective labour agreements. Founding partners Dennis Veldhuizen, Wouter Engelsman, and Eric Van Dam lead the team.
Dennis Veldhuizen; Eric van Dam; Wouter Engelsman
Starbucks Coffee Company (EMEA)
Samsung Electronics Benelux
FNV (Federatie Nederlandse Vakbeweging)
Tate & Lyle
- Advised Fresenius Kabi on outbound transfer of employees and operations to Central America, as well as inbound transfer of other operations.
- Represents the trade union FNV in its function as an employer, including disputes with employees.
- Advised Quatra on post-acquisition employment issues following its purchase of Rotie from Parcom.
CMS is home to a range of employment specialists who are focused on specific sectors, including sports, TMT, energy, and life sciences among others. The team is particularly adept when working with other teams in the firm, such as in insolvency or transactional matters, or in matters which involve privacy and data protection. Practice head Michiel van Dijk is a key contact for clients in the sports sector, while Katja van Kranenburg is particularly focused on the TMT sector.
Katja van Kranenburg-Hanspians; Michiel van Dijk
‘Michiel van Dijk is a specialist in our field of play, sports business, with a well-informed and pro active approach‘
Bankruptcy of Slotervaartziekenhuis
Bruker Optik GmbH
Yara van Kerkhof
The employment team at Dentons is particularly recommended for advice on the employment aspects of acquisitions and corporate reorganisations, particularly in cross-border cases utilising the firm's wider network. The firm also advises on standalone employment matters, including those involving unions and works councils. The practice is jointly led by experienced litigator Epke Spijkerman and the more internationally-focused Eugenie Nunes.
Eugenie Nunes; Epke Spijkerman
‘Highly professional and dedicated, smart and pragmatic.’
‘Eugenie Nunes is client focused, smart, problem solving.‘
‘The team is knowledgable, knows the market very well, easy to work with and add values to the clients.‘
‘Very quick in providing legal information which is relevant for the practice‘
‘The team is pragmatic and very solution orientated. Advice is operational and value adding for the clients. Eugenie Nunes stands out being extremely internationally focused and knowing the market as well as the UK market very well. ‘
‘Eugenie Nunes is exception – in an incredibly legally difficult jurisdiction – she will always find a way to get where we want. Also prepared to have difficult conversions with the business leaders‘
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts
- Advising KKR on the employment issues regarding its EUR6.825 billion cash acquisition of the “spreads” business of Unilever and continued employment advice to the acquired company
- Representing Zayo in an employment dispute concerning termination.
- Advising Stone Peak Infrastructure Partners on the Dutch employment aspects in relation to the acquisition of a majority stake in euNetworks
Corporate employment boutique HDK Advocaten provides both contentious and non-contentious services, often acting as a one-stop shop for the full spectrum of clients' employment law needs. Juliette Huyzer heads the department, and specialises in negotiations with unions, works councils, and executives on issues including transfer of undertakings, business reorganisations, and collective dismissals. Also recommended are Michiel Koole, who is a key contact for matters concerning non-compete clauses or employee benefits, and associate Emma Harlaar.
‘Excellent performance, very responsive, always on target and easy and fun to work with.‘
‘The service level is very good, calls are allways answered and commitments are realised‘
‘Juliette Huyzer is very professional and to the point, available for advice to discuss next steps when needed‘
‘Juliette Huyzer, partner, and Emma Harlaar, associate, feel like they are part of our team, are able to quickly come to the core of the matter, and are excellent lawyers.‘
‘I have only dealt with Michiel Koole. Michiel is very experienced lawyer with a true customer experience. He worked hard with dedication and kept a good eye for other elements that were crucial for the case (in this case finance and strategic aspects). This makes him besides an excellent lawyer a true business partner to work with.‘
Anita de Jong manages the employment law practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP, which is particularly focused on the TMT, automotive, banking and insurance sectors. The team receives a large number of mandates from its international network, and as such has a client base predominantly consisting of large multinationals. Associate Koos Janssen is recommended for dispute resolution matters, particularly involving collective dismissals, employment benefits, and non-compete agreements.
Anita de Jong
‘Anita de Jong and Koos Janssen are the individuals who stand out at Hogan Lovells. Without their support and guidance we could not have been as successful as we are in our HR management.‘
De Leidsche Verzekeringsmaatschappij
Dun & Bradstreet
- Advising SuzoHapp on collective dismissal involving 30 Dutch employees as a consequence of a transfer of distribution activities to Poland.
- Strategic advice to Arconic on the consequences of a spin off, involving an intercompany transfer of a part of the business to a newly incorporated entity.
Maartje Govaert leads the employment team at Norton Rose Fulbright, which is highly recommended for work involving disputes over labour classifications for tech sector clients, such as deliveroo. Other key areas of work include non-compete clauses and litigation, remuneration, internal investigations, and compliance work. Govaert is also active in pensions work, and the firm counts a wide range of large Dutch and multinational clients among its pension law clients. Senior associate Thomas Timmermans departed the firm for Greenberg Traurig LLP in 2019.
‘The team is very responsive and commercially focussed.’
‘Small but strong team that are willing to work hard to help their clients get results.‘
‘Maartje Govaert is very good. Understands our business and thinks creatively to find solutions. In London quite often too, so easy to meet in person.’
‘Maartje Govaert is a highly engaged and driven lawyer, very much focussed on results. ‘
‘The team works well together and is well linked into their firm’s global platform.‘
AIG Europe S.A.
AtriCure Europe B.V.
Aweta Holding B.V.
Central Works Council of Booking.com
BMW Holding B.V.
Corbion Group Netherlands B.V.
Deliveroo Netherlands B.V. (Roofoods Ltd.)
Drew Marine Netherlands B.V.
Emerald Kalama Chemical B.V.
Fresh Trading Manufacturing B.V. (Innocent Drinks)
Jane Street Netherlands B.V.
Works Councils of different subsidiaries of Johnson & Johnson,
Louis Dreyfus Company Rotterdam
Lyondell Basell Industries NV
Monex Europe Ltd
Netscout Systems Inc.
Open Text Coöperatief U.A.
Reckitt Benckiser (ENA) B.V.
Regal Beloit Corporation
Royal VOPAK N.V
The IT Channel Company
Tower Research Capital Europe Limited B.V.
Unilever Nederland (Unilever APF)
WPP 2005 Limite
- Represent Deliveroo in the court of appeal case against the trade union Federatie Nederlandse Vakbeweging (FNV), where the trade union is claiming that the delivery drivers are not self-employed.
- Advised Tower Research Capital Europe B.V. on remuneration requirements and drafted a remuneration policy that is compliant with Dutch regulatory rules, the Dutch Act on Financial Supervision and complex employment law regulations.
- Advised and assisted Johnson & Johnson in amending the co-determination structure and the set-up of a Central Works Council
Osborne Clarke's Amsterdam-based employment team is often instructed on cross-border restructurings, working with other offices in the firm's global network to provide pan-European or global advice. The firm is also notable for its work with recruitment and staffing firms on contracting and regulatory compliance, particularly as concerns temporary employees. Jorgo Tsiris heads the team, and focuses his practice on the recruitment and digital business sectors, while associate director Marije Stiebner Bergman is another key figure within the group.
‘We work with full satisfaction with Osborne Clarke, in particular when it comes to employment law issues, they provide us with adequate and effective advice, not unnecessarily lengthy ones, but to the point, focused on the question with an eye for the context.‘
‘Very professional, excellent client focus and result driven with a good human touch.‘
‘Associate Marije Stiebner for her expertise and the professionalism with which she handled the case.‘
‘Marije Stiebner Bergman is an expert in her field, quick to respond, gives good solutions and clear advice.‘
‘Partner Jeroen Lub for enabling his organization on my behalf and facilitating a path to success.‘
HTC Netherlands B.V.
Hotel Booker B.V.
Tech Mahindra Ltd.
Market Axess Europe Ltd.
O-I Netherlands B.V.
Sonos Europe B.V.
Diageo Great Britian Limited
Global Upside, Inc.
MediaMonks Multimedia Holding B.V.
- Represented Hotel Booker, a leading Dutch company active in the leisure sector, in its ongoing litigation against the pension fund for the leisure / travel sector.
- Represented Jedox, the enterprise management software provider, in a local restructuring, including negotiations with labour representatives.
Boutique firm Palthe Oberman is one of the largest solely employment-focused firms in the Netherlands, and has built up a strong contingent of both domestic and multinational clients. The firm also stands out for its practice advising government bodies on their employment issues, as well as its significant sector expertise in sports, banking and finance, healthcare and life sciences. Founding partners Christiaan Oberman and Marcus Draaisma are the key names to note.
Christiaan Oberman; Marcus Draaisma
‘Christiaan Oberman is a clear market leader. No discussion possible‘
‘Very approachable and up-to-date with knowledge of the Dutch laws.‘
‘Christiaan Oberman, highly effective, smart solution thinker and very well-connected.‘
- Palthe Oberman assists Deutsche Bank with all dismissal cases and ongoing reorganisations in the Netherlands.
Ploum's employment group has particular experience in the logistics and manufacturing sectors, with a strong base of clients instructing its Rotterdam office on employment matters. Founding partner Rutger Ploum is recommended for conflicts between employers and labour organisations such as trade unions or works councils, and co-heads the team along with Simon Tan. Senior associate Astrid van Toledo is a key contact for reorganisations, terms of employment, non-competition and advice regarding co-determination.
Rutger Ploum; Simon Tan
‘Ploum is a great asset for us in The Netherlands. They are efficient and business oriented‘
‘Simon Tan is a star in handling employment law matters. Fast, efficient, able to understand clients needs, focused and sharp.‘
Rain Carbon, Inc
United Biscuits / Pladis /Verkade
Works Council of Standard Aer
- Ploum provides ongoing employment and co-determination advice in a wide range of matters, such as individual dismissals or questions relating to employment conditions.
- Ploum advised and assisted the Works Council of Standard Aero in connection with Standard Aero’s restructuring following its acquisition of Vector Aerospace.
Employment boutique Sagiure Legal provides a full service across both contentious and non-contentious employment law matters, including industrial relations, restructuring and mass redundancy, transferring of undertakings, and compliance and policy advice. The 'client-focused' firm is led by the 'no-nonsense' Rachida el Johari and 'top-class' Madeleine Molster, both founding partners, with the latter being particularly recommended for clients dealing with the employment aspects of corporate transactions.
Rachida el Johari; Madeleine Molster
‘Customer needs always come first.‘
‘The Sagiure team is extremely customer focused and have up to date knowledge of the labour law. Specific example by professionally exploring the interest of connecting my company to another customer of Sagiure. That is really customer focused.‘
‘A very personable team that genuinely cares about their customers and their business. They take the time and effort to understand your business and the particular challenge for which they are being engaged to help resolve.‘
‘They are nimble, astute and very business savvy. They really understand the realities of business and the intersection with employment law.‘
‘Rachida el Johari is our main contact. Expert in her field, she is very responsive and a pleasure to work with. Clients speak very highly of her advice and approach.‘
‘Both Madeleine Molster and Rachida el Johari are great in their knowledgeable and personal approach. They are always available for questions and provide great advice, even on case unrelated matter. From a customer’s point if view this means that once you start working with this team, you will feel respected, recognized and 100% supported by them. ‘
‘Madeleine Molster in particular is recommendable given her ability to combine the appropriate soft skills with up-to-date legal knowledge. ‘
‘I like Rachida el Johari’s approach. She is one of the best employment law experts in the field, with a most effective and cost-efficient approach.‘
‘Rachida el Johari and Madeline Molster both look at themselves as business partners and advisors not just attorneys.‘
‘Madeleine Molster, owing to her corporate legal experience in the past, has a very good understanding of the employment aspects of corporate matters such as M&A.‘
Cyber Capital B.V.
DNV GL Netherlands B.V.
World Vision Nederland
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek N.V.
Kneipp Nederland B.V.
Qmed Consulting A/S
Ferrostaal Piping Supply
- Representing Cyber Capital B.V. in setting up its entire contract structure for the management board, the employees and contractors.
- Representing Kneipp Nederland B.V. in setting up a structure for a suitable personal improvement plan for its employees.
Shearwaters provides boutique employment law services in the Netherlands, and has a strong base of international law firms and consultants among its clients, who it assists with the Dutch aspects of global employment matters. A key highlight is the firm's work for Bugaboo and majority shareholder Bain Capital, in relation to a major restructuring of the former. The team is led by Martijn van Broeckhuijsen and Maarten Vestering, with the former best known for handling executive dismissals and transaction-related advisory work, while the latter focuses on restructurings and mass dismissals.
Martijn van Broeckhuijsen; Maarten Vestering
‘Small boutique firm with outstanding employment lawyers formerly of large international firms. Excellent knowledge and client focussed. In complex cases they always find ways forward.‘
‘I have dealt with both Maarten Vestering and Martijn van Broeckhuijsen: both of whom I would recommend from their responsiveness and pragmatism.‘
‘Martijn van Broeckhuijsen (partner) is one of my favourite external counsels. He truly enjoys employment law and this comes through when you work with him. Perhaps his best skill is in thinking through strategy and the realistic outcomes of such choices. You don’t get vague answers and caveats with Martijn. You get the most likely outcome which allows you to determine strategy and make the hard choices.‘
Bain Capital LLC
Bain & Company
Latham & Watkins
Allego (p/o Meridiam)
The Jewish National Fund
Fidelity International Group
Tate & Lyle Sugars
- Advising The Jewish National Fund of The Netherlands in its hiring of a new director.
- Advised Peter van der Vorst on his hiring as the Head of Content and Marketing of the Dutch operations of the RTL Group and his move away from Talpa.
- Advising Kongsberg Maritime in the Netherlands on post-closing matters following from the acquisition by Kongsberg Gruppen of Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine.
Simmons & Simmons' Amsterdam-based employment team is often instructed by multinational clients in connection with cross-border work, frequently collaborating with other offices of the firm. Key sectors for the group include finance, TMT, and energy, and the team is highly experienced in remuneration advisory work. Joris Oster leads the practice, and his areas of expertise include collective and individual dismissal cases, works council issues and transfers of undertaking.
‘The Simmons and Simmons team are very good at looking at all of a customer’s requests and able to understand the impact of one request on the others. This is only possible thanks to a strong team collaboration.‘
‘Their customer attention, understanding the needs and the capability to advise is outstanding across the countries. Speed of response anticipating the needs of the customer and offering options with pragmatism. ‘
‘The team is dedicated and fast, we work with them on a regular basis for many years now.‘
‘Joris Oster is a capable partner, running a sharp team, Annemarie Elenbaas steps in smoothly in case of Joris’ absence, and Noraly Meeuwisse is a very diligent junior on the team, performs well.‘
‘Joris Oster sees the big picture, has a strong strategic and tactical grasp of the situation, provides authoritative advice, and is pragmatic and fun to work with‘
‘Simmons and Simmons have a high capability, good knowledge, and the ability to think with the customer. High quality of professionals in comparison to other companies. Joris Oster is a stand-out.‘
VEON (formerly VimpelCom)
Hoyer International Fachspedition
- Assisted GarantiBank on strategic remuneration issues in light of the Dutch bonus cap and the interpretation and application of CRD remuneration rules.
- Assisted Velcro, a premier manufacturer and innovator of hook and loop fasteners, in respect of the acquisition and subsequent integration of their new Benelux organisation, which involved the redundancy of several employees.
Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V. is home to an employment team which is particularly prominent in the field of flexible and temporary employment, and the firm is instructed by several employment agencies to handle contracting, disputes, and regulatory advice. Senior associate Joyce Snijder is highly recommended in this area. The overall employment team is jointly-led by Leendert Kruidenier and Else Loes Pasma, while Sophie Wierenga-Heintz is notable for her expertise on the privacy aspects of employment law.
Else Loes Pasma; Leendert Kruidenier; Joyce Snijder
‘Wijn & Stael has great knowledge of Dutch employment law. They react quickly on requests.’
‘We can always rely on Wijn & Stael, their attorneys deliver good quality of work. Quick responses to our requests.‘
‘Our main contact person Sophie Wierenga-Heintz always looks for practical solutions to solve a legal issue. Out of the box thinker, pro-active, dedicated, knowledgeable, good communicator, responds quickly to questions.‘
‘Sophie Wierenga-Heintz has a no-nonsense approach. She has a unique mixture of warm personal skills combined with hard result-driven solutions. She is analytical and a pleasant sparring partner in law matters.‘
‘Joyce Snijder really stands out on her knowledge on labour law in the flex-market (contingent workforce).’
Veris Bouwmaterialen Groep
- Handling all legal work for Flexbrain, a temporary employment agency.
- Representing pilots’ union VNV in proceedings before the Dutch Supreme Court on the right to strike.
Suzan van de Kam heads the employment team at Buren, which is often instructed by international firms who do not have a presence in the Netherlands, and recently acted as local counsel in several reorganisations, union and works council negotiations, and related dismissals. The firm is active across the spectrum of employment law, handling all employment matters for several Dutch clients, from contract review up to litigation. At the junior level, Maaike Postma is highly recommended. Joost Quant departed the firm for Galatea Advocaten.
Suzan van de Kam
‘The team at Buren are very knowledgeable but also understand the human factor, which is rare from a legal perspective.‘
Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc
CPM Europe B.V
World Forum The Hague
PPHE Hotel Group
- Assists Marsh as legal counsel with all employment related issues, including a reorganisation of its workforce and a number of dismissal proceedings in the Netherlands.
- Acted as local counsel alongside Squire Patton Boggs on employment and Dutch Works Council/Unions issues relating to an internal reorganization of Lloyd’s Register Group in the Netherlands.
- Assists Zo B.V. with all employment related issues, including a number of dismissal cases.
HVG Law LLP's employment team is most notable for its close association with Ernst & Young's Dutch business, and handles all labour and employment work for the firm's clients in the Netherlands. As such, the firm is particularly recommended for issues which overlap with tax work, such as the posting of employees to foreign jurisdictions. Department head Joost van Ladesteijn specialises in global mobility issues and co-determination law, advising across a wide range of sectors.
Joost van Ladesteijn
‘Our cooperation is based on mutual trust / respect and was experienced as a sustainable partnership; at least that is how my team and I have always experienced it.‘
Koppert Biological Systems
De Jong Verpakking
Tank Services Pernis
Belkin – Foxconn
Amplifon (Beter Horen)
Smith & Associates
- Designed and implemented a tailor-made incentive plan for Koppert.
- Assisted Amplifon (Beter Horen) with several employment related matters and court cases, including litigation in the field of non-competition restrictions related to (former) employees.
- Assisted Mainfreight in several matters related to employment benefits, works counsel consultation, TUPE following acquisition of warehouse activities for NCR and trade union related communication and negotiations.
L&A Advocaten is an employment boutique that handles both advisory and litigation work for corporate clients, as well as works councils and individual employees. Arlette Putker-Blees co-heads the team, and has recently advised clients on a wide range of issues including dismissals, disciplinary policies, works council negotiations, and mediation proceedings. Fellow co-head Irene Francken-van der Ven primarily acts for companies on corporate employment issues such as restrictive covenants, mass dismissals, employee privacy, and transfers of undertakings.
Arlette Putker-Blees; Irene Francken-van der Ven
‘This firm is very skilled and proactive. Each time I used them or worked with them, their advice has been very clear, precise and delivered in a timely manner. The professionnals of L&A Advocaten are well business-oriented.‘
‘Are combination of outstanding legal skills, grit, courage and overall pleasant personalities. Direct and pragmatic advice. A genuine pleasure to work with.‘
‘Arlette Putker is an excellent employment law layer, with a hands on and no nonsense approach.‘
‘My experience with individuals like Irene Francken-van der Ven and Frederique de Jong has been nothing but positive. They are reliable professionals, understand us as their client to continiously provide practical and high quality advice. I see them as our extension where we are short in resource/time and expertise, they know how to be our partner in the employment law area. ‘
‘The team members both are clear, concise in communication, clear on what legal boundaries are, while at the same time trying to understand the drivers for the clients and how the client got into this dispute to begin with.‘
PPHE Hotel Group
Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam
Baker McKenzie (Works Council)
Netherlands Development Finance Company
Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
Elektriciteits Produktiemaatschappij Zuid-Nederland
Stichting Woonzorgcentra Haaglanden
William Schrikker Stichting
- Advised Tele2 on harmonization of employment conditions due to merger with T-mobile and the position of the Works Council.
- Advised Amsterdam internet Exchange on implementing co-determination in the organization.
- Assist the Works Council of Baker McKenzie in a complex advisory proceeding and negotiate directly with the Board of Baker McKenzie.
Liber Dock is an employment boutique with particular experience in the pharmaceutical industry, advising several large market players, as well as having a strong core of clients in the retail and finance sectors. The firm is particularly recommended for advice regarding works councils, executive dismissals, large-scale restructurings, and business transfers. Marian van Eck and Boudewijn Kanen lead the 'responsive and businesslike' team.
‘LiberDock stands out as an innvovative, cutting-edge firm with a fresh approach. They always come up with great solutions, understand how clients tick and make an extra effort in explaining even the most complicated matters in an easy to understand way.‘
‘Marian van Eck is very approachable, and gives great advice super-fast.‘
‘Marian van Eck is a very good technical lawyer, is always available for urgent calls and meetings and also knows how to make a deal instead of going into long technical legal discussions.‘
‘Boudewijn Kanen is a great lawyer, always friendly, available, provides great advise. Clear regarding expectations.‘
‘Boudewjn Kanen is a great advisor, easy to work with, very solution-oriented.‘
Kite Pharma EU
Syncreon Supply Chain Solutions
Merck Sharp & Dohme
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
Credit Agricole Consumer Finance
- Advised Credit Agricole Consumer Finance on the rules and restrictions on remuneration in the financial sector, including bonuses, and claw back scenarios.
- Assisted Kite Pharma with setting up a Works Council and with the transfer of research activities in US, involving redundancies in the Netherlands
- Advised the works council of Wintershall Noordzee on a potential restructuring plan and negotiated a social plan for about 400 employees until 2022.
The employment team at Russell Advocaten B.V. is particularly experienced in boardroom issues, including executive hirings, dismissals, and non-compete clauses. Jan Dop heads the team, and is particularly notable for his work with embassies, consulates, and other foreign governmental entities on their employment issues. The firm is also instructed on a wide range of dismissal, works council, and market entry matters for both foreign and domestic clients, as well as individual employees or groups.
‘Experienced and dedicated team, with specialist knowledge in every field. They stand out against other firms in efficiency, professionalism and partnership.‘
‘The team is hands on, knowledgeable, and handle and incredibly dedicated to achieving results in every case!‘
‘Individuals are responsive in way that they really understand the matters at hand and thus are able to provide in-depth advice. They are true professionals and partners in the overall process.‘
‘For expert advice in any employment matter we instruct M.r. Jan Dop!‘
Taylor Wessing is highly experienced in the technology, pharmaceuticals, and life sciences sectors, particularly in advising US or Canada-headquartered companies on the employment law aspects of their entry into the Netherlands market. Bart Hunnekens and Marc Van Gelder lead the group, and both are highlighted for their expertise in reorganisations and employee benefits, while Hunnekens is also notable for his work on employee privacy matters.
Marc van Gelder; Bart Hunnekens
‘The have a holistic approach towards our company. We outsource all our legal work to them, so we operate as real partners.‘
‘Bart Hunnekens and Juultje van der Zanden make an excellent legal team and support us 100 %. They never miss a deadline and also make sure we do our job in time. They think proactively and are willing to come up with creative solutions‘
Scandinavian Tobacco Group
De Rooy Transport
GS Staalwerken Groep
Home Fashion Group
- Represented VDL Nedcar in a dispute concerning employer obligations under a collective labour agreement.
- Assisted Lime, an app-based vehicle rental platform, in the Netherlands in setting up its European storage and distribution centre and European HQ.
- Represented Puppet in litigation concerning the interpretation of an international commission scheme
Valegis Advocaten's employment law team is led by the 'engaged and professional' Carolien Brederije, who acts for both companies and individuals on a range of employment and privacy-related matters. Other key names within the team include Dick van Deventer and Daniëlle Edelenbosch , both associates with broad employment practices. The firm saw the departure of Fleur Van Bree in November 2019, who left to work as a sole practitioner.
‘The team is rather small, and they are well aware of each other’s cases, which makes it relatively easy for them to take over a case if necessary. They seem to co-operate very well, and are very fast in their response and pro-active in their service.‘
‘High level of competence and knowledge, good division in type of work between team members.‘
‘Valegis is successful in understanding the customer’s business and coming up with practical solutions and advice‘
‘Carolien Brederije has a rich experience and thorough knowledge of her field. She can translate this in workable solutions against reasonable costs‘
‘Danielle Edelenbosch gives good advice and manages processes in a timely and pleasant way‘
‘Their knowledge of Labour Law is definitely outstanding. Besides that they are good at building a professional relationship and are available at almost any time.‘
‘Dick van Deventer – he is the man! Creative in problem-solving and able to resolve difficult issues. ‘
Oktober (former RSZK)
Menken Orlando B.V.
Dekker Hout B.V.
Stichting Ipse de Bruggen
Hypertherm Europe B.V.
Eggerding Industrial Minerals B.V.
Trimb Healthcare B.V
Stichting Fonds 1818
IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands
Jibe Company B.V.
Green Room Design B.V.
CVO ‘t Gooi
B2C Europe (Netherlands)
EControls Europe B.V.
Retail Property Management B.V.
Genesys Telecommunication Laboratories B.V.
Hudl B.V. / Agile Sports Technologies
Vestius' employment team is adept in advisory work for corporate clients, generally mid-market players, though the firm also acts for Dutch subsidiaries of large multinationals. It also assists individual employees, in a wide variety of litigation and advisory work. Recent work has included litigation related to non-compete clauses, transfer of undertakings, and redeployment of employees. Bart de Vroe and Michiel van Haelst jointly lead the employment team, while former co-head Bas Derhaag left to join Source, an Amsterdam-based partnership of independent lawyers.
Bart De Vroe; Michiel Van Haelst
‘Vestius has broad labour law experience over different industries. They put us front and centre, providing us with the necessary information and advice to make a well-informed decision and at the same time they empower us through legal education.‘
‘For employment law matters, Michiel van Haelst stands out. I send him quite some referral work. Michiel is a very well seasoned intelligent lawyer with a very pragmatic approach at the same time‘
‘Down to earth professionals, flexible, availability and communication in general‘
‘Very hands on lawyers, with a realistic no nonsense approach. ‘
Kelly Services Netherlands
Kentucky Fried Chicken
PVH / Tommy Hilfiger /
Collins Foods Netherlands Limited
- Represented an employee of G-star in litigation concerning the validity of a non-compete clause.
- Advising Sandvik Mining and Construction of the downsizing of its Amsterdam HQ.
- Advised URBN, the parent company of brands such as Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie, on the consequences of the Brexit for employees in the Netherlands in terms of employment law.
Peter de Waal, who has a strong track record in individual and collective dismissal matters as well as restructuring and transfer of undertakings, heads the employment law team at Rotterdam-based Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh. Counsel Steven Palm, who focuses on restructuring, collective dismissals and remuneration matters co-leads the team. The firm also benefits from the arrival of senior associate Sandra van Steekelenburg from an in-house position.
Peter de Waal; Peter de Waal
‘Team members are highly skilled and are clearly enjoying working together and complement each other.
‘Peter de Waal has in depth knowledge, and is committed and determined to succeed.‘
- Advising Excent on negotiation of dismissals, workers with disabilities, fraud-related employment cases and summary dismissals
- Advising clothing retailer Gebrs Coster in relation to the company’s master commissionaire agreement with Levi Strauss, where the manager named on the initial agreement was to be laid off.
- Advising Hexion on Dutch employment law questions in relation to its filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US.
Workx Advocaten is a boutique employment firm based in Amsterdam that acts for both employers and employees in relation to dismissals, collective bargaining, and reorganisations, including litigation relating to those issues. The firm often receives referrals from, and collaborates with, corporate boutiques in relation to M&A transactions and the related employment law aspects. Founding partners Marnix Ritmeester and Jochem de Roos lead the firm.
Marnix Ritmeester; Jochem de Roos
Laborie Netherlands B.V.
Wrist-Klevenberg Ship Supply B.V.
Cerus Europe B.V.
Refresco Holding B.V.
Stanley Security B.V.
The Employment Group
Essent / RWE
- Advised energy company Essent Nederland on all aspects of employment law during its merge with EON.
- Advising on governance structure, works council structure and the arrangements in place for the pension fund of Eriks N.V.