Mr Laurens De Graaf > BarentsKrans > The Hague, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

PO Box 30457
2500 GL The Hague

Work Department

Labour Law


Laurens de Graaf is a partner in the employment law department. Laurens’ clients are active in (international) transportation, banking, oil & gas, construction, and software development. He advises on a wide range of employment issues, such as complex reorganisations and collective dismissals, works council negotiations, equal pay disputes, transfers of undertaking, non competition arrangements and negotiated exits of employees. Laurens has litigated many cases on every court level, including the Supreme Court. In 2013, he graduated cum laude from the Grotius academy: a post academic specialisation in employment law. Laurens regularly publishes articles in the field of employment law and gives training to HR professionals and other employment lawyers.


Laurens graduated from Utrecht University in 2008, where he obtained a masters degree in Corporate, Social and Economic Law. During his studies, he put a heavy emphasis on employment law and labour law. In 2007, Laurens spent two semesters at Washington University in St. Louis, School of Law (USA). He wrote his thesis about employers’ liability law in the USA and The Netherlands, for which he received the Capra Thesis Prize 2008 (best thesis on employment law in The Netherlands). In 2008, Laurens joined BarentsKrans’ Labour Law department and in 2016 he became partner.


Dutch, English (fluent)


Member of the Association of Dutch Employment Lawyers (VAAN) / Member of the National Employment Law Association (VVA) / Co-author of SDU Commentaar Arbeidsrecht 2016 (a handbook on Dutch employment law)


Grotius Academy, postacademic specialization course in Employment law (with high honors) (2013) / Utrecht University, degree in Dutch law (2008) / Washington University in St. Louis, School of Law (2007-2008)

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Employment

(Next Generation Partners)

Laurens de GraafBarentsKrans

BarentsKrans, which is one of the leading firms in the market, specialises in highly contentious and litigated employment matters. The ‘commercially minded and responsive’ team is jointly led by Max Keulaerds and Laurens de Graaf. Keulaerds is well-respected as an employment law litigator and was closely involved in the law-making process and evaluation of the Dutch dismissal law WWZ and its successor WAB. De Graaf acts for clients operating in the transportation, banking, oil and gas, construction and software development sectors. Senior associate Frank Dekker has deep experience in Supreme Court litigation.