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

Attn. Suzanne Pennington de Jongh
Lange Voorhout 3
2514 EA 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

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Laurens de GraafBarentsKrans

BarentsKrans fields ‘a very competent team, which is easy to reach and swift in its replies’. The team focuses on high profile contentious matters and handles litigation in the Appeals Court and Supreme Court. Max Keulaerds  and Laurens De Graaf  head the practice, with Keulaerds recommended for high stakes litigation and transfer of undertakings (protection of employment) (TUPE) matters. De Graaf handles a wide range of employment issues, including reorganisations and collective dismissals, works council negotiations and equal pay disputes, and acts for clients in the transport, banking, oil and gas, construction and software development sectors. Senior associate Frank Dekker  is also recommended.