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Caroline Van Gent

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Labour Law


Caroline works for BarentsKrans since 1992 (partner since 1998). Her specialty areas is Labour law, and she is head of the Labour law department. Caroline has extensive experience on advising companies and individuals on labour law issues, conducting negotiations and litigating when appropriate. She makes assessments of and gives advice on (changes in) employment conditions and non-standard contractual provisions, such a non-compete clauses. On the area of public servants law, Caroline gives advice, conducts negotiations and litigates on a wide range of matters on behalf of (semi-) public administrative bodies and (semi-) public servants. Caroline is also the member of the Healthcare Industry Group of BarentsKrans.


Caroline started her career as an attorney in 1989 at Winters & Bosnak advocaten. She joined BarentsKrans in 1992. She is partner since 1998 and head of the Labour Law department. She is a lecturer at OSR Juridische Opleidingen (postgraduate legal training centre) and Kluwer (publisher).


Dutch and English


Member of the Supervisory Board of the Dutch Kidney Foundation / Lecturer at “Instituut voor Arbeidsrecht” (postgraduate legal training centre) and at “Koninklijke Nederlandse Beroepsorganisatie van Accountants (NBA)”


University of Utrecht, law degree, 1989



Within: Employment

Easily available and quick to react’, the team at BarentsKrans acts for clients such as KPMG, ABN Amro and the municipality of Delft. Group head Caroline van Gent is an expert in civil service, non-profit and healthcare employment. The ‘very smart, creative and proactiveLaurens de Graaf is ‘calm and mature’; ‘down-to-earth litigatorMax Keulaerds has ‘a brilliant legal mind’; and Peter Vas Nunes is ‘caring and intelligent’. Rogier Duk is also recommended.

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Netherlands: Industry focus

Healthcare and life sciences

Within: Healthcare and life sciences

Led by ‘extremely personable’ regulatory and patents expert Marleen van den Horst, who has ‘a depth of experience few can rival’, BarentsKrans’ team counts Focus Care, Accord Healthcare, Bayer and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries among its clients. Caroline van Gent is recommended for healthcare employment matters.

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