Ms Catherine Longeval > Van Bael & Bellis > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile

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Corporate and commercial, Regulatory


Partner Catherine Longeval specialises in litigation before the Belgian courts and advises clients on a wide range of issues, including life sciences law. Her expertise in this area covers laws governing medicines, biotech products, medical devices, cosmetics and food supplements, among other aspects.

She also specialises in unfair market practices, distribution law, product liability, public procurement, employment law and general commercial law.


Catherine began her professional career in October 1989. Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis in 1994, she worked as an associate with a leading Brussels law firm. 

She regularly lectures and writes on life sciences regulatory matters and procedural law matters. She often speaks at conferences.

Catherine is a member of: CEPINA (Belgian Centre for Mediation and Arbitration); the Brussels Pharma Law Group; and the European Employment Lawyers Association.


Catherine Longeval speaks Dutch, English and French.


Member of the Brussels Bar


University of Brussels (ULB), Master of Laws, 1989
University of Leuven, Master of Laws, 1987

Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Catherine LongevalVan Bael & Bellis

The ‘superbCatherine Longeval heads up the department at Van Bael & Bellis, which is well known for its strength in handling competition and life sciences litigation. Arbitration cases have also been prominent in the group’s recent workload. Senior associate Quentin Declève is very experienced in international litigation and arbitration. In July 2020, Martin Favart left the firm to take up a judicial position.

Belgium > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

(Leading individuals)

Catherine LongevalVan Bael & Bellis

At Van Bael & Bellis, the life sciences department provides pan-European advice on regulatory, marketing, IP and product liability cases, including litigation. Catherine Longeval and pharmaceuticals specialist Peter L’Ecluse co-head the team, with Longeval praised for offering ‘incredible depth and breadth of regulatory knowledge‘ – particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic, with an influx of new matters concerning clinical trials, supply chain issues, medicine shortages and the imports of non-CE marked PPE. Other key names include David Hull, recognised for his ‘top-range competition expertise‘, and Michael Clancy, who made partner in February 2020.

Belgium > Employment

Van Bael & Bellis‘ ‘very committed and dedicated‘ team is noted for its ‘pragmatic yet thorough approach‘ to employment law, and has been kept particularly busy handling restructurings and collective dismissals recently, often with cross-border elements. Catherine Longeval, who has established expertise in litigation, heads up the team. Counsel Sara Beutels and associate Ionathan Ventura have ‘outstanding analytical and communication skills‘.