Mr Steven Sterk > Van Doorne > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

Van Doorne

Work Department

Employment & Pension



Steven specialises in employment law. In particular, he focuses on statutory directors and their dismissal, employee participation and employment conditions.


In cooperation with Annemieke Hendrikse, who is a partner at Van Doorne and specialised in directors’ and officers’ liability, Steven developed the ‘Directors’ check’, informing directors about their employment law and liability position. At no cost, Steven and Annemieke make directors aware of their particular situations and responsibilities and answer their questions, using the Directors’ check.





He read civil law and business law at Leiden University. Furthermore, he gained international experience during the Erasmus exchange programme in Italy. He obtained a master’s degree in European Private Law from the University of Amsterdam. Steven also completed the Grotius Employment Law specialist training with distinction.
Promoted as partner as per January 2021.




Steven appears in print on a regular basis and gives lectures on various employment law issues. He is the established Employment Law case law (JAR) annotator with regard to managing directors and he is an Employment Law lecturer at the Grotius Health Law training. This section of the Grotius training includes the components directors, the Executives’ Pay (Standards) Act, co-determination and unilateral changes to the terms and conditions of employment. He has extensive experience in this and other employment law areas, and he acts on behalf of numerous clients (including hospitals and listed companies).


Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Employment

(Next Generation Partners)

Steven SterkVan Doorne

Responsible, knowledgeable and business oriented’, Van Doorne’s growing employment practice covers a broad range of matters, with specific strength in pensions. Sijbren Kuiper, who was recently promoted to partner, leads the pensions team, advising and representing pension funds, financial market authorities and corporate clients, while  Cara Pronk, another new partner, specialises in both domestic and international labour law. Following the retirement of Els de WindMarjolijn Lips and Steven Sterk lead the practice. Lips focuses on co-determination, investigations, restructurings and M&A, and Sterk specialises in advising on executives and workers’ participation, including works council consultations and negotiations.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Mediation

An integral part of Van Doorne‘s multi-method dispute resolution practice, the mediation team acts for corporate and professional clients in settling internal financial and corporate disputes. Bas Van Zelst heads the team and Steven Sterk is the name to note for clients dealing with employment law issues.

Netherlands > Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences

Van Doorne’s multi-disciplinary healthcare and life sciences team handles traditional regulatory and litigation matters in the pharmaceutical arena and data protection and IT in the digital health-tech space for domestic and international clients. Healthcare law expert Willemien Bischot supports hospitals and healthcare providers with matters relating to the elderly and special needs space in complying with regulations. Bischot is entrusted with a full range of mandates, including financing, corporate governance and M&A. Life sciences specialist Dimitri van Hoewijk advises private equity firms, suppliers and manufacturers of medicinal products, start-ups and medical devices companies on M&A. Counsel Louis Jonker assists clients in the healthcare industry with IT and outsourcing projects. Healthcare providers entrust Steven Sterk with employment law matters, including reorganisations and dismissals. Corporate law focused duo Nick Suurmond and Siego Boslooper and tax lawyer Danielle Westerhoff are key supporting associates.