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

(Rising stars)

Steven SterkVan Doorne

Van Doorne’s multi-disciplinary employment and pensions team is well regarded for cross-border reorganisations, restructuring and M&A matters. The practice also has strength in pensions work, as well as contentious matters. Els de Wind and Marjolijn Lips head the group, with de Wind bringing 35 years of experience in litigation, works council and governance matters. Steven Sterk, who was promoted to partner in January 2021, has considerable experience in the healthcare and life sciences sector. Senior associate Cara Pronk advises on European and international employment law.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Mediation

Van Doorne draws on strength from its corporate, employment, TMT and insurance groups to advise on a range of mediations, including those with international aspects. Recently the firm has seen an uptick in instructions from healthcare and life sciences clients, and it often handles disputes around commercial contracts, technology, employment and shareholder matters. Bas van Zelst leads the team and has considerable experience in alternative dispute resolution; he is also a professor of dispute resolution and arbitration at Maastricht University. Steven Sterk made partner.