Mr Jan Hofkens > Lydian > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Employment, Pensions & Benefits.


Jan is a Partner in Lydian’s Employment, Pensions & Benefits practice. He represents both companies and executives in employment counselling and transactions. He has extensive experience in the full range of employment law, with a special focus on company restructurings (mass lay-offs, including collective bargaining), negotiation of severance packages for senior executives and drafting of HR policies. Jan is often involved in cases of employee fraud, privacy issues related to internal investigations, whistle–blowing, and dismissal for cause.


Jan joined Lydian in 2001, where he became a partner in 2003. Jan was Managing Partner of Lydian from 1 January 2010 till 1 January 2013. From 1993 to 2002 he was an attorney with Stibbe in Brussels, where, from 2001, he was one of the partners heading up the employment law department. Jan is a Registered Forensic Auditor at the Belgian Institute for Forensic Auditors (IFA) and he lectures on the Master’s course in Forensic Auditing at the University Management School of Antwerp (UAMS). Jan was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 1992.


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Jan was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 1992.


Jan graduated in 1992 with a law degree from the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL). In 1993, he received an additional bachelor degree in tax sciences from the Brussels Tax College (EHSAL).

Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > Fraud and white-collar crime

Lydian fields a multidisciplinary compliance and internal investigations team, which is particularly active across employee fraud including privacy issues, whistle-blowing and dismissal for cause, insurance fraud and contractual fraud; the team is also frequently instructed by Belgian companies to handle internal investigations and litigation. The group includes practice co-heads Hugo Keulers and Jan Hofkens in Brussels, who focus on insurance fraud and employment matters respectively, and Antwerp-based co-head Yves Lenders, who specialises in issues relating to the criminal liability of directors and contractual fraud.

Belgium > Employment

(Hall of Fame)

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Lydian‘s team is ‘very practical in its approach, help clients immediately further with the next step and always available for urgent and quick questions‘. Pensions work has formed the backbone of the recent workload for the group; other instructions include high-end dismissal cases, contentious work, collective dismissals and compliance matters. The ‘very responsiveJan Hofkens jointly heads the practice with pensions law expert Alexander Vandenbergen.