Mr Chris Nekeman > Kennedy Van der Laan > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

Kennedy Van der Laan
1014 BG
P.O. Box 58188, 1040HD

Work Department

Employment Group




Chris’ practice involves all aspects of employment law with a focus on employee participation law, union negotiations and outsourcing. He supports both employers and works councils. Most of Chris’ clients are international companies, but he also acts for judges and public prosecutors in matters concerning their legal position.

Chris heads the employment and employee participation practice group. Chris is also a member of the Executive Committee of Kennedy Van der Laan.


Dutch, English


Chris is a member of the VVA (Association for Employment Law) and of the Employee Participation Working Group of the VvA. Furthermore, Chris annotates employee co-governance law judgments for the employment-law journal JAR and lectures on a regular basis, including at Post Academische Opleidingen (PAO) of Leiden University and VU University Amsterdam. Chris is also a member of the specialist Dutch Association of Employment Law Attorneys.


Law, Universiteit van Amsterdam, 1998
Sociaal Juridische Dienstverlening (Legal Social Work), Hogeschool Utrecht, 1995

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Employment

Kennedy Van der Laan takes a sector-focused approach to its employment practice, specialising in the technology, financial, and healthcare sectors, aiding employers and international clients with a slew of employment issues. The firm frequently advises on hybrid working arrangements and diversity and inclusion compliance, and is known for its expertise in co-governance law as well as restructuring and reorganisation projects. Chris Nekeman, Soo-Ja Schijf, and Ester Damen lead the practice together. Nekeman is a specialist in employee participation law, Schijf largely represents multinational companies in reorganisations and dismissals, and Damen acts for both employers and works councils, as well as being the go-to for assisting clients in unethical behaviour matters.