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 has a strong focus on sectors including technology, financial services and healthcare, and has specific experience in employee governance, advising and representing employers and work councils. The firm is also active in restructurings and reorganisations, as well as employment-related data protection matters and #MeToo issues. The practice is led by Chris Nekeman, who specialises in employee participation and legal proceedings for works councils and employers, Soo-Ja Schijf, who primarily represents multinationals with European operations, and Ester Damen, who has expertise in employee participation and data protection in employment relationships.