Ms Soo-Ja Schijf > Kennedy Van der Laan > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Labour & Employment Group




Soo-Ja Schijf is Partner in the Labour and Employment practice group, where she heads the Employment team.

Soo-Ja has many years of experience in advising multinational companies on a wide range of employment and employee participation matters. Her expertise includes reorganisations, collective and individual dismissals, outsourcing, transfer of undertaking, negotiations with works councils and trade unions, and (cross-border) secondments.

She also advises regularly on (sensitive) matters, such as the appointment and termination of board directors, non-competition disputes, and the role of ESG in the employment relationship, for example in relation to diversity and inclusion.

Soo-Ja has an international track record and regularly speaks at international conferences. She also gives trainings on new employment law developments to in-house counsels, HR teams and attorneys.


Dutch, English


Member of the Diversity and Equality Law Committee
Member of the Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA)
Member of the European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA)
Member of the Dutch Association for Employment Law (VvA)


Soo-Ja studied law at the University of Victoria in British Colombia (Canada) and at Utrecht University.

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.