Ms Ester Damen > Kennedy Van der Laan > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Labour & Employment Law




Ester’s practice covers all aspects of employment law. Ester specializes in employment-law problems concerning privacy and data protection and the implementation of the GDPR in the Netherlands. This includes investigating and advising about #metoo situations and their employment-law consequences. Ester also advises both employers and works councils about the Dutch Works Councils Act and guides advice and consent procedures, and she litigates about employee participation cases before the Enterprise Section of the Court of Appeal.

Ester is a regular guest lecturer at the master’s in Employment Law at Groningen University and she writes articles for the journals OR Rendement and OR Magazine.


Member of the Association of Employee Participation Professionals
Member of the Association of Employment Law Attorneys Amsterdam (VAAA)
Member of the Employment Law Association (VvA)
Member of the Employee Participation Law working group of VvA
Member of the Employee Participation focus group of the Social and Economic Council (SER)

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.