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 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.