Mr Karlijn van der Heijden > Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V. > Utrecht, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V.

Work Department

Employment Law




Karlijn van der Heijden has been an attorney with Wijn & Stael since 2018. Her practice covers employment law and providing counsel and litigation services in matters involving collective bargaining, co-determination, transfer of business, insourcing, outsourcing and reorganizations. She primarily represents employers, employer and employee organizations and employee councils.

Strong analytical skills and a passion for protecting client interests 
Karlijn has strong analytical skills, a broad range of interests and a great sense of social commitment. She has a natural talent for finding creative solutions to complex problems and a deep appreciation of the relationships between parties and the interests at stake. “I love the challenges my work brings me and the different dynamics each case produces. Whenever I take on a case, I immerse myself in my client’s world and take the time to build a personal relationship.”

Broad Perspective 
Corporate and collective labor disputes often involve more complex legal issues than just the dispute at hand. With a keen interest in understanding the dynamics at play in a company, Karlijn explores issues that extend beyond the boundaries of employment law . This gives her a broad perspective and enhances her ability to better serve her clients.


  • Member, VJAA – Association of Young Employment Lawyers
  • Member BVMP (Professional Association for Participation Professionals)


  • Postgraduate course in Employment Law, cum laude (2022)
  • Employment and Corporate Law, LL.M., 2017, Utrecht University
  • European Law School, 2016, Maastricht University

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Employment

The employment practice at Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V. is jointly led by Else Loes Pasma and Leendert Kruidenier, with Pasma advising on complex governance, compliance, and integrity issues, while mediator Kruidenier assists with complex dismissals and restructurings. The firm often advises shareholders and supervisory boards of companies, trade unions, and works councils on a range of non-contentious employment issues and disputes. The practice is particularly well known for handling employment matters involving foreign senior executives. Maaike Faber and Karlijn van der Heijden are the go-to contacts for works councils issues.