Mr Leendert Kruidenier > Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V. > Utrecht, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

Wijn & Stael Advocaten N.V.

Work Department

Employment, commercial litigation, corporate law and corporate litigation


Managing partner


Leendert Kruidenier has been with Wijn & Stael since 1991 and is as an attorney and partner. He focuses his practice on labor and corporate law and overlapping aspects in both areas. He counsels clients in restructuring, disputes and conflict mediation, insourcing and outsourcing, transfer of business, (individual and collective) involuntary termination of employment and reorganizations.

Leendert represents midsize and large businesses, directors, supervisory directors and senior management. He counsels, negotiates and litigates in complex cases and acts as a sparring partner for directors and regulators. He also serves as deputy judge at the District Court of The Hague and as a mediator in labor law and business conflicts.

Advocate in Heart and Soul
Leendert is an enthusiastic, pragmatic and driven lawyer with strong strategic insight, who can quickly translate complex issues into actionable solutions. He works closely with his clients and vigorously advocates for their interests. “Having justice and getting justice don’t always go hand in hand, but the challenge is to achieve the best possible result in every situation.” Leendert is a real linchpin that is, by and large, regarded as a trusted advisor. His clear and astute analysis of complex issues consistently earn him high praise from clients.

Background in Insolvency Law
Leendert draws on the experience he gained in his former 15-year career as trustee and administrator to provide advice and assist in reorganizations and restructuring.


  • Member, VCL – Corporate Litigation Association
  • Member, UOS – Utrecht Entrepreneurial Society
  • Member, VAAA – Association of Employment Lawyers of Amsterdam
  • Member, VAAN – Association of Employment Lawyers of the Netherlands
  • Member, VAAMN – Association of Employment Lawyers of Central Netherlands


  • Mediator, 2020, Dialogue
  • Financing & Securities, specialist program, 1996, Grotius Academy
  • Institut Universitair d’Études Européennes, postgraduate, 1990, Geneva
  • Civil Law, 1989, University of Groningen

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.