Mr Michiel van Haelst > Vestius > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Employment law


Main focus is on individual dismissals, collective layoffs, transfers of business (mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing, harmonization of employment conditions and works council issues), non-competition issues, employer liability, employment contracts, including (international) secondment, collective bargaining agreements and personnel data registration issues with the Dutch Data Protection Authority.


From 1996 to 2004 Michiel worked at BakerMcKenzie. In early 2004 he switched to Vestius.
Other positions:

  • supervisory board member Stadsgoed (public-private investment and management company of the municipality of Amsterdam, housing corporation Stadgenoot and Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance (SAREF))
  • Editorial Board Member of PO-Online (E-WISE Online Permanent Education Institute)


Dutch, English


Member of the Employment Lawyers Association (VAAN) and the European Employment Law Association (EELA), member of the editor board of PO-Online, a provdier of permanent education for lawyers.


  • Employment Law postgraduate specialist course, Grotius Academy (2000)
  • Corporate Law postgraduate specialist course, Grotius Academy (2018)
  • Dutch Civil Law, University of Leiden (1996)
  • University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom (1995-1996)

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Employment

Vestius has been increasing involved in employment matters relating to contracts, in addition to advising on corporate employment mandates such as restructurings, mergers, and collective dismissals. Bart de Vroe and Michiel van Haelst co-lead the team; de Vroe is the go-to for the employment elements of corporate transactions and is well versed in dealing with works councils, while van Haelst is experienced in individual dismissals, collective layoffs and transfer of business cases.