Mr Rutger Ploum > Ploum > Rotterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Employment & co-determination
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Attorney at law, partner


Rutger advises and litigates in the field of employment law. Within that field, he focuses on individual and collective dismissal law, reorganisations (including the Collective Redundancy (Notification) Act, redundancy programmes and the Social-Economic Council’s mergers code), employment contracts, collective employment agreement issues, engagement agreements, appointment and dismissal of statutory directors, disciplinary measures, employee sickness absenteeism, competition law and pension law. Rutger works for both large (stock-exchange listed) companies and medium-sized companies and foundations. In addition, he specialises in dismissal of statutory directors.


Dutch, English, German


  • Association of Employment Lawyers of the Netherlands (Vereniging Arbeidsrecht Advocaten Nederland)
  • Association of Employment Lawyers of Rotterdam (Vereniging van Rotterdamse Arbeidsrecht Advocaten)
  • Dutch Employment Law Association (Vereniging voor Arbeidsrecht)
  • Dutch Association for Privacy Law (Vereniging Privacy Recht)


Rutger graduated from Leiden in 1989, after which he completed an internship at the Dutch embassy in Jakarta which involved setting up trade missions between the Netherlands and Indonesia. After this, he started work as a lawyer in Rotterdam. In 1995, he was one of the seven founders of Ploum. After completing the Post-Graduate Programme in Employment Law in 2000, in 2009 Rutger completed a course in Alternative Dispute Resolution at the University of Amsterdam in 2009. As a result, besides being a lawyer and partner he is also a mediator.

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Employment

(Leading individuals)

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The Rotterdam-based employment and incentives practice at Ploum excels in co-determination matters, restructurings, collective dismissals, and issues involving works councils. The firm brought in Daniël van Gerven from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in January 2023 to serve as practice co-head, adding to the strength of the firm’s remuneration, incentives, and internal investigations offering. Managing partner and co-head Rutger Ploum is known for his skills in conflicts between enterprises, unions, and works councils, while co-head Simon Tan handles private client cases involving executives.