Employment law

Dutch employment law is notoriously complex and in constant flux. Our specialists are on top of the latest developments, and have been so for well over a quarter of a century. They can assist you with any employment law issue and are known for their excellent service. In the 2020 edition of the Legal 500 we were ranked first yet again.

Advice and litigation

Our advisory services and litigation cover all possible aspects of employment law, from hiring to dismissal and everything in between. We have ample experience with corporate restructuring, individual and collective dismissals, outsourcing, mergers and acquisitions (transfer of undertakings, or ‘TUPE’), alteration of working conditions, equal pay, pensions, flexible and temporary employment relationships, works councils and co-determination, international employment, civil servants law, and collective labour agreements. We litigate in all courts, including the Supreme Court. Our clientele consists primarily of large and midsized corporations, non-profit organizations, healthcare institutions, schools and financial institutions, but we also regularly provide services to managing directors, non-executive directors and managers.

Our attorneys are members of all relevant associations of employment law specialists. They also regularly teach in postgraduate programs, provide in-company trainings and lecture at seminars. Furthermore, they frequently publish on employment law subjects and serve on the editorial boards of professional and case law journals.

Our employment law attorneys’ specialties

We offer clear-cut advice and always put the practical consequences for our clients first. We are known for our personalised approach and our efficiency. Above all, we love our job.

Our specialists have special expertise in the areas of:

  • Civil servants law
    Including those in non-departmental public bodies, the police, universities, university medical centres and elementary schools – are governed by different rules and a different legal procedure. It takes a specialist in civil servants law to be fully on top of these specific regulations and to provide suitable advice. We provide those specialists.
  • Co-determination
    In the Netherlands, companies or organisations with 50 or more employees are required to have a works council. Employers must by law ask their council for advice or even approval on many important decisions. We have ample experience with both national and international issues of this kind.
  • Pensions
    Pensions are a costly and unusual aspect of employment law. Unusual, because pensions involve three parties: apart from the employer and the employee, there is also a pension fund or insurer. This gives pension law an extra dimension. Our employment law specialists have ample experience and expertise in this area.

Employment law recommendations

BarentsKrans is home to one of the premier employment teams in the Netherlands, and is particularly recommended for complex litigation, union negotiations, and restructuring. – Legal 500, Top Tier (2020)

One satisfied client highlights the team as “being hyper-intelligent, down to earth and practical yet capable of in-depth analysis where needed.” Another source summarises the department as “client-focused, knowledgeable and pragmatic in its approach.” – Chambers Europe (2020)

BarentsKrans is ‘excellent on the knowledge and capabilities’ fronts and ‘is always on top of developments and will inform its customers of these’. – Legal 500, Top Tier (2019)

Clients say the team’s “knowledge is extremely up to date and they have a number of lawyers who are really top of the bill.” Others draw attention to the “swift, appropriate and thorough advice” that the department provides. Chambers Europe (2019)

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