Laurens de Graaf

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E: laurens.degraaf@barentskrans.nl
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Laurens de Graaf is a partner in the employment law department. Laurens’ clients are active in (international) transportation, banking, oil & gas, construction, and software development. He advises on a wide range of employment issues, such as complex reorganisations and collective dismissals, works council negotiations, equal pay disputes, transfers of undertaking, non competition arrangements and negotiated exits of employees. Laurens has litigated many cases on every court level, including the Supreme Court. In 2013, he graduated cum laude from the Grotius academy: a post academic specialisation in employment law. Laurens regularly publishes articles in the field of employment law and gives training to HR professionals and other employment lawyers.

Directory listings

As in 2017 Laurens de Graaf has been awarded the title of ‘Next Generation Lawyer’ in the practice area of Employment law. – Legal 500, 2018

“The ‘very smart, creative and proactive’ Laurens de Graaf is ‘calm and mature’” – Legal 500, 2018

A referee emphasises the care taken by the team to tailor its approach to the client’s requirements, reporting: “They are very professional and take into account our core values and business principles when advising us.” Another source says that “BarentsKrans is outstanding,” highlighting the team’s careful attention to detail, saying: “They are good listeners with an excellent antenna for internal politics and situations.” – Chambers Europe, 2017

Professional activities

Member of the Association of Dutch Employment Lawyers (VAAN)
Member of the National Employment Law Association (VVA)
Co-author of SDU Commentaar Arbeidsrecht 2016 (a handbook on Dutch employment law)

News and publications

Obligation to include foreign workers in a Dutch pension fund?

A Dutch court recently ruled that foreign (EU) employers who temporarily post workers in the Netherlands must participate in certain industry pension funds. This ruling has particular relevance for EU companies active in cross-border transport and construction projects. The court held that a Cypriote transport company, which had its drivers working temporarily in the Netherlands,
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