Laurens de Graaf

T: +31 70 376 06 16
E: laurens.degraaf@barentskrans.nl
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Laurens de Graaf is a partner in our employment law department. He counsels many national and international companies in organizational restructurings, collective dismissals, employee consultation processes and individual employment matters. Laurens is an experienced litigator, who has argued high-profile cases at every court level, including the Supreme Court. Some of Laurens’ most notable clients are active in the aviation, energy, IT, and (international) transportation industries. Laurens regularly publishes articles in the field of employment law and is a lecturer for PALA, a post-academic specialization for employment lawyers.

In 2019, Laurens was recognized as a “Next Generation Lawyer” in The Legal 500 and as “Up and Coming” in Chambers Europe.

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Laurens de Graaf is ‘exceptional, he’s dedicated, diligent, gets our business, and has been able to grab victory from the jaws of seemingly inevitable defeat’. Also De Graaf acts for clients operating in the transportation, banking, oil and gas, construction and software development sectors. – Legal 500 Top Tier 2021

Laurens de Graaf moves up in the rankings this year following glowing feedback from market commentators. Clients underline his commercial acumen, as one cites his “perfect approach for our business in combining the legal and practical aspects of a particular issue.” He acts on a number of contentious matters, including trade union disputes, as well as advising clients on reorganisations. – Chambers Europe 2021

Clients consider Laurens de Graaf to be a “highly knowledgeable, very proactive, responsive and client-focused practitioner who has a pragmatic approach.” Clients also praise him for providing “very clear and practical advice.” He often deals with termination proceedings following industrial action, as well as the employment aspects of M&A transactions. – Chambers Europe 2020

Professional activities

  • Lecturer for PALA (a post-academic specialization course for employment lawyers)
  • Co-author of SDU Commentaar Arbeidsrecht (a handbook on Dutch employment law)
  • Member of the Association of Dutch Employment Lawyers (VAAN)
  • Member of the National Employment Law Association (VVA)
  • Member of the European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA)