Laurens de Graaf

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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 2020, Laurens was recognized as a “Next Generation Partner” in The Legal 500 and as “Up and Coming” in Chambers Europe.

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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

Laurens De Graaf is highly recommended for matters involving trade unions – Legal 500, 2020

Clients praise his “pragmatic approach and quick responses,” adding: “He has sound technical knowledge and therefore offers excellent advice.” – Chambers Europe 2019

He always knows what questions to ask and where the sore points are. – Legal 500, 2019

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)

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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