De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Employment Department

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What the team is known for Identified as a superb choice to handle highly complex employment litigation mandates, with market-leading experience in proceedings brought before the Supreme Court. Boasts wide-ranging expertise encompassing individual and collective dismissals, collective agreements, restructurings and flexible and temporary employment issues. Also adept at handling disputes and negotiations with works councils and trade unions, as well as assisting employers with industrial actions. Offers comprehensive support on all HR aspects of domestic and international M&A transactions, in collaboration with the firm's top-notch corporate team.

Strengths One client underlines that "De Brauw is my absolute number one choice. All the lawyers there are very responsive and very knowledgeable, but pragmatic at the same time."

Another source describes the team as "very knowledgeable, effective and energetic."

Work highlights Assisted with the negotiations with the works council during the acquisition of Delivery Hero.

Notable practitioners

Barbara Kloppert frequently assists with the labour law aspects of corporate transactions, as well as contentious matters and dismissal proceedings. Clients recognise Kloppert as a practitioner who is "always pragmatic in conflicts, finding the best way out of situations."

Clients praise Stefan Sagel for his "responsiveness, willingness to brainstorm and personal touch," while other sources enthuse: "The depth of his practice is unbelievable." Sagel is highly regarded for his experience in Supreme Court employment litigation, including large-scale mass dismissal claims and proceedings related to industrial action.