De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Employment Department

Netherlands
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What the team is known for

Often 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, restructuring, outsourcing and flexible and temporary employment mandates. 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

"Their key strength is that they are very knowledgeable of all the case law," says one client, going on to explain: "Where other lawyers might have to spend hours looking for the case law, the lawyers at De Brauw can be very quick and pragmatic." 

"De Brauw has a leading reputation for employment law in the Netherlands," states another impressed interviewee.

Work highlights

Represented Holland Casino in Supreme Court proceedings brought by its works council, which sought to block the company's intended restructuring.

Notable practitioners

Noted for her focus on the transactional elements of employment law, Barbara Kloppert earns praise for her "calm, friendly and solution-driven approach." She also handles contentious mandates, as showcased in advice to Achmea on proceedings after its works council sought to block the merger of group companies De Friesland and Zilveren Kruis.

Stefan Sagel enjoys an unrivalled reputation in field of Supreme Court employment litigation. He is recognised as a "thought leader" among market commentators. "He is technically brilliant, handles the most important cases and is easy to get along with," states one interviewee. He represented an individual employee in a dispute with Dräger, a manufacturer of alcohol detection equipment, in a case that has profound implications for employees' rights to statutory dismissal compensation.