Eversheds Sutherland

Employment Department

Netherlands
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What the team is known for

Amsterdam and Rotterdam-based practice that stands out for its experience in cross-border restructuring matters. Advises on the post-merger transfer of workers and on collective redundancies arising from the closure of operations in the Netherlands. Defends employers in litigation arising from individual terminations or from disputes with unions over pay increases. The team's pensions-related expertise is notably enhanced by its strategic partnership with niche firm Bergamin Pensioenrechtadvies.

Strengths

"They're sensible in the amount of advice that they give," says one interviewee, going on to explain: "Their advice is very streamlined and they deliver something that is practical."

Clients appreciate that the team is "very knowledgeable, experienced and always available."

Work highlights

Advised Pentair on several individual dismissals. The firm also acted on negotiations with the company's works council in support of a reorganisation process.

Notable practitioners

Clients appreciate Ingrid Van Berkel 's "pragmatic and solution-oriented" approach. "She is driven towards solving problems, which doesn't always mean going to court," states one interviewee. Based in the firm's Rotterdam office, she handles collective dismissals and litigation for a number of well-known international companies.

Marieke Koster focuses on cross-border reorganisations, including works council negotiations and dismissal proceedings. Clients describe her as "responsive and thorough" and appreciate her availability. She assisted GÉANT with the employment law aspects of its cross-border restructuring.

Wijnand Blom focuses on M&A-related employment matters, including post-merger restructurings. Peers highlight his experience in works council negotiations, while clients value his "commercial strength and intellectual sharpness." Interviewees further note his "clarity inexplaining his views and our options."