Norton Rose Fulbright

Employment Department

Netherlands
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What the team is known for Well-regarded employment team with notable expertise in restructurings, collective dismissals and whistle-blower matters. Has experience in high-profile cases that test Dutch law on flexible working. Also active on compliance issues related to employment, including those pertaining to GDPR. Regularly handles contentious and non-contentious matters regarding pensions. Clients are drawn from a broad range of sectors, spanning oil and gas, insurance and transport.

Strengths Clients appreciate that the lawyers are "responsive and really supportive, even with last-minute or urgent items," adding: "The firm has a good depth of resources, so I find even when the main point of contact is on leave there is always high-quality back-up available."

Another interviewee highlights the firm's "customer focus and results-oriented" approach, going on to say: "We have one point of contact, which helps the firm to understand our business."

Work highlights Acted for Deliveroo on a landmark dispute with a delivery driver concerning his status as self-employed.

Notable practitioners

Maartje Govaert advises clients on a range of employment matters including flexible labour disputes, collective labour agreements and individual dismissal cases. Govaert is also described by interviewees as a "thought leader in the field of whistle-blowing." One client notes her "deep technical knowledge," while another source values her "strategic guidance"on contentious cases. She advised the CEOs of Blokker and Xenos on their decision to terminate their employment contracts following the restructuring of Blokker Holding.