Palthe Oberman

Employment Department

Netherlands
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What the team is known for

Boutique employment practice that attracts considerable praise for handling of individual dismissal cases on behalf of employers or employees. Has experience in court proceedings and in alternative dispute resolution methods. Offers broader capabilities spanning the full range of employment matters, including all issues arising from outsourcings, corporate acquisitions and restructuring processes. Handles works council and union consultation processes. Also advises on the drafting of international employment contracts for top executives.

Strengths

Clients highlight the benefits of the firm's smaller team size, saying: "I get high-quality advice and a depth of knowledge combined with a personal style." The same source goes on to note: "During talks they listen thoroughly to the individual case and think about what is best for the client."

Clients also value the firm's goal-oriented outlook, saying that the lawyers "look at cases from a broad perspective and ask what is really important."

Work highlights

Advised Deutsche Bank on various ongoing employment law matters, including issues relating to employee participation and individual dismissal cases.

Notable practitioners

Christiaan Oberman is experienced in employee participation matters, including the establishment of works councils and the negotiation of collective labour agreements. He also handles sensitive dismissals. Interviewees often highlight his "presentation and communication" skills as a key strength of his practice. "He has a personal approach, so we get time to explain and think through the cases," states one source. Oberman earns further praise for his "technical knowledge."

Market commentators describe Gieneke Van Wulfften-Palthe as an "outstanding" lawyer with a "strong personal approach." She handles contentious matters flowing from individual dismissals. She also assists with appeals against decisions made by the Dutch employment inspectorate.