Pels Rijcken

Employment Department

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What the team is known for Attracts significant attention for its activity for state institutions. Advises public sector clients on issues regarding workplace discrimination, employment contracts and remuneration packages. Also assists a number of corporate clients with employment law matters spanning the dismissal of top executives, the hiring of new staff, including foreign employees, and the employment law aspects of acquisitions.

Strengths"The lawyers have a hands-on and 'getting the job done' mentality," one client reports, also adding that the team "puts our interests first."

Other clients praise the commercial approach of the department: "The firm is very knowledgeable and proactive and the lawyers work in a business-wise manner."

Work highlights Advised Écart Invest on the labour law aspects of its acquisitions, including drafting agreements, assisting with dismissal cases and employment benefit questions.

Notable practitioners

Annette de Jong
"is a very approachable lawyer, who knows our company and business very well," one client enthuses, also adding that she is "sharp and clear in her analyses and she seeks practical solutions." Other interviewees point out her "up-to-speed, well-informed and accurate" approach. She frequently deals with clients from the food, oil and gas, telecommunications and security sectors.

Ruben Van Arkel
is regarded as "an outstanding lawyer who is able to develop new and creative perspectives in difficult cases," with the same client noting that "he keeps his eye on the goal and he knows how to get there strategically." Van Arkel's expertise includes matters related to pensions, as well as contentious matters such as disciplinary proceedings and dismissals based on misconduct.