Europe Guide Rankings

Employment in Netherlands Legal Rankings

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The Netherlands Employment section particularly focuses on contentious matters such as mass redundancies, unfair dismissal claims and industrial action, while movements such as #MeToo have brought the issue of workplace harassment into sharper focus. On the non-contentious side, firms advise on contractual matters, remuneration issues and collective bargaining agreements.  With the growth of new business models, matters concerning flexible or zero-hour contracts have become increasingly important.  The table ranks both firms that act for employers and firms that represent employees, and includes both full-service and boutique firms. Among the full-service firms, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek and Stibbe particularly stand out, while Boontje Advocaten and Palthe Oberman are notable boutiques.  Jaap van Slooten and Stefan Sagel are widely seen to be the leading individuals in the area. 

The table also includes a pensions law section, covering both litigation and harmonisation matters.  Jaap van Slooten is also a key figure in the pensions table, along with Wijnanda Rutten, Onno Blom and Irene Vermeeren-Keijzers.

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De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

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Stibbe

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Houthoff

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Loyens & Loeff

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NautaDutilh

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AKD

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Baker McKenzie

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BarentsKrans

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Boontje Advocaten

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Clifford Chance LLP

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DLA Piper Nederland

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Eversheds Sutherland

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Lexence

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Palthe Oberman

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Rutgers & Posch

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Van Doorne

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Band 4

Bronsgeest Deur Advocaten

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Pels Rijcken

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

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Vestius Advocaten

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Bird & Bird

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Dentons

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Shearwaters

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De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

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Stibbe

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Houthoff

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Loyens & Loeff

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NautaDutilh

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AKD

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Baker McKenzie

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BarentsKrans

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Boontje Advocaten

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Clifford Chance LLP

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DLA Piper Nederland

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Eversheds Sutherland

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Lexence

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Palthe Oberman

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Rutgers & Posch

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Van Doorne

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Bronsgeest Deur Advocaten

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Pels Rijcken

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

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Vestius Advocaten

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Bird & Bird

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Dentons

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Shearwaters

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Recognised Practitioner