Chairman: Edith Molemans
Managing Partner: Paul Boontje
Number of partners: 7
Number of lawyers: 25 (including 1 Managing Director, 7 partners, 6 senior associates, 11 associates) and 1 paralegal
Languages: Dutch, English, German
Boontje Advocaten is a boutique law firm that focuses exclusively on employment law and has been around for almost 20 years. Currently employing 25 lawyers, the firm is the biggest firm specialising in employment law in the Netherlands with many lawyers possessing over ten years’ experience in employment law. The choice for highly experienced professionals was consciously made, based on the experience that clients of its practice look for a sparring partner, who is able to share thoughts with them at the required level and who can offer fitting impromptu solutions at any time.
Thanks to the seniority of its lawyers, Boontje Advocaten is able to apply what is called the ‘Employment law Plus Formula.’ This formula means that each lawyer, in addition to his or her general knowledge of employment law, focuses on one or more specific areas, such as collective bargaining conditions, co-determination, working conditions, flexible labour, occupationally disabled employees, managing directors and special clauses in employment contracts. That way, the firm has specific and readily available knowledge in house at any given time and could counsel its clients on employment law matters not only in a broad sense but offer them in-depth advice as well. This in-depth knowledge is further assured with Prof. C.J. (Cees) Loonstra as senior consultant and Pascal Kruit as Partner. Prof. Loonstra is Employment Law university professor at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and has been involved with Boontje Advocaten since its foundation in 2001. Pascal Kruit obtained a doctorate in Employment Law specialising in Dutch Dismissal Law and is a lecturer at a number of training institutions and teaches the judiciary. Senior partner Paul Witteveen largely contributes to the in-depth knowledge of the firm, based on his extensive track-record (practice and academic) in the field of corporate employment law.
Also Yvette Dissel, Stéphanie Spoelder and Danny Vesters are (academic) lecturers. Yvette Dissel lectures at the Grotius Academy, Stéphanie Spoelder at the University of Leiden and Danny Vesters at the University of Amsterdam. Furthermore, two associates work on their PhD research in Employment Law next to their work as lawyer. Boontje Advocaten maintains a close relationship with the Universities in Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Leiden. This allows Boontje Advocaten to attract and retain most talented employment and labour lawyers. The firm’s clients operate in a wide variety of sectors and industries (such as banking, hospitality, life sciences and healthcare, transport, media and entertainment), and include employers (both multinational and medium-sized businesses), managing directors, works councils, interest groups, employees and self-employed entrepreneurs.
The firm can rely on a wide national and international network of niche firms specialising in employment law as well as other fields of law and disciplines. Besides this network of international contacts, Boontje Advocaten is now a member of the Employment Law Alliance (ELA). The ELA is the world’s largest network of employment and labour law lawyers. With leading employment, labour, and immigration lawyers in more than 120 countries all 50 US states and every Canadian province, the ELA provides multi-state and multi-national companies seamless and cost-effective services worldwide. International businesses benefit from the ELA’s reach and deep familiarity with both the local laws and the local courts. Clients also appreciate a single point of contact, consolidated invoicing, and regional billing rates.
Boontje Advocaten aims to provide more than a legal practice that focuses on dispute resolution and employment law challenges. Paul Boontje, the firm’s name-giver and a number of (senior) associates are also (registered) mediators. Wouter Hes, one of the firm’s other partners, provides (employment law) coaching in addition to his legal practice. Each of those disciplines offer a different perspective on conflict resolution, which benefits both its clients and its lawyers. Pauline Sick is a deputy judge with the Court of Appeal of the Hague and is one of the editorials of TRA, one of the Netherland’s most distinguished employment law magazines, appearing monthly, as well as one of the editors of RAR, a jurisprudence magazine, appearing 14 times a year.
Main Areas of Practice:
Collective Bargaining Agreements
Collective Employment Law
Dismissal (Individual, Collective)
Employment Terms & Conditions
Flexible Employment Relations
Incapacity For Work
Cross Border Employment
Public Servant Law
Social Security Law
Fraud & Integrity
Boontje Advocaten applies the employment law plus formula. Besides having a general knowledge of employment law, each lawyer focuses on one or more particular related areas of expertise. Thanks to this specialisation, the lawyers can offer clients a broad range of services. Moreover, they also contribute to the public debate, for example by publishing articles and participating in working groups that advise the government on legislative bills.
■Charities/Not For Profit
■Commercial & Professional Services
■Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences
■Software & Computer Services
■Hardware & Electronics
■Travel & Leisure
Elsevier (part of RELX Group), Woodward, Travelex, Royal Auping, Yakult, Quintiles/Iqvia, Royal Coster Diamonds, QNH Consulting, DPA, Technip, Connexxion (part of Transdev SA), Baker Tilly, NTT Netherlands, Aalberts Industries, Aviapartner, Bunzl, Deloitte, Hotel Pulitzer (Amsterdam), Otravo, VMware, Bugaboo International, European Medicines Agency (EMA), Getronics, Carlson Wagonlit travel(CWT), Ecco, HCL, Signify, The Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations