Martijn van Broeckhuijsen

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Practice Areas

Corporate Employment Law


Linklaters’ former Dutch employment and pensions head resigned at the end of 2014 to found corporate employment boutique Shearwaters on 1 January 2015. He has an international background, having lived in Singapore, Brazil, El Salvador and on St. Maarten and taps into a wide international network, also having worked at BakerMcKenzie.

He works on all employment law aspects of M&A, employment litigation, contract drafting, board room dismissals, mass dismissals, corporate restructurings, executive remuneration, and trade union/works council negotiations and is recognized as one of Europe's leading lawyers for business.

Sources quoted (from 2014 to 2019) say this about Martijn:

"Responsive, commercial and knowledgeable."

"An effective negotiator."

"Highly experienced and knowledgeable."

"Business oriented, pleasant and factual".

“Quick turnaround, clear communications and guidance."

"The excellent team was able to package the advice in such a way that we could easily forward it to other departments in our company. There was no legalese and it was very clear. It really understands us and our commercial drivers, which helps the transaction."

"Provides advice without allowing the heat of the situation to interfere with timing and decisions".

Professional Memberships



Martijn contributes to numerous publications (for example for Thomson Reuters and Kluwer International).