- 26 Apr 2016
What the team is known for Large niche firm with an outstanding reputation in employment law. Market-leading for a wide variety of mandates including social security, restructurings, collective dismissals, pensions, employee harmonisation and data protection.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"An outstanding firm which is really focused on employment law."
"The firm I trust most for quality and for dealing with clients in the right way."
Eminent practitioner Olivier Debray is lauded by sources as "academic and a very intelligent specialist." He holds significant expertise in social security and tax-related aspects of employment law, advising both domestic and international clients.
Interviewees describe the market-acclaimed Chris Engels as "a workaholic and an excellent lawyer; by far the uncontested leader" in international restructurings. He also has considerable strength in employee harmonisation and often assists clients with transfer of undertakings mandates.
Bart Adriaens is based in Kortrijk and receives plaudits for his "excellent work" in social security and employment matters. He is noted for advising employers on social inspection files and audits.
The Ghent-based Bart Vanschoebeke frequently assists clients with restructurings. Clients report that "he reacts quickly, is very available and is someone who looks behind the legislation to find a good solution."
An Van Damme specialises in occupational pensions, including drafting pension schemes and advising on pension harmonisations following mergers. Sources describe her as "a team player and a technical expert with a good sense of practical insight on how to turn issues into solutions."