Claeys & Engels remains the only Belgian Law Firm ranked in Band 1 for Employment Law in the 2018 edition of Chambers Europe

08 Mar 2018

 What the team is known for  This dedicated employment practice remains the clear market leader, boasting a large team spread over six offices across Belgium. Advises on the full range of matters including restructurings, collective dismissals and litigation, and also houses a dedicated data protection offering. Offers expertise in cross-border matters, including setting up pension funds for companies in multiple jurisdictions. Increasingly active in matters regarding discrimination at work.

Strengths  One client praises the team's "incredible ability to make extremely complex things very simple," adding: "I will never ever change law firm for employment. They are the best."

 Notable practitioners 

Chris Engels is described by sources as a "great lawyer". His practice covers outsourcing, collective dismissals and transfers of undertakings. In addition to his domestic knowledge, Engels is also considered an expert in European labour law.

Bart Adriaens is held in high regard by peers and is well known in Belgium for his social security law practice. He is noted for his advisory work, assisting employers with audits and investigations by regulatory authorities. Hailing Adriaens as an "outstanding lawyer," one source highlights his strength in the West Flanders region.

Olivier Debray is an experienced and long-standing partner, described by interviewees as a "high-calibre lawyer" who "stands out." Debray advises local and international clients on compensation, benefits and tax matters.

An Van Damme is described as "an excellent pensions lawyer." Clients value her expertise in drafting pension schemes and advising on pension harmonisations following M&A. She is also experienced in contentious matters, representing clients in court on pension-related litigation.

Bart Vanschoebeke is a long-standing employment adviser, providing advice at the domestic and EU level. Vanschoebeke pays particular service to contracts, dismissals and restructuring.

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