Claeys & Engels remains ranked in Band 1 as the leading Belgian Law Firm for Employment Law in the 2017 edition of Chambers Europe.

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Claeys & Engels remains ranked in Band 1 as the leading Belgian Law Firm for Employment Law in the 2017 edition of Chambers Europe.
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Date:
11 Apr 2017

What the team is known for This dedicated employment practice remains the clear market leader. Large team spread over six offices across Belgium. Advises on the full range of matters including restructurings, collective dismissals and litigation as well as a growing data protection offering. Offers expertise in cross-border matters, including setting up pension funds for companies in multiple jurisdictions. 

Strengths "They are very good," confirms a market source, further stating that the team is "very well known and very professional, always very accessible."

Notable practitioners  

Eminent practitioner Olivier Debray is a long-standing partner based in the Brussels office. He is considered "a star" by market sources and "a very fine lawyer and a good person to work with and against." As head of the compensation and benefits team, his main focus is advising local and international clients on tax-related issues for companies and their senior employees.

Described as "top in Belgium," Chris Engels is praised by sources who note his "practical mind" and say there is "absolutely no doubt about his technical expertise." He handles individual and collective dismissals and outsourcing, receiving recognition for his knowledge of international law. 

Kortrijk-based partner Bart Adriaens focuses on social security law, with additional expertise in counselling clients subject to audits by the relevant authorities. With over 20 years of experience, he is also noted for his numerous publications and presentations at seminars on labour topics.

Sources note that An Van Damme is "the leading lady in the market for pensions." She assists clients with drafting pension schemes and advising on pension harmonisations following mergers or acquisitions. She is also visible in court, representing clients in matters relating to occupational pensions.

Ghent-based partner Bart Vanschoebeke boasts more than 20 years of experience in employment advisory work. He is particularly active in matters relating to contracts, dismissals and restructuring, with further expertise in matters on a European scale.

See more at:  http://www.chambersandpartners.com/32/23/editorial/7/1