Sophie advises national and international clients on various aspects of international employment including business immigration (work permits, single permit, visa and residence of foreign employees), all aspects of individual and collective employment law and social security law. She assists clients with seconding employees to Belgium, structuring simultaneous employment in various countries, starting up activities in Belgium, restructurings and acquisitions. Sophie often works closely with other members of Ius Laboris on transnational projects and queries. Besides, Sophie gives advice on various day-to-day HR issues and general employment law enquiries.
Sophie has a particular interest in global mobility and corporate immigration issues, (prohibited) lease of personnel and flexible work arrangements and dismissal law.
Sophie often speaks at internal and external seminars in Belgium and abroad and is author of various articles. She is co-author of the annual publications "Actief Eindigen" and the book "Tewerkstelling buitenlandse werknemers". Within Ius Laboris she is member of the Executive Committee and chairs the Global Mobility and Immigration Expert Group. Sophie is recommended in the Who’s Who Legal 2017 edition as follows: "Sophie Maes is a highly regarded adviser in matters of international employment, labour law and social security law. Sources say: “She is highly efficient and extremely knowledgeable in global mobility and immigration issues.". Furthermore, Who’s Who Legal: Labour & Employment 2017 has Sophie listed amongst the 26 Belgian experts in Labour, Employment & Benefits Law. In 2018 she is mentioned as follows: “Sophie Maes is a national leader with a superb practice. She is also recognised for her international expertise, with sources commenting, “Sophie is the go-to person on global mobility and immigration issues in the context of employment law in Belgium and beyond.” In 2019, the guide mentions "With an impressive ability on restructuring and dismissals work, the "very knowledgeable" Sophie Maes runs a top-notch practice that sees her garner widespread commendation from peers. "There is no better person" in the field in Belgium", comments one interviewee".
Sophie has been a member of the Brussels Bar since 1998. She graduated from the University of Leuven (K.U.Leuven) in 1997, having studied in Leuven and at the University of Rouen (France). She obtained a special degree in labour law from the University of Brussels (ULB) in 1998. Since 2009 she has been a partner at Claeys & Engels.