Chris est cité par les plus importants ouvrages juridiques de référence :

« Chris Engels specialises in dismissal law and is an expert in matters concerning European labour law. One respondent says, "He has a sound legal knowledge and is extremely responsive. He is very commercial and pragmatic – a leader in the field. ». De plus, il a été nommé Thought Leader en Europe pour Labour & Employment Law en 2017. Chris figure parmi les 26 spécialistes belges listés par le Who’s Who Legal: Labour & Employment 2017 en matière de Labour, Employment & Benefits LawEn 2018 il est mentionné comme suit : “The “prompt, practical and business-focused” Chris Engels is recognised as one of the foremost figures in employment law. He draws high praise for his work in dismissal law and labour matters across Europe, with sources highlighting his “invaluable willingness to offer a view on risks and a real opinion on what to do”.” En 2019, le guide mentionne : "A Global Elite Thought Leader in the field, Chris Engels is "unmistakably one of the best". Respondents to the Who's Who Legal research were effusive in their praise of his work on individual and collective employee dismissals." Dans l’édition 2021 du Who’s Who Legal, il est mentionné comme suit : “Chris Engels is “truly brilliant on Belgian and international employment law” according to market commentators, who regard him as a “very insightful and excellent” lawyer.”
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Regarded as one of the leading employment law specialists in Belgium, Chris Engels has notable experience advising employers on collective dismissals and the transfer of employees to offices in other jurisdictions. He also represents clients in the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements and voluntary separation plans. One client enthuses that Chris Engels is "in my view, one of the best lawyers I know," and particularly highlights that "his technical knowledge is enormous." (2022)

Described as "outstanding", Chris Engels advises clients on restructuring and works council negotiations, with one interviewee declaring: "Engels has an important background on European work councils." According to a source, "he is the best-reputed lawyer in the Belgian market." (2021)

"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." (2018)

“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." (2017)
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"Claeys & Engels‘ team has an excellent reputation for its ‘in-depth and solid knowledge of employment law‘. Restructuring and pensions matters are core areas of strength for the ‘solution-minded‘ team, which also advises clients on immigration issues. Chris Engels and the ‘empathic‘ Olivier Wouters jointly lead the group, which includes Sophie Maes."
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Chris  pratique le droit du travail individuel et collectif, et plus particulièrement le droit du licenciement individuel et collectif. Il est aussi spécialiste en transferts d’entreprises, outsourcing et la détermination du droit applicable dans un contexte international. Chris consacre également une attention particulière à la problématique sur le  Comité d'entreprise Européen.

Chris est déjà intervenu en tant que conseiller des Communautés Européennes, notamment en ce qui concerne le Comité d'entreprise Européen et l’évolution du droit du travail. Il a également conseillé l'Organisation Internationale du Travail.

Chris est licencié en droit de la KU Leuven, où il a également obtenu un doctorat en droit. Il a également obtenu un Master of Laws de l'Université de Californie, Los Angeles, USA (UCLA). Chris enseigne actuellement à la Faculté de Droit de la K.U.Leuven et participe également au programme MBA au sein de la même université. Chris enseigne « Arbeidsrecht en Onderneming » et « European Labour Law ». Chris publie fréquemment en matière de droit social et participe également à de nombreux séminaires consacrés à ce thème, aussi bien au niveau national qu’international.