Specialist employment firm Claeys & Engels provides comprehensive coverage across the full range of employment matters from its six offices across Belgium, acting for clients including major domestic and multinational corporates and public authorities. Chris Engels and Olivier Wouters co-lead the practice, which counts among its members a large number of experienced partners and counsel with diverse specialisms. Engels is an authority on dismissals and European law, while Wouters has broad expertise across areas including M&A, reorganisations, and union relations. Inger Verhelst has a particular focus on discrimination and employee wellbeing matters, in addition to data protection and privacy. Sophie Maes, meanwhile, is a key contact on international employment matters, including the secondment of employees into Belgium and simultaneous employment. The firm is also adept at contentious work, with lawyers having appeared before tribunals and national and European courts, including the CJEU.

We are grateful for the support and trust of our clients, as well as the hard work and dedication of everyone in the firm that have made this achievement possible. One collaborative team!

Leading individuals

Olivier Wouters, Inger Verhelst and Sophie Maes

Practice head(s)

Chris Engels and Olivier Wouters

Other key lawyers

Inger Verhelst, Sophie Maes and Fabienne Raepsaet