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Labour and Employment

Our Labour and Employment department is one of the largest employment teams within a full-service law firm anywhere in Belgium and is recognised as a leading practice. Our lawyers advise and assist clients in all matters touching on Belgian and European labour and employment law.

Our team has vast experience and expertise in all legal aspects concerning human resources related issues. Our overall aim is to offer cost-effective, pro-active and pragmatic advice that enables better business decisions. We strive towards tailor-made and creative solutions to perfectly fit your needs.

Partner, Head of Practice
T : +32 2 551 14 58

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We advise and assist clients in all matters touching on Belgian and European labour and employment law.

Notable recent and relevant deals in which we are or have been involved include:

  • Assisting an institutional investment company to organize the transfer of personnel from a holding to a bank company bought by our client.
  • Assisting a textile manufacturing company in the take-over of personnel from another textile producing company in the framework of a legal reorganization by means of a transfer under authority of the court.
  • Advising two large energy companies regarding a collective dismissal in one of their joint venture companies.
  • Advising a transport company and a company active in the chemical analysis sector confronted with a decision about changing the competent joint labour committee.
  • Advising a major international firm with respect to setting up a whistleblowing  procedure.
  • Assisting a major company with the take-over of the personnel of well-known motorway restaurants and negotiation of collective bargaining agreements in order to harmonize the different employment conditions.
  • Advising a leading listed IT company about the transfer of a non-strategic business division to a Belgian listed company.

Our Labour and Employment team is at your side. Our lawyers aim to provide clear and practical advice and have the ability to adapt to ever- changing business needs.

We have a particularly favorable ratio of experience, ensuring that our clients get the highest level of expertise to achieve their goals. Our Labour and Employment department is organized to guarantee the quality of our work and our responsiveness.

Our lawyers are fluent in English, French and Dutch. Several of them also speak German, Italian or Spanish.



What others say about us

‘They are quick to respond, patient and sound with their advice‘.

‘They deliver high quality services and are very reactive‘.

‘Paul Geerebaert and Vincent Busschaert are leading practitioners on the Belgian market‘.

‘When you work with Liedekerke, you know that you are dealing with a quality law firm with high quality people. There is always a feeling of trust and confidence‘.

‘Highly practical and commercial‘.

‘The team is solid and very well coordinated‘.

-- Legal 500 Employment 2021

'"my go-to firm because the team is very experienced and strong with international clients.'.

'nice to work with, very practical and business-oriented.'.

'Paul Geerebaert focuses on advising clients on collective and individual dismissals and also on representing them in litigation. A client enthuses: "He has considerable experience and knows how to make Belgian employment law rules easy to grasp and to understand for foreign clients."'.

-- Chambers Europe 2021

‘Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick has an excellent and very knowledgeable team‘. ‘They are punctual, motivated and passionate about the law and their cases‘. ‘Paul Geerebaert has an outstanding reputation. He has a strong sense of urgency and gives each client a feeling of top priority‘.

-- Legal 500 Employement 2020

Advises on collective and individual dismissals and restructurings. Often represents multinational companies in the automotive and insurance sectors, as well as public institutions. Assists with the employment aspects of multi-jurisdictional mandates, such as cross-border mergers. Also handles employment litigation, including disputes concerning discrimination in the workplace and claims arising out of dismissals. Has experience acting on strikes and union negotiations.

Paul Geerebaert has significant experience representing companies and employees in contentious dismissal cases and other employment litigation. Clients particularly highlight his responsiveness as a key strength.

-- Chambers Europe Employment 2020

Clients value the team's "speed of response and that they are comfortable in meeting complex deadlines".

-- Chambers and Partners Employment 2016

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick’s Paul Geerebaert and Vincent Busschaert are ‘highly commercial and pragmatic’, and Leen Holvoet is also recommended.

-- Legal 500 Labour and Employment 2016