The termination of an employment relationship may have far-reaching consequences for employers and employees. The Dismissal team of Kennedy Van der Laan handles cases in the field of collective redundancies as well as individual dismissals.
In cases of individual dismissals, the Dismissal team represents employers and employees. The team gives advice on the various ways in which an employment contract can be terminated. Initially, an amicable solution is often looked for, mostly in the form of a contract of settlement. If the parties do not reach agreement, the team will guide the proceedings before the Subdistrict Court or the UWV (Employee Insurance Implementing Body). In all cases, the Dismissal team strives for an approach as effective as possible to prevent long-term and costly proceedings.
In the event of a collective redundancy as a consequence of a reorganization of an enterprise, the Dismissal team advises and guides clients, inter alia, in the selection of redundant employees, the consultations with the Works Council, the drafting of a Social Plan (whether or not in consultation with the trade unions) and the documents required for rescission proceedings. The team also assists clients in taking the right steps at the right times and advises them on the communication with their employees.
Chambers Europe 2016 – Employment – Band 3
What the team is known for Experienced in employee participation issues, advising both employers and works councils. Also strong in matters relating to governance and flexible workforces. Notable for a strong sector focus in technology and healthcare, representing numerous hospitals.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
“I have a very good opinion of the firm. Its value for money is amazing, the lawyers are very responsive and their work is excellent because you get what you need, on time.”
“The lawyers maintain the young and bold energy the firm stands for. They are highly qualified and the partners are very distinguished lawyers.”
What’s new? Exact Software and Rabobank are new clients.
Work highlights Advised UWV on union and works council issues, internal policies and several dismissals.
Assisted IBM’s Central Works Council with employee participation issues and privacy matters.
Eva Knipschild is an expert in flexible workforces, including matters related to freelance and on-call workers. Clients say she is “quick at responding, very on target with her support and advice and very strategic.” She acted for Martinair on a range of matters, including dismissal cases and negotiating with works council and trade unions.
Department head Chris Nekeman specialises in co-determination advising both employers and works councils. A client enthuses: “He is one of a kind and always delivers. He is a brilliant man and an outstanding organiser.”
Significant clients Liberty Global, Microsoft, Nike, PepsiCo, Reed Business/Elsevier.
Legal 500 EMEA 2016 – Mediation – Tier 1
Kennedy Van der Laan maintains an active mediation practice, with a strong track record in employment-related disputes. Eva Knipschild is a registered mediator with the Mediators Federation Netherlands (MFN).
Legal 500 EMEA 2016 – Employment – Tier 3
Practice head Chris Nekeman of Kennedy Van der Laan represented UWV in various dismissal cases, as well as in dealing with labour unions and works councils. The department also advised Spaarne Gasthuis, VLM, Nike and Rochdale. Eva Knipschild is praised for her ‘strong international focus’ and ‘reliable, comprehensive advice’.
Chambers Europe 2015 – Employment – Band 2
What the team is known for Renowned employment practice advising on standalone works council issues, dismissals and non-compete agreements, while also supporting clients in transaction-related matters, such as reorganisations. Active in a wide range of sectors, notably healthcare and technology.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
“I am impressed by the lawyers – they are fresh and modern.”
“The team has a good balance of the legal and practical approach.”
Work highlights Assisted Reed Business with works council consultation, transfer of employees, dismissals and privacy matters.
Advised NS on all employment matters, including dismissals, discrimination cases, drafting of internal policies and negotiations with the works council and trade unions.
Inge De Laat “is highly experienced, to-the-point and responsive.” She focuses on employment-related privacy and healthcare law, and recently advised VLM Airlines on dismissals and works council and unions strategy.
Eva Knipschild is praised for being “really hands-on,” with “a knowledgeable attitude to complicated cases.” Clients further value her intelligence and creativity. Knipschild’s particular area of focus is mediation and the employment aspects of a flexible workforce.
Department head Chris Nekeman is valued for his pragmatism and deal-making ability. His experience with a versatile clientele is appreciated by interviewees, who say:“He doesn’t just work for employers, but employees and works councils as well. He knows all sides.”
Significant clients Liberty Global, Martinair, Microsoft, Nike, Port of Amsterdam.
Legal 500 EMEA 2015 – Mediation – Tier 1
Within Mediation , Kennedy Van der Laan is a first tier firm, Kennedy Van der Laan is particularly active in mediation in employment-related disputes, although real estate and shareholders’ disputes also feature. Eva Knipschild is a registered mediator.
Legal 500 EMEA 2015 – Employment – Tier 3
Within Employment, Kennedy Van der Laan is a third tier firm, Kennedy Van der Laan’s expertise takes in discrimination, dismissals, employee transfer and reorganisations. Chris Nekeman heads the team, which includes recommended partners Inge de Laat* and Eva Knipschild and associate Marjolein Westerbeek.
*Inge de Laat is longer working for Kennedy Van der Laan.
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