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Lydian was awarded “Best Law Firm in Social Law” at the Trends Legal Awards 2019.


  • Chambers and partners – Chambers Europe

    Within Employment, Lydian is ranked in Band 2. Jan Hofkens and Alexander Vandenbergen are ranked in Band 2.

    What the team is known for Skilled team assisting major international companies with the dismissal of high-level employees and employee misconduct claims. Advises on unfair dismissal claims and restructurings, including collective dismissals and negotiations with trade unions. Also active on a range of pensions matters, including structuring pension funds. Offers solid expertise in the employment aspects of transactions and post-merger integrations.

    Strengths A client reports that the team is "very responsive, the advice is terrific and the lawyers are very practical." 
    Another interviewee describes the lawyers as "clear and straightforward."

    Work highlights Advised Center Parcs on a restructuring, including representing the client in negotiations with unions and assisting with dismissals.

    Chambers Europe states:

    Jan Hofkens advises international clients on collective and individual dismissals, as well as assisting clients with employee misconduct investigations. A commentator reports that Hofkens is "very good in giving quick responses and very pragmatic."

    Alexander Vandenbergen advises clients on the employment aspects of transactions, including post-merger integrations and restructurings. He is also praised by clients for his work on pensions matters, assisting with both contentious and advisory mandates. A client appreciates Vandenbergen for "his strategic skills and the fact that he thinks ahead."


  • Legal 500

    Within Employment, Lydian is ranked in Tier 2. Jan Hofkens and Alexander Vandenbergen are ranked in the Hall of Fame. Kato Aerts is “Rising Star”.

    At Lydian, Alexander Vandenbergen ('a first-class employment lawyer') heads up the practice with Jan Hofkens. Hofkens is 'a very skilled negotiator with regard to handling dismissals and collective agreements matters, backed by his broad knowledge and in-depth understanding of employment law issues'. Recent mandates included large-scale pensions work, dismissals, restructurings and compliance-related matters. Kato Aerts' 'knowledge of international employment law is exceptional'.

    Testimonials from peers and/or clients

    ‘Kato Aerts is very commercial and responsive. Her written work is concise and clear‘.

    ‘Professionals that provide no-nonsense legal advice. Straight to the point problem-solvers‘.

    ‘Lydian’s lawyers have a very practical approach‘.

    ‘Very client-oriented, solution-driven, fast response time‘.

    ‘Alexander Vandenbergen has superb industry knowledge‘.

    ‘Kato Aerts is an exceptional and ambitious young lawyer. She is extremely responsive, reliable and dedicated‘.

    ‘Alexander Vandenbergen has a particular focus on pension schemes. He is one of the most dedicated specialists in this area‘.

    ‘Kato Aerts is a skilled lawyer who gives clear and to the point advice‘.

  • Leaders League

    Lydian, along with Jan Hofkens and Alexander Vandenbergen have been ranked as "Excellent" in the Labor & Employment - Labor litigation category of Leaders League ranking 2021. 

  • Who's Who Legal

    Jan Hofkens and Alexander Vandenbergen are Thought Leaders in Labour & Employment edition of 2021. Alexander is Global Leader in the Pensions & Benefits global guides of 2020.