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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 handling general employment matters on a daily basis for major international companies. Advises on litigation and restructurings, including collective dismissals and subsequent negotiations. Also active for both private companies and public authorities on a range of pensions matters, including structuring pension funds and compliance with pension regulations. Offers solid expertise on negotiations with labour unions and post-merger integrations.

    Strengths Clients highlight the team's responsiveness, with one particularly stressing: "The lawyers are outstanding and very responsive, I felt I could rely on them."
    Clients appreciate the team's service, saying: "The lawyers were able to solve our problem and save us tremendous time and money."

    Chambers Europe states:

    Alexander Vandenbergen is a sought-after pensions expert. Clients enthuse: "He has an in-depth knowledge of occupational pension schemes." Vandenbergen also assists clients with dismissals and restructurings. Another client reports that Vandenbergen is "quick and punctual in his answers and always available."

    Jan Hofkens is known for handling high-stakes employment issues, including dismissals, collective agreements and social inspections. Market sources describe him as a "very good negotiator." Clients are eager to praise him, with one commenting that "he is an amazing lawyer" who is "very smart, creative, responsive and cost effective."

  • Legal 500

    Within Employment, Lydian is ranked in Tier 2. Jan Hofkens and Alexander Vandenbergen are ranked in the Hall of Fame. 

    Lydian's team is 'very practical in its approach, help clients immediately further with the next step and always available for urgent and quick questions'. Pensions work has formed the backbone of the recent workload for the group; other instructions include high-end dismissal cases, contentious work, collective dismissals and compliance matters. The 'very responsive' Jan Hofkens jointly heads the practice with pensions law expert Alexander Vandenbergen.

    Testimonials from peers and/or clients

    ‘They are practical, to the point, co-operative and always available and easy to reach’.

  • 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 2020. 

  • Who's Who Legal

    Jan Hofkens is Thought Leader in Labour & Employment edition of 2020. Alexander Vandenbergen and Jan Hofkens are recommended in the Labour & Employment and Pensions & Benefits global guides of 2019.