Chambers and partners – Chambers Europe
Within Employment, Lydian is ranked in Band 2. Jan Hofkens is ranked in Band 1 and Alexander Vandenbergen is ranked in Band 2.
What the team is known for Lydian offers clients a broad range of assistance with employment law matters, including advising on compliance with remuneration legislation and pensions regulations. The law firm advises on collective dismissals and individual terminations, as well as the transfer of employees between jurisdictions. The team has notable experience representing clients in discrimination complaints and in social plan disputes. Additionally, team members represent clients in negotiations around collective bargaining agreements.
Strengths An interviewee describes the team as "responsive, to the point, proactive and helpful."
A client believes that Lydian's lawyers "are capable not only of giving the right advice but also use diplomacy to ensure different parties agree with each other and find the optimal solution for the general interest."
Work highlights Advised Scandinavian Tobacco Group on the integration of two Dutch factories and two Belgian factories necessitating the closure of the Dutch factories and the reorganisation of the Belgian factories.
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Alexander Vandenbergen has a particular focus on pensions law matters. An interviewee reports that he is "very good at simplifying and translating Belgian concepts and communicates them in a way we can understand." Alexander Vandenbergen also assists clients with issues around collective bargaining agreements, the transfer of employees and discrimination complaints.
Jan Hofkens enters the top band of the rankings this year on the back of positive feedback, with one interviewee calling him a "complete lawyer, who is good technically but also hands-on and makes deals." Jan Hofkens represents clients in discrimination complaints and social plan disputes, as well as advising on the transfer and termination of employees. He also advises clients on compliance with remuneration regulations.