Employment Developments In Belgium


Lydian is a leading full-service, independent Belgian law firm. Counting 70 lawyers to date, Lydian has a very strong reputation in capital markets, finance, energy, pensions, insurance, real estate and PPP related transactions. The transactional work is backed by the specialist expertise of its tax department, corporate department, commercial department and the employment, pensions and benefits department. Lydian stands for a strong and highly professional environment with high level legal services.

The employment, pensions and benefits department currently counts 15 lawyers. This makes the department one of the largest employment law teams within a Belgian full-service law firm.

Lawyers from the department are experts in the following fields: individual employment law, collective employment law, pensions & benefits, cross-border employment and company restructuring. "We have a specific expertise in employee fraud cases," said Jan Hofkens a Registered Forensic Auditor (at the Institute for Forensic Auditors IFA), and recognised expert in cases of employee fraud. He is often involved in internal fraud investigations and advises and assists employers on related issues of privacy law, whistle blowing and dismissal for cause.

Although the firm mainly act for employers, they also assist top executives in the negotiation of their exit package and the related tax structuring. Jan Hofkens is particularly well regarded for his prowess on behalf of top executives.

He continued: "Our approach is all about being committed, available, responsive and proactive. We understand the opportunities and demands of our client's business, and will put its interests to the fore. Our legal culture, which is firmly grounded on London magic circle and premium...

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