This is an excellent opportunity for a mid-level associate to join a team that is recognised as one of the leading Employment law teams in Belgium, and one that gives pragmatic, commercial advice in a business-friendly way. Associates work in a professional environment, for a range of partners, and can expect a good variety of work.
We can offer a breadth of work and the successful candidate will be involved in and have a focus on the whole range of individual and collective employment law matters including employment litigation work. This role would suit someone who, in addition to the technical skills, has the ability to drive the business forward and develop strong client relationships.
- Advising clients on a wide range of complex employment matters often on an international basis including :
- Advise on day to day individual and collective labour law matters
- Individual and Collective dismissals and restructurings
- Advice in relation to employment contracts, management services agreements and consultancy related contracts for executive hiring, including corporate governance aspects
- Employment aspects of integration post-acquisition harmonisation and other corporate projects
- Labor relations with employee representative bodies
- Employment Litigation
- Executive compensation & employee benefits
- Equity matters
- Developing relationships with clients including gaining a good knowledge of the client's businesses, economic drivers, and market and sector requirements in order to ensure the advice is relevant and commercial.
- Associates are given regular and direct contact with clients depending on their level of responsibility
- Engaging in business development activities, being active in the promotion of the firm, and seeking new opportunities
- Working as part of a team includes assisting with the supervision of other lawyers and taking an active part in sharing knowledge and experience within the team.
- There are regular opportunities for secondments with clients and to other offices under the firm's associate exchange programme.
Our Employment Practice Group has the global experience and local knowledge to handle all day-to-day employment issues that arise within companies. We also represent clients in complex matters such as collective lay-offs, closings, trade union negotiations, negotiations related to mergers and acquisitions and high profile employment litigations.
Our employment lawyers work closely together with colleagues in Baker McKenzie offices around the world to give clients commercially pragmatic,
tailor-made solutions to help them effectively manage their workforces.
We want to offer our clients advice which is ahead of the curve and pragmatic. Our demand of each lawyer is as high as our clients' expectations, that is why we invest continuously in developing and training our legal talent.
We offer a stimulating work environment with an open, friendly and enthusiastic atmosphere, as well as commitment to personal and professional development and excellent training.
Key Skills and Experience Required
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate all or the majority of the following:
- Strong academic background
(Belgian law degree)
- 2 to 6 years of relevant experience
- Excellent command of English, Dutch and French
- High quality work standards
- Strong client-service orientation
- Excellent communication skills
- Ability to work well both in a team and individually
Why join us?
Baker McKenzie is a truly global law firm. Founded in 1949, we advise many of the worlds most dynamic and successful business organisations through our 13,200 people in 78 offices in 46 countries. Yet big does not mean impersonal. We work hard to ensure that everyone knows their role and has the support they need to perform it to the highest standard. Our culture encourages this - how we work, think and behave in a collaborative and fulfilling way.
Baker McKenzie opened its first Belgian office in Brussels in 1957. In 2002, it opened its Antwerp office. Today, Baker McKenzie has more than 80 Belgian qualified lawyers across the two offices
The strength of the firm and our culture is evidenced by a number of recent awards, including:
- Named Acritas' Global Elite Law Firm Brand for 11 consecutive years and were named Global Law Firm of the Year in Europe at the Lawyer European Awards 2020
- Ranked as one of the Stonewall Top Global Employer for 2020, reflecting our commitment to our progressive values and our collaborative, diverse and inclusive culture
- Top 75 employers in the 2020 Social Mobility Employer Index - Ranked 10th
- 2020 Hall of Fame for the Best Law Firm for Women - Working Mother Magazine
- One of the Top Law Firms for Women - Law360 Glass Ceiling Report 2020
- 2020 Best Law Firm for Women in Europe and Asia - Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards
- Best Law Firm in the Voluntary Carbon Market 2020 - Environmental Finance
- Climate Change Firm of the Year 2020 - Who's Who Legal Awards
- TARGET job awards 2020 - Finalist for most popular graduate recruiter in law
- LCN Best Trainer 2020 - nominee Best Recruiter Large City firm"
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