Amsterdam, 20 June 2016 - Mirjam de Blécourt, partner at Baker & McKenzie's Amsterdam office, has been recognized as Europe's 'Best in Labour and Employment' at the 2016 Euromoney European Women in Business Law Awards ceremony held in London on 16 June. The awards, now in their sixth year, highlight the best firms for women in business law across Europe, the best individual female lawyers in their practice areas, as well as in-house teams, and the best firms to promote gender diversity and talent management.
Mirjam de Blécourt also received the award ‘Best in Labour and Employment' in 2011 and 2012, for her distinctive role in the industry. In 2015 she created a practical poster for dismissal law in the Netherlands together with Daniëlle Pinedo (Baker & McKenzie), prof.mr.dr. W.H.A.C.M. (Willem) Bouwens and Mr. Dr. D.M.A. (Vivien) Bij de Vaate (both Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). In 2016 she wrote a booklet 'Dismissal Law in the Netherlands, A Practical Guide.'
As a collective dismissal specialist, Mirjam conducts and advises on social plan negotiations and related work’s council procedures. She is the proponent of the "De Blécourt Method," which is now commonly used in collective dismissals and mass reorganizations. She is also a staunch supporter of raising awareness for diversity, with a successful track record in developing and promoting female talent.
Among other awards received on the evening were the Most Innovative International Firm for Women, recognizing Baker & McKenzie's exceptional client service, and Best International Firm for pro bono work. This is the first time that our pro bono work has been recognized in these awards. Constanze Ulmer-Eilfort, managing partner of the Firm's Germany and Austria offices, and chair of the Firm's Policy Committee, won the Overall Outstanding Female Practitioner Award. Partner Nicole Looks from the Firm's Frankfurt office is awarded with Best in Tax award. Baker & McKenzie was nominated in a record 29 categories.