Jef Slootmans

Jef Slootmans

Senior Counsel
Baker McKenzie BV/SRL


Jef Slootmans is a senior counsel in the Employment Practice Group in the Brussels office. He joined Baker McKenzie in 1978. He is a former managing partner of the Brussels office and has over 40 years of employment litigation experience. He has been mentioned consistently as a leading lawyer in publications such as Chambers, The European Legal 500 and Expert Guides. He has also been endorsed as a leading dispute resolution lawyer in PLC and mentioned as a leading litigation lawyer in Expert Guides.

Practice Focus

Jef advises employers on individual (hiring/termination) and collective employment matters (restructurings/collective bargaining agreements). He has guided several global companies through restructuring processes.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Brussels Bar (Flemish Section) - President (2006-2008)
  • Brussels Bar Council - Member (1992-1995; 2006-2009)
  • Disciplinary Board of Appeal, Brussels legal district - Member (2002-2006)
  • Flemish Bar Association, General Meeting and Commission on business law firms - Member (2006-2014; 2016-2017)
  • Belgian Group of the International League of Competition Law - Member
  • Association for Labour Law Practitioners VZW (Vereniging van Praktijkjuristen in Sociaal Recht VZW) - Member
  • University of Brussels Law School - Teaching assistant Economic and Financial law (1978-1993)
  • Brussels Bar Trainee School - Lecturer on organisation of a law office 


  • Brussels~Belgium (1978)


  • University of Michigan (M.C.L.) (1976)
  • University of Brussels (Law (magna cum laude)) (1975)


  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • Author, "The Attorney in Parliament - Section Ethical Questions: Secondment," Congress Flemish Bar Association.
  • Author, "Law and Humour," Poelaertplein 2007, no. 2.
  • Contributor, "Tijdschrift voor Rechtsdocumentatie," Section Economic Law, Case-law summary periodical, 1980-1992.