Social law

The department of social law has an extensive track record and sound expertise in the fields of labour law and the social security law. We think here of (this summary is not exhaustive):

 

  • Individual labour law: drawing up employment contract and social security advice, analysing and drawing up employment regulations, preparing and supervising recruitments and dismissals, handling suspension issues, setting salaries and expenses, acquiring work permits and residence permits, etc.;
  • Collective labour law and corporate organisation: social elections, strike action, mass redundancy, negotiation and editing of collective labour agreements, stipulation of the powers of Joint Committees, etc.;
  • Social security law: employee social security, especially with regard to unemployment laws and the establishment of social security contributions (social security status of the registered worker, availability of employees), etc.;
  • Social criminal law: welfare at work, problems with the employment of foreign nationals, prohibited provision, undeclared work, industrial accidents, cascade liabilities, etc.

We offer advice and assistance to companies, private individuals and government institutions. This enables us to establish links with social secretarial and administrative offices, public prosecution services, accountants, etc.

 

The aim is to act preventively and to solve problems. Firstly, by preventing disputes by means of healthy and balanced agreements. Then, by negotiating a constructive solution. At the same time, we also have an extensive track record in conducting social law procedures.

 

In addition, we also supervise companies in their negotiations with professional organisations and we assist with inspections carried out by the inspection services.

 

Finally, Everest Attorneys offers added value by means of close co-operation between the different departments. With regard to social law, the departments of corporate law, tax law and fraud prevention work together closely.

Our team

Partner

Jan De Waele

Partner

Naima Es-Samri

Partner

Jan De Waele

Jan De Waele obtained a master’s degree in law in 1984 at the Roman Catholic University of Leuven. For quite some time, he was a partner with the law firm Storme-Leroy-Van Parys before joining the Ghent office of Everest in 2010 as a partner.

 

Jan is head of the social law department and deals mainly with cases in matters of social law (individual employment law, collective employment law, social security law and social criminal law) and corporate and contract law.

 

He assists his clients with drafting contracts and giving advice. As regards disputes, he works as a matter of priority towards a negotiated solution. However, he also has an extensive track record in dispute settlement.

 

For the judicial year of 2016-17 Jan gave the opening address at the bar of Ghent with the title: ‘Strike action – the unbearable lightness of the gentlemen’s agreement’.

Email:jan.de.waele@everest-law.be

Tel:+32 (0)9/334.94.70

Areas of expertise:Social law; Corporate law and contracts

Partner

Naima Es-Samri

Naima Es-Samri has worked as a lawyer at the Brussels bar since 2000. Since 2018, she has also been a lawyer at the Antwerp bar. She obtained a master’s degree in law at the Roman Catholic University of Louvain-La-Neuve (1998) and has also studied at the Saint Louis University Faculty in Brussels and at Tilburg University in the Netherlands.

 

Naima is a co-founder and partner of Everest Antwerp.

 

She assists her clients in all aspects of employment law, both individually and collectively, and also in social security law. She has special expertise in the various aspects of employment provisions, employment contracts, individual dismissal, well-being at work, temporary employment, international employment contracts, secondment abroad, wage policy and social inspection. She gives advice, conducts negotiations and takes care of disputes in these matters.

Email:naima.es.samri@everest-law.com

Tel:+32 (0)3/376.02.00

Area of expertise:Social law; Liability and medical law

Managing associate

Anne-Sophie Claeys

Associate

Ulrike Schepens

Associate

Lisa De Paepe

Managing associate

Anne-Sophie Claeys

Anne-Sophie Claeys graduated in 2005 with distinction with a master’s degree in law at the Roman Catholic University of Leuven. She subsequently obtained an additional diploma in international relations with distinction at the Roman Catholic University of Leuven in 2006 and a master of laws in European and comparative law with great distinction from the University of Ghent in 2007.

She has been a lawyer at the Ghent bar since 2007 and joined Everest in 2010.

 

Anne-Sophie works in the Ghent office of Everest, particularly in the department of social law, where she assists both employers and employees with advice and in dispute settlement (negotiation and procedure).

She concentrates essentially on individual employment law, the organisation of the enterprise, social criminal law and social security law. She also has an extensive track record in general agreement and contract law.

 

In 2011-12 she taught law in the subjects estate agent and property expert for Syntra.

Email:anne-sophie.claeys@everest-law.be

Tel:+32 (0)9/334.94.70

Areas of expertise:Social law; Corporate law and contracts

Associate

Ulrike Schepens

Ulrike Schepens graduated with great distinction in 2016 with a master’s degree in law at the University of Ghent. In 2017, she took a postgraduate course in company law, which she completed also with great distinction.

 

Ulrike started her career initially as a lawyer in 2016 and made in 2018 the transition to the Ghent bar and also to the office of Everest in Ghent within the department of social law.

Ulrike works within corporate law and social law, with a particular interest and expertise in contract law and company law.

 

She combines her practice with an academic assignment as a practice assistant at the University of Ghent for the subject procedural law.

Email:ulrike.schepens@everest-law.be

Tel:+32 (0)9/334.94.70

Areas of expertise:Company law; Corporate law and contracts; Social law

Associate

Lisa De Paepe

Lisa De Paepe graduated in 2017 with a master’s degree in law at the University of Ghent and since that same year she has been a lawyer at the Ghent bar.

 

In 2021, she has joined the Everest office in Ghent where she works in the social law department.  She also has a special interest in corporate and contract law.

 

Email:lisa.depaepe@everest-law.be

Tel:+32 (0)9/334.94.70

Areas of expertise:Social law; Corporate law and contracts

Contact us

Are you interested in our services regarding social law? If so, contact our specialists without obligation via our contact form or telephone us on 02/640.44.00 (Brussels office), 09/334.94.70 (Ghent Office) or 03/376.02.00 (Antwerp office).