• Arguably the leading labour lawyer in Belgium. 

    The Legal 500 (2018)

  • Founding partner and head of department Chris Van Olmen stands out to clients for his strong strategic skills as well as his "very good knowledge of the sector". 

    Chambers (2018)

  • Widely regarded as a leading practitioner in the market

    Legal 500 (2019)

  • An excellent lawyer who combines high legal expertise with a realistic and pragmatic approach.

    Chambers (2019)

    Chris Van Olmen

    Van Olmen

    Chris Van Olmen is founding partner of the law firm Van Olmen & Wynant and head of the employment law practice. He is also co-founder and board-member of L&E Global, an integrated alliance of premier employment law boutique firms.

    Chris covers all aspects of employment and industrial relations, including employment-related issues connected to reorganisation and restructuring processes, collective dismissals and closures and individual and collective employment disputes, including litigation for the Belgian Labour Courts. His clients include national and international companies and top executives.

    Chris has been a speaker or moderator at numerous national and international seminars and conferences. His recent publications include: "International Labour and Employment Compliance Handbook" (Wolters Kluwer 2018); "Le lien de subordination à l’épreuve de l’ubérisation de l’économie ?", Wolters Kluwer / Chr. D.S. – Soc. Kron., 2016, 07; "De ‘Uberisatie’ van het Belgisch arbeidsrecht", IJE 2016; the Belgian Chapter in "Employment Law Review” (Law Business Research 2018).

    Chris is listed as a leading individual in The Legal 500 (2019), in Chambers Europe (2019), in The International Who's Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers 2018 and in Best Lawyers (2020). The Legal 500 includes Chris in its “Hall of Fame” (2019), which highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. Who's Who Legal mentions Chris as a "Thought Leader" in their WWL Thought Leaders Labour & Employment 2019.

    Since 1999 he has been lecturing on social law in the traineeship programme organised by the Brussels Bar. He also served as a member of the Brussels Bar Council and is Board Member of the “Association for Social Law”.

    Chris Van Olmen is past Chair of the Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee and is now Council Member of the Global Employment Institute of the IBA (International Bar Association).

    Chris is also a member of EELA (European Employment Lawyers Association) and of the American Bar Association (Labour and Employment Law Section).

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