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Ingrid Berkel, van, Partner

Ingrid Berkel, van



Dutch and English

Practice areas

  • Agency workers
  • Discrimination law
  • Employment law
  • Employment litigation and dispute resolution
  • Executive employment issues
  • Global contracts and policies
  • Global mobility and immigration
  • Health and safety
  • Labor law and trade union issues
  • Restructuring and redundancy

Practice notes

Ingrid van Berkel is an established lawyer, having first started her career in 1991. She is a partner and co-head of the employment and labour law practice, based in the Rotterdam office.

Ingrid advises Dutch and foreign clients on various aspects of labour law and employee representation. Ingrid's expertise spans a wide range of employment law issues with an emphasis on reorganisations, mergers and acquisitions, collective and individual dismissals, employee representation, union matters, (international) transfers of undertakings, and investment and startups in the Netherlands.

Ingrid has extensive experience working in (international) multidisciplinary teams and in industry related issues. Her clients are active in many different sectors such as services, diversified industrials and the consumer sector.

Ingrid is a regular speaker on employment topics at seminars and conferences. She is frequently asked as a trainer on Dutch Employment Law for HRM advisors and legal counsels with responsibility for the Dutch operations of their companies. Ingrid represents Eversheds Sutherland Netherlands in the International Human Resources Practice Group of Eversheds Sutherland International.

Her recent experience includes:

  • Reorganisation of Dutch subsidiaries of a US listed multinational company including Works Council issues and negotiations with Unions.
  • Advising on the closure of a Dutch plant of a global player in the chemical industry involving a collective redundancy (> 90 employees) and negotiations with the works council and trade unions.
  • Advising on the reorganization within the Dutch business of an international retail organization, involving redundancies and a complicated re-assignment process for employees.
  • Advising several foreign companies establishing their headquarters or operations in the Netherlands on how to manage their organisation from an employment perspective.
  • Advising on reorganizations, litigation in dismissal cases, day-to-day employment advice, works council issues and cross border projects for all Dutch subsidiaries of a US listed multinational company.
  • Advising on the closure of an international fashion retailer’s store in Amsterdam involving a collective redundancy (100 employees) and negotiations with the governmental body (UWV).


Ingrid is a member of several specialised employment law associations such as the  Netherlands Employment Lawyers Association (VAAN) and the Rotterdam Employment Lawyers Association (VRAA).

Awards and rankings:

  • In the Chambers edition of 2020 Ingrid is recommended as:

Ingrid Van Berkel provides day-to-day employment advice to clients from the security, energy, technology and retail sectors. She is experienced in employment structuring mandates, terminations and dismissal cases. Clients praise her comprehensive client service: "She is a very dedicated partner with a strong strategic view, combined with a refined, pragmatic approach."

  • In the Legal 500 edition of 2019 Ingrid is recommended as:

Ingrid is a restructuring specialist. One client identifies her main strengths as her "clarity in terms of expressing complex matters in clearly understandable terms," with another highlighting her "hands-on and practical approach."

  • In the Chambers edition of 2019 Ingrid is recommended as:

Clients appreciate Ingrid Van Berkel's "pragmatic and solution-oriented" approach. "She is driven towards solving problems, which doesn't always mean going to court," states one interviewee. Based in the firm's Rotterdam office, she handles collective dismissals and litigation for a number of well-known international companies.

  • In the Legal 500 edition of 2018 Ingrid is recommended as:

The "accurate, hands-on" Ingrid van Berkel is "an empathetic listener who provides sound advice".

  • In the Chambers edition of 2018 Ingrid is recommended as:

Ingrid is a restructuring specialist, and recently assisted Tyco with several labour matters resulting from an extensive reorganization.