Karlijn van der Heijden has been an attorney with Wijn & Stael since 2018. Her practice covers employment law and providing counsel and litigation services in matters involving collective bargaining, co-determination, transfer of business, insourcing, outsourcing and reorganizations. She primarily represents employers, employer and employee organizations and employee councils.

Strong analytical skills and a passion for protecting client interests 
Karlijn has strong analytical skills, a broad range of interests and a great sense of social commitment. She has a natural talent for finding creative solutions to complex problems and a deep appreciation of the relationships between parties and the interests at stake. “I love the challenges my work brings me and the different dynamics each case produces. Whenever I take on a case, I immerse myself in my client’s world and take the time to build a personal relationship.”

Broad Perspective 
Corporate and collective labor disputes often involve more complex legal issues than just the dispute at hand. With a keen interest in understanding the dynamics at play in a company, Karlijn explores issues that extend beyond the boundaries of employment law . This gives her a broad perspective and enhances her ability to better serve her clients.

Professional Activities & Memberships

  • Member VAAN (Association of Employment Law Lawyers in the Netherlands)
  • Member VAAMN (Association of Employment Law Lawyers in Central Netherlands)
  • Member BVMP (Professional Association for Participation Professionals)
  • Member of the Harassment Complaints Committee  (Greenpeace International)

Academic Background

  • Postgraduate course in Employment Law, cum laude (2022)
  • Employment and Corporate Law, LL.M., 2017, Utrecht University
  • European Law School, 2016, Maastricht University

Representative practice

  • Counseled an employer on the application of a scope clause in a collective agreement for its companies.
  • Oversaw the implementation of a reorganization for an employer.
  • Counseled an employer on the consequences of transfer of business.
  • Counseled an employee organization on the validity of collective agreement provisions.

Bar register of legal practice areas

Karlijn has registered the following principal (and secondary) legal practice areas in the Netherlands Bar’s register of legal practice areas (rechtsgebiedenregister):

  • Labour law
  • Codetermination

Based on this registration, she is required to obtain ten training credits per calendar year in each registered principal legal practice area in accordance with the standards set by the Netherlands Bar.