Else Loes Pasma is partner at Wijn & Stael. She has been a practicing attorney since 1993 and joined Wijn & Stael as a labor and employment attorney in 1999. She focuses her practice on matters involving involuntary employment termination and administrative disputes, co-determination, insourcing/outsourcing, collective bargaining, ethical misconduct and the Senior Executives in the Public and Semi-Public Sector (Standards for Remuneration) Act (WNT) and Financial Supervision Act (WFT). She counsels, negotiates and litigates in complex cases and acts as a sparring partner for directors and regulators.​

Dedicated and Strategic
Her experience and expertise provide her with a unique skill set to handle complex disputes that require a strategic approach. Such cases usually involve a high level of urgency, a large number of stakeholders, potential media scrutiny or an administrative and political context. She believes that early involvement can prove invaluable in assessing the merits of a dispute and developing a strategy to bring it to a satisfactory resolution. Else Loes will do whatever is necessary to secure her clients’ legal goals. “I’m passionate about seeing that justice is served and helping right wrongs in the process.”

Responsible and Engaged

Else Loes has held a number of supervisory positions, including in healthcare. Her many accomplishments include:

  • Chairing the complaint resolution committees in the cure and care sector
  • Publishing articles on labor and employment issues, governance of foundations and the Senior Executives in the Public and Semi-Public Sector (Standards for Remuneration) Act (WNT).

Professional Activities & Memberships

  • Attorney/member, Attorney Disciplinary Board
  • Arbitrator, KNOV - Royal Dutch Organization of Midwives
  • Chair, Entrepreneurs’ Club of the Netherlands Film Festival
  • Partner, Stadsschouwburg Utrecht Foundation (municipal theater)
  • Member, Kampong Business Club
  • Member, De Slinger Utrecht
  • Member, VAAN - Association of Employment Lawyers of the Netherlands
  • Member, VAAA - Association of Employment Lawyers of Amsterdam
  • Member, VAAMN - Association of Employment Lawyers of Central Netherlands
  • Member, Association of Health Law
  • Board member of the KF Hein Fund Monuments Foundation
  • Member of the Disputes Committee D66

Academic Background

  • Intervision Leader, 2020
  • Mediation, 2003
  • Labor and Employment Law, specialist program, cum laude, 2000, Grotius Academy
  • Private and Corporate Law, 1992, University of Groningen
  • English Language and Literature, American Studies, 1990, Utrecht University


  • Legal500 - 2024: ‘Else Loes Pasma is able define an excellent strategy, taking into account the specific circumstances. She is very dedicated to the case and keeps focused on working to the desired end result.’
    ‘Most of the time we work with Else Loes Pasma. The input and feedback she gives is always helps us. We really appreciate our business relationship and have absolutely no doubt about continuing it.’
  • Legal500 - 2023: ‘Else Loes Pasma stands out for her good preparation, sensible advice, social intuition, fairness and teamwork. “Does what she says, says what she does”.’

Representative Practice

  • Represents the Vereniging Nederlands Cabinepersoneel (VNC - Association of Flight Attendants in the Netherlands) in a lawsuit over the selection method used in the collective termination of KLM flight attendants.
  • Represents a number of (directors of) healthcare institutes in a management dispute between the directors of the institutes and the supervisory board.
  • Counsels a large employers’ organization on various sectoral labor and employment and pension-related issues.
  • Represents a number of senior executives of listed companies.
  • Counsels a health and science university and university of applied sciences on complex labor and employment issues.

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

  • Labour law (Collective redundancies, International labour law, Co-determination)

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.