Stefan Sagel


Office location
Direct number
+31 20 577 1951
Direct fax
+31 20 577 1775
Mobile number
+31 6 5378 1539


Advocaat, admitted to the Bar in 1999
Partner since
Employment law, Supreme Court litigation
Dutch, English, German
University of Leiden and University of Oxford (Christ Church)

Stefan specialises in employment law and employee benefits. He represents clients in individual and collective labour law matters. An important focus of his practice is litigation before the Dutch Supreme Court, where he has represented companies, individual employees, as well as trade unions in several landmark cases. Stefan is admitted to the Supreme Court Bar.

Stefan regularly works closely together with other De Brauw practice groups, particularly in outsourcing matters, as well as the employment implications of fraud and bribery matters.

Stefan was appointed Professor of Employment Law  at Leiden University in 2013, where he obtained his PhD on ‘Summary dismissal for urgent cause’  in the same year. He is an editor of various labour law journals. He regularly publishes in professional journals and newspapers on different employment law issues and lectures before the judiciary and the Netherlands Bar Association.

Chambers says that Stefan is valued by clients for his strategic advice and that he is “a highly service-oriented and practical scholar.” Stefan won ILO’s Client Choice Award 2015  for best Employment & Labour lawyer in the Netherlands.

Stefan’s recent work includes advising and representing:

  • RELX, AkzoNobel, Shell and Philips in many (collective) employment matters such as transfers of undertakings, (collective) dismissals, collective bargaining, co-determination, as well as unilateral amendment of employee benefits.
  • Two successful Supreme Court appeals in which the Dutch law on industrial action and the right to strike was re-defined.
  • Successful Supreme Court proceedings in which the State of the Netherlands was held liable for wrong implementation of an EU-Directive regarding holiday-entitlements.
  • Eliciting a landmark ruling in which it was held that mandatory employment protection cannot be set aside upfront in a settlement agreement


"a highly service-oriented and practical scholar" Chambers Europe

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