Education and career

Henriëtte joined De Clercq in 1989 after obtaining two university degrees from Leiden University. She was the first female lawyer. Ten years later, she joined the partnership as a partner. In 2002 Henriëtte took the NMI-recognized training as a mediator; since 2014 she has been a registered mediator with the Mediatorsfederatie Nederland (MfN). To adequately fulfill her role as a supervisor, Henriëtte successfully completed the Supervisory Board Cycle at Nyenrode in 2013. And in 2021 she completed the training in solution-focused coaching.

Henriëtte’s daily practice

Henriëtte began her career as a lawyer with a broad legal practice, later shifting her focus to employment law and subsequently to mediation. In her mediation practice, Henriëtte particularly oversees mediations related to employment issues and cooperation problems in companies, boards, teams, and works councils. She approaches this work with great pleasure and passion, qualities appreciated by her clients, and solutions are often found relatively quickly.

Moreover, Henriëtte leads her team of excellent and committed professionals alongside Renate Vink-Dijkstra, an endeavor she takes great pleasure in. There’s nothing like being able to pass on her legal and solution-oriented experience.

Her numerous side activities reveal a broad view of the profession and a deep interest in the world and the people around her. These include commitments to diversity, equality, and inclusion. A sustainable society is also important to Henriëtte. For instance, she served as the chair of the SPARK Leiden Foundation, focused on entrepreneurship with impact, and chaired the Circular Values Committee of the municipality of Leiden, which grants awards for the best circular and innovative initiatives that prevent or reuse waste.

Henriëtte’s side activities have not gone unnoticed. In 2018, she was named the Most Powerful in Leiden by Into Business magazine. Since 2022, Henriëtte has been part of the Top 50 Women in Leiden who have made a difference in various ways.

Selected Cases

Summary dismissal
Procedures following instant dismissal, for example after forging signatures and use of medication

Unacceptable behaviour
Advice on preventing transgressive behavior, drawing up rules of conduct, conducting and supervising interviews and what to do after transgressive behavior is observed

Staff regulations and handbooks
Bringing personnel regulations and handbooks in line with collective agreements, advising on collective agreements

Supervising reorganizations from A to Z, from the request for advice for the Works Council to discussions with employees and the drafting of settlement agreements or UWV applications

Sick employees
Advising on sick employees and preventing or reducing absenteeism due to illness

Directors and managers
Coaching and advising directors and managers in their role of responsibility in the triangle with the Supervisory Board and employee participation

Compliance/non-compliance with employer instructions
Advising and coaching in the event of non-performance and/or non-compliance with employer instructions, such as refusal to wear masks

Mediations on the advice of the lawyer or company doctor after being reported sick by employees with employment conflicts in the workplace