Renate completed her law studies at Leiden University and graduated with the Master’s degree in Private Law in 2008. In the following years, Renate specialized in employment law, more specifically in employee participation. In that context, Renate successfully completed the specialization course Employment, Business and Participation at the University of Amsterdam in 2015.


Renate has been practicing as a lawyer specializing in employment law and employee participation since 2009. Commencing her career at our firm, she continued her journey here after a stint at a large international firm. In 2022, Renate reached a significant milestone by becoming a partner in our firm. Concurrently, she is pursuing a Ph.D. at Leiden University, delving into research on the ‘next level’ of employee participation in the Netherlands. Her study considers current developments within companies and the employment market.

Renate’s daily practice

Her passion for employment and employee participation is reflected in Renate’s daily practice, in which she assists her clients in the field of collective employment law and employee participation. From negotiations on (collective) terms of employment, application of collective bargaining agreements, guidance during reorganizations, restructurings, mergers and acquisitions to the design of an appropriate employee participation structure, guidance in advisory and consent processes and conducting proceedings. Renate also likes to share her knowledge through publications, training courses and workshops, and is regularly invited to speak at conferences.

Selected cases

Guidance for a healthcare defusion
We assisted a works council in a complex advisory process on a defusion, its integration and evaluation.

Advising large-scale reorganization within the government
Advisory process with the works council during a major organization-wide reorganization, including the implementation.

Establishing employee participation structure at IT group
Together with management and works councils advising on a new employee participation structure in line with the reorganized group.

Establishing collective employment conditions
At the request of the works council, negotiated with the board on the collective employment conditions within the entire group.

Litigation on trade union position on terms and conditions of employment
The entrepreneur has asked us to litigate about maintaining its own terms and conditions of employment, without mandatory consultation with the trade unions