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Successful appeal in a Belgian court applying Dutch employment law – Joint pleadings with a Dutch law firm

Work highlight | Rudi Desmet / Karine Roobrouck

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Together with the Dutch law firm, Astrea represented a Belgian employee who had left the company to settle in the US and start a competing business. The employer claimed an indemnification of 1,000,000 EUR under Dutch employment law for breach of his non-compete clause and his relation clause. Astrea prepared and pleaded the case jointly with the Dutch lawyer and won the appeal in the Belgian labour court of appeal. The court accepted that mandatory local Belgian law prevailed over the contractual Dutch law