Chris Van Olmen

Partner, Van Olmen & Wynant
Avenue Louise 221
1050, Brussels, Belgium
+32 2 644 05 11
+32 2 646 38 47

Chris Van Olmen is founding partner of the law firm Van Olmen & Wynant and head of the employment law practice. He is also chairman of L&E Global, an integrated alliance of premier employment law boutique firms.

Chris covers all aspects of employment and industrial relations, including employment-related issues connected to reorganisation and restructuring processes, collective dismissals and closures and individual and collective employment disputes, including litigation for the Belgian Labour Courts. His clients include national and international companies and top executives.

Chris regularly writes and lectures on a variety of employment law topics. Most recently, he contributed the Belgian Chapter in ‘Employment and Labour Law’, published in: The European Lawyer 2015, and ‘The Employment Law Review’, published in: Law Business Research 2015.

Chris is listed as a leading individual in The Legal 500 (2015), in Chambers Europe (2015), in The International Who’s Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers 2015, in the Labour & Employment Expert Guides (2015) and in Best Lawyers (2015).

Chris has been a speaker or moderator at numerous national and international seminars and conferences and will act as moderator at the upcoming IBA conference in Mexico in April 2016.

Chris served as a member of the Brussels Bar Council, and is Board Member of the ‘Association for Social Law’. Since 1999, he has been lecturing on social law in the traineeship programme organised by the Brussels Bar.

Chris was Co-Chair of the IBA Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee in 2014 and 2015, and is now Council Member of the Global Employment Institute. Chris is also a member of EELA (European Employment Lawyers Association) and of the American Bar Association (Labour and Employment Law Section).