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 Past Chair of L&E Global, an international 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 has been a speaker or moderator at numerous national and international seminars and conferences. His recent publications include: “International Labour and Employment Compliance Handbook” (Wolters Kluwer 2017); “Le lien de subordination à l’épreuve de l’ubérisation de l’économie ?”, Wolters Kluwer / Chr. D.S. – Soc. Kron., 2016, 07; “De ‘Uberisatie’ van het Belgisch arbeidsrecht”, IJE 2016; the Belgian Chapter in “The Employment Law Review”, published in: Law Business Research 2018.

Chris is listed as a leading individual in The Legal 500 (2017), in Chambers Europe (2017), in The International Who’s Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers (2017) and in Best Lawyers (2017).

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

Chris Van Olmen is past Co-Chair of the Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee and Vice-Chair of the Global Employment Institute of the IBA.

Chris is also a member of EELA (European Employment Lawyers Association) and of the American Bar Association (Labour and Employment Law Section).