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Philippe François Partner

Philippe François heads up the Employment group. Prior to specialising in employment law, Philippe had a general corporate and M&A practice.

Philippe has experience in all areas of employment law, including litigation, and focuses, in particular, on restructurings, the transfer of undertakings, outsourcing and employee consultation requirements.

Philippe has represented clients such as FedEx, Unilever, Basic-Fit, Shire, Medtronic, Assa Abloy, Jet Airways and GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, amongst others, in a wide variety of transactions and court cases.

Philippe is a member of the European Employment Lawyers Association and has lectured and published on various topics in the field of employment law. He is also the co-founder and a board member of the Vereniging voor sociaal recht.

Philippe received his law degree from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in 1991 and was admitted to the Brussels Bar that same year. He joined NautaDutilh in 1994 and was named a partner in 2002.

Philippe consistently receives high marks and praise in the Pritchard's Legal 500:

  • "Practice head Philippe François is recommended for his solutions-oriented approach." (2012 ed.)
  • "Clients say managing partner Philippe François’s service quality is ‘very high and very favourable to us’." (2011 ed.)
  • "Managing partner and 'excellent lawyer' Philippe François leads the practice and is applauded by clients for his 'smart approach and high standard legal advice'." (2010 ed.)

  • "Clients are extremely pleased with the advice rendered by practice head Philippe François. A long-standing client stated 'NautaDutilh always provide us with a clear overview of time spent and fee charges, so I'm happy I'm getting value for money'." (2009 ed.)

  • "Philippe François is the key figure who is praised as 'great in thinking about what-if scenarios regarding trade union behavior and next-step thinking - and then translating it to legal issues'." (2008 ed.)

  • "Philippe François is the 'proactive' key figure at NautaDutilh who is praised for his 'hands-on approach, availability and speed of reaction' and who 'gives answers that are to the point'." (2007 ed.)

  • "Philippe François is the key figure at NautaDutilh, a firm praised by one client for making predictions that 'practically always come true'." (2006 ed.)

  • "The group, led by the 'tremendously good' Philippe François, has particular expertise in the setting up of employee stock option plans and alternative bonus schemes." (2005 ed.)

Who's Who Legal ranked Philippe as a "Global Leader" in Labour & Employment in 2020.

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