Employment law

Esther van der Meulen



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What let’s focus means for me

"The client's interests are at the forefront of my mind in everything I do. I don’t need to show off my knowledge and it’s not about me. Clients often just want a clear, succinct analysis and a cost-effective solution. "

About Esther

Esther van der Meulen specializes in dismissal, working conditions and collective bargaining agreement issues. Based on her police background, she also handles integrity issues and transgressive behavior in the workplace.

Esther has a no-nonsense mentality, is heavily involved with her clients and works result-oriented.

Esther has been a partner at Lexence since 2019. Prior to Lexence, she worked for Van Doorne, Deloitte and the National Police Force. Esther received a master’s degree in civil private law in 2003 and completed both professional training for in-house lawyers (NGB) and for the legal profession. She also received her master’s degree in criminal investigation at the Police Academy. In 2016 she completed the employment law specialization course at the Grotius Academie. Esther is a member of the Vereniging Arbeidsrecht Advocaten Nederland (Dutch Employment Lawyers Association).

In addition to her work as an attorney, Esther is the chairperson of the Childcare CLA Compliance Committee.

International listings

Legal 500 (2022): "Very driven and highly professional, in comparison to others Lexence is always at hand to aid and support us with highly practical and solid advice. Great knowledge of the latest trends and precedents compared with high integrity, a fair price and a very flexible attitude towards solving problems and finding opportunities."
Legal 500 (2021): "Highly effective, knowledgeable and pragmatic legal team, consistently outperforming expectations."
Chambers (2021): "Clients refer to the firm's pragmatism, one acclaiming its 'practical, hands-on approach'. Another client underlines its attentiveness, citing its 'quick turnaround'."
Legal 500 (2019): "The practice at Lexence 'can handle complex cases quickly and effectively' and is also valued for having 'an innovative and entrepreneurial' approach. Senior associate Esther van der Meulen also provides 'excellent support'."
Chambers (2019): "One client draws attention to the lawyers' excellence in respect to both litigation and negotiations. The same client remarks: 'They are proactive in terms of informing us of the latest legal developments. They are very responsive, quick and have in-depth knowledge of employment law'. The lawyers also earn praise from interviewees for being 'extremely quick in their responses, candid in their opinions and flexible in terms of understanding what is appropriate for each situation'."
Legal 500 (2019): "Providing ‘quick, accurate, to-the-point’ advice, Lexence’s team is headed by Judith Schulp and Mark Keuss, who specialises in collective dismissals and misconduct inquiries. The practice handles all kinds of employment work, including acting for works councils."
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