Dimitri Van Uytvanck

Counsel

Brussels

T +32 254 209 90
dimitri.vanuytvanck@simmons-simmons.com

Dimitri specialises in employment law and provides advice to a wide range of clients, finding solutions to their most complex legal challenges. His main areas of expertise are labour law and social security law, with a specific focus on the employment law aspects of corporate restructuring, flexible work arrangements, and privacy at the workplace.

Dimitri also advises regularly on remuneration packages for executives, employee benefits schemes, and employment contracts. He provides strategic advice regarding labour union relations within companies and business-critical issues. Dimitri has contributed to many employers’ success in settling conflict-of-interest disputes and in the development of agreeable and workable social plans when negotiating with the employee representative bodies regarding company restructuring.

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Recent Work
  • successfully assisting a German manufacturing company in a 5-year restructuring of its wiper manufacturing plant in Belgium including the lay-off of several hundreds of employees
  • successfully assisting a US software company in the setting up of variable incentive schemes for its management
  • successfully assisting multinational retailer in a “soft” restructuring process, ie a change in working conditions for the employees without formal termination
  • successfully assisting a Swiss-based global building material and aggregates company in the closure of 6 plants in Flanders and to implement new working methods and working time schemes
  • successfully assisting a Belgian telecom company in the negotiation of the transfer of 600 employees in the framework of CBA 32bis
  • successfully assisting a French IT company in the negotiation of several collective bargaining agreements regarding flexible working schemes.
Background
Before joining the firm in 2019, Dimitri was a senior associate at a leading international law firm based in Brussels.
Publications

Dimitri has also written articles that have appeared in the following publications:

  • Wet en duiding: sportrecht
  • HRMagazine: Niet-concurrentievergoeding bij ontslag: sz-bijdragen?
  • HRMagazine: Hof van Cassatie vermindert het belang van het tijdstip waarop een niet- concurrentieovereenkomst wordt gesloten
  • Wet en duiding: welzijn op het werk
  • Wet en duiding: sociale zekerheid