About Petra Willems

Petra Willems is an employment law specialist 'pur sang'. She has been working as a lawyer since 1995 and has extensive experience in a broad, international labour law practice. Clients describe her as pragmatic, sharp, creative, to-the-point, sometimes confrontational, with an eye for diverse interests and a healthy dose of realism regarding possible outcomes. An important aspect is that legal advice can be put into practice immediately. Business-oriented. She uses her knowledge for employers and employees (mostly executives and higher management). Her goal is to solve a problem and achieve the best possible result for the client.

'As a lawyer, I am there for my client. I am attentive to my client's feelings but do not go along with them unreservedly. Perception often plays an important role in the appreciation of facts. I am honest and direct in my cooperation, but at the same time empathetic. I look at the bigger picture. An open attitude usually contributes to finding a solution. That is how I see my primary role as a lawyer. I look for a win-win situation, safeguarding my client's interests but also keeping an eye on the other party's perception. Ultimately, cases are resolved much more quickly in this way and at lower cost. The solution is sustainable and future-oriented, with relationships remaining intact. Litigation is also an option, but only if no other solution is possible. Practice shows that the solution is rarely found in a long-running procedure.'

Besides her work as a lawyer, she is active as a teacher for various training institutes for lawyers. She also publishes regularly in leading labour law journals. Petra graduated cum laude from both the Post Academic Course in Employment Law (PALA) and the Grotius Course in Employment Law. She is a member of the Dutch Employment Lawyers Association (VAAN) and the Association of Employment Lawyers from The Hague (VHA).

Petra Willems is registered in the Register of Legal Entities of the Netherlands Bar Association as a lawyer. This registration obliges her to obtain (at least) ten training points in each registered area of law each calendar year in accordance with the standards of the Dutch Bar Association.

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