Michiel van Haelst

Michiel van Haelst

Partner Employment Law

Michiel views cases primarily from a human perspective, listening closely to his client’s wishes and offering a dissenting voice when necessary. That makes him an excellent sparring partner for his clients.

Michiel’s main area of expertise is employment law. He also specialises in alliances in a broad sense, such as partnerships, professional service providers and joint ventures. Michiel primarily advises on damaged relationships within such alliances, such as shareholder disputes. He then gives one of the parties advice on how to reach a sustainable solution and on the measures required. When necessary, Michael also represents his clients in the subsequent civil proceedings.


  • Dismissals/reorganisations
  • Dissolution of partnerships and private limited liability companies
  • Non-compete clauses
  • Managing directors


  • Corporate Law postgraduate specialist course, Grotius Academy (2018)
  • Employment Law postgraduate specialist course, Grotius Academy (2000)
  • Dutch Civil Law, University of Leiden (1996)
  • University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom (1995-1996)


  • Association of Employment Lawyers in the Amsterdam Area (EVAAA)
  • Association of Dutch Employment Lawyers (VAAN)
  • European Employment Law Association (EELA)

Other positions

  • Supervisory Board Member at Stadsgoed N.V. (public-private investment and management company of the municipality of Amsterdam, housing corporation Stadgenoot and Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance (SAREF))
  • Editorial Board Member of PO-Online (E-WISE Online Permanent Education Institute)