Kris has a strong reputation in transformation and is involved in major change plans, including collective dismissals, closures, cost cutting operations, new way of working and new way of reward. The development and implementation of downsizing schemes and alternative remuneration schemes. As one of the creators of Flexible Reward Plans (‘cafeteria plans’), he has been advising clients on a daily basis and has extensive experience in the implementation thereof in all sectors, including the financial and insurance sector (and the remuneration regulations in these sectors). He regularly advises and litigates on the recruitment and dismissal of managing directors and other top management. He advises on legal and strategic industrial relations.

Sectors & Markets
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Memberships

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Brussels Bar, 2003
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European Employment Lawyer Association (EELA)
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Qualifications

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Law degree, Universiteit Antwerpen (Belgium), 2003

What others say

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I have been a client of Kris De Schutter for many years, and in different roles. He drove the team to the excellent level it reached. His approach, combining business empathy and strategic thinking with profound legal knowledge, has become the DNA of the team. Besides, he is punctual, reliable, commercial. He is an absolute team player unlike the image of ‘sharks’ lawyers have.’
The Legal 500 (2022)
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‘Kris De Schutter and his team are always open to co-reflect on specific expertise matters. They come up with the right solutions and are able to obtain good results for our company. Moreover it’s a real pleasure to work with them: always there when you need them, proactive and professional.’
The Legal 500 (2022)
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An interviewee lauds Kris De Schutter for being "a creative thinker and one of those people who makes sure that employment law is evolving."
Chambers & Partners Europe 2022
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A client enthuses that Kris De Schutter "has a very good legal knowledge combined with economic realism and a good view on trends in courts." He advises clients on restructurings, employee benefits and remuneration matters, and complex individual dismissals.
Chambers & Partners Europe - Employment (2021)
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Kris De Schutter is well regarded by market sources who note his ability to "come out with pragmatic and constructive solutions for clients." Clients describe his key strengths as "quality of work, pragmatic approach, fast service and expertise.
Chambers & Partners Europe - Employment (2020)
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Ranked 'Next generation partner'
Legal 500 EMEA - Employment (2021)
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Ranked 'Next generation partner'
Legal 500 EMEA - Employment (2020)
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Food - Tier 1
Legal 500 EMEA - Industry focus (2020)
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