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Vermeulen Heylen Michiels

Vermeulen Heylen Michiels is a niche law firm specialized in labor law and social security.

Key differentiators

We keep a relentless focus on client service. Our activities are based on three key values: quality, integrity and result.

Three of our senior attorneys have academic affiliations with the Universities of Leuven and Antwerp. This reflects the importance we attach to expert, in-depth counseling and representation.

Our client seminars are well attended and publications of our senior attorneys are gaining a reputation in their own right.


Ludo Vermeulen, one of the founders of our law firm, has 40 years of experience. He and associate Ilse Van Puyvelde are substitute judges in the Antwerp labor tribunal. Ilse and partners Dirk Heylen and Geert Michiels have more than 20 years of experience. The complete team counts 10 attorneys.

Among our clients we count companies, some being part of larger international groups, but also companies with public law status, not-for-profit organizations, public authorities and public agencies, local municipalities as well as payroll and HR service providers, local entrepreneurs, family businesses and private individuals.

Some examples of services

We advise and litigate in all area's of labor law and social security, including

  • employee benefits and incentive schemes, including pensions
  • industrial relations
  • employment contracts, policies
  • cross border employment
  • health and safety
  • discrimination
  • dismissal, exit arrangements
  • collective dismissals (information and consultation procedure)
  • conflicts with the National Social Security Office over social contributions

We realize due diligence audits and handle fraud and corruption issues.

Ludo Vermeulen
Dirk Heylen
Geert Michiels