Hanneke Bennaars


Hanneke specialises in employment law. 

She has experience in a wide range of employment law-related matters, including dismissals, restructurings codetermination issues and compliance and (cross-border) corporate law-related employment matters, including governance and board room dismissals.

Hanneke has deep expertise and significant experience gained in both academia and legal practice. In addition to her work as a lawyer, Hanneke is editor-in-chief of the professional labour law journal ”Arbeidsrecht” and she is a member of the editorial boards of the Social Law Monographs Series and the Employment Law in Context publication. She regularly publishes and lectures on various topics within employment law.


Pro bono

Member of the A&O Shearman Amsterdam Pro bono and community investment committee

Published Work

  • J.H. Bennaars (2015), 'De rechtspositie van de bestuurder. Benoeming, beloning en ontslag van de vennootschapsbestuurder', Deventer: Kluwer 2015
  • J.H. Bennaars (2022), annotatie bij Rb. Rotterdam 26 november 2021, JOR 2022/113 (ontslag stichtingsbestuurder)
  • J.H. Bennaars (2021), annotatie bij Rb. Amsterdam 13 september 2021, JAR 2021/253 (Uber)
  • J.H. Bennaars (2021), "De kwalificatie van de platformwerker: de gezagsverhouding naar een nieuw ‘level’?", in: M.S. Houwerzijl et al. (red.), ‘Platformisering, algoritmisering en sociale bescherming’, Deventer: Wolters Kluwer

Speaking Engagements

  • Guest speaker, VvA meeting, 2023
  • Guest speaker, UWV congress, 2023
  • Guest speaker, Van der Heijden congress, 2023

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Member of VvA
  • Editor in chief of Arbeidsrecht (Labour Law)
  • Editorial member of Tijdschrift voor arbeidsrecht in context (Journal For Labour Law in perspective)
  • Editorial member of Monografiën Sociaal Recht (Monographic Series Social Law)



Admitted as advocaat, Netherlands, November 1999 - March 2003

Admitted as advocaat, Netherlands, October 2006 - May 2014

Admitted as advocaat, Netherlands, October 2022

Listed in the register of legal practice areas of the Dutch Bar Association for Arbeidsrecht (Employment law).


Mini-MBA INSEAD (Fontainebleau), 2007

PhD in Dutch law, University of Amsterdam, 1998

Diploma in international administration and politics, Pierre Mendès-France University, Grenoble/France, 1997

Propedeuse, Law, University of Amsterdam, 1994

Propedeuse, French language and literature, University of Amsterdam, 1993


Dutch, English
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