Which services we provide ?
A quality HR legal support implies transversal knowledge and practice of the various areas of the law that affect the workers:
Individual and collective labour law, Social security law, Taxation of workers, Privacy law, Pensions, Independent contracts, Immigration.
DEL-Law assists its clients on :
We work closely with organizations such as BECI or FAIB.
We assist on all aspects of day-to-day HR management; job offers, employment contracts, credit management, drafting and review of social documents, social inspections, dismissal, disciplinary sanctions, etc., this within the framework of a coordinated and integrated management of the client’s practice and environment.
We advise on restructuring projects, including the implementation of collective redundancy/closure programs, outsourcing and harmonisation of employment conditions, as well as providing information and consultation to works councils or trade unions.
We advise on all forms of compensation paid to employees, executives or consultants, whether in the form of cash, share-based compensation or other forms of remuneration, incentives or benefits.
Discrimination and equality
Advice on the application and enforcement of the various provisions prohibiting discrimination.
Litigation and negotiations
Advice and management of litigation cases involving all HR aspects, including disputes against the NSSO or employees (including collectively) concerning pay and benefits, dismissal, changes in working conditions, and negotiation of settlements on the best terms. We also support executives and senior managers in their exit negotiations in order to obtain the best financial terms, including in deals of more than one million euros.
Due Diligence and employment, personal income tax, social security and pension audits in connection with major transactions (including assistance in drafting representations and warranties / SPA / APA pension schedule) or day-to-day management and advice on information and consulting matters (e.g. HP-Compaq Merger, withdrawal of Invensys Transmission; withdrawal of Bekaert Fencing; Belgacom IPO).
We also provide advice on transaction-related issues and have extensive experience in tax and social security planning for mobile employees and their employers, including the application of the special expatriate executive regime. This includes managing tax, social security and employment law requirements.
We also advise on the tax, labour law, social security and, where applicable, privacy aspects related to the implementation of:
– share or stock option plans (e.g. stock option plans, phantom shares, share savings plans, share purchase plans) in an international context;
– bonus plans and other benefits (e.g. reimbursement of expenses; per diems; company car; computer; mobile; representation allowances, group insurance schemes and individual pension commitments, etc.);
– cafeteria plans ;
– management companies: drafting management/consultancy agreements, providing estimates of potential gains/costs;
– non-competition or non-solicitation agreements concluded after termination of the employment contract; and
– remuneration splitting, detachments, special status for foreign executives.
Employee privacy and confidentiality
Advice on data confidentiality issues at Belgian level (RGDP and law), collective agreements No. 38, 68 and 81, the secrecy of (tele)communications imposed by article 314bis of the Penal Code and article 124 of the law of 13 June 2005, etc. ) or at European level involving employees (e.g. implementation of whistle-blowing policies, control of Internet and e-mail use, processing and transfer of personal data abroad) and customers (e.g. processing and transfer of personal data abroad, marketing).
Who do we work for?
We mainly assist Belgian or international companies, SMEs or associations (Belgian or international) even if we also regularly advise executives or senior managers in different aspects of their careers.
Our customers count in particular (with their agreement)
We work closely with organizations such as BECI or FAIB.
DEL-Law is of course involved in all aspects of Belgian law, but also has a solid network of associated law firms which allows it to serve its clients in the EAME area for specific projects or on a daily basis, if necessary via coordinated billing.
With what results? (Clients' opinions)
His creative and alternative approach has helped us to close many cases in a way that was favorable to Lenovo.
As the EMEA General Counsel for Lenovo I have been working with Christophe Delmarcelle on several critical HR matters in Belgium for over a decade. His creative and alternative approach has helped us to close many cases in a way that was favorable to Lenovo, whilst in parallel still being respectful of the concerned employee. We have also appreciated his broad international network through which he was also able to assist on international matters.
His estimates and scenario analyis are accurate, realistic and reliable.
I have worked with Christophe and was able to appreciate his professional and human skills. I was impressed by Christophe's precision, apetite for details and ability to master high level calculations. His estimates and scenario analyis are accurate, realistic and reliable. On top of this, when it comes to pleading, Christophe is not shy in displaying assertiveness and a high degree of convinction to defend his client interest.
He called me back immediately although way outside office hours.
I needed Christophe's advice, he called me back immediately although way outside office hours, advised me expertly on the subject which had a dual legal face, structured his answer in a way that I could immediatly and myself implement it as I had no other choice, his advice made us win the case.
I have litterally enjoyed Christophe's services as a lawyer in a private case.
Already recommended by a colleague, I have litterally enjoyed Christophe's services as a lawyer in a private case. Christophe juggles with his expertise and creativity to bring significant value to the table. Beyond obvious juridic & rhetoric expertise, Christophe'ability to crunch numbers and master technology helps him be even more efficient and effective as a lawyer. Christophe delivered as promised (time and gain). I definitely know now where to go to if I need a lawyer.
Christophe Delmarcelle helped me brilliantly and rapidly
Christophe Delmarcelle helped me brilliantly and rapidly - with skillful and creative advice - when, as Senior Executive expatriate in Belgium, I was to peacefully negotiate a sizeable win-win deal for early departure.
Every time, he advised me in the best way and in the right timing.
I had the opportunity to request Christophe support for both social law and tax regulation topics. Every time, he advised me in the best way and in the right timing. On top of that, his communication skills has helped me a lot in understanding complicated matters. No doubt that Christophe Delmarcelle is and will be a good lawyer for many other companies.
Christophe is an excellent and effective employment lawyer who met all my requirements.
He provided a legal advice that was concise, crisp and clear. His advice was practical and articulated clear options, together with recommendations which were solely driven by my interests (as a client) and by his own interest (as a lawyer). Good ratio quality versus price.
Ranked tier 4
Up-and-coming partner Christophe Delmarcelle of Bird & Bird "stands out," according to sources, who note his growing reputation and authority in the market.
Third party opinions / Rankings / Directories
Me Delmarcelle is again taken over by Best Lawyers in 2020 as one of the best Belgian labour law lawyers.Best Lawyers
Ranked tier 4
“Sources regard him as "solution-oriented and responsive," with clients further appreciating that "he has a lot of experience, so he can give you real-life cases and use them as background to give you advice."
Associate to watch.
“Clients appreciate Bird & Bird's Christophe Delmarcelle for his "top-quality advice, ability to identify risks and fantastic guidance and vision."
Sources also comment on his responsiveness, rapid understanding and ability to break down complexities. He has past experience in tax consultancy at Deloitte & Touche and is also a supplemental judge to the Brussels labour tribunal.”