Bird & Bird Recruits Employment Team

14 January 2003

Appointment boosts full service capability of Brussels office

International law firm Bird & Bird has recruited employment specialists Olivier Rijckaert and Aurore Gillet, both from Allen & Overy, to join its Brussels office.

During five years as employment law associate and senior associate at Loeff Claeys Verbeke (now Allen & Overy Belgium) and three years as Belgian general counsel at Ericsson, Olivier has gained valuable expertise in a wide array of employment issues, including labor flexibility, discrimination, privacy and IP protection, which are of special importance in Bird & Bird’s core sectors. The firm and its clients will also benefit from his extensive experience in reorganisations, industrial disputes and collective negotiations. His exposure to Belgian as well as multinational companies will be particularly important to the firm’s expanding network of international offices.

During her almost four years at Allen & Overy, Aurore has been specializing in employment law, social security and personal taxation treatment of salary, benefits and incentives.

They both arrived on 6 January 2003 to head up and develop an employment practice in the Brussels office.

Following Bird & Bird’s expansion in Europe, the law firm now offers domestic and international employment advice. Working with both large corporations and individuals throughout the private and public sectors, Bird & Bird offers clients a comprehensive range of legal advice across the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment law.

Olivier and Aurore will perfectly complement and reinforce the international employment law team.

Commenting on the recruitment, Paul Hermant, Managing Partner of Bird & Bird Brussels said:

“We are delighted by Olivier and Aurore’s appointment. Their depth of experience in very complementary fields is going to be extremely valuable for our clients. Olivier has worked with a very impressive list of high-profile clients and he knows our sectors really well. He is an excellent fit”.

Commenting on his arrival, Olivier Rijckaert added:

“Bird & Bird’s sector focus and expanding international practice offers a number of exciting new opportunities in employment, especially as I have lately been concentrating a lot on issues which are strategic to Bird & Bird’s core sectors. I am very happy to join them”.

For more information, please contact Larry Cattle, Director of Marketing, on +44 (0) 20 7415 6156.