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Sophie Berg

Partner
Lawyer

CMS DeBacker
Chaussée de La Hulpe 178
1170 Brussels
Belgium
Languages French, Dutch, English, Swedish

Sophie practices various aspects of labour law and social security law (counselling as well as litigation).

In addition to assisting clients on day-to-day human resources issues (employment contracts, transactions, individual dismissals), Sophie has developed a broad experience in collective employment issues such as national and cross-border transfers of undertakings, business reorganisations and collective dismissals.

She regularly advises clients on their policies with regards to well-being at work, work regulations and working duration.

Sophie also carries out legal audits.

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"Sophie Berg provides ‘commercial and spot-on advice’"

Legal 500, 2018

Relevant experience

  • Advising a leading newspaper distributor on the reorganisation of the company, including closing a department and collective dismissal
  • Advising various companies on the introduction of new work organisation systems, in particular work duration and flexibility (e.g. the introduction of 24h/7 day working schedules in a company active in the food sector)
  • Assisting a bank group with the transfer and integration of employees within the scope of C.B.A. 32bis
  • Advising a European cement industry group on the social aspects connected to the restructuring of its business
  • Assisting various international groups on the social aspects of a cross-border merger
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Education

  • 2004 - University of Louvain, UCL (Law Degree)
  • 2005 - University of Ghent, RUG (Master European Law)
  • 2005 - Bar admission (Brussels, Belgium)
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Lectures list

  • Seminar “Alcool et drogues dans l’entreprise”, October 2009 and March 2010: Business Professional-training  
  • "Les aspect sociaux de la loi relative à la continuité des entreprises" within the framework of the seminar "La loi relative à la continuité des entreprises : une réalité utile pour les entreprises dans le contexte actuel de la crise", (Chamber of commerce and of industry of Belgian Luxembourg), October 2009
  • Internal seminars on the transfer of undertakings under Belgian law
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28/09/2018
Septem­ber 2018 News­let­ter
20 Sep 18
Su­preme Court rules on fraud­u­lent A1 cer­ti­fic­ates
1. Con­text When send­ing em­ploy­ees to work abroad, an em­ploy­er must ap­ply for cer­tain cer­ti­fic­ates, such as an A1 second­ment cer­ti­fic­ate. This cer­ti­fic­ate is a de­clar­a­tion re­gard­ing the so­cial se­cur­ity...
16/03/2018
March 2018 News­let­ter
16 Apr 18
The le­gis­lat­or in­tro­duces an ob­lig­a­tion of con­sulta­tion on dis­con­nec­tion...
As work­ers are in­creas­ingly con­nec­ted, in­clud­ing out­side nor­mal work­ing hours, blur­ring the line between work and home life, the le­gis­lat­or has in­tro­duced art­icles 15 to 17 of the Act of 26 March 2018...
February 2018
CMS Guide to Pen­sions
Key is­sues re­lated to pen­sions schemes across CMS jur­is­dic­tions...
11 Apr 18
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June 2017 News­let­ter
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27/04/2017
April 2017 News­let­ter
26 Jan 18
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01 Dec 17
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