Sara Beutels focuses on all aspects of employment and social security law.

Her expertise includes providing legal assistance in the areas of individual and collective dismissals, working time issues, social inspection audits, employee benefits, professional cards and single permits, and the drafting of all employment law-related documentation (such as contracts, work rules and policies).

In addition, she often advises on the employment and social security law aspects connected to (cross-border) M&A transactions, including the information/consultation of employee representative bodies and the rights of employees and formalities in the framework of the transfer of undertakings.

Sara has developed a niche practice in the area of pension matters (legal pensions and occupational pensions).

Moreover, Sara has specific experience regarding the employment law aspects linked to restructuring files such as major judicial reorganisation and bankruptcy files.

Sara represents clients in all employment-related matters before the labour courts.

Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Sara worked in the Brussels offices of two well-known international law firms, where she specialised in employment and social security law.


Dutch, French, English 


Legal 500 for Employment (Rising Star)


  • University of Leuven, LL.M. in Pension Law, magna cum laude, 2014 
  • University of Leuven, LL.M. in Social Law, cum laude, 2009
  • University of Leuven, Bachelor of Law, 2007

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    • 22/02/2022
    • Articles

    Belgian Labour Deal | An Overview of the Essential Characteristics

    On 15 February 2022, the Federal Government reached an agreement on Belgium’s so-called “labour deal” (the Labour Deal) on a series of labour market reforms which are aimed at reaching an employment rate of 80% by 2030. At this stage, only a political agreement has been reached. This agreement must now be discussed with the social partners and thereafter converted into legislative texts. The Labour Deal consists of four pillars: Improved work-life balance; Individual training; Better protection for platform workers; and Other measures to increase the employment rate. The following news alert lists the most important consequences of the new measures for Belgian employers.

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    • 09/08/2021
    • News

    Our corporate M&A team assisted Federale Verzekering on the acquisition of certain underwriting activities of Bracht, Deckers & Mackelbert

    Our corporate M&A team is pleased to have assisted Belgian insurance company Federale Verzekering on the acquisition of the authorised underwriting activities of Bracht, Deckers & Mackelbert from The Navigators Group, part of the U.S.-based insurance group The Hartford. The acquisition relates to the underwriting activities of Bracht, Deckers & Mackelbert in property and casualty (fire, accidents and all kinds of risks) and pleasure craft for risks located in Belgium (with the exclusion of marine insurance). The official press release can be found here. The deal team was led by partner Michel Bonne, senior associate Hannelore Matthys and associate Justine Van den Bon and counsel Sara

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