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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