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 


  • 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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    • 19/03/2020
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    Coronavirus : Update on Measures Related to Safeguarding Employment Following the Lockdown Measures of 12 and 17 March 2020

    Referring to our newsflash dated 10 March 2020, you will find below an overview of the complementary employment-related measures which have been put in place following the lockdown measures within the framework of Covid-19 as announced by the Belgian government on 12 and 17 March 2020. These measures are subject to continuous changes. The current newsflash provides an overview of the situation to date and we will keep you informed about any important developments in this respect. Click below to read the complementary employment-related measures.

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    • 10/03/2020
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    Coronavirus: Frequently Asked Questions by Employers in Belgium

    The covid-19 virus, also known as the coronavirus, continues to spread across the globe. Recently the virus arrived in Belgium as well, with the number of confirmed cases expected to rise exponentially. Employers should be prepared to take measures to ensure a healthy and safe workplace for their employees. This FAQ document answers a series of questions that have been raised by our clients - employers in Belgium.

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    • 01/02/2020
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    Van Bael & Bellis promotes Sara Beutels

    Van Bael & Bellis is pleased to announce the promotion of employment law specialist Sara Beutels to Counsel. Sara joined Van Bael & Bellis in March 2018 and has more than 10 years of experience in employment law. She specialises in all areas of employment and social security law, both contentious and non-contentious.

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