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 Employment Legal Counsel Role - Shell Nederland BV - Based in The Hague 


We are supporting Shell in their search for an Employment Lawyer to join their legal team in The Hague. Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies. It consists of the businesses of Upstream, Integrated Gas, Downstream, and Projects & Technology. With approximately 90,000 employees in more than 70 countries and territories, Shell is helping to meet the world's growing demand for energy in economically, environmentally and socially responsible ways.


Shell Nederland BV is a platform for international collaboration with Shell offering direct employment to around ten thousand people in the Netherlands alone, including roughly 2,800 non-Dutch employees from around 80 countries. Diversity is key at Shell Nederland, and employees reflect the innovation that stems from a diverse workforce. By joining Shell Nederland, you will benefit from an unrivalled industry-leading development programme that will see you tap into a pool of expert knowledge that will help propel your career. Shell Nederland is the holding company of most Shell companies operating in the Netherlands. Shell Nederland also has an advisory and coordinating role in numerous areas.


This is a unique opportunity for someone who’s passionate about Dutch employment law to join a team of highly skilled specialists with one of the world’s best-known businesses.  The role is to advise the Shell business – primarily their HR function – on all aspects of Dutch employment law, including international resourcing. It is a fast-paced environment where legal developments need to be translated into practical solutions.


A business of Shell’s size and scope makes for a demanding client, so this is definitely a challenging role but, for someone with the right profile, a hugely positive one too. Because of the breadth of Shell’s activity, you can also look forward to being involved in all areas of employment law, including litigation.


You will be part of a small team of employment law specialists within Shell’s Legal Corporate Department, which also provides legal advice and services to the Shell Group on corporate and finance and to other functions such as Finance, External Relations, Government Relations, Investor Relations, Health, Security, Tax, Real Estate and Aircraft. You will liaise frequently with other specialists in the department as well as lawyers in other jurisdictions and across Shell businesses. Shell’s job rotation system allows you to pursue a lasting career as a lawyer in Shell, whether in employment law or in other areas.


You will have a Dutch Law degree (Masters) coupled with rich experience as a lawyer or Legal Counsel specializing in employment law and perhaps also another area of law such as corporate and M&A, either in house or in private practice. In your career to date you will have demonstrated:


  • You can set the strategy in (often complex) legal matters, whether individual cases or HR policies – and execute it.

  • You’re able to build a strong relationship with your clients.

  • You are a true team player.

  • You have excellent legal and drafting skills in English and Dutch.

  • You are proactive; you can seek out and seize opportunities for improvement.


While Shell seek excellent legal skills, it will be your personal skills that will be the key to success in this role. You will be in your element when solving complex problems together with the other lawyers in a close-knit team or when cultivating strong relationships with your clients and stakeholders by understanding their business, hearing their needs and, in turn, influencing their decisions by offering practical solutions.


Rewards: Shell offers a well balance working environment and a healthy financial package which will depend on level of hire. We would be pleased to discuss indicative financial packages in detail with potentially interested candidates.

To apply, please click the link below or email your CV in confidence to Alternatively, you can call Struan Hall on +44(0)20 7096 1197 for a confidential discussion. Henderson Hall, Corporate Counsel Recruitment are supporting on this search as exclusively retained consultants.


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