Godelijn Boonman

Webinar on demand

Godelijn recently presented a special online workshop highlighting key considerations for internationals evaluating an employment contract in the Netherlands.

Learn what Dutch employment law means for your rights as an expat, its effect in relation to contract types, vacations, holiday money, non-compete clauses, notice periods, dismissal and more.

If you missed the live session, you can now watch the recorded webinar on demand:

Godelijn Boonman

Godelijn Boonman started as a lawyer with the former law firm Wladimiroff and Spong. She made the transition to GMW lawyers as a partner. For over 20 years, she has focused entirely on employment law, with international employment law playing an increasingly important role in her practice.

Godelijn advises and litigates for both domestic and international companies, organisations and embassies. In addition, she acts for employees, in particular for (statutory) directors and expatriates. She is a native speaker (English). Godelijn fights for her clients and does her utmost to achieve the best possible results. She preferably reaches amicable solutions because she knows from experience that employment proceedings often don’t produce winners. She is a specialist in her field, has extensive experience, works fast in a solution orientated manner and is an excellent negotiator. Godelijn says: “A labour dispute must be resolved within a month”.

Godelijn prepares group and individual termination agreements (including those of statutory directors and top executives of [large] companies), and conducts (dismissal) proceedings for employers and employees. Further expertise consists of advising on and drafting of (international) employment contracts, Social Plans, collective labour agreements and the harmonisation of working conditions in mergers and acquisitions, advising on documentation and dysfunction as well as assisting employers during illness of employees and their reintegration.

Godelijn has released a free white paper about Dutch employment law and what it means for you.

Netherlands Bar – register of legal practice areas

Godelijn Boonman has registered the following legal practice areas in the Netherlands Bar’s register of legal practice areas (rechtsgebiedenregister):

  • Employment law

This registration obliges her to obtain ten training credits per calendar year in each registered principal legal practice area in accordance with the standards set by the Netherlands Bar.

Curriculum Vitae


Labour law
International labour law

Lawyer and partner at GMW lawyers
Lawyer at Wladimiroff en Spong Advocaten;

Law, Utrecht University

Secondary activities
Boardmember ACCESS

The Hague Association of Labour law attorneys
Association of Dutch Labour Law attorneys (VAAN)

Dutch, English (native speaker), French (moderate command)

What clients say about Godelijn

“What was a very stressful situation for me personally became a more manageable situation thanks to Mrs. Godelijn M. Boonman. She was straight to the point, structured and built bridges with the other side in a pretty conflictual situation. Always following up on all interactions and very good in building an action plan. The outcome was very positive. I highly recommend Mrs. M. Boonman for all work-related conflicts. ”

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