Merienke (M.M.) Zwaan-Stroband

Attorney at law/partner

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Merienke has been practising as a lawyer since the year 2000. In 2006 she joined Delissen Martens.

Specialty area

She is a specialist in the field of employment law. Her work includes providing assistance on reorganizations, harmonization standards and collective agreements procedures. She has also set up several Works Councils and conducted advisory and consent procedures. Her work includes, of course, the drawing up of employment contracts, settlement agreements and contracts for the provision of services. In addition, she advises and litigates in cases at the individual level, in which, for instance, inadequate performance, illness, a damaged working relationship or a non-competition clause plays a part.

Merienke is a decisive lawyer. “I quickly get to the heart of the matter and carry on until I have achieved a positive result.” In addition, she is a creative thinker. “My view of issues goes beyond the facts provided. And I will examine solutions which are not obvious.”

What is the motivation that drives her as a lawyer?

“It is a pleasure for me to be working with clients, to be able to combine the human and business aspects of the legal profession.”

Her approach

As a lawyer Merienke stands out through her approach. She is the ideal cooperation partner of entrepreneurs because of her pro-active attitude and her astute legal knowledge. She takes a constructive approach in strategic policy matters and provides a full-service solution for her clients wherever possible. “I respond not only to questions, but I also try to deal with matters on my own initiative and to share know-how. In addition, I often think up solutions which had not occurred to the client before.” She applies a personal approach to achieve these goals . “The interests of my clients always come first.”

Merienke also acts as peer review moderator. She is included in the ‘Register peer review moderators’ (Register gespreksleider intervisie’) of the Netherlands Bar Association. And she has acquired experience in mediation, which skills are useful in the labour law practice. “I am a good listener, can ask the right questions and have regard for the emotions of the client owing to my experience as moderator and mediator, which also enables me to get to the core of the issue.”

/ Expertise

Merienke characterized in three words

Decisive, committed, professional

Curriculum of Merienke

Education

  • Specialist Accreditation Course Employment Law (Grotius), 2005 (cum laude)
  • Mediation (NMI)
  • University of Leiden, 1997

Professional Assocations

  • Dutch Employment Lawyers Association (VAAN)
  • Dutch Association for Employment Law (VvA)
  • The Hague Association of Employment Lawyers

Languages

English, Dutch