12 September 2018

Littler just got bigger

Employment and labour specialists expands network with a foothold in Brussels with Reliance tie-up.

Mikhail Golovastikov

Littler, the specialist employment and labour law practice representing management, has announce that Reliance, a Belgian labour and employment law boutique with 20 lawyers, is joining its global platform.


The expansion brings Littler’s presence in Europe to six countries, while adding an outpost in Brussels, home of the European Union headquarters. The move is part of Littler’s strategy of global expansion combining with top firms focused on labor and employment law in significant international markets. This brings its total to over 1,500 attorneys across 82 offices and 19 countries. In a joint statement Tom Bender and Jeremy Roth, co-managing directors of Littler, said ‘given Belgium’s significant role in the European and global economies, it was important for Littler to find a well-regarded firm like Reliance, which represents top international clients and is recognized for its strength in all aspects of labor and employment law.’


Reliance was founded in 2009 by partners Edward Carlier and Koen De Bisschop, who were later joined by Anne-Valérie Michaux and Erwin Crabeels. The firm counsels clients on a wide range of labor and employment matters, including the defence of claims, collective bargaining and advice on works council matters, representation before government agencies, audits and training. The team also advises employers on such issues as compliance with the EU’s general data protection regulation and other privacy and data security laws, global mobility, restructurings, hiring and termination, workplace discrimination and harassment, and non-compete agreements.

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