Martijn van Broeckhuijsen


Barbara Strozzilaan 101
1083 HN Amsterdam

Tel: +31202402760


Martijn van Broeckhuijsen is the Founding Partner of Shearwaters Advocatuur, a boutique law firm based in Amsterdam’s financial district (Zuidas), focusing solely on Dutch corporate employment law.

Mr. Van Broeckhuijsen launched Shearwaters at the beginning of 2015 following his track record at global law firms Linklaters and Baker & McKenzie and at leading Dutch firm Houthoff Buruma for nearly 20 years. This big-law experience allows Martijn to tap into a broad domestic and international network, whilst at the same time ensuring a high level of client care and attention which comes with the boutique law firm model.

Mr. Van Broeckhuijsen has an international background, having lived in El Salvador, Singapore, Brazil and on St. Maarten.

He is recognized as one of Europe’s leading lawyers for business and as a leading individual by legal directories including Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and Employment Law Experts.

Shearwaters, the leading Dutch employment law boutique

Shearwaters represents internationally operating corporates, financial institutions and (senior) executives. The firm helps its clients navigate through the complexities of Dutch corporate
employment law by providing:

  • Transactional support
  • Strategic advice
  • Litigation and mediation

The lawyers at Shearwaters are committed and trusted advisors; they are highly specialised and very experienced in their field, having worked at global law firms Baker McKenzie and Linklaters for a combined period of over 75 years. They are particularly adept at advising clients on delicate (executive) dismissals, works council consultation processes, executive remuneration, collective redundancies and reorganisations (including negotiations with trade unions on social plans).

Independent global legal directories Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and Employment Law Experts recommend and rank Shearwaters as a leading firm.


“Practice head Martijn van Broeckhuijsen of Shearwaters is recognised as a “highly experienced and knowledgeable” employment specialist. He is frequently instructed to advise on the employment aspects of M&A transactions, executive dismissals and remuneration. He acted for Crown Van Gelder on its dismissal of a prominent board member.”
Chambers & Partners