DECKERS & JOASSART is a law firm specialising in employment law and public sector employment law.

We cover all legal matters related to employment contracts and staff regulations.

We provide both legal advice and litigation services.

Within this area, we deal with issues concerning individual and collective labour relations (in both the private and public sector), social security and criminal employment law.

Our firm provides services to private sector companies as well as to public institutions. We also provide legal representation for company executives.

We therefore offer companies, individuals and institutions a complete service of legal advice, defence and legal representation in all areas of labour law, public sector employment law and social security.

Our firm is composed of a team of specialised lawyers, prepared to meet the specific needs of every client.




Our values


DECKERS & JOASSART was founded on strong common values shared by our lawyers.

These values are centred around the provision of high quality services and the sharing of knowledge, as well as a social and/or environmental commitment.

We therefore consider our societal role as a law firm to also be oriented around research and the transmission of knowledge. Aware of the importance of experience when teaching law, the lawyers of DECKERS & JOASSART make education one of their priorities, working with universities and colleges. The majority of our law professionals combine their practical work with teaching and research projects. They participate in the development of specialist legal doctrine by publishing articles in legal journals and speaking at conferences and seminars dedicated to various issues within the field of employment law.

Furthermore, DECKERS & JOASSART set aside part of their investment to go towards NGO projects and to finance environmental projects. The work and philosophy of our lawyers and administrative staff are oriented around these commitments. We are always seeking to provide the best quality services to our clients and to finance projects that help us to grow and develop as a firm.

We believe that a law firm has a particular responsibility as part of the fabric of society to improve social justice and environmentally friendly practice with the intention of creating a fairer, more sustainable world.





Our lawyers



Hervé Deckers was born on the 30th of March 1973.

Hervé Deckers holds a law degree from the UCL (1996) and a degree in international and European law (1997). He was sworn in on the 21st of October 1997.

He specialises in collective and individual labour relations, social security law, criminal social law and commercial contract law.

In this field, he has specifically dealt with cases relating to recruitment, work contract queries (absence, psychological harassment, changes to work duties...), individual and collective redundancies, business ownership transfers, legal protection against dismissal, inspection services, etc...

He provides legal advice and support for businesses in collective negotiations, issues related to the functioning of social dialogue bodies (Works Council, CPPT, trade union delegation), collective disputes (strikes), etc...

He also practises commercial contract law (distribution, sales agency, sales concession, etc...).

Hervé is a member of the editorial committee of the journals “Orientations” (Kluwer) and “Chroniques de Droit Social” (Kluwer).

He is the author of several works and articles on doctrine and regularly participates in employment law seminars and conferences.

He processes cases in both French and English.








Pierre Joassart was born on the 6th of March 1981.

Pierre holds a law degree from the UCL (2004) and a degree specialising in philosophy (UCL, 2003). He successfully completed the training course in cassation organised by the Court of Cassation (2011-2015). He was sworn in on the 4th of October 2004.

Maître Joassart is the editor in chief of the Journal des tribunaux du travail (JTT).

He has been a scientific associate at the UCL Faculty of Laws in the Constitution Unit since 2017, after working there as an assistant since 2004.

Before becoming editor in chief of the JTT, he worked as an assistant in employment law at the ULB in Brussels (from 2012 to 2015) and as a lecturer in collective labour law at the ICHEC Brussels Management School (from 2011 to 2017).

He was among the winners of the 2004 Jacques Falys Prize, for his final year work on the distinction between worker and employee in constitutional case-law.

He provides advice on labour law in general (individual labour relations, criminal social law, labour regulations, work permits, etc.) as well as on the constitutional aspects (discrimination, privacy, etc.) of corporate law. He also processes public sector, teaching and administrative cases.

He is the author of numerous publications on employment law and public law. His research is mainly focussed on labour relations in the public sector.

He provides legal advice and representation for private sector enterprises and executives as well as public institutions before the labour courts, but also before the Constitutional Court and the Council of State.






Pauline Knaepen was born on the 11th of March 1989.

Pauline has a masters in law from the Catholic University of Louvain (2012).

She was sworn in in September 2012.

She works alongside Pierre Joassart.

She also works as an assistant at the Research Centre of Private Law (judiciary law) at the Catholic University of Louvain.



Pauline  KNAEPEN





Marie Solbreux was born on the 3rd of September 1991.

Marie has a masters in law from the Catholic University of Louvain (2014).

She was sworn in on the 6th of October 2004.

She has also worked as an assistant at the Research Centre for State and Constitutional Law at the Catholic University of Louvain.

She works alongside Pierre Joassart.





Vincent DANAU

Vincent Danau was born on the 18th of March 1994.

He has a masters in law from the University of Liège (2018).

He was sworn in on the 28th of September 2018.

He works alongside Hervé Deckers.

He has a good knowledge of English and Dutch.



Vincent DANAU





Julie Paternostre was born on the 19th of February 1993.

She has a masters in law from the Catholic University of Louvain-La-Neuve (2017) with the module “Europe and the State”.

She was sworn in on the 4th of February 2019.

She works alongside Pierre Joassart.

In 2017 and 2018, Julie worked at SPF Justice as a lawyer for the Federal Mediation Commission.

She has a very high level of French, Dutch and English.















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