Sven Demeulemeester

Sven Demeulemeester

Employment & Sports

Dutch, French and English

Admitted to the Brussels Bar: 2000

Sven has extensive experience advising corporate clients about the transfer of businesses, outsourcing and co-sourcing projects and employment issues related to the sale or purchase of businesses or parts of businesses.

Sven regularly advises on and co-ordinates the procedure for collective dismissals or closures of companies or their divisions and acts for a wide variety of clients regarding the day-to-day issues concerning individual and collective labour and social security law.

In addition, Sven has extensive experience in sport litigation and arbitration and is recognised by legal directories as a leading practitioner in sports law, which is a topic upon which he regularly speaks and writes.

Sven is a member of: the European Employment Lawyers Association, the ‘Vereniging Sociaal Recht’, the ‘Association Internationale des Avocats du Football’, and the International Association of Young Lawyers.


"Sven Demeulemeester is a one-of-a-kind lawyer. He combines excellent legal skills with sharp business acumen, delivers pragmatic solutions that work in real life, is always available, and is able to think outside the box." - Legal 500, 2020

Clients admire Demeulemeester's availability, in addition to his "effective and wonderful client service." Clients also highlight his "clear and result-oriented advice" and note that he is "easily accessible in urgent cases." - Chambers Europe, 2019

"He is praised for his availability and ability to think outside of the box." – Chambers Europe, 2016

"Sven Demeulemeester stands out from the crowd." – Legal 500, 2015


Sven Demeulemeester



  • Special degree in Employment Law (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
  • Erasmus Exchange Programme (Université de Paris X)
  • Lic. Juris (Universiteit Gent)

Selection of publications

"FIFA's new Regulations on Working with intermediaries. National Implementations – Belgium –", Football Legal 2015, 82-83. (with G. Ernes).

"Civil liability for sports injuries and why courts compete with arbitration in Belgium", Lawinsport 2014. (with G. Ernes).

"Sports Justice in Belgium", in European sports law and policy bulletin 2013, 253 – 269. (with W. Lambrecht).

"Business Transfers and Employee Rights in Belgium", in Business Transfers and Employee Rights (J. McMullen ed.), Lexis Nexis, 2013, 51-69.

"Verboden terbeschikkingstelling bij detachering naar België – commentaar op Arbh. Brussel, 28 juni 2011", Soc. Kron. 2012, 495 – 499.

"Cross-border reorganisations in Belgium", in European Cross-Border Mergers and Reorganisations (J. Vermeylen and I. Vande Velde ed.), Oxford University Press, 2012. (with J. Vermeylen and I. Vande Velde).

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