Jessica De Bels

Jessica De Bels

Lawyer - Director, PwC Legal BV/SRL

Jessica brings over 10 years of experience to the Employment Law practice of PwC Legal and combines a specialized knowledge in national and international employment and social security tax law. She has worked with a full range small to large sized companies in different industrial sectors.

Jessica has specific expertise in national and international employment law and more specifically in employee transfers and company restructurings, including M&A, works council consultations, post deal harmonization projects. She also assists companies on compensation and benefits, international mobility and daily HR topics related to the employee life cycle, from advice to litigation assistance.

In addition to her legal orientation, Jessica has a practical background in HR, giving her a wide range of experiences and business insights she can rely on to offer our clients tailored advice fit for practical use.

Professional background

2024 – present

Advocaat vennoot/Avocat Associé, PwC Legal - Member of the Antwerp Bar

2022 – 2024

Senior Managing Associate at PwC Legal - Member of the Antwerp Bar

2018 – 2022

Managing Associate at PwC Legal - Member of the Antwerp Bar

2016 – 2018         

Employment Law Attorney, Stroobants Buelens

2014 – 2016           

Employment Law Attorney, Tilleman van Hoogenbemt

2011 – 2013    

HR & Legal Services, Egemin International NV


  • DE BELS, J., “Het nieuwe werken: flexibiliteit in de kern van jouw organisatie. - Een praktische gids voor de HR professional”, Wolters Kluwer, Antwerp, 2023.

  • A. Smits and J. Vincke, “Operating With Positive Impact. How to navigate ESG complexity.”, Lannoo, 2023. (contribution)

  • A., Zadeling and J., DE BELS, “Working from anywhere: a true asset of your ESG strategy… if carefully prepared”, International Tax Review, 12 January 2023.

  • P., Moreau and J., DE BELS, “Ethiek wordt de nieuwe valuta in het bedrijfsleven”, Trends Magazine, 7 July 2022.

  • M., Notelteirs and J., DE BELS, “Thuiswerk vanop Spaanse stranden – wanneer ‘home office’ ruim geïnterpreteerd wordt”, Expat News nr. 7, September 2021, 5-8.

  • DE BELS, J. and DE MEULEMEESTER, M., "De nieuwe fiscale rapporteringsplicht: een lokale interventie?", Accountancy & Fiscaliteit, Larcier, 6 December 2018.

  • DE BELS, J. and ELIAS, B., "Het loonbegrip in toepassing van socialezekerheidswetgeving: opnieuw in beroering", Accountancy & Fiscaliteit, Larcier, 8 November 2018.

  • DE BELS, J., "HR kan verouderd arbeidsrecht counteren", Trends Magazine no. 38, 22 September 2016.

  • VAN HOOGENBEMT, H., "Nieuw ontslagrecht voor alle werknemers. Commentaar op de wet eenheidsstatuut en de CAO ontslagmotivering.", Fiscoloog, Antwerp, 2014. (contribution)

Academic Experience or roles in professional organisation

  • Jessica publishes frequently in news and professional magazines. She is also a regular speaker at legal workshops and seminars, internal and external.

  • She holds a Master in Law (VUB) as well as a Bachelor in applied business psychology (Lessius Hogeschool)


  • Employment Law


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