Wilfried POLAERT

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Having previously worked in Barthélémy law firm, a firm with a national reputation in employment law, to become partner and head of the Hauts-de-France office, Wilfried has been advising SMEs and large groups for more than 20 years in social security and welfare law.
He has developed expertise in these areas with a focus on work time and occupational health. Wilfried is also involved in all matters related to social audits, negotiations and company agreements well as restructuring.
Wilfried thus advises his clients both in contentious and non-contentious matters before all French labor courts. Holder of the IFOMENE DU1 mediation certification, he has in particular been developing the recent practice of mediation in labor law matters. Wilfried has also been conducting training sessions for many years, especially for large groups or franchises.
Within the Bar of Lille, he has taken over the Quarterly Workshops of Jurisprudence with 4 other specialized colleagues, alongside leading judges and lawyers involved in the labor law chamber of the Court of Cassation.


  • DU1 in Mediation, Training Institute for Mediation and Negotiation (IFOMENE) (2017)
  • DEA in Private Law, specializing in labor law (labor law, social security law and welfare law), University Lille-II (2001)
  • DEA in Private Law, with a specialization on Employment law, University Lille-II (1991)


  • French
  • English