François Schapira

Attorney – Partner


I am a lawyer since 2013. I started my career at Claeys & Engels (law firm specialised in human resources law), before co-founding Yelaw in 2022. I am recognised as specialist in employment law by the Brussels Bar.

What defines me:

I always try to reach an agreement and am convinced of the benefits of mediation. When an agreement is not possible, I vigorously defend my clients in court. I love pleading.

✔ I wrote a book on the competition and poaching issues. I enjoyed delving into this fascinating subject.

✔  I am fan of football and the English Premier League. I am also a football goalkeeper in an amateur team in La Hulpe. I am a fervent supporter of the adage “a healthy mind in a healthy body”. I love to clear my head by going for a run and will never refuse a wellness moment!

What my partners say about me:

#responsive #empathic #rigorous #convincing


Since 2022: Co-founder of Yelaw

2013 – 2022: Senior lawyer at Claeys & Engels

Three months’ experience at the London law firm Lewis Silkin LLP (2020)

2012 – 2013: Master na Master in het Sociaal Recht at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (magna cum laude)

2010 – 2012: Master of Laws at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (magna cum laude)

Erasmus Belgica at the Universiteit Gent (2011 – 2012)

2007 – 2010: Bachelor of Laws at the Université Libre de Bruxelles


French: Mother tongue

Dutch: Very good (VUB diploma)

English: Very good (TOEFL test: 106/120)


F. SCHAPIRA, « La circulation entravée par le droit de grève – commentaire de Cass., 23 mars 2022 (arrêt Pont de Cheratte) », Chroniques de Droit Social, 2023/1, pp. 1 – 17.

F. SCHAPIRA, Sollicitation et débauchage de personnel et de clientèle, Waterloo, Wolters Kluwer, november 2021, 181 pages

A. CASTADOT and F. SCHAPIRA, « La modification non-disciplinaire des conditions de travail des agents statutaires », Administration publique, T1/2019, pp. 1 – 33

K. NEVENS and F. SCHAPIRA, « Analyse critique de la présomption concernant la nature de la relation de travail (chapitre V/1 de la loi sur les relations de travail) », Revue de droit social, 2016, pp. 87 – 130

K. NEVENS and F. SCHAPIRA, « Schijnzelfstandigen in het defensief », in Misbruik- en fraudebestrijding in het sociaal recht: recente ontwikkelingen, Antwerp, Intersentia, 2015, pp. 69 – 142

O. MORENO and F. SCHAPIRA, « La surveillance du travailleur par géolocalisation », in Discipline et surveillance dans la relation de travail, Limal, Anthémis, 2013, pp. 401 – 436

O. MORENO and F. SCHAPIRA, « Quand restructuration rime avec imagination », in Le coût salarial de l’entreprise, Limal, Anthémis, 2011, pp. 191 – 275