Litigation and Arbitration

Pels Rijcken is the largest and the premier litigation law firm in the Netherlands. In all departments (Competition, Corporate, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Energy, Real Estate, Construction Law, et cetera) litigation is our core business.



Pels Rijcken’s Arbitration team has ample experience and an excellent track record with handling large scale arbitrations. It also provides strategic legal advice in the context of imminent or pending arbitrations. Their expertise covers all possible stages of an arbitration, from interim measures to setting aside proceedings up to the Supreme Court.



We act for various blue chip companies and banks. Other clients are the State of the Netherlands, provinces and municipalities, regulators and other authorities. Over the last decade we have been expanding our commercial practice significantly, with an increasing range and high profile matters.


René Kiers

René Kiers | Litigation and Arbitration + Construction | Partner

+31 70 515 39 42 | |

René Kiers advises the State and other government bodies and represents these institutions in large-scale, complex arbitration cases on infrastructural and building projects and provides quick and fit for purpose advise in complex questions of public procurement. He is an experienced litigator and acts in numerous injunction proceedings concerning procurement disputes. Furthermore he is the trusted advisor of world’s premier shipbuilders of luxury mega yachts. René is a also a respected arbitrator of the Dutch Arbitration Institute). He regularly lectures and speaks at conferences.

René van de Klashorst

René van de Klashorst | Litigation and Arbitration | Partner

+31 70 515 37 77 | |

René is a very experienced lawyer and conducts a varied advisory and litigation practice in corporate law. He is highly regarded as a trusted advisor. Corporate governance, public-private partnerships, (corporate) litigation, the liability of financial institutions, and finance and restructuring are at the heart of René’s practice. His clients include corporations, government authorities and regulators in different sectors (energy, financial and transport). René leads several of Pels Rijcken’s legal teams in various multimillion lawsuits for corporate clients.

Willem Heemskerk

Willem Heemskerk | Litigation and Arbitration | Partner

+31 70 515 38 39 | |

Willem Heemskerk is one of the most experienced litigators in the Netherlands. He handles complex civil disputes, which often concern issues of liability and compensation for damages. He also assists companies confronted with cartel damage claims (follow-on actions) in connection with decisions of the European Commission. Willem is considered a leading expert in procedural law. He is the editor of the standard guide to Dutch procedural law Hugenholtz/Heemskerk “Hoofdlijnen van Nederlands burgerlijk procesrecht” 2015 and author of a handbook on new procedural legislation.