Supreme Court Litigation

Pels Rijcken is the biggest and the best Supreme Court Litigation department in the Netherlands. Our team, excelling not only in quantity (the highest percentage of civil Supreme Court cases is dealt with by our team), but also continuously delivering the highest possible level of quality. Cases handled cover a broad spectrum of legal issues in both the private and public sectors, ranging from banking/finance, corporate, employment and insurance to tax and real estate. Pels Rijcken is involved in a high number of cases with a public impact due to their financial, social or political relevance.


Widest scope of litigation

Pels Rijcken is not only the biggest litigation law firm in the Netherlands, but we also have the widest scope of litigation: not only do we represent our clients before all civil courts in the Netherlands, but we also have a reputable administrative litigation team presenting cases before all administrative courts. Moreover, we have a team representing the Dutch Crown Prosecution Service in civil/criminal cases and incidentally, in criminal Supreme Court Litigation.


Other skills

Furthermore, we expose our litigation skills in a very broad way. For example, Willem Heemskerk, is the editor of the standard guide to Dutch procedural law Hugenholtz/Heemskerk “Hoofdlijnen van Nederlands burgerlijk procesrecht”, 2015. Martijn Scheltema is a professor at the University of Rotterdam. Most of our partners and associates are also lecturer for professional courses with litigation-related subjects.



Hans van Wijk | Litigation and Arbitration, Supreme Court Litigation | Partner

+31 70 5153 727 | |

Hans has been with Pels Rijcken since 1990. He worked as an attorney for a number of years in Curaçao. The core of his practice has been in Litigation, at all levels: in the law courts, courts of appeal and before the Supreme Court. In recent years, Hans has specialised in civil cases before the court of cassation. The cases he deals with cover a wide spectrum, particularly in the area of private law in relation to the public sector, business law and liability law. Hans has a ‘band 1-ranking’ in Dispute Resolution: Supreme Court Litigation, Chambers Global en Chambers Europe 2016.

Martijn Scheltema

Martijn Scheltema | Supreme Court Litigation, Business & Human Rights, Litigation and Arbitration | Partner

+31 70 515 39 08 | |

Martijn Scheltema is an international lawyer and maintains a leading Supreme Court practice, which includes setting-aside proceedings in connection with arbitration. Martijn deals with a wide range of corporate and procedural matters, as well as government related issues. In addition, he handles cases concerning commercial disputes and has extensive experience with international dispute resolution through arbitration. He is also interested in other forms of dispute resolution, particularly with respect to business and human rights issues. He regularly publishes and teaches all the mentioned fields.