Legal directories
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Chambers Global

Willem Heemskerk: “He is a real litigator: resolute and committed to his clients. With a flexible mind, he is able to think outside the box and come up with
solutions, no matter how complicated the question he’s dealing with.”

Bert-Jan Houtzagers: “He is incredibly smart, hard-working, to the point and a joy to work with. I particularly appreciate his no-nonsense approach to legal matters and his keen sense of strategy.”

Hans van Wijk: “A sharp lawyer and litigator, and a specialist in Supreme Court matters. He is very thorough in his approach and is unlikely to miss any details in a case.”

Sikke Kingma: “Strong in analysing complex matters, always working towards solutions for the client and providing very fast service. He is also strong in pleading.”

Martijn Scheltema: “One source describes him as a tremendous and very technical lawyer, adding: If I need some advice on a highly technical legal issue, I would go to him. On top of that, he has the soul of human rights as well. He is part of the small group of worldwide lawyers who knows human rights very well.”

Chambers Europe

Competition/European Law (band 2)

“Clients are very enthusiastic about the firm, stating: They were outstanding – their co-operation with us is close and cost-effective.”

Dispute Resolution (band 2)

“Sources are impressed with the way the firm’s culture matched up to its reputation: The firm is a class act and a veritable institution in The Hague. The lawyers are friendly, co-operative and knowledgeable, setting a high standard for competitors in the Dutch legal market, adding that it is a leading firm in the area of Dutch administrative law.”

“They are fast and they always give us their reviews and answers quickly, and the quality is perfect. They got to know us and our business and that’s important.”

Employment (band 4)

“Clients commend the team for its excellent client service, saying: They provide a high standard of professional legal advice and support which meets our own high professional standards.”

“They take excellent care of the personal relationship with us.”

Energy & Natural Resources: Regulatory (band 2)

“The team I worked with was highly skilled, knew when to involve colleagues, and responded very quickly to my questions.”

“They provide us with useful information and advice, and think along with our business.”

Healthcare (band 2)

“They were thorough, they included us in what they were doing and how much time it would take them. They gave me a good view before they started the work what they were going to do, it was all meticulously planned.”

“Very accurate and fast”

Public Law (band 1)

“The team has impressed me many times. It is a close-knit team which is fast, accurate, concise, always accessible and easy to get along with. They are also able to provide high-end legal solutions on complex issues at very short notice.”

“New developments are always on top of their mind and they develop pragmatic legal products which are very useful.”

“They have an excellent eye for the possible juridical risks and bring that to our attention. They will also contribute to creative solutions in order to solve complex policy issues. The team has built up considerable experience in these matters.”

Public Law: Planning and Environment (band 1)

“The team has impressed me many times. It is a close-knit team which is fast, accurate, concise, always accessible and easy to get along with. They are also able to provide high-end legal solutions on complex issues at very short notice.”

“New developments are always on top of their mind and they develop pragmatic legal products which are very useful.”

“They have an excellent eye for the possible juridical risks and bring that to our attention. They will also contribute to creative solutions in order to solve complex policy issues. The team has built up considerable experience in these matters.”

TMT: Telecommunications (band 2)

“The quality is very good and I am positive about the drafts I get and there are never any corrections to be made.”

“They represent authorities and regulators in the Netherlands so they know all the policy and strategies that are connected to legal questions. They are fast in delivering advice and the quality is just what we want.”

 

Chambers Europe – Individual rankings

Willem Heemskerk (band 1): “He is a real litigator: resolute and committed to his clients. With a flexible mind, he is able to think outside the box and come up with solutions, no matter how complicated the question he’s dealing with.”

Bert-Jan Houtzagers (band 2): “He is incredibly smart, hard-working, to the point and a joy to work with. I particularly appreciate his no-nonsense approach to legal matters and his keen sense of strategy.”

Hans van Wijk (band 1): “Sources describe him as a sharp lawyer and litigator, and a specialist in Supreme Court matters. He is very thorough in his approach and is unlikely to miss any details in a case.”

Ruben van Arkel (associate to watch): “Shrewd and knowledgeable”

Iman Brinkman (band 2): The really smart and very analytical Iman Brinkman is clients’ first port of call for issues with regulators, authorities or government,”

Sikke Kingma (band 4): “Clients say he is strong in analysing complex matters, always working towards solutions for the client and providing very fast service. He is also strong in pleading.”

Hans Besselink (band 1): “He is great. He always helps me understand the real problems. He is a very experienced lawyer in the field of environmental law. He has a lot of knowledge, is fast and smart and always comes up with a pragmatic solution.”

Jannetje Bootsma (band 3): “She has never lost a court case for us. I am always impressed by the way she prepares the necessary legal documents. She’s really fast in understanding complex technical matters.”

Liesbeth Schippers (band 1): “She advises on a strategic level and provides pragmatic solutions. She can be very persuasive and in court she is able to tip the scales in favour of the project. “She is full of energy and is perfect for complex cases.”

Sandra van Heukelom-Verhage (band 3): “She looks at matters not only from a legal perspective and has a pragmatic approach.”

Arnoud Boorsma (band 3): He knows the business and the government very well and has clients from both the government and corporate sectors.”
“Gentle and very understanding but he also has a sharp eye.”

Legal 500

Arbitration (band 2): “The outstanding team at Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is best known for its extensive track record representing the Dutch state in complex arbitrations, though it also has a notable corporate client base.”

Commercial litigation (band 1): “Well-respected firm Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is ahead of the curve; its team comprises experienced, smart and very responsive litigators, including the down-to-earth Willem Heemskerk, sharp lawyer Hans van Wijk and Bert-Jan Houtzagers, who always gives pragmatic advice.”

Telecoms (band 2): “Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is very good in all respects, with particularly strong contentious capabilities.”

 

Legal 500 – Individual rankings

Hans van Wijk: “Well-respected firm Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is ahead of the curve; its team comprises experienced, smart and very responsive litigators, including the down-to-earth Willem Heemskerk, sharp lawyer Hans van Wijk and Bert-Jan Houtzagers, who always gives pragmatic advice.”

Iman Brinkman (Next generation lawyer): “Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s department is led by the very client-focused Iman Brinkman, who has in-depth knowledge of the sector”

Maryse Mesu-Abbekerk: “Great sparring partner”

Sandra van Heukelom-Verhage: “Very skilful, well-connected practice head”

Willem Heemskerk: “Well-respected firm Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is ahead of the curve; its team comprises experienced, smart and very responsive litigators, including the down-to-earth Willem Heemskerk, sharp lawyer Hans van Wijk and Bert-Jan Houtzagers, who always gives pragmatic advice.”