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Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa

Partner Netherlands


Evelyn is a civil litigator excelling in legal risk and crisis management including insurance and investigations

Evelyn is a partner and heads our Dispute Resolution Practice in the Netherlands. She is based in The Hague and is on the steering board of Bird & Bird's International Dispute Resolution Group.

Evelyn's expertise combines pre-trial advice, negotiations as well as alternative dispute resolution.  Her cases often involve complex technology and/or require extensive fact-finding. She also has ample experience in managing large internal compliance investigations  and in other projects requiring legal crisis management skills. 

Evelyn has been specialising for more than 18 years in disputes in the field of liability and insurance (inter alia Professional Indemnity, CAR, Machinery Breakdown, D&O, Property and Liability) as well as in providing advice on policy wording and policy coverage. She also deals with (mass) claims and private enforcement claims. Evelyn heads Bird & Bird's International Insurance Group and represents our insurance capabilities as a member of our International Financial Services Group Steering Group.

Evelyn has dealt with numerous national and international disputes regarding liability, interpretation of contract, remedies, termination issues and calculations of damages.  She and her team work across all sectors, but her track-record is particularly substantial in Insurance, Technology  & Communications, Construction & Infrastructure, IT, Food, Energy, Chemical Industry and Manufacturing Industry. 

Evelyn is also one of few qualified Supreme Court litigators in the Netherlands and has in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the law on civil procedures, cross-border litigation and enforcement.

Evelyn is Group Manager of a team of more than 45 lawyers and PAs in our Hague office. She initiated and co-heads our Dutch knowledge portal, BirdBuzz (  

Evelyn regularly publishes and lectures on topics of liability, cyber risks and civil procedural law, both in in-house courses and for external institutes. Evelyn is a member of several lawyer's associations in the field of civil law, procedural law and insurance.

Evelyn was admitted to the bar in 2001. Before joining us in 2010, Evelyn worked for tier 1-litigation firms in the Netherlands. 

Evelyn also studied classical violin at the Conservatory of Tilburg, the Netherlands. She graduated in 2001 and still performs as a violinist.

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Lawyer Testimonials
  1. Clients praise Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa as an "excellent lawyer" who is "co-operative, open, flexible and commercially aware."'

    Chambers Global 2018
  2. Litigation lawyer of the year - the Netherlands

    Client Choice Awards 2018
  3. 'Sources consider [Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa] to be "really thorough, good and dedicated; she is on the ball."'

    Chambers Global 2017