Head of the Dutch Dispute Resolution practice, qualified Supreme Court litigator with a 'knack for tech' and a specialist in managing complicated disputes, including all claims and insurance matters
With my team I aim to be the best disputes adviser, from the initial piece of advice via the negotiation table to - if need be - to court, all the way up to the Supreme Court. I am Co-Head of Bird & Bird's international Dispute Resolution group and I am Head of our International Insurance group.
My team and I are passionate about providing a tailor-made approach. We don't work with standardised solutions, as every client and every case is unique. It's all about strategic pre-trial advice, negotiation skills and knowledge about which formal and informal buttons to push in legal proceedings. As one of few qualified Supreme Court litigators in the Netherlands, I have the required granular knowledge about the law on civil procedures, cross-border litigation and enforcement. As a Supreme Court litigator I know very well how 'lower' judges work, to which extent they are restricted by formalities and what their methods are on, for example, interpretational issues. This insight helps as from the very first stages of any dispute and litigation advice.
Our cases are often defined by the fact that they require extensive act-finding and insight in the relevant technology. They way in which we work has no boundaries in sectors, but we have a partical knack for Insurance, Tech & Comms, Construction & Infrastructure, Energy, Life Sciences and Industry. Insurance and claims work, whether based on contract or on tort, and whether about an infrastructural project or about a violation of sector-specific regulation, requires ample experience in cases with complex causation and damage assessment issues. I have that type of experience.
Dispute resolution is, more often than not, in fact dispute management - balancing all the issues at stake, at the right time. Teamwork with the client is essential, and it's the part of the work I enjoy most: the clients are the true specialists on the subject matter. I have managed large internal compliance investigations and in other projects requiring legal crisis management skills. As I combine a busy law practice with quite a number of managerial tasks within the firm, including management of a group of 45, I bring people skills and pragmatism to the (board room) table as well.
I am the co-founder and co-head of our Dutch knowledge portal, BirdBuzz (birdbuzz.nl). I enjoy to publish and speak frequently about the latest developments in my fields of expertise.
Alongside my career as a lawyer, I still give concerts and recitals as a professional violinist (to the extent work so permits, of course!) I am convinced that this also boosts a creative and collaborative side which I use in my work as a lawyer.