Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn N.V.

Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Leading Supreme Court litigation practice with an increasing commercial disputes presence. Principal counsel to the Dutch state. Other clients include government bodies, financial supervisory agencies and a growing number of corporate entities. Regularly acts on contentious human rights claims, major class actions and administrative litigation.

Strengths One client says: "I am very impressed with the team as a whole and rate my experience of their representation of my case as excellent," adding: "Their drafting and oral skills in support of our position was world class."

Another source adds: "They are a great firm to work with," noting that "the focus is always on the best result for the client."

Work highlights Represented Shell in proceedings before the Dutch court relating to human rights claims initiated by relatives of the so-called "Ogoni Nine".

Notable practitioners

Hans van Wijk represents both corporate and public sector clients in high-profile Supreme Court litigation. His expertise spans corporate dispute settlement, liability law and Dutch Caribbean law. He represented Citicorp in complex EUR7 billion insolvency proceedings before the Dutch Supreme Court. One impressed commentator praises his meticulously thorough approach, adding: "In terms of depth, solidity and pragmatism, he is the best Supreme Court lawyer."

Karlijn Teuben is described by a client as a "really technical lawyer," and another source admires that she is "able to unravel very complex matters and present them to the courts in an extremely clear, to-the-point and convincing manner." She advises on liability, compensation and insurance cases, with a notable focus on Supreme Court proceedings.

Willem Heemskerk focuses on liability and competition litigation. Clients highlight his "great international experiences and extensive knowledge of jurisprudence," while adding that "he is very pleasant to work with and makes you feel at ease." Others regard him as an excellent lawyer whose "strategic skills are second to none."