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Van Traa Advocaten

Transportation

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What the team is known for

Impressive transportation practice, with a first-rate maritime offering complemented by significant aviation expertise. Noted experience in insurance and liability claims across the transport sector. Clients include insurers, global logistics companies and financial institutions. Regularly represents international and domestic clients in contentious matters, including those relating to shipbuilding and collisions, as well as cargo damage cases. Notable strength in aviation law, regularly assisting airline companies and insurance companies with litigation, including ground handler disputes, passenger claims and liability issues.

Strengths

A client enthuses: "The approach of the firm is commercial and user-friendly, and the lawyers are client-focused."

Another client comments: "Van Traa is a very renowned firm with extensive knowledge and is a great partner to spar with."

Work highlights

Assisted Special Cargo Services with obtaining import and transport permits to transport explosives for civil use to Dutch consignees.

Notable practitioners

Jolien Kruit is well versed in a variety of shipping issues, including ship arrest, general average and cargo damage claims. A client describes her as "highly intellectual but also commercial and able to balance that really well."

Marc Van Maanen regularly represents logistics service providers, banks and insurers in contamination claims and liability disputes. He also advises on regulatory issues.

Robert de Haan has significant expertise in maritime, road and rail matters. He focuses on insurance and liability disputes.

Robert Pessers specialises in high-profile contentious matters, including liability disputes and incident investigations. He also advises on regulatory and contractual issues affecting the aviation industry. His clients include major airlines and their insurers.

Vincent Pool is experienced in handling vessel arrests and cargo damage matters for road carriers and transport supply companies. A client describes him as "extremely charming and very intellectual."

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Overview

Van Traa is the most complete legal service provider in the transport sector. It is one of the very few firms in the Netherlands, and is recognised as such in the market, with the expertise and experience to deal with legally complex issues in all aspects of transport law: including rail, road, multimodal, brown and blue water carriage; casualties; wet and dry shipping; logistics and forwarding; aviation; commodities and marine insurance.
For decades, Van Traa has been involved in all major accidents and high-impact events that have occurred in the Netherlands or have affected the Netherlands, such as Hanjin’s bankruptcy, where Van Traa advised and assisted the whole Dutch market, and Van Traa's involvement following the shocking crash (shootdown) of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukraine.
Following Van Traa’s niche specialization, the firm also has a dedicated team of international trade specialists, mainly active in the trade of soft and hard commodities.

Members

Pool, Vincent (Head of Department)

de Haan, Robert

Gawronski, Silvia

Kruit, Jolien

Latten, Richard

Oude Alink, Steven

van Hee, Leendert

Van Maanen, Marc

Clients

airline companies

brokers

inspection/verification companies

insurance companies

logistic service providers (LSP)

manufacturers

see and road carriers

ship owners

shipping/offshore suppliers

trade financiers

traders

underwriters

Industries

aviation

cargo

chemicals

commodities

environment

food

infrastructure

insurance

logistics

maritime

QHSE

rail

shipping

transportation

Transportation

Van Traa Advocaten

firm
Location

Meent 94, 3011 JP,

PO Box 21390 3001 AJ

Rotterdam

South Holland

Netherlands

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Netherlands

Transportation: Aviation


Robert Pessers
Band 1

Transportation: Shipping


Jolien Kruit
Band 3
Marc Van Maanen
Band 2
Robert de Haan
Band 2
Vincent Pool
Band 3