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Willem has been with Pels Rijcken for 25 years and is one of the most experienced litigators in the Netherlands. Having started as an attorney before the Dutch Supreme Court, Willem soon developed a general practice and has been involved in more than 300 summary proceedings and almost as many proceedings on the merits. He handles complex civil disputes which often concern issues of liability and compensation for damages. He also assists companies facing cartel damage claims (follow-on actions) in connection with decisions of the European Commission. Willem is considered a leading expert in procedural law and conveys this expertise in and outside of his work. As a Vice President of the Dutch State Advisory Committee on Procedural Law, he advises the Dutch government on legislation in this field. He is co-author of the standard guide to Dutch procedural law Hugenholtz/Heemskerk “Hoofdlijnen van Nederlands burgerlijk procesrecht” (Headlines of Dutch Procedural Law) 2018 and co-author of the handbook on new Dutch procedural legislation “Kort begrip van KEI”, published in August 2016.