Offering the combined expertise of over 30 qualified lawyers, Adriaanse van der Weel Advocaten is among the TOP 50 law firms in the Netherlands. Our offices are conveniently located between the main ports of Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Antwerp (Belgium). Founded in 1904, the law firm of Adriaanse van der Weel has been offering specialised legal advice for more than a century, acting as an attorney to both national and international clients and their businesses, located around the mouth of the River Scheldt and far beyond. Typical clients are mid size and large businesses, construction firms, transport companies, the fishing industry, maritime companies, municipalities, health care institutions, insurers and private persons.

To us, being able to provide a wide range of specialisms is crucial, as is our traditional emphasis on personal involvement with our client’s business. We value long term relationships and a direct communication with our clients. For this reason, one central person will be assigned to you. He or she will ensure that the required expertise is provided by the various sections of our firm. We have found that this helps to warrant the optimal representation of our clients’ interests.

Corporate clients

The lawyers of Adriaanse van der Weel are well connected and well equipped to advise and represent Dutch companies, as well as international companies who have decided to become active in the Netherlands. Our specialisms include mergers and acquisitions, contract law (including cross border IP and technology licensing), company and commercial law in general, employment law, as well as real estate, urban planning and environmental law. Our lawyers are accustomed to working in teams, ensuring maximum service to our clients.
For further information, please contact René de Groot at our Rotterdam office.

Maritime Practice

For more than a century, our maritime practice has been among the core activities of our firm. We have built up a vast experience in shipping, transport and insurance law, representing many local, national and international enterprises engaged in these areas. We represent ship owners, towing companies, fisheries, ports and terminals, stevedore companies, shipbrokers, insurers and maritime insurance underwriters, P&I clubs, and enterprises conducting business with the maritime industry (shippers, cargo owners, pilots etc.)

Our maritime practice concentrates on shipping activities on the waterway of the River Scheldt, the entrance to the harbours of Vlissingen (Flushing), Terneuzen, Gent (Ghent) and Antwerpen (Antwerp). Being located on either side of the River Scheldt and having built up specific know how with respect to this lively waterway, we are well equipped to act fast and effectively, for instance in matters of provisional attachment of vessels.

Compared with other jurisdictions, Dutch law provides extensive possibilities for creditors to arrest vessels in order to obtain payment or security in case of maritime claims. An arrest can usually be effected within hours after having received instructions, and, in cases of urgency, even during weekends. We are well known for our reputation of combining swift action and excellent client service in these matters.

For further information, please contact Martin van der Bent at our Middelburg office.

General conditions

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