Hans van Wijk, advocaat Pels Rijcken

Hans van Wijk

Attorney-at-law • partner

Hans van Wijk has been with Pels Rijcken since 1990 and has more than 25 years of experience in the Supreme Court practice. He is a full-time Supreme Court litigator. Before joining the firm, Hans practised law in Curaçao for a number of years. The cases he deals with cover a wide spectrum of civil law, particularly in the area of corporate law, insolvency law, government private law and liability law. He is also specialised in Caribbean affairs. Hans is often sought out as a lawyer’s lawyer, for example in appeal cases, especially in large and complex proceedings where much is at stake.

He graduated cum laude from the University of Utrecht in 1990. He has long chaired Pels Rijcken’s Supreme Court department as well as the Association of Civil Supreme Court Lawyers (VCCA). Hans serves as a deputy justice at the 's Hertogenbosch Court of Appeal. He has several academic publications to his name, especially on corporate law. Hans has long been in Band 1 of Chambers.


  • "One client stresses that Hans van Wijk is well known as one of the best Supreme Court lawyers in The Hague and delivers everything we need.", Chambers Global and Chambers Europe 2020
  • "[…] and the productive Hans van Wijk are also recommended.", Legal 500 2019
  • "One impressed commentator praises his meticulously thorough approach, adding: in terms of depth, solidity and pragmatism, he is the best Supreme Court lawyer.", Chambers Global en Chambers Europe 2019
  • "He is roundly praised by sources for his quality of work and level of client service. One interviewee reports: He is very pleasant to work with, an excellent lawyer with a lot of legal knowledge and experience in dealing with big corporate litigation cases.", Chambers Global en Chambers Europe 2018
  • "It is jointly led by real litigator Willem Heemskerk, who is committed to his clients and always able to think outside the box, and the sharp Hans van Wijk, who is a specialist in Supreme Court matters and very thorough in his approach.", Legal 500 2018
  • "Sources describe him as a sharp lawyer and litigator, and a specialist in Supreme Court matters. He is very thorough in his approach and is unlikely to miss any details in a case.", Chambers Global and Chambers Europe 2017
  • "Well-respected firm Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is ahead of the curve; its team comprises experienced, smart and very responsive litigators, including [...], sharp lawyer Hans van Wijk [...].", Legal 500 2017
  • “Hans van Wijk is described by interviewees as an excellent litigator, creative, open and reliable, with an in-depth knowledge of civil law. Sources say: He understands the issues really quickly and focuses on the legal essence of the problem.", Chambers Global and Chambers Europe 2016
  • "Hans van Wijk is a specialist in Supreme Court matters.", Legal 500 2016