Willem Heemskerk, advocaat Pels Rijcken

Willem Heemskerk

Attorney-at-law • partner

Willem Heemskerk has been with Pels Rijcken since 1992 and is one of the most experienced litigators in the Netherlands. He handles complex civil law disputes for mainly large national and international companies. His areas of expertise include liability, damage & insurance, professional liability, attachment, collection and enforcement, and media law. Willem acts as counsel both in adjudication as well as arbitral proceedings. 

He is regarded as a leading expert in Dutch civil procedural law; he has many publications to his name, was the Vice President of the Dutch State Advisory Committee on procedural law, and regularly serves as expert in foreign proceedings. For many years, Willem is ranked in Band 1 for Dispute Resolution in the Chambers Europe Guide and as Leading Individual for Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation in The Legal 500 Guide. In late 2018, Willem was recognised as the “Best Litigator in the Netherlands” in an election organised by the VIA.


  • "Willem Heemskerk is recommended for liability and compensation cases, and cartel damage claims." - The Legal 500, 2022
  • "He is praised for his procedural knowledge. Always sharp as a knife, but friendly as a priest." - Chambers Europe, 2022
  • "His social skills are excellent and Willem Heemskerk is clearly at the top of his game: clear, calm and effective. He inspires confidence.” - The Legal 500, 2021
  • Willem Heemskerk is described by interviewees as an excellent lawyer who has a sharp and bright mind." - Chambers Europe 2021

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