Litigation and Arbitration

Pels Rijcken beschikt over ruime ervaring met het voeren van procedures bij alle Nederlandse en Europese rechtsprekende instanties.

Het team Litigation & Arbitration heeft een uitmuntend track record in het geven van strategische procesadviezen en second opinions, zowel tijdens procedures als daaraan voorafgaand. De expertise ziet op alle stadia van een geding, of het nu gaat om kort geding, bodemprocedure of arbitrage, de procedure in eerste aanleg, hoger beroep of cassatie of een complex van (samenhangende)procedures. Daar horen ook beslag- en executiegeschillen, collectieve acties en schadestaatprocedures bij.

Tot het team Litigation & Arbitration van Pels Rijcken behoren advocaten die vanuit verschillende invalshoeken cliënten uit zowel de publieke als de private sector op een snelle, efficiënte en betrokken wijze bijstaan. De advocaten zijn betrokken geweest bij aansprekende procedures op diverse terreinen. Voorbeelden zijn aansprakelijkheidsrecht (de brand bij Chemie-Pack Moerdijk en zaken over kartelschade), contracten- en ondernemingsrecht (inzake de bancaire zorgplicht) en internet- en mediarecht (over domeinnamen van bewindslieden). Ook was Pels Rijcken onder meer betrokken bij arbitrages over de HSL, de Westerscheldetunnel en de Joint Strike Fighter.

Tot de cliënten van Pels Rijcken behoren diverse commerciële instellingen, zoals verzekeringsmaatschappijen en (beursgenoteerde) bedrijven. Daarnaast treedt Pels Rijcken op voor de Staat, toezichthouders en diverse lagere overheden. 


  • "My overall impression of Pels Rijcken is that their legal knowledge is profound. The contact is pleasant and the lawyers always respond quickly when consulted." - Chambers Europe 2022
  • "Pels Rijcken is a fantastic law firm. If you have a case or question the lawyers react immediately." - Chambers Europe 2022
  • "Exceptionally skilled, collaborative and efficient." - The Legal 500, 2022
  • "Pels Rijcken’s insights are very beneficial when litigating complex commercial transactions or negotiating commercial contracts." - The Legal 500, 2022
  • "A very warm co-operation, with person approach and the expertise and experience I was searching for." - The Legal 500, 2022
  • "Excellent Supreme Court litigation team."- The Legal 500, 2022
  • "Well known firm for dispute resolution, with high-quality lawyers." - The Legal 500, 2022
  • "They are among the best litigators in the Netherlands, and "know how to plead their case." - Chambers Europe 2021
  • "A client highlights the timeliness of the team's counsel, describing it as always willing and able to provide advice or help at very short notice." - Chambers Europe 2021
  • "The team I worked with was complementary: different expertise, capabilities and characters, needed in a complex legal case.", "Pels Rijcken is unique in its great experience with litigation for central and local government in the Netherlands. They combine high quality legal plus excellent procedural knowledge with the right sensitivity in representing the central government and other public authorities. They have a set of excellent litigators.", "‘The Pels’ commercial litigation practice is very reputable and especially excels in its Supreme Court litigation.", "The litigation team at Pels is very, very strong – their advice is clear, considered and strategic. They are a pleasure to work with and we have been very impressed with their advice and how they have navigated complex, multi-party proceedings." - The Legal 500, 2021
  • "One client describes a very experienced team, quick and reliable and adds that the work is always of a high level and the team members are easily accessible. Another lauds the team's strength, saying: They are very experienced and you see that. They proactively come with their own ideas." - Chambers Europe 2020
  • "On supreme court litigation they excel.", "Very experienced team, quick and reliable. The team delivers work of high quality and is also capable of finding good practical solutions for complex legal matters. Team members are easily accessible, also outside office hours.", "We have trusted the Dispute Resolution team of Pels Rijcken to handle complex litigation for us. They are exceptionally knowledgeable and committed. Their work has been outstanding.", "As the State Advocate of the government of the Netherlands Pels Rijcken not only performs as an excellent ordinary law firm, but also has a unique strength." -  The Legal 500, 2020
  • "One client says: I am very impressed with the team as a whole and rate my experience of their representation of my case as excellent, adding: Their drafting and oral skills in support of our position was world class." - Chambers Europe 2019
  • "Another source adds: They are a great firm to work with, noting that the focus is always on the best result for the client." -  Chambers Europe 2019
  • "The team at Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is very responsive and very knowledgeable and is commended for its excellent work." -  Legal 500, 2019
  • "The team is very quick to respond to requests for legal opinions on issues, and well-researched and lucid advice is generally available on short notice." - Chambers Europe 2018
  • "They are very thorough and meticulous." - Chambers Europe 2018
  • "The team's advice to multinationals and the Dutch state is always very concise, clear and excellent. 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. Bert-Jan Houtzagers is also recommended for always delivering pragmatic advice on complex matters." - The Legal 500, 2018
  • "Sources are impressed with the way the firm's culture matched up to its reputation: The firm is a class act and a veritable institution in The Hague. The lawyers are friendly, co-operative and knowledgeable, setting a high standard for competitors in the Dutch legal market, adding that it is a leading firm in the area of Dutch administrative law." - Chambers Europe 2017
  • "They are fast and they always give us their reviews and answers quickly, and the quality is perfect. They got to know us and our business and that's important." - 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 the down-to-earth Willem Heemskerk, sharp lawyer Hans van Wijk and Bert-Jan Houtzagers, who always gives pragmatic advice." - The Legal 500, 2017
  • "The lawyers here are very dedicated and keep to strict deadlines. They know what they are talking about especially with regard to Supreme Court proceedings." - Chambers Europe 2016
  • "The team always leaves enough time to discuss our briefs and drafts and we are always able to get in touch with the partner. The firm is very flexible, client-oriented, efficient and effective.",  Chambers Europe 2016
  • "One of the top firms in the Netherlands, Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is particularly renowned for its Supreme Court litigation practice." -  The Legal 500, 2016