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Corporate social responsibility is of paramount importance at Houthoff. Needless to say, we employ sustainable business practices and are involved in numerous social organisations and projects.


We pursue our goal of sustainability with the same dedication to excellence that we apply in everything we do. We go beyond reducing our paper consumption and constantly strive to make our operations more sustainable. We take part in different initiatives, such as the Green Business Club Zuidas (GBC) and are one of the many parties to put our name to the Zuidas Statement of Ambition 2015-2020. In addition, we provide advice on various innovative sustainable energy projects and sustainability initiatives.

Pro bono

Our commitment to social responsibility is demonstrated by the considerable value we place on doing pro bono work for organisations and people that pursue or support the public interest. Houthoff is a co-founder of Pro Bono Connect, a platform that links NGOs with law firms, and allows them to work together on pro bono cases. We regularly take on cases through Pro Bono Connect. Houthoff’s Lex Mundi membership also means that it is closely connected with the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation (LMPBF). LMPBF gives social entrepreneurs around the world the opportunity to obtain pro bono legal advice from one or more of the 160 Lex Mundi firms.

Social commitment

Houthoff is involved in several social organisations and projects, including:

Johan Cruyff Foundation - The Johan Cruyff Foundation helps children move up by being active. Sport and play help children grow and develop, keep them fit and healthy, and teach them to hold their own in a complex society. Houthoff sponsors the Johan Cruyff Foundation in the form of legal advice. Our advice focuses mainly on sponsorship contracts and further developing the organisation.

Stedelijk Museum - The Stedelijk Museum enriches people’s lives with modern and contemporary art and design. We support the Stedelijk Museum through a variety of legal services.

JINC - JINC helps socially and economically disadvantaged young people aged between 8 and 16 gain a foothold in the employment market. We support this initiative by providing different types of job application training and short traineeships each year.

The Cookie Project - This Houthoff initiative supports iambe, a bakery which acts as a training and activity centre for intellectually disabled young people in Amsterdam. Each day, our meeting centres are supplied with freshly baked cookies, made by participants in the programme at their city centre bakery.


At Houthoff we believe that the diversity of our employees and inclusion within the firm enriches our organisation. We actively recruit, retain and promote a diverse group of partners, associates and staff members throughout the firm, because we believe in quality regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. This belief is strongly embedded in our organisation. As a consequence, Houthoff is a diverse organisation with inspired and enthusiastic people. Houthoff was the first law firm in the Netherlands to sign the Netherlands Bar Association’s declaration of intent regarding diversity (Diversiteit binnen de advocatuur).

Legal Developments in Netherlands

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  • New Late Payments Directive

    Despite the implementation of Directive 2000/35/EC on combating late payment in commercial transactions in 2002, the European Commission (the “Commission”) concluded in 2008 that late payments were still widespread in the EU. It also turned out that public authorities in certain Member States were stipulating unjustifiably long contractual payment periods for transactions.
  • Amendment of the Collective Redundancy Notification Act

    On 1 March 2012 the Collective Redundancy Notification Act (Wet Melding Collective Outslug, "WACO") will be amended. What changes does this involve?
  • New Corporate Law Legislation

    In the field of corporate law, there are four (coming) Acts that attract attention, namely the introduction of the tenth book of the Dutch Civil Code, the amendment of the Marital Property Act and, to conclude, the coming entry into effect of the Management and Supervision Act and the Flexibilization of BV Act. Please find below a short explanation of each Act.
  • Shipping & Transport - Netherlands

    Attaching maritime assets in insolvency
    - AKD
  • The employment of foreign workers. What issues do you need to be aware of as an employer?

    The employment of foreign workers regularly raises questions. A brief summary of the most important areas of attention will be dealt with in this article.
    - AKD
  • Non-solicitation agreement violated via LinkedIn

    A non-solicitation agreement usually restricts the ability of an employee - after an employment contract has ended - to approach the clients of the former employer. The former employee of a software company recently discovered that the scope of such an agreement can also include contacts made via LinkedIn.
    - AKD

    Few jurisdictions can boast a foreign direct investment record like the Netherlands. As the world's seventh largest inward receiver of investments, housing approximately 9000 foreign-owned companies, the country's dynamic business environment provides an invaluable insight into macro investment trends.
    - AKD
  • Forming a company in the Netherlands

    The Netherlands and Dutch law The Netherlands is a perfect business location for foreign entrepreneurs (2,000 subsidiaries in Amsterdam, 140,000 jobs). It is the gateway to densely populated Western Europe and has a well-developed logistic and technical infrastructure.
  • Leasing of commercial premises in the Netherlands

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  • Employment of foreign workers in the Netherlands

    The employment of foreign workers in the Netherlands regularly raises questions. What issues do you need to be aware of as an employer? A brief summary of the most important areas of attention will be dealt with in this article.
    - AKD