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Focus on diversity

Gender balance
Van Doorne is an informal and open organisation, where people are given the freedom to be themselves, to take initiatives and to take on responsibility. Looking at questions from various angles, requires creativity and an open view. That is why we value diversity. It leads to better solutions for our clients. If they can work successfully, then we have achieved our goal.
Almost a third of our partners is female, which makes us a positive exception for Dutch Law firms. Among the fee earners group as a whole, the gender balance is almost 50/50.

Cultural background
We believe diversity is not limited to gender. It also includes cultural background. We aim to make it easier for ethnic minority graduates to enter the labour market. For that reason, we have entered into a collaboration with Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (University) to create a film, which will hopefully build a bridge between de legal profession and non-western students, who aspire a career in the legal profession. 

Co-founder Forward Foundation
Van Doorne is the proud co-founder of the Forward Foundation. Forward focuses on encouraging LGBT acceptance, acknowledgment and visibility in the Dutch legal profession and is open to all LGBT (minded) lawyers, who are working at affiliated law firms or in the corporate sector, the public sector, the judiciary and the legal academic world. Van Doorne's lawyer/partner Andy Furr is a member of Forward's supervisory board. The foundation experienced strong growth in recent years and hosts successful networking events on a regular basis.

Social Entrepeneurship

Van Doorne as pioneer
We have been a pioneer in this field for quite some time. We are the founder and active partner of the Utrecht University Social Entrepreneurship Initiative, a research centre in this field. It is not only the first chair in Social Entrepreneurship, but also one of the few fully privately financed academic chairs in the Netherlands. In addition, we regularly publish and teach on the legal aspects of social entrepreneurship, crowdfunding and impact investment. Van Doorne makes investments to develop the market for social enterprises in the Netherlands.

The importance of social entrepreneurship increases. The number of initiatives in this field has grown strongly in recent years. We know the challenges of a social enterprise. The strength of this approach is precisely because social problems can be addressed in a professional manner. In addition to a social focus, social entrepreneurship also has a commercial objective. Profit is not only expressed in financial terms, but also in social added value.

Innovative constructions
Van Doorne has bundled it expertise in a team of lawyers, tax consultants and civil law notaries from different disciplines that focus on Social Entrepreneurship. The team develops innovative constructions (e.g. Social Impact Bond) and brings new parties and markets together.

Legal Developments in Netherlands

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • Dynamic Contracts: Changing employment practices in the digital era

    Digital platforms designed to deliver professional services are changing the European employment landscape as both employers  and workers look for more flexible ways to work.
  • 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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