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Derk-Jan van der Kolk

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Van Traa Advocaten

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Partner Insurance & Liability


Derk-Jan van der Kolk joined Van Traa as a partner in October 2011. Prior to his engagement, he had previously established himself at a renowned law firm, where he had worked as a lawyer for 25 years. Derk-Jan specialises in insurance and liability law, with a focus on personal injury and loss of dependency, fire and environmental damages, including asbestos issues. He advises insurers and companies on the legal topics related to company liability, fraud, fire, technical insurances, professional liability and on insurance policies and injury. 


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Derk-Jan is a well-known name in Van Traa’s personal injury branch. He was vice-president of the Personal Injury Lawyers’ Association (Vereniging van Letselschade Advocaten (LSA)) from 2004-2010. Since 2010, he has been the chairman of the Quality Committee of the LSA. Derk-Jan was a member of the editorial board of the ‘Letsel & Schade’ magazine. Derk-Jan has completed the Grotius ‘Personal Injury’ specialisation course.

From 2013 until 2017, Derk-Jan was a member of the Compensation Committee of the Sexual Abuse of the Roman Catholic Church in The Netherlands (Compensatie Commissie Seksueel Misbruik van de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk in Nederland). Derk-Jan furthermore chairs the General Church Council Protestant Denominations Rotterdam-Noordrand (Algemene Kerkenraad Protestantse Gemeente Rotterdam-Noordrand). Derk-Jan is a member of the Association for Insurance Science (Vereniging voor Verzekeringswetenschap (VvVW)), the Association for Liability and Damages (Vereniging voor Aansprakelijkheids- en Schadevergoedingsrecht (VASR)) and the Dutch Insurance Bourse Association (Vereniging Nederlandse Assurantie Beurs (VNAB)).


Utrecht University, Grotius post doc specialisation course on liability law



Within: Insurance

Van Traa Advocaten specialises in insurance and liability serving domestic and international insurers and brokers. The group undertakes policy advisory and contentious work in areas including professional liability and fraud and is in demand for its transport-related expertise. The team has been asked to advise on the proposed regulatory framework on asbestos and undertakes a broad range of high-value personal injury claims. Managing partner Robert De Haan, Derk-Jan Van der Kolk, and aviation claims expert Gerbrich Oreel are the key contacts.

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