Dispute resolution: Mediation in Netherlands

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance leverages its international network for support on multi-jurisdictional alternative dispute resolution and mediation matters. Head of litigation and dispute resolution Dirk-Jan Duynstee focuses on securities litigation, post-M&A disputes and commercial litigation, and was recently involved in a multi-billion Euro bankruptcy case. Counsel Juliette Luycks heads up the firm’s Amsterdam arbitration practice and is a CEDR accredited mediator; she has considerable trial experience before the Dutch courts.


Acting for companies and board members, NautaDutilh’s mediation team is part of a large dispute resolution group that is spread across the Benelux region. Stijn Franken heads up the practice and is well known for his experience in the insurance industry. Franken is supported by Paul Olden and Geert Raaijmakers, who are both CEDR accredited mediators. Olden is recommended for shareholder disputes and transaction-related matters, whilst Raaijmakers has considerable experience in corporate governance matters in both the public and private sectors.

Practice head(s):

Stijn Franken

Other key lawyers:

Paul OldenGeert Raaijmakers

Van Doorne

Van Doorne draws on strength from its corporate, employment, TMT and insurance groups to advise on a range of mediations, including those with international aspects. Recently the firm has seen an uptick in instructions from healthcare and life sciences clients, and it often handles disputes around commercial contracts, technology, employment and shareholder matters. Bas van Zelst leads the team and has considerable experience in alternative dispute resolution; he is also a professor of dispute resolution and arbitration at Maastricht University. Steven Sterk made partner.

Practice head(s):

Bas van Zelst


‘What makes this practice unique is that they prepare well in terms of content, bring extensive and applied knowledge to bear on the mediation, take a constructive but results-oriented approach throughout the mediation, and provide sound advice on the feasibility of a good outcome without unnecessary time-writing’.

‘The person involved in the mediation has a friendly, non-aggressive manner that allows the right conversation to occur’.

‘Willing to listen to the arguments of the other party and appreciate them in order to work, in consultation with the client, towards a solution that both parties find acceptable’.

‘From a business perspective, they remain firm in this process and do not lose sight of reasonableness and the client’s interests’.