Mr Ernst-Jan van de Pas > Dirkzwager > Arnhem, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Intellectual Property and IT law


Attorney – Partner


Ernst-Jan van de Pas considers himself a ‘tech lawyer’. He focuses specifically on IT law, privacy and intellectual property. His everyday practice consists of the review and drafting of complex IT agreements, such as contracts pertaining to the purchase, installation and implementation of business-critical hardware and software (including SaaS and cloud contracts), the elaboration and negotiation of collaboration agreements (e.g. technology partnerships and MES agreements) as well as RD agreements, licensing contracts, exploitation agreements and general terms and conditions. His practice also extends to privacy law and includes, among other topics, consultancy on technological developments (such as SaaS, Cloud, Big Data, Internet of Things) in the context of IT and privacy law. In addition to this, Ernst-Jan benefits from considerable consulting, mediation and litigation experience in disputes relating to IT, privacy and intellectual property. His client base includes hospitals and other healthcare institutes, municipal and provincial authorities and water boards, as well as large and smaller businesses from start-ups to multinationals.


Dutch, English


Ernst-Jan is a member of the Dutch Association for specialist IT Law Practitioners (Vereniging voor Informaticarecht Advocaten, VIRA), the Dutch Association for Information Technology (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Informatietechnologie en Recht, NVvIR) and the Association for Privacy Law (Vereniging voor Privacyrecht). Ernst-Jan is a member of the Dirkzwager committee for automation and the editorial team for Samenspraak.


Dutch Law (Master’s degree in Law and Computerisation) (University of Tilburg), Grotius IT Law specialisation course

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Industry focus: Information technology

(Leading individuals)

Ernst-Jan van de Pas  – Dirkzwager

Dirkzwager’s Arnhem-based IT practice is sought out by clients for a range of matters, including contracts for hardware and software service agreements, disputes concerning failed automation projects and software, and data protection issues. The team, led by Ernst-Jan van de Pas, regularly works on IT-related matters in the healthcare and life sciences sector, including handling cases that reach the Supreme Court and negotiating tech partnerships between hospitals and high-tech medical devices companies. Mark Jansen heads the data protection and cybersecurity teams and is instrumental in drafting GIBIT terms (new conditions for procuring IT services and products) in Dutch municipalities. Joost Becker is a soft IP specialist, representing clients in contentious design rights, copyrights and image rights as well as advertising disputes. Christel Jeunink focuses on IP contracting, R&D projects and licensing agreements. Associate Sven Wakker drafts IT contracts and is a key member of the privacy and IT teams.