Mr Huib Lebbing > Houthoff > Rotterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile



Huib specialises in civil liability matters, mainly in the context of health and safety law. He litigates, advises, and conducts confidential internal investigations for clients in relation to compliance with health and safety regulations. Huib is an experienced litigator and acts as a defence counsel in complex, media-sensitive cases, particularly relating to health and safety claims. His work involves class actions, as well as product liability and compliance in the area of employer liability. Huib advises industry organisations and companies faced with the consequences of a large-scale accident or disaster.

He has considerable experience with class actions involving exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace. Huib also acts for companies confronted with product defects and possible product recalls. His experience with authorities such as the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority, the SZW Inspectorate and the Dutch Safety Board is extremely valuable in this context.


Dutch, English, German

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Netherlands > Insurance

Houthoff is a popular choice for insurers and their insureds facing class action suits, with the firm handling several such cases over the past year, including those tied to the alleged mis-selling of unit-linked insurance products. The practice also assists with regulatory matters, focusing on prudential insurance and business conduct, as well as the launches of new insurance products, while also providing transactional support. Berry van Wijk leads the team, with a regulatory practice that covers both life and non-life insurance products and issues tied to M&As. Huib Lebbing specialises in contentious insurance matters, with a particular focus on health and safety-related incidents. Former practice co-head Hans Londonck Sluijk co-founded his own firm, insurance boutique Londonck & Kos, in January 2023.

Netherlands > Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences

Primarily based in Amsterdam, the team at Houthoff dispays vast experience in advising on competition mandates, with particular emphasis on merger clearance and investigations, in addition to damages claims. Practice co-head Weijer VerLoren van Themaat is noted for his broad expertise in acting for hospitals and private clinics in cases against public authorities and restructurings, while co-head Freeke Heijne primarily handles regulatory matters for healthcare insurers and investors. Rotterdam-based litigator Huib Lebbing represents clients in class actions and collective claims, having deep knowledge of contractual liability related disputes. Having previous experience working for the Dutch Healthcare Authority, Murat Duman is well-placed to represent associations of hospitals and private clinics in cases before government authorities.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: class actions

Houthoff is a go-to firm for defendants requiring representation in class actions and mass claims proceedings. The practice has wide-ranging knowledge across a large number of sectors such as finance, transport, aviation, and energy. The team has advised clients on diesel-related class actions, mass claims for cartel damages, securities collective actions, consumer class actions, and mass damages follow-on litigation. Expert in cross-border disputes and civil procedures Albert Knigge spearheads the class actions practice within the large dispute resolution group and is the leading lawyer on high-profile class actions for the firm. Working closely alongside Knigge, Rick Cornelissen focuses on follow-on cartel and abuse of dominance damages claims. In Rotterdam, Huib Lebbing acts as defence counsel in class action cases involving health and safety issues. Paul Sluijter is also key to the team and is specialised in international mass claims.