Mrs Sarah Beeston > Van Doorne > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

European and Competition Law


Sarah Beeston heads the European & Competition team of Van Doorne. She advises clients and represents their interests in commercial relations and before competition authorities and courts, including in competition-related damages claims. Sarah has experience in most industries from energy and transport to consumer goods and financial services. She is also active in semi-public sectors including education, healthcare and life sciences. Sarah is board member of the Association for Women and Competition.

Sarah is innovative and seeks solutions. She obtained the first commitment decision and first settlement decision taken by the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets. On behalf of a client, she has also worked with the ACM on criteria for leniency in non-horizontal cases. She has successfully negotiated the termination of investigations without fines or formal commitments and settled cases involving international damages claims.


Sarah began her career with the European Commission and entered private practice in 1990. Her international experience in Brussels, London, Paris and the Netherlands influences her approach and is highly valued by clients.


English, Dutch, French.


Dutch Association for Competition Law, Dutch Association for European Law, International Bar Association, Law Society of England and Wales, Dutch Association for Distribution Franchise and Agency


University of Surrey, Guildford and College of Law, London.

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > EU and competition

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Sarah BeestonVan Doorne

Van Doorne‘s wide-ranging workload covers merger control cases, behavioural investigations, state aid matters and EU law advice, among other areas. The firm has a particularly notable reputation in the healthcare sector; the key contact in this space is counsel Cees Jan de Boer, who assists clients with matters such as merger notifications, strategic alliances and procurement. Elsewhere, the firm attracts competition law work from clients operating in various other industries, including financial services, mobility services, consumer goods and retail. The arrival of Léone Klapwijk from Loyens & Loeff in November 2020 strengthened the firm’s presence in the energy sector. Other key practitioners at the firm include Sarah Beeston and associate Pim Jansen, who have an interest in the interplay between competition law and sustainability initiatives. Public procurement expert Gijs Verberne is also recommended. Recent highlights included Beeston, and associates Nina Korstenbroek and Maurits Terlouw, acting for EasyPark on the competition aspects of its acquisition of ParkNOW from BMW and Daimler.