Dr Elisabeth Thole > Van Doorne > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

Van Doorne
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Work Department

Privacy & Data; Government & Regulation: Healthcare & Life Science; Consumer Goods, Retail, Food & Beverages; Technology, Media & Telecom; Financial Institutions: Pension services, FinTech; Cyper Security; AVG/GDPR


Partner and Head of Privacy Team. Extensively experienced in assisting clients with complex, high risk, cross-border data related matters. The Team is also specialized in e-commerce work.


Elisabeth is partner at Van Doorne as of 1 January 2016. Her 1991 PhD thesis “Software, een ‘novum’ in het vermogensrecht” addressed software as a novelty in property law, reviewing considerations on the position occupied by software copyrights in property law. Elisabeth publishes and is a regular speaker on IT and privacy-related topics. She has authored a variety of books on subjects including privacy (2010), IT contracts (2010), open source (2006), e-commerce (2001) and the Y2K problem (1998). Elisabeth is a member of the editorial team of the professional journals “Privacy & Informatie” (privacy and information) and “Tijdschrift voor Internetrecht” (internet law journal). She was nominated Legal Woman of the Year 2019.


English, Dutch, French, German.


She is also a board member of the Netherlands Association of Dutch Data Protection Lawyers (VPR-A), a former board member of the Netherlands Association of IT lawyers Vereniging Informaticarecht Advocaten (VIRA), and member of the Netherlands Privacy Law Association (Vereniging voor Privacyrecht), the Netherlands Association for Information Technology and Law (NVvIR), the ITechlaw Association and the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA), where she is Vice-President of the Data Protection Commission.


PhD University Utrecht, the Netherlands (1991); Dutch Law, University Utrecht, the Netherlands (1986), with distinction.

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Data privacy and data protection

(Leading individuals)

Elisabeth TholeVan Doorne

The ‘exceptional’ team at Van Doorne is led by the well-known Elisabeth Thole who is one of the most experienced data protection lawyers in the Netherlands. She is ably assisted by senior associate Özer Zivali advising on all aspects of GDPR compliance; notification of data breaches to the Data Protection Authorities and the affected data subjects. The work also includes claims/damage control and cyber insurance issues. It advises on all aspects of e-commerce, including reviewing websites and apps and drafting terms and conditions.

Netherlands > Industry focus: Information technology

(Leading individuals)

Elisabeth TholeVan Doorne

The Van Doorne practice is praised by clients for its customer care and the breadth of its expertise. Team head Bart van Reeken is singled out for his ‘personal touch‘ whilst dealing with high-stakes cases. His clients range from large corporates to start-ups, which he assists with outsourcings, joint ventures and a range of IT contracts. Louis Jonker stands out for his ‘smart, highly driven’ approach to transactions and contentious work; he has a focus on the digital health and fintech sectors. Arno Voerman is noted for his expertise in fintech regulation and Elisabeth Thole is well known on the data protection front.

Netherlands > Industry focus: retail

Van Doorne‘s clients point to its ‘wide variety of expertise and in-depth knowledge’ as a key strength of the group. Practice head Lisette Bieleveld is highly rated for her skills in retail-related contracting and litigation, Onno Boerstra focuses on M&A including buy-outs, and Elisabeth Thole brings data protection expertise, while Els de Wind  handles international labour and employment law. The team provides retailers, distributors, suppliers, franchisors, brand owners and investors with a comprehensive service including advice on cross-border expansions.