Firm Profile > Van Traa Advocaten > Rotterdam, Netherlands

Van Traa Advocaten

Transport Tier 1

Van Traa Advocaten acts across the full range of contentious transport issues, acting for national and international clients including banks, insurers, logistics companies, airlines, and other transport service providers. The 'strong' and 'capable' team handles property arrests, insurance and damages disputes, contractual and employment issues, civil and criminal litigation, and cargo claims.  Leendert van Hee heads up the practice, leading on shipping and logistics issues, while Richard Latten specialises in cargo-related matters. Managing partner Vincent Pool is a noted litigator and is active in road, rail, logistics, and cargo issues, and Robert Pessers takes the lead on aviation and insurance work. Jolien Kruit is noted for her expertise in maritime law.

Practice head(s):

Leendert van Hee

Other key lawyers:

Vincent Pool; Richard Latten; Robert Pessers; Jolien Kruit


‘The transport practice is very strong with a capable team. Over the last year they have achieved what can only be described as excellent results in obtaining recoveries from client sub contractors in what were initially unpromising circumstances.’

‘The team is very hands-on and easily accessible. I use Van Traa for urgent high profile or complex cases. Their advice is always on point and on time. ’

‘Vincent Pool and Leendert van Hee are my go to partners, they are on point, quick and highly knowledgeable on the logistics industry. They are second to none in navigating the legal waters.’

‘The fastest response. Deep study of every single case and clear explanations on where we are and the management of our client’s expectations.’

Key clients


Special Cargo Services

Industry focus: Food Tier 2

Van Traa Advocaten is well regarded for its transport and logistics expertise, and its international trade practice. It acts for national and international food business operators on logistics and storage, commodities trade, production and packaging, arbitration and insurance issues. Silvia Gawronski joined as associate partner from NautaDutilh and now heads the team alongside Marc van Maanen. Gawronski brings expertise in administrative procedures, regulation and enforcement. Van Maanen handles high-end litigation.

Practice head(s):

Marc van Maanen; Silvia Gawronski

Other key lawyers:

Leendert van Hee


‘Good atmosphere at the office, enthusiastic and highly skilled lawyers’.

‘Practical and down to earth’.

‘Partners and employees are easy to approach and always accessible’.

‘In legal proceedings they are very sharp and have a great sense of humour’.

‘This team has proved to be highly engaged’.

‘They assisted us in negotiating a very important contract and helped us to maintain our contractual liability within acceptable limits’.

‘They assisted us in settling a very high claim in an acceptable manner.’

‘Mr Marc van Maanen has never lost a case for us’.

Key clients

Olam Europe B.V.

Spack Trading

Tradin Organic

Doens Food Ingredients


Glencore Grain

Van Marcke Food Group


Van den Bosch

HAP Foods

Bakker Seeds


The Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)



Staay Food


NGM international

Olenex Edible Oils


Campofrio Food Group

Steinweg Handelsveem

Louis Dreyfus Company


Arc International (Luminarc / Arcoroc)

Van Schelven

Insurance Tier 2

The insurance and liability team at Van Traa Advocaten acts for insurers and brokers in insurance, liability and personal injury cases. It is particularly experienced in high-profile accidents that have occurred in the Netherlands in recent years. It has also recently handled claims relating to natural disasters, personal and corporate fault, professional indemnity, and other contractual and tort law issues. The team is headed by Robert Pessers, who is an appointed mediator at the British Centre for Dispute Resolution (CEDR).

Practice head(s):

Robert Pessers

Other key lawyers:

Robert de Haan; Peter Drion; Derk-Jan van der Kolk


‘Thanks to their excellent analyses and procedural documents, we are able to set the right course’.

‘Their long-term vision gives us more control over our business’.

‘Derk-Jan van der Kolk has excellent legal expertise and is convincing when acting in court.

‘A special quality of Derk-Jan is his strategic and tactical thinking’.

‘Ambitious team with a leading position in the insurance business’

‘Open-minded on matters and easily accessible for advice’

‘They make a balance between the case and the political environment’. 

‘They are able to give brief and concise advice without superfluous general considerations’. 

Key clients

Football Club Ajax Amsterdam

Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment

Charterers and underwriters of the inland barge “Fox”

Malaysia Airlines and their insurers

Van Traa’s lawyers are specialists in the fields of international trade, transport and logistics and insurance and liability.

Our clients are national and international companies, such as trading companies, transport and logistic service providers, financial service providers such as banks, brokers and insurers, aviation companies, construction companies and contractors and shipping companies.

At Van Traa we strive to quickly and accurately get to the essence of the problem and provide clarity for our clients. Our objective at Van Traa: to make matters clear.

Our firm has around 30 lawyers. Large enough to allow us to designate specialized teams to large cases. But small enough to enable us to be flexible, combine our experience and share specific knowledge and expertise.

Through the training and guidance we give our junior lawyers, we can guarantee that clients receive our accumulated knowledge and experience; not only today, but also in the future.

Our lawyers are involved in academic research, so are well-informed about the latest developments within the various areas of law and are well able to put this knowledge into practice.

Our lawyers meet the requirements as set by The Netherlands Bar which appears from their registration on various jurisdictions in the register of The Netherlands Bar.

Since 1898 we have been assisting our clients to solve problems quickly and efficiently. We are internationally oriented but firmly rooted in Rotterdam. We value an open, professional and informal working atmosphere, where expertise is of paramount importance.

This is how we arrive at good ideas and solutions that contribute to the business success of our clients.

Department Name Email Telephone
Transport and Logistics | Shipping: dry shipping | Railroad law | Marine Insurance | Insurance: general and personal liability, property and construction Robert de Haan
Transport and Logistics | Shipping: dry shipping Vincent Pool
Aviation (aircraft financing, passenger and cargo claims, regulatory matters, accidents, insurance, licences and charters) | Insurance: general and personal liability, property and construction | Professional indemnity (lawyers, brokers, contractors and architects) Robert Pessers
Transport, Logistics and Liability Jan Willem Bruidgeom
Insurance and Liability Peter Drion
Administrative (procedural) law | QHSE | Food and Product Safety | Supervision & Enforcement and Administrative Sanctioning Silvia Gawronski
Transport and Logistics | Shipping: dry shipping Leendert van Hee
Insurance and Liability | Personal injury | Professional indemnity (lawyers, brokers, contractors and architects) Derk-Jan van der Kolk
Transport and Logistics | Shipping: dry shipping | Maritime accidents: hull and machinery (hull and machinery: collision, salvage, offshore and shipbuilding contracts) Jolien Kruit
Transport and Logistics | Maritime law (dry and wet) | Rail Richard Latten
International Trade and Commodities | Transport and Logistics Marc van Maanen
International Trade and Commodities | Transport and Logistics Steven Oude Alink
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Jan Willem Bruidegom  photo Mr Jan Willem Bruidegom Lawyer
Mrs Silvia Gawronski  photo Mrs Silvia Gawronski Partner
Mrs Jolien Kruit  photo Mrs Jolien Kruit Partner
Mr Richard Latten  photo Mr Richard Latten Partner
Mr Steven Oude Alink  photo Mr Steven Oude Alink Partner
Mr Robert Pessers  photo Mr Robert Pessers Partner
Mr Vincent Pool  photo Mr Vincent Pool Partner
Mr Robert de Haan  photo Mr Robert de Haan Partner
Mr Leendert van Hee  photo Mr Leendert van Hee Partner
Mr Marc van Maanen  photo Mr Marc van Maanen Partner
Mr Derk-Jan van der Kolk  photo Mr Derk-Jan van der Kolk Partner
Number of lawyers : 30
Contact : Robert de Haan