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Russell Advocaten B.V.

Netherlands > Industry focus: retail Tier 3

Russell Advocaten B.V. ’s retail practice is co-led by Reinier W.L. Russell, who specialises in corporate and commercial law, and Jan Dop , who focuses on employment and real estate law. The pair are known for advising high-end fashion and luxury brands on a range of mandates including IP infringement and contractual disputes, as well as the acquisition, lease and set up of new retail spaces and day-to-day corporate governance and structuring.

Practice head(s):

Reinier W.L. Russell; Jan Dop

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 5

At Russell Advocaten B.V., art law expert Paul Russell is sought out by international companies, affluent individuals, embassies and consulates for high-profile and sensitive international art issues. Associate Eileen A. Pluijm has now left the firm.

Practice head(s):


‘Very responsive team, accessible any time. They operate to the point, quick in understanding any case.’

‘The firm provides a large area of in-depth expertise. In general, it is much more efficient and productive than other legal firms.’

‘On an individual level, you work with solid lawyers, who not only understand their field of expertise but also provide you with good advice.’

‘Good negotiators when it comes to it.’

‘It’s a very good team, always available and very competent. Good quality and value for money.’

Netherlands > Employment Tier 5

Led by Jan Dop, the employment team at Russell Advocaten B.V. has a focus on acting for embassies and luxury fashion brands, advising on a range of employment-related matters. The team is particularly active in handling issues in relation to individual directors and boards of directors, as well as supervisory boards, with an emphasis on #MeToo complaints.

Practice head(s):

Jan Dop


‘The Russell team work quickly and efficiently to deal with matters when we ask for their assistance.’

‘Jan Dop is our sparring partner in employment matters. We highly value his efficient follow up and advice on all the employment questions and issues we face. The Russell team and Jan Dop have in-depth knowledge of all areas of employment law in the Netherlands.’

‘Very responsive team, available at any time. They are to the point and quickly understand any case. They provide in-depth expertise over a wide range of employment matters. In general, they are much more efficient and productive than other legal firms.’

‘On an individual level, you work with solid lawyers who not only understand their field of expertise but provide you with good advice about the dos and don’ts and, most importantly, come up with fair solutions. Good negotiators when it comes to it.’

Netherlands > Real estate Tier 5

An independent firm, Russell Advocaten B.V. advises on a range of matters related to real estate including purchase and leasing premises, and permits and zoning planning, and has a distinct speciality advising embassies and ambassador residencies. The practice is led by managing partner, Reinier W.L. Russell.

Practice head(s):

Reinier W.L. Russell

The law firm of Russell Advocaten focuses on the corporate sector. The lawyers provide legal advice mainly for management boards, shareholders, directors, works councils, inhouse counsels and supervisory directors. Through the international Primerus network (3,000 lawyers in 40 countries) Russell Advocaten can also assist its clients with cross border legal issues.

Advice and litigation: The services of Russell Advocaten are based on the general principle “prevention is better than cure”. By providing individual coaching, regular information and tailored courses, seminars, and publications the lawyers indicate possible legal issues to their clients at an early stage and, if possible, assist in preventing them. However, if legal proceedings have to be initiated, the firm assists its corporate clients from start to finish. Where required to the Supreme Court of the Netherlands.

Areas of expertise
Corporate law: Russell Advocaten assists its clients with all aspects of their day-to-day business operations. Whether it concerns the corporate structure of their business, disputes with shareholders, or directors’ or supervisory directors’ liability, the specialized lawyers of Russell Advocaten have extensive experience and enjoy an excellent reputation.

Labour and employment law: Russell Advocaten advises companies on all aspects of employment law regarding Dutch and European employment law as well as international employment law. The highly experienced lawyers assist clients in negotiations and legal proceedings. They also offer support when it comes to personnel administration and reorganization.

Real estate and lease law: The firm offers the best possible service in project development of real estate, and buying, leasing and letting accommodation and business premises. Russell Advocaten’s real estate department is also specialized in all aspects of administrative law pertaining to real estate, such as zoning plans, government planning and development, and permits.

Litigation: Russell Advocaten has a strong team of specialist litigators (corporate litigators). The firm assists clients when disputes have arisen or are likely to arise, both at national and international level. Russell Advocaten is also highly specialized in the areas of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), such as arbitration and mediation.

Fashion and retail: Russell Advocaten has extensive expertise in the sectors of retail and fashion. The firm has a special focus on luxury, premium brands and hotels. Clients include international and national chain stores in the fashion and luxury (food) sector, specialty stores, and four and five-star hotels. Russell Advocaten also represents and advises international brands and importers. The lawyers are specialized in issues concerning franchise, distribution and agency agreements.

Art and law: Russell Advocaten is internationally renowned for being one of the most important experts in the field of art and law ( International art dealers, collectors, and museums from around the world seek the support of Russell Advocaten in disputes relating to authenticity of works of art, such as paintings, drawings, etchings, and sculptures of both old and modern art. Clients often approach the company with questions about auction purchase, consignment, or resale right. The art law specialists are also experienced in dealing with war-looted art.

Administrative law
Arbitration and ADR
Art law
Aviation, shipping and transport
Commercial law and insurance
Commercial litigation
Corporate and M&A
Dispute resolution
Distribution, agency and franchise
Environment and planning
Family law and estate planning
Insolvency and restructuring
Intellectual property and information technology
Media and entertainment
Professional liability
Real estate, property and rent
Number of lawyers : 15
Contact : Reinier W.L. Russell