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Russell Advocaten B.V.

Netherlands > Industry focus: retail Tier 3

Russell Advocaten B.V. has a client roster that includes major players in the luxury goods and fashion sector, which it acts for in regards to corporate and commercial matters, contractual and employment issues and real estate. The team is led by Reinier Russell, who advises on corporate law and issues affecting the day-to-day running of retail businesses, and Jan Dop, whose focus is on employment and real estate law.

Practice head(s):

Reinier Russell; Jan Dop

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 5

Independent law firm Russell Advocaten B.V. focuses on commercial litigation for international clients within the retail, fashion and luxury, IT, and art sectors. The practice is particularly notable for its expertise in art-related cases, particularly involving the trade and ownership of artwork. Practice head Paul Russell is the leading force behind high-profile, often international cases, drawing on his expertise in art, commercial, and corporate law.

Practice head(s):

Paul Russell

Netherlands > Employment Tier 5

The employment practice at Russell Advocaten B.V. is led by Jan Dop, who specialises in advising foreign authorities, embassies, and consulates on employment matters. The team assists with a range of employment law issues, but is particularly strong in the retail sector, including acting for fashion and luxury brands, as well as IT. The practice offers day-to-day employment advice to clients from these sectors, including at boardroom level. Priscilla C.X. de Leede is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Jan Dop

Other key lawyers:


‘The team at Russell has extensive knowledge about employment law in the Netherlands and keeps us informed, with monthly updates on important issues.’

‘Jan Dop is our direct contact for employment matters, Jan Dop is well informed and professional and available 24/7 for issues that need immediate attention. We have been working with Jan for many years and are very satisfied.’

‘We have worked a lot with Jan Dop and Priscilla C.X. de Leede, who are both experts in the field of employment law.’

Netherlands > Real estate Tier 5

Known for advising embassies with real estate issues, the real estate practice at independent firm Russell Advocaten B.V. is equipped to advise on numerous issues, such as leasing, purchasing and disputes. Another key area for the firm is retail real estate. Managing partner Reinier W.L. Russell chairs the practice and has a broad practice that includes real estate.

Practice head(s):

Reinier W.L. Russell


‘Reinier W.L. Russell has helped us with negotiating our lease of our building. They have thoroughly negotiated the contract for us and provided great feedback. In addition, the firm followed up with advice on how to negotiate a long term contract.’

‘Their knowledge of the industry is profound and invaluable to our clients looking to get started in the Netherlands.’

‘I love working with Reinier W.L. Russell because you know where you stand so quickly. Straightforward, a very good trait for a legal advisor.’

‘Fighting spirit, availability, sense of urgency. Great strategic partners.’

‘They know what they are talking about, they do not beat around the bush. They always pick up their phone and we feel like a number one client. ’

Work highlights

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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
Photo Name Position Profile
Esmée Bootsman photo Ms Esmée Bootsman Esmée Bootsman advises international and national entrepreneurs in the fields of corporate…
Jan Dop photo Mr Jan Dop Jan Dop is a lawyer and partner at Russell Advocaten. He is…
Farhana Mahabali photo Ms Farhana Mahabali Farhana Mahabali advises international and national entrepreneurs and organisations on disputes concerning…
Lisanne Meijerhof photo Ms Lisanne Meijerhof Lisanne is a true litigator. At Russell Advocaten she assists companies in…
Reinier W.L. Russell photo Mr Reinier W.L. Russell Reinier Russell is the managing partner of the law firm of Russell…
Paul W.L. Russell photo Mr Paul W.L. Russell Paul Russell is the senior partner of the law firm of Russell…
Number of lawyers : 15
Contact : Reinier W.L. Russell