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Russell Advocaten B.V.

Netherlands > Industry focus: retail Tier 3

Focusing on corporate, labour and real estate law, Russell Advocaten B.V. handles a range of retail matters, including those related to employment and contractual matters. It also assists clients with real estate issues, notably the purchase and lease of shop premises and agency contracts. Managing partner Reinier Russell co-heads the team with employment, corporate and real estate law expert Jan Dop.

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Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 5

The commercial litigation team at Russell Advocaten B.V. has a niche expertise in art-related disputes. It is also active in the corporate, labour and real estate sectors. Paul Russell heads the practice and counts international companies, individuals, and embassies and consulates among his clientele.

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‘Russell Advocaten is an outstanding law firm that has a wonderful team of lawyers and staff’.

‘They have outstanding capabilities’.

‘Paul Russell and his team are very dedicated to our business and offer superb quality legal services’.

‘Expert knowledge on many legal subjects’.

‘Paul Russell is the best art lawyer in The Netherlands’.

Netherlands > Employment Tier 5

Independent Dutch firm Russell Advocaten B.V. is notable for its experience of advising foreign authorities, embassies and consulates on employment issues. It also acts for large international brands on day-to-day employment issues and immigration matters. Jan Dop heads the practice and handles employment, corporate and real estate work, and also litigation.

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‘The employment team advises us on all aspects of staff contracts and disputes’.

‘The team offers fast reactions, flexibility and ease of communication’.

‘The Russell team excels in this field and offers inside expertise on all employment matters’.

‘Jan Dop is our sparring partner; he shares his thoughts and knowledge with us in a professional way, so that we can make balanced decisions’.

‘Jan Dop is available seven days a week for swift replies – this is outstanding’.

Netherlands > Real estate Tier 5

Independent Amsterdam firm Russell Advocaten B.V. acts for leading enterprises, Dutch and foreign public authorities, and individuals on a range of real estate matters. It handles contentious and non-contentious matters, and has niche experience in advising embassies on acquisitions and disposals, leasing issues and renovations. Reinier Russell and Jan Dop head up the team.

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‘Russell Advocaten is a long trusted adviser to our business’.

‘They are always there to advise us, you can call them day and night and they always come with excellent and practical advice’. 

‘Always available at reasonable cost’.

‘They really understand our business’.

‘Russell Advocaten is an outstanding law firm and has a wonderful team of lawyers and staff’.

‘I have worked with the firm for over 10 years and always found it to be an outstanding law firm’.

‘They have outstanding capabilities’. 

‘Reinier Russell is an excellent and innovative lawyer’.

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
Jan Dop photoMr Jan DopJan Dop is a lawyer and partner at Russell Advocaten. He is…
Lisanne Meijerhof photoMs Lisanne MeijerhofLisanne is a true litigator. At Russell Advocaten she assists companies in…
Eileen A. Pluijm photoMs Eileen A. PluijmEileen Pluijm advises national and international entrepreneurs and organisations on disputes concerning…
Reinier W.L. Russell photoMr Reinier W.L. RussellReinier Russell is the managing partner of the law firm of Russell…
Paul W.L. Russell photoMr Paul W.L. RussellPaul Russell is the senior partner of the law firm of Russell…
Laura Schalk photoMs Laura SchalkLaura Schalk provides legal advice to international and national business entrepreneurs. Her…
Priscilla C.X. de Leede photoMs Priscilla C.X. de LeedePriscilla de Leede advises both Dutch and foreign companies on all aspects…
Number of lawyers : 15
Contact : Reinier W.L. Russell