Firm Profile > Russell Advocaten B.V. > Amsterdam, Netherlands

Russell Advocaten B.V.

Industry focus: retail Tier 3

Russell Advocaten B.V. advises a number of large international brands on corporate, real estate, employment and day-to-day matters. As a member of Primerus, a global network of independent law firms, it is well placed to handle international mandates. The team is headed by Reinier W.L. Russell and Jan Dop.

Practice head(s):

Reinier W.L. Russell; Jan Dop

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 5

Although best known for its art-related litigation practice where it handles multimillion-euro disputes, Russell Advocaten B.V. advises on business disputes across a range of other sectors, including IT/data handling, fashion and luxury goods and retail. Another niche area of expertise is advice to Embassies. With many years' experience, Paul Russell is an 'outstanding professional'.

Practice head(s):

Paul Russell


‘No nonsense, to-the-point advice, transparent and of outstanding quality. Accessible partners, overall very good knowledge of the subjects at hand. They can also rely on a huge network in many areas.

‘Partners and associates alike are really up to their task with in-depth knowledge of the various cases presented, they can rely on specific expert knowledge in many areas. They are true professionals who work very efficiently, not losing hours on end grasping the detail of specific cases because of lack of knowledge. They truly understand the matters at hand based on their expertise and as such, provide professional support and advice.’

‘The team has a great work capacity, managing a large number of judicial proceedings diligently and cost-efficiently. ’

‘Russell Advocaten is the best legal partner for art business. Always a pleasure to work together with Paul and his colleagues. ’

‘Paul Russel is an expert both in art law as in art itself. He is an outstanding professional. ’

‘A dedicated team that delivers.’

‘Very good at keeping their calm when needed.’

Employment Tier 5

Russell Advocaten B.V. distinguishes itself advising foreign authorities, embassies and consulates in the Netherlands on employment issues through its special embassy desk. The firm is also adept at handling employment issues for boards of directors, supervisory boards and individual directors. Team head Jan Dop is noted for his experience of the corporate and real estate arenas.

Practice head(s):

Jan Dop


‘We appreciate the lawyers due to their in-depth knowledge of Dutch labour regulations’.

‘Fast and efficient communication’.

‘We highly appreciate the professional approach and communication with Mr. Jan Dop’.

‘No-nonsense, to-the-point advice’.

‘Transparent and of outstanding quality’.

‘Accessible partners and overall very good knowledge of the subjects at hand’.

‘They can also rely on a huge network in many areas’

‘Partners and associates alike are really up to the task with in-depth knowledge of the various cases presented’.

Real estate Tier 5

Independent Dutch firm Russell Advocaten B.V. is noted for its focus advising retail clients on leasing, corporate, litigation and employment matters. It is an active member of Primerus, a global network of independent law firms. Clients include international brands, embassies and corporates. Reinier W.L. Russell and Jan Dop head the team.

Practice head(s):

Reinier W.L. Russell; Jan Dop


‘Russell Advocaten is very reactive, you never have to wait for an answer or for assistance’.

‘Unbelievable for a structure that is not super-big’.        

‘Russell advocaten is very innovative in their communication and the service they offer’.

‘They are very active on social media, with very useful content’.

‘The way they specialise in the day-to-day needs of companies; the way they understand these needs and offer solutions for these needs, is very impressive’.      

‘Reinier Russell is a very solution-minded and direct professional’.

‘You always know where you stand with Reinier Russell and he gives you a great understanding of the value of your case’.

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
Mr Jan Dop  photo Mr Jan Dop Jan Dop is a lawyer and partner at Russell Advocaten. He is…
Mr Ynze Kliphuis  photo Mr Ynze Kliphuis Ynze Kliphuis advises businesses, government authorities and individuals on all aspects of…
Ms Eileen A. Pluijm  photo Ms Eileen A. Pluijm Eileen Pluijm advises national and international entrepreneurs and organisations on disputes concerning…
Mr Paul W.L. Russell  photo Mr Paul W.L. Russell Paul Russell is the senior partner of the law firm of Russell…
Mr Reinier W.L. Russell  photo Mr Reinier W.L. Russell Reinier Russell is the managing partner of the law firm of Russell…
Ms Priscilla C.X. de Leede  photo Ms Priscilla C.X. de Leede Priscilla mainly advises entrepreneurs in issues regarding dismissal, restructuring, and employee participation.…
Mr Guus van Lieshout  photo Mr Guus van Lieshout Guus van Lieshout provides legal advice to international and national business entrepreneurs.…
Number of lawyers : 15
Contact : Reinier W.L. Russell