Our rankings

We are regularly reviewed by clients and fellow lawyers both domestically and abroad. This keeps us on our toes and it is something we are proud of. In some cases, fellow lawyers even become clients.

Clients provide us with feedback and reviews directly or through one of the various authoritative organisations that perform such surveys and analyse the capabilities of law firms and their lawyers across the world. These organisations, such as Legal500, Who is Who Legal, Best Lawyers and Chambers, also base their assessments on feedback and reviews they receive from fellow lawyers in the Netherlands and elsewhere in the world.

Interviewees describe the lawyers as "absolutely fantastic," noting that "what makes them good is their knowledge of business, legal knowledge and responsiveness," and adding: "They are absolutely my go-to people." Chambers 2021

What the team is known for (Chambers 2021)

Van Traa is the most complete legal service provider in the transport sector. It is one of the very few firms in the Netherlands, and is recognised as such in the market, with the expertise and experience to deal with legally complex issues in all aspects of transport law: including rail, road, multimodal, brown and blue water carriage; casualties; wet and dry shipping; logistics and forwarding; aviation; commodities and marine insurance. Following Van Traa’s niche specialization, the firm also has a dedicated team of international trade specialists, mainly active in the trade of soft and hard commodities.

Impressive transportation practice, with a first-rate maritime offering complemented by significant aviation expertise. Noted experience in insurance and liability claims across the transport sector. Acts for cargo owners on international trade and logistics issues, such as cargo forwarding, recovery issues and warehousing. Regularly represents leading domestic and international shipping and logistics companies in maritime collisions, cargo damage cases and general average matters. Notable strength in aviation law, regularly assisting airline companies and insurance companies with litigation, including ground handler disputes, passenger claims and liability issues.

Chambers and Partners 2021:

[they are] "always solution-oriented and they can be tough when they need to be, which is very important."

"The approach of the firm is commercial and user-friendly, and the lawyers are client-focused."

Another client comments: "Van Traa is a very renowned firm with extensive knowledge and is a great partner to spar with."

Leading individuals

Robert Pessers specialises in high-profile contentious matters, including liability disputes and incident investigations. His clients include major airlines and their insurers. Also he acts for clients on product liability cases. He has a number of clients from the aviation industry and advises them on liability claims involving high-profile incidents. Pessers also assists with insurance policy agreements. He is "reliable and thoughtful" and "always has a good answer" on questions of aviation law.

Robert de Haan has significant expertise in maritime, road and rail matters. He focuses on insurance and liability disputes. Also he offers clients expertise in coverage and liability claims, often within the transport sector. He is a popular choice as counsel for underwriters on professional liability claims and occupational disease matters.

Jolien Kruit is well versed in a variety of shipping issues, including ship arrest, general average and cargo damage claims. A client describes her as "highly intellectual but also commercial and able to balance that really well."

Marc Van Maanen regularly represents logistics service providers, banks and insurers in contamination claims and liability disputes. He also advises on regulatory issues.

Vincent Pool is experienced in handling vessel arrests and cargo damage matters for road carriers and transport supply companies. A client describes him as "extremely charming and very intellectual."

Legal 500 EMEA 2020: 

The team at Van Traa Advocaten has 'a practical and commercial approach' to matters, focusing especially on insurance and complex liability cases within the transport and construction industries, and high-stakes personal injury claims. Robert de Haan carries out policy advisory work, as well as bringing 'a commercial approach to resolving all disputes', and has particular expertise in the marine sector. The key name to note for aviation claims is Robert Pessers. Practice head Robert Pessers also leads a team which is assisting all insurers handling claims, totalling over €50m, arising from a broken waterpipe leading to the complete evacuation of the VU Medical Centre.

Drawing on 'top-level expertise' and offering a 'pragmatic' approach, Van Traa Advocaten provides a comprehensive service covering all aspects of transport law. Head of the transport, shipping and logistics department and stand-out litigator Vincent Pool handled a number of complex, high-profile disputes in the sector in 2019, including representing a leading logistics service provider against a multimillion-dollar container demurrage and detention claim. Head of the aviation team Robert Pessers is advising Malaysia Airlines following the shooting down of flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014. Robert de Haan, Jolien Kruit and Leendert van Hee are also key lawyers. Cargo specialist Richard Latten was a new arrival in 2020.

Read more about testimonials and key clients.

Who's Who Legal 2021:

The 2021 edition of WWL (Who’s Who Legal) Transport contains 8 mentions of lawyers with Van Traa Advocaten across three different practice areas.

Nominees have been selected based on comprehensive, independent survey work with both counsel and practioners worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed. 


Robert Pessers
(leading individual)


Robert Pessers
Marc van Maanen

Clients are impressed by the firm's dependable service, describing the team as "very reliable." Further sources add that the team "act quickly and efficiently and in their clients' best interests."

The 2018 edition of the ‘Best Lawyers in the Netherlands’ contains nine mentions of lawyers with Van Traa Advocaten across six different practice areas.

Lawyers can only be mentioned in this ranking by being nominated by clients or by other lawyers.

The following lawyers with Van Traa come (highly) recommended:

Insurance Law: 

Robert de Haan
Peter Drion


Aviation Law: 

Robert Pessers


Trade Law & Litigation:

Robert de Haan  
Marc van Maanen 


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