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.

Client feedback "each member of the team has top-level expertise and this makes Van Traa a “one stop firm” for the transport and insurance industries" - Legal 500 2020

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 2020:

The 2020 edition of WWL (Who’s Who Legal) Transport contains 9 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
(Global Elite Thought Leader)


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."

What the team is known for (Chambers 2020)

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 2020:

Interviewees are impressed by the department's sector expertise, enthusing that "they are second to none in the area of transportation, in terms of strength, depth and expertise.

[it is] "a well-run, efficient and responsive firm."

Leading individuals
Van Traa Advocaten’s Robert Pessers is “an excellent litigator” comment peers. He has extensive experience representing insurers and aviation companies in liability disputes.
Vincent Pool at Van Traa Advocaten is a top-notch shipping lawyer who is highly regarded among peers for his expertise in damages and liability claims.
Jolien Kruit impresses market commentators with her superb work advising clients on accidents and cargo claims pertaining to the shipping sector. 

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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