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Cliënten beoordelen ons rechtstreeks of via de diverse toonaangevende organisaties die dergelijke onderzoeken uitvoeren. Die organisaties, zoals Legal500, Who's Who Legal, Best Lawyers en Chambers, doen ook expliciet onderzoek bij collega- advocaten in binnen- en buitenland.  

A client appreciates that the advice is straightforward and practical - you can actually do something about it. It's not just general advice to assess against your own business and cases." Chambers 2023

What the team is known for (Chambers 2023)

Van Traa maintains its position as one of the leading shipping law firms in the Netherlands. The team has notable experience in damages claims and liability mandates, including spillages and damage to undersea cables. The firm is particularly popular with clients from the logistics sector, advising on litigation regarding the contamination of goods during transport. Team members also have experience in matters such as the use of autonomous vehicles, damage to aircraft, and recourse and recovery proceedings. The team additionally advises on coverage disputes relating to product and professional liability, as well as environmental damage. It has further experience in PDBI and CAR policy matters and personal injury claims.

Work highlights: Van Traa represented FC Ajax in a liability dispute concerning a medical incident suffered by a player.

Chambers and Partners 2023:

"The lawyers at Van Traa have a great amount of knowledge, and know how to handle complex matters."

[they are] "very technically proficient, with an excellent and comprehensive understanding of the law."

Another client states that "Their expertise is very strong and unquestionable."

Leading individuals

Robert Pessers advises clients from the aviation sector on collisions and claims for damages to hulls and engines. He also advises on matters arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, and assists clients with legislation designed to protect endangered species. He also acts for clients on coverage disputes involving product recalls, business interruption and property damage. A client finds it "a pleasure to work with Robert Pessers. He has a lot of knowledge, communicates easily and takes the lead in meetings when necessary."

Robert de Haan has experience in maritime, road and rail matters. He advises on insurance and liability disputes and represents insurers in a range of mandates, including liability issues, construction all risk policies and business interruption claims. He often acts on matters relating to the transport and construction sectors.

Jolien Kruit advises clients on liability and damages claims, including for oil spills and damage to underwater cables. She also assists clients with general average claims and disputes over the contamination of goods. An interviewee enthuses that  "Jolien Kruit knows her law very well. She is very interested in commercial solutions and gets straight to the point. She is a guru in the market."

Marc Van Maanen represents clients in liability disputes and litigation concerning the contamination of transported goods. A client appreciates Marc Van Maanen for "his practical approach. He has a huge knowledge of our business."

Vincent Pool assists clients with contentious matters, including representing them in recourse proceedings and recovery disputes. He also advises clients on distribution agreements. A client states that "Vincent is on top of the game. Never has Vincent given me the wrong advice or taken a wrong road in litigation."

Leendert van Hee is particularly active in matters in the logistics sector, including representing clients in disputes concerning damaged goods. "Leendert is a very trustworthy adviser and very easy to work with. A real asset for the company."

Legal 500 EMEA 2023: 

Boutique Rotterdam-based firm Van Traa Advocaten has a particular niche handling insurance issues as they relate to transport and international trade. The firm has been active in several high-profile accident cases, in addition to being engaged on policy coverage disputes, proxies, reinsurance and drafting matters, specifically focused on the transport and logistics sectors, including shipping, rail, logistics and warehousing. The group regularly advises underwriters and insurance companies, and has strength in the area of aviation insurance. The team is led by Robert Pessers, who handles company, personal injury, construction and professional liability. Robert de Haan focuses on insurance and transport and Derk-Jan van der Kolk is well regarded for personal injury cases.

Based in Rotterdam, Van Traa Advocaten has expertise across key transport sectors including maritime, aviation and logistics. Practice head Leendert van Hee specialises in dry shipping, road transport and logistics and is an arbitrator in Fenex-arbitrations. Managing partner Vincent Pool has strength in road carriage, logistics dry shipping and rail transport. His clients include insurers, major logistics service providers and multinational companies, with an emphasis on contentious matters. Jolien Kruit is recognised for her expertise in transport litigation, focusing on dry shipping and general average matters, and associate Nol van Hal is regularly instructed on shipbuilding, charterparty, maritime casualties and ship arrest matters and has specific industry experience in maritime insurance and offshore construction. Aviation insurance expert Robert Pessers regularly acts for major insurers as well as airlines.

Industry focus: Food
International food business companies entrust Van Traa Advocaten with logistics, trade and insurance matters. Head of the international trade team Marc van Maanen leads the food industry team alongside administrative law specialist Silvia Gawronski. Maanen advises major logistics service providers and their insurers, commodity traders and trade financiers in litigation involving security documentation issues. He works with commercial and transport law expert Steven Oude Alink and Gawronski on trade disputes pertaining to the decertification of organic foods. Transport, shipping and logistics team head Leendert van Hee is a name to note for food-related disputes concerning dry shipping, road transport and logistics.

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."

De 2018-editie van 'Best Lawyers in the Netherlands' bevat negen vermeldingen voor Van Traa Advocaten in zes verschillende praktijkgebieden.

Vermelding in deze ranking is alleen mogelijk op basis van nominatie door klanten en andere advocaten. 

De volgende advocaten van Van Traa worden aanbevolen:

Insurance Law: 

Robert de Haan
Peter Drion


Aviation Law: 

Robert Pessers


Trade Law & Litigation:

Robert de Haan  
Marc van Maanen 


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