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My experience with Van Traa team is that they are very skilled, and they know the case to the smallest detail. By consulting Van Traa you know that they are very dedicated and always want to win the case. I have worked with them for more than twenty years and they have never lost a case! Van Traa always puts the customer’s interests first.’ (Legal500)

What the team is known for (Chambers 2024)

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.

Also Van Traa is the reliable partner for (inter-)national insurers and brokers when confronted with complex coverage disputes and multiple liability issues following a high-impact event. Van Traa is very strong in the construction and transport (marine, aviation and rail) industry. The experience and capabilities to deal efficiently with the multi-faceted aspects and consequences of complex insurance and liability questions, are undisputed.
Van Traa is known for its involvement in all high impact events that occurred in the Netherlands or are related to the Netherlands, such as natural disasters, collisions, crash accidents resulting in inter alia corporate and personal liability insurance questions, professional indemnity and other contractual and tort law issues.

Work highlights: Van Traa advised TUI Airlines Netherlands in an appeal against the Dutch state and Schiphol airport regarding the reduction of capacity at the airport.

Chambers and Partners 2024:

"Van Traa is very quick to get to the essence within complex matters and provide sound and pragmatic advice, whatever the level of complexity."

[they are] "in the business for a long time and its lawyers are well aware of the business of its clients."

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 states: "Robert Pessers is a stellar lawyer, provides pragmatic advice regardless of how complex the matter is and a very strong litigator."

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."

Derk-Jan van der Kolk enters the rankings with strong market support. He is well placed to advise clients on personal injury and maritime liability claims.

Legal 500 EMEA 2024: 

Van Traa Advocaten is noted for its record in transport-related insurance matters, with the firm advising on both the drafting of terms and conditions, and on disputes relating to both professional liability and personal injury in the transport and logistics sector. The team also takes instructions tied to the neighbouring area of international trade. Practice head Robert Pessers advises on claims arising out of transport accidents, with a particular focus on the aviation industry, covering professional and person injury liability matters, in addition to advising on construction all risks cases. Robert de Haan handles policy advisory work in relation to transport insurance, with Derk-Jan van der Kolk taking the lead on personal injury disputes. April 2023 saw professional liability and fraud specialist Marko Jongkind return to the firm from VanNiekerkCieremans B.V.

Van Traa Advocaten’s highly regarded transportation practice tackles the full spectrum of transport law issues, encompassing logistics, aviation, and international trade, as well as shipping, offshore activities, and regulation. The practice offers extensive expertise in areas such as commodities, rail, road, maritime insurance, and sanctions. It is spearheaded by logistics expert Leendert van Hee, highly experienced in representing sea and road carriers, producers, and insurers, especially in complex dispute resolution. Vincent Pool advocates for cargo interests, logistics service providers, and insurers on road carriage, dry shipping, and rail transport issues. Robert Pessers, overseeing the aviation division, concentrates on liability and regulatory issues for major airlines and their insurers. Jolien Kruit, with her focus on dry shipping and logistics services, excels in managing incidents and claims, while Nol van Hal provides advisory and litigious support in maritime matters including shipbuilding, incidents, ship arrests, and insurance.

Industry focus: Food
Van Traa Advocaten is the go-to firm for insurance and brokering companies who require assistance with recall actions related to disease outbreaks, decertification of organic good, and other potential issues. The team also has a specialised organic sector group which is well-equipped to handle regulatory, arbitration, litigation, and contractual issues faced by the organics industry. Other main areas of the practice include food-related M&A, transport and logistics, contracting and financing, regulatory, and insurance and liability. Marc van Maanen co-leads the team alongside Silvia Gawronski, he handles issues related to food and feed law and largely assists logistics service providers, their insurers, organic commodity traders, trade financiers, and meat traders. Gawronski acts for national and international companies on regulation and enforcement matters, as well as material food and food safety regulations. Steven Oude Alink specialises in commercial and transport law for the food industry, while Tomas Uildriks assists with recall disputes.

Dispute resolution: Arbitration
Van Traa Advocaten specialises in international trade, transport and logistics, and insurance-related cases. In particular, the team assists enterprises with international trade disputes related to fraud, breach of contract and perishing of goods. International trade experts Marc van Maanen and Steven Oude Alink co-lead the practice.

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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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