The sphere of activity of the Liability team of Kennedy Van der Laan is broad and diverse. Our attorneys advise their clients and litigate for them on liability in cases involving material damage, financial loss and personal injury.
Technical Damage, Professional Liability and Personal Injuries
The team specializes in the handling of large and complex technical damage claims, including damage caused by construction activities, product recalls and fire. Besides, all attorneys together have more than 25 years’ experience in the field of professional liability – ranging from liability of traditional professionals like attorneys and civil-law notaries to that of accountants, engineers and architects – and they regularly represent directors who are taken to court in D&O cases. The team is traditionally strong in handling complicated personal injury claims, and in the past years it has also seen considerable growth in medical liability and health law claims.
Personal Contact with Clients
Our clients include national and international insurance companies active in the Netherlands, intermediaries, brokers, insurance pools, loss adjustment agencies and agents. In addition, the team regularly assists multinationals, hospitals, lower public authorities and other government bodies.
The team likes to keep the contact with its clients close, direct and personal, and thinks that an open and dynamic collaboration is valuable and useful. The same goes for our strong ties with the academic world. Several attorneys in the Liability team are also members of the Litigation team. This combination of factors guarantees the best possible result in any (conflict) situation.
Legal 500 EMEA 2015 – Insurance
Within Insurance, Kennedy Van der Laan is a second tier firm, Kennedy Van der Laan focuses on the insurer market and routinely works for AIG, Zurich, Liberty, Delta Lloyd and AON. Department head Chris Van Dijk and Peter Van den Broek are recommended.
Chambers Europe 2014 – Insurance
What the team is known for Particularly visible in product recalls and large-scale technical damage claims, and increasingly active in the D&O and professional liability arena.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) “The content of the work is excellent, and the team is very client-friendly and approachable. They are to-the-point, direct, modern lawyers. This is a firm-wide thing. It makes them very easy to work with.”
Notable practitioners Frits Van der Woude has an established reputation in the area of D&O and professional liability. Clients are “absolutely happy” with his service and knowledge of traditional commercial liability.
Erik van Orsouw focuses on coverage disputes and technical damages. He is valued for his solution-seeking approach as well as his project management skills, with one client commenting: “He understands our needs very well and assigns the right people to our cases.”
Chris Van Dijk heads the firm’s insurance department. He specialises in professional liability and large material damages cases.
Significant clients Zurich, Hiscox, Delta Lloyd, Chartis, Aon.
Legal 500 EMEA 2014 – Insurance
Kennedy Van der Laan’s team is ‘very practical, with commercial feeling’ and has been increasingly handling D&O and professional indemnity matters. Chris Van Dijk focuses on personal injury claims, while Frits Van der Woude does D&O and professional liability. Erik van Orsouw and Peter van den Broek advise on technical damages cases.
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