“Advice and litigation in cases involving material damage, financial loss and personal injury.”

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.

Chambers Europe 2015 – Insurance – Band 2

What the team is known for Prominent team that represents a raft of leading Dutch and multinational insurers. Notable areas of focus include professional liability, product liability, coverage disputes and personal injury claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“The team is trustworthy, experienced, ethical and easy to approach.” 

“The lawyers have a hands-on and practical approach and a no-nonsense mentality.”

Notable practitioners

Chris Van Dijk‘s areas of focus include employer’s liability, professional liability and product liability. Clients value his advice, describing him as a “diligent and experienced” lawyer.

According to clients, Frits Van der Woude is “a lawyer we can lean on. He is a leading specialist in professional indemnity and is very approachable.” Van der Woude advises on coverage disputes, D&O liability, professional indemnity and policy drafting.

Erik van Orsouw has broad knowledge of this field. He handles product liability, professional indemnity and international coverage disputes.

Significant clients AIG, Amlin, APN, CNA, Zurich.

Legal 500 EMEA 2015 – Insurance – Tier 2

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 – Band 2

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 – Tier 2

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 is a personal injury specialist, while Frits Van der Woude focuses on D&O and professional liability cases. Erik van Orsouw and Peter van den Broek advise on technical damages cases.

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16 april 2015 

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22 april 2013 

Kennedy Van der Laan Strengthens Insurance and Liability Law Group with the Appointment of Peter van den Broek as Partner

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10 january 2013 

External Directors' and Officers' Liability Possible Even If Director Cannot Be Seriously Blamed

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17 december 2012 

Attention All Directors and Supervisory Directors: Management and Supervision Act In Force on 1 January 2013!

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29 october 2012 

Liability in Rental Law

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21 august 2012 

Liability Risk for Directors in the Event of Interim Distributions to Shareholders

Court of Amsterdam 21 April 2010 (Kemp in his capacity as such/Idee et al.) Distributions of Profits Dutch companies, private limited companies...

28 march 2011 

Directors’ and Officers’ Liability for Late Registration in the Trade Register

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28 march 2011 

Liability of the Employer for Consequences of Longer Workweek than 40

Court of Appeal of Den Bosch, 9 November 2010, JAR 2011/41 Employer's Duty of Care An employer has a duty of care to ensure the safety of the...

24 february 2011 

Expiry Periods Sometimes Not Binding

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28 october 2010 

Discharge has no effect on facts not apparent from annual accounts

HR 25 June 2010, LJN BM 2332 The Facts In 1975, the claimant and his spouse incorporated BVA, of which company the claimant was the sole director....

28 october 2010 

Compensation by Employer of Costs Incurred by Works Council

A discussion of the judgment of the Court of The Hague, 27 January 2010, JAR 2010/86 Compensation of Costs of the Works Council In order to ensure...

29 april 2010 

Liability Tournament Leaders of a Karting Race

Court of Appeal of The Hague 19 January 2010, LJN BL0046 This judgment of the Court of Appeal of The Hague of 19 January 2010 emphasizes that...

29 march 2010 

Employer's Liability for Traffic Accidents

A discussion of Supreme Court 12 December 2008, LJN: BD3129 Employer's Liability for Traffic Accidents Pursuant to Dutch Law Pursuant to Section...

30 january 2009 

Relationship Temp Agency and Recipient in the Event of Damage Caused by Temps

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24 october 2007 

Directors' Liability and Indemnification

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Product liability for software

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01 january 1995 
Chris van Dijk

Chris van Dijk

Attorney, Mediator, Partner

  • Chris van Dijk Attorney, Mediator, Partner +31 20 5506 661
  • Frits van der Woude Attorney, Mediator, Partner +31 20 5506 879
  • Erik van Orsouw Attorney, Partner +31 20 5506 878
  • Peter van den Broek Attorney, Partner +31 20 5506 669