Information Technology

“Legal IT problems can often be solved in a technical manner.”

Nowadays, software and infrastructure have many appearances. Not just in the own building or on the own work station, but elsewhere in the form of a SaaS, PaaS or IaaS solution. Or still further away, somewhere in the Cloud. All these developments raise new questions. Buyers are more and more often parties to multi-party contracts. Who has the legal responsibility? How to guarantee the security of personal data if these data are transmitted throughout the world? And how to guard the continuity if one of the specialized suppliers fails to deliver?

Keeping close track of IT developments

The ICT team of Kennedy Van der Laan keeps close track of technological developments. Only this way we can give our clients clients pragmatic advice on the legal implications of, for instance, e-commerce, electronic signatures and digital security.

Some of our attorneys have worked in IT, others are trained in IT techniques. As a result, they know this world inside out. That is our strength. We understand that legal issues may be solved often or even better in a technical manner. These solutions can only be found if you are able to connect both worlds.

Our ICT team is nationally and internationally known as a leading team. We work for international IT providers and a wide range of IT users, large businesses as well as government and semi-government bodies. We are especially engaged in pioneer projects, such as the Dutch national public transport chip card, the iris scan system for airplane passengers and a worldwide banking project to enable the identification of parties in business-to-business transactions by means of digital signatures.

Chambers Europe 2015 – TMT – Band 1

What the team is known for Market-leading IT practice spanning litigation, outsourcing and acquisitions. Notable expertise in data protection. The media team is strong in litigation, notably disputes related to freedom of expression and defamation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“The team responds quickly and offers good strategies to choose between.”

“The lawyers are very responsive, practical and hands-on.”

What’s new? Added CGI, De Telegraaf, NCRV, Q-Music and Siemens as clients.

Work highlights Representing Telegraaf Media Group in a claim brought by NPO relating to De Telegraaf’s publication of a weekly TV guide.

Assisted Alert/Hiscox with proceedings against five Dutch hospitals related to a failed IT project worth EUR20 million.

Notable practitioners 

Jens van den Brink leads the media team, specialising in defamation and unlawful publication. Clients value his litigation expertise, practical advice and the fact that “he can always give you a solution.”

Hester De Vries is a renowned privacy and data protection expert. She advises clients on compliance, litigation and investigations and is widely described as “one of the best in the field.”

Patrick Wit heads the technology and telecoms practices. He has particular expertise in outsourcings and is admired for his ability to navigate complex supply chains.

Joost Linnemann has a strong track record on technology disputes. Sources are quick to highlight his “excellent analytical and interpersonal skills.”

Rising star Christien Wildeman focuses on freedom of expression, defamation and IP issues. “She understood what we were fighting for and really knows the media industry,”enthuse clients.

Significant clients Capgemini, De Persgroep, Royal Ahold, Microsoft, NRC Media, UPC.

Legal 500 EMEA 2015 – Information Technology – Tier 1

Kennedy Van der Laan’s team is ‘highly experienced and highly specialised in IT’. The outsourcing practice, which is led by Patrick Wit, recently assisted Liberty Global with the drafting of outsourcing agreements. Martine de Koning heads the department.

Chambers Europe 2014 – TMT – Band 1

What the team is known for Experienced IT team with an impressive record of advising on international privacy mandates. Acclaimed for its understanding of defamation and freedom of speech matters in the media field, and also handles regulatory and copyright issues. Clients include broadcasters, publishers and newspapers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) “The real talent of the team is its ability to work under extreme pressure and still get the job done.”

“For media-related litigation it is at the top of the league. The team has a very strong track record in these matters, varied experience and deep knowledge of the area.”

“The team has excellent knowledge of the relevant legal fields combined with great business understanding.”

What’s new? NRC Media and De Persgroep Publishing are among the firm’s new clients.

Work highlights Represented TMG in a litigation against Dutch TV broadcasters concerning the attempted publication by the client of a weekly TV guide.

Represented KRO in defamation proceedings.

Notable practitioners Clients say Joost Linnemann “brings things to the table in an extremely clear way and is very strong at thinking strategically and assisting us to move forwards in the process.” He is noted for his work on international projects.

Practice group head Patrick Wit “is a very business-oriented lawyer who brings good advice and experience to projects,” say market observers. He handles outsourcings, telecoms projects and litigation.

Jens van den Brink has an excellent reputation for media projects, particularly unlawful publications and freedom of speech matters. “He is very easy to work with, hands-on in his approach and provides good, practical advice,” say clients.

“We were very impressed with Christien Wildeman and the way she prepared and handled our case,” enthuse clients, adding: “She always has a strong argument and clearly really knows the background of the matter.”

Hester de Vries “is one of the best on the market for privacy matters,” say respondees. Her clients include international banks and infrastructure operators.

Significant clients Audax Publishing, De Persgroep, IDTV, PowNed, Reed Business.

Legal 500 EMEA 2014 – Information Technology – Tier 1

Kennedy Van der Laan’s ‘practical and business-minded’Patrick Wit heads the practice, with the ‘highly experienced and knowledgeable’ Joost Linnemann advising on data protection and projects work. Reinoud Westerdijk handles licensing and cloud computing matters.

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Joost Linnemann

Joost Linnemann

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  • Reinoud Westerdijk Attorney, Partner +31 20 5506 638
  • Martine de Koning Attorney, Partner +31 20 5506 639
  • Patrick Wit Attorney, Executive Board, Partner +31 20 5506 642