Data Privacy Litigation

“Kennedy Van der Laan is in the lead when it comes to data privacy”

Kennedy Van der Laan is one of the few European firms that can boast longstanding experience in national and cross-border privacy litigation. Experience that is becoming more and more vital to our clients, as regulators across Europe increase their efforts in scrutinizing data protection compliance. In addition, the impending General Data Protection Regulation will make compliance even more important because of new rules and instruments that can be applied. This means it is imperative to have a team at hand that can guide you through the enforcement process, monitor investigations (including dawn raids) and push back (hard) when necessary.

The specialized team of privacy litigators at Kennedy Van der Laan also apply their expertise in the increased number of commercial litigations where privacy becomes a factor, such as data breaches and data protection liability claims.

Helping you be prepared

Key in regulatory oversight is that businesses stay compliant and are one-step ahead. This means installing the proper checks-and-balances and know what to do in case things go south. Our litigators and compliance teams can assist in assuring that your business is prepared in case of a privacy issue.

Chambers Europe 2017 – TMT – Band 1

Kennedy Van der Laan understands the IT business and is familiar with the most recent IT developments. They have a great team spirit within the law firm and a hands-on mentality, which makes the team very ease to work with.


Who’s Who Legal 2017 – TMT

Independent Amsterdam-based outfit Kennedy Van Der Laan boasts some of the most highly regarded practitioners in the whole of the Europe. It also has the most number of individuals recognised from a single office in our entire research.


Chambers Europe 2016 – TMT – Band 1

What the team is known for Highly regarded for media, IT and outsourcing expertise, with growing strength in litigation and high-profile recent work regarding financial technology, media regulation and freedom of speech. Also noted for experience in privacy, defamation, e-commerce and licensing.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“Kennedy Van der Laan has a good team. It provides a really complete approach – it went beyond the purely professional realm. I think on the whole the co-operation with the firm was excellent.”

“The lawyers have in-depth knowledge of the market and applicable laws, but are very good at keeping things simple for non-lawyers. I was very impressed by the quality and speed of their service.”

Work highlights Represented Telegraaf Media Group in a dispute against the NPO regarding whether data is protected by IP rights and the publication of that data.

Acted for KRO-NCRV on proceedings against Ryanair concerning broadcasts that criticised Ryanair’s safety culture.

Notable practitioners 

Hester De Vries specialises in data protection and privacy. Clients value her as a “sparring partner in showing us all scenarios and strategic routes.” She advised Vereniging van Zorgaanbieders voor Zorgcommunicatie on a dispute relating to its national electronic patient data exchange.

Jens van den Brink has been especially active recently in handling defamation and copyright disputes for broadcasters and newspapers. Clients say he is “very good, he knows what he is talking about and he always reacts very promptly.” He advised UPC Nederland on a dispute in which a German rights holder organisation was seeking to disclose the identity of UPC subscribers who had exchanged pirated movies.

Joost Linnemann is a strong IT and technology litigator and also advises on outsourcing and other IT projects, particularly regarding software. He has been recently active in the finance and healthcare sector. Clients value that he is “very knowledgeable and detail-focused.” He acted for Alert Life Sciences Computing on a dispute concerning the alleged failure to develop and implement electronic healthcare software.

Patrick Wit focuses primarily on outsourcing matters, and is also active in telecoms litigation. Clients appreciate his “great sense of humour and in-depth knowledge on every aspect of IT contracting. He’s very accessible too and very pleasant to work with.” He advised Vereniging Nederlandse Assurantie Beurs on an IT project in the insurance sector.

Christien Wildeman handles media disputes, particularly regarding defamation as it relates to journalists. Clients state that she is “quite sharp. I like working with her, she is always available.”She advised KRO-NCRV and CCCP on a dispute concerning the broadcasting of video recordings made within Media Markt premises.

Significant clients ABN AMRO, De Persgroep, Microsoft, NRC Media, Siemens.


Legal 500 EMEA 2016 – Media and Entertainment – Tier 1

Practice head Jens van den Brink of Kennedy Van der Laan represented Telegraaf Media Group in a high-profile data protection case against NPO, and acted for KRO-NCRV in a successful appeal against an injunction brought by Media Markt regarding a video broadcast.


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 – Media and Entertainment – Tier 1

Within Media and entertainment, Kennedy Van der Laan is a first tier firm, Kennedy Van der Laan’s ‘excellent, friendly, and co-operative’ practice has extensive experience in defamation, freedom of speech, copyright, internet-related IP issues, and media regulation. Practice head Jens van den Brink continues to represent TMG against NPO in a copyright case. The team also works for Q Music and Fox International Channels.

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Chambers and Partners Europe Rankings 2017

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Kennedy Van der Laan Only Non-British Firm Nominated for The Lawyer Business Leadership Awards 2016

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13 may 2016 

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A data breach! What to do?

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Agreement on EU data protection reform

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The invalidated U.S. Safe Harbor Agreement: how to respond?

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Dutch Data Protection Authority’s guidelines for Data Breach Notification Act

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8 Questions on the Legal Aspects of Live Streaming with Meerkat and Periscope

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Kennedy Van der Laan Partner of Deloitte Technology Fast50

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KVdL FinTech Seminar

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05 april 2016 

KVdL Update: EU Data Protection Reform

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15 march 2016 

Seminar Cloud Computing & Adwords

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18 december 2012 
Alfred Meijboom

Alfred Meijboom

Attorney at law, Partner

  • Alfred Meijboom Attorney at law, Partner +31 20 5506 633
  • Hester de Vries Attorney at law, Partner +31 20 5506 657
  • Nicole Wolters Ruckert Associate Partner, Attorney at law +31 20 5506 646