Directors’ and Officers’ Liability

“Our multi-disciplinary team consists of specialists in corporate law, liability law, insurance law and bankruptcy law.”

Directors’ and Officers’ Liability

The Directors’ and Officers’ Liability team advises and acts as a trusted advisor to companies, individual directors (and supervisory directors/supervisory authorities) and insurers in the broad field of directors’ and officers’ liability.

Our multi-disciplinary team consists of specialists in corporate law, liability law, insurance law and bankruptcy law. Combined with our broad practical experience in the roles of receiver, deputy judge, mediator, director and/or supervisor, this composition ensures legal expertise and quick responsive action.

Liability Disputes For and Against Directors

The team acts in claims for and against directors and supervisory directors in varied, including very large and complex, proceedings. In such cases directors have been held liable by the legal entity itself, or by the receiver in a bankruptcy, or by individual creditors of the legal entity.

Advice on Directors’ and Officers’ Liability

The team advises the commercial businesses and institutions in the semi-public sector, such as housing corporations and health care institutions, on risk management and corporate governance.

Director’s and Officer’s Liability Insurances

The team is closely involved in various policy and coverage issues relating to director’s and officer’s liability insurances and in assessing the policy conditions for directors’ and supervisory directors’ insurances, for example on instructions of insurers.

Chambers Europe 2016 – Insurance – Band 2

What the team is known for Strong reputation for personal injury and technical damages claims. Advises clients on D&O liability and professional liability for accountants and notaries. Assists with policy drafting.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“The lawyers have a good feeling for the technical aspects of a case and are open.”

What’s new? ASR and Navigators are among the firm’s newest clients.

Work highlights Advised civil law notaries on the legality of their participation in the Hema notarisservice.

Notable practitioners 

Frits Van der Woude represents clients in D&O insurance and professional liability for lawyers. Sources say that he “is creative and comes up with good solutions.” He regularly advises clients from the financial sector.

Chris Van Dijk has a particular focus on medical malpractice issues and other professional indemnity mandates. He also advises clients from the manufacturing and telecommunications sectors on personal injury matters and on liability questions, including product liability.

Clients underline that Erik van Orsouw has a “good commercial feeling.” He often assists clients from the construction and engineering sectors, particularly with professional liability questions. He heads the firm’s insurance and liability department.

Significant clients AIG, Zurich, Hiscox, Liberty, Amlin.


Legal 500 EMEA 2016 – Insurance – Tier 2

Kennedy Van der Laan’s department is led by the ‘knowledgeable’Chris van Dijk, ‘a real authority’. The ‘pragmatic’, ‘analytical’ Frits van der Woude successfully represented HEMA and various notaries in a test case regarding the allegedly unlawful participation by civil law notaries in HEMA’s ‘notarisservice’.

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.

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Frits van der Woude

Frits van der Woude

Attorney at law, Mediator, Partner

  • Frits van der Woude Attorney at law, Mediator, Partner +31 20 5506 879
  • Marcel Willems Attorney at law, Partner +31 20 5506 679
  • Femke Leopold Attorney at law +31 20 5506 634
  • Bart-Adriaan de Ruijter Attorney at law, Counsel +31 20 5506 659