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 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.
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.”
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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