In our insurance-law practice we combine our special expertise of more than 25 years with the drafting of insurance policies and advice on (international) policy disputes that really matter.
The drafting of a good policy is like building a house: no matter how beautiful the exterior and the interior will be, the construction must always be good, which requires quite a lot of work. Knowledge of Dutch insurance law, but also knowledge of the market is essential. The ‘construction’ of each individual policy also requires knowledge of the specific area of activity for which the policy is intended. After all, a general Corporate Liability Insurance policy, Professional Liability policy or Directors’ and Officers’ liability policy is very different from a policy in a specific area such as design & construct, cyber crime, fraud or covering risks in the event of large acquisitions (by means of so-called Warranty and Indemnity policies). We are experienced in all these areas and do not hesitate to assess the policy conditions – if required – with the specialist and practical knowledge of other groups such as ICT, corporate law and real property.
Traditional Litigation Experience and Easily-Accessible Approach
Through our long tradition of drafting policy conditions and our thorough knowledge of the insurance sector, we are able to offer extra additional value to insurers, brokers and authorized underwriting agents.
Standing at the origin of insurance policies, our group also creates powers to interpret disputes on coverage and to bring them to a solution. Often we manage to achieve this out of court and with a view to the interests of the parties involved, but, if required, we fall back on our powerful litigation practice. We always use our easily-accessible and no-nonsense approach, which ensures practical and high-quality guidance and advice.
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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