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.

Who’s Who Legal – TMT 2017

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. Reinoud Westerdijk is a leading exponent of IT law, with “one of the very best” commercial and procurement practices in the sector. Patrick Wit’s expertise in IT and telecoms, including commercial and compliance matters, is highly regarded by an international body of respondents. Joost Linnemann is “a star” lawyer in the IT sector. A peer notes, “His knowledge and experience cannot be beaten.”


Chambers Europe 2017 – TMT – Band 1

What the team is known for Outstanding practice covering all aspects of IT, outsourcing, media and data protection. Also handles IT litigation, e-commerce, licensing and litigation. The media practice is particularly experienced in defamation, copyright and internet litigation. Recently the team has acted for several high-profile new clients, including Facebook and Vice Media.

Strengths One client considers the team to be “the best on media law in Holland” and describes the lawyers as “dedicated and specific.” 

Another client says the firm “understands the IT business and is familiar with the most recent IT developments.” The same source praises the “great team spirit within the law firm” as well as its “hands-on mentality,” which makes the team “very easy to work with.”

Work highlights Advised on complex IT integration issues relating to the merger of Ahold and Delhaize.

Defended Ziggo in three separate proceedings regarding requests for user data and information take-down requests.

Significant clients Siemens, ABN AMRO, Persgroep, Telegraaf Media Group, Viacom

Clients say Hester De Vries is “super at translating our demands into practical advice on data protection regulations and is really fantastic at converting thoughts into practical choices.” She is a renowned data protection specialist and advises clients from the healthcare and finance sectors.

Joost Linnemann advises on a range of technology and IT matters including outsourcing, software and IT-related litigation. Clients praise his “good knowledge, positive attitude and likeable character.”

Jens van den Brink acts for a mixture of broadcasters, newspapers and other media outlets, with a particular focus on contentious issues and defamation cases. He acted for NRC Media on a case against Ben Bot, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs. According to clients, he is “a very good adviser who pinpoints specific details in a question and is very quick and clear on communication.”

Clients value Christien Wildemans specialist knowledge with regard to media law and her “ability to handle high-pressure cases.” Recently active in contentious work, she handled various litigation matters for national newspapers including de Volkskrant and Het Parool.

Patrick Wit is praised by one client for his “quick in-depth analysis which helps me understand what I’ve missed.” He is primarily concerned with outsourcing deals, including transactional mandates. He advised VNAB on rules for an IT solution to be employed in the insurance sector. 


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 – Information Technology – Tier 1

Joost Linnemann heads up the department at Kennedy Van der Laan; he successfully defended Alert Life Sciences Computing against two customers’ claims that Alert failed to develop and implement software. The team is praised for its responsiveness, professionalism and value for money. Patrick Wit is widely recommended.


Who’s Who Legal 2016 – Law firm of the Year for Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Our IT law firm of the year for the first time, Kennedy Van der Laan astounds this year, moving up two places to claim the top spot in our research. The Netherlands-based firm boasts 100 lawyers in the jurisdiction and has fostered relationships worldwide to ensure clients are provided with local expertise and support in complex transnational cases.

The “outstanding” TMT team at the firm is highly proficient in litigation, acquisitions and outsourcings, but the practice’s crowning glory is its unrivalled expertise in data protection. The firm’s enviable client list includes technology giants Siemens and Microsoft, as well as CGI, Q-Music and –  as part of its Customized Alliance, launched in 2014 – sports giant Nike.

Clients continue to be attracted by the considerable industry insight possessed by lawyers at the firm, many of whom have either worked, or been trained, in IT.

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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.

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