Everything comes together in the Telecommunications sector. Because of the ever more far-reaching convergence and consolidation of the providers in this market, strict distinctions can hardly be made anymore between infrastructure, telephony, broadcasting companies, media and the Internet. These developments imply that more and more organizations are affected by rules and regulations which in the past were only meant for the providers of telecommunications services. Issues such as SPAM, obligations to retain data, security breaches and cookies are as high on the agenda as traditional issues such as interconnection and pricing regulation. As a client, you want to talk with attorneys who are familiar with all sectors and are legally up-to-date. The Telecommunications team of Kennedy Van der Laan meets this requirement. Our legal advice is innovative, but always applicable in practice. Moreover, you will not have to wait long for the advice: the team works fast and is aimed at finding solutions.
Advice and litigation in the field of telecommunications
The Telecommunications team advises and litigates with a focus on the developments in laws and regulations. We give advice, amongst other things, on fixed network services, competition-law issues and commercial contracts. We also advise on the telecom aspects of privacy and security. We work for providers of various networks and services but also for customers and users.
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
- Hester De Vries (Band 1)
- Joost Linnemann (Band 2)
- Jens van den Brink (Band 1)
- Christien Wildeman (Band 3)
- Patrick Wit (Band 2)
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 Wildeman‘s 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.
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.
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