VAN LEEUWEN LAW FIRM has carved out a reputation as a multidisciplinary Dutch law firm that stands out for its client-focused mindset. MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN’s story is all about seizing opportunities, tenacity and, above all, a flair for business. From his office in Utrecht-City, MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ) works as an extension of your team. He cherishes a close client-lawyer relationship, while his sophisticated approach outperforms the service of many competitors. The attorney guarantees integrity, authenticity and consistency. His mission is to find solutions through excellent legal insight and strong business instinct. That is how he exceeds expectations, delivers consistent results and forges long-term relationships with his clients.

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Criminal Law Practice

Violent crimes (homicide, assault, causing grievous bodily harm, public violence, vandalism) / Sexual offenses / Property crimes (theft, handling of stolen goods, extortion, embezzlement, money laundering) / Fraud (forgery, false travel documents, skimming, fraudulent bankruptcy) / Cybercrime / Human trafficking, deprivation of liberty, abduction / Threatening, defamation, stalking / Drug offenses / Violation of the Arms and Ammunition Act / Tax offenses / Economic crimes / Traffic offenses / Objection to the refusal to return a driving license / Request for dismissal of the case / Appeal against a sentence imposed by the prosecutor / Extradition European Arrest Warrant (extradition in Europe) / Transfer of Sentenced Persons (conversion by the Dutch judge of a foreign prison sentence, after which it can be served in the Netherlands)

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Personal and Family law and Family assets law

Divorce / Spousal and Child maintenance / Parenting plan / Divorce and division of community of property / Matrimonial contract and divorce / Dissolution of cohabitation contract / Termination of a registered partnership / Legal separation / Adoption / Child acknowledgement / Parental Custody / Visitation Rights / Child protection measures / Mentorship, administration and guardianship / Name changes

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Administrative and Public Law

Competition matters / Decisions, legislation, and policies / Declarations of intent, settlement agreements and anterior agreements / Energy law / Enforcement of regulations / Environment and planning law and the Environment and Planning Act (Dutch: Omgevingswet) / Environmental law / Expropriation and obligation to tolerate / Freedom of Information Act (Dutch: Wob) / Government liability / Housing for immigrant worker / Limited rights / Municipalities (Preferential Rights) Act (Dutch: Wet voorkeursrecht gemeenten) / Opposition and appeal procedures / Permits / Procurement / Project development / Public partnerships / Soil contamination / State aid / Subsidy and funding / The cross-over area between public and private law

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Employment and Benefits

Employment contract law; including the drafting and review of employment contracts / Individual and collective dismissal law / Reorganizations / (Enforcement of) non-competition and partnership clauses / Public and Semi-public Sector Senior Officials (Standard Remuneration) Act (Dutch: WNT) / Flexible employment arrangements / Individual disputes with employees / Privacy (GDPR) / Employee participation (Works Councils Act) / CLA and company regulations / Fines and warnings imposed by the labor inspectorate / Employee participation schemes / Frontier work or other matters with an international aspect / Absenteeism and incapacity for work

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Contract Law

Drawing up commercial trade contracts (purchase, sale, collaboration, agency, distribution, transport and storage) / Termination, dissolution or annulment of agreements / Disputes with respect to the fulfilment of agreements / Obtaining compensation for losses / Litigating with respect to fulfilment of agreements or obtaining compensation for losses

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Multidisciplinary and Multidimensional

MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ.) maps out your route through the complex web of legislation, jurisprudence and legal doctrine. He guides the way and accompanies you. Your attorney-at-law uses all his experience and expertise to work for you, creates sustainable added value and shares all their knowledge freely and openly. This means that you can move forward, safe

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Integrity, Authenticity and Consistency

MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ.) listens to what is important and provides practical and personalised advice in a constantly changing world. That requires fresh thinking and tech savviness combined with proven experience. The attorney believes that when knowledge travels, opportunities arise. He thinks client-focused, acts fast and speaks frankly in a language that you understand. He makes sense,

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Driven

Passion for the law. That’s where it begins but it doesn’t stop there.

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Personal

Tailored to his requirements, no ‘one size fits all’. Every question or every problem requires a unique approach.

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Speedy

Time is precious. Often legal questions or problems arrive unexpectedly and at the wrong time.

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Pragmatic

Practical solutions, that’s what it is all about. Solutions that you feel comfortable with. Conflict management is central here.

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Client relations

VAN LEEUWEN LAW FIRM’s interventions are in line with the following principles:  drawing the attention of the clients to CSR, its goals, its advantages, its respect by the firm; promoting “sustainable advice and ADR”: prevention, auditing, timely advice, compliance, collaborative law, arbitration or mediation, negotiation, compromise, transparency, codes of conduct in the context of CSR and the implementation of sustainable

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People-oriented approach

VAN LEEUWEN LAW FIRM’s people-oriented approach consists of the necessary internal processes aimed at equal treatment, inclusion and diversity and the support of socially relevant initiatives.

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Communication and Information technology

VAN LEEUWEN LAW FIRM takes advantage of technological innovation, as long as it serves the perspective of a sustainable world, and this while respecting its ethical obligations, in particular the respect of professional secrecy and independence. Especially, it has enabled the firm to: the development of a “paperless office”: the communication and archiving of correspondence and documents is as much

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Premises, energy and suppliers

VAN LEEUWEN LAW FIRM is committed to: make the necessary investments, as far as possible, to ensure that its operating sites meet environmental criteria, inter alia in terms of energy consumption and heating; apply a policy designed to reduce the nuisances that its activity can cause to the environment such as over-consumption; to sort waste and to optimize recycling; the

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Transport

VAN LEEUWEN LAW FIRM promotes: the choice of means of transport according to the type of trip in order to reduce pollution as much as possible; contacts with clients via video or telephone conferences.

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Social aims

VAN LEEUWEN LAW FIRM supports projects that share its values either financially or by offering free legal support. VAN LEEUWEN LAW FIRM’s commitment to social responsibility is demonstrated by the considerable value it places on doing pro bono work for organisations and people that pursue or support the public interest. The firm’s aim is to enhance access to legal assistance

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Plain hourly rate

Unless otherwise agreed, work carried out under the heading of fees shall be charged on the basis of an hourly rate. VAN LEEUWEN LAW FIRM determines the hourly rate in function of the nature of the case, the stakes involved, the degree of difficulty of the case, the experience of the attorney in the legal matter concerned and the urgency of the assignment. The hourly rates are indexed annually and can also be adjusted at any time, on an individual basis per attorney. The client can always request all updated hourly rates from VAN LEEUWEN LAW FIRM.

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Fixed price

If you’d prefer to rule out any financial surprises at the end of the day, the best option is to agree beforehand on a set price. In most cases, it’s fairly straightforward to divide a case into a number of separate components. By estimating the amount of time we are likely to spend on each component, and then factoring in any additional expenses (i.e. out-of-pocket expenses such as registry fees and bailiff’s charges), we can propose a price for each one. Thanks to our extensive experience, we’re pretty good at estimating beforehand how much time things are likely to take.

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Hourly rate based on results

Although success may not be guaranteed, what we can guarantee is that we’ll do our very best to obtain the best possible result for you. Under their professional code of conduct, Dutch lawyers are forbidden from entering into ‘no cure, no pay’ deals. What we can do, however, is to agree beforehand on the hourly rates we charge as a function of the results obtained in your particular case. In other words, we agree up front on two hourly rates, a high rate and a low rate. If we do not obtain the result you want, for example if the

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Subsidized Legal Aid (RVR)

If your income and assets are below the statutory limit, you may be eligible for legal aid. This means that the Dutch State pays some or all of your lawyer’s fees. You then only have to pay a personal contribution, which VAN LEEUWEN LAW FIRM will pass on to you. To find out whether your income is below the statutory limit, please visit the website of the Dutch Legal Aid Board (www.rechtsbijstand.nl). This is the body that deals with and assesses applications for legal aid.

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Legal aid insurance

Have you taken out legal aid insurance? In that case you have the right to choose your own lawyer, at the insurer’s expense, if you are involved in a judicial or administrative procedure. That is what the Court of Justice of the European Union has decided. You also have this right to freely choose a lawyer if it is not mandatory to engage a lawyer (e.g. cases before the sub-district court). The Court of Justice has ruled that dismissal proceedings before the UWV are considered an ‘administrative procedure’. In that case, too, you have the right to choose a lawyer

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Office charge

Notwithstanding the charging of fees, administration and office costs, including costs for opening a case or subsidiary file in a case, typing costs, printing and photocopying costs, postage costs, telephone costs, etc. will be charged under the heading ‘administration costs’ as a fixed 8% of the fees charged.

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The legal fees and disbursements

The costs which VAN LEEUWEN LAW FIRM has advanced to third parties, such as registries, mortgage offices, registration offices, diplomatic offices, official or unofficial databases, bailiffs, notaries, translators, accountants, auditors, experts and (domestic and foreign) bodies, will be charged separately under the heading of costs on the basis of the costs actually incurred (+ VAT if applicable).

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Advance payment

VAN LEEUWEN LAW FIRM reserves the right to ask the client a provision before starting and in the course of its activities, by means of a provisional invoice and reserves the right to only to start or continue its activities or to advance costs after payment thereof. A statement of expenses and fees in these terms and conditions shall also be understood to be a provisional invoice. A provision is a lump sum paid by the client to VAN LEEUWEN LAW FIRM prior to an interim statement or final statement. This provision may relate to services already rendered or costs

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Dawn Raids, searches and confiscation, information demands and inspection visits

There are various authorities which your corporate organization may be dealing with, depending on the type of your corporate organization and the services you provide. It is very important to obtain immediate clarity about the nature of the investigation because the rules may differ from one authority to another. Some examples: (a) Criminal authorities, such as the Tax Intelligence and

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Fraud risk management

Legislation, regulatory imperatives and proposed new guidance for businesses all mean that it is no longer adequate for firms to simply deal with fraud as it arises. It therefore becomes necessary to have an effective fraud risk management strategy in place and have relevant systems and controls within the context of a ‘risk-based’ approach. VAN LEEUWEN LAW FIRM | SERIOUS

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Whistleblowing service

An important aspect to encourage accountability and transparency within a private or public entity is a mechanism to enable all individuals to voice concerns internally in a responsible and effective manner when they discover information which they believe shows serious malpractice. A number of clients have implemented VAN LEEUWEN LAW FIRM | SERIOUS FRAUD DEFENCE’s Tip-Offs Anonymous. The Tip-Offs Anonymous

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Anti-bribery and corruption consulting

The number of enforcement actions, the number of jurisdictions within which enforcement actions have been brought and the size and nature of fines and penalties arising from anti-corruption legislations, have all increased significantly over the last few years. With far reaching legislations like the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), UK Bribery Act etc., and authorities across different jurisdictions such

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Anti-money laundering consulting

Traditionally money laundering has been a risk area for banks and financial institutions. However, the broader reach of anti-money laundering (AML) legislation worldwide and the increase in financial and trading activity performed by other businesses have meant a change to this view in recent years. VAN LEEUWEN LAW FIRM | SERIOUS FRAUD DEFENCE believes in serving its clients through a

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Business intelligence services

Investors have seen increasing opportunities to achieve growth through acquisition or investment deals in jurisdictions around the world, particularly in emerging markets. While these opportunities can be extremely lucrative, they can also result in clients entering into business relationships and new markets, which give rise to potential legal and commercial risks. If these are not identified and addressed prior to

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Corporate fraud investigation

The spectre of white collar crime can place a significant drain on any business. When such issues arise, it is imperative that they are dealt with quickly and concisely. VAN LEEUWEN LAW FIRM | SERIOUS FRAUD DEFENCE helps you navigate through the regulatory and operational complexities and take timely decisions so you can get on with business. The law firm

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Forensic data analytics

VAN LEEUWEN LAW FIRM | FORENSIC AUDITING specialises in the collection, cleansing, enrichment, transformation, analysis and modeling of data for the purpose of investigation. It’s data analysis will identify areas susceptible to high fraud risk, enabling you to focus your efforts in preventing them or dealing with them during the Investigation process. Data visualization is another area which is used

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Computer forensics

It takes special skills, techniques and technology to find, gather and preserve digital evidence. Without rigorous data capture and discovery technique, crucial evidence could be lost in an internal investigation or potential litigation. While cutting-edge technology is certainly important, without the specialist know-how to apply the technology and years of investigative experience to recognise evidence, one cannot be sure of

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Forensic Litigation support and Forensic Dispute Resolution advisory

The rapid pace and complex manner in which commercial transactions between businesses are conducted has resulted in a large amount of litigation and disputes. To overcome such issues, experienced litigators require the support of forensic dispute advisory professionals who could provide valuable financial insight and identify relevant risks. Breach of contract or duty, negligence infringement of intellectual property and similar

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Condititions

The lawyer will submit an application for legal aid on your behalf. To be able to submit an application, we will require a copy of proof of your identity showing your citizen service number (BSN number, formerly known as ‘sofi-nummer’). If you do not (yet) have a BSN number, we will require your alien registration number (vreemdelingennummer). If you have

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Discount Legal Services Counter (LSC)

If you are eligible for legal aid, you can receive a discount of €58,= on your attorney’s fees. Citizens are encouraged to visit the Legal Services Counter (LSC) before approaching an attorney by offering them a discount of € 58 on the individual contribution, should it turn out that a certificate is needed after all. Because of the lockdowns caused

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Special Social Assistance Benefit

If you have a low income and it is impossible for you to pay exceptional and unexpected costs, you may be entitled to extra financial support from the municipality. This is called “bijzondere bijstand” (special social assistance). Special social assistance is subject to the following conditions among others: (a) You are lawfully living and staying in the Netherlands; (b) You do not have enough income

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Re-inspection a year after the application

It is possible that the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration has not yet taken a final decision on your income for the reference year. In that case, the Dutch Legal Aid Board will perform a re-inspection a year after the application. If it then turns out that you were not eligible for legal aid after all, the Dutch Legal Aid

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Request to change reference year

If the Dutch Legal Aid Board rejects the application for legal aid because your income in the reference year exceeded the statutory financial limits, there is an option of asking the Board to make the current year the reference year. This is only possible, however, if your income has fallen considerably in the meantime. You will have to submit such a request

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The revocation of legal aid

When a client receives a certain sum of money because of the result of a procedure, his certificate will be withdrawn retroactively. He will be expected to pay his own lawyer.

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