VAN LEEUWEN LAW FIRM has carved out a reputation as a full-service, independent 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. The attorney is proud to share that story with you.
Like traditional lawyers, MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ) delivers high quality legal advice. Like forensic consultants, he has the skills, can-do approach and technology support to handle complex projects. Like in-house lawyers he works together with other areas of expertise like finance, tax, strategy, compliance, audit, risk management, marketing and HR.
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, not nonsense. Expect accessible personality, an open mind and a pragmatic bullet point approach.
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.
MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ) guarantees integrity, authenticity and consistency. The attorney’s 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.
VISION AND VALUES
Passion for the law. That’s where it begins but it doesn’t stop there. MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ) looks further than the purely legal. The attorney recognizes himselves in the drive that typifies his clientele. He demonstrates enterprise by continually refreshing his approach with just one goal in his sights: only the best is good enough for his clients.
Tailored to his requirements, no ‘one size fits all’. Every question or every problem requires a unique approach. With MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ) you are not just a number. For businesses he is an extension of the business. For individuals he steers you through the legal complexities. That is the only way to achieve effective solutions.
Getting to work with focused expertise and always delivering solutions. MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ) offers expertise in several different areas of law. The attorney maintains his expertise by continually investing in knowledge management. For matters where do not have the specialist knowledge in-house, he entrusts these to specialist firms with whom he has been collaborating effectively for years. This is how he ensures that you still get the help you need by having a specialist on the case.
Time is precious. Often legal questions or problems arrive unexpectedly and at the wrong time. MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ) understands that very well. The attorney seeks a speedy and practical solution. As soon as you put the attorney in the picture he will contact you and within the shortest possible time he will give you concrete advice and a plan of action. Speed is his trump card to provide you with efficient and effective help.
Practical solutions, that’s what it is all about. Solutions that you feel comfortable with. Conflict management is central here. A ‘no-nonsense’ approach rather than theoretical considerations that end up getting you nowhere. What’s more, MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ) continually weighs up cost against benefit. True efficiency only comes with innovative creativity.
Clear in communication
Clear communication, without losing sight of the important legal nuances. Concrete and practical legal advice in ordinary language. When MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ) communicates, he puts clarity at the forefront, also when it comes to the cost of his services. You always know what stage the attorney has reached and where he is going. Purposeful communication.
SPECIALISED LEGAL SUPPORT
MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ.) offers expertise in various different areas of law. Thanks to extensive training and broad practical experience, The attorney offers goal-oriented and effective assistance. He guarantees quality, efficiency and discretion. He strives to reach a successful resolution for all dossiers in the shortest possible term, if possible by means of an amicable settlement.
Van Leeuwen Law Firm provides assistance to enterprises and physical persons who are suspected or victim of crime, in particular economic and financial crimes (white collar crime). The firm is active, among other things, in matters relating to money laundering, swindle, bribery, misuse of corporate assets, abuse of confidence, bankruptcy crimes, tax evasion, inheritance fraud, public procurement fraud, customs and excise duty fraud, and gambling fraud. Van Leeuwen Law Firm guarantees quality, efficiency and discretion. The Attorney strives to reach a successful resolution for all dossiers in the shortest possible term, if possible by means of an amicable settlement.
MR. B.A.S. (BAS) VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ), attorney at law, advises and assists you in couple, marriage and prenuptial agreements issues. He also deals with issues related to patrimonial family law, including donations, successions. He intervenes in divorce and separation proceedings, child custody and visitation, alimony, but also international child relocation and abduction.
Companies are often helpless when it comes to dealing with the consequences of an occupational injury, as they have little control over all the issues involved. To help you resolve these issues, MR. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ), attorney at law, has set up an expert team of lawyers who have gone through specific training, have a forensic background, dedicated digital tools and day-to-day practice. He helps clients deploy management tools, and provide strategic advice and defense in case of litigation. He is particularly recognized for their work in one-off transactions: company takeovers, defense against claims for inexcusable conduct, risk assessment, negotiation, and coordination with criminal proceedings.
Administrative law is a comprehensive branch of law, which regulates with which rules public bodies must comply. Administrative Law also regulates how citizens and business and industry can protect themselves against the actions of public bodies. It is the law for, of and against public bodies. Administrative law records with which instruments a public body acts, the standards which must be adhered to, and the possibilities of putting up resistance against the public body.
VAN LEEUWEN LAW FIRM litigates and files employment law proceedings in case that should be necessary, for instance in case of termination of the employment agreement due to inadequate performance or in case of economic reasons. The firm is able to advise clients over the whole range of (corporate) employment law. It renders advice on employment law regarding acquisitions, conduct pre-merger due diligence and coordinate (national and cross-border) restructuring and relocation of employees.
SPECIALISED FORENSIC AND INTEGRITY SERVICES
Integrity is a cornerstone of a company’s mission. The Corporate Legal Department plays a crucial role. Organizational failures continue to illustrate that Corporate Legal Departments are on the front lines of balancing a company’s business objectives and risks, as well as protecting its reputation and assets. These responsibilities can bring a seemingly never-ending stream of fraud, bribery or corruption allegations, whistleblowers, regulatory inquiries and disputes. Corporate Legal Departments turn to Van Leeuwen Forensic Auditing for timely, flexible and practical services that address these broad responsibilities.
MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ) provides the services required to help private and public organizations identity the nature and extent of the financial crime and deliver appropriate remedies: Fraud Risk Assessment, Fraud Risk Management, Fraud Investigations, Compliance Assistance, Integrity Due Diligence, Forensic Business Intelligence, Litigation, Negotiation and Reputation Management.
LEGAL DEPARTMENT OPERATIONS
New technologies and processes are transforming in-house legal departments, but staffing models, too, are shifting to create new efficiencies and respond to the need for updated departmental skills and expertise.
Meet the legal department operations (LDO) professionals – a new position in corporate legal departments that is increasingly helping free up attorney time to focus on legal matters instead of operational ones. The recognition that operations, innovation, technology, and procurement should actually be the responsibility of an identifiable individual, rather than part of the portfolio of the general counsel is the biggest emerging trend in legal operations.
The legal department operations (LDO) professional is typically occupied with project management, financial planning, and managing outside counsel. But these legal department operations (LDO) professionals are also responsible for strategy, goal setting, and managing budgets, people, and vendors. Additionally, legal department operations (LDO) professionals play a crucial role in change management, which might explain their recent popularity.
The legal department operations (LDO) professional is often the person to decide what technology changes make sense and to determine how those technologies should be implemented with consideration of financial and operational implications such as budgeting, staffing requirements, outsourcing, and training.
TRANSPARENCY OF LEGAL FEES
1. 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.
2. 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 court rules against you, we charge the lower of the two rates. If we’re successful, however, as when the court rules in your favour, we charge the higher of the two rates.
3. Plain hourly rate
We can of course charge you in the conventional manner if you’d prefer us to do so. In that case, we keep a careful record of the amount of time we spend on your case and send you a monthly invoice based on this. Our hourly rates range from €120 to €330 and we agree beforehand on the rate on which our invoices will be based.
Each of our lawyers keeps a careful record of all the various activities they perform in connection with your case, and how much time is spent on them. A full itemised statement is supplied together with your invoice.
Please note that our hourly rates are index-linked , which means that they are adjusted for inflation on 1 January of each year.
4. Mixed fee
Combinations of the above options are also possible. For example, we can invoice part of the job on the basis of a fixed price and base the remainder on a flexible hourly rate.
5. Pro Bono
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 we 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.
6. 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 yourself, at the insurer’s expense.
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
VAN LEEUWEN LAW FIRM is socially responsible both within and outside the firm. MR. BAS A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ.) believes that he has a responsibility, as corporate citizen, to help shape the future in a way that provides economic, ecological and social benefits for all. His initiatives in the area of corporate responsibility are many and varied across his business, but in all his activities, he seeks to behave in a way that consistently reinforces his business principles of (e)quality, unity and integrity.