About us

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Getting to know DOCK Legal Experts

DOCK Legal Experts is the close cooperation of two law firms: Van Harmelen Beijneveld van Houten and Jumelet Verhagen. From 1 july 2016, these two Rotterdam law firms have joined forces and work together closely to offer the best client service at compatible rates. Our international network ensures that our client's legal needs will be met with the highest level of quality and service.

DOCK Legal Experts is a medium-sized law firm. Based in the heart of downtown Rotterdam, we provide a range of litigation, dispute resolution and business law services to clients throughout the Netherlands and abroad. Our lawyers practice in various specialized legal subject areas, including shipping and trade, as well as business, real estate, insurance and liability.

Characteristic for the way in which DOCK Legal Experts handles your case, is:

  • A pragmatic approach
  • Specialist knowledge
  • In-depth knowledge of the different areas of the law
  • Direct access to the lawyer dealing with your case
  • Concise advice
  • Fair and transparent rates

We care about
our clients

We are dedicated to forming long-term, ongoing relationships with our clients. We do this by placing a strong emphasis on frequent communication and ready accessibility.

As a mid-size law firm, we are able to provide excellent legal services at competitive hourly rates. Our valuable worldwide network enables us to assist our clients anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day.

The advantage of specialization

Many of the lawyers at DOCK Legal Experts concentrate their practice in specific areas such as transport & international trade and real estate, business, insurance & liability and litigation.

This specialization enables us to maintain expertise in rapidly evolving and complex areas of the law, and to ensure that each client's legal work is handled by the legal expert best suited to deal with a specific matter.

"We get to know people on a personal basis, always aiming to build lasting relationships."

New client information

Preparing to meet with your lawyer

Before meeting with a lawyer, it is helpful to prepare a summary of the facts about your situation. In many cases, it is helpful to create a chronology of events, which can be sent to the lawyer prior to the first meeting so that legal issues can be identified and more meaningful questions can be explored at the meeting. It is also critical that your lawyer knows any particular facts or unique circumstances about either the matter or your business or personal situation that might affect the case. Sometimes this is difficult to determine in advance. If you are in doubt, raise it with your lawyer. The information you give to your lawyer will be privileged. This means that it cannot and will not be disclosed to anyone without your consent.

Practice areas

We provide our clients with representation and legal expertise in a wide range of practice areas. Our lawyers work together in specialist teams, sharing their knowledge, within the firm and across the borders. We have a pragmatic approach to the cases we handle, whether in litigation or out of court.

We are dedicated to forming long-term, ongoing relationships with our clients. We do this by placing a strong emphasis on personal contact with our clients and by charging competitive rates.

Transport & International Trade

The Transport and international trade team focuses on all legal issues concerning international land and sea transport. The wet practice is an international litigation practice. With our 24hr Emergence Responce service, we are always available for urgent matters in the field of transport, port and trade, even outside office hours.

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Insurance & Liability

The Practice Group Insurance & Liability has a wealth of experience in dealing with a wide range of cases. The Practice Group Insurance & Liability assists and acts against insurance companies as well as other parties in respect of claims based on e.g. damage of goods, transport damage, personal injury and liability for (professional) faults.

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The practice group Business assists clients in all matters pertaining their business. International and national companies seek the expertise of our lawyers on a variety of issues. Wherever necessary, the team cooperates with the specialized lawyers of other practice groups, e.g. Employment, Insurance, Intellectual Property Rights and Transport.

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Real Estate

Besides their advisory role in drafting development agreements and cooperation agreements, the lawyers of this team litigate before the Dutch Courts and the Court of Arbitration for the Building Industry in the Netherlands. The Practice Group acts for project developers, building contractors, public government agencies and lessors and lessees of real estate.

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Our Practice Group Employment assists both employers and employees. Clients are national and international companies, governmental agencies, professional associations and individuals.

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Contact us

RotterdamOffice (6th floor)
Westblaak 179
3012 KJ Rotterdam