Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators closes down as of November 1st

The partners of Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators at Amsterdam and The Hague have by mutual agreement decided to end their collaboration.

Emma Kostense will continue her current practice at the law firm SmeetsGijbels in (1071 KP) Amsterdam at the Jacob Obrechtstraat 70 (see

Willem de Vries will continue his current practice at the law firm ScheerSanders Advocaten in (2585 ED) The Hague at the Nassauplein 36 (see

Margreet Ruijgrok, Monique Beijersbergen, Coen van den End, Sabrina De Jong en Zoë Vis will launch a new law firm named Silk Advocaten en Mediators. Silk Advocaten en Mediators will be located at the current address in (1075 HJ) Amsterdam at De Lairessestraat 129 and in (2596 AL) The Hague at the Zuid Hollandlaan 7 (Spaces) (see

Edith van Ruitenbeek will discontinue her law practice and will focus on other professional activities.

Raya Oranje-Jorna will launch a law firm in (2514 AB) The Hague at the Koninginnegracht 19, named Raya Jorna Advocaat en Mediator (see



  • Attorney since February 1997
  • vFAS mediator since 2002
  • International ADR mediator since 2011
  • Registered mediator (NMI; now MFN) since 2002
  • Certified collaborative divorce attorney since 2012


  • Training Collaborative Divorce attorney (2012)
  • vFAS Specialist training family law (2005)
  • vFAS Mediation Training (2002)
  • Dutch Law, UniversityLeiden (1996)
  • Certificat Pratique de la langue Française, Université Grenoble III (F) (1986)
  • Math, Radboud University Nijmegen (graduated in 1981)


  • July 2012 until present: Founder/partner/attorney van Hilten de Vries van Ruitenbeek Attorneys & Mediators, The Hague
  • 2001 until 1 July 2012: Partner/attorney Krans & Van Hilten Attorneys, The Hague
  • 1997 until 2001: Attorney Meijer cs attorneys and fiscalists, The Hague
  • 1988 until 1997: Policy officer TNO, Delft
  • 1986 until 1988: Translator French-English in engineering company BIG, Grenoble (F)
  • 1984 until 1986: Management assistant at Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica, Amsterdam
  • 1982 until 1984: Math teacher Revius Scholengemeenschap Deventer

Additional activities:

  • 2015 - until present: member of de Board of Directors of 'Wereldkinderen'
  • 2010 - until 2013: member National projectgroup Dutch courts on allocation and settlement
  • 2008 - until present: several columns on family law
  • 2007 - until present: member committee family and juvenile Supervisory Council The Hague
  • 2002 until 2010: teacher permanente education for lawyers


  • vFAS (Association of Family Lawyers and Divorce Mediators)
  • NMI (Dutch mediation institute), now: MfN - NJV (Dutch society of lawyers)
  • VCDH (Society Collaborative Divorce Holland), now: VvCP
  • IACP (International Academy of Collaborative Professionals)
  • OLTC (Oegstgeester Lawn Tennis Club)

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