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 www.smeetsgijbels.com).
Willem de Vries will continue his current practice at the law firm ScheerSanders Advocaten in (2585 ED) The Hague at the Nassauplein 36 (see www.scheersanders.nl).
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 www.silkadvocaten.nl).
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 www.rayajorna.nl).
Since graduating from Leiden University in 2004, Machteld Verboom has been active as a lawyer specialising in family law. She focuses on matters of visitation and parental authority, as well as disputes concerning the division of the community of goods or the wrapping up of the prenuptial agreement. She also has extensive experience with other topics of family law, such as guardianship. Part of her practice consists of (divorce) mediations, in which she supports the future former spouses in coming to agreements. When doing so, she also pays attention to the best interests and opinions of the children.
In many cases, she manages to resolve the dispute by mutual consent and to have the agreements put to paper. This avoids lengthy and cumbersome proceedings in court. Maintaining good contact with the opposing party's lawyer, is essential. She is an active member of the association for Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vereniging Familierecht Advocaten Scheidingsmediators, vFAS), where she graduated cum laude from the legal specialisation. Should it not be possible to come to an arrangement with the other party, she will take the case to court. Should this happen, she can easily hold her own.
Her approach consists of engagement, quality and being easy to reach. She wants to support her clients during a difficult time in their lives and work with them in achieving a good and sustainable outcome.
Machteld is a member of the association for Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vereniging Familierecht Advocaten Scheidingsmediators, vFAS), de Jonge Balie Den Haag and the Federation of Mediators in the Netherlands (Mediatorsfederatie Nederland, MfN). She is also a member of the Hague delegation of the Assembly of Delegates (since 2013), family law lecturer at the Jonge Balie Den Haag (since 2012) and regional coordinator Amsterdam for the vFAS. Machteld is married and has two daughters and one son.