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

van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators over ons
Willem de Vries

Willem de Vries


  • Attorney since October 1978


  • Army service ROAG (Reserve Officier Academisch Gevormd) Law division Dutch army (1977-1978)
  • Notary Law, University Groningen (graduated in 1977) - Dutch Law, University Groningen (graduated in 1975)


  • July 2012-until present: founder/partner/attorney van Hilten de Vries van Ruitenbeek Attorneys & Mediators, The Hague
  • 2006 until July 2012: partner/attorney Krans & van Hilten Attorneys, The Hague
  • 1996 until 2006: deputy State advocate
  • 1984 until 2006: partner/attorney Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn,The Hague
  • 1978 until 1984: attorney Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn, The Hague

Additional activities:

  • President H.L.T.C. Leimonias (2009-present)
  • President Supervisory Council of the The Hague Bar (2001-2003)
  • Member of Board of Representatives (dept. The Hague) (2000-present)
  • Boardmember Haagsche Nutsscholen (1998-2001)
  • Member Supervisory Council of the The Hague Bar (1996-2001)
  • Member/vice chair Young Bar Association The Hague (1980-1982)
  • Member Young Bar cabaret The Hague (1979-1984)
  • (Honorary) Member pleading society Iustitia et Amicitia
  • Chairman Round Table 123 40+

Other additional activities:

  • Deputy judge of subdistrict court Delft (1994-present)


  • Association of tenancy attorneys (VHA)
  • Association of agricultural law attorneys (VARA)
  • Association of home owners House of Father Tuck (student house Groningen) / founder/initiator/honorary member
  • H.L.T.C. Leimonias (tennis club, The Hague)
  • Royal Dutch Golf & Country Club, handicap 16
  • De Nieuwe of Littéraire Sociëteit De Witte (Literary Society de Witte)

Tennis, golf, reading, cabaret, travelling