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


Disputes are often best settled by mutual consent, with no outside interference of any third party such as a judge. In particular family conflicts, where the parties consist of (former) spouses, parents, children, heirs or persons involved in a financial guardianship, guardianship or personal guardianship.

Communication often ceases during problems involving family as emotions, lack of understanding and suspicion continue to mount. When guided by the mediator, emotions often subside, lack of understanding becomes empathy and suspicion becomes trust. Subsequently, people can discuss the real issues and get to work in finding a solution, with no hidden agendas and respecting each other's interests. Studies show that the factors below are highly determinative for whether or not a mediation succeeds:

  • A quick solution
    On average, mediation is completed within a matter of months, sometimes even within a matter of weeks or through a single conversation lasting several hours.
  • Preserve the relationship
    During mediation, everyone gets the chance to say whatever is on their chest and to work things out. Afterwards, you can jointly find the solution. In family cases it is often of great importance to have parties keep in touch with each other, or at least ensure that they can keep talking to each other, both during and after the mediation. To ensure proper arrangements for care as well as the raising and development of children, it is important to maintain good relations between the parents. The so-called "parenting on" is essential to children.
  • Maintain control
    This is one of the key aspects of mediation. You decide, together with the other party, what you agree to and what ends up in a contract. It is not up to a judge to decide how the conflict is resolved. You remain in the driver's seat.
  • Made to measure
    A court case is all about the legal aspects of the dispute. During mediation, you try to find a joint solution for everything surrounding the dispute. It is a win-win situation.