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Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators is specialised in family and inheritance law, with branches in The Hague and Amsterdam. This allows us to better service our (international) clients. Founded in 1988 as a general law practice, the firm grew into one of the Netherlands' largest experts on family law. Some of our lawyers also have extensive experience in disciplinary law and real estate, making it possible for our firm to properly deal with related issues as well.

A divorce or other family issue will often turn everything on its head. What to do and where to begin, if you want to avoid making the wrong decisions from the start? We are there to guide the client through this difficult process. To take away, as much as possible, the burdens of a difficult time. To offer structure. Because of its complexity, a family issue often requires a multi-disciplinary approach. Consider the children, the own home, the business, the dividing up of the assets and any additional real estate (abroad). Many aspects are involved. That is why we cooperate closely with civil-law notaries, child experts, tax lawyers, accountants and pension advisers. With the client, we chart the landscape and take stock of wishes and interests. We ensure that the client gets the full picture and is able to take control of the situation once more.

Professional, Personal & Engaged
The personal connection between the lawyer and the client is essential. Especially when it concerns personal matters such as where children are involved, or a divorce or an inheritance. We would like to invite you to come by our offices to meet us for coffee, with no further obligations. Please call for an appointment. We are also available outside of office hours and, if necessary, can make an appointment within 24 hours.


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Emma Kostense is a partner and co-founder of Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators. In 1988 she started her own firm in The Hague together with Lineke Krans, working under the name Krans & Van Hilten, a firm with a more general practice. At the time, Emma was active as Emma van Hilten. Prior to starting her own firm, she learned the ins and outs of the legal profession by working at major law firms for over 10 years. In 2012 she was the co-founder of family law firm Van Hilten de Vries van Ruitenbeek Advocaten & Mediators, known per 1 January 2017 as Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators.

Until 2012, Emma was also very much active in the field of employment law and personal injury, but specialisation is all but required in this day and age. Emma chose family law, as this is a field that allows her to leverage her relevant life experience. Services made to measure, as well as personal contact with clients, are important to Emma.

In addition to being a lawyer, Emma has also been a mediator since 1999. She believes in the principle that clients should stay in charge as much as possible, even during often difficult times in their lives. She is an active lawyer specialising in collaborative divorce and co-founder of the team Collaborative Divorce Randstad (Overlegscheiding Randstad). Emma enjoys working with other professionals. She prefers a multi-disciplinary approach. As a mediator, she is often brought in on cases involving employment law and personal injury. After all, Emma has more than shown her worth as a lawyer in these fields, giving her deeper insight into the problems while also facilitating the parties in finding a solution in her role as mediator.

Emma's clients are generally medical specialists, members of the judiciary, independent professionals, entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals. Emma has management experience in many areas. For the past 14 years she has been deputy judge at the Court of Appeal of Amsterdam, the last 6 of which she was also deputy judge at the family division of the Court of Appeal Arnhem-Leeuwarden. Emma is married and has 3 children.

résumé

Profession:

  • Attorney since August 1976
  • ADR mediator since September 2011
  • Registered mediator (NMI) since 1999
  • Certified collaborative divorce attorney since 2011

Education:

  • Strategic Coaching (2016)
  • Commissarissen Cyclus Nyenrode (2011)
  • Training Collaborative Divorce attorney (2011)
  • Mediation Training NMI (1999)
  • Dutch Law, University Leiden (graduated in 1976)

Career:

  • July 2012 - until present: Founder/partner/attorney Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators (previous Van Hilten de Vries van Ruitenbeek Advocaten & Mediators), The Hague and Amsterdam
  • 1988 until 1 July 2012: Founder/partner/attorney Krans & Van Hilten Attorneys, The Hague
  • 1980 until 1988: Attorney Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn, The Hague
  • 1976 until 1980: Attorney Houthoff Buruma, Rotterdam

Additional activities:

  • Member WOCD-commission with regard to the position of the victim in the criminal trial (2012)
  • Member LetMe Mediators (2004-2012)
  • Chairman Departement 's-Gravenhage van de Maatschappij (2000-2008)
  • Member Kwaliteitscommissie LSA (2000-2008)
  • Congresschairperson ANP-congres (personal injury) (2008)
  • Member Board of Discipline The Hague (2002-2007)
  • Talks/interviews regarding family law, personal injury, mediation and Collaborative Divorce
  • Member Supervisory Council The Hague Bar (1990-1997)
  • Supervisory Council Provinciale Kruisvereniging Zuid-Holland (the ‘80s)
  • Board Haagse Kruisvereniging (the ‘80s)
  • Member Young Bar Cabaret The Hague (1980-1983)
  • Member Young Bar Rotterdam (end ’70s)
  • Boardmember/chairman several music and theatre groups

Other additional activities:

  • Deputy Justice Amsterdam court (2001- present)
  • Deputy Justice Arnhem-Leeuwarden court, Leeuwarden (2001 – present)

Memberships:

  • NMI (Dutch Mediation Institute)
  • ADR International Register
  • VCDH (Society Collaborative Divorce Holland)
  • IACP (the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals)
  • De Nieuwe of Littéraire Sociëteit De Witte
  • De Maatschappij
  • H.L.T.C. Leimonias (tennisclub)

Hobbies:
Opera, classical music, cabaret, theatre plays, reading, tennis, jogging

Willem de Vries specialises in inheritance law, disciplinary law and real estate. His extensive practical knowledge, his capacity of empathy and his years of experience make him a much sought-after sparring partner for both clients and co-workers. As a member of the Supervisory Board and as dean, Willem was active for many years in managing the Bar Association of the Hague. In that capacity, he obtained much expertise in advising and mediating in business and other conflicts. The combination of practical and management experience, as well as his years spent as deputy judge in Delft (from 1994 onwards) render him a solid lawyer who can be deployed in many situations, a "trusted advisor". Willem is known to be truly at home in the courtroom. Pleading comes natural to him, but his motto remains "sue if necessary, settle if possible".

He started in 1978 at Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn in The Hague, was lawyer-partner at that firm from 1984 to 2006 and deputy State's Attorney from 1996 to 2006. In 2006 he joined Krans & van Hilten Advocaten, the current Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators, as lawyer-partner. Amongst other things, Willem is a member of the Association of Lease Law Lawyers (Vereniging van Huurrecht Advocaten, VHA) and the Association of Agrarian Law Lawyers (Vereniging van Agrarisch Recht Advocaten, VARA). Willem is married and has four children.

résumé

Profession:

  • Attorney since October 1978

Education:

  • 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)

Career:

  • 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)

Memberships:

  • 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)

Hobbies:
Tennis, golf, reading, cabaret, travelling

Emma Kostense is a partner and co-founder of Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators. In 1988 she started her own firm in The Hague together with Lineke Krans, working under the name Krans & Van Hilten, a firm with a more general practice. At the time, Emma was active as Emma van Hilten. Prior to starting her own firm, she learned the ins and outs of the legal profession by working at major law firms for over 10 years. In 2012 she was the co-founder of family law firm Van Hilten de Vries van Ruitenbeek Advocaten & Mediators, known per 1 January 2017 as Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators.

Until 2012, Emma was also very much active in the field of employment law and personal injury, but specialisation is all but required in this day and age. Emma chose family law, as this is a field that allows her to leverage her relevant life experience. Services made to measure, as well as personal contact with clients, are important to Emma.

In addition to being a lawyer, Emma has also been a mediator since 1999. She believes in the principle that clients should stay in charge as much as possible, even during often difficult times in their lives. She is an active lawyer specialising in collaborative divorce and co-founder of the team Collaborative Divorce Randstad (Overlegscheiding Randstad). Emma enjoys working with other professionals. She prefers a multi-disciplinary approach. As a mediator, she is often brought in on cases involving employment law and personal injury. After all, Emma has more than shown her worth as a lawyer in these fields, giving her deeper insight into the problems while also facilitating the parties in finding a solution in her role as mediator.

Emma's clients are generally medical specialists, members of the judiciary, independent professionals, entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals. Emma has management experience in many areas. For the past 14 years she has been deputy judge at the Court of Appeal of Amsterdam, the last 6 of which she was also deputy judge at the family division of the Court of Appeal Arnhem-Leeuwarden. Emma is married and has 3 children.

résumé

Profession:

  • Attorney since August 1976
  • ADR mediator since September 2011
  • Registered mediator (NMI) since 1999
  • Certified collaborative divorce attorney since 2011

Education:

  • Strategic Coaching (2016)
  • Commissarissen Cyclus Nyenrode (2011)
  • Training Collaborative Divorce attorney (2011)
  • Mediation Training NMI (1999)
  • Dutch Law, University Leiden (graduated in 1976)

Career:

  • July 2012 - until present: Founder/partner/attorney Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators (previous Van Hilten de Vries van Ruitenbeek Advocaten & Mediators), The Hague and Amsterdam
  • 1988 until 1 July 2012: Founder/partner/attorney Krans & Van Hilten Attorneys, The Hague
  • 1980 until 1988: Attorney Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn, The Hague
  • 1976 until 1980: Attorney Houthoff Buruma, Rotterdam

Additional activities:

  • Member WOCD-commission with regard to the position of the victim in the criminal trial (2012)
  • Member LetMe Mediators (2004-2012)
  • Chairman Departement 's-Gravenhage van de Maatschappij (2000-2008)
  • Member Kwaliteitscommissie LSA (2000-2008)
  • Congresschairperson ANP-congres (personal injury) (2008)
  • Member Board of Discipline The Hague (2002-2007)
  • Talks/interviews regarding family law, personal injury, mediation and Collaborative Divorce
  • Member Supervisory Council The Hague Bar (1990-1997)
  • Supervisory Council Provinciale Kruisvereniging Zuid-Holland (the ‘80s)
  • Board Haagse Kruisvereniging (the ‘80s)
  • Member Young Bar Cabaret The Hague (1980-1983)
  • Member Young Bar Rotterdam (end ’70s)
  • Boardmember/chairman several music and theatre groups

Other additional activities:

  • Deputy Justice Amsterdam court (2001- present)
  • Deputy Justice Arnhem-Leeuwarden court, Leeuwarden (2001 – present)

Memberships:

  • NMI (Dutch Mediation Institute)
  • ADR International Register
  • VCDH (Society Collaborative Divorce Holland)
  • IACP (the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals)
  • De Nieuwe of Littéraire Sociëteit De Witte
  • De Maatschappij
  • H.L.T.C. Leimonias (tennisclub)

Hobbies:
Opera, classical music, cabaret, theatre plays, reading, tennis, jogging

Willem de Vries specialises in inheritance law, disciplinary law and real estate. His extensive practical knowledge, his capacity of empathy and his years of experience make him a much sought-after sparring partner for both clients and co-workers. As a member of the Supervisory Board and as dean, Willem was active for many years in managing the Bar Association of the Hague. In that capacity, he obtained much expertise in advising and mediating in business and other conflicts. The combination of practical and management experience, as well as his years spent as deputy judge in Delft (from 1994 onwards) render him a solid lawyer who can be deployed in many situations, a "trusted advisor". Willem is known to be truly at home in the courtroom. Pleading comes natural to him, but his motto remains "sue if necessary, settle if possible".

He started in 1978 at Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn in The Hague, was lawyer-partner at that firm from 1984 to 2006 and deputy State's Attorney from 1996 to 2006. In 2006 he joined Krans & van Hilten Advocaten, the current Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators, as lawyer-partner. Amongst other things, Willem is a member of the Association of Lease Law Lawyers (Vereniging van Huurrecht Advocaten, VHA) and the Association of Agrarian Law Lawyers (Vereniging van Agrarisch Recht Advocaten, VARA). Willem is married and has four children.

résumé

Profession:

  • Attorney since October 1978

Education:

  • 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)

Career:

  • 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)

Memberships:

  • 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)

Hobbies:
Tennis, golf, reading, cabaret, travelling

Having had her own firm in Amsterdam for many years, Margreet Ruijgrok joined Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators per 1 January 2017. She is both a lawyer-partner and managing partner at the firm's Amsterdam branch.

Margreet has nearly thirty years' experience as a lawyer and extensive experience as a mediator. She specialises in inheritance law and family law and has been a member of the association for Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vereniging Familierecht Advocaten Scheidingsmediators, vFAS) since 1996. She completed the specialisation in inheritance law at the Law Practice Academy (Academie voor de Rechtspraktijk). Margreet is a skilled and driven professional, who will do her utmost best for her clients.

In one of her additional positions, Margreet is regional coordinator for the association for the vFAS for the Amsterdam region. She has also been a member of the Assembly of Delegates of the Amsterdam Bar Association since 2011. Margreet is married and has two children.

résumé

Profession:

  • Lawyer (sworn in per February 1989)
  • Mediator

Education:

  • She completed the specialisation in inheritance law at the Law Practice Academy (Academie voor de Rechtspraktijk), 2016.
  • Trained as mediator, Association of Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vFAS) (2012)
  • Various courses in Italian (2010 to present)
  • Specialisation family law, Association of Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vFAS) (2006)
  • Professional education as a lawyer (1989 to 1992)
  • Studied Law at Leiden University (1982 to 1988)
  • VWO, Nederlandsch Lyceum Den Haag (final exams 1982)

Career:

  • January 2017 to present: lawyer-partner at Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators in Amsterdam
  • January 2005 to January 2017: managing director/owner of Advocatenkantoor Ruijgrok in Amsterdam
  • 1994 to 2005: lawyer-partner at Advocatenkantoor De Lauwere Ruijgrok Advocaten in Weesp
  • 1992 to 1994: lawyer at Advocatenkantoor Fontijn in The Hague
  • 1989 to 1992: lawyer at Advocatenkantoor Duijm in Alphen aan den Rijn
  • 1988 to 1989: stewardess with KLM
  • 1982 to 1988: primary assistant to estate agent D. Egan in Wassenaar

Memberships:

  • Association of Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vFAS) (1996 to present)
  • Student association Quintus in Leiden (1982 to 1988)

Secondary activities:

  • Regional coordinator Amsterdam of the Association of Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vFAS) (2010 to present)
  • Member of the Assembly of Delegates of the Amsterdam Bar Association (2012 to present)

Hobbies:
Playing the clarinet, Italian, cooking, running, fashion design and creation

Having had her own firm in Amsterdam for many years, Margreet Ruijgrok joined Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators per 1 January 2017. She is both a lawyer-partner and managing partner at the firm's Amsterdam branch.

Margreet has nearly thirty years' experience as a lawyer and extensive experience as a mediator. She specialises in inheritance law and family law and has been a member of the association for Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vereniging Familierecht Advocaten Scheidingsmediators, vFAS) since 1996. She completed the specialisation in inheritance law at the Law Practice Academy (Academie voor de Rechtspraktijk). Margreet is a skilled and driven professional, who will do her utmost best for her clients.

In one of her additional positions, Margreet is regional coordinator for the association for the vFAS for the Amsterdam region. She has also been a member of the Assembly of Delegates of the Amsterdam Bar Association since 2011. Margreet is married and has two children.

résumé

Profession:

  • Lawyer (sworn in per February 1989)
  • Mediator

Education:

  • She completed the specialisation in inheritance law at the Law Practice Academy (Academie voor de Rechtspraktijk), 2016.
  • Trained as mediator, Association of Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vFAS) (2012)
  • Various courses in Italian (2010 to present)
  • Specialisation family law, Association of Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vFAS) (2006)
  • Professional education as a lawyer (1989 to 1992)
  • Studied Law at Leiden University (1982 to 1988)
  • VWO, Nederlandsch Lyceum Den Haag (final exams 1982)

Career:

  • January 2017 to present: lawyer-partner at Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators in Amsterdam
  • January 2005 to January 2017: managing director/owner of Advocatenkantoor Ruijgrok in Amsterdam
  • 1994 to 2005: lawyer-partner at Advocatenkantoor De Lauwere Ruijgrok Advocaten in Weesp
  • 1992 to 1994: lawyer at Advocatenkantoor Fontijn in The Hague
  • 1989 to 1992: lawyer at Advocatenkantoor Duijm in Alphen aan den Rijn
  • 1988 to 1989: stewardess with KLM
  • 1982 to 1988: primary assistant to estate agent D. Egan in Wassenaar

Memberships:

  • Association of Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vFAS) (1996 to present)
  • Student association Quintus in Leiden (1982 to 1988)

Secondary activities:

  • Regional coordinator Amsterdam of the Association of Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vFAS) (2010 to present)
  • Member of the Assembly of Delegates of the Amsterdam Bar Association (2012 to present)

Hobbies:
Playing the clarinet, Italian, cooking, running, fashion design and creation

Specialising in family law, Raya Oranje-Jorna primarily handles complex divorce cases and disputes on maintenance. As a lawyer or collaborative divorce lawyer for either party, or as mediator for both parties. Raya is particularly drawn to cases involving entrepreneurs, independent professionals or medical specialists. In doing her work, she is constantly aware of the fact that relationships and connections continue to exist. That is why she is passionate about finding sustainable solutions rather than fighting time- and money-consuming court battles. But if legal proceedings are where parts of the solution are to be found, she will pursue these, fervently.

Raya has been a lawyer-partner at Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators since 2015. Prior to that, since 1992, she worked as a family law lawyer at firms including Nauta Dutilh in Rotterdam and Salomons van der Valk advocaten in The Hague. She also spent some time as a lecturer at the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam. Raya is a registered divorce mediator and is often appointed as mediator by the courts. In addition, she is also, among other things, a member of Collaborative Divorce Holland (Overlegscheiden Holland), the association for Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vereniging Familierecht Advocaten Scheidingsmediators, vFAS), the Federation of Mediators in the Netherlands (Mediatorsfederatie Nederland, MfN), the Association of Collaborative Professionals (Vereniging van Collaborative Professionals, VvCP) and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP). Her additional positions include membership in the committee for the code of conduct within the vFAS. Raya is married and has three children.

résumé

Profession:

  • Attorney, admitted to the Bar in 1992 and 2000
  • Registered mediator (vFAS and MfN)
  • Certified collaborative divorce lawyer (VvCP) since 2009

Education:

  • Training collaborative divorce lawyer (2009)
  • vFAS mediation training (2007-2008)
  • vFAS specialisation family law in 2006
  • European law Universitat Autonoma Barcelona (1991-1992)
  • Dutch law, Leiden University, graduated in 1992

Career:

  • 1 November 2015- present: attorney/partner at van Hilten de Vries van Ruitenbeek Attorneys & Mediators, The Hague
  • September 2009- November 2015, attorney and mediator at Salomons van der Valk Attorneys, The Hague
  • January 2007-September 2009: founder/attorney and mediator at Oranje Jorna advocatuur & scheidingsbemiddelilng
  • 2001 – 2007 attorney at Krans & van Hilten
  • 1998-1999 teacher Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • 1992-1997 attorney NautaDutilh Rotterdam

Memberships:

  • Collaborative divorce Holland
  • vFAS (society of family law attorneys and mediators)
  • MfN (mediation federation Nederland)
  • VvCP (society of Collaborative Professionals)
  • IACP (International Academy of Collaborative Professionals)
  • The Hague Road Runners
  • Alumna LSA Minerva, Leiden

Additional activities:

  • Member small committee rules of conduct vFAS
  • 1998-2001 Recorder at the Examiners of the professional education of the Dutch Bar Association
  • Member participation committee of the Wolters school

Hobbies:
Pilates, skiing, jogging, ballet, opera, music, films, cooking, reading and travelling

Emma Kostense is a partner and co-founder of Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators. In 1988 she started her own firm in The Hague together with Lineke Krans, working under the name Krans & Van Hilten, a firm with a more general practice. At the time, Emma was active as Emma van Hilten. Prior to starting her own firm, she learned the ins and outs of the legal profession by working at major law firms for over 10 years. In 2012 she was the co-founder of family law firm Van Hilten de Vries van Ruitenbeek Advocaten & Mediators, known per 1 January 2017 as Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators.

Until 2012, Emma was also very much active in the field of employment law and personal injury, but specialisation is all but required in this day and age. Emma chose family law, as this is a field that allows her to leverage her relevant life experience. Services made to measure, as well as personal contact with clients, are important to Emma.

In addition to being a lawyer, Emma has also been a mediator since 1999. She believes in the principle that clients should stay in charge as much as possible, even during often difficult times in their lives. She is an active lawyer specialising in collaborative divorce and co-founder of the team Collaborative Divorce Randstad (Overlegscheiding Randstad). Emma enjoys working with other professionals. She prefers a multi-disciplinary approach. As a mediator, she is often brought in on cases involving employment law and personal injury. After all, Emma has more than shown her worth as a lawyer in these fields, giving her deeper insight into the problems while also facilitating the parties in finding a solution in her role as mediator.

Emma's clients are generally medical specialists, members of the judiciary, independent professionals, entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals. Emma has management experience in many areas. For the past 14 years she has been deputy judge at the Court of Appeal of Amsterdam, the last 6 of which she was also deputy judge at the family division of the Court of Appeal Arnhem-Leeuwarden. Emma is married and has 3 children.

résumé

Profession:

  • Attorney since August 1976
  • ADR mediator since September 2011
  • Registered mediator (NMI) since 1999
  • Certified collaborative divorce attorney since 2011

Education:

  • Strategic Coaching (2016)
  • Commissarissen Cyclus Nyenrode (2011)
  • Training Collaborative Divorce attorney (2011)
  • Mediation Training NMI (1999)
  • Dutch Law, University Leiden (graduated in 1976)

Career:

  • July 2012 - until present: Founder/partner/attorney Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators (previous Van Hilten de Vries van Ruitenbeek Advocaten & Mediators), The Hague and Amsterdam
  • 1988 until 1 July 2012: Founder/partner/attorney Krans & Van Hilten Attorneys, The Hague
  • 1980 until 1988: Attorney Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn, The Hague
  • 1976 until 1980: Attorney Houthoff Buruma, Rotterdam

Additional activities:

  • Member WOCD-commission with regard to the position of the victim in the criminal trial (2012)
  • Member LetMe Mediators (2004-2012)
  • Chairman Departement 's-Gravenhage van de Maatschappij (2000-2008)
  • Member Kwaliteitscommissie LSA (2000-2008)
  • Congresschairperson ANP-congres (personal injury) (2008)
  • Member Board of Discipline The Hague (2002-2007)
  • Talks/interviews regarding family law, personal injury, mediation and Collaborative Divorce
  • Member Supervisory Council The Hague Bar (1990-1997)
  • Supervisory Council Provinciale Kruisvereniging Zuid-Holland (the ‘80s)
  • Board Haagse Kruisvereniging (the ‘80s)
  • Member Young Bar Cabaret The Hague (1980-1983)
  • Member Young Bar Rotterdam (end ’70s)
  • Boardmember/chairman several music and theatre groups

Other additional activities:

  • Deputy Justice Amsterdam court (2001- present)
  • Deputy Justice Arnhem-Leeuwarden court, Leeuwarden (2001 – present)

Memberships:

  • NMI (Dutch Mediation Institute)
  • ADR International Register
  • VCDH (Society Collaborative Divorce Holland)
  • IACP (the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals)
  • De Nieuwe of Littéraire Sociëteit De Witte
  • De Maatschappij
  • H.L.T.C. Leimonias (tennisclub)

Hobbies:
Opera, classical music, cabaret, theatre plays, reading, tennis, jogging

Willem de Vries specialises in inheritance law, disciplinary law and real estate. His extensive practical knowledge, his capacity of empathy and his years of experience make him a much sought-after sparring partner for both clients and co-workers. As a member of the Supervisory Board and as dean, Willem was active for many years in managing the Bar Association of the Hague. In that capacity, he obtained much expertise in advising and mediating in business and other conflicts. The combination of practical and management experience, as well as his years spent as deputy judge in Delft (from 1994 onwards) render him a solid lawyer who can be deployed in many situations, a "trusted advisor". Willem is known to be truly at home in the courtroom. Pleading comes natural to him, but his motto remains "sue if necessary, settle if possible".

He started in 1978 at Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn in The Hague, was lawyer-partner at that firm from 1984 to 2006 and deputy State's Attorney from 1996 to 2006. In 2006 he joined Krans & van Hilten Advocaten, the current Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators, as lawyer-partner. Amongst other things, Willem is a member of the Association of Lease Law Lawyers (Vereniging van Huurrecht Advocaten, VHA) and the Association of Agrarian Law Lawyers (Vereniging van Agrarisch Recht Advocaten, VARA). Willem is married and has four children.

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Profession:

  • Attorney since October 1978

Education:

  • 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)

Career:

  • 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)

Memberships:

  • 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)

Hobbies:
Tennis, golf, reading, cabaret, travelling

Having had her own firm in Amsterdam for many years, Margreet Ruijgrok joined Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators per 1 January 2017. She is both a lawyer-partner and managing partner at the firm's Amsterdam branch.

Margreet has nearly thirty years' experience as a lawyer and extensive experience as a mediator. She specialises in inheritance law and family law and has been a member of the association for Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vereniging Familierecht Advocaten Scheidingsmediators, vFAS) since 1996. She completed the specialisation in inheritance law at the Law Practice Academy (Academie voor de Rechtspraktijk). Margreet is a skilled and driven professional, who will do her utmost best for her clients.

In one of her additional positions, Margreet is regional coordinator for the association for the vFAS for the Amsterdam region. She has also been a member of the Assembly of Delegates of the Amsterdam Bar Association since 2011. Margreet is married and has two children.

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Profession:

  • Lawyer (sworn in per February 1989)
  • Mediator

Education:

  • She completed the specialisation in inheritance law at the Law Practice Academy (Academie voor de Rechtspraktijk), 2016.
  • Trained as mediator, Association of Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vFAS) (2012)
  • Various courses in Italian (2010 to present)
  • Specialisation family law, Association of Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vFAS) (2006)
  • Professional education as a lawyer (1989 to 1992)
  • Studied Law at Leiden University (1982 to 1988)
  • VWO, Nederlandsch Lyceum Den Haag (final exams 1982)

Career:

  • January 2017 to present: lawyer-partner at Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators in Amsterdam
  • January 2005 to January 2017: managing director/owner of Advocatenkantoor Ruijgrok in Amsterdam
  • 1994 to 2005: lawyer-partner at Advocatenkantoor De Lauwere Ruijgrok Advocaten in Weesp
  • 1992 to 1994: lawyer at Advocatenkantoor Fontijn in The Hague
  • 1989 to 1992: lawyer at Advocatenkantoor Duijm in Alphen aan den Rijn
  • 1988 to 1989: stewardess with KLM
  • 1982 to 1988: primary assistant to estate agent D. Egan in Wassenaar

Memberships:

  • Association of Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vFAS) (1996 to present)
  • Student association Quintus in Leiden (1982 to 1988)

Secondary activities:

  • Regional coordinator Amsterdam of the Association of Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vFAS) (2010 to present)
  • Member of the Assembly of Delegates of the Amsterdam Bar Association (2012 to present)

Hobbies:
Playing the clarinet, Italian, cooking, running, fashion design and creation

Specialising in family law, Raya Oranje-Jorna primarily handles complex divorce cases and disputes on maintenance. As a lawyer or collaborative divorce lawyer for either party, or as mediator for both parties. Raya is particularly drawn to cases involving entrepreneurs, independent professionals or medical specialists. In doing her work, she is constantly aware of the fact that relationships and connections continue to exist. That is why she is passionate about finding sustainable solutions rather than fighting time- and money-consuming court battles. But if legal proceedings are where parts of the solution are to be found, she will pursue these, fervently.

Raya has been a lawyer-partner at Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators since 2015. Prior to that, since 1992, she worked as a family law lawyer at firms including Nauta Dutilh in Rotterdam and Salomons van der Valk advocaten in The Hague. She also spent some time as a lecturer at the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam. Raya is a registered divorce mediator and is often appointed as mediator by the courts. In addition, she is also, among other things, a member of Collaborative Divorce Holland (Overlegscheiden Holland), the association for Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vereniging Familierecht Advocaten Scheidingsmediators, vFAS), the Federation of Mediators in the Netherlands (Mediatorsfederatie Nederland, MfN), the Association of Collaborative Professionals (Vereniging van Collaborative Professionals, VvCP) and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP). Her additional positions include membership in the committee for the code of conduct within the vFAS. Raya is married and has three children.

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Profession:

  • Attorney, admitted to the Bar in 1992 and 2000
  • Registered mediator (vFAS and MfN)
  • Certified collaborative divorce lawyer (VvCP) since 2009

Education:

  • Training collaborative divorce lawyer (2009)
  • vFAS mediation training (2007-2008)
  • vFAS specialisation family law in 2006
  • European law Universitat Autonoma Barcelona (1991-1992)
  • Dutch law, Leiden University, graduated in 1992

Career:

  • 1 November 2015- present: attorney/partner at van Hilten de Vries van Ruitenbeek Attorneys & Mediators, The Hague
  • September 2009- November 2015, attorney and mediator at Salomons van der Valk Attorneys, The Hague
  • January 2007-September 2009: founder/attorney and mediator at Oranje Jorna advocatuur & scheidingsbemiddelilng
  • 2001 – 2007 attorney at Krans & van Hilten
  • 1998-1999 teacher Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • 1992-1997 attorney NautaDutilh Rotterdam

Memberships:

  • Collaborative divorce Holland
  • vFAS (society of family law attorneys and mediators)
  • MfN (mediation federation Nederland)
  • VvCP (society of Collaborative Professionals)
  • IACP (International Academy of Collaborative Professionals)
  • The Hague Road Runners
  • Alumna LSA Minerva, Leiden

Additional activities:

  • Member small committee rules of conduct vFAS
  • 1998-2001 Recorder at the Examiners of the professional education of the Dutch Bar Association
  • Member participation committee of the Wolters school

Hobbies:
Pilates, skiing, jogging, ballet, opera, music, films, cooking, reading and travelling

Partly because of her fluent command of French and English, but also because she is drawn to the complexity of the international dimension, Edith van Ruitenbeek-de Bekker has specialised in international and financially complex divorces. Edith van Ruitenbeek is also divorce mediator, collaborative divorce lawyer and certified inheritance mediator. Edith has a background in mathematics, but she has been a lawyer for over 20 years and is specialised in family law. She is capable of empowering clients as well as taking charge. This is partly because of her analytic strength and the fact that she is a true team player. This is also the role she plays in a network of civil-law notaries, tax lawyers, accountants and certainly when working with (child) psychologists. She regularly confers with the judiciary and other organisations regarding developments in the field of family law. She has also written various articles and given various lectures and courses in this field.

After a non-legal start to her career, she has been active as a lawyer in The Hague since 1997. In 2001 she joined Krans & Van Hilten as a lawyer, later becoming lawyer-partner. In 2012 she was a co-founder of Van Hilten de Vries van Ruitenbeek Advocaten & Mediators, the predecessor of the current Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators, one of the four largest firms specialising in family law in the Netherlands.

Among other things, Edith is a member of the Federation of Mediators in the Netherlands (Mediatorsfederatie Nederland, MfN), the Association of Collaborative Professionals (Vereniging van Collaborative Professionals, VvCP), the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), the Dutch Association of Lawyers (Nederlandse Juristen Vereniging, NJV) and the association for Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vereniging Familierecht Advocaten Scheidingsmediators, vFAS) and is linked to the Foundation for InheritanceInheritance Mediation (Stichting Nalatenschapsmediation). Her side activities include membership of the Supervisory Board of Wereldkinderen (since 2015) and member of the committee Family and Child Law for the Supervisory Board of The Hague (since 2007). Edith is married and has two children.

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Profession:

  • 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

Education:

  • 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)

Career:

  • 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

Memberships:

  • 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)

Hobbies:
Travelling, French cooking, tennis, film, art and theatre

After a period of time working as a lawyer in (international) business law practice, Marijke Overmars has devoted herself to the family law practice from 2012 onwards. Per 1 June 2017 she moved to Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators to delve further into family law. She focuses on (international) divorces with an emphasis on entrepreneurs. She has extensive experience as a mediator, but will not avoid a court procedure if an amicable consultation fails to lead to a solution. Marijke speaks fluent English and reasonable French. She is married and has 3 children.

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Profession:

  • Lawyer (sworn in 1989)

Education:

  • Refresher Programme for Lawyers at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Postgraduate education in Private, Public, Criminal and European Law Affairs (2011 to 2012)
  • Jazz and Light Music, DJAM, Amsterdam (instrument: alto saxophone, jazz theory and practical training) (2008 to 2011)
  • Various jazz courses and musical projects for the entrance exam preparation for DJAM (2004 up until 2007)
  • Professional education as a lawyer (1989 to 1990)
  • Masters in Comparative Jurisprudence, New York, USA, Fulbright student and a grant for International Private Law (1987 to 1988)
  • Studied Law at the University of Groningen (1982 to 1987)
  • High School in Santa Barbara, California (1981 to 1982)
  • VWO (Pre-university education) at Kruisheren College, Uden (final exam in 1981)

Career:

  • June 2017 onwards: Lawyer at Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators
  • 2013 to May 2017: Lawyer at De Boorder Schoots Familierechtadvocaten (Family Lawyers) in Amsterdam
  • 2012 to 2013: Lawyer at Van Beekhof Bouma Weenink in Amsterdam
  • 2000 to 2003: Human Research Manager at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Amsterdam
  • 1989 to 1999: Lawyer at Loeff Claeys Verbeke in New York / Amsterdam
  • 1988 to 1989: Trainee Lawyer at Morrison & Foerster in New York

Secondary activities:

  • Board member of Het Haarlemsche Muziekfonds (music fund)
  • Membership of the Haarlemse Rowing and Sailing Association (competition team)
  • Membership of HLTC Merlenhove (tennis competition)

Hobbies:
Jazz music, sports (rowing, tennis, skiing), art and literature

Specialising in family law, Raya Oranje-Jorna primarily handles complex divorce cases and disputes on maintenance. As a lawyer or collaborative divorce lawyer for either party, or as mediator for both parties. Raya is particularly drawn to cases involving entrepreneurs, independent professionals or medical specialists. In doing her work, she is constantly aware of the fact that relationships and connections continue to exist. That is why she is passionate about finding sustainable solutions rather than fighting time- and money-consuming court battles. But if legal proceedings are where parts of the solution are to be found, she will pursue these, fervently.

Raya has been a lawyer-partner at Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators since 2015. Prior to that, since 1992, she worked as a family law lawyer at firms including Nauta Dutilh in Rotterdam and Salomons van der Valk advocaten in The Hague. She also spent some time as a lecturer at the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam. Raya is a registered divorce mediator and is often appointed as mediator by the courts. In addition, she is also, among other things, a member of Collaborative Divorce Holland (Overlegscheiden Holland), the association for Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vereniging Familierecht Advocaten Scheidingsmediators, vFAS), the Federation of Mediators in the Netherlands (Mediatorsfederatie Nederland, MfN), the Association of Collaborative Professionals (Vereniging van Collaborative Professionals, VvCP) and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP). Her additional positions include membership in the committee for the code of conduct within the vFAS. Raya is married and has three children.

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Profession:

  • Attorney, admitted to the Bar in 1992 and 2000
  • Registered mediator (vFAS and MfN)
  • Certified collaborative divorce lawyer (VvCP) since 2009

Education:

  • Training collaborative divorce lawyer (2009)
  • vFAS mediation training (2007-2008)
  • vFAS specialisation family law in 2006
  • European law Universitat Autonoma Barcelona (1991-1992)
  • Dutch law, Leiden University, graduated in 1992

Career:

  • 1 November 2015- present: attorney/partner at van Hilten de Vries van Ruitenbeek Attorneys & Mediators, The Hague
  • September 2009- November 2015, attorney and mediator at Salomons van der Valk Attorneys, The Hague
  • January 2007-September 2009: founder/attorney and mediator at Oranje Jorna advocatuur & scheidingsbemiddelilng
  • 2001 – 2007 attorney at Krans & van Hilten
  • 1998-1999 teacher Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • 1992-1997 attorney NautaDutilh Rotterdam

Memberships:

  • Collaborative divorce Holland
  • vFAS (society of family law attorneys and mediators)
  • MfN (mediation federation Nederland)
  • VvCP (society of Collaborative Professionals)
  • IACP (International Academy of Collaborative Professionals)
  • The Hague Road Runners
  • Alumna LSA Minerva, Leiden

Additional activities:

  • Member small committee rules of conduct vFAS
  • 1998-2001 Recorder at the Examiners of the professional education of the Dutch Bar Association
  • Member participation committee of the Wolters school

Hobbies:
Pilates, skiing, jogging, ballet, opera, music, films, cooking, reading and travelling

Partly because of her fluent command of French and English, but also because she is drawn to the complexity of the international dimension, Edith van Ruitenbeek-de Bekker has specialised in international and financially complex divorces. Edith van Ruitenbeek is also divorce mediator, collaborative divorce lawyer and certified inheritance mediator. Edith has a background in mathematics, but she has been a lawyer for over 20 years and is specialised in family law. She is capable of empowering clients as well as taking charge. This is partly because of her analytic strength and the fact that she is a true team player. This is also the role she plays in a network of civil-law notaries, tax lawyers, accountants and certainly when working with (child) psychologists. She regularly confers with the judiciary and other organisations regarding developments in the field of family law. She has also written various articles and given various lectures and courses in this field.

After a non-legal start to her career, she has been active as a lawyer in The Hague since 1997. In 2001 she joined Krans & Van Hilten as a lawyer, later becoming lawyer-partner. In 2012 she was a co-founder of Van Hilten de Vries van Ruitenbeek Advocaten & Mediators, the predecessor of the current Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators, one of the four largest firms specialising in family law in the Netherlands.

Among other things, Edith is a member of the Federation of Mediators in the Netherlands (Mediatorsfederatie Nederland, MfN), the Association of Collaborative Professionals (Vereniging van Collaborative Professionals, VvCP), the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), the Dutch Association of Lawyers (Nederlandse Juristen Vereniging, NJV) and the association for Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vereniging Familierecht Advocaten Scheidingsmediators, vFAS) and is linked to the Foundation for InheritanceInheritance Mediation (Stichting Nalatenschapsmediation). Her side activities include membership of the Supervisory Board of Wereldkinderen (since 2015) and member of the committee Family and Child Law for the Supervisory Board of The Hague (since 2007). Edith is married and has two children.

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Profession:

  • 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

Education:

  • 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)

Career:

  • 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

Memberships:

  • 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)

Hobbies:
Travelling, French cooking, tennis, film, art and theatre

After a period of time working as a lawyer in (international) business law practice, Marijke Overmars has devoted herself to the family law practice from 2012 onwards. Per 1 June 2017 she moved to Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators to delve further into family law. She focuses on (international) divorces with an emphasis on entrepreneurs. She has extensive experience as a mediator, but will not avoid a court procedure if an amicable consultation fails to lead to a solution. Marijke speaks fluent English and reasonable French. She is married and has 3 children.

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Profession:

  • Lawyer (sworn in 1989)

Education:

  • Refresher Programme for Lawyers at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Postgraduate education in Private, Public, Criminal and European Law Affairs (2011 to 2012)
  • Jazz and Light Music, DJAM, Amsterdam (instrument: alto saxophone, jazz theory and practical training) (2008 to 2011)
  • Various jazz courses and musical projects for the entrance exam preparation for DJAM (2004 up until 2007)
  • Professional education as a lawyer (1989 to 1990)
  • Masters in Comparative Jurisprudence, New York, USA, Fulbright student and a grant for International Private Law (1987 to 1988)
  • Studied Law at the University of Groningen (1982 to 1987)
  • High School in Santa Barbara, California (1981 to 1982)
  • VWO (Pre-university education) at Kruisheren College, Uden (final exam in 1981)

Career:

  • June 2017 onwards: Lawyer at Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators
  • 2013 to May 2017: Lawyer at De Boorder Schoots Familierechtadvocaten (Family Lawyers) in Amsterdam
  • 2012 to 2013: Lawyer at Van Beekhof Bouma Weenink in Amsterdam
  • 2000 to 2003: Human Research Manager at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Amsterdam
  • 1989 to 1999: Lawyer at Loeff Claeys Verbeke in New York / Amsterdam
  • 1988 to 1989: Trainee Lawyer at Morrison & Foerster in New York

Secondary activities:

  • Board member of Het Haarlemsche Muziekfonds (music fund)
  • Membership of the Haarlemse Rowing and Sailing Association (competition team)
  • Membership of HLTC Merlenhove (tennis competition)

Hobbies:
Jazz music, sports (rowing, tennis, skiing), art and literature

Partly because of her fluent command of French and English, but also because she is drawn to the complexity of the international dimension, Edith van Ruitenbeek-de Bekker has specialised in international and financially complex divorces. Edith van Ruitenbeek is also divorce mediator, collaborative divorce lawyer and certified inheritance mediator. Edith has a background in mathematics, but she has been a lawyer for over 20 years and is specialised in family law. She is capable of empowering clients as well as taking charge. This is partly because of her analytic strength and the fact that she is a true team player. This is also the role she plays in a network of civil-law notaries, tax lawyers, accountants and certainly when working with (child) psychologists. She regularly confers with the judiciary and other organisations regarding developments in the field of family law. She has also written various articles and given various lectures and courses in this field.

After a non-legal start to her career, she has been active as a lawyer in The Hague since 1997. In 2001 she joined Krans & Van Hilten as a lawyer, later becoming lawyer-partner. In 2012 she was a co-founder of Van Hilten de Vries van Ruitenbeek Advocaten & Mediators, the predecessor of the current Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators, one of the four largest firms specialising in family law in the Netherlands.

Among other things, Edith is a member of the Federation of Mediators in the Netherlands (Mediatorsfederatie Nederland, MfN), the Association of Collaborative Professionals (Vereniging van Collaborative Professionals, VvCP), the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP), the Dutch Association of Lawyers (Nederlandse Juristen Vereniging, NJV) and the association for Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vereniging Familierecht Advocaten Scheidingsmediators, vFAS) and is linked to the Foundation for InheritanceInheritance Mediation (Stichting Nalatenschapsmediation). Her side activities include membership of the Supervisory Board of Wereldkinderen (since 2015) and member of the committee Family and Child Law for the Supervisory Board of The Hague (since 2007). Edith is married and has two children.

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Profession:

  • 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

Education:

  • 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)

Career:

  • 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

Memberships:

  • 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)

Hobbies:
Travelling, French cooking, tennis, film, art and theatre

After a period of time working as a lawyer in (international) business law practice, Marijke Overmars has devoted herself to the family law practice from 2012 onwards. Per 1 June 2017 she moved to Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators to delve further into family law. She focuses on (international) divorces with an emphasis on entrepreneurs. She has extensive experience as a mediator, but will not avoid a court procedure if an amicable consultation fails to lead to a solution. Marijke speaks fluent English and reasonable French. She is married and has 3 children.

résumé

Profession:

  • Lawyer (sworn in 1989)

Education:

  • Refresher Programme for Lawyers at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Postgraduate education in Private, Public, Criminal and European Law Affairs (2011 to 2012)
  • Jazz and Light Music, DJAM, Amsterdam (instrument: alto saxophone, jazz theory and practical training) (2008 to 2011)
  • Various jazz courses and musical projects for the entrance exam preparation for DJAM (2004 up until 2007)
  • Professional education as a lawyer (1989 to 1990)
  • Masters in Comparative Jurisprudence, New York, USA, Fulbright student and a grant for International Private Law (1987 to 1988)
  • Studied Law at the University of Groningen (1982 to 1987)
  • High School in Santa Barbara, California (1981 to 1982)
  • VWO (Pre-university education) at Kruisheren College, Uden (final exam in 1981)

Career:

  • June 2017 onwards: Lawyer at Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators
  • 2013 to May 2017: Lawyer at De Boorder Schoots Familierechtadvocaten (Family Lawyers) in Amsterdam
  • 2012 to 2013: Lawyer at Van Beekhof Bouma Weenink in Amsterdam
  • 2000 to 2003: Human Research Manager at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Amsterdam
  • 1989 to 1999: Lawyer at Loeff Claeys Verbeke in New York / Amsterdam
  • 1988 to 1989: Trainee Lawyer at Morrison & Foerster in New York

Secondary activities:

  • Board member of Het Haarlemsche Muziekfonds (music fund)
  • Membership of the Haarlemse Rowing and Sailing Association (competition team)
  • Membership of HLTC Merlenhove (tennis competition)

Hobbies:
Jazz music, sports (rowing, tennis, skiing), art and literature

Cynthia de Nijs has been a lawyer since 2000 and a mediator since 2006. In 2009 she graduated the VFAS specialisation cum laude. As a lawyer, she specialises in family law and has an affinity for financial issues and is particularly experienced in supporting entrepreneurs. Her approach can be characterised as a combination of empathy and pragmatism: sympathetic but realistic, aimed at achieving practical and sustainable solutions. And never losing sight of the best interests of her clients and their children. She often acts as mediator, in which she joins the parties in coming up with creative solutions. She started her career at (what is now) Holla Advocaten in Den Bosch and is an asset to our team since 2004.

Cynthia is a member of the association for Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vereniging Familierecht Advocaten Scheidingsmediators, vFAS) and the Federation of Mediators in the Netherlands (Mediatorsfederatie Nederland, MfN). She has been publishing in Kluwer's journal Rechtspraak Familierecht since 2008. She also gives workshops, including concerning the contents of prenuptial agreements. Cynthia lives with her partner and has three children.

résumé

Profession:

  • Attorney since July 2000
  • vFas mediator since 2006

Education:

  • vFAS Specialist training Family law (cum laude) (2008-2009)
  • vFAS Specialist training Mediation (2005-2006)
  • Professional training as Attorney (2000-2003)
  • Dutch Law, Tilburg University (graduated in 2000)

Career:

  • July 2012 - until present: Attorney van Hilten de Vries van Ruitenbeek Attorneys & Mediators, The Hague
  • 2004 until 1 July 2012: Attorney Krans & van Hilten Attorneys, The Hague
  • 2000 until 2004: Attorney Holla Poelman van Leeuwen, ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Additional activities:

  • Associate magazine Rechtspraak Familierecht (2008-present)
  • Secretary of the Board of Stichting Straatconsulaat, The Hague (2006-2012)

Memberships:

  • Vereniging van Familierechtadvocaten en Scheidingsmediators (vFAS) (2004-present)
  • Woman at work

Hobbies:
Reading, cabaret, theatre plays, films

Pauline Burger has been a lawyer since 2000, specialising in family law in its broadest sense, and is also a divorce mediator. Pauline is engaged, empathetic, but also practical and persistent. She prefers friendly consultations between parties, especially in situations where children are involved. However, she is not afraid to take the dispute to court when needed. She also speaks English fluently and has an excellent command of French. Pauline has an international background. Both personally and in terms of her career. Because of this, she has a great deal of affinity with family law cases involving expats.

Between 1998 and 2000 she was external clerk of the division Family and Child Law of the District Court of The Hague, and between 2000 and 2010 she was a lawyer with RWV Advocaten in Leiden. She subsequently joined our firm. Pauline is a member of the association for Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vereniging Familierecht Advocaten Scheidingsmediators, vFAS).

résumé

Profession:

  • Attorney since September 2000

Education:

  • vFAS Specialist Family Law education (2008)
  • Professional training as Attorney (2000-2003)
  • Dutch Law, University Leiden (1999)
  • European School Brussels (1993)

Career:

  • July 2012 - until present: Attorney van Hilten de Vries van Ruitenbeek Attorneys & Mediators, The Hague
  • 2010 until 1 July 2012: attorney Krans & van Hilten Attorneys, The Hague
  • 2000 until 2010: Attorney RWV Advocaten, Leiden
  • 1998 until 2000: External court clerk, Family and Juvenile law, The Hague court

Memberships:

  • The Hague Business Club (2012-present)
  • Association of Family Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vFAS) (2008-present)

Hobby’s:
Fitness, travelling, acting, horse riding, reading

Cynthia de Nijs has been a lawyer since 2000 and a mediator since 2006. In 2009 she graduated the VFAS specialisation cum laude. As a lawyer, she specialises in family law and has an affinity for financial issues and is particularly experienced in supporting entrepreneurs. Her approach can be characterised as a combination of empathy and pragmatism: sympathetic but realistic, aimed at achieving practical and sustainable solutions. And never losing sight of the best interests of her clients and their children. She often acts as mediator, in which she joins the parties in coming up with creative solutions. She started her career at (what is now) Holla Advocaten in Den Bosch and is an asset to our team since 2004.

Cynthia is a member of the association for Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vereniging Familierecht Advocaten Scheidingsmediators, vFAS) and the Federation of Mediators in the Netherlands (Mediatorsfederatie Nederland, MfN). She has been publishing in Kluwer's journal Rechtspraak Familierecht since 2008. She also gives workshops, including concerning the contents of prenuptial agreements. Cynthia lives with her partner and has three children.

résumé

Profession:

  • Attorney since July 2000
  • vFas mediator since 2006

Education:

  • vFAS Specialist training Family law (cum laude) (2008-2009)
  • vFAS Specialist training Mediation (2005-2006)
  • Professional training as Attorney (2000-2003)
  • Dutch Law, Tilburg University (graduated in 2000)

Career:

  • July 2012 - until present: Attorney van Hilten de Vries van Ruitenbeek Attorneys & Mediators, The Hague
  • 2004 until 1 July 2012: Attorney Krans & van Hilten Attorneys, The Hague
  • 2000 until 2004: Attorney Holla Poelman van Leeuwen, ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Additional activities:

  • Associate magazine Rechtspraak Familierecht (2008-present)
  • Secretary of the Board of Stichting Straatconsulaat, The Hague (2006-2012)

Memberships:

  • Vereniging van Familierechtadvocaten en Scheidingsmediators (vFAS) (2004-present)
  • Woman at work

Hobbies:
Reading, cabaret, theatre plays, films

Pauline Burger has been a lawyer since 2000, specialising in family law in its broadest sense, and is also a divorce mediator. Pauline is engaged, empathetic, but also practical and persistent. She prefers friendly consultations between parties, especially in situations where children are involved. However, she is not afraid to take the dispute to court when needed. She also speaks English fluently and has an excellent command of French. Pauline has an international background. Both personally and in terms of her career. Because of this, she has a great deal of affinity with family law cases involving expats.

Between 1998 and 2000 she was external clerk of the division Family and Child Law of the District Court of The Hague, and between 2000 and 2010 she was a lawyer with RWV Advocaten in Leiden. She subsequently joined our firm. Pauline is a member of the association for Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vereniging Familierecht Advocaten Scheidingsmediators, vFAS).

résumé

Profession:

  • Attorney since September 2000

Education:

  • vFAS Specialist Family Law education (2008)
  • Professional training as Attorney (2000-2003)
  • Dutch Law, University Leiden (1999)
  • European School Brussels (1993)

Career:

  • July 2012 - until present: Attorney van Hilten de Vries van Ruitenbeek Attorneys & Mediators, The Hague
  • 2010 until 1 July 2012: attorney Krans & van Hilten Attorneys, The Hague
  • 2000 until 2010: Attorney RWV Advocaten, Leiden
  • 1998 until 2000: External court clerk, Family and Juvenile law, The Hague court

Memberships:

  • The Hague Business Club (2012-present)
  • Association of Family Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vFAS) (2008-present)

Hobby’s:
Fitness, travelling, acting, horse riding, reading

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.

résumé

Profession:

  • Attorney since October 2004
  • vFas mediator since 2013

Education:

  • vFAS Specialist training Mediator (2012)
  • vFAS Specialist training Family law (2011) (cum laude)
  • Professional training as Attorney (2004-2007)
  • Dutch Law, University Leiden (graduated in 2004)

Career:

  • July 2012 - until present: Attorney van Hilten de Vries van Ruitenbeek Attorneys & Mediators, The Hague
  • 1 September 2004 until 1 July 2012: Attorney Krans & van Hilten Attorneys, The Hague

Additional activities:

  • Teacher family law Young Bar The Hague (2012)
  • Area coördinator vFAS dept. The Hague (2009-present)
  • Member Foundation Het Atelier (2009-2010)
  • Chairman Leidse Kinder- en Jongerenrechtswinkel/Legal Advise Centre for children and youngsters (2006- 2007)
  • Chairman Young Bar The Hague (2006-2007) - Secretary Young Bar The Hague (2005-2006)

Memberships:

  • Association of Family law and Divorce Mediators (vFAS) (2010-present)
  • Young Bar The Hague (2004-present)

Hobbies:
Sailing, skiing, reading

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.

résumé

Profession:

  • Attorney since October 2004
  • vFas mediator since 2013

Education:

  • vFAS Specialist training Mediator (2012)
  • vFAS Specialist training Family law (2011) (cum laude)
  • Professional training as Attorney (2004-2007)
  • Dutch Law, University Leiden (graduated in 2004)

Career:

  • July 2012 - until present: Attorney van Hilten de Vries van Ruitenbeek Attorneys & Mediators, The Hague
  • 1 September 2004 until 1 July 2012: Attorney Krans & van Hilten Attorneys, The Hague

Additional activities:

  • Teacher family law Young Bar The Hague (2012)
  • Area coördinator vFAS dept. The Hague (2009-present)
  • Member Foundation Het Atelier (2009-2010)
  • Chairman Leidse Kinder- en Jongerenrechtswinkel/Legal Advise Centre for children and youngsters (2006- 2007)
  • Chairman Young Bar The Hague (2006-2007) - Secretary Young Bar The Hague (2005-2006)

Memberships:

  • Association of Family law and Divorce Mediators (vFAS) (2010-present)
  • Young Bar The Hague (2004-present)

Hobbies:
Sailing, skiing, reading

Since 2011, when he took his oath, Coen van den End has worked at our firm. Prior to that, he studied at Amsterdam University (UvA), was an intern at Loyens & Loeff in Amsterdam and London and engaged on project basis at the Houthoff Buruma in Amsterdam. Though he knows his way around company law very well, since 2015 he has focused on family law, including inheritance law. His knowledge of and experience with company law continue to serve him well, especially in matters of family law involving entrepreneurs en businesses. Coen works at both the Amsterdam and The Hague offices of Van Hilten.

Coen is a (prospective) member of the association for Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vereniging Familierecht Advocaten Scheidingsmediators, vFAS) and previously was a member of the executive board of De Jonge Balie association with the Supreme Court. Coen lives with his partner and has two children.

résumé

Profession:

  • Attorney since July 2011

Education:

  • vFAS specialisation eduaction (2016 - heden)
  • Professional training as Attorney (2011-2014)
  • Master Private Law, University of Amsterdam (2010)
  • Bachelor Law, University of Amsterdam (2009)

Career:

  • July 2012 until present: Attorney van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators (previous Attorney van Hilten de Vries & van Ruitenbeek Attorneys & Mediators) The Hague and Amsterdam
  • May 2011 until July 2012: Attorney Krans & van Hilten Attorneys, The Hague
  • October 2011 until April 2012: Project co-worker Houthoff Buruma, Amsterdam and Rotterdam
  • November 2010 until February 2011: Student internship Loyens & Loeff, Amsterdam
  • March 2007 until September 2008: Legal employee and boardmember of Stichting Wetwinkel (Legal advice centre) Amsterdam

Additional activities:

  • Boardmember (supervisory board education) of the Young Bar at the Netherlands High Court
  • (Prospective) member vFAS

Hobbies:
Sailing, golf, diving, reading, theater

Cynthia de Nijs has been a lawyer since 2000 and a mediator since 2006. In 2009 she graduated the VFAS specialisation cum laude. As a lawyer, she specialises in family law and has an affinity for financial issues and is particularly experienced in supporting entrepreneurs. Her approach can be characterised as a combination of empathy and pragmatism: sympathetic but realistic, aimed at achieving practical and sustainable solutions. And never losing sight of the best interests of her clients and their children. She often acts as mediator, in which she joins the parties in coming up with creative solutions. She started her career at (what is now) Holla Advocaten in Den Bosch and is an asset to our team since 2004.

Cynthia is a member of the association for Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vereniging Familierecht Advocaten Scheidingsmediators, vFAS) and the Federation of Mediators in the Netherlands (Mediatorsfederatie Nederland, MfN). She has been publishing in Kluwer's journal Rechtspraak Familierecht since 2008. She also gives workshops, including concerning the contents of prenuptial agreements. Cynthia lives with her partner and has three children.

résumé

Profession:

  • Attorney since July 2000
  • vFas mediator since 2006

Education:

  • vFAS Specialist training Family law (cum laude) (2008-2009)
  • vFAS Specialist training Mediation (2005-2006)
  • Professional training as Attorney (2000-2003)
  • Dutch Law, Tilburg University (graduated in 2000)

Career:

  • July 2012 - until present: Attorney van Hilten de Vries van Ruitenbeek Attorneys & Mediators, The Hague
  • 2004 until 1 July 2012: Attorney Krans & van Hilten Attorneys, The Hague
  • 2000 until 2004: Attorney Holla Poelman van Leeuwen, ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Additional activities:

  • Associate magazine Rechtspraak Familierecht (2008-present)
  • Secretary of the Board of Stichting Straatconsulaat, The Hague (2006-2012)

Memberships:

  • Vereniging van Familierechtadvocaten en Scheidingsmediators (vFAS) (2004-present)
  • Woman at work

Hobbies:
Reading, cabaret, theatre plays, films

Pauline Burger has been a lawyer since 2000, specialising in family law in its broadest sense, and is also a divorce mediator. Pauline is engaged, empathetic, but also practical and persistent. She prefers friendly consultations between parties, especially in situations where children are involved. However, she is not afraid to take the dispute to court when needed. She also speaks English fluently and has an excellent command of French. Pauline has an international background. Both personally and in terms of her career. Because of this, she has a great deal of affinity with family law cases involving expats.

Between 1998 and 2000 she was external clerk of the division Family and Child Law of the District Court of The Hague, and between 2000 and 2010 she was a lawyer with RWV Advocaten in Leiden. She subsequently joined our firm. Pauline is a member of the association for Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vereniging Familierecht Advocaten Scheidingsmediators, vFAS).

résumé

Profession:

  • Attorney since September 2000

Education:

  • vFAS Specialist Family Law education (2008)
  • Professional training as Attorney (2000-2003)
  • Dutch Law, University Leiden (1999)
  • European School Brussels (1993)

Career:

  • July 2012 - until present: Attorney van Hilten de Vries van Ruitenbeek Attorneys & Mediators, The Hague
  • 2010 until 1 July 2012: attorney Krans & van Hilten Attorneys, The Hague
  • 2000 until 2010: Attorney RWV Advocaten, Leiden
  • 1998 until 2000: External court clerk, Family and Juvenile law, The Hague court

Memberships:

  • The Hague Business Club (2012-present)
  • Association of Family Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vFAS) (2008-present)

Hobby’s:
Fitness, travelling, acting, horse riding, reading

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.

résumé

Profession:

  • Attorney since October 2004
  • vFas mediator since 2013

Education:

  • vFAS Specialist training Mediator (2012)
  • vFAS Specialist training Family law (2011) (cum laude)
  • Professional training as Attorney (2004-2007)
  • Dutch Law, University Leiden (graduated in 2004)

Career:

  • July 2012 - until present: Attorney van Hilten de Vries van Ruitenbeek Attorneys & Mediators, The Hague
  • 1 September 2004 until 1 July 2012: Attorney Krans & van Hilten Attorneys, The Hague

Additional activities:

  • Teacher family law Young Bar The Hague (2012)
  • Area coördinator vFAS dept. The Hague (2009-present)
  • Member Foundation Het Atelier (2009-2010)
  • Chairman Leidse Kinder- en Jongerenrechtswinkel/Legal Advise Centre for children and youngsters (2006- 2007)
  • Chairman Young Bar The Hague (2006-2007) - Secretary Young Bar The Hague (2005-2006)

Memberships:

  • Association of Family law and Divorce Mediators (vFAS) (2010-present)
  • Young Bar The Hague (2004-present)

Hobbies:
Sailing, skiing, reading

Since 2011, when he took his oath, Coen van den End has worked at our firm. Prior to that, he studied at Amsterdam University (UvA), was an intern at Loyens & Loeff in Amsterdam and London and engaged on project basis at the Houthoff Buruma in Amsterdam. Though he knows his way around company law very well, since 2015 he has focused on family law, including inheritance law. His knowledge of and experience with company law continue to serve him well, especially in matters of family law involving entrepreneurs en businesses. Coen works at both the Amsterdam and The Hague offices of Van Hilten.

Coen is a (prospective) member of the association for Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vereniging Familierecht Advocaten Scheidingsmediators, vFAS) and previously was a member of the executive board of De Jonge Balie association with the Supreme Court. Coen lives with his partner and has two children.

résumé

Profession:

  • Attorney since July 2011

Education:

  • vFAS specialisation eduaction (2016 - heden)
  • Professional training as Attorney (2011-2014)
  • Master Private Law, University of Amsterdam (2010)
  • Bachelor Law, University of Amsterdam (2009)

Career:

  • July 2012 until present: Attorney van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators (previous Attorney van Hilten de Vries & van Ruitenbeek Attorneys & Mediators) The Hague and Amsterdam
  • May 2011 until July 2012: Attorney Krans & van Hilten Attorneys, The Hague
  • October 2011 until April 2012: Project co-worker Houthoff Buruma, Amsterdam and Rotterdam
  • November 2010 until February 2011: Student internship Loyens & Loeff, Amsterdam
  • March 2007 until September 2008: Legal employee and boardmember of Stichting Wetwinkel (Legal advice centre) Amsterdam

Additional activities:

  • Boardmember (supervisory board education) of the Young Bar at the Netherlands High Court
  • (Prospective) member vFAS

Hobbies:
Sailing, golf, diving, reading, theater

Sabrina de Jong gained experience as legal assistant at several law firms since 2011. Prior to that, she already worked with various law firms while still studying. Upon receiving her master's degree in law from the VU in Amsterdam, she took her oath as a lawyer in 2015. Since then, Sabrina has worked as a lawyer at Advocatenkantoor Ruijgrok in Amsterdam and - on account of the merger between the firms - is associated with Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators in Amsterdam since 2017. This energetic lawyer prefers to closely cooperate with a client; she is engaged, structured and decisive. Sabrina lives with her partner in Amsterdam.

résumé

Profession:

  • Lawyer (sworn in per January 2015)

Education:

  • Professional education as a lawyer (2015 to present)
  • Master's degree in Private Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (graduated in 2013)
  • Bachelor's degree in Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (graduated in 2011)
  • Management, Economics & Law, Avans Hogeschool 's-Hertogenbosch (preparatory degree in 2007)
  • Havo, Zwijsen College Veghel (final exams in 2006)

Career:

  • January 2017 to present: lawyer at Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators in Amsterdam
  • January 2015 to January 2017: lawyer at Advocatenkantoor Ruijgrok in Amsterdam
  • June 2014 to January 2015: legal assistant at Advocatenkantoor Ruijgrok in Amsterdam
  • July 2013 to February 2014: legal assistant at Versteeg Wigman Sprey Advocaten in Amsterdam
  • February 2013 to April 2013: intern at Versteeg Wigman Sprey Advocaten in Amsterdam
  • November 2011 to June 2013: legal assistant at Advocatenkantoor Ruijgrok in Amsterdam
  • January 2009 to November 2011: legal secretary at Advocatenkantoor Ruijgrok in Amsterdam
  • August 2008 to January 2009: legal secretary at law firm Jans & Hagenaars in Amsterdam

Memberships:

  • Association de Jonge Balie Amsterdam (2015 to present)
  • Student association SSRA in Amsterdam (2008 to 2013)

Hobbies:
Bikram yoga, running, travel, music, cinema

Since 2011, when he took his oath, Coen van den End has worked at our firm. Prior to that, he studied at Amsterdam University (UvA), was an intern at Loyens & Loeff in Amsterdam and London and engaged on project basis at the Houthoff Buruma in Amsterdam. Though he knows his way around company law very well, since 2015 he has focused on family law, including inheritance law. His knowledge of and experience with company law continue to serve him well, especially in matters of family law involving entrepreneurs en businesses. Coen works at both the Amsterdam and The Hague offices of Van Hilten.

Coen is a (prospective) member of the association for Family Law Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vereniging Familierecht Advocaten Scheidingsmediators, vFAS) and previously was a member of the executive board of De Jonge Balie association with the Supreme Court. Coen lives with his partner and has two children.

résumé

Profession:

  • Attorney since July 2011

Education:

  • vFAS specialisation eduaction (2016 - heden)
  • Professional training as Attorney (2011-2014)
  • Master Private Law, University of Amsterdam (2010)
  • Bachelor Law, University of Amsterdam (2009)

Career:

  • July 2012 until present: Attorney van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators (previous Attorney van Hilten de Vries & van Ruitenbeek Attorneys & Mediators) The Hague and Amsterdam
  • May 2011 until July 2012: Attorney Krans & van Hilten Attorneys, The Hague
  • October 2011 until April 2012: Project co-worker Houthoff Buruma, Amsterdam and Rotterdam
  • November 2010 until February 2011: Student internship Loyens & Loeff, Amsterdam
  • March 2007 until September 2008: Legal employee and boardmember of Stichting Wetwinkel (Legal advice centre) Amsterdam

Additional activities:

  • Boardmember (supervisory board education) of the Young Bar at the Netherlands High Court
  • (Prospective) member vFAS

Hobbies:
Sailing, golf, diving, reading, theater

Sabrina de Jong gained experience as legal assistant at several law firms since 2011. Prior to that, she already worked with various law firms while still studying. Upon receiving her master's degree in law from the VU in Amsterdam, she took her oath as a lawyer in 2015. Since then, Sabrina has worked as a lawyer at Advocatenkantoor Ruijgrok in Amsterdam and - on account of the merger between the firms - is associated with Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators in Amsterdam since 2017. This energetic lawyer prefers to closely cooperate with a client; she is engaged, structured and decisive. Sabrina lives with her partner in Amsterdam.

résumé

Profession:

  • Lawyer (sworn in per January 2015)

Education:

  • Professional education as a lawyer (2015 to present)
  • Master's degree in Private Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (graduated in 2013)
  • Bachelor's degree in Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (graduated in 2011)
  • Management, Economics & Law, Avans Hogeschool 's-Hertogenbosch (preparatory degree in 2007)
  • Havo, Zwijsen College Veghel (final exams in 2006)

Career:

  • January 2017 to present: lawyer at Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators in Amsterdam
  • January 2015 to January 2017: lawyer at Advocatenkantoor Ruijgrok in Amsterdam
  • June 2014 to January 2015: legal assistant at Advocatenkantoor Ruijgrok in Amsterdam
  • July 2013 to February 2014: legal assistant at Versteeg Wigman Sprey Advocaten in Amsterdam
  • February 2013 to April 2013: intern at Versteeg Wigman Sprey Advocaten in Amsterdam
  • November 2011 to June 2013: legal assistant at Advocatenkantoor Ruijgrok in Amsterdam
  • January 2009 to November 2011: legal secretary at Advocatenkantoor Ruijgrok in Amsterdam
  • August 2008 to January 2009: legal secretary at law firm Jans & Hagenaars in Amsterdam

Memberships:

  • Association de Jonge Balie Amsterdam (2015 to present)
  • Student association SSRA in Amsterdam (2008 to 2013)

Hobbies:
Bikram yoga, running, travel, music, cinema

Sabrina de Jong gained experience as legal assistant at several law firms since 2011. Prior to that, she already worked with various law firms while still studying. Upon receiving her master's degree in law from the VU in Amsterdam, she took her oath as a lawyer in 2015. Since then, Sabrina has worked as a lawyer at Advocatenkantoor Ruijgrok in Amsterdam and - on account of the merger between the firms - is associated with Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators in Amsterdam since 2017. This energetic lawyer prefers to closely cooperate with a client; she is engaged, structured and decisive. Sabrina lives with her partner in Amsterdam.

résumé

Profession:

  • Lawyer (sworn in per January 2015)

Education:

  • Professional education as a lawyer (2015 to present)
  • Master's degree in Private Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (graduated in 2013)
  • Bachelor's degree in Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (graduated in 2011)
  • Management, Economics & Law, Avans Hogeschool 's-Hertogenbosch (preparatory degree in 2007)
  • Havo, Zwijsen College Veghel (final exams in 2006)

Career:

  • January 2017 to present: lawyer at Van Hilten Advocaten & Mediators in Amsterdam
  • January 2015 to January 2017: lawyer at Advocatenkantoor Ruijgrok in Amsterdam
  • June 2014 to January 2015: legal assistant at Advocatenkantoor Ruijgrok in Amsterdam
  • July 2013 to February 2014: legal assistant at Versteeg Wigman Sprey Advocaten in Amsterdam
  • February 2013 to April 2013: intern at Versteeg Wigman Sprey Advocaten in Amsterdam
  • November 2011 to June 2013: legal assistant at Advocatenkantoor Ruijgrok in Amsterdam
  • January 2009 to November 2011: legal secretary at Advocatenkantoor Ruijgrok in Amsterdam
  • August 2008 to January 2009: legal secretary at law firm Jans & Hagenaars in Amsterdam

Memberships:

  • Association de Jonge Balie Amsterdam (2015 to present)
  • Student association SSRA in Amsterdam (2008 to 2013)

Hobbies:
Bikram yoga, running, travel, music, cinema

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