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Russell Advocaten Leading Firm in Legal 500

Russell Advocaten B.V.
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Russell Advocaten has been included in The Legal 500, for the 16th consecutive year, the guide to the leading law firms worldwide. This year we are especially recommended in the categories:

  • Employment
  • Real estate
  • Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation
  • Industry focus: retail

We are pleased with the recognition for the quality of our legal services. Especially because not only experts but also our clients have an important voice in that matter. Please read below what The Legal 500 and our clients say about the expertise and services of Russell Advocaten:


The employment team at Russell Advocaten B.V. is particularly experienced in boardroom issues, including executive hirings, dismissals, and non-compete clauses. Jan Dop heads the team, and is particularly notable for his work with embassies, consulates, and other foreign governmental entities on their employment issues. The firm is also instructed on a wide range of dismissal, works council, and market entry matters for both foreign and domestic clients, as well as individual employees or groups.


“Experienced and dedicated team, with specialist knowledge in every field. They stand out against other firms in efficiency, professionalism and partnership.”

“The team is hands on, knowledgeable, and handle and incredibly dedicated to achieving results in every case!”

“Individuals are responsive in way that they really understand the matters at hand and thus are able to provide in-depth advice. They are true professionals and partners in the overall process.”

“For expert advice in any employment matter we instruct Mr. Jan Dop!”

Real estate

The ‘very efficient’ team at Russell Advocaten B.V. provides ‘a personal touch’ and is ‘simply a pleasure to work with’. The practice has a niche specialisation in matters concerning embassies and residences of ambassadors. Other work includes assisting with the purchase and lease of premises, and permits and zoning for clients including leading enterprises, Dutch and foreign public authorities, and affluent individuals. Key names to note are ‘open and direct’ Reinier W.L. Russell, who ‘understands the business of clients’, and Jan Dop.


“Excellent expertise.”

“Pro-active approach.”

“In particular the actual knowledge of legislation combined with knowledge, clear analyses, and a personal touch and approach. We are interested in short analyses, provided with specific advice.”

“A very good protracted professional relationship based on trust, integrity and respect.”

“The unique thing about Russell Advocaten is the honest and quality service you get. You work with a small team, that is very efficient and high standard. They can guide you through difficult proceedings and help you perfectly get the right answer to your questions. Simply a pleasure to work with.”

“Reinier Russell (Managing Partner) is always a very open and direct person, who will give you always a straightforward answer. A perfect combination with his knowledge of the subject. I also love the business man in Reinier, he understands the business of clients. Ynze Kliphuis (associate) is a very solid lawyer. He is young, but already very experienced. Not afraid to say his mind and to defend a difficult case in front of the courts. Exceptional.”

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation

The ‘experienced and dedicated team’ at Russell Advocaten B.V. is singled out as the ‘best Dutch firm specialised in art law’, providing ‘specialist knowledge’, as well as ‘in-depth advice’. The practice advises clients, among them art dealers and auction houses, on matters regarding trade and ownership of works of art. Other sector specialisms include fashion, luxury goods, and real estate. Practice head Paul Russell is ‘a best-in-class art lawyer’ with a wealth of experience in international litigation.


“Experienced and dedicated team, with specialist knowledge in every field. They stand out from other firms with their efficiency, professionalism and co-operation.”

“Individuals are responsive in a way which shows that they really understand the matters at hand and thus are able to provide in-depth advice. They are true professionals in the process.”

“Best Dutch firm specialised in art law.”

“Paul Russell is an art lover and a best-in-class art lawyer.”

Industry focus: retail

At Russell Advocaten B.V., Reinier W.L. Russell and Jan Dop advise retail sector clients on employment, real estate, tax and commercial agreement mandates. The team’s most recent work includes advising a global fashion company on its corporate structure; assisting a client with leasing matters, and acting for a number of clients including luxury goods companies on a variety of employment issues.

About Russell Advocaten B.V.

The law firm of Russell Advocaten focuses on the corporate sector. Our lawyers provide legal advice mainly for management boards, shareholders, directors, works councils, and supervisory directors. Through our international Primerus network we can also assist you with legal issues abroad.

Russell Advocaten is a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms



Antonio Vivaldistraat 6

1083 HP Amsterdam

the Netherlands

+31 (0)20 301 55 55

The general information contained herein is intended for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be, and should not be construed as, legal advice or legal opinion on any specific facts or circumstances.

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