Lawyer / partner
‘I am a lawyer in heart and soul, and have increasingly developed into a person who can help prevent or resolve conflicts in all kinds of ways. For instance by advising at boardroom level at an early stage, by mediating in a conflict or by arbitrating a dispute. That allows me to help my clients in a variety of roles. I like to handle cases in which the human factor plays a key role. That is of course pre-eminently the case in employment law, in which I have been involved since the start of my legal career. I have gradually broadened my expertise and increasingly focused on legal issues related to the management of companies, in which the position of an individual, such as the managing director, or of a collective, such as the supervisory board or works council, plays an important role. In addition to my work as a lawyer, I myself also worked as a managing director for many years. I now regard myself as a trusted advisor, who can help reach a solution in a wide range of situations and in different roles. And I still get a kick out of doing so.’
Paul has now worked as a lawyer for forty years. He is the only employment lawyer in The Netherlands to be ranked as a “senior statesman” by Chambers and Partners. An “old hand with grey hair”, but with a fresh and sparkling mind. He usually represents companies (management boards and supervisory boards), but also very regularly managing directors and other high-ranking officers. Paul has furthermore done a great deal of work in the field of employee participation. In addition to his work as a lawyer, he is also engaged as a mediator, arbitrator or supervisor. Paul understands the dynamics of the processes surrounding the management of companies. He is quick to grasp complicated situations and has a good sense of interpersonal relationships, which allows him to help people and companies find lasting solutions in difficult legal issues and conflicts.