THE FIRM NautaDutilh once more leads the charge with its outstanding insurance practice. With 14 fee earners in the department, the group works on large civil liability and insurance cases, including multiparty litigation and consumer-led claims. Its clients include insurers, reinsurers and brokers as well as companies looking for advice on insurance policies and assessment of major liabilities. Clients who continue to instruct the team in these areas include Interpolis, Avéro Achmea and Zurich. It represented Delft University of Technology in a case regarding its property policy after its architecture faculty burned down. The costs are estimated to be EUR140 million. The team assists Chartis with various product liability matters, including coverage for class action claims against Philips regarding the chemical BPA in baby products. It continues to advise Achmea on mass claims concerning unit-linked insurance products. With over 500,000 consumer contracts, the amount involved is over EUR400 million.
Sources say: "Very well-organised, all-round experts."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Stijn Franken combines profound knowledge of the sector with a practical approach, making him "one of the top lawyers in insurance," according to clients. He handles both contentious and non-contentious matters, specialising in technical damage, regulatory law and product liability.
Department head Eric van Niekerk "knows his business well, listens to the client and gives good advice." His practice covers technical damage, including damage relating to construction. He also assists with drafting insurance policy documents.
Sjoerd Meijer specialises in insurance and liability, including litigation. Sources also note his strength in regulatory matters. He represents insurers, intermediaries and financial institutions.
Clients praise Tjitske Cieremans for her "strong analytical skills," pleasant manner and ability to "get to the point." She handles policy disputes and professional liability claims as well as insurance aspects of M&A transactions.