In consultation with my client, I always seek victory in the sense of achieving the very best possible result. I played top-level basketball for many years, and I know that you can’t reach the top on your own. The same goes for my work as a family-law lawyer; I am always in this together with my client. Everything depends on mutual trust.
I am a no-nonsense, analytical and direct person, so ‘what you see is what you get’. My mission is to help people, and I will go through fire for my clients. I am energised by complex legal issues, particularly by the personal and emotional aspects they entail. When I was younger, I wanted to be either a lawyer or a psychologist – and now I am both.
Commitment is a priority, and bonds are formed quickly in this line of work. I first try to find the ‘pain point’ – the underlying problem – and the interests involved. Establishing these matters early on can make an enormous difference. I clearly inform my clients of what they can expect and the chosen strategy, although I am always open to alternatives.
I prefer to solve cases in mutual consultation with the other party if possible. This may involve rapidly changing tack and playing smart. I don’t shy away from going to court if it is not possible to reach an amicable settlement.
When I am not working I enjoy travelling, plus sport is still both one of my passions and a great way to release tension. Now that I have children I only play sports recreationally, but I’m no less enthusiastic! I am driven in everything I do, but I’m also a team player and I enjoy being surrounded by people.
- Association of Family Lawyers and Divorce Mediators (vFAS)
- Bachelor’s degree in Law (LL.B.) – Leiden University
- Master’s degree in Law (LL.M.) – Leiden University
Register Of Fields Of Law
I am registered in the register of areas of legal practice of the Netherlands Bar for the following principal legal areas:
- Inheritance law
- Law of persons and family law
This registration obliges me to obtain ten training points for each registered principal legal practice area in accordance with the standards of the Netherlands Bar.