“In legal disputes, there is often a grey area or circumstances that shed a certain light on the case. I find it interesting to represent my clients’ interests in that situation. I prefer to find a solution out of court, but we will litigate if necessary. And although I understand that litigation is often stressful for clients, to me it is one of the most beautiful elements of our profession.”
Lease law & property
Maarten specialises in lease law, with a focus on lease law for business premises. He assists both lessees and lessors.
Maarten finalised his law studies at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) in 2006. He subsequently worked at Van der Steenhoven Advocaten in Amsterdam for nearly 7 years. This is where he specialised in lease law, and assisted both lessees and lessors.
Maarten worked at Koninklijke Horeca Nederland (KHN), which is the Dutch trade association for the hotel and catering industry, between 2013 and 2023. During this period, he worked mainly for operators in the hotel and catering industry who leased business premises. Since mid-March 2020, there was much emphasis on the discussion about rent reductions as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. The first judgment that Justice published on this subject (in proceedings on the merits) concerned one of Maarten’s cases. The judgments in five other proceedings, in which claims for rent reduction of Maarten’s clients were allowed, were also published by Justice on account of the relevance of these decisions.
Maarten took and completed the postgraduate Professional Training for Company Lawyers in 2014-2015.
Register of practice areas
In the register of practice areas of the Netherlands Bar Association, Maarten has registered the practice areas of lease law and civil procedural law. To maintain this registration, according to the standards of the Netherlands Bar Association he must obtain ten training points in each registered practice area every calendar year.