About us

We are Pels Rijcken. Together we share the mindset to perform at the highest level every day. We encourage each other to get the best out of ourselves and we place the interests of our client first. At Pels Rijcken we realise that the truth is never one-dimensional. Apparent conflicts may conceal common ground. Interests may collide, but other interests may align. This is ever more true in a society that is becoming increasingly complex and interconnected. We are in touch with the world around us and that makes us stand out within the legal and notarial profession. We understand what it is like to balance complex interests and take the varying wishes of different stakeholders into account. We know that context matters. And that an independent legal perspective makes the difference. Pels Rijcken. Clarity and coherence.

Organisation and the management board

Pels Rijcken ranks among the top ten law firms in the Netherlands. One of our partners is the State Advocate.

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In 1969 the firms of Leonard Pels Rijcken and Eduard Droogleever Fortuijn merged into what we now know as Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn.

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The State Advocate: the nation’s attorney

The origins of the State Advocacy date back to the early part of the fourteenth century.

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Pels Rijcken’s vision of corporate social responsibility (CSR) arises from the idea that the firm is inextricably connected to the world around us.

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Pels Rijcken is main sponsor of The Hague Museum of Photography and also sponsor pf the Dutch National Portrait Award.

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International collaboration

Pels Rijcken has an extensive international network which gives clients several advantages.

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Pels Rijcken: A law firm at the forefront of its profession

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