Litigation, arbitration and mediation

Russell Advocaten has a strong team of specialist litigators

Legal 500 2021 | Russell Advocaten leading firmRussell Advocaten has a strong team of specialist litigators (corporate litigators). Our lawyers assist clients when disputes have arisen or are likely to arise, both at national and international level. Russell Advocaten is also highly specialized in the areas of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), such as arbitration and mediation. Our law firm has a registered mediator. Where necessary, we can bring in one of our external mediators.

We gladly support you in legal proceedings on:

  • International litigation
  • Attachment and the right to levy execution
  • Interlocutory proceedings
  • Civil proceedings before the Enterprise Section, Right of Inquiry
  • Cassation
  • Jurisdiction advice
  • Out-of-court settlement negotiations
  • (International) Arbitration
  • Procedures before the Dutch Arbitration Institute (Nederlands arbitrage instituut, Rotterdam)
  • Procedures before the Council of Arbitration for Building Issues (Raad van Arbitrage voor de Bouw, Utrecht)
  • Binding opinion
  • Restitutions committee
  • Mediation
  • Mediation counselling
  • Divorce mediation
  • Disciplinary rules


Legal 500 2020 – Dispute resolution: Commercial: “The ‘experienced and dedicated team‘ at Russell Advocaten B.V. is singled out as the ‘best Dutch firm specialised in art law‘, providing ‘specialist knowledge‘, as well as ‘in-depth advice‘. The practice advises clients, among them art dealers and auction houses, on matters regarding trade and ownership of works of art. Other sector specialisms include fashion, luxury goods, and real estate. Practice head Paul Russell is ‘a best-in-class art lawyer‘ with a wealth of experience in international litigation.”

Russell Advocaten is a member of the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Procesrecht. The law firm has a certified mediator.

Our litigators

Meet our specialists in litigation, arbitration and mediation


Our offices

Russell Advocaten focuses on entrepreneurs, director and major shareholders, managers, supervisory board members, affluent individuals and expats. We will gladly assist you on all fronts in your daily business operations. We provide legal advice, mediate between different parties and assist you in legal proceedings.


Our hourly fees are in line with the market. Costs due to third parties under the mandate (such as charges, bailiff’s costs and court fees) will be discussed with you in advance.

In addition, we are prepared to agree on fixed rates for certain services. Following a personal meeting with you, we will determine whether your case is suitable for this as this concerns usually cases that are relatively easy to understand from a legal point of view.

No legal aid (Raad voor Rechtsbijstand)
We do not provide state funded legal assistance, what is referred to as “toevoeging”. You can find out whether you are eligible for a “toevoeging” on the website of the Raad voor Rechtsbijstand:


Litigation news

Our lawyers regularly publish blogs, newsletters, articles and books on litigation, arbitration and mediation. We also regularly organize seminars and workshops. Below you will find an overview of our publications and events.

  • Art
  • Litigation

Auction house is reimbursed for 30,000 euros in storage costs

14 December 2021

A buyer at a French auction house was ordered by a Dutch court to pay € 30,000 for storing drawings for two years. That is almost as much as he had paid for the drawings. How did the auction house get this together?

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  • Fashion and luxury
  • Litigation

The advantages of arbitration

19 May 2021

Proceedings do not always have to be in court. There are other ways to resolve legal disputes. An important and often also appealing alternative is arbitration. In particular if you are doing business internationally. What are the advantages of arbitration?

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  • Art
  • Employment law and dismissal

Russell Advocaten recommended by The Legal 500 2021

20 April 2021

Russell Advocaten has for the 17th consecutive year in a row been included in The Legal 500. We are pleased with the recognition for the quality of our legal services by experts and clients. Please read what they say about us:

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  • Litigation

Discovery law in the USA and the Netherlands

31 December 2020

The outcome of legal proceedings, both in the US and the EU, is often determined by the quality of evidence. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to collect as much evidence as possible before initiating legal proceedings. But what if a third party refuses to give you relevant documents? Eileen Pluijm of Russell Advocaten and Kelsey Weiss of U.S. law firm Mateer Harbert explain which options you have.

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  • Art
  • Litigation

Dutch government can block restitution of Nazi-looted art by designating it a protected cultural object

4 December 2020

Even if the Restitutions Committee recommends to return looted art, it is not certain that the work of art will actually return to its rightful claimants. It could be that the work of art is irreplaceable and indispensable to Dutch cultural heritage and may not leave the Netherlands.

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  • Contracts

Punitive damages: well known in the United States but unrecognized in the Netherlands

19 October 2020

Punitive damages in US lawsuits attract a lot of attention. But the Netherlands does not have punitive damages. What does this mean for Dutch companies operating in the United States? And for US companies claiming damages in the Netherlands? Priscilla de Leede of Russell Advocaten and Kathleen Hugo of the American law firm Mateer Harbert discuss these questions in their article for Stare Decisis, the magazine of the Young Lawyers Section of Primerus, the World’s Finest Law Firms.

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  • Contracts

Investigation of facts by a lawyer

17 September 2020

Taking steps in the event of irregularities or a #MeToo-related issue in your company? Make sure all facts are disclosed by means of a thorough investigation of the facts!

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  • Art
  • Employment law and dismissal

Russell Advocaten leading firm in Legal 500 2020

16 April 2020

Russell Advocaten has been included in The Legal 500 for the 16th consecutive year. We are pleased with the recognition for the quality of our legal services by experts and clients. Read what they say about us:

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