ADVOCAAT

Margriet de Boer

Margriet specialises in complex civil proceedings and arbitration. Margriet worked in the international litigation and arbitration practice of De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek for almost 15 years, before starting boutique law firm Just Litigation in 2016. Margriet has advised and assisted companies and national and local authorities in complex disputes in many areas of substantive law, including contract law and liability law in a broad sense. Margriet regularly publishes and lectures in the field of civil procedural law and arbitration law. She authors the yearly chronicle on civil procedural law in the leading Dutch law journal Nederlands Juristenblad, and is a regular contributor to the Dutch journal on civil litigation, Tijdschrift voor Civiele Rechtspleging, for the chronicle on arbitration law. Furthermore, Margriet chairs the Advisory Committee for civil procedural law of the Dutch Bar Association and she is editor of a leading commentary on Dutch civil procedural law, Sdu Commentaar Burgerlijk Procesrecht.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

Real estate – Pensions
Assisting a pension fund in recovering losses in the amount of hundreds of millions of euros from the defendants in the Klimop case, one of the largest fraud cases ever tried in the Netherlands involving a complex and extensive fraud scheme in the real estate sector

Finance
Representation of one of the applicants in the proceedings under the Dutch WCAM (Act on the Collective Settlement of Mass Claims) for the binding declaration of the EUR 1.3 billion settlement reached between Ageas (formerly Fortis) and commercial and non-profit claimant organisations acting on behalf of Fortis shareholders

Energy
Litigation before the Dutch courts in a collective claim filed against a multinational oil company regarding oil spills in Nigeria

Construction
Arbitration (NAI) regarding an EPC contract for a pilot plant for the production of chemicals

Chip Manufacturing
Litigation regarding the alleged breach of a contract for the production and sales of a chip

IT
Mediation regarding a dispute over the termination of an IT contract

Evidence – Witnesses
Representation of companies, government authorities and witnesses in witness examinations and other procedures to gather evidence, including witness examinations at the request of a foreign court under the Hague Evidence Convention (letters of request), witnesses invoking legal privilege and motions for the production of documents under Section 843a of the Dutch Code of Civil Procedure

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Since 2019
Ysquare | Attorney

2016 – 2019
Just Litigation | Founder and attorney

2001 – 2015
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek | Attorney

ANCILLARY POSITIONS

Since 2019
Editor Sdu Commentaar Burgerlijk Procesrecht

Since 2016
Dutch Bar Association | Advisory Committee for civil procedural law (chairman since 2019) 

EDUCATION

2001
University of Amsterdam | LL.M. (cum laude)

2000
University of Amsterdam | Master’s Degree Translation Studies

1999
University of Amsterdam | Master’s Degree French language and literature (cum laude)

PUBLICATIONS

The chronicle of Dutch civil procedural law (‘Kroniek van het burgerlijk procesrecht’), Nederlands Juristenblad (NJB), 2011-2019, (co-authored with Marc Ynzonides (2011-2014, 2016-2017), Mirjam van de Hel-Koedoot (2015) and Machteld de Monchy (2018-2019))

The chronicle of Dutch arbitration law (‘Kroniek Arbitragerecht‘), Tijdschrift voor Civiele Rechtspleging (TCR), 2006/2, 2007/2 (co-authored with Gerard Meijer), 2008/4, 2010/1, 2012/4 and 2017/2 (co-authored with Mirjam van de Hel-Koedoot)

A Guide to the NAI Arbitration Rules Including a Commentary on Dutch Arbitration Law, Kluwer Law International 2009 (co-author)

Arbitraje Comercial Internacional en Europa (International Commercial Arbitration in Europe), The Netherlands, Estudio Mario Castillo Freyre 2013 (co-authored with Rogier Schellaars)

The Dispute Resolution Review, The Netherlands, editions 2009-2013 (co-authored with Ruud Hermans)

LANGUAGES

Dutch, English, French