WILLEMSTAD – International publisher Chambers & Partners has launched its global ranking of law firms Chambers Global for 2015. This year six Dutch Caribbean law firms and eleven individual lawyers have been ranked.
This results in the same total of ranked firms and individuals as last year.
Spigt Dutch Caribbean and VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne are the two firms with the desired Band 1 firm status, like last year. Spigt Dutch Caribbean remains in Band 1, despite of partners Karel Frielink and Annemarijke Bach Kolling leaving the firm recently. VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne is the only firm with four individually ranked specialists. None of the other firms provide more than one ranked lawyer, now that Karel Frielink has joined BZSE Attorneys at Law.
On VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne, Chambers says: “This local powerhouse has offices on every island in the Dutch Caribbean and attracts praise for its capacity to handle both local and international mandates.” Spigt Dutch Caribbean is described as a firm that “handles a broad range of general commercial issues for a client base that includes a significant number of Dutch organisations”. The other ranked firms are HBN Law, SMS Attorneys at Law, Soliana Bonapart & Aardenburg and STvB.
The annual global ranking is based on recommendations of clients and peers, and therefore offers an independent evaluation for organizations that are looking to instruct a lawyer.