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Whether you are new to the Netherlands and want to start your own business, you are temporarily expatriated to the Netherlands by your employer (not established in the Netherlands) or you come to the Netherlands to work for an employer established in the Netherlands, either way you will have to deal with the extensive Dutch laws and regulations.

Although within the European Union many topics are regulated in directives and regulations, this does not mean that everything is regulated the same way within the European Union. Firstly, some European rules are effective immediately while many others need to be converted in national laws, with the European rules serving as a framework for national law. Of course, apart from this all countries within the European Union have their own national legislation and case-law.

Anyone traveling to the Netherlands for the first time, will be amazed by the large number of polders. These polders are so characteristic for the Netherlands they even have invented the verb “polderen”. In everyday speech this “polderen” no longer refers to the development and maintenance of polders, but is used for compromising and collaborating as key point of (political) policy. The result of this so called “polder model” can be found in many laws and regulations.


What can ADVOCURA do for you

Contrary to what is often argued, it is not necessary to put an advocaat into play only after things have gone wrong. On the contrary. Consulting an advocaat timely can prevent problems in the future. Are you about to conclude an agreement? Make sure to have the agreement assessed, to ensure that it will have the intended legal effects [read more]



Your own business

In case you or your partner want to set up a business of your own, it is wise to obtain sound advice concerning the following topics:

  • The legal form of your business
  • Contracts
  • General conditions
  • Liabilities [read more]


Employment law

A typical example of the Dutch “polder model” is the Dismissal Law (Wet Werk en Zekerheid) of 2015. This law aimed to adapt the employment law to the changed circumstances in society. Due to the “poldering” however, several mechanisms laid down in this law do not function properly [read more]



Lawyer or notary

A lawyer (“advocaat“) advises, litigates and mediates. An advocaat is a member of the Dutch Bar Association. An advocaat is biased by definition and represents only your interest. This makes the role of the advocaat substantially different to the role of the civil law notary [read more]




Tenancy protection

Another typical Dutch phenomenon is the comprehensive protection of tenants. Ambiguity about the termination of a lease agreement often arises from the fact that a lessor not necessarily can terminate the lease agreement; not even with due observance of the notice period [read more]