Chamber of Commerce / Kamer van Koophandel (Arnhem): 59183527
Joost Maassen (Mr. D.J. Maassen) is a Dutch lawyer (advocaat) regulated by the Netherlands Bar Association/Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten and an overseas “freelance” solicitor of England and Wales (see below) regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, SRA nr. 614448.
For information on the applicable rules of professional conduct:
Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten: Regels voor advocaten
Solicitors Regulation Authority: Overseas Rules
Anti-money laundering, proceeds of crime and finance of terrorism
We are required under the relevant anti-money laundering, proceeds of crime and finance of terrorism laws and regulations to keep written records which demonstrate that we have investigated the identity of clients, the background of a transaction, Ultimate Beneficial Owners and Political Exposed Persons, and to report suspicious transactions to the appropriate authorities without informing you about this.
For more information please see our terms and conditions as well as the following links:
The Netherlands Bar Association/Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten: WWFT
Solicitors Regulation Authority: Anti money laundering
Financial Intelligence Unit - Nederland
Register of legal practice areas
Joost Maassen has registered the following principal (and secondary) legal practice area in the Netherlands Bar Association’s register of legal practice areas (rechtsgebiedenregister): general practice (civil law).
Based on this registration he is required to obtain 10 training credits per calendar year in each registered principal legal practice area in accordance with the standards set by the Netherlands Bar Association.
Quality of service/complaints
Maassen Law is committed to providing high quality legal advice and client care. If you are unhappy about any aspect of the service you have received or about our charges, please contact us.
Maassen Law also operates a complaints procedure.
In some cases, where the work was carried out under the SRA regulations and related to UK law and it has sufficient links to England & Wales, consumers or some small businesses, charities, clubs and trusts will have the benefit of the Legal Ombudsman for England and Wales complaints procedure. Details of how to complain to the Legal Ombudsman will be made available to clients.
Overseas freelance solicitor of England & Wales
Joost Maassen advises from the Netherlands on English law as an overseas “freelance" solicitor of England and Wales. As such, he has opted not to provide any reserved legal activities. The reason is that for the provision of reserved legal activities a practising address in the United Kingdom is required. This is not practicable (Joost’s clients are mainly Dutch enterprises doing business in the UK).
For more information on what type of activities fall within the scope of “reserved legal activities” please see subparagraph 14.4 of our terms and conditions, the website of the Legal Services Board and with respect to the status of a “freelance” solicitor the SRA website.
In addition, we do not provide the following types of work: immigration advice and services as defined in section 82 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, regulated claims management activities as specified under articles 89G to 89M of the Regulated Activities Order and regulated financial services activities as set out in Regulated Activities Order.
Please contact Joost Maassen if you have any further questions.
Limitation of liability and insurance
Any liability shall be limited to the amount paid out under our professional indemnity insurance and the applicable deductible (eigen risico). Please see our general terms and conditions of business for other limitations with respect to our liability.
The indemnity insurance and client protection positions are different from those applicable to a firm located in England and Wales. We are not covered by professional indemnity insurance subject to the SRA’s minimum terms and conditions. Instead, we have alternative insurance arrangements in place, which are more than the minimum arrangements required by The Netherlands Bar Association. Furthermore, clients do not have access to the SRA Compensation Fund. For more information please see subparagraphs 14.5 and 14.6 of our terms and conditions and the SRA website.
If you have any further queries on this, please do not hesitate to contact Joost Maassen.
In the event of absence due to sickness or special circumstances, please contact our replacement Mr. Jan-Paul van Barneveld
6861 EJ Oosterbeek
T: 088 40 80 700
F: 088 40 80 710
Please note that Mr. van Barneveld is only authorised to advise under Dutch law and may propose to transfer the case or involve an English law firm to deal with issues regarding English law.