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Proactive and high quality legal advice Ambitious, hard-working and sympathetic. That is how one could describe lawyer Nelly Paanakker, partner of Law firm De Haan Advocaten & Notarissen from Groningen, a proactive and trendsetting firm which focuses on solving problems before they arise. TEXT: JANINE STERENBORG | PHOTOS: DE HAAN ADvOCATEN & NOTARISSEN / PRACHTPLAATJES
De Haan Advocaten & Notarissen is the leading law firm in the north of the Netherlands and is part of the top 25 judicial service providers in the country. Lawyer Nelly Paanakker has been involved with the firm since 1996. “When I started working as a lawyer I discovered I like to write pleadings and work with language. The goal was of course to find the best solution for my clients and make a difference for them. This is still a very satisfying part of the job.” Now, almost twenty years later, Paanakker has specialised in employment law and civil service and she is a partner in the company. “I’ve seen the firm grow and develop into a full-service organisation and I’m very proud of where it stands now. I am surrounded by an extensive network of
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ambitious specialists. It is very inspiring to work with so many talented people.” The proactivity of De Haan has made it to local and national news over the last years. “House owners in the north east of Groningen have been duped by an oil company’s drillings for natural gas which cause regular
earthquakes. As a result houses are severely damaged. We started a foundation to allow property owners to start a collective lawsuit in order to get compensation for the loss of value of their homes and the emotional stress. The benefits of this collective procedure are that the effect of a large lawsuit is bigger than a lot of smaller ones and it’s cheaper for the parties involved.” With over eighty specialists working for De Haan, the required knowledge for a lawsuit like this is present in the firm. “We are indeed a full service company,” adds Paanakker, “this allows us to offer legal advice on any subject. When I need advice on an issue which is not my speciality, I consult one of our specialists. This allows
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