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Discover Benelux | Special Theme | I am Dutch, Female & Successful
us to take on large and complex lawsuits.” Other proactive ways of offering legal support are, for instance, courses for clients and subscriptions to juridical advice. “It’s important to adjust to the changing market. For us, but also for our clients. We assist them by keeping them up to date on all legal developments. This allows them to take action before a problem arises.” Besides this, single entrepreneurs can subscribe to legal assistance for example. For every situation, no matter how small or complicated, De Haan is able to offer a customised solution. What is valued most is De Haan’s honest and transparent way of working. “We are available to our clients outside office hours, make sure to offer the best quality for the lowest price possible and we focus on constantly improving our service.” This approach has led to positive reviews by customers and national praise for their price-quality balance. De Haan specialises in Dutch law, but also works with a lot of international clients. Paanakker: “Most of them are companies with departments in the Netherlands, who need legal advice on operating here.” De Haan also runs an office in Hamburg, led by a Dutch lawyer who specialises in both Dutch and German law. Besides this, De Haan accompanies their clients to international meetings to assist them with legal advice on location. The firm is ISO–9001 certified. This is an international norm for quality management systems. This means the office is customer-focused and costconscious and that constant improvement is embedded in the organisation. “We challenge ourselves to monitor and maintain and improve the quality of our services!” While working her way up, being a woman has never been an issue for Paanakker. “Everybody has equal chances, but you have to be willing to work hard in order to be successful. I worked full-time while raising my children. A big advantage in my job is the flexibility in working time. Scheduling my own hours is an important aspect of a good work–life balance. It allows me to be more productive and after a day of work I am still full of energy, because I work on my own terms and I do work that I love.”
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