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Why are lawyers in the Netherlands obliged to establish the identity of new clients?

Why are lawyers in the Netherlands obliged to establish the identity of new clients?

Like all lawyers registered in the Netherlands, AMS Advocaten is obliged to establish the identity of new clients. This obligation stems from the European legislation for the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing.



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Golfer hits player’s head with golf ball: liable or own risk?

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Golfer hits player’s head with golf ball: liable or own risk?

On the face of it, golf may seem less dangerous than, say, football, but according to Golf Digest, more than 40,000 golfers are brought to A&E with injuries every year. So what is the situation



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Muslim slaughterhouse sues State for instructions on slaughtering

Muslim slaughterhouse sues State for instructions on slaughtering

Shortly before last month’s Feast of Sacrifice, a Muslim slaughterhouse instituted preliminary relief proceedings against the Dutch State. The slaughterhouse wanted to get rid of the imposed slaughter instructions drawn up by the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA). If the slaughterhouse were to follow these instructions on slaughter, its meat would no longer be halal. In this remarkable case, entrepreneurship and religion played important roles. The Dutch lawyer Heleen Ceelen explains the ruling.



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Golfer hits player on the head with golf ball: liable or own risk?

Golfer hits player on the head with golf ball: liable or own risk?

Golf may seem less dangerous than, say, football, but according to Golf Digest, more than 40,000 golfers are brought each year to A&E with bodily injuries. What is actually the situation with regard to someone who causes an accident on the golf course? Does injury as a result of a stray ball remain the risk of the victim, or can the victim hold the causer responsible? Dutch lawyer Onno Hennis, who specialises in liability law, explains, based on a ruling of the District Court of Amsterdam.



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Netherlands Commercial Court shall open its doors in 2017

Netherlands Commercial Court shall open its doors in 2017

Following on from several global commercial centres (London, Dublin, Singapore, Delaware (US) and Dubai, The Netherlands shall open a ‘Commercial Court’ on 1 January 2017, to resolve international trade disputes. This idea by the Council of the Judiciary dates back to 2014, but is now being implemented. But what does it mean exactly and what is the added value for the existing legal practice? AMS lawyer Marco Guit explains.



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AMS Advocaten opens location in Naarden

AMS Advocaten opens location in Naarden

On 1 April 2016 AMS Lawyers opened the doors of its new location in Naarden. The office is at Ijsselmeerweg 100 on the fields of the Naarderbos Golf Course. This easily accessible location enables AMS Lawyers to offer even better service to its clients in Het Gooi. Among others the bankruptcies for which AMS lawyers have been appointed as trustees by the Court of Middle Netherlands shall be handled from this office.



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Foreign party involved in Dutch proceedings: who pays the legal costs?

Foreign party involved in Dutch proceedings: who pays the legal costs?

If legal action succeeds, the other party can be sentenced to pay the legal costs. We explained earlier what these legal costs are, and how the amount of the legal costs is determined (and how this works in cases about intellectual property, where the basic premise is compensation of the actual legal costs). But what if there is a foreign party to the proceedings?
AMS lawyer Hein Hoogendoorm had such a case and explains, based on a ruling on a procedural issue, how this can be addressed.



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New rules for the enforcement of a foreign ruling

Dutch lawyer Heleen Ceelen

Until 10 January 2015, the execution of a ruling from another EU member state required a so-called leave to enforce in The Netherlands. A Dutch court had to assess whether the foreign ruling could be executed in The Netherlands. For some judgments that is no longer required. Lawyer Heleen Ceelen explains.



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