About us

About us

Houthoff is here to help our clients reach their strategic goals in their most complex cases, when timing couldn’t be more critical


Houthoff is an independent top-tier Netherlands-based firm with 300 lawyers, civil-law notaries and tax advisers, all offering exceptional legal advice and support to an extensive national and international client base.

Clients choose us to help them tackle their most complex and critical problems, the kind where genuine strategic advice is essential, not just a knowledge of the law. Why? They say it’s the reassuring depth of our practice groups' legal knowledge combined with the breadth of our sector knowledge and experience that gives them the confidence that we’ll give them the very best team to work with. They also praise our proven track record of resolving disputes and capitalising on opportunities. And they also talk about our pragmatic approach to problem-solving, our passion for innovation and our truly entrepreneurial spirit.

Together with our worldwide network, consisting of offices in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Brussels, London and New York, representatives in Houston, Singapore and Tokyo, an exclusive Lex Mundi membership and our own International Friends Network, these qualities make Houthoff the reliable partner at the most critical moments.

Diversity

We believe that diversity goes further than respecting everyone’s background. Teams of men and women with a mixture of backgrounds, cultures, preferences and ideas are more productive and more creative; in other words: better teams. That is why striving for diversity is not only the right thing to do, but also the smart thing to do.

We at Houthoff work in a constantly changing environment at the heart of society. Our clients represent all sorts of people in the Netherlands and the rest of the world. To properly understand the dynamics of our clients, diversity is very important to us. We give room to ambitious people who see value in their own uniqueness and talents and who want to provide the best service for our clients. This requires a culture in which everyone has the freedom to be themselves and an environment that makes everyone feel included.

At the moment, half of the entry-level lawyers at Houthoff are women. The proportion of women at partner level is 20%, which is above average in the market. However, we believe there is room for improvement and are committed to address equal representation at senior level. In view of the current gender composition of our associates, we trust that equal representation at Houthoff will become a reality.

Houthoff was the first law firm in the Netherlands to sign the 'Diversity in the legal profession' declaration of the Netherlands Bar Association. We are also one of the founders of the FORWARD foundation, which aims to promote acceptance of the LGBT community within the Dutch legal profession.

In all our efforts to promote diversity, we know it is important to recognise that there are misconceptions before we can address those misconceptions. We strongly believe that it is possible to be an inclusive office. It will take patience, and above all, our work ethic and drive to foster an environment that appreciates and celebrates all of our differences.

 

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