Huib Lebbing

Advocaat | Partner


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+31 6 2049 0572



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Huib leads Houthoff's Public Law, Investigations & Corporate Crime practice.

He specialises in civil liability matters, mainly in the context of health and safety law. He litigates, advises, and conducts confidential internal investigations for clients in relation to compliance with health and safety regulations. Huib is an experienced litigator and acts as a defence counsel in complex, media-sensitive cases, particularly relating to health and safety claims. His work involves class actions, as well as product liability and compliance in the area of employer liability. Huib advises industry organisations and companies faced with the consequences of a large-scale accident or disaster.

  • "A client mentions that Huib is 'a legal expert in his field of expertise, but also brings in-depth knowledge on other aspects of the case'."
    Chambers Europe, Insurance (2023 Edition)
  • "A client mentions: 'Huib is good at high-level summaries and drilling deeper if needed'."
    Chambers Europe, Insurance (2023 Edition)
  • "A client says: 'Huib is articulate and clear'."
    Chambers Europe, Insurance (2023 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Insurance (2023 Edition)
  • “One client describes him as ‘a knowledgeable insurance litigation partner with a relentless focus on delivering the right results’.”
    Chambers Europe, Insurance (2022 Edition)
  • “A client regards Huib Lebbing as ‘the go-to lawyer for any type of complex multi-party conflict’.”
    Chambers Europe, Insurance (2022 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Insurance (2022 Edition)
  • Recommended

    Legal 500, Insurance (2021 edition)
  • “One client calls him ‘an absolute delight to work with,’ going on to add that Lebbing is ‘knowledgeable in terms of legal experience and also very practical.’”
    Chambers Europe, Insurance (2021 Edition)
  • “He is the lawyer that sets the right tone needed in a multiparty dispute to get a resolution. Lebbing is easy-going and very approachable.’”
    Chambers Europe, Insurance (2020 Edition)
  • “A client endorses that ‘he truly can answer all questions related to liability matters.’”
    Chambers Europe, Insurance (2020 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Insurance (2020 Edition)
  • “Huib Lebbing is an excellent lawyer, with whom it is a pleasure to work.”
    Legal 500, Insurance (2020 Edition)
He has considerable experience with class actions involving exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace. Huib also acts for companies confronted with product defects and possible product recalls. His experience with authorities such as the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority, the SZW Inspectorate and the Dutch Safety Board is extremely valuable in this context. Huib is a member of Houthoff's Diversity & Inclusiveness Committee.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Dutch Law (University of Amsterdam)
  • Advised the on the Toronto Stock Exchange listed WSP Global Inc., one of the world's leading professional services firms providing engineering and design services to clients in the Transportation & Infrastructure, Property & Buildings, Environment, Power&Energy, Resources and Industry sector as well as offering strategic advisory services, on the acquisition of multidisciplinary consultancy- and engineering firm Lievense


  • Assisting Verwater Group in their crisis management and legal affairs in the acute phase of a huge asbestos contamination involving delivery of asbestos' contaminated grit
  • Counsel to the Dutch Association of Insurers to advise the industry and the Association of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering on strategic matters concerning occupational exposure to Chrome-6 
  • Defense counsel to Waagner Biro,  the design-build contractor for the machinery of the Botlek Bridge in the Netherlands, which is the world's biggest vertical lift bridge, and its insurers in liability issues against a joint venture consisting of a.o. Strabag, Strukton and Ballast Nedam 
  • Advising the world's largest privately owned global tank container leasing company in dealings with the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT).
  • Represented a.o. Alcodis S.A. in an agrifood product liability matter involving product recalls in several countries worldwide.
  • Represented Goodyear Dunlop in litigation resulting from a series of incidents.
  • Defense counsel to Vetropack Holding AG in a product recall claim against a Dutch worldwide Brewery.