Legal Design

Designed to deliver

Whether you’re summarising complicated legal information or trying to decipher its essence, visualisation is a powerful tool for swiftly getting a message across clearly and convincingly, while improving both comprehension and retention.


That’s why Houthoff has developed a Legal Design offering. We help our clients understand complex legal information quickly and easily. Using visual tools, our lawyers can get your message across effectively in court.

This innovative approach utilises graphics and other visual tools to support our clients’ point of view or to facilitate strategic discussion in an clear, intuitive and concise way. This saves the time it takes wading through text, improves concentration and makes it easy to see connections or contradictions.

From summarising and clarifying contradictory arguments, to quickly grasping structures or arrangements, Houthoff’s Legal Design Team provides an effective and efficient way to achieve results, whether inside or outside the courtroom.  Our clients say it works so well because it perfectly combines two specialist skills: the lawyer's pen and the legal designer's pencil.

The use of Legal Design was an eye-opener for me.

 - Kristel Verschoor | Managing lawyer at NN-Advocaten

WHY?

We live in an age of information overload and diminishing attention spans. Imagery is becomingly increasingly important as it has the power to communicate complex messages rapidly, concisely and memorably. Houthoff is known for its strategic and pragmatic approach. Legal design is an excellent example of this. We can translate your complex legal issue into a visual aid that supports your strategy. 

“IN A NUMBER OF CASES WHERE GETTING TO THE BOTTOM OF COMPLEX TECHNICAL AND CHEMICAL PROCESSES WAS ESSENTIAL FOR THE LEGAL ASSESSMENT, LEGAL DESIGN HELPED ENORMOUSLY IN MAKING THESE COMPLEX PROCESSES UNDERSTANDABLE FOR THE COURT – TO THE AMAZEMENT OF THE CLIENTS.”

 - Alexander van der Voort Maarschalk | Lawyer & Partner at Houthoff 

HOW?

We combine the field of design with the science of behavioural psychology to communicate legal information to the recipient in a functional, factual and accurate manner. We do this by using graphic instruments and other visual tools to support our clients’ viewpoint or to facilitate strategic discussion in a clear, intuitive and concise way.

WHEN?

The use of legal design makes it possible to identify bottlenecks much earlier in the process, while at the same time facilitating other lines of thought. This often leads to new insights. Legal design thus lends itself well not only to effective communication in court, but also to better negotiations, transactions and client-lawyer communication.

“LEGAL DESIGN IS VALUABLE IN TWO WAYS: SUBSTANTIVELY, AS IT MAKES THE ISSUE CLEAR AND UNDERSTANDABLE FOR EVERYONE, AND RHETORICALLY, AS IT ACCENTUATES PRECISELY THOSE POINTS THAT A LAWYER WANTS TO EMPHASISE.”

 - Jan Willem de Groot | Lawyer & Partner at Houthoff

PRACTISE WHAT YOU PREACH

We invest in training our lawyers in visual thinking, because we know that being able to visualise their own thought processes will improve their problem-solving abilities. Visualisation accelerates the process of identifying and understanding links, exposing hidden connections, making it possible to see underlying structures in documents and files.

By combining the power of text with the effectiveness of imagery, Houthoff raises the bar.

Sarah van Hecke

Key Contact

Amsterdam
Legal Design Adviser
+31 20 605 62 80