Rieme-Jan Tjittes

T: +31 70 376 07 89
E: riemejan.tjittes@barentskrans.nl
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Rieme-Jan is a very experienced litigation and arbitration attorney (‘advocaat’). He is considered to be one of the leading authorities in (international) commercial contracts in The Netherlands. His clients are national and international companies, which are confident to let him handle their most complex and high risk disputes to reach satisfactory solutions. His litigation and arbitration work encompasses a wide array of legal topics and business activities, such as post M&A warranty and indemnity disputes, the termination of distribution and licensing agreements, gas and electricity supply contracts, high tech and construction contracts and setting aside (international) arbitral awards. Rieme-Jan is frequently asked to be arbitrator in national and international institutional arbitrations (NAI, ICC, AAA) as well as ad hoc arbitrations. In addition, Rieme-Jan is admitted to the Dutch Supreme Court bar and has as such achieved an inter alia Tier 1 Ranking in Chambers for many years in a row. Before joining BarentsKrans, Rieme-Jan worked as an attorney in the Litigation & Arbitration Department of Allen & Overy LLP. Prior to that he was a fulltime Justice of Courts of Appeal and knows as such what arguments will convince a judge.

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Clients appriciate his ability to “explain complex things in plain English“. – Chambers Europe, 2022

“Based in The Hague, BarentsKrans is renowned for its specialist Supreme Court unit led by ‘real authority’ Rieme-Jan Tjittes, but also excels in high-profile corporate and commercial litigation and commercial contracts disputes on behalf of a largely claimant client base.”Legal 500, Top Tier, 2021

“Rieme-Jan Tjittes is a well-regarded Supreme Court practitioner, advising clients from the financial services sector. Commentators highlight his skill in contractual disputes, one reporting that he is an encyclopedia of contract law and adding: It is a pleasure to work with him.” – Chambers Europe, 2021

“Rieme-Jan Tjittes is a highly regarded Supreme Court litigator, acting for private corporations as well as state bodies. Clients highlight that it is very easy talking to him, even for people who aren’t lawyers, adding that he is very pragmatic and practical.” – Chambers Europe, 2020

Prior associations

  • Attorney-at-law at Allen & Overy LLP (Commercial Litigation & Arbitration)(from 2007
  • Fulltime Justice in the Court of Appeal (from 1999-2007)
  • Tenured professor of contract law, tort law and damages Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (from 1995)
  • Law clerk Supreme Court of the Netherlands (from 1992)
  • Previously attorney at law (The Hague) and lecturer in contract law (Erasmus Universiteit in Rotterdam)