AANSPRAKELIJKHEID OVERHEID VOOR KWALITEIT OPENBARE WEG

Geen geld om de weg te onderhouden als disculpatiegrond?

Een fietser is met zijn racefiets ten val gekomen op het moment dat hij werd ingehaald door een vrachtauto met aanhangwagen. De fietser is vervolgens onder de vrachtwagen terecht gekomen en daarbij zwaar gewond geraakt. Het ongeval heeft plaatsgevonden op een openbare weg gelegen buiten de bebouwde kom van een dorp in Nederland. De Gemeente is verantwoordelijk voor het beheer van deze weg. De eigenaar van de vrachtwagen is verzekerd en deze verzekeraar wordt in rechte voor de schade aangesproken.

Wat betreft het wegdek is het volgende bekend. Het ongeval vond …
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Apr 2014
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IP VIOLATION AND IMMEDIATE BAN ON DOWNLOADING IN THE NETHERLANDS

The amount of the levy payable for making private copies of a protected work may not take unlawful reproductions into account

The European Copyright Directive* permits Member States to lay down an exception to the exclusive reproduction right of holders of copyright and related rights so that private copies may be made (the private copying exception). It also provides that Member States which decide to introduce such an exception into their national law are required to provide for the payment of ‘fair compensation’ to copyright holders in order to compensate them adequately for the use of their protected works or …
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Apr 2014
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EUROPEAN DATA RETENTION DIRECTIVE INVALID

By today’s judgment, the European Court of Justice declares the directive invalid

According to the Court, the Directive entails a wide-ranging and particularly serious interference with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data, without that interference being limited to what is strictly necessary.

The main objective of the Data Retention Directive* is to harmonize Member States’ provisions concerning the retention of certain data which are generated or processed by providers of publicly available electronic communications services or of public communications networks. It therefore seeks to ensure that the data are available for …
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Apr 2014
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MISBRUIK VAN PROCESRECHT

Gebod tot intrekking bodemprocedure in kort geding mogelijk

Net zoals het eigendomsrecht kan worden misbruikt, bijvoorbeeld door een schuur bewust zo te plaatsen dat het uitzicht van de buren wordt verstoord, kan er ook sprake zijn van misbruik van procesrecht. Het uitgangspunt is dat iemand bepaalde bevoegdheden heeft, zoals de bevoegdheid om een procedure te beginnen, (na verkregen verlof) beslag te leggen of het faillissement van een schuldenaar of van zichzelf aan te vragen. Maar het hebben van een bevoegdheid betekent niet dat je die naar willekeur kunt uitoefenen.

De regeling inzake misbruik van bevoegdheid (art. 3:13 BW) vindt buiten …
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05
Apr 2014
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SPIGT DUTCH CARIBBEAN AGAIN RANKED # 1

Just published: Chambers Global 2014

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Chambers and Partners:

The firm maintains its position at the forefront of the market in Curaçao, and its tax and corporate litigation teams are regarded as amongst the best in the country. The firm is a popular choice for international law firms seeking local counsel, and also handles high-profile commercial matters for domestic clients. Karel Frielink is a “great corporate attorney” lauded for his technical knowledge and experience of the local market. He is highly regarded for his work in funds …
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13
Mar 2014
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SPIGT DUTCH CARIBBEAN: ALWAYS PURSUING SOLUTIONS

We know when unconventional is more effective

Chambers and Partners:

“The firm maintains its position at the forefront of the market in Curaçao, and its tax and corporate litigation teams are regarded as amongst the best in the country. The firm is a popular choice for international law firms seeking local counsel, and also handles high-profile commercial matters for domestic clients.“

National boundaries these days are increasingly less significant, even for small or mid-size law firms. Though Spigt Dutch Caribbean can hardly be called a global law firm, with respect to the Dutch Caribbean …
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12
Mar 2014
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FIRST SET OF SINT MAARTEN LAWS TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH

Available online

37 organic laws of St. Maarten stemming from the Constitution, the explanatory memorandum to the Constitution and a glossary have been translated into British English. All translated legislations are now available on the government’s website along with the Dutch version.

The English translations are not binding in court. The original (Dutch) version of the laws will be used and referred to in court cases as Dutch is the official language used by the court. British English was used for the translations as it is the same as used by the Council of Ministers.

Prime Minister Sarah …
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01
Mar 2014
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FIND AN ATTORNEY – LAWYER IN THE DUTCH CARIBBEAN

Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba

Are you looking for an attorney / lawyer in the Dutch Caribbean? Please feel free to contact me at Karel.Frielink@SpigtDC.com. At Spigt Dutch Caribbean we have experts in various fields of law:

Labor law/labor disputes/arbitration: Annemarijke Bach Kolling

Funds/Protected Cell Companies/Trusts/Regulatory: Maike Bergervoet

Local and international tax law: Jeroen Starreveld

Corporate (M&A)/Banking & Finance/Legal Opinions/Litigation: Karel Frielink

Corporate/Corporate Litigation/Commercial: Martijn Welten

At Spigt Dutch Caribbean we pursue new solutions where others fall short!

Karel Frielink Attorney (Lawyer) / Partner

(1 March 2014)

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Mar 2014
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DE ENE ADVOCAAT IS DE ANDERE NIET

En het ene kantoor is het andere niet…

Je moet werken vanuit je eigen identiteit en overtuiging. Dat kunnen we vandaag lezen in een interview met Mark van Eck van Business Openers in Advocatie.nl. Een kantoor dat werkt vanuit wat dat kantoor uniek maakt, waarin het zich dus onderscheidt van andere kantoren, is meer succesvol. De kern van zijn boodschap is dat je moet werken vanuit je eigen kracht, ofwel: doe waar je goed in bent. En hij bedoelt werken, niet alleen maar praten, en al helemaal niet praten over je concurrenten, laat staan negatief. Volgens Van …
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26
Feb 2014
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LITIGATION IN THE DUTCH CARIBBEAN

If you need a troubleshooter in your corner

The civil court system in the Dutch Caribbean (Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba) consists of three tiers; first instance cases are brought before the Court of First Instance. Appeal cases are brought before the Joint Court of Appeal. When all normal appeal procedures have been exhausted, cassation cases can be brought before the Court of Cassation or Supreme Court (Hoge Raad) in The Hague in the Netherlands.

All adversarial proceedings in the Dutch Caribbean shall be initiated by means of a petition to the Court of First Instance. …
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19
Feb 2014
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L4L – LAWYERS FOR LAWYERS

Helps lawyers in danger around the world

I am supporting Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L) for several years already. L4L is an independent and non-political foundation which seeks to promote the proper functioning of the rule of law by pursuing freedom and independence of the legal profession. L4L does this by supporting lawyers worldwide who are threatened or suppressed in the execution of their profession.

L4L has committed itself to enable lawyers to practice law in freedom and independence, always and everywhere, even when that does not suit the local government, bar association or establishment. The objectives of …
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30
Jan 2014
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LEGAL FEES: CHANGING LANDSCAPE

Alternative billing arrangements

According to Larry Primeaux, the construction of legal fees is undergoing a metamorphosis in reaction to changing economics. Fact is, indeed, that you read everywhere that law firms (lawyers, advocates, attorneys) have to change. The system of “hourly rate billing” in particular has to take the rap. “In this economy, at least for the short term, it appears that law firms will be forced to agree to alternative fee arrangements if clients demand those arrangements.” (2013 ABA Publication).

According to the website AMPulse, “the success of flat rate fees is dependent …
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Jan 2014
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