Published On: Mon, Feb 17th, 2014

Large law firms get larger

lawyerWILLEMSTAD - Dutch Caribbean Legal Portal’s annual Top 25 Law Firms Curaçao shows that the largest law firms on Curaçao got even bigger in 2013. The legal website bases its ranking on the number of active attorneys at law per island. Rankings are published per jurisdiction, accumulating in a total Dutch Caribbean list.

The three largest firms on Curaçao – respectively VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne, HBN Law and Spigt Dutch Caribbean – all grew with one attorney at law on Curaçao in the past year. Number four, SolianaBonapart&Aardenburg III, lost one attorney on Curaçao and number five,SMS Attorneys at Law, remained steady with nine attorneys. The numbers three (Spigt Dutch Caribbean) and four (SolianaBonapart&Aardenburg) swapped positions on the list.

The largest firm on Curaçao remains VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne with 24 lawyers on Curaçao and 37 in total. Number two on the list is HBN Law with 16 on Curaçao and 30 attorneys in the region. Number three in size is Spigt Dutch Caribbean with 12 attorneys at law on Curaçao (and two tax lawyers).

Remarkable this year is a name change for growing BokkesFalkena, formerly BokkesFontein. This is the result of the retirement of Mr. Fontein and the scheduled arrival of former Spigthoff associate Mr. Falkena on Bonaire shortly.

New on the list are IndersonAdvocaten  with four lawyers and DC Law, Diaz Advocaten, Law office Simon, MoenirAlam,  Pieter &WilsoeAdvocaten, Roque Koeijers and Romer& Partners,all with two lawyers.

Most of the law firms in the top 25 have remained steady in terms of number of lawyers. Six firms show an increase in the number of lawyers and three firms show a decline.

At the Joint Court of Justice of Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten and of Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba, approximately 350 lawyers are officially registered. Of these lawyers, 185 are working at law firms on Curaçao (ca. 55 %). These 185 lawyers are working at approximately 90 lawfirms.

Position Last year Climber/ descender Lawfirm Number of lawyers (in Curacao office) Number of lawyers last year Total number of lawyers in Dutch Caribbean
1 (1) - VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne 24 23 35
2 (2) - HBN Law 16 15 30
3 (4) Spigt Dutch Caribbean 12 11 12
4 (3) Soliana, Bonapart& Aardenburg 11 12 15
5 (5) - SMS Attorneys at law 9 9 9
6 (6) - Sulvaran&Peterson 5 4 5
7 (-) BBV Legal 4 - 4
7 (7) - BokkesFalkena 4 3 5
7 (-) Inderson Advocaten 4 2 4
7 (6) Van de Laarschot &Associates 4 4 4
8 (6) Advocatenpraktijk Martina 3 4 3
8 (7) FCW Legal 3 3 3
8 (6) Henriquez&Knoppel 3 4 3
9 (8) Asjes Carrega 2 2 2
9 (8) Advocatenkantoor Braam & Pols 2 2 2
9 (8) Burgers Advocaten 2 2 2
9 (7) David Kock Legal 2 2 12
9 (-) DC Law 2 - 2
9 (-) Diaz Advocaten 2 - 2
9 (8) Huizing en Huizing Advocaten 2 2 2
9 (-) Law office Limon 2 - 2
9 (-) Advocatenkantoor MoenirAlam 2 - 2
9 (-) Pieter &Wilsoe Advocaten 2 - 2
9 (-) Advocatenkantoor RoqueKoeijers 2 - 2
9 (-) Advocatenkantoor Romer & Partners 2 - 2

Note: this list is based on information provided by the law firms concerned (a.o. websites) and on official information from the Bar Association. Tax lawyers and notarial lawyers are not included.

Source: legal website Dutch Caribbean Legal Portal (www.dutchcaribbeanlegalportal.com)

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