Top 25 Dutch Caribbean Law Firms 2010

The Dutch Caribbean Legal Portal has composed a list of the Top 25 Law firms of the Dutch Caribbean for 2010, as well as the Top 10 Law firms of the relevant seperate Dutch Caribbean jurisdictions, being Curacao, Aruba, St Maarten and Bonaire (by number of lawyers).
The leading position in the Top 25 is for law firms VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne and HBN Law, both with their main office on Curacao and branches on Aruba, Bonaire, while HBN Law also has an office on Sint Maarten.

Of the 25 largest law firms in the Dutch Caribbean 13 firms have their main office on Curacao, 7 on Aruba and 5 on Sint Maarten.
The firms on Bonaire have not been able to enter the Top 25 yet. However this could very well change when Bonaire will become part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands later this year.
This also applies for Saba and Statia, where at this very moment no law firms have established themselves yet.

At the Joint Court of Justice of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba approximately 275 lawyers are officially registered.
Of these 275 lawyers, 150 are working at law firms on Curacao (ca. 55 %), 80 on Aruba (ca. 30 %), 40 on Sint Maarten (ca. 15 %) and 5 on Bonaire (ca. 2 %).

On Curacao the 150 registered lawyers are working at circa 50 law firms.
Approximately 30 % of the Dutch Caribbean lawyers work at firms with only one or two lawyers.

Position Law Firm Main office /Branch office(s) Number of Lawyers

1

VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne

Curacao (m) / Aruba / Bonaire/ ass. with VanDoorne Amsterdam

26

1

HBN Law Curacao / Aruba / Bonaire/ Sint Maarten/ ass. with Pels Rijcken (NL)

26

3

Soliana, Bonapart & Aardenburg Curacao/ Bonaire/ Aruba

14

4

Spigthoff

Curacao/ Amsterdam

11

5

BergmanZwanikkenSnowEssed

Sint Maarten

9

6

David Kock & Wix (Aruba) /David Kock Legal

Aruba (m) / Curacao/ Bonaire

9

7

Lexwell Sint Maarten

8

8

SMS Attorneys at Law Curacao / ass. with Spong Advocaten (NL)

7

9

STvB Advocaten

Curacao (m) / Amsterdam

7

10

Brown Lawyers

Aruba

6

11

Gibson & Associates

Sint Maarten

6

12

Bokkes Fontein

Curacao

5

13

Bermon Law office

Sint Maarten

5

14

Croes, Wever & Tchong

Aruba

5

15

Gomez & Bikker Advocaten

Aruba (m) / Amsterdam

5

16

Duncan & Brandon

Sint Maarten

4

17

Ecury & Gravenstijn Advocaten

Aruba

4

18

Van de Laarschot & Associates

Curacao

4

19

Advocatenpraktijk Martina N.V. Curacao

4

20

Advocatenkantoor Oedjaghir Curacao

4

21

Oomen & Offringa Advocaten Aruba

4

22

Swean Buckley Passchier Aruba

4

23

Advocatenkantoor Romer & Partners Curacao

4

24

Audax Legal Aruba

3

25

Advocatenkantoor Van Giffen Curacao/ Amsterdam

3

The position of the law firms in this list is based on the number of lawyers employed on 31 March 2010. Tax lawyers and notarial lawyers are not included.This list is based on information provided by the law firms concerned (a.o. websites and official information from the Bar Association).

The intention is to publish an updated list on a yearly basis, showing inter alia the climbers and descenders in comparison with the previous year.

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