About us

Samuel Beckett's quotation - "It is not every day that we are needed." - seems very apt for the legal services we provide.
However, instructing skilled and competent lawyers at the proper time is crucial to any successful business.  It can be daunting trying to find the right firm for your type of business. Van Steenderen MainportLawyers is a leading full service law firm in Shipping, Transport and Insurance providing both transactional, litigation and mediation services. Our clients are to be found in the domestic and international markets.

Our firm is advising on commercial transactions and on dispute resolution through the State court and through arbitration or mediation. If necessary we will draw on our network of lawyers and specialists in other jurisdictions.

The main reason for choosing Van Steenderen MainportLawyers as your regular law firm is the unique combination we make between being knowledgeable about your industry next to being skilled lawyers with a solid reputation where it comes to being commercial and pro-active. We are lawyers who are trained and used to work at large firms but have decided to go independent. We have the deep expertise but are much more cost effective. We combine the expertise and professionalism of a big law firm with the personal approach, responsiveness and creativity of a boutique practice ( Winner of The Golden Hour Glass for Most Prestigious Boutique Firm in 2009).

"Van Steenderen MainportLawyers provides a superb industry knowledge with appropriate and straight-to-the-point advice" (The Legal 500, 2012)

"What the team is known for: Highly regarded maritime law practice active on behalf of financial institutions, insurers and ship agents. Additionally commended for its knowledge of the superyacht industry" (Chambers & Partners, 2014).

"Van Steenderen is a boutique shipping firm based in Rotterdam. The Netherlands is one of the largest markets for yacht building and Van Steenderen has a well-established superyacht practice. One international lawyer says the firm has "established itself as the most recognisable Dutch firm in this industry." ( Chambers - HNW 2016).