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Van Emstede & Partners Advocaten

Nautical Lawyer

The nautical lawyer is a vital aspect of Van Emstede & Partners Advocaten.
Attorney Ivo M.F. van Emstede has provided legal assistance to entrepreneurs in the water-recreation industry since 1987 and has specialised in legal matters, which entrepreneurs in the water-recreation industry may come up against, including (1) the compilation of contracts (for yacht construction, repairs and renovation), (2) the compilation of general terms and conditions tailored to the entrepreneur’s business, (3) the purchase, sale and lease of yachts, (4) marina issues, (5) agency issues and (6) debt-collection issues.

Attorney Van Emstede is the compiler of 13 sets of general terms and conditions of the HISWA Association, which is the industry organisation, and of several HISWA standard contracts.
Attorney Ivo van Emstede became ‘HISWA Partner in Business’ of the HISWA Association in 1992.
Please refer to the HISWA publications related to Van Emstede & Partners Advocaten.



The Office

Van Emstede & Partners Advocaten are a collaboration of civil-law attorneys, former litigators and legal experts. The attorneys/lawyers in this collaboration bear responsibility for their legal aid to you, both in and outside a court of law.

Have your rights asserted, defended and protected – that’s Van Emstede & Partners Advocaten’s line of approach.


Van het kantoor te Amsterdam maken deel uit:

  • mr. Ivo M.F. van Emstede
    Sworn in as a lawyer in 1981, nautical lawyer, specialising in the law of obligations, liability law, contract law, law of civil procedure, law of seizure (yachts).




Our clients speaking about us.

ASH Yachting, Zaandam

Attorney Van Emstede knows practically everybody in the water-sports industry, and practically everybody knows attorney Van Emstede who, with his expertise, is proficient in nautical litigation. With his abundance of knowledge of every detail of a boat, he’s a great support to us. Attorney Van Emstede even understands smaller entrepreneurs and is truly a tower of strength. He’s an attorney who doesn’t mince words and effectively takes action on behalf of harmed watersports entrepreneurs.


Aquanaut Yachting Holland B.V., Sneek

Attorney Van Emstede is prompt to provide clear answers with a realistic consideration of the pros and cons of his client’s case (an amicable settlement may be more opportune for his client than costly proceedings).
Attorney Van Emstede has a pro-active approach and is actively committed to his client’s case and brings up solutions I hadn’t even thought of myself!


De Boarnstream International Marine Group, Jirnsum

Attorney Ivo van Emstede has assisted us as a nautical lawyer for more than 25 years. Ivo van Emstede is a dedicated lawyer who pulls his full weight for his client. He comes up with creative solutions, is flexible and provides advice that is actually really useful for the client.


Bonsink Yacht Painters B.V. / Serious Yachts B.V. / De Kranerweerd Jachthaven B.V. / Yacht Gallery, Zwartsluis

The things that come to mind if we are to describe you as a legal counsel and person are:

  • professional nautical approach
  • straight from the shoulder
  • complete knowledge of the case-file with real attention for and commitment to the case, 7 days a week
  • always pleasant to engage with.

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Brandsma Jachten B.V., Sneek

Attorney Ivo van Emstede will go straight down to the crux of the matter. Always to the point, with a quick mind and he’s knowledgeable, which makes life so much easier.
Another pleasant aspect is that as a client, you can bounce off some ideas or questions without constantly being faced with a bill.


Europeesche Verzekeringen N.V., Amsterdam

Europeesche Verzekeringen is pleased with the clear and straighforward communications. Additionally, attorney Van Emstede has a certain added value because of his nautical expertise, which to us, as specialists in insurances including boat insurances, is definitely an asset. 


Hamer Expertise & Advies B.V., Aalsmeer

When we were unexpectedly faced with an (unjustly) dissatisfied customer, attorney Van Emstede’s assistance was excellent and got us out of hot water, in literal and figurative speech.

Keizer Yachts B.V., Dronten

At its incorporation, Keizer Yachts B.V. was looking for a legal advisor who is seasoned in the water-sports industry. Keizer Yachts B.V. assigned Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH to build sporty motor yachts and was in need of a nautical heavyweight, which we found in Ivo van Emstede. Ivo proved to be someone who, in plain language, explains issues arising in negotiations, in drawing up contracts or in the performance of work by third parties. With his clarity, he inspires the confidence that legal matters will be attended to with great affinity, honesty and passion.


Nova Yachting International B.V., Bruinisse

When it comes to legal matters in my trade, I need to have brainstorming sessions with someone who knows the boat industry inside out and who is able to give me an honest, well-reasoned and legally appropriate piece of advice, and I have found this person in Ivo van Emstede.

Orange Nautical Services B.V., Zaandam

Despite all the efforts as an entrepreneur to make sure things are well organised, you sometimes need legal assistance.
Usually for advice and sometimes with regard to a dispute. Attorney Van Emstede has been our permanent contact in legal matters for several decades.
Ivo van Emstede is knowledgeable in his profession, is versed with the world of water sports and, based on his expertise of many years, has been able to assist us and has looked after our interests to our complete satisfaction.


Sunseeker Benelux B.V., Wemeldinge

With attorney Van Emstede’s dedication and commitment, he gives you the feeling that he is part of your company. Because of his approach, you feel you can safely leave him to act on your behalf.


Wim van der Valk B.V., Waalwijk

Proper and honest advice to make sure you know where you stand beforehand.
The client is his primary focus – so no tricks or nonsense.
Attorney Van Emstede’s assistance pays more than double for itself.


Wajer & Wajer Yachts, Heeg

Van Emstede & Partners can be defined as a reliable and effective partner for Wajer Yachts. 


HISWA Publications about Van Emstede & Partners Advocaten



Our Lawyer Network

In order to provide the widest range of law areas on a professional level, Van Emstede & Partners Advocaten have opted for a cooperation with various expert attorneys/lawyers inside and outside The Netherlands. This gives clients the assurance of specialised legal aid in numerous fields of law.

Van Emstede & Partners Advocaten are assisted by a select number of attorneys/lawyers specialising in field including labour law, copyright law (intellectual property), (commercial) tenancy law (residences and business accommodations) and corporate law.

These attorneys/lawyers facilitate attorney Van Emstede in his legal assistance to you.

mr. dr. L.P. Broekveld (Amsterdam)

mr. R.J. Ouderdorp (Amsterdam

mw. mr. A.M.R. Smolders (Amsterdam)

  • (voorheen rechter in de Rechtbank Amsterdam, algemene praktijk)

Klos c.s. Attorneys at law (Amsterdam)

Lawlink Advocaten (home and abroad )

  • The lawyers of ‘Law Link Advocaten‘ home and abroad

Flexibility (Amstelveen)


Value for money

The hourly fees below (*) are exclusive of 7% office charges and sales tax.

Hourly fees (effective from 1st of January 2014)


No-cure and less-pay arrangements and/or agreements on lower hourly fees with a bonus upon a successful result are included in the options.
An initial telephone conversation for advice of 20 minutes maximum is free of charge.
(*) The hourly fee includes the ‘specialisation’ factor, which allow for a faster and more efficient performance.

Download the financial terms and conditions of Van Emstede & Partners Advocaten here (PDF).


Contact us


Van Emstede & Partners Advocaten will be pleased to assist you. Please use the details below to contact us for any questions and/or further details.

Address details

Van Emstede & Partners Advocaten
Leidseplein 33-2
1017PS Amsterdam

T +31 (0)20 675 94 94

E imf@vanemstede.nl
E e.slager@vanemstede.nl

mr. I.M.F. van Emstede
Chamber of Commerce: 30254686
VAT: NL0819.85.617.B01

mr. E.H.J. Slager
Chamber of Commerce: 68603436
VAT: NL1745.57.796.B01

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