The Netherlandse Orde Van Advocaten (Dutch Bar Association) brings in new regulation around annual lawyer testing

Each year lawyers in the Netherlands must comply what the NOvA calls ‘quality tests’ to ensure they maintain their level of expertise. This means that lawyers must participate annually in the form of structured feedback: Intervision (a structured and periodic form of discussion within a peer group of professionals),  peer review or structured peer consultation…

The General Council of the Netherlands Bar presents vision on future supervision

The General Council of the Netherlands Bar has presented its vision for lawyer supervision to the Minister for Legal Protection. The General Council has proposed a national supervisory authority for the legal profession (LTA) to guarantee quality of supervision and independence from the state. The board would consist of both lawyers and lay members independent…

The NOvA publishes updated guidelines for lawyers and firms on anti-money laundering

The new manual outlines tools to help lawyers and law firms comply with the obligations set out in the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Prevention Act (Wwft). These include which lawyers are (not) subject to the Wwft, what services are subject to the Wwft and which fall under the so-called process exemption, what the customer…

Dutch Bar provides special resilience training for criminal defence attorneys

The Dutch Bar has recognised that criminal defence attorneys who have clients behind bars can face pressure, threats and possibly even manipulative behaviour and is organising special resilience training to their members facing this challenge. Special attention is paid to manipulative behaviour and how this can lead to undesired influence on lawyers. The course covers how…

NOvA, the Dutch Bar, is using the DilemmApp to increase awareness of ethics and compliance issues amongst lawyers

The Dutch Bar is using an app called DilemmApp as a tool for increasing awareness and insight into ethics and compliance issues for its members. The App confronts the user with a dilemma in which they have to make a judgment call about the best course of action. After 2 weeks, NOvA posts its final…

Nederlandse Orde Van Advocaten, the Dutch bar, has set up a taskforce to increase support for lawyers facing risks of being used by organised crime

Nederlandse Orde Van Advocaten has set up a taskforce to better protect those working within the legal profession against threats from organised crime and illicit finance. The taskforce aims to increase the rule of law, awareness of the legal profession and improve the security of lawyers by increasing their resilience and improving safety measures. This…

The legal Aid Board in the Netherlands is to begin a subsidy scheme experiment for divorce cases

The legal Aid Board in the Netherlands will begin a subsidy scheme experiment for complex divorce cases. The scheme will begin in February 2022 with the aim of uncovering how best to assist litigants in complex divorce cases, with a view to providing high quality legal aid assistance after an appropriate fee has been agreed….

The legal Aid Board in the Netherlands is to begin a subsidy scheme experiment for divorce cases

The legal Aid Board in the Netherlands will begin a subsidy scheme experiment for complex divorce cases. The scheme will begin in February 2022 with the aim of uncovering how best to assist litigants in complex divorce cases, with a view to providing high quality legal aid assistance after an appropriate fee has been agreed….

The Dutch Bar Association will run resilience training for lawyers in 2022 after the 2021 offerings proved popular

The resilience training courses for lawyers in The Netherlands run by the Dutch Bar Association were so popular they’re running them again in 2022 for a new cohort, running a new series of 500 training courses. These courses aim to teach lawyers the skills required to deal with aggression and threats that they may face…

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