Amice Advocaten is a Dutch law firm with extensive experience in construction law, property law, cross-border litigation and international arbitration. In particular, Amice Advocaten advises businesses in the industrial sector and the construction and property sector, as well as ICT businesses.

Mr. J.C. van Vliet


As a lawyer, Jeroen van Vliet has gained wide experience in business law in the broadest sense and in construction and property law. In recent years he extended his practice to businesses in related sectors such as installation, ICT and agriculture, for which he drafts and reviews contracts on a regular basis. Thanks to his earlier experience as in-house counsel at one of the large construction companies, he can quickly analyse complex issues and come up with workable solutions. Jeroen is fluent in (legal) English and speaks Russian; he has extensive experience in cooperating with foreign parties.

Jeroen specialises in preventing business disputes, but also on resolving such disputes through litigation. In each case, he chooses a clear (litigation) strategy in consultation with the client. In addition to a range of companies, he also assists private individuals who are facing (business) disputes. Jeroen is commercially astute and driven and has the right skills to handle trade disputes, construction conflicts and terminations of continuing performance agreements (agency, distribution). Jeroen has a degree in Dutch Law and Russian Studies from Leiden University.

Mr. J. van Duijvendijk (Of Counsel)

Jan van Duijvendijk is specialised in property law, project development and construction law. His focus is on writing clear agreements and recommendations. He is associated with Amice Advocaten as an of counsel. Jan teaches the subject of development law; he is a Fellow of Development Law at the Amsterdam School of Real Estate (ASRE) and works as a lecturer on the Project Development training programme offered by NEPROM (the Netherlands Association of Project Developers and Investors). He also co-authored the Handboek Projectontwikkeling (‘Project Development Handbook’) published by NEPROM. As Project Development Editor, he is part of the editorial team of Vastgoedcontracten (‘Property Contracts’), the model contract book of Den Hollander Publishers. He is a member of the Association of Construction Lawyers (VBR-A). From time to time he publishes articles. He studied Dutch Law at Leiden University and was first sworn in as a lawyer in 1983. After his first stint as a lawyer with the Dutch Supreme Court, he spent many years working as an in-house counsel at large enterprises, after which he returned to legal practice. Jan is a passionate birdwatcher and very interested in music, on which subject he gives regular lectures. Jan has extensive experience in all aspects of project development, assisting project developers and drafting collaboration agreements for the benefit of project developers.

Reetika Singh (legal advisor/India Desk)

Mr. M. Smak (advocaat/Of Counsel)
+31 (0)30 23 00 230

Mr. Monica Smak advises and litigates in all areas of employment law, for example dismissal law (individual and collective), incapacity for work, reorganizations, employee participation, etc.

After completing her master’s degree in Employment Law (cum laude) at VU University in 2016, she spent five years working as a attorney at a ‘Legal 500’ law firm specializing in employment law (L&A lawyers) in Amsterdam. From December 2022, she is associated with Amice Advocaten as an of counsel.

Her approach is pragmatic and decisive. She is adaptable, reliable and always goes for the maximum achievable result for her clients. Besides employment law, Monica has a passion for teaching. During her studies she taught at secondary schools and MBO institutions about the rule of law. She currently enjoys giving courses and training in her field of employment law.

Mr. M. Smak is (from January 2023) an independent attorney at Manifest Labor Law and works together with Amice Advocaten B.V. 

Mr. Maxim Benistant

Maxim Benistant comes from a family with a long tradition in legal practice. In 2011, he graduated with honours in Private Law from Utrecht University, after which he worked as a legal representative and tutor. Maxim’s expertise lies in the area of property, construction and tenancy law. Keeping agreements is high on his list of priorities. He is known for his focus on solutions, decisiveness and thoroughness. In his leisure time, he is an outdoor person and keen to spend time with his young family.

Xin Shi LLM
Head of China Desk

T. +31 (0) 85 48 35 230

M. +31 (0) 64 27 56 254

Mr. Xin Shi LL.M joined Amice Advocaten since November 2022 and he is responsible for the operation of the China Desk at Amice Advocaten. Before  Xin Shi joined Amice Advocaten, he worked for a  boutique immigration law firm for almost 5 years in the Netherlands. His legal knowledge and commitment to his duties have been very much valued and appreciated by the clients.

After Mr. Shi completed his undergraduate study (Bachelor of Law)  in Wuhan in China, he continued his law studies in London, Liverpool and Leiden. Currently he holds his LL.M degrees awarded by University of Liverpool and Leiden University. He has passed his Bar Exam in China at the year of 2007.

Besides his legal professions, Mr. Xin Shi enjoys playing badminton on a regular basis.

Vincent van der Schoot (paralegal)

Leanda Lobanovic

Marga Walakutty (Secretary)


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