Sworn in: 1988
Claire Nijssen already knew at high school that she wanted to become a lawyer. And now, after more than 30 years of full-time legal practice, the work still gives her a great deal of satisfaction, whether it involves helping a litigant to answer an urgent legal question or to find an effective solution to a legal problem. That requires a knowledge not just of the law but also of the interests of the client. Claire’s talent for solving puzzles and her practical ingenuity come in very handy.
Her special field is contract law: formulating general terms and conditions, drawing up or analysing contracts, assessing breaches of contract and claims for damages, or investigating how the client can escape from a contractual obligation. Her work often involves real estate contracts (purchase, leasing, project development, building contracts) or public procurement issues. But if a legal conflict is unavoidable then Claire takes responsibility and guides the client through proceedings before the civil court or the Arbitration Board for the Building Industry.
Claire is a member of the firm’s Real Estate department and German desk; her fluent German makes it easy for her to discuss matters with German-speaking clients. She is a board member of the Limburg Broadcasting Foundation, the municipal library in Landgraaf-Onderbanken, and the Limburg Chamber Music Foundation. Claire is also a member of the Association of Building Law Practitioners, the Limburg Real Estate Society, and the German-Dutch Lawyers Association. She gives an annual guest lecture on Rent Law at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences.