The best solution is not always legal

Ad van Bergen and Dominique Roomberg

Photo: Wendy Boon

One can say that companies and organizations are like people. They participate in society and encounter problems there. These can be acquisitions, contracts, differences of opinion between shareholders, labor law issues, permits – you name it. No one likes problems and then it’s hugely nice if someone can solve them for you. When someone takes care of you. Fortunately, some people do relief from their profession.

On Bredestraat in Maastricht and in Natalinitoren in Roermond, there are two branches of a law firm, where more than twenty people are involved every day to relieve organizations and companies. Adelmeijer Hoyng Advocaten is the name and this year they celebrate that they have done that work for 25 years.

Light-hearted informative party
“I have worked in this office since 1991,” says Ad van Bergen, partner at Adelmeijer Hoyng. “Anyone who calculates correctly will find that I was already working in this office before it even existed.” Fortunately, the explanation for this is simple: from 1991, Ad van Bergen worked for the Heerlen law firm Adelmeijer, which merged with the Maastricht firm Hoyng 25 years ago. As partner Dominique Roomberg puts it, the 25th anniversary will be celebrated in a ‘light-hearted and informative’ way. June 23 at Château St. Gerlach with customers and relationships.

Different solutions, better
People with so much experience may be asked the question: what makes a lawyer a good lawyer? “If you can see that the best solution is not always a legal solution,” Roomberg says. “You can dig into legal trenches, spend one and a half to two years suing and then wait for an appeal. But is your client’s interests best served by this? Maybe there are other solutions, better.” Van Bergen: “A good lawyer must be a good lawyer, but also understand how companies and organizations operate on a daily basis.” And with all this, both agree that you need to give honest advice. “Even if it means say to a client: you do not have a case. “

“You can dig in legal trenches. But are your client’s interests best served by this?”

Meaningful and enjoyable
One of Adelmeijer Hoyng’s characteristics, says Roomberg, is working in a team. “In our office, lawyers specialize in all possible areas – from company law to administrative law, from construction law to health law. We put together the best team for each case, with the involvement of lawyers from different specialties, if necessary. However, the client always has one point of contact, which creates clarity. Van Bergen: “We have experienced employees in our office, as well as young lawyers. Depending on the case, we assess the right match for the client, partly from a cost point of view. For me personally, a good relationship with a client is not only legal but also human. ” Investments are also made in the relationship with the customers. The office regularly organizes Legal Insights. Roomberg: “Then we arrange an interactive seminar for our customers on a specific current theme – real estate, employment law, company law. For example in the form of a breakfast session, or in the afternoon with a network drink afterwards. In this way, we provide entrepreneurs with valuable legal information that is immediately applicable in practice. ”

Winning is a good feeling
Lawyers are also people. Like everyone else, they want to make a good living, but at the same time enjoy their work. Where do Ad van Bergen and Dominique Roomberg enjoy themselves, what makes them feel satisfied after a long working day? Roomberg: “I am satisfied with the efforts I make for my customers. It could be through lawsuits, it could be through negotiation. You make an effort for a cause and when you see that you have helped your client with it, it gives you satisfaction. What I like: when I have a good relationship with a client so you can switch quickly. That someone can call you with a short question like: is that right? Van Bergen: “It is pleasant to think with the clients, to know what is going on. I also see the legal profession as a game of chess, you have to think strategically: how do I get where I want to be and what benefits the client the most “In addition, it’s a good feeling to win.”

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TEXT Jules Coenegracht
PICTURE Wendy Boon

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