contract law in the Netherlands
A summary guide on Dutch contract law and legal proceedings

What is Dutch contract law?


Info on contracts in the Netherlands

For foreigners conducting business or transactions with or in the Netherlands, accessing information about Dutch commercial law can be a challenge.

The purpose of this website is to increase the accessibility of contract law in the Netherlands, by giving a brief overview in English of some of the key areas of Dutch contract law that may be relevant for foreign companies or individuals doing business in the Netherlands.

You will find pages about a broad range of Dutch contract law topics including information about specific types of contracts such as commercial agency agreements, franchise agreements and security rights.

The editors of this website have endeavoured to highlight some of the unique aspects of Dutch commercial law that may be surprising for business people and lawyers coming from other countries.


What are the principles of Dutch law?

The Dutch-law website also sheds light on some of the fundamental principles of Dutch civil law, for example the obligation of reasonableness and good faith that permeates contracts law in the Netherlands.

The Editors of this informative website about Dutch contracts law are lawyers from the English Desk of a Dutch law firm in Amsterdam. The lawyers from this English Desk have a particular interest in advising and assisting foreign clients. The legal editors of this website all have extensive expertise and experience in advising in a broad range of commercial areas.

This website about contracts law in the Netherlands is presented entirely in English and is intended to be a unique and useful source of information about Dutch law that may otherwise be difficult to find.

We hope that you enjoy browsing our site and please do not hesitate to reach out to the editors.

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