On Opinions

A Concise Guide to Drafting and Evaluating Dutch Law Legal Opinions

By Jan Marten van Dijk

Entering into a transaction inevitably involves risks, including legal risks. If there is a Dutch connection, there may well be Dutch legal risks. The purpose of a Dutch law opinion is to analyze those risks. The opinion giver, an appropriately qualified legal expert-a lawyer (advocaat), civil-law notary (notaris) or sometimes an in-house lawyer-confirms in their opinion that certain risks do not exist and highlights risks that do. This gives the opinion recipient a basis for determining whether, after weighing the pros and cons, it is responsible from a Dutch law perspective to enter into the particular transaction. The expert giving an opinion must provide the care required by Dutch law. Since failure in his duty of care may render him liable for damage sustained by the opinion recipient, an opinion giver must know what level of care is required of him. Equally, an opinion recipient must know what level of care it can expect. Legal opinions have largely become standardized and this, in turn, has had the effect of standardizing the opinion giver's duty of care. That duty of care is the subject of this book, which is intended as a practical guide to Dutch law opinions and the various elements that comprise them. Based on practice and with its focus on practice, the guide analyzes which risks will typically be indicated in an opinion and which risks will not, clarifying the level of care an opinion giver must provide and an opinion recipient may expect. [Subject: Commercial Law, Dutch Law]


Publication Date: 11/4/2016
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9789462367005