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UBO register in the Netherlands in 2020

European directives require member states to set up a UBO register. UBO stands for Ultimate Beneficial Owner. The UBO register will be installed in the Netherlands in 2020. This entails that from 2020 onwards, companies and legal entities are obliged to register their (in)direct owners. Part of the personal data […]

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Compensation of the non-material damage…

Any compensation of non-material damages caused by death or accident was until recently not covered by the Dutch civil law. These non-material damages contain the grief of the close relatives that is caused by an event of death or accident of their loved one for which another party is to […]

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The Dutch Climate Agreement

The last weeks, the climate agreement is a much discussed topic. However, for a lot of people it is unclear what the climate agreement exactly is what this agreement entails. It all started with the Paris Climate Agreement. This is an agreement between nearly all countries in the world to […]

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Dutch Law on the protection of trade secrets

Entrepreneurs that employ employees, often share confidential information with these employees. This may concern technical information, such as a recipe or algorithm, or non-technical information, such as customer bases, marketing strategies or business plans. However, what will happen to this information when your employee starts working at the company of […]

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Consumer protection and general terms and conditions

Entrepreneurs who sell products or provide services often use general terms and conditions to regulate the relationship with the recipient of the product or service. When the recipient is a consumer, he enjoys consumer protection. Consumer protection is created to protect the ‘weak’ consumer against the ‘strong’ entrepreneur. In order […]

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Unfair commercial practices via telephone increase

Unfair commercial practices through telephone sales are reported more often. This is the conclusion of the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets, the independent supervisor that stands up for consumers and businesses. People are approached more and more by telephone with so-called offers for discount campaigns, holidays and contests. Very […]

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Amendment of the Dutch Trust Office Supervision Act

According to the Dutch Trust Office Supervision Act, the following service is regarded as a trust service: the provision of domicile for a legal entity or company in combination with the provision of additional services. These additional services can, among other things, consist of providing legal advice, taking care of […]

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Copyright: when is content public?

Intellectual property law is constantly developing and has tremendously grown recently. This can be seen, amongst others, in copyright law. Nowadays, almost everyone is on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or has his own website. People therefore create much more content than they used to do, which is often published publicly. […]

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Deliverer not an employee

‘Deliveroo bicycle courier Sytse Ferwanda (20) is an independent entrepreneur and not an employee’ was the judgement of the court in Amsterdam. The contract that was concluded between a deliverer and Deliveroo does not count as an employment contract – and thus is the deliverer not an employee at the […]

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Posting negative and false Google reviews costs

Posting negative and false Google reviews costs a dissatisfied customer dearly. The customer posted negative reviews concerning the nursery and its Board of Directors under different aliases and anonymously. The Amsterdam Court of Appeal stated that the customer did not contradict that she has not acted in conformity with the […]

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Rotterdam harbor and TNT victim of world hacker attack

On June 27, 2017, international companies had IT malfunctioning due to a ransomware attack. In the Netherlands, APM (the largest Rotterdam container transfer company), TNT and pharmaceuticals manufacturer MSD reported failure of their IT system due to the virus called “Petya”. The computer virus began in Ukraine where it affected […]

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The Netherlands is an innovation leader in Europe

According to the European Innovation Scoreboard of the European Commission, the Netherlands receives 27 indicators for innovation potential. The Netherlands is now in 4th place (2016 – 5th place), and is named as Innovation Leader in 2017, together with Denmark, Finland and the United Kingdom. According to the Dutch Minister […]

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Taxes: past and present

The history of tax begins in Roman times. People living in the territory of the Roman Empire had to pay taxes. The first tax rules in the Netherlands appear in 1805. The basic principle of taxation was born: income. Income tax was formalized in 1904. VAT, income tax, payroll tax, […]

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Are you Dutch and do you wish to marry abroad?

Many Dutchmen probably dream about it: getting married at a beautiful location abroad, maybe even at your beloved, annual holiday destination in Greece or Spain. However, when you – as a Dutch person – wish to get married abroad, you must meet a lot of formalities and requirements and think […]

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If it were up to the Dutch Minister…

If it were up to the Dutch Minister Asscher of Social Affairs and Welfare, anyone who earns the legal minimum wage will receive the same fixed amount per hour in the future. Currently, the Dutch minimum hourly wage may still depend on the number of hours worked and the sector […]

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