ATM Advocaten (named after Arnold, Tom and Marijn) opened its doors in February 2004. The founders, all from large law firms, started their firm with the aim of practising commercial law in an enjoyable, no-nonsense way. Averse to meetings, for example, and practising from an unusual location: Galgenwaard stadium in Utrecht.
The firm has grown rapidly. At any given time, it has twelve lawyers and four secretaries, of whom Henriëtte has been our mainstay for many years. Lawyers come and go – sometimes someone starts their own firm, another switches to the judiciary or a training institute. We see it as positive that only a few move to another law firm.
Arnold’s sudden death in 2016 was a devastating event. Our practice felt at a complete loss for a while. Shortly afterwards, Ernst joined us and we changed our name to TEAM Advocaten. We were one of the first law firms in the Netherlands to share our knowledge through blogs and vlogs – and we still do.