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Sjef Janssen

Sjef Janssen is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie's Amsterdam office, where he focuses on commercial and competition litigation. Before joining the Firm in 2013, he was a junior lecturer on EU law for Leiden University's undergraduate and graduate programs.

On 24 May 2022, the Dutch Supreme Court passed judgment between, on one hand, the Royal Dutch Shell PLC and 15 of Shell’s in-house lawyers (“Shell”), and on the other hand, the Dutch Public Prosecution Service.1 The Supreme Court held that both Shell’s and the Public Prosecution Service’s complaints were inadmissible because the decision of the court of first instance should be considered as an ‘interim decision’ (in Dutch: ‘tussenbeschikking’), and interim decisions are not open to cassation. The Supreme Court took the opportunity to provide some insights in relation to the scope and application of legal professional privilege of in-house lawyers by way of obiter dictum.

We are sharing an episode from the FInsight podcast series as part of the UK Disputes Soundbites series, because of its interesting findings, predictions and exploration of trends in the evolving disputes landscape, with reference to our fifth annual report, The Year Ahead: Global Disputes Forecast 2022.
Hear partners Amy Greer (New York), Marc Thorley (London) and Carolina Duque (Bogota) discuss key findings relevant for financial institutions and the factors driving the increase in disputes and emerging concerns related to liabilities. They also cover litigation around digital transformation, tax, ‘business-as-usual’ conduct, and; new environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards.