The firm was established in Amsterdam in 1982, by young lawyers Carl Everaert, Kees Sjenitzer, Pieter Boeles en Ted Badoux. Hans Jager was there from the very start too, initially as an intern; a little later Michiel Tjebbes followed and in 1987, Gertjan van Andel.
clockwise from top left: Carl Everaert, Kees Sjenitzer, Michiel Tjebbes, Pieter Boeles
Passionate about cause lawyering, the founders wanted to serve an until then neglected target audience: Amsterdam's immigrant population. These 'aliens' encountered legal problems in many areas of society. The new firm advised in all fields of law, from tenancy law to criminal law, but immigration law tied them all together. The firm "Sjenitzer en Everaert" moved into modest premises at Keizersgracht 410.
Around 1990 the office moved to Weteringschans 28, opposite the Rijksmuseum. The steady inflow of highly skilled migrants meant an expansion of the firm, now named Everaert Advocaten after Kees Sjenitzer had left the team. In this era the 'business unit' developed within the organisation, completely dedicated to labour migration.
from left to right Keizersgracht 410, Weteringschans 28, Rokin 69
The increase in cases and the number of employees, caused another move in 2008. Rokin 69, a splendid Art Nouveau monument, offered tons of space, but that went at the expense of feeling connected. The ongoing metro construction right in front of the door also took its toll. In 2013 Everaert Advocaten moved to IJdok 23. A contemporary accommodation on a brand-new peninsula arisen from the IJ, which very aptly also houses the Palace of Justice.
from left to right Ted Badoux, Hans Jager, Gertjan van Andel
At the start of 2022, Gertjan van Andel ceased his activities as a lawyer. In 2020 Hans Jager had already retired and a few years before that, Ted Badoux did too. As a parting gift, a few colleagues self-produced the documentary "The Founding Fathers". In this video the firm's founders put forward their views on the future of the firm and of migration law. A link to view the documentary can be found here below.
"A land without immigration becomes bland, boring and burned out," a quote from Carl Everaert which can be considered the firm's motto.
Watch the documentary "The Founding Fathers" here
Portrait photography: Adrienne Norman