It is with pride that we can announce that mr. Julien Luscuere together with his Legal Assistant, Petra Dorst, have joined forces with Maes Law as of today. Until yesterday he worked as an attorney/partner at Inigo Advocaten in Rotterdam. Bart Maes and Julien Luscuere have known each other since the Shofukan ruling of 25 March 2014, which gave the Japanese free access to the Dutch labour market almost overnight on the basis of two very old treaties. This ruling was also upheld by the Council of State (ECLI: NL: RVS: 2014: 4701) but was eventually quashed for various reasons a few years later because the Council of State changed its course. In any case, Bart thought this was a great case with such ingenious arguments that he immediately sought contact with the attorney who assisted the ‘employer’ of the Japanese in this matter: mr. Julien Luscuere. In the years that followed, they became good friends and worked intensively together on various issues. And that ultimately led to this partnership.
Julien was sworn in 2000, just like Bart – therefore they both have been lawyers for 20 years this year – and both are known as leading migration law specialists. Julien is currently also chairman of the Specialists Association of Migration Law Lawyers (SVMA). In addition to regular migration, Julien increasingly specialised in labour migration. Now he is taking the logical step towards corporate immigration, adding a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of immigration law in the broadest sense to the already extensive knowledge base of Maes Law.
We saw the strong bond that Julien and Petra have with Rotterdam as an opportunity to open a second, fully fledged branch of our office in the port city. As of today, this branch is located on the 21st floor of the World Trade Centre (click here for the full address) and will be open to clients from mid-October after the necessary refurbishment work has been completed. This is in line with the growth strategy of Maes Law, now that our (head) office in Breda had already become too small to accommodate our entire team. Moreover, we have some additional plans for our Rotterdam office; more on that later.
Julien brings his existing practice and client base with him. They will automatically receive a new engagement letter from our office, in which the core agreements of course will not immediately be substantially changed in relation to the existing agreements.
We are very pleased that Julien and Petra have decided to switch to our offices, which means that we are bringing in even more knowledge, know-how and capacity in order to serve our clients even better. In addition, Julien will be involved in innovative (software) solutions for our clients; also more about that later.