Sjoerd Rutten is widely recognised as being one of the leading advisors in contentious matters related to construction. Having maintained a particular focus on construction, project development, public procurement and PPP throughout his career, he is the go-to advisor for contractors, architects, engineers, project developers, sponsors and authorities seeking advice and representation in litigation, arbitration as well as on dispute prevention. Clients also come to him for the drafting of construction related contracts, while he is also an expert on all industry standard terms and conditions.
His experience includes big ticket litigation and arbitration, both as counsel and arbitrator, as well as of advising stakeholders in major projects on risk management and dispute avoidance/resolution during project construction. He has also served as a court-appointed expert and is frequently asked for a second opinion. In arbitration he represents clients before all the relevant institutes, including the RvA (Raad van Arbitrage in Bouwgeschillen), and acts as an arbitrator in NAI and Unum tribunals.
Sjoerd is a member of a number of professional associations within his area of expertise. He is further a member of the editing board of the Magazine for Construction Law and regularly contributes articles to other leading journals. He is also the author of several books on topics within his expertise.
Chambers Europe - Band 1 in Real Estate - Construction
“He is the go-to person for contentious cases. He can judge when to litigate and when to seek other options. He has a bag full of tricks, doesn’t spare the opponents, and is able to surprise and ambush them. He is a good one to have in a fight.” He is described as a "brilliant lawyer" by a source, who adds: "He has a sharp mind."
Legal 500 – Tier 1 Construction
"Truly skilled and experienced" litigator Sjoerd Rutten is "a real fox" who "always has a plan up his sleeve".
Representing the consortium of the landmark IJmuiden Sea Locks PPP in its litigation against the Korean conglomerate building the gigantic steel lock doors
Representing the construction consortium against the Dutch rail infra provider in the Delf railway tunnel project, a long four track underground tunnel, part of the Amsterdam – Brussels – Paris trajectory
Representing the construction consortium against the State and local government in the A4 Motorway project
Renegotiating and litigating a D&C contract for the landmark performing arts centre Amare in The Hague
Expansion and refurbishment of the NATO Communications and Information Agency complex near The Hague
Advising one of the contractors on the biggest inland water wind farm in the world, the 1.5 TWh Wind Farm Fryslân, in the IJsselmeer