Jacob specializes in construction law, real estate law and civil procedural law (national and international arbitration and proceedings before the state courts). His expertise covers complex construction, real estate and infrastructure projects.
Construction and infrastructure contracts
Jacob assists his clients in drafting and negotiating complex construction contracts (including D&B, DBM, DBMO and FIDIC) and also advises them on suitable forms of cooperation and the allocation of project-specific design and execution risks.
He has also assisted Dutch and foreign clients involved in renewable energy projects in the Netherlands and abroad (e.g. construction of solar parks, maintenance of offshore wind farms) and has drafted and reviewed EPC and O&M contracts in that context. Other foreign construction projects in which he has assisted his clients are in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
During the execution and after completion of a project, Jacob supports his clients in such matters as discussions about delays and delay damages, defects in the work and extra work claims. His proactive, strategic approach resonates with his clients and leads to successes.
(Inter)national disputes and arbitration
Jacob is an experienced and persuasive litigator who goes through fire for his clients. Together with his team, he is committed to delivering the highest quality and works according to a clear strategy towards a successful resolution of the dispute.
He has successfully represented his clients in complex and extensive disputes in the government courts and also boasts years of experience in arbitration at the Raad van Arbitrage in bouwgeschillen (RvA), the Nederlands Arbitrage Instituut (NAI), the ICC International Court of Arbitration and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).
As a member of (international) Dispute Boards, he helps those involved in construction projects to resolve disputes during construction and after completion of the work.
Over the course of his career, Jacob has also focused on the FIDIC contract models for international construction projects. Not only has he litigated on these (nationally and internationally), but he also has a track-record when it comes to drafting and negotiating FIDIC contract models.
His publications on FIDIC contracts in leading legal journals (such as Construction Law Journal and Construction Law International) underscore his expertise in this area. Jacob successfully completed the FIDIC Summer School at King's College London.