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Ineke Koele

Attorney at law  |  Koele Tax & Legal Perspecta
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

The Netherlands

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

The highlight of my practice in the last year, is that I have succeeded to negotiate ‘integrally’ some very difficult and harsh cases and that it came to my mind, that the process of creative negotiation or ‘conciliation’ - be it with private parties or with the taxman-, is the most rewarding exercise for an experienced private client lawyer. It requires an analytical view from different perspectives on the matters at hand and very flexible personal skills.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Apart from studying the law, which in fact is and will increasingly become a ‘commodity’ in the future, pay attention to your personal skills since our clients need highly effective professionals. My prediction is that when young lawyers tend to these personal skills as much as they tend to the contents of the law profession, they will become more creative, flexible and ‘on top of things’: exactly what clients need.

What is your favourite quote?

‘The Art of being wise is knowing what to oversee’. This is my own version of an existing quote by William James, with a whole different conceptual meaning. In my view, it is essential to look at situations from as many perspectives as possible in order to completely digest it and from that point on, to decide how to go forward wisely.