The main leitmotif in the profession career of Barrister Ellen Verschuur has been her extensive experience, and thorough knowledge of matters pertaining to divorce law. Her interest and engagement in legal matters relative to small and medium size businesses is another leitmotif. Yet a third leitmotif must surely be the ambitious professional character of this Haarlem Barrister, who identifies herself as someone who “is always trying to learn new things”.
At university, Verschuur studied corporate law. In 1992, she decided to enter the legal profession and went on to complete her specialized training at the Association of Family Law Attorneys and Divorce Mediators (VFAS). Barrister Verschuur is also a member of this association. Subsequently, Vershuur also completed a mediation training programme, and is a registered member of the Netherlands Mediation Institute (NMI). Cases involving a combination of divorce – and business law present an extra challenge for this Harlem Barrister. In such cases “divorce concerns not only the husband, wife and children, but it can also have consequences for the business. This can be very complicated when a business owner is divorcing.”
Currently, Verschuur counsels many business owners – as well as individual clients in such areas as rental law, legal formations (partnerships and corporations, limited liability partnerships (VOF) or sole proprietorships), business succession and sale. In this context, she employs not only her extensive legal background, but also her experience of working in the business community. For a number of years she held the position of registrar for the Haarlem Law Court. Subsequently, she worked for a tax consulting firm; as the business attorney and insurance specialist for a wood import firm; and as the interim manager of an organizational advisory agency.
There have also been other leitmotifs in the profession development of Ellen Verschuur. For example, in addition to completing a law degree (1985), she also has an M.Phil. in Scandinavian languages (1983). The combination of her fluency in Swedish and her extensive familiarity with Swedish law has opened a door for clients with a Scandinavian orientation. Her capacity in this area has not been lost on such clients! An added advantage is that Verschuur is also a specialist in international private law. Over time, she has developed a broad range of experience in matters relating to Sweden and Swedish law.
Whatever Ellen Verschuur takes on, she wants to do well. She has a sharp analytical capacity, critically evaluates and determines the possibilities available for each case, and takes great pleasure in going that extra mile: “I go for the maximum. It is not in my nature to be easily put off or frightened. However, I will be forthright with any client if I think their case has little chance for success.”