Apart from having the best criminal defence lawyers, our firm also has an exceptionally successful civil law practice.

For instance, we deal with labour and education cases, rent disputes and liability issues, among others. We also handle cases involving equine law (equestrian sport), administration and guardianship, cases involving compulsory admission to a psychiatric hospital and juvenile civil law cases such as family supervision orders and placement in care.

For civil cases, Van Essen Lawyers always looks for the best, quickest and least costly proceedings. We avoid lengthy and unnecessary lawsuits as far as is possible; we always do our utmost to avoid disputes and to resolve issues out of court if required.

Van Essen Lawyers has the necessary expertise in house in the following fields among others:

  • Employment law
  • Tenancy law
  • Liability law
  • Equine law
  • Cases involving compulsory admission to psychiatric hospitals
  • Juvenile civil and other law (family supervision orders and placement in care,
    Law of persons and family law (including name changes, administration and guardianship)



  • Criminal organisations
  • Drugs cases
  • Violent offences
  • Vice cases
  • Money laundering
  • Juvenile criminal law
  • Aggrieved parties/victims
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  • Remand in custody
  • Interim authorisation
  • Conditional authorisation
  • Conversion of authorisation
  • Challenging dismissals
  • Objections to compulsory treatment
  • Second opinions
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  • Permits and exemptions
  • Public service law
  • Certificate of conduct
  • General Administrative Law Act
  • Disputes with the authorities
  • Social security law
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