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mr. Nancy Dekens

Mr. Dekens graduated in early 1998 in Dutch law, specializing in criminal law. While she was enrolled at University she worked as a volunteer at the Juridisch Spreekuur Gedetineerden (Juridical Consultation Hour for Inmates), and was a board member of a criminal law association for students.

Mr. Dekens has been working as a lawyer since 1 July 1998. She started out in Haarlem, where she worked on all sorts of cases. Not much later on the 1st of May 1998, she took a job at a reputable law firm in Amsterdam, where she could focus on criminal law. Since then, mr. Dekens has occupied herself with criminal law cases almost exclusively.

Within the field of criminal law, mr. Dekens specifically handles adult cases. She often deals with cases involving severe violent conduct, narcotics, and property offence; possibly having ties to organized crime.

Mr. Dekens has been involved in various notorious cases. She assisted a Hell’s Angels member in the Acronym investigation, and defended Salim A., whom was found not guilty of murder after having spent five years in custody. She also represented one of the suspects in the Marinus Ooms murder case in Haulerwijk. Last but not least, she has represented the schoolteacher from Purmerend who allegedly stabbed his ex-wife twenty times with a knife.

Mr. Dekens is not easily daunted by the vast spectrum of cases she deals with. Nevertheless, her calling really seems to be those cases with homicide and manslaughter written all over them.

In her approach she has proven to not be shy of interaction with the media, given that this does not conflict with the interests of her clients.

Mr. Dekens is persistent and determined, and does everything in her power to defend her clients’ rights, something she does with a great deal of conviction. She is not one to beat around the bush; she says it like it is and comes straight to the point. Interestingly enough, she displays this assertiveness both with her clients, and in the courtroom.

Mr. Dekens is also a member of the Dutch Association of Criminal Law Attorneys.

Besides criminal law cases, mr. Dekens deals with Compulsory Admission cases BOPZ.

mr. Eline Groenendaal

Mr. Groenendaal graduated in Dutch law near the end of the year in 1996, specializing in criminal-, juvenile-, and penitentiary law. She was also enrolled in Law School at the New York University. During her time as a student, she worked as volunteer at the Kinderrechtswinkel Amsterdam. Mr. Groenendaal started working as a lawyer in 1996 in Amsterdam. Since then, she has occupied herself almost exclusively with criminal law cases. She learned the tricks of the trade form renown lawyers such as: Adèle van der Plas and the late Pieter-Herman Bakker Schut. After having spent a few years working as a lawyer, she had a brief spell at the court of appeal in Amsterdam, working as a judicial clerk. This allowed her to see the courtroom from a different point-of-view, and gave her insight in the manner in which judges think and operate. It was not long until mr. Groenendaal returned to a law firm; in 2003 she started working at Cleerdin & Hamer in Amsterdam. She has been self-employed since 2006.

Within the field of criminal law mr. Groenendaal has specialized in juvenile cases. A case that has particularly received a great deal of media attention is the case of Anja Joos, in which mr. Groenendaal has defended a juvenile suspect. Mr. Groenendaal is part of a network of lawyers that occupy themselves with juvenile law, and she has published several articles related to that field of work. She has hence published work on the Pij-maatregel in the magazine for family- and juvenile law (FJR), as well as an article on the enforcement of adult criminal law on juveniles, in het Nederlands Juristenblad (NJB). Mr. Groenendaal is a member of the Dutch Association of Criminal Law Attorneys and works in cooperation with Defence for Children International (DCI) in Amsterdam on a regular basis. Mr. Groenendaal also gives courses in the field of juvenile criminal law.

In the past few years mr. Groenendaal has become increasingly involved with criminal law cases for adults. She is competent in violence and property offence, as well as homicide and fraud cases. The cases that mr. Groenendaal handles can vary between relatively small and enormous cases. In 2008, she assisted a suspect in a large fraud case, who was believed to have had redirected millions away from the Ministry of health, welfare and sport (VWS). In 2010 she assisted a murder suspect in Arnhem.

Mr. Groenendaal is also specialized in cassation; the procedure at the Supreme Court. Mr. Groenendaal deals with all the firm’s cassations. Mr. Groenendaal is a very decent lawyer; she is vivacious in court, and juridical in her analyses.

This year mr. Groenendaal is following a specialization course of the Dutch Association of Criminal Law Attorneys (NVSA).

Besides criminal law cases, mr. Groenendaal deals with Compulsory Admission cases


.Mr. Groenendaal also speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

mr. Nienke Swart

Mr. Nienke Swart has been a lawyer at Dekens & Groenendaal strafrechtadvocaten since January 2009. She was sworn in on February 24, 2009.

Mr. Swart attained her master degree in criminal law at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam in December 2008. She did her bachelor degree at the University of Utrecht, where she also specialized in juvenile crime and law.

Mr. Swart has a lot of knowledge on the subject of ‘OM-afdoening’ (direct punishment by the Public Prosecution Service), as this is was her area of focus while wrapping up her studies. She has released critical commentary on the tendency to bargain pleas, which would cause a judge to be circumvented. According to mr. Swart, this procedure generally has great consequences for the accused with regard to their right to a fair trial. Ultimately, the law ‘OM-afdoening’ has caused the safeguards to a fair trial to be diminished.

Furthermore, mr. Swart has collaborated in the publication of the Sdu Commentaar Strafvordering Eindonderzoek 2008/2009 in the last phase of her studies.

Mr. Swart is a very skilled lawyer, who excels in legal analyses, and can stand her ground in a court of law.

Mr. Swart predominantly works on communal criminal law cases.