Fort Advocaten was established at the end of the 70s, operating at that time as Steinz & Van der Veen, a full-service Amsterdam law firm focusing on the media practice.
Steinz & Van der Veen laid the foundation stone for FORT as we know it now. Many years have passed and a great deal has changed since then. As new lawyers joined the firm, it outgrew its premises on ’t Singel and moved to Prins Hendriklaan, where it continued to expand. Pieter Twaalfhoven joined the firm as a trainee and Rob IJsendijk as an associate, both in 1992, the year in which the New Dutch Civil Code was introduced.
After some time it became apparent that the building on Prins Hendriklaan was also too small. In 1993 the firm moved to a beautiful building at Koningslaan 60. An excellent location, where the firm modestly occupied only the left part of the building at first.
That same year Ton Steinz left and Frits Kemp joined the firm. It soon became apparent that Rob, Pieter and Frits got on extremely well together. They shared the same views on the firm’s future and the approach to be taken: “the future is in specialisation”. The Hulkenberg Van der Veen partnership was born. It soon grew into an informal, stimulating, dynamic and successful law firm with a broad practice, focusing on corporate law and property.
It also continued to advise its clients in the field of employment law, trademark law and intellectual property law. Many colourful, well-known and lesser-known figures found their way to Koningslaan. The firm initially employed two trainee lawyers, but over a period of four years gradually grew into a law firm with some 20 lawyers.
The name was changed to FORT, an acronym, and the firm continued to expand. In 2004 Katinka M. Verdurmen joined the former male bastion as a partner. Terry Steffens was appointed partner from within the firm in 2007, while Marco Meijer joined as a partner in 2009. In 2010 the legal structure was changed into a public limited liability company and Berth Brouwer joined as a shareholder.