Binding opinions

Decisions by impartial experts

An impartial expert renders a binding opinion on a dispute. A binding opinion is an effective way of deciding disputes without lengthy, sprawling court proceedings. It goes faster, too: The procedure is tailored to the situation, and an advisor is selected for the specific dispute.

Within mediation

Sometimes, the parties decide in a mediation to submit a portion of the dispute to an advisor for a binding opinion. For example, if the last, unresolved piece of the dispute boils down to a legal issue which the parties would like to obtain a definitive answer on. Together with the mediator, they formulate a clear question. In submitting the question, both parties undertake to comply with the advisor’s binding judgment. The advisor will answer the question, explaining his/her reasoning.

Contact

Please contact Esther Plompen

020-2050251

Our experts

Our arbitrators are authoritative legal experts, including current and former district court and appellate judges.

Esther T. Plompen-Somsen, master of laws (LLM)

Esther (1972) started her career as a private practitioner with a particular focus on employment and corporate law, advising on the legal and tactical aspects of large reorganisations, start-ups and mergers & acquisitions and at all times carefully considering the interests of the many different stakeholders in such processes.

For conflicts in which the parties involved seek a decision by a third party, through arbitration or other alternative conflict resolution, Esther is also trained to set up that process, lead the parties through it and provide for all the support required.

Education
– Mediation training with Van der Hoeven Nelissen, followed by registration as mediator with the MfN
– Specialty mediator training neighbourly conflicts, group mediation, coaching
– Lawyers training with the Dutch Bar Association, followed by the Dutch Bar Exam
– Master of Laws (LLM) Leiden University
– Propaedeutic certificate in History, Leiden University
– European Baccalaureate, European School Brussels