#84: Do you have a moment for me?

How it all started?

The Dutch version of Lawlunch exists this month 10 years. A wonderful milestone, which we celebrated with a book full of interviews. Our conversations with Laura Peters, Martin Lambregts, Vanessa Liem, Thomas Bosch, Margot Oenema and Robert Jan Koopman are bundled in “Do you have a moment for me?”. Because as it turns out, making some time for each other sometimes makes all the difference. Although the book is in Dutch, you can find a link here. And just let us know if you would like to discuss any point of view. We are happy to share our insights with our international colleagues.

Legal blogs are now indispensable in our profession, but ten years ago this was different. Ideas about the opportunities and possibilities of new case law and developments were mainly discussed within the walls of a firm or professional association. But exchanging views with all parties leads to new insights that is beneficial to everybody.

We wanted to share knowledge in an accessible way and to discuss it with each other in a way that keeps up with current events. So on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, the first Vaklunch fell into the inbox of lawyers, tax advisors, prosecutors, FIOD officials, tax inspectors, judges, teachers and students. From the many responses we received and the fact that we were awarded the Magna Charta public award in 2020, we infer that we made a contribution to the legal discussions. And that gives us every reason to continue to share our ideas with you in the future via Vaklunch and the international version Lawlunch.

Over the past ten years, many judgments have been considered with our reflections on them. Some readers agreed wholeheartedly, others found it refreshing or “also a way of looking at it.” And some experienced it stimulating or provocative. Vaklunch and Lawlunch provide food for discussion and opinion forming. Online, but fortunately also offline. In the corridors, in the lawyers’ chambers, in the courtroom. No matter how it was reviewed, it always led to a conversation. And therefore ultimately to a greater understanding of each other’s points of view.

To celebrate this anniversary we gave those conversations a stage. We entered into conversations with professionals with the aim of finding the connection between the various disciplines. The central question in those conversations is how we can jointly take the tax and criminal process a step further. And how can the connection between parties contribute to that?

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