B. (Bob) Van der Goen, LL.M, born in Amsterdam in 1940, studied law at the Universiteit van Amsterdam; took his doctoraal examination in Dutch Law in 1969, held a traineeship with a law firm in Amsterdam and Utrecht, company lawyer for Philips 1972-1973, since 1974 has been practising as a lawyer in Soest; legal adviser to the Dutch Breeders Association 1975-1980; legal adviser to the Dutch Association of Local Newspapers (NNP) 1974-1990: founder and first chairman of the Stichting Contactcentrum voor Advisers van het Bedrijfsleven; founder of and involved in the management of nine branches of law firms in the Netherlands and one in Zürich, Switzerland; publications on a range of subjects, including franchising, breeders’ rights and legal auditing; outside his specialist area he has published a novel and essays; speaker at various seminars on debt collection law; founder and first president of the International Association of Practising Lawyers with member lawyers from 34 countries; supervisory director of family firms; introduced a system of legal auditing (a legal check-up for companies) in the Netherlands; participates in organizations that market under licence the system of the legal practitioner by means of licence holders; organizes training courses and knowledge management on the subject; speaker at seminars and business events; member of the Board of Representatives of the Netherlands Bar Association.

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