Who is the lawyer Hans van den Akker?
Since his high school time, Hans van den Akker was already involved in road transport activities. In his spare time, he helped in his father’s business in drafting customs and transport documents, loading and unloading activities and cargo charges at national borders. During his military service he was trained as a road transport officer.
In 1980 Van den Akker graduated at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in corporate law and private law with the transportlaw as an elective subject. Subsequently, his first job was a lawyer who was appointed Secretary of Legal Affairs at the then KNVTO (Royal Dutch Association of Transport Companies, now KNV: Royal Dutch Transport).
In 1988 he became chief of the legal department of the Dutch hauliers organisation “NOB-Wgtransport” in Rijswijk. After the merger with another organisation called “Wegvervoer CVO” in 1993 from which Transport and Logistics Netherlands (TLN) originated, Van den Akker continued to work at TLN as a policy officer strategy and legal affairs until 1998, when he moved to the law firm.
On May 1, 1999, he founded his law firm in Gouda called “Advocatuur Transport en Logistiek”. From the end of 2003, he assisted members of the organization of painters, estate maintenance, metal preservation and glass industry, “Koninklijke OnderhoudNL” (formerly FOSAG), Since than he called his law office “Advocatenkantoor Van den Akker” as well and assisted in aspects of building law, in particular the real estate maintenance, initially settled in the city of Gouda, from 2005 until 2010 in the village of Waddinxveen.
Due to his appointment as an alderman of the city of Gouda’s in 2010, Van den Akker wasn’t able temporarily to continue his law practice until June 2014. At the end of that period, he resumed his lawyer’s practice again. Since the 1st of April 2016 his own practice is located in Gouda again, still called “Advocatenkantoor Van den Akker” with still the focus on road transport law.