Fischer Advocaten is specialised in legal aid to marginalised groups in society. A large section of our client group is part of the Roma community or the Somalian diaspora. We assist people with and without residence permit. We assist clients both with and without residence permit. Our clients are often in trouble because of a lack on income and/or homelessness. They don't receive the care they need. Even children face destitution because of exclusion.
Social, community, and care workers from all over of the Netherlands refer clients to our office.
Clients and social/community/care works primarily communicate with our legal support staff. Our support staff are more than secretaries, and have access to all files. The support staff tries to answer questions immediately, and will refer to the lawyer when necessary. At the Fischer Advocaten office, we can help in English, French and German. If necessary, we can arrange a translator.
A case always starts with an application. In most cases, the application will be denied and we have to take legal action. This process can take a long time. There will be much discussion. As long as there is no solution, we continue. If there is an emergency situation, we try to enforce a quick decision. We use the legal means avalaible, such as a shortened application deadline and a request for interlocutory proceedings.
areas of law
The areas of law we work with are influenced by the problems of our clients. Our departure point is claiming social and economisc rights with reference to human rights law. The procedures we start connect to various Dutch laws and policies, concerning general benefits (Participation Act), social care (WMO), both general and means-tested child benefits (AKW and KGB), benefits for asylum seekers (Rva and Rvb) et cetera. We don't do immigration law, but we cooperate with specialised immigration lawyers.
We bring cases to the ECJ, ECSR and the HRC.
Pim Fischer is founder of fischer advocaten and has been a lawyer since 1995. His cases include DCI vs. the Netherlands, CEC vs. the Netherlands and FEANTSA vs. the Netherlands.
Joris Sprakel is a lawyer since 2006. He works as an independent lawyer under the name of Fischer Advocaten. Apart from his work as a lawyer, Joris works for the The Hague University of Applied Sciences as lecturer in International and European Law.
Laura Fischer was sworn in as a trainee laywer on 28 August 2019.