Curriculum Vitae mr. L.J.H. Gijbels
Loes Gijbels graduated from the University of Leiden in 1976 following which she worked as a postgraduate researcher at the University of Berkeley in California, USA, and as a researcher at the Carol Ruth Silver law firm in San Francisco. She has been working as a lawyer since 1979. After her three year traineeship in general practice, she specialised in family law. She was one of the first divorce-mediators in The Netherlands and is co-founder of the Association of Family Lawyers and Divorce Mediators ( Vereniging van Familierecht Advocaten Scheidingsbemiddelaars, or vFAS). She was made an honorary member of this Association in 2003.
In the past years, Loes has taught many courses and workshops, has frequently delivered lectures and published many articles, on the subject of both family law and divorce mediation.
Since 1998, Loes name has been at the top of the ranking lists for top family law lawyers as drawn up by Elseviers magazine (in 1998,1999 and 2001), KSU (2004) and Elsevier Juridisch (2005). She was awarded the Sonja Boekman price for most approachable female lawyer in September 2006.
Since finishing a Counselling and coaching course at the Utrecht School of Governance (Utrechtse School voor Bedrijfs- en Organisatiewetenschap), Loes has decided to concentrate specifically on cases in which she acts as coach and counsellor. For these activities, see Coaching.
With regard to mediation activities, Loes is an absolute expert on extremely difficult mediations and leads 'marathon' mediation sessions for spouses who wish to settle their divorce in one long session, most often after earlier negotiations have failed or legal proceedings have been drawn out too long. The marathon session is preceded by a meeting with each of the spouses (who may bring their own lawyer). The marathon session starts at 9 AM. During the session, the parties may be assisted by their lawyers or other counsellors such as accountants or tax lawyers. The session will continue until the divorce settlement has been signed or when the session is broken off by one of the parties.
The hourly rate for mediations is 350, not including office expenses (6%) and VAT.