van Essen

Attorney-at-law / Managing Partner

Thomas is an experienced and ambitious privacy and IT attorney and managing partner at SOLV. He has in-depth knowledge of privacy legislation (including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)), the Gambling Act, health law and commercial contracts.

Thomas strives for long-term relationships with his clients and invests time to really get to know their organisation. His advice is therefore practical and directly applicable. His knowledge of the client is also a big added value when drafting and negotiating contracts.

Thomas pays particular attention to the complex intersection of privacy and healthcare, in which both health law and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) play a role. He also deals with the technological developments within sports. He advises organisations on, for example, the use of data and the legal challenges related to eSports. Thomas has been an industry expert in (online) gambling law for years. Finally, he regularly conducts legal proceedings regarding automation disputes and failed software projects.

Thomas is chairman of the Commission Enforcement Mobile Internet Services and guest lecturer at the VU. Thomas is a member of the Vereniging voor Privacyrecht, the Vereniging voor Privacyrecht Advocaten (VPR-a), the VIRA and iTechlaw. Thomas gives lectures and speaks at seminars on a regular basis.

Thomas completed the specialisation course IT law at the Grotius Academy in 2015.


2019: various proceedings on failed software projects, including for a provider of essential care in the Netherlands

2019: advice on rolling out a nationwide loyalty program for a large retailer with branches throughout the Netherlands

2019: drafting and advising on a European code of conduct for parties working in the healthcare sector

2019: Data Protection Officer (DPO) for a hotel chain with offices worldwide and head office in the Netherlands

2018: privacy compliance advice for a global media company in the context of acquiring other companies and migrating to new systems

2018: a large number of privacy baseline measurements in the context of GDPR compliance

2018: advice on the conditions for obtaining a license for remote gambling and on the interpretation of new provisions in the Remote Gambling Act