Hans van Brakel is the founder of Van Brakel Advocatuur. He has been an attorney since 1974 and has specialised in company law and real estate practice. In 1996 Hans van Brakel graduated cum laude from the Grotius Academy (Real Estate Law) and he founded the VVJ, the Association for Real Estate Law Jurists, of which he was chairman for the first six years. Furthermore, Hans van Brakel has held several managing and supervisory positions, including a 10 year membership of the supervisory board of rehabilitation centre ‘Stichting Revalidatiecentrum De Hoogstraat’ in Utrecht. As of august 2008 Hans van Brakel is attached part-time to the ”Nyenrode Business Universiteit, NIVRA-Nyenrode School of Accountancy & Controlling”, lecturing company law.