Thijs Sarneel

Thijs Sarneel

Thijs Sarneel is specialised in family and inheritance law. Thijs provides an analytical approach with a strong sense of purpose, efficiency and strategy, which allows him to quickly identify the heart of your problem, then find a suitable solution.

Within family law Thijs negotiates and litigates on behalf of his clients, among those often entrepreneurs and expats (or their partners). Doing so the emphasis is regularly on complex settlements, the division of companies and real estate and financial issues. In inheritance law Thijs is involved in the division of estates and family businesses, frequently in an international context.

Thijs contributed to the International Comparative Legal Guide – Family Law 2021 (Netherlands)

Because of his special interest in the art world, Thijs also regularly deals with matters in the field of art and law.

Netherlands Bar – register of legal practice areas

Thijs Sarneel has registered the following legal practice areas in the Netherlands Bar’s register of legal practice areas (rechtsgebiedenregister):

  • Family law

This registration obliges him to obtain ten training credits per calendar year in each registered principal legal practice area in accordance with the standards set by the Netherlands Bar.

Curriculum Vitae


Family law
Inheritance law
Administrative law
Art law

Lawyer at GMW lawyers

University Leiden
– Moot Court competition cum laude
University Utrecht (cum laude)

Dutch, English

What clients say about Thijs

“My experience with GMW lawyers has been excellent. Thijs Sarneel was my lawyer in a highly difficult, complex and international case. Creative, hardworking and effective, he communicates clearly and diplomatically, also with the counter-party. Mr Sarneel managed to win the confidence of our counter-party, which highly facilitated the complex negotiations and I am thankful for that.” 

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