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Rankings Dispute Resolution

  • Trends Legal Awards

    On 13 November 2018, Trends Legal Awards rewarded our Dispute Resolution team as 'Best Independent Belgian law firm in Litigation and Arbitration.


  • Legal 500

    Our Dispute Resolution practice is ranked in Tier 2. Jo Willems is a Rising Star. Hugo Keulers, Yves Lenders, Karen Janssens and Marijn De Ruysscher are mentioned. 


    Client-oriented and technically excellent’, Lydian works across its sites in Brussels, Antwerp, and Hasselt on an array of contentious engagements, acting for a host of domestic and international corporations. The team is chaired from Brussels by Hugo Keulers, an experienced insurance litigator who draws glowing praise from a number of clients. Yves Lenders‘ wide-ranging contentious practice encompasses insolvency litigation, rail transport disputes, and post-acquisition issues, while Jo Willems  – who was promoted to partner in January 2022 – is regarded for his ‘amazing level of expertise‘ in a range of commercial litigation work, including product liability and distribution disputes. Counsel Marijn De Ruysscher is also recommended for professional and general liability matters, particularly in the engineering and industrial sectors. All named lawyers are based in Brussels.

    Testimonials from peers and/or clients

    ‘Hugo Keulers is very experienced and an expert in his field. The same goes for Jo Willems, Pieter-Jan Van Mierlo and Marijn De Ruysscher.’

    ‘Available, responsive even on short notice, give clear answers, and excellent case handling.’

    ‘Hugo Keulers is a very experienced litigation lawyer and one of the best in his league in Belgium. Great business acumen, technically very strong, strategic and a tactical thinker.’

    ‘Karen Janssens is technically very strong and with a lot of potential.’

    ‘Very reactive, professional, client-oriented and technically excellent. It is always a great pleasure to work with them, especially Jo Willems.’

    ‘Jo Willems is both one of the best lawyers in Belgium. Always available and client focused, with an amazing level of expertise.’

    ‘Hugo Keulers is an excellent litigator with a good business mind.’

    ‘Hugo Keulers is an expert in insurance and litigation matters. He examines files quickly and thoroughly and has a very strong legal analysis; he is focused on reaching the best outcome, looking at the issue from all possible angles – strong strategy and tactics. Proactive. What more could you ask of an outside counsel?’

  • Chambers and partners - Europe and Global

    Within Dispute Resolution, Lydian is ranked in Band 4 and Hugo Keulers is ranked in Band 3 for Dispute Resolution: Litigation.

    What the team is known for: Lydian has a strong reputation for handling litigation in the insurance and reinsurance industries, assisting with disputes relating to coverage, professional liability and product liability. The team also advises on contractual and distribution disputes, as well as debt recovery matters. Lawyers at the practice additionally represent clients in the offshore sector in disputes relating to the construction of offshore wind projects.

    Strengths: "Lydian's team reacts quickly and the advice is given within a short timeframe."

    Work highlights: Lydian represented AIG in a coverage dispute worth EUR15 million relating to the closure of airports as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Notable practitioners: Hugo Keulers is particularly well regarded for his work representing clients from the insurance industry in a wide range of disputes, as well as assisting clients with debt recovery proceedings. "He is my go-to: working with Hugo Keulers on complex matters is always a pleasure."

  • Leaders League

    Lydian, along with Yves LendersHugo Keulers and Jo Willems, is ranked as "Highly recommended" in the Best Law Firms for Commercial Litigation - Dispute Resolution category of Leaders League ranking 2023. 

    Lydian, along with Yves Lenders, Hugo Keulers and Marijn De Ruysscher, is ranked as "recommended" in the Best Law Firms for for International Arbitration – Dispute Resolution category of Leaders League ranking 2023. 

  • Who's Who Legal

    Hugo Keulers and Sandra Lodewijckx have been ranked as "Global Leaders" in the Insurance & Reinsurance guide of 2021. Marijn De Ruysscher is ranked as "Future Leader" in the Arbitration Future Leaders – Non Partners guide of 2021. Hugo is also still ranked as "Global Leader" in Litigation guide of 2020.