Carolien has been specialising as a defence lawyer in fraud cases and larger criminal investigations for over twenty years. This will be noticed when you meet her. Regardless of the scope of the case and its complexity, she gets to the heart of the problem immediately by asking incisive questions. From that moment on she builds up the defence, resolute to the end.
Carolien is passionate and demonstrates empathy and never lets her clients down, not even in the most difficult circumstances.
Nobody should come to her with nonsense; she herself does not go to court with nonsense, and the judge knows that. She has a reputation to be keen on. Carolien is direct in her approach, diplomatic when necessary, formidable and charming. In her writing she is concisely and very precisely and leaves out what is of no value. This is how she almost automatically became a specialist in conducting cassation proceedings.
Her clients include companies, governing bodies and care institutions, but also policy makers, medical professionals (whom she also successfully assists in disciplinary proceedings), police officers and people working in the business, financial and real estate world. Her network is boundless; she wants to win what there is to win, but always remains realistic, and that makes her one of the best lawyers in her field.
Carolien studied criminal and civil law at the University of Groningen and obtained a Master’s degree in criminology at the University of Cambridge (UK). She worked for two years at the research bureau of the Supreme Court before starting her career as a defence attorney at Sjöcrona van Stigt advocaten. She is one of the founders of the current firm in 2014. Carolien is a member of the European Criminal Bar Association (the ECBA), the Dutch Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers (the NVSA) and board member of the Association of Cassation Lawyers in Criminal Cases (VCAS). Carolien is a lecturer and has many publications to her name.
Carolien is registered in the Register of Legal Practice Areas of the Dutch Bar Association as a criminal law specialist (including general criminal law, financial economic criminal law, fiscal criminal law, international criminal law and environmental criminal law), cassation specialist (criminal law) and disciplinary lawyer. This registration obliges her to obtain ten training points each calendar year in each registered area of law in accordance with the standards of the Dutch Bar Association.