Andrea Patzelt

Office manager

office-manager-Andrea-Patzelt

Andrea Patzelt

Office manager

Andrea Patzelt has been the office manager at Van Till advocaten since 2015.

“It’s quite a cliché, but I’m the spider in the web at Van Till. I’m responsible for HR matters, facilities management, and running the office. In addition, I manage the secretarial team and help them where necessary. Finally, I’m also legal secretary to two lawyers. In short: I know what everyone is doing.”

German law firm

“I trained in Germany as a Rechtsanwaltsfachangestellte. This is a training programme for legal secretaries, but is much more extensive than the Dutch equivalent. I worked at a German law firm until 1996; I then moved to the Netherlands.”

Diversity of clients

“To master the language, I first studied for the state examination in Dutch as a second language. I worked in the hospitality industry during this time, but I missed the dynamic nature of the legal profession, and the diversity of clients. I’ve always worked for law firms that generally had businesses as clients. For me, this is a fascinating target group.”

Dutch legal system

“I registered with an employment agency specialising in the legal profession. I was quickly asked to cover the leave of a secretary of a lawyer, who was originally from Germany, at a firm in the Zuidas district in Amsterdam. I ended up staying there, and learned a lot about the Dutch legal system.”

Office manager

“When the lawyer I worked for moved to Van Till advocaten in 2004, I moved with him. I enjoyed working here from the start: the personal atmosphere, the non-hierarchical organisation, the humour. At Van Till, you can always discuss things with anyone. I became office manager here in 2015. The great thing about my job is that every day is different.”