Jonathan Crozier has worked at Van Till advocaten since 2015. He works in the fields of corporate law and contract law.
“One of the things that inspired me to become a lawyer was the example of a good friend of my parents. He’s an immigration lawyer. As a child, I admired his work ethic: for me, the way he handled legal work was surprisingly analytical and precise. In addition, he wanted to really make a difference to people and contribute to society through his work. As a small boy, the details of his trade really fascinated me. This was the reason I chose to study law.”
“Although you might expect that his influence would have led me to pursue a career in the social side of the legal profession, I wanted to go my own way. It took a while before I knew what I really wanted to specialise in. It was only in the final year of my studies that the penny finally dropped, during my master’s in contract law. I discovered that the legal aspects of commercial cases can be extremely fascinating and varied.”
“At Van Till, I work in the fields of corporate and contract law. Concerning corporate law, I handle mergers and acquisitions, equity disputes and directors’ liability. With contract law, I advise people entering into agreements in the broadest sense. This means carefully choosing words, and formulating texts for clients as well as possible. One advantage I have is that, as I was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, I speak and write fluent English. This means I can help clients effectively with international agreements.”
Space for specialisation
“In 2015, I made a conscious decision to apply to Van Till. I had been offered a job as a lawyer with another large firm in the field of insolvency law, which involved helping companies experiencing financial difficulties. However, I didn’t want to limit myself to a specific area of legal practice so early in my career. At Van Till, I was offered a position in general civil law. Here, there was more space to choose my own specialism.”
“Another important factor in choosing Van Till was that I didn’t want to work for a large firm. These tend to be very hierarchical. At a medium-sized firm such as Van Till, it’s much easier to learn your trade as an independently-operating lawyer. What’s more, you are given more responsibility, more quickly.”
“I really like the atmosphere at Van Till. Everyone works hard, but we maintain a good balance between work and free time. The atmosphere is amicable, but with a serious eye for business. This means it’s easy to knock on anyone’s door to discuss matters.”