Thomas van Essen specialises in the fields of IT/ICT, national and international contracts, eCommerce, privacy and big data.
Thomas takes a particular interest in drafting, reviewing and negotiating complex contracts in the field of ICT law and gaming. He litigates on a regular basis, inter alia, with regard failed computerisation projects and failed gaming development agreements. He also provides advice on the processing of personal data as well as the online offering of promotional games of chance.
In addition to his work as a lawyer, Thomas is a frequent speaker at workshops and seminars, also providing guest lectures at various universities.
Thomas successfully completed the postgraduate Grotius Academy program on ICT law in 2009.
In 2005, at the beginning of his career as a lawyer, Thomas was seconded to Skype in London for several months to work as an in-house legal counsel.
Thomas studied law at the University of Amsterdam (specialising in information law). In his thesis, Thomas assessed the conformity of the Dutch and German policies on games of chance against European regulations and case law.
Thomas has been affiliated with SOLV since its founding and worked for the firm as a paralegal prior to obtaining his law degree.