Fischer Groep is specialised in legal aid to marginalised groups in society. A large sections of our client group are member of the Roma community or the Somalian diaspora. We assist people with and without residence permit. Most of our clients are undocumented. Our clients are often in tourble because of a lack on income and/or homelessness. They don't receive the care they need. Even children face destitution because of exclusion.
Social, community, and medical workers from the whole of the Netherlands refer clients to us, and help by keeping in touch. Some clients come to us independently.
All contacts with our clients are with our legal support staff. They are more than secretaries, and have access to all files. It therefore doesn't matter who answers the phone. The support staff tries to answer questions immediately, and will refer to the lawyer when necessary. At the Fischer Groep office, we can help in English, Arab, French, German and Tamazight (Berber).
A case always starts with an application. In most cases, the application will be denied and we have to take legal action. This process can take a long time. There will be much discussion. As long as there is no solution, we continue. If there is an emergency situation, we try to enforce a quick decision. We use the legal means avalaible, such as a shortened application deadline and a request for interlocutory proceedings.
areas of law
The areas of law we work with are influenced by the problems of our clients. Our departure point is claiming social and economisc right with reference to human rights law. The procedures we start connect to various Dutch laws and policies, concerning general benefits (Participation Act), social care (WMO), both general and means-tested child benefits (AKW and KGB), benefits for asylum seekers (Rva and Rvb) et cetera. We don't do immigration law, but we cooperate with specialised immigration lawyers.
We bring cases to the ECJ, ECSR and the HRC.
Pim Fischer is founder of the Fischer Groep and a lawyer since 1995. His cases include DCI vs. the Netherlands, CEC vs. the Netherlands and FEANTSA vs. the Netherlands.
Jeannette Kruseman is a laywer since 2009. Previously, she worked for the Women on Waves-foundation. LinkedIn.
Joris Sprakel is a lawyer since 2006. He works part time for Fischer Groep. He furthermore works for the The Hague University of Applied Sciences as lecturer in International and European Law. LinkedIn.
Else Weijsenfeld is a lawyer since 2005. She focuses on the rights of children and women. Else previously worked as legal advisor at Defence for Children. Else is board member of Médecins du Monde the Netherlands. LinkedIn.