Theo Groeneveld

I have reached the age of seventy and hung up my judicial robe as a legal officer. For over 45 years, I have traversed the Dutch tax landscape.

After high school, I studied notarial law at Leiden University. I remained connected to that university as a lecturer in commercial law from 1970 to 1973. It was only then that I entered the tax field, starting in 1973 at the Tax Service. Three years later, I was initiated into the tax advisory practice at Meijburg & Co. From there, my path led me to the Scientific Bureau of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands in 1979. At that time, I could not foresee that providence would lead me back to that court more often. I became a judge at the Rotterdam District Court in 1984, spending much of my time in criminal law as a (police) judge and investigating judge.

Then my path led to the Amsterdam Court of Appeal. I served there as a counsellor for twelve years and then two years as a vice-president at the Hague Court of Appeal, always in the tax sector. In 2001, I returned to my old haunt as Advocate-General at the Supreme Court. I thought I would reach retirement in that role, but after three years on the Lange Voorhout, I spent six years in administrative roles as a member of the Council for the Judiciary. A return to legal substance followed in 2010. First on repetition at the Hague Court of Appeal