Gerold Sewcharan

Gerold Sewcharan has been recruiting the civil section of practice since 2008, in particular the aspects of contract law and company law. Financial law, a legal field that is also being developed in Suriname, has, however, been interested for years and has now become the most challenging for him. In addition to his professional duties, he is responsible for the administrative management of the office.

Gerold was born in Paramaribo, moved to the Netherlands in 1986 and graduated from the University of Leiden in 1995 with a specialization in Civil Law. Until 2000, when he returned to Suriname, he worked at a law firm in IJsselstein, Utrecht, as an employee. In 2001 he founded the office.

In the Netherlands he has mainly done business in the areas of administrative, criminal, personal and family law. In Suriname he is best known for his performance in large national and international criminal cases. His professional attitude led him to be asked to take care of the Criminal Procedure course of the Professional Training for the Legal Profession organized by the Suriname-Netherlands Legal Cooperation Foundation, based in Paramaribo. He was also approached by the Ministry of Justice and Police to sit on the committees for the revision of the criminal and criminal prosecution codes. In addition, he has acted as counterpart and co-lecturer in in-depth courses in criminal law (litigation) law and human rights for the Suriname-Netherlands Legal Cooperation Foundation with lawyers and judges from home and abroad, including from international courts.

In 2014 he acted as counterpart on behalf of the aforementioned foundation for the training “Convincing Pleading” and for the course “Professional Ethics and Professional Attitude in the Legal Profession”.

“I am rational, but do not ignore my intuition, care about people and love nature.”

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Founded on 6 June 2001, the legal values ​​of the legal profession are still of great importance, so clients can expect honest, expert and independent services.

Humphrey R. Schurman

Humphrey Schurman is our exclusively recommended Intellectual Property Law expert in Suriname on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Humphrey directly using the contact details listed above.

Humphrey completed his studies at the Law Faculty of the University of Suriname in 1978. He started the Law firm Schurman, now Schurman Advocaten, in 1988. The next step was the start of Schurman Incasso (Collection Agency Schurman). The collection agency, although a separate company, is integrated in the office of Schurman Advocaten.

Humphrey supports and advises several Surinamese and foreign companies in all legal, organisational and social matters. In 2005 he set up the Foundation for Advocacy of Intellectual Property in Suriname. Through this foundation, the intellectual property of individuals, companies and organisations is legally protected.

Humphrey is permanently trying to apply new technology. In this age of communication it is almost self-evident, says Humphrey, that the client who so wishes, can track and adjust his business over the Internet.

Except “boss” at Schurman Advocaten and Schurman Incasso (Collection Agency) and a busy lawyer, Humphrey is also active in Suriname’s social life. He is the Chief Commissioner of the Boy Scouts in Suriname and International Commissioner of Caribbean Scouting Movement. He is also Chairman of Stichting Projekten, an organisation developing educational projects for children. Since many years he is Chairman of the Stichting Suriname Crematorium.

Humphrey is especially busy in the Surinamese business world. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Foundation of St. Vincent Hospital and commissioner of a number of other companies.

He is also the founder and President Commissioner of Network Star Suriname (NSS), a media company based on the universally accepted Human Rights, including the right of free speech.

Sports is his hobby and not just in practice but also on the management side. Humphrey was 2x 4-year board member of the Suriname Olympic Committee.

Yvonne Engkar

Yvonne Engkar is our exclusively recommended Property Law expert in Suriname on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Yvonne directly using the contact details listed above.

Yvonne Engkar has been working as a lawyer since 10 June 1994. In 1995 she founded, together with mr. Edward Naarendorp and mr. Jane Tjon Coster Advocaten.

Before that she worked for about 10 years at the Ministry of Justice and Police as a lawyer. She has developed expertise in employment law, administrative and administrative law, personal and family law, property law and contract law.

It is worth mentioning that, because of her expertise, she was part of the Employment Law Working Group at the SJSSN.

Firm Overview:

Coster Advocaten is a renowned law firm. We are therefore known for the quality of our services nationally and internationally.

We deal ethically and responsibly with the interests of our clients. Our enthusiastic, discreet and knowledgeable lawyers assist and advise both companies, organisations, multinationals, non-profit organisations and the common man and woman.

Suriname is a small country on the north-eastern coast of South America. It’s defined by vast swaths of tropical rainforest, Dutch colonial architecture and a melting-pot culture. On its Atlantic coast is the capital, Paramaribo, where palm gardens grow near Fort Zeelandia, a 17th-century trading post. Paramaribo is also home to Saint Peter and Paul Basilica, a towering wood cathedral consecrated in 1885.