who we are

Serpentine Solutions is the collaborative venture of two lawyers whose vision is to bring more heart, harmony and happiness into the world by helping people build better business relationships.

Stijn Damminga PhD is a practising commercial and corporate lawyer at Blumstone LLP in Amsterdam.  His clients vary from small start-ups to large, listed companies.  Acting as their trusted advisor, he serves clients through dispute resolution and litigation or, for those clients who wish to use more collaborative means, he assists them to create legal and business structures which align with their values and aim to facilitate early resolution of tensions, preventing conflict escalation. When he’s not working, he loves to travel.

Rhiannon Thomas BA LLB has two decades of legal experience on two continents. She is a RICS accredited commercial mediator, a values consultant and coach as well as a certified Conscious Contracts provider. She founded Milkwood Law in Cape Town in 2012, and continues this work in England. In the UK and EU, she has developed and facilitated workshops on a wide-range of topics. A natural connector and networker, Rhiannon thrives on building relationships. She found her tribe in the Integrative Law movement, which aims to bring more heart into law. She is a co-founder and member of the leadership body of Forrest Webb. Recently, she became a fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce).

Our story

We are part of a global movement of integrative lawyers who believe that the true role of lawyers is to serve society by creating a new legal system that is founded on integrity, purpose and and strengthening the social fabric which binds us all together, while being mindful of our impact on the world around us and future generations.

In 2017, a group of these lawyers met together in Almelo, The Netherlands. Stijn and Rhiannon were part of that group. An instant liking of each other plus a few nights of deep conversation about life, love, the universe and everything else cemented our  friendship.

Why the name ‘serpentine solutions’?

We have used the serpent as the inspiration for our name because it is symbolic of the winding path and many of the values that have led us to this point.
 
The first thing with which many westerners associate serpents is danger or deceit. But the symbolism of serpents also has many positive aspects. The serpent can be found through the ages and in many cultures, where it represents magic, fertility, life force, regeneration, guardianship, healing, the ancestors, wealth, sexual desire, awakening, protection, healing and power.
In our logo we have combined the symbol of the serpent with a heart.
We did this to embrace the dual aspects of the serpent and temper many people’s first impression with the values of love and compassion, which are foundational to integrative legal practice. The heart too is a well-known symbol and to us it stands for our innate and ancient heart intelligence as opposed to the head intelligence. It is a symbol of love, compassion and understanding and the source of life.
 
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Our values

At Serpentine our core values are compassion, generosity, personal growth, openness and integrity. We also appreciate that life can be challenging  and uncertain and that a well-developed sense of humour does wonders.

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