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Public Law: Planning and Environment — Netherlands


AKD - Public Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded public law practice with wide-ranging environmental expertise, encompassing waste regulations, water, noise and nature protection. Noted for its work on issues relating to administrative and expropriation law and government liability. Clients include enterprises in both the public and private sectors, including governmental bodies. Active on large-scale infrastructure projects such as the expansion of railways and airports.

Strengths Clients enjoy the relaxed yet pragmatic approach of the team, highlighting "the capability to find good solutions for complicated problems, in a short period of time. Their style is informal, but straight to the point."

Others appreciate the team's "good response times and high-quality, specialist advice."

Work highlights Advised ProRail on the required permits regarding the planned construction and extension of railway lines, stations and yards.

Acted for Schadeschap Fluchthaven Schiphol on matters regarding the entitlement to damage compensation for those living near the airport potentially being affected by its expansion.

Notable practitioners

Henk Breeman joined AKD in March 2018. He is an expert in administrative law, with substantial experience in matters pertaining to planning, zoning and environmental law. Breeman assists with large-scale real estate developments and high-profile infrastructure projects. Clients find him "practical and very complete in his advice," with one in particular describing him as "an efficient and very amicable person to work with."

"The sharp-witted and very able" Gerrit van der Veen is an experienced public law practitioner, offering a broad practice that features regulatory matters emanating from public sector services such as telecommunications and healthcare. He regularly represents a number of Dutch governmental bodies and municipalities in planning and public law matters.

Jos van der Velden has over 25 years of experience as a planning and environment lawyer, with a reputation for handling large-scale infrastructure cases and noise pollution regulation. He acted for the Province of Gelderland on a case pertaining to the relocation of a brickyard, currently located in a nature conservation area. The proceeding involved zoning plans and environmental impact assessments.

One client describes Eveline Sillevis-Smitt as "very engaged, helpful and bright," with an "outstanding knowledge in the specialist field of environmental law." She assists real estate developers with planning and environmental matters. She is also known for advising energy sector clients, including those from the nuclear and wind fields.

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Who actually knows how the government works - locally, regionally and nationally? It’s a complicated issue, with many intertwining interests. Just try figuring out the right bureaucratic and political buttons to press without losing sight of legal developments. That is what we do every day, and we enjoy it. We also do it for governments by the way.

This experience applies to both private and administrative law. We act for the public and semi-public sectors, businesses and private individuals.


Our expertise

Given our extensive expertise we are able to take on complex and labyrinthine cases and provide top-quality service. Continually maintaining and expanding our specialist knowledge, we regularly publish in and also serve on the editorial boards of various academic journals and other publications. In addition, we are regularly invited to speak and give lectures at seminars and conferences. Moreover, a number of our lawyers hold professorships and other positions at various universities.

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Allen & Overy LLP - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Offers broad expertise in the public sector and planning and environmental matters. Advises on litigation and contracting relating to real estate and infrastructure development, including Europe-wide and domestic projects. Draws particular praise for its administrative and regulatory expertise and frequently handles administrative, compliance and procedural issues which span to the EU level. Sector-specific knowledge includes transport, energy and finance.

Strengths Clients find the team "highly flexible" and "very pleasant to work with."

One client found the advice given on EU directives "very thorough," adding: "The quality was outstanding."

Work highlights Assisted Booking.com with planning and zoning matters, regarding the development of its new Amsterdam headquarters.

Acted for VolkerWessels on permits, zoning and health and safety requirements, in relation to its public offering on Euronext Amsterdam.

Notable practitioners

Jochem Spaans has a particular focus on environmental cases and is noted for his considerable work within the energy sector. He is also active on regulatory matters that feature an international outlook. Spaans assists Sloe Centrale with issues relating to the Dutch Nature Protection Act and permitting procedures.

Peter Eijsvoogel is a regulatory expert advising clients on government legislation. He also assists with transactions taking place in regulated sectors, such as financial, telecommunications and aviation. Clients describe him as "highly skilled and very amicable."

Henry van Geen is an experienced environmental law practitioner. His practice focus leans towards energy, waste and climate change matters. Clients comment: "He is focused, has a lot of expertise and knows how to combine the various legal fields into comprehensive advice."

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De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Strong choice for environmental and planning matters, with particular expertise in energy infrastructure projects and advising on zoning and nature conservation issues. Offers good cross-practice coverage, with litigation, competition, finance and real estate capabilities and expertise. Also advises on regulatory issues governing numerous aspects of interaction between the public and private sectors, including privatisation, procurement and infrastructure projects. Notable experience in matters relating to public transport and maritime infrastructure.

Strengths Clients receive direct and sustained support from the team: "In a specific case I always see the same lawyers, who know my case and know my interpretation and guidelines, which leads to a very personal approach to the case."

Another source notes that the team can "go into subjects academically" and also take a "practically orientated" approach.

Work highlights Assisted TenneT with national zoning plans, in co-ordination with the Minister of Economic Affairs and the Minister of Infrastructure & the Environment.

Advised the Port of Rotterdam on public law and environmental issues raised by the renovation of the Caland Bridge.

Notable practitioners

Nicolien van den Biggelaar is a respected lawyer in the field of planning and environment. Clients say: "She has a very sharp eye and is very positive in her approach towards clients." Other sources positively note her "concise and precise advice." She regularly advises national and international clients on energy and infrastructure matters. She is also active on litigation.

Arjan Kleinhout is recognised for his good "technical knowledge, effectiveness and client service." He specialises in environmental regulation and zoning. Kleinhout is also experienced in public law, providing private sector companies with regulatory advice.

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Houthoff - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Broad service with expertise in contracts, land policy, public procurement, competition and civil litigation, covering the environment, healthcare, transport and housing sectors. Handles administrative issues and crisis situations in the healthcare and education sectors including bankruptcy risks to public institutions. Also advises on planning and zoning, with a focus on urban development as well as subsidies and government liability matters. Experienced in litigation proceedings before the Dutch Supreme Court.

Strengths Clients say the department is responsive, and the team's advice is pertinent and positive: "They are very available, to the point and always keep an eye on the interest of us as their client. They also will put forward our position or statements in a strong but acceptable way to the other party."

Clients note a "great collaboration," working with a "committed team" that is "very forward-thinking."

Work highlights Acted for the owner of the Duchess Hedwige Polder on a case pertaining to the Dutch government's plan to turn the privately owned land into an estuarine nature area.

Advised the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment on new legislative initiatives relating to planning and environment law.

Notable practitioners

Heading the public law team, Marry de Gaay Fortman is an experienced practitioner, typically advising on regulatory issues for large private sector clients, elucidating their interactions with government institutions and regulatory bodies. Clients praise her "great commercial awareness, effectiveness and client service." She acts for organisations such as the World Food Center and businesses such as McDonald's.

The "calm and balanced" Jan Frans de Groot is head of the planning and environment team, and specialises in planning and zoning. He is particularly experienced on matters relating to urban development. One client describes him as a "great person to work with," who is "solution-driven."

Christine Visser recently joined Houthoff. She enters the rankings on the back of glowing market feedback, with clients describing her as "very knowledgeable, practical and effective in handling cases," as well as being "pleasant to work with," and providing "great client service." She offers a high level of experience in administrative law, planning, zoning and environmental impact. She also offers capabilities in litigation relating to planning and environment law. She acts for provinces, towns and ministries.

Marloes Brans has a practice focus relating to energy, emissions, soil and safety. Brans has recently acted for the Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment. Clients enthusiastically outline her as "intelligent, posing the right questions, analytical and a top environmental lawyer."

About the Team (content provided by Houthoff)

Houthoff's Public Law Team assists government bodies, domestic companies and foreign corporations. That's why their public law specialists understand the challenges and opportunities for both public and private clients. As the public law market leader, Houthoff is always involved in the most ground-breaking and complex public law related cases. This can involve anything from giving advice on public-private partnerships and litigating licence or subsidy cases to managing complex crisis situations. Houthoff's Public Law Team is also regularly asked to give the legislature advice on new laws and regulations. Our specialists understand the language of government bodies and supervisory authorities and they understand the market. 

Houthoff's Public Law Team comprises specialists in the areas of planning and zoning law (environmental law), and specialists in the areas of financial and public economic law. Houthoff is involved in the most important spatial development projects, and advises developers and government bodies from the drawing board until completion.

The public law specialists have comprehensive legal expertise and sector knowledge and they assist parties in matters such as internal investigations, regulatory issues with supervisory authorities and enforcement processes. If necessary, they represent clients in proceedings before bodies like the Administrative Jurisdiction Division of the Council of State or the Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal.

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Loyens & Loeff - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Multidisciplinary practice incorporating regulatory lawyers and specialists, most recognised in planning and environment law. Frequently serves public sector clients such as municipalities, provinces and industry authorities, as well as private clients such as energy companies, chemicals manufacturers and property developers. Offers considerable expertise in environmental and planning regulations relating to project development as well as public body liability. Has a number of real estate sector clients, including recent client additions CBRE and OVG.

Strengths Clients praise the team's "very practical, no-nonsense" approach.

One client highly recommends the team due to its expertise in zoning plans and building permits, stating: "They are very good consultants and are specialists in outlet projects."

Work highlights Represented the Port of Antwerp in proceedings before the Council of State regarding the construction of a power grid.

Acted for Centraal Bureau Levensmiddelen on legal proceedings that relate to alleged breach of the Licensing and Catering Act.

Notable practitioners

Remco Bäcker is amongst key contacts for public law matters.

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NautaDutilh - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Full-service offering with significant expertise in public law, planning and environmental issues. Particular focus on the finance and real estate sectors, advising on liability and conservation issues as well as administrative law proceedings. Also acts on criminal and regulatory matters related to environmental law. Maintains a strong clients base among municipalities alongside serving large companies and government agencies. New clients include Royal HaskoningDHV, RSM and Stichting Connekt.

Strengths Clients applaud the team's forethought and proactivity: "Their approach was always very co-operative and they anticipate new situations very well. They're not waiting for you to tell them, they try to take the lead."

Others praise the department's "innovative approach" to cases and "out-of-the-box thinking."

Work highlights Represented the Municipality of Amsterdam in the development of new infrastructure in the Zuidas area of the city. The case involved environment and planning aspects, along with legal representation at the Council of State.

Acted for TUI and TUI fly on proceedings against Airport Coordination Netherlands in regards to the allocation of night slots at Schiphol airport.

Notable practitioners

Anne-Marie Klijn is a significant force within the field, with some clients referring to her as the "leading environmental layer in the Netherlands." Klijn's reputation is forged through her significant experience in planning mandates, particularly those involving urban development projects. Clients find her work "very precise," adding: "She knows what to do and what to look for."

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Our Public & Regulatory group advises national and international companies in the chemical, energy, food and pharmaceutical sectors, amongst others, and also frequently represents the interests of a broad spectrum of government agencies. We have experience litigating before all administrative courts in the Benelux.

In view of the significant impact of government regulation on all market sectors, we cooperate in an integrated manner with other practice groups such as M&A, Litigation, Real Estate and Competition. In addition, we form part of the Energy & Utilities industry group. Thanks to this integrated approach, relevant market knowledge is rapidly exchanged.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Specialised focus on environmental matters relating to the energy industry, particularly renewables such as wind energy and waste-to-energy, and advising on planning and regulatory issues. Also noted for work on infrastructure projects. Other areas of recent activity include assisting with spatial planning and zoning issues relating to commercial real estate developments and soil contamination matters. Of late, new additions to the department's client base include Bombardier Transportation, Bugaboo and IB Vogt.

Strengths Clients praise team's business acumen.

Work highlights Assisted RWE Generation with obtaining the necessary water act permits for hydropower plant in Linne.

Advised Zouk Capital on obtaining environmental permits and contracting requirements for its anticipated investment in a biogas facility.

Notable practitioners

Daphne Broerse is particularly active within the field of planning and environment, assisting clients with issues resulting from large-scale infrastructure projects.

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Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn N.V. - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Market-leading public law practice with unrivalled experience as adviser to the Dutch state on a comprehensive range of matters. Assists with administrative, environmental, zoning and planning issues, including matters relating to access to government information, subsidies, regulation and constitutional issues. Additional expertise in climate, development and infrastructure matters. Clients include departments of central government, municipalities and provinces, regulatory bodies and private parties from the business sector. Increasingly active in cases relating to sustainable urbanisation, with a particular focus on environmental questions raised at the EU level.

Strengths Clients praise the overall premium service provided by the lawyers: "They communicate in a very effective way and are fast, accurate, concise, accessible and easy to get along with. They can provide a high-end legal solution on complex issues at very short notice."

The team excels in keeping in mind the client's outlook: "They have the ability to see things from the perspective of the client, in order to provide realistic and practical advice."

Work highlights Acted for Nederlandse Zorgautoriteit on a case regarding the Ministry of Health, Welfare & Sport's policy proposal that the rates that hospitals charge for their service must be disclosed to the public.

Advised the Kingdom of the Netherlands on a court case following the outcome of the advisory referendum on the ratification of the association agreement between the EU and Ukraine.

Notable practitioners

Hans Besselink is an environmental law specialist, advising on the regulatory requirements implemented at both the Dutch and EU levels. He regularly acts on zoning cases, for clients such as the Municipality of Rotterdam. Clients recognise Besselink as "an authority in the field of environmental law and a much sought-after legal adviser."

Liesbeth Schippers is a "decisive, hard-working and enthusiastic legal adviser who strongly motivates her team to achieve the best results," say clients. She is renowned in field of planning and environment law, particularly for her expertise in the former. One client lauds her as "the top specialist in the field of planning law. She is a very inspiring woman and she has the skills to make the difference in court." Schippers acted for the Province of Gelderland and other relevant authorities on a zoning case involving Lobith Overnight Stay Harbour.

Arnoud Boorsma is regarded by clients as "dedicated, open and flexible." Other sources refer to him as "a recognised force" in public law. Boorsma focuses on administrative law, particularly in relation to the financial sector.

Jannetje Bootsma specialises in the administrative and contentious aspects of public law, frequently acting for government and public bodies. One source highlights her litigation skills, nothing that she is "a force to be reckoned with."

According to sources, Sandra van Heukelom-Verhage is "a solid force" in public law, and is also described as "the expert" for subsidy cases. Her expertise is often employed by government bodies and municipalities, on a range of administrative matters. She is also noted for her experience in public law matters relating to the healthcare sector.

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Stibbe - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Offers impressive public law expertise, advising on administrative and legislative issues, with a strong environmental practice focusing on infrastructure, wind and nuclear energy development projects and litigation. Other areas of recent activity include environmental permits for construction and development projects, privatisation matters and nature conservation. Recent client wins include NAM and Amsterdam Conservatory.

Strengths Sources praise the team's commercial awareness: "They have very capable lawyers who not only look at the law, but also place it in a business context."

Another client adds: "What I find important is they can provide services during the whole development process, not just one element."

Work highlights Acted for Latexfalt on the alteration of its environmental permit, enabling the company to produce new projects.

Assisted Greif with issues regarding administrative and environmental law, particularly zoning and planning matters.

Notable practitioners

Tom Barkhuysen acts on administrative law, licensing and regulatory mandates, representing both public sector clients, such as government bodies, and private sector clients. Clients describe him as a "very structured thinker and clear communicator, who is very pleasant to work with."

Aaldert Ten Veen is well known for his planning and environment expertise, particularly on wind power and energy-related projets. Referencing these particular strengths, one client states: "He is excellent in weighing risks and putting them in a practical context for the client."

Jan Reinier van Angeren offers a broad public law practice, and is particularly known for his abilities in administrative work. He frequently acts for clients from the transport and aviation sectors, advising on subsidies and tenders. Sources note that he is "very recognised" within the market.

Tijn Kortmann covers all aspects of public law, with a notable focus on planning and environment matters. Clients find him "very helpful, he delivers on time, and is open and informal." Kortmann acts for public bodies, municipalities and private organisations, such as nuclear energy providers.

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Please visit the Stibbe website for more details about our work in this category: http://www.stibbe.com/en/expertise/practiceareas/public-law

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Stijl Advocaten - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Focused expertise in planning issues concerning the real estate sector. Routinely advises investors, developers, public authorities and constructors on property and area development projects. Mandates include acting on developments and redevelopments of hospital, airport and hotel sites as part of urban development and housing projects. Active on cross-border matters, predominantly involving international investors and developers looking to implement projects within the Netherlands.

Strengths Clients note that the advice provided by the team is "always good, direct and practical."

One client, using the department for large-scale planning mandates, enjoys a "good relationship" with the team and reports that the "work is done in short timeframes." The same client also describes the practice as "very client-orientated."

Work highlights Advised the Municipality of Eindhoven on zoning, exploration and other public law issues, relating to the building of Brainport Industries

Acted for Cure Afvalbeheer on the planning and environment aspects surrounding the creation of a new, state-of-the-art waste treatment plant.

Notable practitioners

Michiel van Driel is "always good, well informed and nice to have a conversation with." His practice speciality is planning law, with a notable focus on zoning work, building permits and assessments of environmental impact. He regularly acts for domestic and international real estate developers.

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Like our namesake the Stijl art movement, we focus on the essentials and cut through the clutter. These are the principles that have built our reputation for providing high-quality legal services in real estate and project development. Our track record in supervising and directing complex real estate transactions and large-scale procedures is significant. We serve our governmental and professional real estate clients with dedication in various law branches. 

For more than a decade we have been focusing on delivering targeted and innovative solutions, never losing sight of our clients’ interests.

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Van der Feltz advocaten - Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Boutique firm specialising in a wide range of public law mandates, with a particular strength in planning and environmental issues, including soil contamination matters and issues connected to energy projects and hazardous substances. Also has noted expertise in expropriation, real estate and regulation of the healthcare and financial sectors. Acts for a number of municipalities.

Strengths Interviewees appreciate that when giving "sound legal advice, they consider all positions."

Interviewees note the firm's "very specialised and impressive" environmental practice.

Work highlights Acted for the Municipality of Gorinchem on District and Supreme Court proceedings concerning who should acquire the surplus value of land arising from changes in zoning plans.

Advised NAM on the acquisition of gas in the province of Groningen and under the Wadden Sea.

Notable practitioners

Godert Van der Feltz is described by sources as a "really good lawyer" for public law matters. He is particularly skilled in environmental law mandates, acting for clients such as Afval Energie Bedrijf and various oil and gas companies. Many of his cases involve contentious proceedings.

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Band 1

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn N.V.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Hans Besselink is an environmental law specialist, advising on the regulatory requirements implemented at both the Dutch and EU levels. He regularly acts on zoning cases, for clients such as the Municipality of Rotterdam. Clients recognise Besselink as "an authority in the field of environmental law and a much sought-after legal adviser."

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NautaDutilh

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anne-Marie Klijn is a significant force within the field, with some clients referring to her as the "leading environmental layer in the Netherlands." Klijn's reputation is forged through her significant experience in planning mandates, particularly those involving urban development projects. Clients find her work "very precise," adding: "She knows what to do and what to look for."

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Liesbeth Schippers

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn N.V.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Liesbeth Schippers is a "decisive, hard-working and enthusiastic legal adviser who strongly motivates her team to achieve the best results," say clients. She is renowned in field of planning and environment law, particularly for her expertise in the former. One client lauds her as "the top specialist in the field of planning law. She is a very inspiring woman and she has the skills to make the difference in court." Schippers acted for the Province of Gelderland and other relevant authorities on a zoning case involving Lobith Overnight Stay Harbour.

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Stibbe

From the Chambers Europe guide

Aaldert Ten Veen is well known for his planning and environment expertise, particularly on wind power and energy-related projets. Referencing these particular strengths, one client states: "He is excellent in weighing risks and putting them in a practical context for the client." 

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Nicolien van den Biggelaar

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nicolien van den Biggelaar is a respected lawyer in the field of planning and environment. Clients say: "She has a very sharp eye and is very positive in her approach towards clients." Other sources positively note her "concise and precise advice." She regularly advises national and international clients on energy and infrastructure matters. She is also active on litigation.

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Band 2

AKD

From the Chambers Europe guide

Henk Breeman joined AKD in March 2018. He is an expert in administrative law, with substantial experience in matters pertaining to planning, zoning and environmental law. Breeman assists with large-scale real estate developments and high-profile infrastructure projects. Clients find him "practical and very complete in his advice," with one in particular describing him as "an efficient and very amicable person to work with."

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Band 2

ENVIR Advocaten

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marieke Kaajan of ENVIR Advocaten is an authority on Dutch nature conservation law, assisting municipalities, state bodies and developers with environmental, planning and zoning matters. Clients laud her "outstanding knowledge of environment and nature law," noting also her "open and hands-on nature." One source recognises Kaajan as a "real specialist, a leading lady in nature conservation."

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Band 2

Stibbe

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tijn Kortmann covers all aspects of public law, with a notable focus on planning and environment matters. Clients find him "very helpful, he delivers on time, and is open and informal." Kortmann acts for public bodies, municipalities and private organisations, such as nuclear energy providers.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jochem Spaans has a particular focus on environmental cases and is noted for his considerable work within the energy sector. He is also active on regulatory matters that feature an international outlook. Spaans assists Sloe Centrale with issues relating to the Dutch Nature Protection Act and permitting procedures.

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Band 2

Godert Van der Feltz

Van der Feltz advocaten

From the Chambers Europe guide

Godert Van der Feltz is described by sources as a "really good lawyer" for public law matters. He is particularly skilled in environmental law mandates, acting for clients such as Afval Energie Bedrijf and various oil and gas companies. Many of his cases involve contentious proceedings.

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Band 2

Jos van der Velden

AKD

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jos van der Velden has over 25 years of experience as a planning and environment lawyer, with a reputation for handling large-scale infrastructure cases and noise pollution regulation. He acted for the Province of Gelderland on a case pertaining to the relocation of a brickyard, currently located in a nature conservation area. The proceeding involved zoning plans and environmental impact assessments. 

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Band 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Daphne Broerse is particularly active within the field of planning and environment, assisting clients with issues resulting from large-scale infrastructure projects.

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Band 3

Jan Frans de Groot

Houthoff

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "calm and balanced" Jan Frans de Groot is head of the planning and environment team, and specialises in planning and zoning. He is particularly experienced on matters relating to urban development. One client describes him as a "great person to work with," who is "solution-driven."

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Band 3

Six Advocaten

From the Chambers Europe guide

Hanneke Ellerman of Six Advocaten is a well-regarded planning and environment lawyer, specialising in zoning, administrative law and the environmental side of real estate development. Ellerman acts for both public and private sector clients.

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Band 3

Maayke Maas-Cooymans

Ploum

From the Chambers Europe guide

Maayke Maas-Cooymans of Ploum heads the public and environmental law practice. She is best known for cases involving complex environmental law, along with zoning and planning issues. She acts for Dutch regulatory bodies, municipalities and chemical companies.

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Eveline Sillevis-Smitt

AKD

From the Chambers Europe guide

One client describes Eveline Sillevis-Smitt as "very engaged, helpful and bright," with an "outstanding knowledge in the specialist field of environmental law." She assists real estate developers with planning and environmental matters. She is also known for advising energy sector clients, including those from the nuclear and wind fields. 

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Michiel van Driel

Stijl Advocaten

From the Chambers Europe guide

Michiel van Driel is "always good, well informed and nice to have a conversation with." His practice speciality is planning law, with a notable focus on zoning work, building permits and assessments of environmental impact. He regularly acts for domestic and international real estate developers.

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Band 3

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Henry van Geen is an experienced environmental law practitioner. His practice focus leans towards energy, waste and climate change matters. Clients comment: "He is focused, has a lot of expertise and knows how to combine the various legal fields into comprehensive advice."

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Band 3

Houthoff

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christine Visser recently joined Houthoff. She enters the rankings on the back of glowing market feedback, with clients describing her as "very knowledgeable, practical and effective in handling cases," as well as being "pleasant to work with," and providing "great client service." She offers a high level of experience in administrative law, planning, zoning and environmental impact. She also offers capabilities in litigation relating to planning and environment law. She acts for provinces, towns and ministries.

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Houthoff

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marloes Brans has a practice focus relating to energy, emissions, soil and safety. Brans has recently acted for the Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment. Clients enthusiastically outline her as "intelligent, posing the right questions, analytical and a top environmental lawyer."

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De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

From the Chambers Europe guide

Arjan Kleinhout is recognised for his good "technical knowledge, effectiveness and client service." He specialises in environmental regulation and zoning. Kleinhout is also experienced in public law, providing private sector companies with regulatory advice.

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