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The team at AKD is headed by Jos van der Velden, who advises ProRail on all public law matters and continues to represent it in court. The full-service practice advises public and private bodies in almost equal measure, on contentious and non-contentious matters. Gerrit van der Veen and Eveline Sillevis Smitt are recommended.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s practice co-heads Nicolien van den Biggelaar and Arjan Kleinhout provide ‘useful, practical advice’. TenneT and the Port of Rotterdam are clients on the regulatory side, as is NAM in a high-profile mass tort. High-profile litigation and planning issues concerning large energy and infrastructure projects are particular strengths.

Houthoff has ‘in-depth industry knowledge’ and gives ‘to-the-point advice’ on a wide range of environmental, planning and zoning matters. ‘Very pleasant, open-minded’ counsel Marloes Brans represented Tata Steel IJmuiden in at least two cases regarding its plants’ emission levels. Jan Frans de Groot heads the practice.

At Loyens & Loeff, Henk Breeman represented Stable International Development and Kondon Wessels Projecten in proceedings against the zoning plan for their factory outlet development near Zevenaar. The team frequently handles contentious and non-contentious environment and planning work. Remco Bäcker is the other key partner.

Anne-Marie Klijn at NautaDutilh assisted the municipality of Amsterdam with the environmental, planning and zoning aspects of the €4bn development of the Zuidas area. Other clients include OVG Real Estate, Decathlon and WWF. The ‘punctual, creative’ team is headed by ‘proactive expert’ Norbert de Munnik.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice head Daphne Broerse is ‘a good listener’ and has ‘excellent knowledge in a wide range of fields’, including planning permits, environmenetal issues and zoning. Clients include BP, Ballast Nedam and Emerald Kalama Chemical. Jan Jakob Peelen is also recommended.

Specialising in public sector law, Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV advised the province of Zuid-Holland on the €800m RijnlandRoute project, and acted for the municipality of The Hague on the environmental, planning and zoning aspects of the Spuiplein and Wijnhavenkwartier redevelopments. Liesbeth Schippers leads the four-partner team, which includes Daniëlle Roelands-Fransen.

Aaldert ten Veen and public law specialist Jan Reinier van Angeren head the practice at Stibbe, which counts Ahold and DSM among its clients. Ten Veen assisted Windpark Krammer and Windpark Wieringermeer with obtaining permits for wind farm construction. Anna Collignon made partner in January 2017. and ING are recent clients of Allen & Overy LLP’s practice, which is ‘excellent in all respects’. ‘Fast, enthusiastic’ counsel Jochem Spaans has strong offshore wind knowledge. Henry van Geen heads the team.

Lexence’s department head Michael Klijnstra acted for Slokker Vastgoed on the regulatory and litigious aspects of its construction projects in Leeuwarden, Zwolle, Culemborg and Bodegraven. Of counsel Arthur Kaspers is the other name to note.

The ‘passionate, committed, creative, pragmaticMaayke Maas-Cooymans heads Ploum Lodder Princen’s practice, which counts Boskalis among its clients. Maas-Cooymans assisted BP with the environmental due diligence for the auction sale of its Amsterdam Terminal.

Six Advocaten assists clients with preparing and executing spatial plans, and with fulfilling licensing requirements. Recent clients include Heineken International and Ooms Development. Irma van den Berg and Hanneke Ellerman head the practice.

The key partners at Straatman Koster Advocaten are Joost Hoekstra, Marinda de Smidt and Christine Visser. The team acted for the municipality of Eindhoven on the zoning plan for the €400m Brainport Industries Campus.

The ‘practical and experienced’ Godert van der Feltz leads Van der Feltz advocaten’s five-partner practice, which excels in planning and expropriation cases. Jacques Sluysmans is ‘quick, knowledgeable and down-to-earth’.

Public law expert Valentijn Leijh heads Dentons Boekel’s practice; he advised Strawinskyhuis on the proposed redevelopment of its offices. Associate Dieuwke Kist represented Stichting Stadgenoot in litigation against its tenants regarding local zoning regulations.

Jaap Koster and the ‘practical, approachable’ Hein Tonnaer lead the team at Clifford Chance. Liesbeth Buiter advised Neinver on the planning, zoning and environmental aspects of the SugarCity centre development in Halfweg.

DLA Piper’s clients include SABIC, Nalco Europe and Mysteryland Netherlands. Léon Korsten heads the department with Bart Koolhaas, who assisted Cycleon with seeking fair enforcement of EU waste shipment rules.

The key partners at ENVIR Advocaten are the ‘very experiencedMarieke Kaajan and Fleur Onrust, who is ‘great on large environmental due diligence projects’. Energy research Centre of the Netherlands is a client.

Gijs Heutink Advocaten’s ‘exceptional’ team has ‘a high level of expertise’ in environmental, planning and zoning issues. Clients include KNSF Vastgoed and Strukton. The practice co-heads are the ‘calm, witty and highly knowledgeable’ Gijs Heutink and the ‘proactive, pragmatic and skilful’ Eefje van Bommel.

Van Doorne’s practice head Cees Kniestedt acts for Hornbach in the planning and zoning issues associated with its establishment of new stores. Kniestedt also advised Struik Foods Europe on environmental regulatory issues.

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    - AKD

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