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Gerrit van der Veen

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Administrative & Environmental Law.


Gerrit van der Veen is a lawyer dealing with a wide range of administrative and spatial planning law. His specialist fields include general administrative law, spatial planning law relating to construction and environment permits, soil contamination and the environmental liability Directive, public administrative law and private law, such as the Land Development Law, subsidy law and a broad range of administrative compensation law. His clients are primarily local authorities and commercial organisations such as project developers. He is also occasionally called upon to advise government ministries.


Gerrit van der Veen has worked for AKD since 1997 and was made a partner of the firm in 2004. He delivers lectures on aspects of his specialist fields and regularly acts as a tutor for courses including the Grotius education on administrative law, training for local authority lawyers, the Academy for Legislation and the universities of Rotterdam, Nijmegen and Tilburg.


Following completion of his doctorate, Gerrit has been a frequent contributor to periodicals on construction law and property law and to TMA the periodical on environmental liability. For the journal AB, which covers jurisprudence in administrative law, he has written leading annotations about decisions handed down by the Supreme Court concerning government liability and public authorities in relation to private law. In addition, he is the author of lengthy monographs concerning the system and general interpretations of the Administrative Law Act, the bi-monthly chronicle ‘Bodem’ in the property law journal and a variety of articles about private law-related aspects of government activities. Gerrit was a member of the third assessment committee considering the Administrative Law Act which published its findings in early 2007.


He received a doctorate in 1997 with a thesis entitled ‘Openbare zaken’ that focused on the inter-relationship between public and private law where the emphasis lay on public highways and other public facilities.


Environment and planning

Within: Environment and planning

The ‘very knowledgeable, solution-oriented’ team at AKD is led by Jos van der Velden, Gerrit van der Veen and Klaas Meersma, who are based in Breda, Rotterdam and Amsterdam respectively. Van der Velden advises ProRail on all environment and planning matters. Henk Breeman was a new arrival in March 2018.

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