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Eveline Sillevis Smitt

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Regulatory and Governmental Affairs.


Eveline Sillevis Smitt assists companies during complex (environmental) permit procedures. Her activities include consultancy and litigation in the areas of environmental liability, enforcement operations, and issues pertaining to air quality, noise, (soil) pollution, odour, discharge, IPPC, external safety, nature conservation, emissions and emission trading. Additional areas of expertise are the use of secondary building materials and environmental impact assessments. She also provides support in specialised cases concerning (environmental) disputes involving asbestos (liabilities), legislation related to waste substances, including the import and export of waste (EVOA) and nuclear power. She applies her expertise in environmental planning law to the field of administrative law and spatial planning. She advises companies on development and infrastructure projects and related aspects of spatial development. Additionally, Sillevis Smitt supports developers during inner city redevelopment schemes and the restructuring of former industrial estates. She assists in resolving a wide range of matters concerning zoning plans, (independent) project decisions, and a variety of aspects pertaining to land policy and compensation. She also has expertise in the area of listed buildings and the Infrastructure Planning Procedures Act (Tracéwet).


Alongside her legal practice, she writes a regular column for MilieuMagazine, a periodical about the environment, and lectures on administrative spatial planning for the postdoctoral real estate course organised by NOVAM. She also frequently appears as a speaker at client seminars and for various programmes of study, such as SBO.

Netherlands: Industry focus

Food and beverages

Within: Food and beverages

Barbara Mutsaers is the key partner at AKD, and is well known for her expertise in food law, including nutrition and health claims, product liability and recalls. Alongside Eveline Sillevis Smitt, administrative food law expert Erik Dans represented Plukon Food Group in proceedings against the Dutch state regarding new food hygiene regulations. Huib Berendschot is recommended for IP, advertising and labelling matters.

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  • New Late Payments Directive

    Despite the implementation of Directive 2000/35/EC on combating late payment in commercial transactions in 2002, the European Commission (the “Commission”) concluded in 2008 that late payments were still widespread in the EU. It also turned out that public authorities in certain Member States were stipulating unjustifiably long contractual payment periods for transactions.
  • Amendment of the Collective Redundancy Notification Act

    On 1 March 2012 the Collective Redundancy Notification Act (Wet Melding Collective Outslug, "WACO") will be amended. What changes does this involve?
  • New Corporate Law Legislation

    In the field of corporate law, there are four (coming) Acts that attract attention, namely the introduction of the tenth book of the Dutch Civil Code, the amendment of the Marital Property Act and, to conclude, the coming entry into effect of the Management and Supervision Act and the Flexibilization of BV Act. Please find below a short explanation of each Act.
  • Shipping & Transport - Netherlands

    Attaching maritime assets in insolvency
    - AKD
  • The employment of foreign workers. What issues do you need to be aware of as an employer?

    The employment of foreign workers regularly raises questions. A brief summary of the most important areas of attention will be dealt with in this article.
    - AKD
  • Non-solicitation agreement violated via LinkedIn

    A non-solicitation agreement usually restricts the ability of an employee - after an employment contract has ended - to approach the clients of the former employer. The former employee of a software company recently discovered that the scope of such an agreement can also include contacts made via LinkedIn.
    - AKD

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    - AKD
  • Forming a company in the Netherlands

    The Netherlands and Dutch law The Netherlands is a perfect business location for foreign entrepreneurs (2,000 subsidiaries in Amsterdam, 140,000 jobs). It is the gateway to densely populated Western Europe and has a well-developed logistic and technical infrastructure.
  • Leasing of commercial premises in the Netherlands

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  • Employment of foreign workers in the Netherlands

    The employment of foreign workers in the Netherlands regularly raises questions. What issues do you need to be aware of as an employer? A brief summary of the most important areas of attention will be dealt with in this article.
    - AKD