Environment and planning in Netherlands


The environmental team at AKD offers ‘deep and integrated knowledge of administrative law’ and handles a broad range of contentious and non-contentious matters for public and private sector clients. Jos van der Velden  has over 30 years’ experience in planning and environmental issues and is a board member of the Association of Environmental Lawyers. Gerrit van der Veen has considerable experience in soil and environmental issues, and administrative liability, while Hugo Doornhof handles litigation. Henk Breeman is the name to note for enforcement matters and government liability.

Practice head(s):

Jos van der Velden; Gerrit van der Veen; Hugo Doornhof

Other key lawyers:

Henk Breeman; Eveline Sillevis Smitt; Thomas Sanders


The team knows the practice and they have a very good knowledge of what is important and what is not.

Very accessible and always a prompt reaction if the situation requires it.

The customer is king at AKD.

They are keen to make sure the case is being looked at from different perspectives which can add a new dimension on how to solve an issue.

To-the-point and high-quality specialist advice.

Very good value for money.

Eveline Sillevis Smitt is very engaged, helpful, bright and has outstanding knowledge in the specialist field of environmental law.

Gerrit van der Veen is sharp witted and a very able professor.

Key clients


Provinces: Friesland, Limburg, Zuid-Holland, Flevoland, Zeeland,Noord-Brabant, Utrecht, Overijssel, Gelderland

Municipalities: Kampen, Alphen aan de Rijn, Uden, Roosendaal, Oosterhout, Lelystad, Almere, Midden-Delfland, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Eindhoven, Tilburg, Breda, Delft, Venlo, Meierijstad etc.

Waterboards: Brabantse Delta, De Dommel, Rijnland, Rijn enIJssel, Hunze en Aa’s, Limburg, etc.

Uniper Benelux (formerly E.ON)

Heros Sluiskil

Urenco Netherlands

Aldi Supermarkets

Havenbedrijf Rotterdam



Verbrugge Terminals, ZHD Stevedores


Wacker Chemie

WDP – Warehouses De Pauw

Hunter Douglas Europe

Dutch Parliament

Access World

Dutch Ministry of the Interior

Work highlights

  • Advising the province of Utrecht, the Dutch State and various municipalities in relation to house price regulation.
  • Providing legal services regarding the redevelopment of an abandoned airbase that will be as energy-neutral and self-sustaining as possible.
  • Advising the Municipality of Zundert on the closing down of Fort Oranje.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

The planning and environment team at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek has ‘deep knowledge of current legislation relating to spatial planning, environmental and nature conservation issues’. Under the leadership of seasoned litigator Nicolien Van Den Biggelaar, the practice continues to act in a range of administrative and civil court proceedings, as well as negotiations with regulatory authorities and public bodies. Counsel Arjan Kleinhout is a public law specialist, who is recommended for energy and environment, state aid, market regulation, and public enforcement issues, while senior associate Claire Van Der Hoeven handles energy and infrastructure matters.

Practice head(s):

Nicolien van den Biggelaar

Other key lawyers:

Arjan Kleinhout; Claire van der Hoeven


Highly skilled team, easily accessible, transparent billing and cost efficient.

Arjan Kleinhout is a smart, reliable and trustworthy sparring partner.

De Brauw’s team has leading expertise in the fields of legislation and case law in the field of spatial development, environment and nature protection.

The team has outstanding capabilities in understanding the client’s project initiative and delivering added value in planning and licensing that project.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek B.V. is an outstanding, high-profile firm operating at the very top in the Netherlands.

Their attorneys guarantee a combination of high legal quality, due care and a focus on solutions.

If you are a client, and you really want high-end treatment of a case involving environment and planning, De Brauw is an excellent choice.

De Brauw’s attorneys are easy to talk to and pleasant to work with.

Key clients

Schiphol Airport


Royal Dutch Shell


Port of Rotterdam





Porthos (Port of Rotterdam, EBN and Gasunie consortium)

Varo Energy Netherlands

NAM (Shell and Exxon joint venture)

Theo Pouw Groep

Ronald McDonald House

Ørsted Wind Power

OPEN (E-wast e )

Afvalfonds Verpakkingen

Work highlights

  • Advising on two challenging new and unique projects concerning hydrogen: the H2 Backbone (Gasunie) and HyTransPort.RTM (Gasunie & Port of Rotterdam) in relation to environmental, regulatory, procedural, M&A, financial and strategic matters.
  • Advising Royal Schiphol Group on the impact of the landmark 2019 ruling of the Council of State regarding Dutch nitrogen policy under the Nature Conservation Act.
  • Advising the Consortium of Port of Rotterdam, Gasunie and EBN (Porthos CCS Project) regarding the public law and planning/environmental aspects, the regulatory regime (including EU ETS impact), transactional matters (such as establishment of the joint venture) and commercial contracting.


The sizeable team at Houthoff acts for corporate clients, project developers and governmental bodies on the full range of environmental and planning matters, including climate change issues, mandates of political or reputational sensitivity, and those involving interaction with the Dutch state. The practice group also handles contentious matters and has extensive experience acting in the Dutch Supreme Court, where practice head Jan Frans de Groot frequently litigates.

Practice head(s):

Jan Frans de Groot

Other key lawyers:

Marloes Brans


Marloes Brans is responsive and attentive to our enquiries.

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV offers ‘all-round and in-depth expertise paired with an outstanding reputation in the governmental arena'. Well-known in the market for its representation of public sector clients, the practice also acts for the private sector on advisory and contentious matters. It is active on the environmental and planning aspects of large infrastructure projects, flora-and-fauna and nature conservation, and sustainable energy projects. Liesbeth Schippers heads the practice and has notable experience in large-scale spatial projects; Daniëlle Roelands-Fransen  is recommended for zoning and planning matters.

Practice head(s):

Liesbeth Schippers

Other key lawyers:

Daniëlle Roelands-Fransen; Roelof Reinders; Hans Besselink; Jelmer Procee


‘Liesbeth Schippers and Hans Besselink are both very pragmatic and down to earth, and they look for solutions that are beneficial to all parties concerned.

Very client-friendly, with fast responses on requests.

The team distinguishes itself with a very high level of knowledge and experience.

We particularly appreciate their pragmatic and fast advice on various aspects of environmental law.

Daniëlle Roelands-Fransen is true authority in the field of planning and environmental law.

We chose this firm because it offers expertise in all aspects of planning law.

The knowledge and diversity within the team is good and they offer great performances in the court room.

Liesbeth Schippers is not easily daunted and brings parties together in finding a way forward when interests collide in a large project.

Key clients

Dutch central government departments (Infrastructure and Environment (including Rijkswaterstaat, the executive agency of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management), Defence, Economic Affairs, Interior and Kingdom Relations, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality)

Various independent public law bodies and agencies (such as the Dutch Land Registry)

Provincial authorities: Noord-Holland, Zuid-Holland, Utrecht, Gelderland, Groningen, Noord-Brabant, Flevoland and Limburg

Municipalities: The Hague, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Maastricht, Leiden, Leiderdorp, Oegstgeest, Haarlem, Eindhoven, Delft, Tilburg, Westland, Weert, Moerdijk, Zoetermeer, Zoeterwoude, Ede, Papendrecht, Brummen, Zandvoort, Zaanstad and Zuidplas

All regulatory bodies in the Netherlands (such as the Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and Biocides; and The Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate)

DCMR (the environmental protection agency of the Rijnmond region)

District Water Authorities: Hollands Noorderkwartier, Roer en Overmaas, Rivierenland, Limburg, Hoogheemraadschap Schieland and Krimpenerwaard.


The House of Development

Jumbo Supermarkten

Work highlights

  • Advising the Municipality of Zandvoort on the issuing of the necessary permits for Formula 1 Grand Prix Zandvoort in a timely fashion.
  • Assisting on the Markermeer Dyke Reinforcement Project, between Amsterdam and Hoorn.
  • Assisted the Ministry of Economic Affairs in proceedings brought by Stichting Stop5GNL aimed at prohibiting the roll-out of 5G technology in the Netherlands.


The environment and planning team at Stibbe consists of ‘a large group of people with all kinds of specialisms, who are truly outstanding to work with’. It provides high-level advice on major planning applications and infrastructure projects, and also handles contentious issues and litigation. Jan Reinier van Angeren acts for public and private sector clients on planning, permits and general public law matters, and Anna Collignon advises energy and chemical-sector clients on litigation and compliance issues. Jan van Oosten is the name to note for development and infrastructure projects; Tom Barkhuysen and Tijn Kortmann are other key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Jan Reinier van Angeren; Anna Collignon; Jan van Oosten; Tom Barkhuysen; Tijn Kortmann

Other key lawyers:

Valérie van‘t Lam


Jan van Oosten is very knowledgeable and experienced.

Jan van Oosten knows the industry, the market and stakeholders and is always available.

What is best about Stibbe, is that their partners and associates are always up-to-date regarding the particulars of our company and the sector we operate in.

Stibbe truly feels like an extension of your company.

Anna Collignon is very knowledgeable and she excels as a litigator in court hearings.

Jan van Oosten is not only a highly skilled professional, but with his years of experience is a pleasant business partner to have on your team.

Jan van Oosten’s natural seniority and in-depth knowledge of complex legal questions, gives our company the extra legal power we often need.

The public law team within Stibbe is well organised.

Key clients



Air Liquide


Circuit Park Zandvoort

DAF Trucks



Energy Production Company Zeeland

Ernst & Young Accountants



Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM)









Municipalities: Purmerend, Leeuwarden, Almere, Amstelveen, Amsterdam, Leiden and BEL-combinatie (Municipalities of Blaricum, Eemnes and Laren)

Provinces: Noord-Holland

Schiphol Airport


Smurfit Kappa


Work highlights

  • Assisting the municipality of Purmerend in a case that concerns distance requirements around LPG filling stations and the compatibility of the principle of formal legal force with EU law.
  • Advising motor racing track Circuit Park Zandvoort on the preparation and application of necessary permits and exemptions for the hosting of a Formula 1 race, including environmental, building and water permits among other matters.
  • Advising and assist Groenleven in litigation on many large-scale solar projects.

Van der Feltz Advocaten

The Hague-based boutique Van der Feltz Advocaten fields ‘an experienced team which always delivers solid, practical advice in a timely manner’. It advises on public, civil, criminal and tax law, with a focus on the construction, real estate, energy and industrial sectors. The practice has recently been advising a number of municipalities on contentious issues, including litigation, and has the capacity for Supreme Court work. Willem Bosma  is a name to note for spatial planning and environmental law, while Willem van der Werf  is recommended for real estate and land issues.

Practice head(s):

Willem Bosma; Willem van der Werf

Other key lawyers:

Jacques Sluysmans


Van der Feltz has shown not only in depth knowledge of specific (fields of) laws and regulations, but also the ability to integrate insights from various fields into their advice.

In our project they have shown to be able to explain the pros and cons of various options, creating an open discussion on the best way forward.

They have shown the ability to provide a structured overview of applicable regulations and the ways in which they interconnect.

Willem van der Werf combines his expertise with experience in comparable projects, which provided us with new perspectives and enabled us to prevent costly missteps.

Hands-on, spot-on, accurate and fast with their reactions.

Van der Feltz is our partner in all environmental legal issues, they know about the history and the current situation in our company.

They always are able to help us fast and I always get what I expect.

‘The team is unique because of the high quality of their service and their diversity, accessibility and drive’.

Key clients


BAM Groep

Friesland Campina

Municipalities: Delft, Dordrecht, Midden-Delfland, Zoetermeer, Rijswijk, Soest, Wassenaar, Enkhuizen, Pijnacker-Nootdorp, Brielle, Medemblik, Bunnik (2020), De Bilt (2020), Altena (2020), Barendrecht (2021), Gooise Meren (2020), Molenlanden (2020), Weststellingwerf (2021)


Invasto Vastgoed

Omgevingsdienst Zuid-Holland Zuid, Omgevingsdienst West-Holland

Province of South-Holland

Vabo Ontwikkeling

Van Wanrooij Projectontwikkeling

Dura Vermeer Groep

Eurotank Amsterdam

Kennemerland Beheer


Shurgard Nederland

Neptune Energy Netherlands

Vermilion Energy Netherlands

Van Wijnen Groep

TSH Management


Work highlights

  • Advising online supermarket Picnic on the zoning plan, building permits and land allocation contracts for its newest robotised ‘smart’ warehouse.
  • Advising and representing the Municipality of Dordrecht in relation to a €9m claim for lost profits brought by BPD as a result of government planning decisions.
  • Advising and representing the province of South Holland regarding the Chemours/DuPont plant in Dordrecht and the plant’s GenX chemical emissions.

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP’s environment and regulatory team was given a significant boost in early 2021 with the re-joining of Jochem Spaans, who now co-heads the team alongside counsel Marinus Winters. The group advises on the environmental and planning aspects of real estate projects, transactions and project-finance related work, and also handles contentious matters and litigation. Spaans is recommended for industry, climate change and energy projects. Moreover, as part of a large global network, the Dutch office is well placed to assist with multi-jurisdictional mandates and often works in tandem with other teams.

Practice head(s):

Jochem Spaans; Marinus Winters


Good support on the planning process of a redevelopment area.

They don’t only think in legal terms, but also in tactical moves towards neighbours and the municipality.

Key clients

ABC Vastgoed





Energiebeheer Nederland (EBN)

Hembrug Zaandam

ING Bank

Japan Bank for International Cooperation

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

MKS Instruments

Nikon Holdings Europe


Slibverwerking Noord Brabant



Uniper Benelux


Zeeland Refinery

Work highlights

  • Advising data-centre developer EdgeConneX in relation to permitting and planning matters in the greater Schiphol area.
  • Advising project developer Hembrug Zaandam on the redevelopment of the large, former defence site of Hembrugterrein, located in the greater Amsterdam Metropolitan area.
  • Advising Uniper on the forced shutdown of its coal-fired power plant located on the Maasvlakte (Port of Rotterdam).

ENVIR Advocaten

Boutique public law specialist ENVIR Advocaten handles a range of planning, environmental and zoning matters, and has ‘very profound knowledge of EU nature protection law’. The team – which acts for energy, construction and public sector clients – has particular experience in relation to the Netherlands’ nitrogen deposition crisis. Marieke Kaajan is recommended for permitting issues, while Fleur Onrust represents clients in litigation and administrative-enforcement proceedings. However, Erwin Noordover left for NewGround Law B.V. and Iris Kieft  left for NautaDutilh during the course of 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Marieke Kaajan; Fleur Onrust; Derek Sietses


‘Responsive, know their stuff and nice people to work with.

‘Very flexible and capable, with a personal touch.

‘They provide a drive to find practical solutions in an ever-changing regulatory landscape.

‘Practical, knowledgeable, well-reachable and well-connected.

‘The ENVIR team is knowledgeable and swift in their replies.

‘They know their way around the law but are always good in thinking out of the box if required and possible.

‘Fleur Onrust is a quick thinker with good analytical skills.

‘Marieke Kaajan is highly skilled, with the best knowledge of nature protection law within the Netherlands.

Key clients

Friesland Lease

Picnic Nederland

Stichting Ecologisch Vleermuis Onderzoek Nederland (SEVON)

Biesheuvel Jansen advocaten

Blue Elephant

Province of Limburg

Ontwikkelbedrijf Greenport Venlo

Enerzjyk Skûlenboarch

Work highlights

  • Represented Friesland Lease in proceedings against the ban on electric vehicles for transport of up to 10 children per vehicle (Stint) which caused acute transport problems for the childcare sector.
  • Represented Dutch bat research foundation, SEVON, in an appeal before the highest Dutch administrative court against a code of conduct for climate neutral renovation of houses which does not sufficiently protect bat populations.
  • Represented the Province of Limburg in connection with the expansion of major car production facilities; various parties have initiated proceedings to block this expansion.


NautaDutilh’s practice was recently bolstered by the October-2021 arrivals of Iris Kieft and Stephan Sluiter from ENVIR Advocaten and Ploum, respectively; the pair now co-lead the team alongside Jolize Lautenbach. The practice handles contentious and non-contentious environment and planning matters for large international and domestic clients and is well versed in handling the environmental aspects of transactional work, including permitting issues, soil contamination and other regulatory matters. All three practice co-heads have considerable experience in public law litigation before national and international courts.

Other key lawyers:

Arjen Praat; Mirjam von Meijenfeldt


‘Exceptional quality of work, content wise but also experts in litigation tactics.

Hands-on and always available, with a can-do mentality.

Ready to go the extra mile to get the best result for the client.

Very pleasant to-the-point communication.

In my opinion, the go-to team in the Netherlands.

Jolize Lautenbach is an associate partner with a great expertise.

Jolize Lautenbach is a fast-thinking lawyer and very pleasant to work with.

Jolize Lautenbach is very experienced and understands the needs of his clients.

Key clients


Scheepswerf gebroeders Kooyman




Binckhorsthof Ontwikkeling

De Kuyper


Neste Oil

ChemCom Industries

Chemelot Site Permit



Yellow Chips

ACT Fuels


Nationaal Park De Hoge Veluwe




Gemeente Amsterdam




Work highlights

  • Assisting food and agri-business Olam with a number of complex environmental law mandates, including in litigation before the administrative courts in relation to the renewed operational license  and environmental permits for its cocoa production facilities in the Netherlands.
  • Supported Nouryon on the environmental law aspects of major transactions including the spin-off of its base chemicals business Nobian.
  • Assisting real estate developer Vorm with the new Environment and Planning Act (Omgevingswet) in relation to its new multifunctional building in the former industrial Binckhorst area in Den Hague.

NewGround Law B.V.

Fielding a team ‘with lots of experiences at the major law firms’, NewGround Law B.V.’s ‘boutique style really shows their personal and dedicated approach’. The practice undertakes a considerable volume of zoning and environmental matters related to large real estate projects and also handles associated disputes and litigation as necessary. Erwin Noordover, a January 2021 arrival from ENVIR Advocaten now co-heads the team alongside Anne-Marie Klijn and André Gaastra. Klijn has vast experience in administrative, spatial planning and environmental law, as well as in government liability and enforcement matters.

Practice head(s):

Anne-Marie Klijn; André Gaastra; Erwin Noordover

Other key lawyers:

Pieter van der Woerd


Erwin Noordover is great to work with; fast, smart and with a good feeling of the dynamics.

NewGround Law is our top advisor for complex legal issues concerning objections to the zoning plan procedures and contract issues with developers and governmental parties.

We have dealt with some of other firms, which are bigger firms and we believe that the approach of NGL sets them apart.

We are proud to be working with this law firm that has a human dimension and still delivers all the products we need.’

NGL gave us the best service and when there were urgent matters they were always available to help us in very short time with high-quality advice.

NewGround Law is very knowledgeable in their field.

‘We can quickly spar with them about possible procedure options, and they are able to support us in determining the strategy for developments.

Anne-Marie Klijn is very knowledgeable.

Key clients


Boelens De Gruyter

Bouwfonds property development (BPD)


Center Parcs Europe

Deka Immobilien Investment


Flow Real Estate

G&S Vastgoed

Gemeenschappelijke Regeling Nieuw Reijerwaard


Janssen de Jong Projectontwikkeling


Lingotto Utrecht

OVG Real Estate/Edge Technologies

Pelt & Hooykaas


Pure Energie

Stichting Gebiedsontwikkeling aan de Maas (STIGAM)

SW Laakveld (Momevent Real Estate & Van Deursen Group)




Work highlights

  • Acting as advisors to a consortium of developers (Boelens de Gruyter, BPD , AM, Greystar, Janssen de Jong Projectontwikkeling and Lingotto Utrecht) on all legal aspects required for realising multiple buildings comprising 4-6.000 apartments and other non-residential units, in one of the Netherlands’ largest inner-city developments.
  • Advisors to Stichting Gebiedsontwikkeling aan de Maas on all public law aspects related to a unique, 600,000 square-metre inner-city redevelopment of an entire neighbourhood, comprising residential areas, sports facilities, restaurants, retail, leisure and catering, and cultural initiatives, with the new 63,000-seat Feyenoord football stadium acting as catalyst.
  • Advising Edge Technologies on all public law aspects (planning/zoning, nitrogen emissions, environmental permits) required for the redevelopment of ABN AMRO Bank’s 98,000 square-metre national headquarters.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s projects and public law team handles a high volume of zoning, permitting and licensing issues for large energy and infrastructure projects. The team is jointly led by managing partner Daphne Broerse and counsel Bart Vis; with Broerse focusing on public private partnerships (PPPs), construction projects, and administrative, environmental and public law matters; and Vis recommended for spatial planning, environmental regulation, market regulation and nature protection issues.

Practice head(s):

Daphne Broerse; Bart Vis

Key clients

Macquarie Group



Dura Vermeer


RWE Eemshydrogen

Advanced Methanol Amsterdam

Emerald Kalama Chemicals


Gate Gourmet

BNP Parisbas


BNP Paribas


Work highlights

  • Advising RWE Eemshydrogen on the development of a new industrial scale green hydrogen plant in Eemshaven, the Netherlands.
  • Secured a new instruction from Advanced Methanol Amsterdam for the development of a new green biofuel production site in the Port of Amsterdam.
  • Onging advice to Emerald Kalama Chemical on the operation of its chemical production site in the Port of Rotterdam.


Ploum offers clients ‘high-quality advice and broad experience in dealings with regulators and governmental institutions and representatives’. The Rotterdam-based practice combines knowledge of public, criminal and EU law to handle a wide range of environment and planning matters; it is also experienced in undertaking high-profile litigation for large domestic and international companies. Maayke Maas-Cooymans co-heads the team and is recommended for safety, compliance and energy transition matters. Fellow practice lead Alexandra Danopoulos handles enforcement, spatial planning procedures, water legislation and energy law.

Practice head(s):

Maayke Maas-Cooymans; Alexandra Danopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Brigitte Ebben; Jouko Barensen


Good core knowledge of law and common practice with authorities.

Good expertise, they know the client and know the authorities.

Maayke Maas-Cooymans is an outstanding partner.

Maayke Maas-Cooymans is very knowledgeable and responsive.

The team is reliable, experienced and approachable.

Maayke Maas is Mrs Environment in the Netherlands; she is very knowledgeable, practical, experienced and a pleasant and pragmatic person.

Legal knowledge is superb, the team is always available and has fast response times.

Maayke Maas-Cooymans is extremely knowledgeable in this areas of law.

Key clients


HG International

Vitol Tank Terminals

Eurotank Amsterdam

Euro Tank Terminal

Westpoort Warmte



Havenbedrijf Rotterdam

Dutch Accrediation Council (RvA)

BP (BP Raffinaderij Rotterdam, BP Europa – BP Nederland and BP Oil International)

Shell (Shell Nederland Raffinaderij, Shell Nederland Chemie and Shell Europoort)

Dow Chemical

VPR Energy


Wintershall Noordzee

The Chemours Company


Koole Botlek Terminals (formerly known as Odfjell Terminals Rotterdam)

OCI Terminal Europoort

Oiltanking Amsterdam

Maltha Glasrecycling Nederland

Zeeland Refinery

Troy Moerdijk

Katwijk Chemie

TEAM Terminal

Koole Botlek Terminals (formerly known as Odfjell Terminals Rotterdam)

Maasvlakte Olie Terminal

Maatschap Europoort Terminal (MET)

Haan Oil Storage





Rio Tinto/Aluchemie

Begemann Mercury Treatment

Boskalis Nederland

Boskalis Environmental

Dura Vermeer


AM Grondbedrijf




NPO (Netherlands Public Broadcasting Institution)

TSH Management (The Student Hotel)

Municipalities: Maassluis, Nissewaard, Dongen and Capelle aan den Ijssel

Court of Auditors of the municipality of Rotterdam

M7 Real Estate

BayWa r.e.



Remondis Dusseldorp Gevaarlijk Afval

Vereniging Nederlandse Petroleum Industrie (VNPI)

Aluchemie Rotterdam

Motip Dupli

Damen Shipyards

Rotterdam The Hague Airport

Eindhoven Airport




Noord-Europees Wijnopslag Bedrijf


Hansteen Netherlands

Jacobs Douwe Egberts NL

Biopetrol Rotterdam

Glencore Agriculture

Rail Service Center Rotterdam

Gate Terminal

Van Oord Nederland

Work highlights

  • Advising AGRO on obtaining all necessary permits to expand its cold storage capacity at the Maasvlakte Rotterdam.
  • Advising CrossWind on the tender for the Hollandse Kust Noord offshore wind farm permit regarding the facility’s regulatory and environmental aspects.
  • Assisted Aluchemie with regard to numerous matters, including a 2017 case in which the company was convicted of various offences by the criminal court of Rotterdam.

Straatman Koster Advocaten

Straatman Koster Advocaten is noted in the market for its real estate and construction expertise and frequently handles the zoning, planning and environmental issues concomitant with major development projects. The practice group has recently been advising clients on the implementation on the new Environmental Act (Omgevingswet) and its impact on new projects. Experienced in litigating in both private and administrative law disputes Joost Hoekstra co-heads the team with Marinda De Smidt, who has considerable knowledge of soil pollution, permitting and enforcement matters. Anne Marie Ferwerda is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Marinda de Smidt; Joost Hoekstra

Other key lawyers:

Maaike de Wit; Anne Marie Ferwerda; Simon Tichelaar


Service is very good with a high level of knowledge on complex real estate matters.

Maaike de Wit is very good and nice to work with.

The team of Straatman Koster is down to earth, easy to reach and are very flexible in delivering their advice.

Joost Hoekstra has good knowledge of all our cases and reaches out to different associates when expert knowledge is required.

Joost Hoekstra explains cases in a clear and simple way.

Key clients

BPD (formerly Bouwfonds/Rabobank)

Schiphol Area Development Company

Municipalities: Hoeksche Waard, Ronde Venen, Nijmegen, Rotterdam, Leiden, Gouda, Almere, Gooise Meren and Den Hague

Provinces: Zuid-Holland and Utrecht




Vorm Ontwikkeling

Stichting Monumentenbezit


Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy (Netherlands Enterprise Agency)

Green Park Aalsmeer Gebiedsontwikkeling

Leiden University


Work highlights

  • Advising Schiphol Area Development Company (GEM A4 Zone West) on various environmental and planning issues regarding the innovative Schiphol Trade Park.
  • Drafting the cooperation agreement as an independent advisor to the municipality of Den Hague, AM and BPD regarding the (re)development of (parts of) De Binckhorst neighbourhood in the Hague.
  • Representing Refresco in administrative-law Supreme Court proceedings brought by several nature organisations regarding a new and vital groundwater extraction permit needed to expand the Maarheeze site.


BarentsKrans’ ‘partners and associates work together as a well-oiled machine’ to provide clients with a range of environment and planning expertise and considerable expertise in associated litigation. As part of its real estate offering, the practice group also has a strong focus on project development, along with zoning law, acting for both public and private clients, including central government and regional and local authorities. Nicole Soliana heads the team and focuses on private law as it relates to the public sector, while Remco Bäcker specialises in administrative and environmental law. Jan Baas  left for La Gro Geelkerken in July 2021.

Practice head(s):

Nicole Soliana

Other key lawyers:

Remco Bäcker


The legal advice is sound and professional as it should be, yet in discussing the issues where advice is needed with the lawyers, the tone is informal and down to earth.

‘Remco Bäcker and Nicole Soliana represent the firm in a positive way and I consider them to be proper ambassadors for both the legal business as a whole, as well as for the firm itself.

A strength of the team is that they combine their knowledge of environment and planning (public law) with with their knowledge of private law.

Nicole Soliana cares for her job and for her customers.

‘The team is pleasant and fast with very good expertise.

I work a lot with Remco Bäcker who is very experienced, has great knowledge and a good overview.

High standards of knowledge and direct contact between the client and the partners of this firm.

They are honest when something is not possible.

Key clients



APF International

a.s.r. real estate


Bosch Beton



Delfland Water Authority

Ducor Petrochemicals



G&S Vastgoed

JP Van Eesteren


LSI Investments


Municipality of Dordrecht

Province of Zuid-Holland

Rabobank Nederland

Snowworld Leisure


Van Omme & De Groot

Work highlights

  • Advising Rabobank with regard to various aspects of zoning and environmental law, as well as with regard to the contrats required for the redevelopment of its site in Utrecht.
  • Advising KPN on various legal proceedings regarding the roll-out of the 5G-network.
  • Representing Daka Rotterdam Zuid and JPG Veranda in administrative law proceedings at the Council of State against the municipality of Rotterdam with regards to the “Feyenoord City” zoning plan and asscoatied environmental permit.


The CMS team offers ‘excellent legal knowledge and skills, with a hand-on no-nonsense approach’. The department has a focus on contentious work and handles administrative proceedings relating to public contracts, zoning and environmental law. Counsel Luurt Wildeboer heads the practice and  acts for businesses and government authorities on environmental matters, spatial planning, licensing and disputes.

Practice head(s):

Luurt Wildeboer

Other key lawyers:

Alexander IJkelenstam


Dedicated to reach the best possible result.

There is sufficient knowledge available for each specialty.

They think bigger than just the case.

Communications are good and agreed upon service levels are being met.

Knowledge of all fields and specialisations are well presented within CMS.

Luurt Wildeboer is an exceptional lawyer.

Luurt Wildeboer supported my company recently with a complex administrative law matter related to our highly specialised carbon capture utilisation and storage business.

The way in which Luurt Wildeboer was able to get to the core of the problem in a short time and provide my company with relevant, concise and directly usable advice is remarkable.

Key clients

Van der Bijl Mengvoeders

McDonald’s Nederland

De Heus Voeders

Waterboard Hoogheemraadschap De Stichtse Rijnlanden

Afvalverwerking Vink

Catella Real Estate

Den Ouden Groep

Logistics Capital Partners

Givaudan Nederland

Borghese Real Estate (BRE Gelderlantlaan)

Coppens Diervoeding

Heembouw Wonen

Janssen De Jong Groep


Work highlights

  • Representing McDonald’s in court cases concerning permits for opening new restaurants in (amongst others) Amsterdam, Muiderberg and Midden-Groningen.
  • Representing Nedmag in court cases related to salt mining permits that are essential for the company’s business.
  • Representing Logistics Capital Partners in a court case concerning the building permit for one of the largest distribution centres in the Netherlands.


Dentons has ‘excellent knowledge regarding environmental law affairs’ and offers clients a dedicated environment and planning team. With Jan Jakob Peelen at the helm, the practice advises businesses on environmental permitting, planning, procurement, and public and administrative law, as well as handling related litigation. Valentijn Leijh is recommended for spatial planning and project development.

Practice head(s):

Jan Jakob Peelen

Other key lawyers:

Valentijn Leijh


Absolute market leader in waste to energy projects.

Jan Jakob Peelen is a nice guy, responsive and a super-specialist in environmental law.

Jan Jakob Peelen and his team are very knowledgeable in the field of environmental law, planning, energy regulations and general administrative law.

Their advice is to the point and pragmatic and they know the important players in the field.

Jan Jakob Peelen is very knowledgeable, straight to the point and able to quickly provide excellent advice.

Good reputation, experts in the field of environmental permitting issues.

Thinking along with the client, proactively coming up with suggestions.

Jan Jakob Peelen is an expert in this field and he is very pleasant to work with and very constructive.

Key clients

De Bijenkorf

Corum Investments


Eurus Energy

Gate Terminal




Plus Supermarkt









Work highlights

  • Advising Shell on the planning and environmental aspects of its participation in the Warmte van Leeuwarden project, the largest geothermal development in the Netherlands.
  • Acting as a long-time planning law advisor to Pathé (formerly Euroscoop), a large European cinema chain, including advice on the full range of planning and administrative matters in relation to the company’s cinema sites in the Netherlands.
  • Acting for Gate Terminal, a major liquified natural gas terminal in Rotterdam, in litigation that seeks to block the terminal’s operation on the basis of issues arising from its nature protection permit.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s environment and planning and climate change practice has considerable experience in administrative, environmental and nature-preservation law, along with zoning and planning. The team takes a multidisciplinary approach, drawing on the strength of the firm’s real estate, corporate, energy and litigation departments. Legal director Arjen de Snoo heads heads the firm’s sustainability and ESG committee as well as the practice group, and advises companies and public authorities on the implementation of new environmental laws and regulation.

Practice head(s):

Arjen de Snoo

Other key lawyers:

Jaap Lameijer

Key clients


Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Finance International (DFI) and Waterland Real Estate (WRE)

ING and Rabobank






Hemwood fields ‘a highly specialised team dedicated to environment and planning’. Led by Eefje Van Bommel, the practice acts for real estate clients primarily on the zoning and planning aspects of mixed-purpose buildings and properties, as well as on the (re)development of inner-city housing projects; it also has a noteworthy contentious and litigation capability.

Practice head(s):

Eefje van Bommel

Other key lawyers:

Gijs Heutink; Anneke Franken van Bloemendaal


A very friendly atmosphere and good use is made of the strengths of different team members.

Eefje van Bommel is extremely well connected and known for her skills on environmental law.

Eefje van Bommel can make complex situations simple and is able to convince both parties, using her well developed social skills.

Eefje van Bommel is always on top and knows everything.

Clear, in-depth knowledge of the field that translates into understandable and well-motivated advice.

Eefje van Bommel, who leads the practice, is probably the most knowledgeable lawyer in the field.

They stand out in expertise and creativity.

Hemwood is a specialised boutique firm which maintains the highest standards in client contact and knowledge.

Key clients


AM Real Estate Developments


Amway Corporation


APF International

AS Watson



Amrath Hotels & Restaurants


Being Development





Bun Groep



Caransa Groep

Centrum voor Zorg/Zadelhoff




Coronel Beheermaatschappij

De Bijenkorf

Doniger Vastgoed

Centrum voor Zorg

Dutch Green Company

Dutch Seafood Group

Equinix (EMEA)


FNG (Claudia Sträter, Miss Etam, Expresso)

Fortress Investment Group

Greentree Properties


HB Capital

HBB Groep

HBC Projectontwikkeling


HG International



Holland Immo Group

Hoorne Vastgoed

Hotels van Oranje

Innova Investments

IVY Group

Kleingouw Vastgoed

KNSF Vastgoed

Koopmans Bouwgroep

Laagraven Investments

Laeitana Vastgoed Consultancy

Levi Strauss

Maarsen Groep

Marathon Fund


Metro Properties (Makro)


Mooijer Vastgoed


Multi Corporation

Municipalities: Almere, Hoorn, Hulst, Schiedam, Sliedrecht, Soest, Tilburg, Uithoorn, Weesp and Westland


Open development


Peak Development

Plus Vastgoed

PVH (Hilfiger/Calvin Klein)


Rabobank Nederland




Rotterdam Urban Development

Spaansen Holding




Stichting De Oude Kerk

Stichting Paleis het Loo

Suit Supply

Syntrus Achmea



Van der Valk Investments

Van der Vorm Vastgoed

Van Lanschot Bankiers


Verus Eerstelijns

Vivera Food Groep





Zinc RE

Work highlights

  • Advising Centrum voor Zorg/Zadelhoff on all the zoning plan and environmental matters regarding the redevelopment of the former Amsterdam Hospital Slotervaart.
  • Advising Vastint on the redevelopment of the Leeuwenburg building, including the zoning and permitting procedures and contracting with the Municipality of Amsterdam.
  • Advising Borghese/Kingsbridge on the integrated redevelopment of the Klein Plaspoelpolder area in Leidschendam (Den Hague), including the development of apartment buildings and office space.

Kennedy Van der Laan

Kennedy Van der Laan fields a multidisciplinary team which advises on administrative and public law as well as handling disputes and litigation. It acts for public and private sector clients on spatial planning, permitting, environmental issues and nature conservancy law. Key figure Anita Nijboer assists project developers, public bodies and housing corporations with obtaining permits and on zoning matters.

Practice head(s):

Anita Nijboer


The practice offers a wide range of expertise.

The partner and head of the team Anita Nijboer was very involved in the issue at hand and played a key role in getting the best result for our company.

Anita Nijboer has extensive knowledge and memory of both the long-lasting (5 years) legal issue in which we were involved and the legislation.

An exceptional drive to get the best result for me as a client, with a open and constructive mindset towards possible solutions, but not hesitating to stand ground and get into heated arguments when necessary with the opposing law firm.

Continually communicates, explains and advises about the situation and how to continue.

Quick responses, clear and honest opinions (not just desirable answers).

They know us as an company and therefore know what we expect.

Anita Nijboer is reliable.

Key clients

Port of Amsterdam

Avandis (Lucas Bols)

Urban Interest

Municipalities: Duiven, Montferland and Wassenaar

Museum Voorlinden


Fairtree Capital

BCI Global

Clink Hostel

De Alliantie

National Police

University of Amsterdam

Work highlights

  • Advising the Port of Amsterdam on the removal of gasses from shipping containers.
  • Advised University of Amsterdam on a study for the city’s health services (GGD Amsterdam) and the municipality in relation to selling unhealthy food in zoning plans.
  • Advised Avandis on a revised permit.


Lexence is well known in the market for its strong real estate practice and it frequently handles the zoning, planning and environmental aspects of large development projects. The practice group undertakes both contentious and non-contentious work, including planning permission; soil, air and water quality-issues; matters pertaining to land rights and litigation. The team is led by public law specialist Michael Klijnstra who advises on environmental permits and liability, compliance and enforcement matters.

Practice head(s):

Michael Klijnstra

Other key lawyers:

Pelin Oztürk


The team is well coordinated and the qualities of each team member are used extremely well.

Every problem is coordinated with the right person.

Michael Klijnstra is extremely good in his file knowledge, he knows all the details and is perfectly aware of the latest regulations.

We have been working successfully with Lexence for 20 years in environmental court cases, in the end we have won every case.

Always available.

Key clients

CBRE Global Investors

Kroonenberg Groep


Slokker Vastgoed

De Hoge Dennen


Era Contour



Koopman International


VKC Holding

De Realisatie

Kavel Vastgoed

Elad Europe 2011


Hoogvliet Vastgoed

Equilis Netherlands

Goodman Netherlands


Ten Brinke Group

De Geus Bouw

GIGA Buffalo

BTE Netherlands

HBB Group

Work highlights

  • Assisting CBRE Global Investors with its redevelopment of the Amsterdamse Poort, a large residential, office and retail area in the South of Amsterdam.
  • Assisting Slokker Vastgoed with regard to its Blitsaerd residential project in Leeuwarden.
  • Successfully defending ESD-SiC regarding an enforcement decision by the province of Groningen (a €250,000 per week, penalty) with respect to alleged illegal emission of SiC-fibres.

Loyens & Loeff

The Loyens & Loeff team is ‘highly dedicated and delivers exceptional quality in an efficient manner’. The practice group frequently provides environmental advice regarding corporate transactions and also offers advisory services on zoning and planning matters for real estate projects. Litigation constitutes an additional area of expertise and the team has recently been handling disputes for a number of energy and chemical companies. Guido Koop is practice head.

Practice head(s):

Guido Koop


Solid team with full range of knowledge within Environment and planning.

Good knowledge of local situations.

Flexible and quick in responding to questions.

My contact Guido Koop has, besides knowledge and legal skills, a keen sense of what help is needed and how to navigate complex political situations.

A key asset is their flexibility in availability.

Great team, very responsive and diligent.

The team is highly dedicated and delivers exceptional quality in an efficient manner.

Key clients

Chint Solar

Chevron Oronite

Port of Amsterdam



Goldman Sachs

Arriva/Deutsche Bahn

CBRE Global Investors

Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch Rail)




Round Hill Capital

The Blackstone Group

M7 Real Estate

Highbrook Investors

AB Sagax

AEW Europe

Fortress Investment Group


MS Vastgoed

Pure Energie



Patrizia Immobilien

Parc Estate


Work highlights

  • Advised Cargill on several administrative cases in relation to the environmental permits for the company’s Dutch sites.
  • Advised Pure Energie on some of the largest onshore wind parks in the Netherlands.
  • Assisted BPD on the acquisition of a 50% stake in a joint venture that is working on one of the largest commercial urban (residential) developments in the Benelux.

Six Advocaten

Boutique construction and real estate specialist Six Advocaten offers a team of ‘very devoted, intelligent and dedicated people’. The practice focuses on handling the zoning, planning and environmental issues for large construction and real estate projects, and also handles disputes and litigation. Practice head Irma Van den Berg is recommended for public law matters.

Practice head(s):

Irma van den Berg

Other key lawyers:

Hanneke Ellerman


With each case we bring, they come up with exactly the right person to represent us on that case.

The service is very good with a high level of knowledge on complex real estate matters.

Hanneke Ellerman is very skilled on environmental law and a very nice person to work with.

In depth-knowledge.

Very seasoned attorneys.

Six are a boutique firm of former big law partners which means that you get the partners with the expertise directly.

They have all the necessary real estate related knowledge in house and are used to working collaboratively on multi-jurisdictional projects for international clients.

Irma van den Berg is responsive and knowledgeable.

Key clients

Amrâth Hotels

Bouwfonds Property Development (BPD)

AM Vastgoed

Gerose Ontwikkeling


Oosterdokseiland Ontwikkeling Amsterdam

CBRE Global Investors



Janssen de Jong


Work highlights

  • Advisory and litigious representation of BPD in over 40 legal proceedings arising from  the Nature Conservation Act, in relation to the Bloemendalerpolder development, a large-scale housing project.
  • Advising developer De Lelie Vastgoed on the Galaxy Tower project in the centre of Utrecht, regarding its environmental permit, construction issues and in negotiations with the municipality concerning land allocation.
  • Advising developer OOA on zoning and permits for the construction of a multifunctional real estate project at a strategic location in Amsterdam; it will include  the 63,500 sq-metre head office of an online travel agency, 7,500 sq-metres of residential apartments and 1,500 sq-metres of facilities.