Firm Profile > Van der Feltz Advocaten > The Hague, Netherlands

Van der Feltz Advocaten
JAVASTRAAT 22
2585 AN DEN HAAG
Netherlands

Environment and planning Tier 1

Boutique law firm Van der Feltz Advocaten, based in The Hague, has expertise in sectors ranging from construction and real estate, to energy and water. It advises on sustainable energy projects, zoning and planning matters and includes developers, investors, and local and regional authorities among its clients. Willem Bosma, Jacques Sluysmans and Willem van der Werf lead the team. Clients praise Sluysmans for being 'very knowledgeable in his field of expertise'.  

Practice head(s):

Willem Bosma; Jacques Sluysmans; Willem van der Werf

Testimonials

Firm’s partner Jacques Sluysmans advised us on 2 regulation of ownership cases. He is very knowledgeable in his field of expertise‘.

Key clients

Municipality of Rijswijk

Municipality ofGorinchem

Municipality of Pijnacker-Nootdorp

VORM Ontwikkeling B.V.

N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie

Eastman Chemical Middelburg B.V.

Vermilion Energy Netherlands B.V.

Tata Steel IJmuiden B.V.

Vattenfall N.V.

Province of South Holland (DCMR/OZHZ)

ENGIE Services Nederland B.V.

ONE-Dyas

Neptune Energy

Dutch Railways (NS)

Energy: regulatory Tier 2

Van der Feltz Advocaten acts for utility companies, local and regional authorities such as municipalities, provinces and environmental agencies, but also investors, property developers as well as water and industrial companies. The team provides assistance to clients in relation to the regulatory aspects in energy projects and offers particular expertise in the renewable energy sector. Jacques Sluysmans, who is recognised for his expertise regarding pipeline issues, and Michelle de Rijke, who has deep regulatory energy experience jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Jacques Sluysmans; Michelle de Rijke

Key clients

Uniper

Air Products

ENGIE Group

Trinseo

IPO

Rendant

HVC

Cogas

Chint Solar Nederland Projecten B.V.

Ørsted Wind Power Netherlands B.V.

Province of South Holland

NAM

N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie

TAQA

Vermilion Energy Netherlands B.V.

Neptune Energy

Stedin

NV Nuon Energy

Vattenfall N.V.

ONE-Dyas B.V.

NOGEPA (Netherlands Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Association)

Construction Tier 3

Van der Feltz Advocaten has a strong procurement and construction law team, which often works in conjunction with the firm's environmental, planning, and energy departments to meet a wide range of project-related needs. The firm saw the arrival of energy sector specialist Michelle de Rijke from Bird & Bird LLP in late 2019, while senior associate and construction litigator Susanne van de Pest was a new arrival from Severjin Hulshof Advocaten in early 2019. Willem van der Werf and the 'knowledgeableMarc Houweling lead the group.

Practice head(s):

Marc Houweling; Willem van der Werf

Testimonials

The Van der Felzt advocaten team works well together, knows what they should do from each other. The customer is well-informed. They ask the right questions to get to the core and then provide advice that the client can use.

Susanne van de Pest is a seasoned practitioner and a real team player. Very pleasant to work with.

Key clients

Heijmans group

Koninklijke BAM group

AM

VolkerWessels group

VORM group

Van Wanrooij Bouw en Ontwikkeling

Van Arnhem Bouwgroep

Renschdael Groep

Syntrus Achmea

Industrieschap Plaspoelpolder

Vereniging Natuurmonumenten

NS Vastgoed

European Patent Office

K_Dekker

Strukton

Real estate Tier 4

The team at Van der Feltz Advocaten provides 'accurate and compelling advice'. It has 'very broad knowledge of both civil and public building law', leading to instructions from clients including developers, investors, construction companies, international organisations, and particularly municipalities and provinces. Willem van der Werf, who jointly heads the practice with Willem Bosma and Marc Houweling, is assisting the Municipality of Rijswijk with the Pasgeld-Oost and Pasgeld-West housing developments. The practice's expertise in the energy sector was strengthened by the recent arrival of Michelle de Rijke from Bird & Bird LLP.

Practice head(s):

Willem Bosma; Marc Houweling; Willem Van der Werf

Testimonials

Very personal approach to the working relationship.

Accurate, fast and compelling advice.

Very broad knowledge of both civil and public building law.

Very good communication skills also with regard to non-lawyers (both management and technicians).

Key clients

Heijmans group

Koninklijke BAM group

AM

VolkerWessels group

VORM group

Van Wanrooij Bouw en Ontwikkeling

Van Arnhem Bouwgroep

Renschdael Groep

Syntrus Achmea

Industrieschap Plaspoelpolder

Vereniging Natuurmonumenten

NS Vastgoed

European Patent Office

K_Dekker

Strukton

About the firm: Van der Feltz advocaten is an independent boutique law firm based in The  Hague, with a strong focus on the markets of Construction & Real Estate, Government, Industry and Energy. The firm’s lawyers advise and litigate on both private law and public law matters often operating in the interface between these two. They have a deep understanding of how government operates and of the relevant interests of the governmental bodies involved.

Areas of expertise: public law, including zoning and planning law, energy law, governmental liability, environmental (criminal) law, expropriation, construction and real estate law, leasing law, procurement law and state aid, infrastructure projects, tax law and Supreme Court litigation.

Clients range from the public sector (utility, water companies, local and regional authorities, (municipalities, provinces, environment agencies), to businesses active in:

  • (sustainable) Energy projects;
  • Construction, Project Development, Infrastructure Projects
  • the Industrial Sector (petrochemical, pharmaceutical, food, heavy industry)

The firm has a strong scientific profile. Jacques Sluysmans, partner, has been a professor of expropriation law at Radboud University Nijmegen since 2013. Almost all of the firm’s lawyers teach at universities and commercial institutes and publish articles in academic law journals on a frequent basis.

All of the firm’s partners originate from (construction and real estate departments of) major top-tier law firms in The Netherlands (e.g. AKD, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek and Lexence);

The firm acts as co-counsel to several international law firms in construction- and/or real estate (M&A) transactions.

 Best known for:

  • Young and dedicated team of experts, capable of inventing fresh and innovative legal structures. Our team stands out for its 24/7 availability and possesses deep commercial acumen, allowing us to provide clients with business and legal guidance and solutions in order to make client’s projects a success;
  • Partner presence and availability in all cases;
  • Expertise in both private  law and public law matters;
  • Highly ranked practice in expropriation law, covering both land expropriation and financial expropriation;
  • Very active litigation practice, including arbitration and supreme court litigation.
Department Name Email Telephone
Constitutional and administrative law Willem van der Werf vanderwerf@feltz.nl +31703131050
Expropriation and ownership restrictions Jacques Sluysmans sluysmans@feltz.nl +31703131050
Supreme court litigation and procedural guidance at lower courts Jacques Sluysmans sluysmans@feltz.nl +31703131050
Zoning and Planning Law Willem van der Werf vanderwerf@feltz.nl +31703131050
Environmental law and enforcement Willem Bosma bosma@feltz.nl +31703131050
Energy Regulatory Michelle de Rijke derijke@feltz.nl +31703131050
Renewable Energy Michelle de Rijke derijke@feltz.nl +31703131050
Nature conservation Willem Bosma bosma@feltz.nl +31703131050
Property development Marc Houweling houweling@feltz.nl +31703131050
Property development Willem van der Werf vanderwerf@feltz.nl +31703131050
Purchase of real estate Marc Houweling houweling@feltz.nl +31703131050
Rent, lease and ground lease Marc Houweling houweling@feltz.nl +31703131050
State aid Marc Houweling houweling@feltz.nl +31703131050
State aid Ruben Wiegerink wiegerink@feltz.nl +31703131050
Public procurement Marc Houweling houweling@feltz.nl +31703131050
Torts including liabilities of the state or lower governments Jacques Sluysmans sluysmans@feltz.nl +31703131050
Transport especially railway transport Jacques Sluysmans sluysmans@feltz.nl +31703131050
Good governance and integrity Jacques Sluysmans sluysmans@feltz.nl +31703131050
Public utilities Marc Houweling houweling@feltz.nl +31703131050
Contractor agreements Marc Houweling houweling@feltz.nl +31703131050
Tax law Ruben Wiegerink wiegerink@feltz.nl +31703131050
Energy and mining Jacques Sluysmans sluysmans@feltz.nl +31703131050
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Willem Bosma  photo Mr Willem Bosma Willem’s practice includes advising and litigating for various parties within the areas…
Mr Marc Houweling  photo Mr Marc Houweling Marc Houweling is a highly knowledgeable lawyer in Real Estate and Construction…
Mr Jacques Sluysmans  photo Mr Jacques Sluysmans Jacques Sluysmans’ expertise encompasses civil law, administrative law and (economic) criminal law.…
Mr Ruben Wiegerink  photo Mr Ruben Wiegerink Ruben combines many areas of expertise in his practice: he is both…
Ms Michelle de Rijke  photo Ms Michelle de Rijke Michelle has been active in the energy industry since the liberalization of…
Mr Willem van der Werf  photo Mr Willem van der Werf Willem Van der Werf has significant expertise in the areas of construction,…
Number of lawyers : 21
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Our firm

Van der Feltz advocaten is an independent boutique law firm, based in The Hague, the Netherlands. The firm advises and litigates on matters of public and civil law. The firm focuses on the following sectors:

  • Government;
  • Real Estate;
  • Energy;
  • Industry.

Our clients active in the Energy sector range from utility companies, parties active in (sustainable) energy projects, public authorities, such as municipalities, provinces, and environment agencies to property developers, investors and businesses in the (chemical) industry.

Our Energy & Utilities Practice

Our Energy & Utilities Practice covers the whole chain of contentious and non-contentious matters of (fossil) energy and utilities law. With a particular expertise in planning, permits and environmental (and zoning) issues, enforcement, compensation, procurement and construction law, we are ideally positioned to advise clients on renewable energy projects and fossil energy exploration. This unique combination of expertise and experience on the cutting edge of public and private law sets us apart from competitors.

In 2018 Michelle de Rijke boosted our energy team, which also includes Jacques Sluysmans and Ronald Olivier. Our firm represents private companies and public authorities throughout the energy sector’s chain of exploration, production, transport and supply. This includes matters relating to (fossil) onshore and offshore gas production as well as renewable energy projects (biofuels, geothermal energy, wind energy and solar energy).

Energy Transition

As a result of the energy transition agenda, we expect that more current and future clients will seek our support in that area. In that respect we regularly advise our clients on the implementation of the legislative agenda for the Energy Transition, the Paris Agreement, and the Environment and Planning Act, as these are determining factors for how energy companies, industries, and (regional) governments will plan their future strategies and activities. Our team works at the level where public affairs and strategic legal advice meet, providing our clients with guidance and assistance through (politically) sensitive issues and projects, towards creative and innovative solutions.

Our service

Our clients appreciate that we work with them as partners in business and that we offer high quality combined with cost efficiency. We aim at longlasting relationships in which mutual trust, close contact and excellent accessibility are essential. To ensure a solutions oriented business approach we make it our business to know our clients’ priorities, sensitivities and internal processes.