Mr Willem van der Werf > Van der Feltz Advocaten > The Hague, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

Van der Feltz Advocaten


Willem Van der Werf has significant expertise in the areas of construction, real estate, and government. Political and administrative authorities’ interests frequently play a large role in his practice. In particular, when it concerns development and transformation of a geographical area where public as well as private parties are involved. Willem’s experience enables him to look beyond just the legal aspects of a matter and to assess related political and administrative law risks. By maintaining good and effective relations with the competent authorities, and by being cognisant of the context of administrative authorities, he achieves effective solutions for his clients.

Willem specialises in urban and spatial planning, real estate, municipalities’ right of first refusal, long-term ground lease and lease. In addition, he advises and guides municipalities on expropriation proceedings from beginning to completion. Willem is also experienced in addressing questions of law in the area of public administration, such as accessibility and integrity. He lectures at a number of educational institutions and is a member of the editorial board of the Dutch Journal of Agricultural Law (Tijdschrift voor Agrarisch Recht).


Partner since 2006 (founding of the firm). Prior to that (2001-2006): Attorney at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Real Estate, Public Law, Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions.
Willem lectures at a number of educational institutions and is a member of the editorial board of the Dutch Journal of Agricultural Law (Tijdschrift voor Agrarisch Recht).


Dutch, English, German


  • Member of the editorial board of the Dutch Journal of Agricultural Law (Tijdschrift voor Agrarisch Recht)
  • Member of the Dutch Association for Construction Law Lawyers (Vereniging voor Bouwrechtadvocaten)
  • Member of the Dutch Association of Expropriation Law Lawyers (Vereniging van Onteigeningsrecht Advocaten​​​​​​​)


2000 – 2001 Heidelberg University, European Law
1995 – 2001 Leiden University, Civil and international law

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Real estate

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.

Netherlands > Environment and planning

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‘.


Netherlands > Construction

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 ‘knowledgeable‘ Marc Houweling lead the group.