Ms Michelle de Rijke > Van der Feltz Advocaten > The Hague, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile
Van der Feltz Advocaten Offices
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Ms Michelle de Rijke
Michelle has been active in the energy industry since the liberalization of the market started in 1998. She works at the level where public affairs and strategic legal advice meet, providing her clients with guidance and assistance through (politically) sensitive issues and projects, towards creative and innovative solutions. She advises companies, regional authorities, and special interest groups throughout the energy sector’s chain of production, transport and supply, with a focus on the energy transition process. This includes renewable energy projects (biogas, wind, heat, and solar energy), infrastructure, tariff regulation, subsidies, and enforcement.
In addition, Michelle represents clients in administrative and civil proceedings in cases covering a wide array of topics. Some of these include permits, exemptions, enforcement decisions, and damages and compensation for (un)lawful government acts.
She is a published author and frequent public speaker (for example, at the FD Energy Debate: Housing Construction and Energy Transition). Michelle is consistently recognized as a leading energy and regulatory lawyer in the legal directories, such as Chambers Europe and Legal 500.
In 2018 Michelle was appointed deputy judge for the Court of Rotterdam in the Administrative Law sector.
Partner (since 2018). Prior to joining Van der Feltz advocaten, Michelle was partner at Bird & Bird.
Michelle is a published author and frequent public speaker (for example, at the FD Energy Debate: Housing Construction and Energy Transition). Michelle is consistently recognized as a leading energy and regulatory lawyer in the legal directories, such as Chambers Europeand Legal 500.
Recently Michelle has been appointed deputy judge for the Court of Rotterdam in the Administrative Law sector.
- Chief Editor of the Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Energierecht (Dutch Journal for Energy Law)
- Board member of the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Energierecht (Dutch Energy Law Association)
- Member of the Administrative Law Committee of the Haagse Orde van Advocaten (Bar Association of The Hague)
2015 – 2016 Leiden University, Campus The Hague Public Affairs
1989 – 1990 Asser Institute The Hague Post Graduate International and European Law
1983 – 1988 Erasmus University Rotterdam Dutch Law
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.
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.
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.