Firm Profile > ENVIR Advocaten > Amsterdam , Netherlands

ENVIR Advocaten

Environment and planning Tier 2

The ENVIR Advocaten team is appreciated for its 'highly qualified specialists who are very easy to work with' and provide 'truly high standards and more than value for money'. The key partners are Marieke KaajanFleur Onrust and, having recently arrived from CMS, the 'knowledgeable and balanced' Iris Kieft 'who is very good at dealing with authorities'. The team covers all aspects of environmental, planning and zoning law including areas such as nature conservation. It serves a broad range of corporate, energy and government clients. In highlight work, Onrust is leading a team advising Chidda Vastgoed which owns a large plot of land at the Port of Amsterdam; covering both advisory and litigation, the matter involves permits and issues around soil contamination and protected species.

The firm

ENVIR Advocaten was founded in 2014 by Marieke Kaajan and Fleur Onrust. ENVIR Advocaten is well known and recognised in the field as a specialist in environmental law including nature conservation law, zoning and planning. ENVIR Advocaten is active in the wind energy sector, obtaining permits for wind farm constructions. In addition, ENVIR Advocaten works with general administrative law issues and procedures (eg administrative enforcement and subsidies). Furthermore, ENVIR Advocaten assists several corporate law firms in large M&A deals with the administrative and environmental and zoning aspects, such as permit and zoning issues and issues on soil and groundwater contamination. Clients are mainly companies and the (semi-)public sector, operating or involved in various sectors, such as (chemical) industry, aviation, energy (including sustainable energy generation and wind energy) education, health care and infrastructure. The attorneys of ENVIR Advocaten publish and teach frequently on several environmental and administrative law issues in legal periodicals and with renowned legal knowledge institutions.

Areas of practice

ENVIR Advocaten is a specialist in the fields of administrative law and environmental law. ENVIR Advocaten is the only niche firm in the Netherlands focusing on public law entirely. ENVIR Advocaten is well known for its knowledge of nature conservation law and the Habitat and Birds Directive. Further ENVIR specialises in environmental law, permits, planning and zoning. ENVIR Advocaten advises corporate law firms and investment professionals in M&A transactions for the administrative law and environmental law issues. In addition, ENVIR Advocaten works on general administrative law issues and procedures such as administrative enforcement and subsidies.

Department Name Email Telephone
Environment and planning
Public law
Soil and groundwater
Nature conservation
Environmental due diligence
Wind energy
Photo Name Position Profile
 Marieke Kaajan  photo Marieke Kaajan
 Iris Kieft  photo Iris Kieft
Mrs Fleur Onrust photo Mrs Fleur Onrust Partner
Number of lawyers : 2

Diversity is a fundamental tenet of ENVIR Advocaten’s philosophy. ENVIR Advocaten endeavours to treat everyone with respect and consideration and offers a workplace in which all are welcome regardless of gender, marital status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation or age. ENVIR Advocaten encourages new and creative ways of thinking and working and values the contributions and perspectives of all – especially those with different experience, ideas and ways of working – which contributes to its continuing success.

Pro Bono Work

To ENVIR Advocaten and its lawyers, social commitment is an integral part of the legal profession. For that reason, ENVIR Advocaten has been an active member of the Pro Bono Club since its launch in December 2016.

The Pro Bono Club ( is a platform that brings NGOs and CSOs seamlessly into contact with enthusiastic lawyers and other legal service providers who are willing to undertake pro bono services for such organizations. The Pro Bono Club believes that the activities of both large and small associations, foundations and other organizations are invaluable for Dutch society. Not only because of their social goals but also because they connect people, which enriches and strengthens our society. Moreover, it is fulfilling to help others, especially when they are in need of assistance. The Pro Bono Club has more than 100 committed legal service providers as members who subscribe to this philosophy.