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ENVIR Advocaten
Jan van Goyenkade 10 III
1075 HP Amsterdam
Netherlands

Netherlands > Environment and planning Tier 2

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

Testimonials

‘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.

The firm: Public law boutique ENVIR Advocaten exclusively focuses on providing its clients with public law advice and support. Based in Amsterdam, ENVIR was founded in 2014 by partners Marieke Kaajan and Fleur Onrust.

ENVIR Advocaten is recognised in the field as the specialist in environmental law, including nature conservation, (sustainable) energy, and zoning and planning. ENVIR also handles general administrative law matters such as administrative enforcement and subsidies and supports corporate law firms with public law questions in M&A, financing and real estate transactions. Its client base mainly consists of companies and government bodies active in the following sectors: industry, energy (including renewables), real estate, aviation, education, health care, and infrastructure.

Clients are mainly companies and the (semi-)public sector, operating or involved in various sectors, such as energy (including renewable energy generation and wind energy), climate change, (chemical) industry, aviation, real estate, infrastructure, hospitality and health care.

The lawyers of ENVIR publish and teach frequently on several environmental and administrative law issues in legal periodicals and with renowned legal knowledge institutions.

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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 experiences, 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 (www.probonoclub.nl) 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.


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 experiences, 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 (www.probonoclub.nl) 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.