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NewGround Law B.V.
Gustav Mahlerplein 27
Symphony Offices, 5th floor

Netherlands > Environment and planning Tier 2

Fielding a team ‘with lots of experiences at the major law firms’, NewGround Law B.V.’s ‘boutique style really shows their personal and dedicated approach’. The practice undertakes a considerable volume of zoning and environmental matters related to large real estate projects and also handles associated disputes and litigation as necessary. Erwin Noordover, a January 2021 arrival from ENVIR Advocaten now co-heads the team alongside Anne-Marie Klijn and André Gaastra. Klijn has vast experience in administrative, spatial planning and environmental law, as well as in government liability and enforcement matters.

Practice head(s):

Anne-Marie Klijn; André Gaastra; Erwin Noordover

Other key lawyers:

Pieter van der Woerd


Erwin Noordover is great to work with; fast, smart and with a good feeling of the dynamics.

NewGround Law is our top advisor for complex legal issues concerning objections to the zoning plan procedures and contract issues with developers and governmental parties.

We have dealt with some of other firms, which are bigger firms and we believe that the approach of NGL sets them apart.

We are proud to be working with this law firm that has a human dimension and still delivers all the products we need.’

NGL gave us the best service and when there were urgent matters they were always available to help us in very short time with high-quality advice.

NewGround Law is very knowledgeable in their field.

‘We can quickly spar with them about possible procedure options, and they are able to support us in determining the strategy for developments.

Anne-Marie Klijn is very knowledgeable.

Key clients


Boelens De Gruyter

Bouwfonds property development (BPD)


Center Parcs Europe

Deka Immobilien Investment


Flow Real Estate

G&S Vastgoed

Gemeenschappelijke Regeling Nieuw Reijerwaard


Janssen de Jong Projectontwikkeling


Lingotto Utrecht

OVG Real Estate/Edge Technologies

Pelt & Hooykaas


Pure Energie

Stichting Gebiedsontwikkeling aan de Maas (STIGAM)

SW Laakveld (Momevent Real Estate & Van Deursen Group)




Work highlights

  • Acting as advisors to a consortium of developers (Boelens de Gruyter, BPD , AM, Greystar, Janssen de Jong Projectontwikkeling and Lingotto Utrecht) on all legal aspects required for realising multiple buildings comprising 4-6.000 apartments and other non-residential units, in one of the Netherlands’ largest inner-city developments.
  • Advisors to Stichting Gebiedsontwikkeling aan de Maas on all public law aspects related to a unique, 600,000 square-metre inner-city redevelopment of an entire neighbourhood, comprising residential areas, sports facilities, restaurants, retail, leisure and catering, and cultural initiatives, with the new 63,000-seat Feyenoord football stadium acting as catalyst.
  • Advising Edge Technologies on all public law aspects (planning/zoning, nitrogen emissions, environmental permits) required for the redevelopment of ABN AMRO Bank’s 98,000 square-metre national headquarters.

Netherlands > Real estate Tier 4

NewGround Law B.V. has notable expertise in real estate, environmental and administrative law, and handles both contentious and non-contentious matters. It is experienced in transactional work, development and redevelopment issues, financings, leasing matters and arbitration proceedings. Erwin Noordover joined from ENVIR Advocaten in February 2021 and now leads the team alongside André Gaastra, Cynthia De Witt Wijnen, Charles van Rijckevorsel and Anne-Marie Klijn.


‘The team is very well trained, professional, diverse and client-oriented’.

‘As a client, you don’t feel like a number, like with the bigger firms’.

‘Cynthia de Witt Wijnen is a very experienced, highly responsive and skilful negotiator’.

‘Boutique size, with all specialisms in-house related to the real estate praxis’.

‘Charles van Rijckevorsel, Cynthia de Witt Wijnen and Anne Marie Klein are leading real estate lawyers/notaries’.

Key clients

Distri Development 3.0 B.V.

Liste AG


Corpus Sireo Real Estate

Swiss Life

Aviva Real Estate Investors

Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH

BNP Paribas Real Estate Investments

WestInvest Gesellschaft für Investmentfonds mbH


Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate GmbH

Centacon B.V.

Knotel, Inc.

LRC Group

Aroundtown SA

Breevast B.V.

OVG Real Estate

British School

Garbe Industrial Real Estate GmbH

AutoBinck Vastgoed Nederland B.V.

LyondellBasell Industries N.V.

Avebe U.A.

Center Parcs

Hexion B.V.

Kuwait family office

LHI Luxembourg Group

Siblu France SAS

The Larmag Group

Fred Developers B.V.

Work highlights

  • Advised Deka Immobilien on the €200m acquisition of the landmark Terrace Tower building in Amsterdam.
  • Advised Swiss Life on the €125m acquisition of a residential building in Rotterdam called The Lee Towers I in Rotterdam.

NewGround is a new formula designed to break with market conventions. Created by the Netherlands’ leading real estate legal professionals, together they bring more than one hundred years’ experience in representing a wide range of clients.

Their purpose is clear: they focus on what really matters, and if necessary, they simply take an entirely different approach. With focus and incisiveness. And with a priority on the human dimension. Just as today’s world demands. That means a different DNA. Because they firmly believe that their clients’ interests are best served by adopting a deeply rooted ‘human-centric’ approach. A philosophy that may not necessarily be supported by everyone. But one they believe will attract the right people. People who want to be associated with the New world: new clients as well as future colleagues.

NewGround is specialized in providing legal services in the real estate sector and the spatial environment in the broadest sense, including environmental and energy law and sanctions.

They focus on corporate and other large commercial transactions, disputes and legal consultancy. They are specialized in contract law, notarial law, construction law, tenancy law, planning law, nature conservation law and (sustainable) energy and environmental law including sanctions as well as criminal enforcement. In addition, they keep abreast of the latest trends and developments in topical issues, such as sustainable construction and Clean Tech, the energy transition and smart cities.

Main areas of practice
Administrative and sanction law: Administrative law governs the relationship between people and government. It regulates the actions of government agencies when making administrative decisions. As each situation is different, the applicable legislation and regulations are often layered and diffuse.

Construction law and contracting: Principals and contractors are advised on their rights and obligations under construction law. They also have substantial experience in drawing up building contracts for commercial property and housing complexes. In addition, disputes are handled and litigated at the Arbitration Board for the Building Industry.

Contract and notarial law: Real estate law is inextricably linked to contract law. NewGround assists in laying down in writing arrangements in a lease or sale and purchase agreement or a contract for professional services. In addition a multi-disciplinary team consisting of attorneys and (candidate) civil-law notaries handle large and complex real estate transactions regarding the sale and acquisition of immovable properties and real estate portfolios in various sectors, starting out at the early stage of (commercial) negotiations with advice on the letter of intent. They carry out due diligence to identify potential risks for the client, accompanied by proposals for mitigating them. The notarial experts also take care of the legal transfer of the real estate.

Property law: NewGround advises on (the creation of) the various rights, such as the right of ownership, leasehold, right of superficies, easements, common ownership and apartment rights. Property law demands clarity in the rights and obligations of the various parties involved, including leaseholders, landowners, neighbors, owners of apartment rights and Owners’ Associations. For leaseholds specifically they advise and litigate on matters related to risk, centering on leasehold conditions, ground rent increase and valuation.

Tenancy law: Issues related to letting and leasing are often complex. They advise clients on office and commercial premises, the conclusion of leases and regarding lease terminations as well as complex issues in current contracts, sometimes resulting in litigation when the need arises.

Environmental law: Environmental law consists of a large number of laws and decisions that are all important for ensuring a healthy environment. The Environmental Management Act is central to environmental law. It serves as a framework act for permit applications in case of (industrial) activities that might result in environmental impacts.

(Sustainable) energy and regulatory law: Realizing the energy transition requires an interdisciplinary approach to law. In the coming decades, the Netherlands awaits a complete change in the field of generation, transport, storage and saving of energy. NewGround helps its clients in this highly regulated market.

Planning law: The Netherlands is a densely populated country. That places considerable pressure on the use of physical space. NewGround advises you on all aspects of environmental and planning law, including spatial planning, area development and environmental and nature conservancy legislation. Matters that need to be understood before you embark on the development of new real estate projects, such as transformation of existing buildings, development of sustainable energy and land, including municipal cost recovery.

Public Law, Environment and Planning Law including Commercial Litigation Anne-Marie 6 50213954
Property Law, Tenancy Law, Construction and Contract Law including Commercial Litigation Charles van 6 55716595
Investment Transactions and Notarial Practice Cynthia de Witt 6 15349027
Public Law, Environmental and Planning Law including Commercial Litigation, Energy Law André 6 29313120
Energy Law, Clean Tech, Environmental law Erwin 6 50246991
Mrs Joanna Bebenek  photo Mrs Joanna Bebenek Associate Partner | Candidate Civil-Law Notary
Mrs Janneke Berendsen  photo Mrs Janneke Berendsen Attorney-at-law
Mr Ron Bisschop  photo Mr Ron Bisschop Attorney-at-law
Mrs Cynthia De Witt Wijnen photo Mrs Cynthia De Witt WijnenPartner | Civil-Law Notary
Mrs Renée Fennis  photo Mrs Renée Fennis Attorney-at-law
Mr André Gaastra  photo Mr André Gaastra Partner |  Attorney-at-law
Mr André Gaastra  photo Mr André Gaastra Partner |  Attorney-at-law
Mrs Marie-Claire Gaastra  photo Mrs Marie-Claire Gaastra Attorney-at-law
Mrs Birgitte Gerrissen-Prins  photo Mrs Birgitte Gerrissen-Prins Candidate civil-law-notary
Mrs Marie-Claire Headley photo Mrs Marie-Claire HeadleyAttorney-at-law
Mrs Anne-Marie Klijn  photo Mrs Anne-Marie Klijn Partner | Attorney-at-law
Mr Erwin Noordover  photo Mr Erwin Noordover Partner | Attorney-at-law
Mrs Cynthia de Witt Wijnen-Guman  photo Mrs Cynthia de Witt Wijnen-Guman Partner | Civil-Law Notary
Mr Charles van Rijckevorsel  photo Mr Charles van Rijckevorsel Partner | Attorney-at-law
Mr Pieter van der Woerd  photo Mr Pieter van der Woerd Attorney-at-law
Number of partners : 5 (3 women, 2 man)
Number of lawyers and civil law notaries : 22
English (fluent)