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Our legal system contributes to organising our society so everyone can live in freedom, legal certainty and legal equality. But what if you feel limited in this and are hindered by a government decision? And vice versa, how do you, as a government, ensure that the laws and regulations are complied with? How can this be guaranteed in decisions and agreements? After all, we have rules for a reason. Our lawyers operate at the interface of public and private law and are happy to help you on your way. By ensuring clear agreements and, in the event of a dispute, providing a solution.


As a government, company and citizen you are – in any case – subject to public law. A selection of the issues that may arise:

  • What to do if your company is hindered by a government decision
  • How to proceed in a negotiation between (various) market and government parties
  • How to structure the cooperation between you and the government, e.g. in spatial planning
  • How to prevent damage and limit your liability, as a government or entrepreneur
  • What to do in the event of an imminent dispute and how to prevent it from escalating

Whatever situation your company or government finds itself in, you want to know what your rights and obligations are. For example, when laws and regulations are not complied with and enforcement is necessary, or when there is a conflict between company and government. You can resolve and even prevent a dispute, large or small, with the right advice.


The lawyers who act on behalf of the government and institutions have a lot of knowledge and experience in the fields of:

  • General administrative law · (Government) liability · Land acquisition and allocation · Environmental law · Administrative and criminal enforcement · Heat and energy law · Water law · Educational law
  • Dutch Government Information (Public Access) Act
  • Subsidies
  • Constitutional law (Dutch Municipalities Act, Dutch Provinces Act, Dutch Water Boards Act and Dutch Joint Arrangements Act)

From contract drafting or advice to assistance with disputes and proceedings or arbitration, we can answer all your questions about government and institutions.


Lawyers who think both from a business perspective and from the law book. That’s our trademark. Not simply listing the rules, but applying the law in the context of your organisation or company, so we can prevent and solve legal issues together.

Our approach is multidisciplinary: the team is tailored to your issue. Even when this requires specific knowledge of, for example, company or insurance law, or if you could use extra international support. Legal issues within government and institutions can have common ground with employment law, property and administrative law and sometimes also trade, industry and logistics and customs law. That is the advantage of a full-service firm: we are as small as possible and as large as necessary.


Supervision, enforcement, advice & procedures, notifications, permits and subsidies

Environmental law

  • Zoning plans and environmental permits
  • Provincial and national policy
  • Soil protection
  • Environmental law
  • Nature conservation law
  • Heat and energy law

Generic laws

  • Dutch Water Boards Act
  • Dutch Municipalities Act and Dutch Provinces Act
  • Dutch Joint Arrangements Act
  • Dutch General Administrative Law Act
  • Dutch Government Information (Public Access) Act
  • Dutch Higher Education and Research Act

Water law

  • Dutch Water Act
  • Waterboard bylaws, including ledger, water level framework and maintenance
  • Enforcement (administrative and private)
  • Tolerance obligation orders and expropriation
  • Project plans and waterpermits
  • Water storage and dyke reinforcement projects

Land policy and government intervention

  • Expropriation
  • Dutch Municipalities (Preferential Rights) Act
  • Dutch Public Works (Removal of Impediments in Private Law) Act
  • Unlawful government acts
  • Compensation for loss resulting from administrative acts and loss resulting from government planning decisions
  • Improper use of land/statute of limitations


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