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General Administrative Law

General administrative law regulates the actions of government. It contains substantive rules and rules on procedures. This makes clear which principles of good governance administrative bodies must adhere to. It provides rules for administrative law enforcement. In addition, general administrative law concerns the way in which objections to decisions can be made or appeals can be lodged. The granting of subsidies is also a subject of this area of law. The central law is the General Administrative Law Act (Awb), but other laws and regulations, such as the Government Information (Public Access) Act or provincial subsidy regulations, are also relevant.

General Administrative Law

General Administrative Law Act (Algemene wet bestuursrecht)
Government Information (Public Access) Act (Wet openbaarheid van bestuur)
Public Administration (Probity Screening) Act (Wet Bibob)
Administrative procedural law (objections and appeal)
Provincial and municipal regulations and decrees
Damages
General principles of good governance

Enforcement

Administrative enforcement
Penalties
Warnings and preliminary notifications
Administrative fines

Permits

General municipal by-laws
Environmental permits
Alcohol / liquor licensing (Drank- en horecawetvergunning)
Operating permits
Betting and Gaming Act (Wet op de kansspelen)
Event permits

Subsidy regulations

Subsidy decisions
Subsidy applications
Subsidy refusals

Due diligence investigations

Due Diligence support with respect to environmental law, planning law, nature conservation law and general administrative law aspects of M&A and real estate transactions and financing.

What the team is known for: Respected team covering a broad array of planning and environmental law, with a strong focus on nitrogen emissions legislation and EU regulations concerning nature conservation and habitat protection. Represents clients from the energy and construction sectors, as well as municipalities, in contentious and non-contentious zoning and permitting matters. Also assists clients with soil and groundwater pollution mandates.

Chambers, 2021

‘ENVIR Advocaten has very experienced lawyers, which includes some of the best in the field’.

Legal 500 – EMEA 2021

Marieke Kaajan advises on contentious and non-contentious permitting and zoning matters. She offers additional experience in nitrogen emissions matters and EU environmental directives. One client enjoys working with her because she is “very well connected, nice, direct and very approachable.”

Chambers, 2021

Another client appreciates the team’s business-focused approach: “What I really like about ENVIR Advocaten is that we know each other and we know how to efficiently spend time.”

Chambers, 2021

‘Its staff consists of very experienced lawyers with a lot of expertise in environmental, planning and administrative law’.

Legal 500 – EMEA 2021

One client praises the team’s “outstanding knowledge, especially of nature conservation law,” and goes on to add that the team “will not rest until they have achieved their clients’ preferred results.”

Chambers, 2021

‘Niche firm, but can handle big cases on environmental law’.

Legal 500 – EMEA 2021

Fleur Onrust is experienced in handling environmental permitting matters, as well as nature conservation and soil contamination mandates. She is particularly well respected for representing clients from the private and public sectors in contentious proceedings. One client comments: “She is pragmatic, acts fast and is very understanding of the needs of her clients.”

Chambers, 2021

‘Iris Kieft is a very bright lawyer, she’s down to earth and friendly, but at the same time very effective and focused on results’.

Legal 500 – EMEA 2021

‘ENVIR Advocaten is one of the leading law firms in the Netherlands in the field of environmental law’.

Legal 500 – EMEA 2021