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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.

‘The team is very experienced, hands on and understands the business needs of the client and translate that into practical advice’.

Legal 500 – EMEA 2020

‘Iris Kieft is very knowledgeable on sustainability; speaks the language of the client and understands the client’s business’.

Legal 500 – EMEA 2020

Fleur Onrust is skilled at handling administrative law issues and environmental matters. Additionally she represents clients in sensitive litigation and advises on nature conservation.

Chambers, 2020

One client appreciates the team’s ‘good tactical approach,’ further adding: ‘The lawyers were very pragmatic and helped us find solutions.’

Chambers, 2020

Marieke Kaajan represents clients in compensation disputes arising from construction projects, and also advises on environmental and pollution matters. Interviewees also report: ‘She is very well respected when it comes to nature conservation law.’

Chambers, 2020

What the team is known for: Broad industry knowledge representing private sector clients from the energy field, as well as public sector clients such as municipalities and provinces. Noted for its extensive expertise of nature protection and conservation matters. Also represents clients in sensitive disputes concerning permits and developments. Has expanded the team with several new hires during 2019.

Chambers, 2020

‘At ENVIR they combine the quality services of a top tier firm with the personal attention of the partners of a boutique firm’.

Legal 500 – EMEA 2020