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Iris Kieft

Iris Kieft is a partner of ENVIR Advocaten who advises companies, developers and government bodies on planning and environmental aspects of development projects, consenting and transactions.

Iris has a particular focus on planning and (environmental) consenting in the Dutch energy & infrastructure and real estate sectors. She has worked on numerous electricity infrastructure and renewables development projects on provincial, national and international scales and has supported clients with establishing or relocating their businesses in the Netherlands.

Her practice also includes climate change and sustainable development and Iris has represented clients in arbitration and proceedings before the European Court of Justice on the EU emissions trading scheme.

As an attorney, Iris is creative and committed. She enjoys supporting her clients in successfully navigating complex legal and environmental challenges, both in national and cross-border contexts.

In terms of practice areas, Iris specialises in administrative law, Dutch and EU environmental law, planning and consenting law, and EU and public international law. Iris advises clients on regulatory aspects of their activities, including EHS matters, nature conservation and permitting, and represents them in negotiations with regulatory authorities and, where necessary, in litigation. She also advises on regulatory and environmental aspects of M&A and real estate transactions and arbitrations. Recent projects Iris worked on include the realization of an electricity interconnector, the relocation of a restaurant of an international restaurant chain, and legal proceedings defending a municipal zoning plan.

Prior to joining ENVIR Advocaten in 2018, Iris worked for 9 years in the administrative law department and energy sector group of De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek and 1 year in the Real Estate & Construction department and energy sector group of CMS Netherlands. During her time at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, she was seconded to the London and Beijing offices.

Iris is regular annotator for OGR-updates and on the environmental law editorial board of open access legal knowlegde platform OpenRecht. In addition, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Academy for European Law (ERA) in Trier and a board member of Stibat, a not-for-profit organization that promotes responsible use of batteries and accumulators and realizes end-of-life solutions including collection, sorting and recycling.

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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

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

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

Legal 500 – EMEA 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

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

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

‘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

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

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