Environment & Planning

Environment & Planning

In a place as densely populated as the Netherlands, it is common to see small areas of land with many different functions and uses. Environmental law regulates the complex distribution of available space. This area of law is constantly changing due to new national and European laws and regulations, new building techniques and societal developments. This requires legal expertise and sector knowledge. Our specialists in the Environmental & Planning Team are experts in the areas of spatial planning and environmental law. They give advice to government bodies, project developers and large companies in the Netherlands and abroad. Our specialists are involved in complex and extremely sensitive - sometimes precedent setting - cases and contribute to the creation of new legislation, such as the Dutch Environment and Planning Act. Our Environmental & Planning Team's leading position in the market is confirmed by its rankings in legal guides such as Chambers Europe and the Legal 500.

  • “According to one interviewee, the team is ‘knowledgeable and creative.”
    Chambers Europe, Public Law: Planning and Environment (2019 Edition)
  • Recommended 
    Legal 500, Environment & planning (2019 Edition)
  • First Tier firm
    Legal 500, Environment & planning (2019 Edition)
  • "Clients say the department is responsive, and the team's advice is pertinent and positive: 'They are very available, to the point and always keep an eye on the interest of us as their client. They also will put forward our position or statements in a strong but acceptable way to the other party'."
    Chambers Europe, Public Law: Planning and Environment (2018 Edition)
  • "Clients note a 'great collaboration,' working with a 'committed team' that is 'very forward-thinking'."
    Chambers Europe, Public Law: Planning and Environment (2018 Edition)
  • First Tier firm
    Legal 500, Environment & planning (2018 Edition)
  • "Houthoff’s department is very strong in contentious and non-contentious matters."
    Legal 500, Environment & planning (2018 Edition)
  • First Tier firm
    Legal 500, Environment & planning (2017 Edition)
  • "Houthoff Buruma has ‘in-depth industry knowledge’ and gives ‘to-the-point advice’ on a wide range of environmental, planning and zoning matters."
    Legal 500, Environment & planning (2017 Edition)

Our expertise on the environmental sector

Our experts in spatial planning give advice and litigate in matters such as area development (including zoning plans, land development and expropriation) and public-private partnerships. As one of the few law firms in the Netherlands specialised in this area, Houthoff has an extensive cassation practice and is involved in the most ground-breaking cases before the Dutch Supreme Court such as the proceedings on the expropriation of the 300-hectare Hedwigepolder.

Our Environmental & Planning Team's environmental law work includes advice on environmental issues as part of large national and cross-border M&A and real estate transactions. Our specialists are known for their litigation expertise and experience. They assist large companies and government bodies in licence and enforcement procedures.

Our Environment & Planning Team works closely with our specialists in areas such as M&A, real estate, criminal law, procedural law and procurement law. Together with a sector-specific approach (including real estate, energy, healthcare, governance and the financial sector) this multi-disciplinary approach leads to well-considered advice and pragmatic solutions. We provide solutions for today and for the future. In cross-border issues we work together with the best lawyers from all over the world through Lex Mundi, the most prestigious law firm network, and we always push boundaries for our clients. 

  • Advising and representing Tata Steel, one of Europe's largest steel plants, on their most important environmental permits and enforcement procedures.
  • Houthoff is the lead counsel to the private owner of the vast Dutch polder Duchess Hedwige (adjacent to the Belgian border in the southern part of the Province of Zeeland). Houthoff advises the owner and litigates against the Dutch Government regarding the planned project of the Dutch Government to submerge the privately-owned polder (more than 300 hectares of cultivated land) and turn it into estuarine nature.
Jan Frans de Groot

Key Contact

Amsterdam
Advocaat | Partner
+31 20 605 65 44
+31 6 5152 7324

Key Contact

Amsterdam
Advocaat | Counsel
+31 20 605 69 18
+31 6 1496 9273