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.

  • “Clients enthuse that the lawyers are ‘quick to respond and understand our business,’ adding that they have ‘great knowledge of current legal matters.’”
    Chambers Europe, Public Law: Planning and Environment (2020 Edition)
  • “Another client states ‘I find the culture very client-driven and friendly.’”
    Chambers Europe, Public Law: Planning and Environment (2020 Edition)
  • First Tier firm
    Legal 500, Environment & planning (2020 Edition)
  • “The team who advises on different aspects of our projects make sure that other colleagues within the firm (including the ones in other locations.) are well aware of the total scope and recent activities.”
    Legal 500, Environment & planning (2020 Edition)
  • “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)
  • "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 (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)
  • 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

主要联系人

阿姆斯特丹
Advocaat | Partner
+31 20 605 65 44
+31 6 5152 7324

主要联系人

阿姆斯特丹
Advocaat | Partner
+31 20 605 69 18
+31 6 1496 9273