Freeke Heijne

Freeke Heijne

Advocaat | Senior Associate


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Freeke specialises in governance and regulation. She focuses mainly on advising semi-public, public and private parties at boardroom level on the application and enforcement of legislation within public economic law, in sectors healthcare, education, media and energy. This can involve both sector-specific and cross-sector legislation, such as the Dutch Executives' Pay Standards Act and the Public Enterprises (Market Activities) Act. Part of her work entails providing legal assistance with lobby processes and negotiations between public and private parties. Freeke regularly represents clients in administrative law and civil law proceedings, often on matters of principle. She is also engaged to investigate and resolve highly politically and commercially sensitive irregularities.

Freeke is an expert in healthcare regulation and is part of Houthoff’s multi-disciplinary Healthcare Team. She is also a member of the Dutch Association for Health Law. Freeke is actively involved in Houthoff's Pro Bono policy, sits on the Advisory Committee of Pro Bono Connect, is an ambassador of NEMO Science Centre, and is a legal adviser to the Johan Cruyff Foundation. Between 2014 and 2017, she was involved in the Amsterdam Economic Board. In 2017, she worked at Houthoff's New York office.


  • Grotius Academy specialisation course on General Administrative Law
  • LL.M. International Criminal Law and Human Rights (Utrecht University)
  • LL.M. European Law (Pantheon-Assas University (Paris II))
  • M.Sc. International Relations (University of Amsterdam)
  • Advising Leger des Heils on the settlement in relation to the material control performed by Achmea in which Achmea claimed that parts of the medical treatments were wrongfully charged.
  • Advising ONVZ Zorgverzekeraar on the transfer of certain care services to the Healthcare Insurance Act per 1 January 2015 and the negative financial impact of this transition (approximately € 8 million). ONVZ will demand compensation for loss resulting from administrative acts from the Ministry of Health, Welfare & Sport.
  • Advising Boer & Croon on the enforcement of the Executives' Pay (Standards) Act in relation to the placement of interim managers in healthcare institutions through the intermediary services of Boer & Croon.