Pels Rijcken

Public Law Department

Netherlands
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What the team is known for Standout firm regularly mandated by Dutch public bodies. Highly experienced in preliminary relief proceedings and other contentious matters, including disputes relating to secular education, freedom of information, human rights law, duty of care claims and compensation claims. Assists clients with public procurement tenders. Recent experience includes acting on the government's support measures for businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic. Additionally offers market-leading experience in environmental matters, including air quality legislation, nature protection regulations and environmental permitting matters. Also represents clients in expropriation matters.

Strengths Highlighting the firm's high level of expertise, one interviewee notes: "The team doesn't have a narrow point of view in tackling problems but instead looks at situations from all sides, which is very good for creating a holistic viewpoint," adding: "Non-lawyers are more willing to accept what the lawyers say because they're not just using legal speak but do a good job of addressing everything."

Drawing on the firm's longstanding history in public law, one client comments: "The team consists of good communicators who are very practical and don't tend to get stuck down in legal details but instead look for solutions," concluding: "It is THE expert on public law and immigration law."

Work highlights Represented the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy in a dispute concerning the proposed rollout of 5G in the Netherlands.

Notable practitioners


Arnoud Boorsma
is known for advising clients on administrative law, including compensation claims, as well as assisting financial sector clients with regulatory matters, such as the requirement to disclose sensitive information. A client reports that he is "a good sounding board regarding a variety of topics" and goes on to add that he is "able to advise from various angles."


Daniëlle Roelands-Fransen
rises in the rankings due to her expertise in large redevelopment projects, advising on zoning and mobility plans, as well as representing clients in disputes concerning environmental permits. One client comments: "She is always very fast in answering quite difficult questions," and adds that she is "open-minded and you can have good discussions with her."


Hans Besselink
is highly respected for his work on environmental law, advising clients on ecological and environmental permitting mandates. One client applauds: "He is very creative and not afraid to do something outside the box, and because of his high level of expertise these out-of-the-box solutions work," adding: "He is highly regarded by everyone in the country, so it's a big plus when you bring him in."


Jannetje Bootsma
moves up in the rankings on the back of handling some extremely high-profile contentious matters for the Dutch Ministries of Education and Healthcare. A client enthuses: "She understands the Dutch political system, which is very important to me."

Market leader
Liesbeth Schippers
offers comprehensive advice on complex environmental and planning topics, including coastal protection schemes and aerospace regulation. Reflecting on her excellent mediation ability, one client says: "She gets people to see her point of view in a very specific way without being loud, conflicting or abrasive. She is not easily daunted and takes everything in her stride."


Sandra van Heukelom-Verhage
advises contracting authorities on public procurement procedures within the IT sector, as well as assisting with government support programmes and representing government bodies in compensation claims.