As public sector, you need various expertise to support you in legal issues. Specific professional knowledge is required in disputes between government bodies on the one hand, and businesses or citizens on the other hand.
The Public Sector Team of Kennedy Van der Laan
The Public Sector Team of Kennedy Van der Laan has this professional knowledge. We advise and litigate for the public sector in administrative-law and civil-law matters. The fields in which we operate range from public procurement to civil servants law, from permits to grants, from government liability to open government and from supervision to enforcement.
The Public Sector Team of Kennedy Van der Laan represents, inter alia, municipalities and urban districts, autonomous administrative authorities, ministries and supervisory authorities.
Specialized in municipalities
The Administrative Law Team of Kennedy Van der Laan knows all the ins and outs of the municipal practice. Whether it concerns permits or grants, a civil-servants dispute or a Wob application, the Bibob Act or powers of mayors: within our Administrative Law Team we have all relevant specialties available. We advise and litigate for municipalities in administrative-law and civil-law matters, including public procurement and liability proceedings.
Courses for Municipalities
The Administrative Law Team regularly gives courses to municipalities about the Administrative Law Act, government liability and environmental law.
Chambers Europe 2017 – Public Law – Band 3
What the team is known for Compact team with strong public law expertise across several areas of the public sector including administrative law, government liability, subsidies and public orders. Also advises on media regulation, access to public information and supervision and enforcement. Clients include public foundations and watchdogs, administrative bodies, municipalities and private sector companies.
Strengths A source states: “They advise and assist us in a very knowledgeable way, to a high quality and in a pleasant manner.”
Work highlights Represented Nederlandse Omroep Stichting in proceedings against the central government regarding several requests of information regarding the MH17 Malaysia Airlines disaster.
Jan Van der Grinten is “very thorough, very precise, quick to respond on questions and also a very nice guy. He delivers high-quality work on a consistent basis,” according to clients. He advises on all manner of public law issues, including administrative hearings, contentious issues relating to public funding and media regulation and freedom of information issues.
Chambers Europe 2016 – Public Law – Band 3
What the team is known for Strong public law expertise across several areas, including administrative law, government liability, subsidies and public order. Additional capabilities in media regulation, public information access and supervision and enforcement.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
“The firm is very pleasant to work with, because the lawyers are always very accessible and approachable, and they combine a very high standard of quality with a very pleasant mutual interchange.”
“The lawyers know what they’re doing, they’re experts on the matters you need them for. You can always communicate with them and they inform you very well.”
Work highlights Advised Prinses Máxima Centre for Child Oncology on zoning, planning and permitting issues relating to the establishment of a national children’s cancer hospital in Utrecht.
Assisted Recreatie en Bungalowpark Tergouw with zoning and planning pertaining to its redesignation from recreation to permanent occupation.
Jan Van der Grinten has particular recent experience in advising municipalities and other public bodies on real estate projects and related litigation. Clients say he “can understand a problem in all its aspects, which is very useful in complex matters.”
Significant clients Port of Amsterdam, Municipality of Westland, Conservatorium Hotel, Nederlandse Omroep Stichting, Municipality of Wijdemeren.
Chambers Europe 2015 – Public Law – Band 3
What the team is known for Public law group known for work in a range of areas, from challenges and legislation to government liability and planning matters. Clients praise its combination of an informal approach and excellent commercial acumen. Clients include government bodies, healthcare providers and companies in regulated industries.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
“Kennedy Van der Laan is easy to reach and not very formal. This allows us to get into the business together and not just look for the legal solution.”
“Their focus is always on the client and aimed at a longer-lasting professional relationship.”
Work highlights Advised Prinses Máxima Centre for Child Oncology on setting up a new hospital and research centre.
Advised the Port of Amsterdam on the enforcement of rules prohibiting passenger ships wintering in the harbour and opening as hotels.
Head of department Jan van der Grinten advises municipalities and state bodies on public law matters. Clients state that he “pays attention to what happens here, listens carefully and looks further than just the problem.”
Significant clients Central Bureau of Driving Licences, Conservatorium Hotel, Municipality of Westland, Municipality of Wijdemeren, NS.
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