Public Sector

“The public sector; a combination of expertise.”

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 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.

Notable practitioners

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.

Notable practitioners

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.

Senate Agrees to Standardization of the Legal Status of Civil Servants Act

Servants Bill. In short, this bill entails that under the new Act civil servants can get an employment agreement instead of an appointment under...

18 november 2016 

Jobs Deal Achieved; No Quota for Work-Disabled Persons in 2017

The first objective from the Jobs Deal and Work-Disabled Persons Quota Act ('Jobs Deal Act') has been achieved. As a result, the quota regime for...

30 august 2016 

Kennedy Van der Laan Only Non-British Firm Nominated for The Lawyer Business Leadership Awards 2016

Today, it was announced that Kennedy Van der Laan has been nominated for The Lawyer Business Leadership Awards 2016. With its ‘Alliance Community...

27 june 2016 

Chambers 2015: Kennedy Van der Laan number 1 in IT and Media

Chambers and Partners has published its rankings for 2015. On the basis of annual extensive research on the market and among clients, Chambers and...

30 april 2015 

Kennedy Van der Laan Is Nominated for "Netherlands Law Firm of the Year Award 2015"

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11 march 2015 

Employee and investor participation

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06 march 2014 

Annual report The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets Indicates a Tendency for More Informal Enforcement of the Financial Supervision Act

Recently, The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) published its 2012 annual report (Dutch). It appears from this report that in the...

14 may 2013 

Act for the Compensation of Loss and Damages Arising from Unlawful Decisions Adopted

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22 april 2013 

Council of State Rules on Expropriation of SNS Bank; a Brief Analysis

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27 february 2013 

Journalistic Privilege Reinforced in ECHR Ruling De Telegraaf v. the Netherlands

On 22 November 2012, the European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”) rendered its judgment in the case between the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf and...

31 december 2012 

Civil Servant's Appointment Also Counts in Provisions on Succession of Fixed-Term Employment Contracts

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28 february 2012 

The Public Sector Too Should Respect Seniority in a Transfer of Undertaking

ECJ, 6 September 2011, case C-108/10 Background In general, the principle of transfer of undertaking applies when work is taken over. If an...

28 october 2011 

Bill to Review the Right to Institute an Inquiry; Improved Position of Legal Persons

Right to Institute an Inquiry The right to institute an inquiry is an important tool to solve disputes and deadlocks within a company. The...

28 october 2011 

Unlimited Accrual of Holidays During Illness

Court of The Hague, 19 January 2011, LJN: BP1649 Entitlement to Holiday of Sick Employees Both the Dutch Civil Code (“DCC”) and the General...

26 july 2011 

One-Tier Board Enacted as of 1 January 2012

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30 june 2011 

Forced Public Service?

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29 april 2011 

Request for Substitute Consent Following Works Council's Refusal to Consent to New Roster

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28 march 2011 

Liesbeth Berkouwer joins Kennedy Van der Laan

AMSTERDAM, 31 January 2011 – Kennedy Van der Laan has strengthened its Real Estate and Administrative Law group with the arrival of Liesbeth...

01 february 2011 

Constitutional Reform of the Netherlands Antilles

As of 10 October 2010 the Netherlands Antilles, formerly a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, has ceased to exist as a country. As a...

27 january 2011 

After Commitments Commission Accepts Funding Scheme for Public Service Broadcasters

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29 march 2010 

Transitional Law of the Penalty and Appeal for Late Decisions Act

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26 february 2010 

Consequences of the General Provisions of Environmental Law Act for the Wro

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01 december 2009 

The OECD Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State Owned Enterprises

This article refers in general terms to the OECD Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State Owned Enterprises and provides an overview of the work...

08 december 2008 

End to the Litigating Foundation?

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04 december 2008 

Housing Act Amendment; the Consequences for Municipalities

The amendments with most relevance to municipalities and building contractors are those concerning enforcement and the granting of permits. These are...

01 june 2007 
Jan van der Grinten

Jan van der Grinten

Attorney at law, Partner

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