Practice Overview

Administrative law is a comprehensive branch of law, which regulates with which rules public bodies must comply. Administrative Law also regulates how citizens and business and industry can protect themselves against the actions of public bodies. It is the law forof and against public bodies. Administrative law records with which instruments a public body acts, the standards which must be adhered to, and the possibilities of putting up resistance against the public body.

MR. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M.,ESQ), attorney at law advises businesses and private individuals in lawsuits against the central state, municipalities, regions, government agencies, public bodies and public corporations in general administrative law. He has a great deal of expertise to offer adequate judicial and extra-judicial assistance within Decisions of administrative bodies, Submitting a notice of objection, Notice of objection and appeal, Licence appeals service (revocation and refuse), Enforcement (administrative coercion, penalties and administrative fines), Adminstrative Contracts, Spatial planning; zoning and exemptions, Certificate of Conduct is refused, Constitutional Law and Human Rights, Public Administration Probity Screening Act and Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and Area Ban.

Conversely, MR. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M.,ESQ), attorney at law, also advises public and semi-public operators, companies, throughout The Netherlands and abroad, in all areas of public law. He assists clients, from the development of their strategy to the day-to-day management of their activities, in the following fields: organization and management of public bodies, choice of contractual arrangements, launch of consultation procedures, negotiation and monitoring of contracts, management of public services, economic interventionism, digital and energy transition, out-of-court settlement and litigation before national and supra-national authorities.

Areas of Practice

If you disagree with a decision of a public body, you can often lodge an objection, for example if your licence application has been rejected or if someone else obtains a licence

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Enforcement is focussed on promoting compliance with legal rules or to prevent (further) breaches of these rules. If someone does not fulfil the administrative law regulations then the public body can use

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MR. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ), attorney at law, is involved throughout The Netherlands in all types of public litigation before administrative and financial courts (public procurement contract disputes, administrative liability, state aid

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Civil servants law applies to our clients in the public sector such as central and local authorities, schools and public companies. Attorney VAN LEEUWEN’s expertise covers all aspects of civil servants law

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Conversely, MR. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ) also advises public and semi-public operators, companies, throughout The Netherlands and abroad, in all areas of public law. MR. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ) assists clients, from

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Sometimes the private sector works in coordination with the public sector. By partnering with the private sector through arrangements which leverage governmental assets and resources, opportunities are provided for the privates sector

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MR. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ), attorney at law, handles all aspects of constitutional law and human rights. There are many constitutional and human rights law questions he handles in the area of

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MR. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ) acts on behalf of government/public authorities, public and private companies and private individuals that suffer losses due to the actions of a public body and want to

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The Dutch Public Administration Probity Screening Act (BIBOB Act) is intended to prevent the government from becoming directly or indirectly involved in criminal activities. If you apply for a licence or a

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A certificate of conduct (VOG) is a document by which the Dutch State Secretary for Justice and Security declares that the applicant did not commit any criminal offences that are relevant to

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MR. B.A.S. VAN LEEUWEN (LL.M., ESQ), attorney at law, works across The Netherlands on behalf of large local authorities and large groups (public or private developers, investors, builders, retailers, etc.).

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Administrative procedural law

If the public body fails to take a decision by the legal deadline, you can send them a so-called notice of default. This will give them a grace period of two (2) weeks to reach the decision. If they still fail to do so, you can appeal to the administrative court immediately. You are not obliged to hire an Attorney for the objection or appeals procedure.

You must submit a notice of objection to the public body agency that took the decision in question by no later than six (6) weeks after you received the decision or after the decision was published. The public body must take a decision within six (6) weeks after the day on which the submission period for the letter of objection has elapsed. If an advisory committee is being formed, the decision period is twelve (12) weeks. Both periods may be extended by six (6) weeks.

If the public body fails to take a decision by the prescribed deadline, you are entitled to a penalty payment. You can use the (Dutch-language) Penalty payment for late decisions form to obtain this payment. The Tax and Customs Administration has an own Penalty form in the event of an overdue decision (in Dutch).

Notices of objection can be submitted by the interested parties, i.e. persons or organisations with a direct interest in a decision made by the Administrative body. If an interested party disagrees with

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An interested party can appeal against a decision on a notice of objection by filing an appeal with the Administrative Court within six (6) weeks after the date on which the decision on the

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In most cases, you can also lodge an appeal against the court’s decision with: The Central Appeals Tribunal The Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal The Administrative Jurisdiction Division of the Council of

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Before one proceeds with the actual implementation of administrative coercion, the offender, subject to the exception of very urgent cases, must be informed of the decision about the breach and of the

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An order for administrative coercion is not always the obvious choice, as is the case in regularly reoccurring or continuing breaches. In these cases it is often more effective to give the

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Contrary to the remedial sanctions of an order for administrative coercion and an order subject to a penalty, the administrative penalty is a punishing sanction.

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