Special rules apply to governments - in addition to the rules that apply to everyone, such as the Civil Code. Examples include procurement law and state aid law, but also the general principles of good governance (such as the principle of equality and the principle of the protection of legitimate expectations). Furthermore, the government has administrative bodies, such as the board of mayor and aldermen and the council in the case of municipalities and the board of aggrieved states and provincial states in the case of provinces, each with their own duties and responsibilities. We are very well versed in the specific laws and regulations that apply to them.
These include contracting by (and with) the government in area development, procurement and state aid law, administrative and environmental law and (government) liability law. But also the general principles of good governance (such as the principle of equality and the principle of the protection of legitimate expectations).
More than just real estate
We provide advice and undertake litigation not just in relation to real estate projects, but also on behalf of public authorities in civil and administrative proceedings outside the field of real estate. This includes the procurement of services, works and products, advising on subsidy issues, matters concerning public order and enforcement as well as proceedings related to the Open Government Act (the successor to the Government Information (Public Access) Act). We also advise on the application of the Municipalities Act, the Provinces Act and the Joint Arrangements Act.
We advise and litigate on a range of matters, including:
- Procurement law;
- State aid;
- General principles of good governance and sound administration;
- Administrative law and environmental and planning law;
- Government liability;
- Interface of public and private law; and
- Didam ruling.