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Administrative Law

For many of Pels Rijcken’s attorneys, administrative law is at the very heart of their practice. An important aspect for this practice is that the central government wears many hats: having a regulatory, administrative and executive role.

The public administration operates in order to safeguard the public interest where political issues are often involved. Due to their expertise, Pels Rijcken's attorneys are fully aware of the client's needs and the government interests that are at stake.

Because of their decades of experience with administrative law, the specialists at Pels Rijcken can apply their combined knowledge of politics, public administration and law when advising. The backbone of Administrative Law is the General Administrative Law Act, which on the one hand regulates government intervention and on the other provides the central government with many opportunities. Pels Rijcken's knowledge of this Act is second to none. All new developments are closely followed and a website - accessible to everyone - is maintained with  up-to-date information on the parliamentary history of the Act, complete with explanations.

Because of the firm's extensive experience with providing advice and with litigation, Pels Rijcken has an advantage over other law firms. In court, our attorneys  can argue the government's position  unlike anyone else. Pels Rijcken acquires much of its information first-hand, and consequentlyhas ample unique and up-to-date expertise. Through acting for many different administrative clients, Pels Rijcken furthermore has a comprehensive overview of all prevailing national administrative issues, and of all cases submitted to administrative courts.


  • "Pels Rijcken continues to be the go-to counsel to the Dutch government and regulatory bodies, advising on emerging areas of law and defending them in politically sensitive and complex disputes." - The Legal 500, 2024
  • "Pels Rijcken possesses excellent knowledge of general administrative and civil law." - The Legal 500, 2024
  • "Pels Rijcken is one of the go-to firms for government-related mandates, with a sound understanding of the political interests involved." - Chambers Europe, 2024
  • "Pels Rijcken is a standout firm regularly mandated by Dutch public bodies. The law firm is highly experienced in preliminary relief proceedings as well as representing public bodies in contentious administrative cases." - Chambers Europe, 2024
  • "Its team will take a multidisciplinary approach to come to excellent legal solutions. Their advice is clear, accurate and convincing, and they have great expertise." - Chambers Europe 2023