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Construction Law

This department, with more than twenty lawyers, is the largest specialised player in the Netherlands.

For a good many years, this department has assisted the State of the Netherlands and other public clients in innumerable cases brought before the Court of Arbitration for the Building Industry in the Netherlands, The Netherlands Arbitration Institute and the civil courts, and as a consequence, the team has a wealth of procedural experience.

The team's experience of Design & Construct agreements, DBFM(O) contracts and PP partnership contracts is second to none, as they have arranged these for the largest projects in the Netherlands, as well as for the more traditional forms of building contracts. The department is involved in almost all major infrastructural projects, such as the HSL line, the second Coentunnel, A15 Maasvlakte-Vaanplein, Schiphol-Amsterdam-Almere and the construction of numerous roads, railways and government buildings. 

Our clients include the State, provincial authorities in the Randstad conurbation, the four largest municipalities, water boards, healthcare institutes, universities and many other public authorities. Consequently, the attorneys at this department are at the forefront when it comes to assisting in legally, technologically and politically complex projects and they have acquired a good feeling for dealing with the specific public component.


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