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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.


  • "The individuals stand out in knowledge and experience in the field of law and always thrive to find the best possible solution in any case. They are always available when you need them and are also very good advocates in the courtroom." - The Legal 500, 2023
  • "The team has a very strong knowledge of the field of law they are working in. They also work together very well. The connection with other sections of law within the firm is very good." - The Legal 500, 2023
  • "What makes them stand out from the others is the fact that they are extremely good at understanding the contents and the complexity of the issue in no time." - The Legal 500, 2023
  • "A keen insight in the workings of the central government.", "Professionals who are realistic and to the point.", "Practical arguments are weighed up and taken into account.", "We’ve been working with Pels Rijcken for years now and we are extremely satisfied with their work.", "We are very impressed with their knowledge capabilities and how they handle each and every situation.", "The team is also very good at estimating the chances of winning a procedure.", "They are very good lawyers with a lot of experience and knowledge, and are fully dedicated to their work and clients.", "They are very apt in providing legal insight on more complicated political and organisational issues." - The Legal 500, 2022