The demand for energy is set to rise even further during the coming years. At the same time, all kinds of questions arise on how to manage the transition from fossil energy to sustainable energy. Laws and regulations need to be harmonized with agreements made on these issues at a global level.
Our team of lawyers has wide-ranging specialist knowledge of and experience in the energy sector to help answer these questions from a legal point of view. Our expertise extends across the entire spectrum of energy law, from exploration, production and transmission to the distribution and supply of energy.
We assist not only parties in the private sector such as developers, contractors, the chemical industry and other industries, but also government bodies, municipalities and utility companies.
One aspect of our work is advising parties on projects for generating energy from sustainable sources, such as the sun, wind and biomass. These projects need space, and it is here that spatial planning law and environmental law play a crucial role.
We are also involved in projects developing new energy infrastructure, both above ground (cables, pipelines, plants) and underground (cables, pipelines, storage of gas and CO2) and advise our clients on licensing procedures for large industrial plants. Sustainability plays an important role in all these areas. Our team also has particular expertise in the licensing procedure for gas extraction.
Advising a leading corporation in the energy field on the acquisition on several onshore wind farms in the Netherlands
Advising a national grid operator on the main legal requirements for compliance with the administrative competences of authorities regarding unexploded ordnance measures off shore for placement of cables in the North Sea
Advising a German utility company on the structuring options for its onshore, nearshore and offshore wind farms in the Netherlands
What others say about us
Legal 500 EMEA 2019 Energy: Regulatory Tier 2: Jacques Sluysmans, a founding member of specialist firm Van der Feltz Advocaten, assists clients on public and private law where energy regulations are concerned, especially in exploration matters; he advised NAM on the issues related to the exploitation of its onshore gas fields. The team has been notably boosted with the October 2018 arrival of 'skilled and effective' Michelle de Rijke from Bird & Bird LLP; 'she is one of very few in the inner circle of regulatory energy lawyers who meet on high-profile energy matters'. Willem Bosma is a noted practitioner, particularly on renewables. The team counts Shell, Neptune Energy and Gasunie as clients.
Legal 500 EMEA 2019 Energy: Regulatory: Leading individual Michelle de Rijke