Susanne van de Pest
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Susanne van de Pest

senior associate

Susanne has been involved in civil real estate since the very beginning of her legal career in 2002. Within this realm she has specialized in tenancy law and civil construction law. In 2009 she followed the Tenancy Law specialization course at the Association of Tenancy Law Lawyers (Vereniging van Huurrecht Advocaten). Susanne is an expert on common legal issues related to tenancy law and is particularly well equipped to answer legal questions involving the rental of offices and other business spaces. On top of this Susanne has experienced all facets of civil construction law (RAW, UAV, UAV-GC) in the past 15 years and has regularly litigated in both civil courts as well as in arbitration cases (Arbitration Board for Construction, International Chamber of Commerce ICC).

She is particularly interested in situations where tenancy law and construction law interact with each other, such as in disputes between tenants and landlords revolving around defects in recently constructed rental property. Susanne also has a keen interest for developments in the realm of sustainable construction and sustainable energy (solar panels, indoor climate) as well as the consequences of such development for both tenants and landlords.

Susanne’s internationally oriented legal practice is expanding. She frequently advises foreign parties engaged in construction and real estate projects on (cross-border) issues in the field of rental and / or construction law. Clients appreciate her legal expertise, commitment and the ease with which she creates an agreeable working atmosphere. She is practical, result-oriented and has a good eye for the interests of the parties involved.

Susanne teaches at the Dutch Institute for Construction Law (Instituut voor Bouwrecht), gives lectures and regularly publishes on topics within her legal fields.

Market Sectors

  • Construction and Real Estate

  • Government

  • Industry

Areas of Expertise

  • Construction law

  • Real estate

  • Liability and litigation


Examples illustrating Susanne’s experience:

  • Advising a specialist investor in European sale & lease back transactions with regard to its acquisition of a global automotive parts manufacturer’s European production facility in Oss, The Netherlands, and on a new 20-years triple net lease, with the global automotive parts manufacturer as tenant;
  • Litigated for a lessor in a roof-collapse case involving millions of euros in compensation;
  • Advised an institution on the termination of the lease for a GSM installation;
  • In the Construction Arbitration Tribunal, litigated on the dissolution of a UAV-GC contract;
  • In the International Chamber of Commerce, litigated in a million-euro claim regarding the expansion of a Caribbean oil refinery;
  • Collected on claims and executed attachments for a construction consortium;
  • In a summary proceedings motion in the civil courts, litigated for a developer on the double sale of a parcel of land;
  • In the International Chamber of Commerce, litigated for a general contractor on the fire safety of building façade cladding and related repair costs;
  • In the Construction Arbitration Tribunal, litigated for a contractor on the issue of additional work and pre-completion termination in a case relating to dredging specifications.


Professional Associations

  • Member of the Dutch Association of Tenancy Lawyers
  • Member of the Dutch Association of Construction Lawyers
  • Member of the DAA Construction Law Committee (Dutch Arbitration Association)
  • Member of the Dutch Association of Real Estate Lawyers