Willem Bosma
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Willem Bosma


Willem’s practice includes advising and litigating for various parties within the areas of planning and environmental law and real estate law. He advises clients both from a legal as a strategic perspective in projects or transaction. Eventual civil and administrative litigation is second nature to Willem. He specialises in spatial planning law, environmental law related to facilities (inrichtingen), REACH, substances of very high concern, land use policy, in particular expropriation, the Dutch Act on Preferential Rights of Municipalities (Wvg), long-term ground lease, and land exploitation, and energy law.

Willem acts on behalf of property developers, investors, businesses in the (chemical) industry, utility companies, and parties active in (sustainable) energy projects. His clients further include local and regional authorities, such as municipalities, provinces, and environmental services.

Because of his broad range of expertise and experience, Willem quickly perceives strategic interrelationships, making him the right sparring partner for his clients. Also, his clients value his practical solutions and unambiguous language. Not to mention his extensive knowledge of the market and of the relevant areas of law which enable him to get to the heart of the matter quickly, and to find the right solutions for his clients.

Willem is the author of books on planning and environmental law (VIND Omgevingszaken (Grondexploitatie)) and administrative law (VIND Bestuursrecht (Wvg)), and multiple Dutch law journals regularly publish his comments on court decisions. Additionally, Willem enjoys lecturing on various subjects related to his practice (inter alia long-term ground lease on account of the Berghauser Pont Academy, and on land exploitation for the Dutch Academy for the Practice of Law (Academie voor de Rechtspraktijk)). In 2012, Willem completed the Grotius Academy course on Environmental and Planning Law with honours.

Industry focus

  • (Sustainable) energy
  • Industrial sector
  • Government
  • Real Estate

Areas of expertise

  • Construction Law
  • Constitutional and administrative law
  • Energy
  • Land acquisition and exploitation
  • Real Estate
  • Spatial planning and environmental law


Willem’s work includes:

  • Advising various project developers on natural gas-free building and construction;
  • Advising Tata Steel regarding the emissions of dust and graphite, which are released during the handling of iron slags and have regularly spread to neighboring communities (Wijk aan Zee) and caused unrest under its inhabitants ("graphite rain"), thereby also causing much media attention;
  • Advising both strategically and legally on various areas for development, including the areas of Wickevoort Haarlemmermeer and Koningsoord Berkel-Enschot in Tilburg, Noorderhaven in Zutphen, and Othene in Terneuzen;
  • Representing the province of Zuid Holland concerning the environmental permits of Chemours/DuPont in Dordrecht related to the desired reduction in the exhaust of GenX;
  • Acting on behalf of the Municipality of Dordrecht with regard to the establishment of the zoning plan “Zuidrand van Dubbeldam”. Pursuant to this zoning plan, the development of Belthure Park (a project consisting out of 220 houses and a golf course) Is no longer possible. The Judicial Division of the Council of State, has ruled that the Municipality was authorized to amend the existing zoning plan in favour of maintaining the green polder landscape.


Professional associations

  • Visiting lecturer at Amnesty International
  • Member of the Dutch Association for Expropriation Lawyers
  • Member of the Dutch Association for Expropriation Law
  • Member of the Dutch Association for Construction Law
  • Member of VAR (Association for Administrative Law)
  • Member of the Dutch Association for Environmental Law


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Name Title Published in
Willem Bosma Gebiedsontwikkeling tijdens de stikstofcrisis Preadviezen voor de Vereniging voor Bouwrecht, nr. 49
Willem Bosma Noot bij Hof Amsterdam 24 oktober 2017, ECLI:NL:GHAMS:2017:4324 (beheersverordening, wintersluitingsregeling, onverbindendverklaring, art. 1 Protocol 1 EVRM) Overheid & Aansprakelijkheid (O&A), oktober 2018, Afl. 3, O&A 2018/28
Willem Bosma Noot bij Afdeling bestuursrechtspraak van de Raad van State 2 augustus 2017, ECLI:NL:RVS:2017:2081 (Bevoegdheidsverdeling. Schadevergoeding. Competentiegrens) De Gemeentestem (Gst.), november 2017, Afl. 7462, Gst. 2017/163
Willem Bosma Het voorkeursrecht onder de Omgevingswet – the devil is in the details Bouwrecht (BR), januari 2017, Nr. 1, BR 2017/1
Willem Bosma Bestuursrechtelijke handhaving en faillissement Overheid en Aansprakelijkheid (O&A), december 2016, Nr. 4, O&A 2016/77
Willem Bosma Noot bij Afdeling bestuursrechtspraak van de Raad van State 15 juni 2016, ECLI:NL:RVS:2016:1641 (Exploitatieplan. Herziening. Ontvankelijkheid beroep. Afrekening) AB Rechtspraak Bestuursrecht (AB), oktober 2016, Afl. 35, AB 2016/333
Willem Bosma Noot bij Hoge Raad 11 maart 2016, ECLI:NL:HR:2016:391 (Overgangsrecht WRO (oud) en Wro (nieuw). Aanvraag die noopt tot wijziging bestemming. Exploitatiebijdrage.) Tijdschrift voor Bouwrecht (TBR), mei 2016, Nr. 5, TBR 2016/71
Willem Bosma Noot bij Afdeling bestuursrechtspraak Raad van State 9 september 2015, ECLI:NL:RVS:2015:2818 (Exceptieve toetsing. Implementatieverplichting) Bouwrecht (BR), april 2016, Nr. 4, BR 2016/29
Willem Bosma, Tijn Slegers Noot bij Afdeling Bestuursrechtspraak Raad van State 8 juli 2015, ECLI:NL:RVS:2015:2107 (Verandering aan bouwwerk. Omgevingsvergunningvrij bouwen) De Gemeentestem (Gst.), januari 2016, Afl. 7432, Gst. 2016/6
Willem Bosma, Jacques Sluysmans, Nikky van Triet The Rule of Law: Protection of property ‘The rule of law: Protection of property’, in: Research handbook on crisis management in the banking sector, Edward Elgar Publishing 2015, p. 379-399
Willem Bosma, Tijn Slegers Noot bij Afdeling Bestuursrechtspraak Raad van State 12 augustus 2015, ECLI:NL:RVS:2015:2567 (Planschade. Passieve risicoaanvaarding. Voldoende concrete poging) Bouwrecht (BR), december 2015, Nr. 12, BR 2015/113
Willem Bosma Noot bij Afdeling Bestuursrechtspraak Raad van State 10 juni 2015, ECLI:NL:RVS:2015:1837 AB Rechtspraak Bestuursrecht (AB), september 2015 Afl. 35, AB 2015/313
Willem Bosma De Omgevingswet Risico Bewust, editie 1, 2015
Willem Bosma Noot bij Afdeling bestuursrechtspraak van de Raad van State 1 oktober 2014 O&A (Chemie-Pack. Kostenbeschikking bestuursdwang. Omvang kosten) Overheid en Aansprakelijkheid (O&A), maart 2015, Nr. 1, O&A 2015/6
Willem Bosma Noot bij Afdeling bestuursrechtspraak Raad van State 12 november 2014, ECLI:NL:RVS:2014:4099 (Afzonderlijke toetsing luchtkwaliteitseisen) AB Rechtspraak Bestuursrecht (AB), Afl. 2/3, AB 2015/10