Public Law

Our team has proven experience in all aspects of public law in the broadest sense, providing the academic, pragmatic, effective advice our clients require.

As a trusted advisor to many governmental bodies and leading companies, our practice has a privileged position with regard to legal developments in the field. We are regarded as a reference through our involvement in ground-breaking matters with a major impact at different decision-making levels. We have a strong awareness of broader business and political context and are well versed in handling highly mediatised cases.

Ship harbour oil
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BE Law

Stibbe advises Aquafin

Stibbe successfully assisted Aquafin with the entire procurement and contracting process for the development of a new sludge treatment installation.

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NL Law

Stibbe advises Forum Estates

Stibbe's Real Estate Transaction Group, led by Boris Cammelbeeck, has advised Belgian real estate fund Forum Estates on the acquisition of joint venture Winkelcentrum Maaswijk te Spijkenisse B.V.

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Woningbouw housing construction
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NL Law

Stibbe advises The Hague, Staedion and Heijmans

Stibbe advises the Municipality of The Hague, Housing Association Staedion, and Heijmans on a major inner city restructuring in The Hague area, consisting of the (re)development of 5,500 houses, commercial real estate and public areas.

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NL Law

Stibbe wins case before Supreme Court regarding transparent distribution of government land

Today, the Supreme Court issued a groundbreaking ruling on the sale of real estate by government entities such as municipalities.

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Services

Our multidisciplinary team practices in the broad field of public law. We focus mainly on the structure and organisation of government, public finances (including the government budget and taxation), subsidies, public contracts, public projects, access to public information, division of powers and the position of the judiciary, civil service, the operation of public companies and authorities, local governance (including intermunicipal partnerships), human rights, science and education law, language law, concessions, and public real estate. Our practice is also recognised for its top expertise in national and EU procurement law. Moreover, we are frequently consulted to draft, interpret, transpose, and implement legislation. We also have extensive expertise in the allocation of scarce rights, state aid, and licenses.

Through our multidisciplinary approach we have extensive experience in conducting administrative and judicial proceedings on public and administrative law issues. We represent and assist on a daily basis numerous clients in proceedings before the national courts and tribunals, the Belgian Constitutional Court, the Council of State, and the European Courts (e.g. requests for preliminary rulings of the Court of Justice).

We are also highly experienced advisors in the rapidly growing field of government liability, including unlawful legislation, where public authorities are increasingly faced with claims for damages from private individuals and companies. We handle such matters before civil courts, administrative courts, and the Council of State.

Our experts are active in all sectors where government regulation has an impact: science and education, real estate and construction, healthcare and life sciences, telecommunications, utilities, sports, mobility and infrastructure, energy, and the government itself. Our clients include central/federal states, regions, provinces, municipalities, government agencies, public bodies, public corporations, and private companies whose business activity brings them into contact with the public sector.

We maintain close contact with universities, parliaments and ministries. We hold academic mandates (professor or assistant) at the most renowned universities in the Benelux. We are involved in cases that create new relevant case law and we contribute to academic articles, which allows us to keep up with recent legal developments in the field. Finally, our experts frequently author publications on topics relating to public law and are regular guest speakers at seminars and conferences.

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Recognition & Awards

Clients appreciate the lawyers' efficiency, claiming "they will always look for an adequate answer."

Chambers Europe
2022
Public Law

"They provide high-quality legal services and take into account internal deadlines by delivering their advice or input timely. They take initiative to handle cases or push forward certain dossiers and they think in the interest of our business."

Chambers Europe
2021
Public Law

"Stibbe is a law firm that perfectly combines theory and practice by making a pragmatic application of legislations and their evolutions."

Chambers Europe
2021
Public Law

One client appreciates that the lawyers are "very approachable and deliver extremely high-quality work" and adds: "Work is always timely and the lawyers are always proactive."

Chambers Europe
2020
Public Law: Planning and Environment

"Outstanding team universally acknowledged as a leading practice. Broad ranging expertise covering all aspects of public law. Strong in contentious matters before courts on a domestic and European level. Deep bench of experts makes the department highly sought after for prestigious public procurement and PPP projects."

Chambers Europe
2020
Public Law

Clients appreciate that "the lawyers really adapt their style to the audience or body that documents are meant to reach", stressing that "it is really an interdisciplinary team."

Chambers Europe
2020
Public Law