For businessmen, the government is an important discussion partner. After all, your business operations are subject to government decisions, laws and regulations, permits, subsidies, local decrees and exceptions thereof. For businessmen, these matters are often “heavy fare”; a lawyer with a thorough knowledge of those matters can be of added value for you.
The government may take a decision that will hamper your business activities. In that case, it is our duty to find the best possible solution, taking the interests of all parties into account. We also assist businesses during the conclusion of contracts with local authorities, for instance.
When it concerns matters with the government, it is important to determine your legal position and strategy early on, as terms play an important role in government matters. Anticipation can prevent time-consuming and costly legal proceedings. If it does come to legal proceedings, our lawyers can defend your interests.
Every day, our lawyers offer advice about zoning plans and integrated environmental permits, applying for or contesting a permit or subsidy, disputes or conflicts with the (local) authorities, objections, damages or compensation for loss resulting from government planning decisions.
Following the mandatory amendment of the Articles of housing corporations, subsidiaries must also bring their Articles in line with the Housing Act (Woningwet). This has to be done before 1 January 2018.
New legislation traditionally comes into effect at the start of the year. With effect from 1 January 2017, this is the case in the property world in respect of, among other things, the term ‘building site’ pursuant to the Turnover Tax Act 1968 [Wet op de omzetbelasting 1968].
Without energy, everything comes to a standstill. When speaking of energy, the emphasis is increasingly focused on alternative energy sources, partly stimulated by government measures (subsidies etc.). Often, people speak of ‘green’ energy and a good example is solar energy.
In a densely populated country like the Netherlands, where room is becoming more and more scarce, it is important that spatial development procedures are carefully followed. For interested parties, it is important to follow such procedures carefully as well, and to object against any undesired developments in time and in the correct manner.