Construction

Pels Rijcken’s Construction team remains the largest, most experienced and most specialised in construction & procurement law in the Netherlands. We represent a unique range of public clients of the highest profile, not only including the State of the Netherlands but also the most important Dutch provinces, the major Dutch cities and multiple other regional and municipal governments and (semi) public authorities. We are involved in all major and most complex infrastructure projects in the Netherlands. Our team is experienced in drafting and reviewing (innovative) construction contracts and all tender documentation in practically all major public projects in the Netherlands. Furthermore we have a long standing tradition in representing the State and other public and private principals in large scale construction law disputes, both before the civil courts and arbitration tribunals. The team is trend setting in latest developments, including construction contracts tendered on the basis of Best Value Procurement.

 

Procurement

In public procurement law we are the largest and most successful practice group in the Netherlands. We represent public and private contracting entities in over 90 procurement disputes per year. The success rate is high: after our involvement the majority of the cases is won or withdrawn. We are advising contracting authorities on virtually all major PPP/PFI deals in the Netherlands. We also advise on the drafting and updating of the standard contract documents used by the State of the Netherlands. Furthermore, we have extensive experience in urban development of public housing and business area’s, as well as in the development of cultural facilities. The projects we are involved in often intersect with the development of transport infrastructure including roads, rail, airports and ports, waterways and waterworks. We are leading in the highly specialized field of shipbuilding.

 

Education

We are represented in boards and committees of important professional associations. Many of our lawyers are also regular contributors to leading Dutch and European law journals on construction and procurement law. Our lawyers are guest lecturers at various Dutch universities and other institutes. Our lawyers are frequently invited to hold lectures at prestigious conferences and seminars.

People

Georg_Huith

Georg Huith | Construction, Real Estate | Partner

+31 70 5153 277 | georg.huith@pelsrijcken.nl |

Georg specialises in construction law and public procurement law. He mainly focuses on infrastructural construction projects and non-residential building, whilst also specialising in area development. Georg respresents a number of governmental authorities, developers, building contractors and consultants. He has extensive experience acting as defence counsel in complex building disputes, both before civil courts and before various arbitration institutes. In addition, he advises clients with drafting contracts for construction projects and provides legal assistance with the tendering and implementation processes. Georg lectures and publishes work on a regular basis on the subject of building contracts, builder’s liability, architectural and consultancy law and procurement law.

Maarten_van_Rijn

Maarten van Rijn | Construction | Partner

+31 70 5153 824 | maarten.vanrijn@pelsrijcken.nl

In The International Who’s Who of Public Procurement Lawyers, Maarten has been listed as ‘one of the leading practitioners in this field’ for quite a few years now – which is not very surprising, as Maarten has built up considerable expertise at Pels Rijcken with Construction and Procurement Law. His practice is very varied, but the emphasis lies on full-service supervision of complex procurement cases in various fields (ranging from infrastructural projects to group insurance policies). He also regularly assists in procurement and construction disputes, both in arbitration cases and before the civil courts. He also holds permanent lecturing posts at the Law Academy of the VU University Amsterdam and the Grotius Academy. His clients include almost all departments of the State and many local and regional authorities.

Mark_Birnage

Mark Birnage | Construction | Partner

+31 70 5153 764 | mark.birnage@pelsrijcken.nl |

Mark joined Pels Rijcken as an attorney in 1993 and has been a partner since 2002. He is a specialist in invitations to tender and the contracting of major projects, including public-private partnerships. Mark has extensive experience in Design, Build, Finance and Maintain (DBFM) contracts and other innovative forms of contract. He has also supervised many public-public partnerships (agreements). He is a regular speaker and teacher with respect to these areas.

Pieter_Stuijt

Pieter Stuijt | Construction | Partner

+31 70 5153 784 | pieter.stuijt@pelsrijcken.nl |

Pieter has many years of experience of litigating in construction and procurement disputes, arbitrations and preliminary relief proceedings. With his team, he handles over 80 proceedings and preliminary relief proceedings each year. This is a major part of all procurement disputes in the Netherlands. In addition, he has extensive experience in drafting and assessing procurement documents and construction contracts in high-profile projects.

René Kiers

René Kiers | Litigation and Arbitration + Construction | Partner

+31 70 515 39 42 | rene.kiers@pelsrijcken.nl |

René Kiers advises the State and other government bodies and represents these institutions in large-scale, complex arbitration cases on infrastructural and building projects and provides quick and fit for purpose advise in complex questions of public procurement. He is an experienced litigator and acts in numerous injunction proceedings concerning procurement disputes. Furthermore he is the trusted advisor of world’s premier shipbuilders of luxury mega yachts. René is a also a respected arbitrator of the Dutch Arbitration Institute). He regularly lectures and speaks at conferences.