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.



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 The success rate is high: after our involvement the majority of the cases is won or withdrawn.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.



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.


René Kiers

René Kiers | Litigation and Arbitration + Construction | Partner

+31 70 515 39 42 | |

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.