Administrative Law

Administrative law concerns the rules and regulations that the Dutch government must abide by in its decision-making processes. Administrative law also determines your options when your company disagrees with a government decision. bureau Brandeis has a lot of experience in administrative proceedings. Our administrative practice focuses mainly on the media, telecom and games of chance sectors. bureau Brandeis also has extensive experience in cases pertaining to the Freedom of Information Act.

bureau Brandeis typically handles the following types of cases, among others:

  • objection procedures with the administrative body and appeal (and further appeal) procedures at the administrative court in the aforementioned sectors;
  • representation in monitoring and enforcement plans by regulatory authorities such as the Media Authority, the Consumer and Market Authority, the Personal Data Protection Authority and the Games of Chance Authority;
  • freedom of Information Act requests and proceedings (see: Freedom of Information Act); and
  • advice on license applications or market entry within the media, telecom and games of chance sectors and advice on compliance with the Media Act, the Betting and Gaming Act, the Personal Data Protection Act and the Telecommunications Act.

As bureau Brandeis chooses not to represent the Dutch government, we are able to litigate against administrative bodies. bureau Brandeis’ attorneys are very well versed in administrative laws and regulations and boast an impressive track record on proceedings against various regulatory authorities and responsible ministers. This experience applies to all phases of proceedings, from obtaining opinions and the objection phase all the way up to  appeals and further appeals before the administrative court. bureau Brandeis’ attorneys have solid connections within the various ministries. Meetings with key figures within the responsible ministries can positively affect decision-making on important subjects (see: Public Affairs).

As a result of our experience and familiarity with administrative practice our attorneys do not need to waste time on preparatory work, but are able to immediately determine the correct strategy and take the necessary steps to achieve the desired outcome. Whether in enforcement proceedings or preventing the publication of confidential company information by an administrative body as part of the Freedom of Information Act, your company’s interests are in capable hands at bureau Brandeis.

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Machteld Robichon

Machteld Robichon is partner at bureau Brandeis. She assists parties in disputes with regulators such as the Dutch Media Authority, the Dutch Gaming Authority, the  Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets and the Dutch Data…


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