Area of law


The demand for energy is set to rise even further during the coming years. At the same time, all kinds of questions arise on how to manage the transition from fossil energy to sustainable energy. Laws and regulations need to be harmonized with agreements made on these issues at a global level.

Our team of lawyers has wide-ranging specialist knowledge of and experience in the energy sector to help answer these questions from a legal point of view. Our expertise extends across the entire spectrum of energy law, from exploration, production and transmission to the distribution and supply of energy.

We assist not only parties in the private sector such as developers, contractors, the chemical industry and other industries, but also government bodies, municipalities and utility companies.

One aspect of our work is advising parties on projects for generating energy from sustainable sources, such as the sun, wind, geothermy, hydrogen, biomass. These projects need space, and it is here that spatial planning law and environmental law play a crucial role.
We are also involved in projects developing new energy infrastructure, both above ground (cables, pipelines, plants) and underground (cables, pipelines, storage of gas and CO2) and advise our clients on licensing procedures for large industrial plants. Sustainability plays an important role in all these areas. Our team also has particular expertise in the licensing procedure for gas extraction.

Recent work

Advising a leading corporation in the energy field on the acquisition on several onshore wind farms in the Netherlands

Advising an offshore wind company on the feasibility of new off shore wind energy regulations providing for combined permit procedures for both the construction and operation of wind farms and the production of hydrogen

Advising an energy multinational on hydrogen EU regulations for the purpose of their participation in ambitious hydrogen initiatives

Advising a consortium of a water company, grid company, and municipality on their joint development of a large scale cooling and heating system based on drinking-waterpipes for the supply of a new housing project with regard to the energy law issues such as the ownership of the infrastructure, connection and distribution agreements and governance.

Advising a national grid operator on the main legal requirements for compliance with the administrative competences of authorities regarding unexploded ordnance measures off shore for placement of cables in the North Sea

Advising a German utility company on the structuring options for its onshore, nearshore and offshore wind farms in the Netherlands


Michelle de Rijke in IJ Global magazine Spring 2021 issue on comibined tenders for offshore wind and hydrogen projects in the Netherlands.

What others say about us

Michelle de Rijke:

  • Leading Individual, Legal 500 2022, Energy, Regulatory: 'Michelle de Rijke not only has a very good knowledge of the subject matters at stake, but also has a widespread network of people within the regulatory scope that helps to solve matters.’ ‘Michelle de Rijke is very knowledgeable, pleasant to work with and has a lot of experience.’ ‘Michelle de Rijke is always very pleasant to work with, respectful and patient.’

  • Ranked Lawyer, Chambers Europe 2022 Energy & Natural resources, Regulatory (Band 2)"She has very good practical experience in the energy market and the regulatory frame thereof, and has very useful contacts in the field of energy."


Our areas of law

Commercial Lease
Constitutional and Administrative Law
Expropriation Law
Environmental (criminal) Law
Land acquisition and exploitation
Liability and damages
Public Law, including governmental liability
Spatial Planning and Environmental Law
Supreme Court litigation
Tax Law
Zoning and Planning Law
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