Procurement law is a field of law which has been evolving extensively for several years now. The relevant European directives and Dutch regulations based on them stipulate how public (and semi-public) authorities, legal entities under public law and businesses which are active in special sectors (public utilities) are required to approach the market for specific types of contracts.
The regulations are complex and elicit a great deal of questions.
Does a contract have to be put out to tender or not? If it has to be, what is then the most efficient form of tender in relation to the nature of the contract? And how can one avoid being overwhelmed by all sorts of procedures?
Tenderers who believe that they have been treated improperly by a contracting authority may also require expert assistance and, if otherwise impossible, that legal action be taken to secure the relevant contract. Clairfort has extensive practical experience in this field of law. We assist contracting authorities and tenderers in relation to the tendering process (or preparations for it) and help the various parties in the event that litigation is required.
Procurement law in other fields
Clairfort’s team of procurement specialists are also active in other fields, such as energy, IT, health care and retail. Read more here.
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Because of an increase in activity, traffic over land and water will increase further, which will make growing demands on our infrastructure. What is typical of projects designed to optimise that infrastructure is complexity, not only from a technical perspective but also because of the extensive impact on its surroundings. It is for this reason that such types of projects need to be increasingly approached as an area development challenge rather than merely the construction of an infrastructure network.
Increasingly more complex
The applicable legislation and regulations are becoming increasingly more complex and to a large extent determine the actions of initiators. With Clairfort’s expertise and experience, our sensible work mentality and solution-oriented approach, we can make a valuable contribution to the execution of infrastructure projects.
Legal aspects always play a major role in the development and execution of property projects, such as residential construction projects, office blocks, commercial premises and shopping centres, whether or not they involve new developments, renovations, redevelopment or urban renewal. The legislation and regulations governing project development are in a state of flux and are constantly growing more complex. For this reason Clairfort prefers to adopt a multidisciplinary approach to project development. Because of this we are in a position to guide our clients – project developers, contractors, investors, public authorities (municipal and otherwise) and housing corporations – through a project properly and efficiently.
From advice to litigation
We can provide support for the purposes of negotiations, identifying risks, opting for the most efficient form of collaboration and drafting contracts. In addition, we possess a thorough knowledge of spatial administrative and environmental law, indispensable where project development is involved. We provide advice and, where necessary, conduct litigation in relation to zoning plan procedures, licenses and permits, and the legislation or regulations governing flora, fauna and environment.
Procurement law is also very important in relation to project development, especially in the case of public authorities. In practice, the regulations governing tenders raise numerous questions and are leading to judicial proceedings with growing frequency.
The utility market is highly diverse, at any rate where the properties that are to be developed and the legal frameworks are concerned. Residential dwellings, offices, schools and other public purpose property, every type of property has its own dynamics and substantive legal framework.
Clairfort is an experienced player in the field of utility construction. Our expertise ranges from the traditional legal profession to a more pragmatically structured provision of project-based legal services. This we do from a procurement perspective which is as involved as one geared towards environmental law and/or building contracts.
It is impossible to imagine the absence of hydraulic engineering in a country such as the Netherlands. Both the maritime sector and hydraulic engineering works constitute part of this exciting field.
As part of its legal contracting and construction profile, Clairfort has experience in the preparation for and execution of hydraulic engineering projects. Amongst other things, we have directed our expertise towards the large-scale restructuring of unembanked areas, desanding projects, and waste and drinking water projects.
Property investments demand a legal knowledge of various fields of property and construction law. Whether the purchase, sale, letting or leasing of offices, residential dwellings, retail outlets or logistical property is involved, legal issues pertaining to the law governing tenancies, property (easements and the like), construction, spatial planning and contracts almost always play a role.
Advice and more
Clairfort possesses a great deal of knowledge and experience in these fields and is able to apply this expertise to property transactions in a comprehensive manner. We enjoy excellent contact with proficient, experienced property notaries, as a result of which we are not only able to provide advice concerning property transactions but can also assume responsibility for property conveyancing. We act on behalf of domestic and foreign property investors who invest in offices, residential dwellings, retail outlets and logistical property.
Met het vergrijzen van de samenleving groeit de behoefte aan seniorenwoningen en zorgvastgoed. De eisen die vandaag de dag aan deze woningen en gebouwen worden gesteld, verschillen veel van het niveau dat doorgaans wordt aangeboden. Daardoor is er behoefte aan nieuwbouw en biedt gerichte herontwikkeling van bestaande panden een oplossing voor de marktvraag naar goede senioren huisvesting en moderne woon-zorg gebouwen.
Clairfort heeft veel ervaring met juridische vraagstukken rond de (her)ontwikkeling van zorgvastgoed. Niet alleen waar het gaat om het omgevingsrecht, het (bouw)contractenrecht en het aanbestedingsrecht, maar ook (en in het bijzonder) hebben wij verstand van kwesties aangaande zorgvastgoed op het gebied van de samenwerking tussen woningbouwverenigingen en zorginstellingen, de vraag of een bepaalde activiteit als DAEB-activiteit kan worden aangemerkt, en het verhuren van (zorg)woningen middels een ‘intermediaire’ verhuurder – vaak de zorgverlener. Verder beschikken wij over ervaring op het gebied van het scheiden van wonen en zorg, de inkomenstoets en het passend toewijzen van woonruimte, alsmede de (juridische aspecten die samenhangen met de) wijziging van zorgfuncties naar zwaardere verpleegfuncties.