Governments hold a unique position in society, intervening in the lives of citizens and businesses in numerous ways. On the one hand, governments are parties that unilaterally determine the legal position of citizens and companies. On the other, governments also consist of legal persons that are governed by private law that, just like any other (legal) person, may engage in legal transactions. The way in which governments may exercise their public law powers and act under private law is partially politically determined. Governments will always have to find a balance between its social tasks, its goals, its own business and/or economic interests and the special rules that any government must adhere to. These various interests can, in certain circumstances, be in conflict with each other. In order to advise governmental bodies and institutions on legal issues, it is therefore necessary to pay attention to and make a critical assessment of the applicable powers, duties as well as the political objectives.
We provide leadership strategies and proactive solutions by composing a team of lawyers that can identify and meet the specific needs of our clients. Our governmental team consists of experts working in the field of real estate, construction, environmental law, general contract law and state aid. During regular consultations, our experts share specific industry knowledge and developments. In this way we are able to ensure that all lawyers are up to date on subjects that are relevant to this particular sector. We also put emphasis on the development of sector-wide initiatives. Our team helps governmental bodies and institutions to streamline their legal processes, implement quality assurance policies and risk signalling through process management. We thereby focus on educating government employees and providing consultation hours.
In my practice I deal with all kinds of interests; the general interest of society, the interest of an entrepreneur with a plan, and often the interest of a counterparty. Administrative law has its own rules and specialised judges with their procedural law. That makes administrative law a chess game with its own rules. Whether I litigate or provide advice, I like to use all the 'chess pieces' on the board.
I am particularly interested in environmental law. It covers everything you encounter the moment you step outside. The nesting bird in the tree yet to be cut, the factory or stable next to a house, the establishment of retail on an industrial site. As well as the arrival of wind turbine parks, the construction of the southern ring motorway around Groningen, and even the establishment of large internet providers in the Eemshaven. As a lawyer I gained experience in the fields of government, business, and individuals. This allows me to anticipate what a counterparty or ally considers important and achievable. One situation may require a tough or formal approach, while another situation may need a softer, guiding approach . Together with the client, I determine our aim and the best course to achieve our goals.
Elzelou studied Dutch Law (cum laude) with a specialisation in Constitutional and Administrative Law at the University of Groningen. She worked at two large law firms in the Northern Netherlands and at an administrative research and consultancy agency for governments. In 2018, Elzelou specialized in Environmental Law (formerly spatial planning and environment) at the Grotius Academy in Nijmegen. She is a member of the Audit Committee of Midden-Drenthe. This committee checks the legality and efficiency of the administration conducted by the municipality. Lastly, she is a member/chairman of the Objection and Appeals Committee of the Province of Flevoland. This committee advises the Provincial Executive on the legality of decisions taken.