A government has a unique position in society in comparison to other private individuals, businesses and institutions. On the one hand, a government is a party that unilaterally determines the legal positions of citizens and companies, on the other it is a legal entity under private law that, like any other (legal) person, may get involved in legal transactions. The manner of exercising public-law powers and private-law acts are often politically motivated.
A government always has to find the right balance between its social tasks, its goals, its own (economic) interests and the special rules that are applicable to governments. These various interests can, in certain circumstances, be in conflict with each other. Legal advice should therefore account for the powers, tasks, political objectives and rules applicable in a particular situation so that the competent body can carefully consider the route to be followed.
You can contact us for any governmental issues. Our specialists in the field of administrative law, real estate law, construction law, environmental law, procurement law, general contract law and state aid work together to provide advice to governments. We are happy to represent your interests; we will handle your case expeditiously and take legal action with your interests in mind.
In addition to the “traditional” services that law firms offer, we are also able to provide you with:
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.