Government liability

Public authorities may be held liable for damage resulting from its acts (and of late appear to be held liable increasingly readily in case of damage or harm). Such matters may include unlawful conduct, such as a permit wrongly denied or incorrect information provided by civil servants, but lawful conduct in itself is also capable of causing damage, for example damage suffered by owners of neighbouring premises, who see the value of their properties drop as a result of a change to a zoning plan. Those affected may for example claim loss of views or privacy due to the construction of a project. The change in the use of a property may result in a significant drop in the number of potential and actual customers. In such cases of lawful conduct on the part of the authorities an obligation to pay damages may nevertheless arise, by way of compensation for losses resulting from government planning decisions. Damage resulting from other unlawful government decisions is referred to as compensation for losses resulting from administrative acts.

Government liability is a complicated issue on the border line between administrative law and civil law. Our overlapping expertise enables us to assist not only the authorities but also those that are at the receiving end in matters concerning damages for both lawful and unlawful government conduct.

Other areas of practice

Property

Real Estate law covers a wide field. It is concerned with the land and all that is constructed on and in it.

Real Estate law covers a wide field. It is concerned with the land and all that is constructed on and in it.

Renting and letting

Matters related to the renting and letting of real estate are among our greatest specializations. We render assistance to property investors, housing associations and other professional lessors and commercial lessees.

Matters related to the renting and letting of real estate are among our greatest specializations. We render assistance to property investors, housing associations and other professional lessors and commercial lessees.

Construction

The design and construction process is where the various parties involved have to work together, such as the commissioning authority, the architect, the consulting engineers, the contractor, sub-contractors, other contractors and suppliers.

The design and construction process is where the various parties involved have to work together, such as the commissioning authority, the architect, the consulting engineers, the contractor, sub-contractors, other contractors and suppliers.

Tendering

When government agencies (or similar institutions) wish to award a contract, this very soon means that multiple market parties must be given the opportunity to tender.

When government agencies (or similar institutions) wish to award a contract, this very soon means that multiple market parties must be given the opportunity to tender.

Environmental law and other administrative law

Environmental law is concerned with our environment and includes areas of law such as planning and zoning law, the protection of the environment and pollution control law

Environmental law is concerned with our environment and includes areas of law such as planning and zoning law, the protection of the environment and pollution control law

Project development

Project development includes the development and construction of real estate projects, such as housing locations, offices, business premises and shopping centres, both new and forming part of urban renewal schemes.

Project development includes the development and construction of real estate projects, such as housing locations, offices, business premises and shopping centres, both new and forming part of urban renewal schemes.

Procedural law and arbitration

Procurement law is likewise essential in matters relating to property development, especially to the public authorities. Tendering procedures as a rule give rise to a great number of practical questions which are increasingly resolved through legal proceedings.

Procurement law is likewise essential in matters relating to property development, especially to the public authorities. Tendering procedures as a rule give rise to a great number of practical questions which are increasingly resolved through legal proceedings.

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