“The success of a building project is either made or broken by the cooperation between parties.”

Construction is cooperation. Cooperation between all parties that are involved in the design and construction of a building. Clients, contractors, architects, consultancies and investors: the success of a building project is either made or broken by the cooperation between these parties. It is paramount that all arrangements about construction and development are carefully set out in contracts.

The Construction and Property Development team is ready to help you

The Construction and Property Development team of Kennedy Van der Laan will support you in drafting the most suitable building contract and is familiar with all usual contract forms and conditions used in construction, such as UAV 2012, DNR 2011, UAV-GC 2005 and ARW 2005. But even then, many things may still go wrong. Constructional problems in the execution may lead to big delays, which cause postponement of the delivery. This often has considerable financial consequences. We will act as an intermediary in conflicts and will assist you if it comes to litigation before a civil court or one of the institutes for arbitration, such as the Arbitration Board for the Building Industry in the Netherlands.


Construction and development is not possible without knowledge of spatial administrative and environmental law. We cooperate closely with the attorneys from this group. For more information about environmental law, you may consult the case law based on the Dutch Environmental Permitting General Provisions Act (“WABO”). The Building and Property Development team is also supported by the Public Procurement team, because public-sector organizations and public-private entities are often involved in building activities.

Legal 500 EMEA 2015 – Real Estate

Within Real estate, Kennedy Van der Laan is a third tier firm, Kennedy Van der Laan has a noteworthy strength in the healthcare sector and recently acted for Prinses Maxima Center regarding its new building. The ‘very experienced’ Richard-Jan Roks heads the practice.

Legal 500 EMEA 2015 – Project Finance and PFI

Within Project finance and PFI, Kennedy Van der Laan is a third tier firm, Kennedy Van der Laan’s chief strengths lie in the residential and healthcare sectors. The team is advising Prinses Maxima Centrum on all aspects of a new building project, including zoning, procurement and construction contracts. Richard-Jan Roks and Casper Schouten are the key partners.

Legal 500 EMEA 2015 – Construction

Within construction, Kennedy Van der Laan is a second tier firm, Clients of the ‘down-to-earth’ team at Kennedy Van der Laan include companies in the healthcare, architectural and building sectors as well as municipalities. The ‘very experienced’ Richard-Jan Roks recently represented an international company in a hotel construction dispute.

Legal 500 EMEA 2014 – Construction

”Kennedy Van der Laan advises clients including Port of Amsterdam, MAB Development and Conservatorium on procurement, contracting and construction dispute matters. Key contact Richard-Jan Roks advises on PPP and project developments.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2013 – Construction

“Kennedy Van der Laan’s Richard-Jan Roks focuses on construction and public procurement work, including disputes. It has been advising NKOC on contractual matters regarding a €100m-plus property construction and is acting for Port of Amsterdam on procurement matters for several developments.”

The Legal 500 rankings 2015

The Legal 500 has published its rankings for 2015. On the basis of annual extensive research on the market and among clients, The Legal 500 compiles...

16 april 2015 

Kennedy Van der Laan Is Nominated for "Netherlands Law Firm of the Year Award 2015"

The reputable “Chambers Guides” has announced its nominations for the “Chambers Europe Law Firm of the Year Awards 2015″ and Kennedy Van der...

11 march 2015 

Imminent Decline in Sales of Housing Corporation Homes

At the end of September it became clear that the Reviewed Act of Minister Blok will not enter into effect on 1 January 2015. This new act amends,...

05 november 2014 

Judgment Has Big Consequences; Health Care Insurer Becomes Contracting Authority

The financing system under the Health Care Insurance Act has been a reason for the Court in preliminary relief proceedings to regard private health...

03 july 2014 

As of January 2014 New Managing Partner for Kennedy Van der Laan

Bart de Man and Patrick Wit join the Executive Board Starting 1 January 2014, the new Managing Partner at Kennedy Van der Laan will be Bart de Man....

19 december 2013 

More Possibilities for Division of Powers of Shareholders

An interesting change that will perhaps be overlooked at first is the possibility to divide voting rights of shareholders. Such a division is...

23 april 2013 

Act for the Compensation of Loss and Damages Arising from Unlawful Decisions Adopted

On 29 January 2013, the Dutch Senate adopted the Act for the Compensation of Loss and Damages for Unlawful Decisions. The Act provides for a...

22 april 2013 

Amendments to the Act on the Prevention of Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism as of 1 January 2013.

The Dutch Act on the Prevention of Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (Wet ter voorkoming van witwassen en financieren van terrorisme,...

21 february 2013 

Liesbeth Berkouwer joins Kennedy Van der Laan

AMSTERDAM, 31 January 2011 – Kennedy Van der Laan has strengthened its Real Estate and Administrative Law group with the arrival of Liesbeth...

01 february 2011 

Kennedy Van der Laan to focus on expansion of notary services after Jan Schouten sworn in

AMSTERDAM, 20 December 2010 - Kennedy Van der Laan will continue to expand its notary services now that partner Jan Schouten has been sworn in as a...

10 december 2010 

When Is a Building Delivered? UAV 1989 Is Clearer than the Civil Code

One of a builder's main obligations is to deliver the work he contracted for within the agreed term. Delivery is making the work available to the...

24 june 2008 
Richard-Jan Roks

Richard-Jan Roks

Attorney, Partner

  • Richard-Jan Roks Attorney, Partner +31 20 5506 650
  • Casper Schouten Attorney, Partner +31 20 5506 656
  • Anne-Christine Keuning Attorney +31 20 5506 612