Construction and real estate

Issues and developments

Recent developments

After several difficult years, the Dutch construction and real estate sector is in full swing again. The sector is facing interesting challenges, such as sustainable construction, scarcity of available construction sites or redevelopment of office buildings. And all of this is taking place in a changing (labour) market.

Whether you are an entrepreneur or a developer, in the construction and real estate sector you have to deal with a wide variety of civil and administrative issues.

Our clients include building contractors, real estate developers, real estate investors as well as entrepreneurs dealing with construction and/or planning law or commercial real estate.

Our expertise in the area of construction and real estate consists of the following:



  • Contracting
  • Sale and purchase of real estate
  • Commercial rental
  • Rights of use
  • Environmental and planning law
  • Building arbitration

How we can help you

Hoens & Souren knows the markets and the developments that will shape the future of the sector.

An important issue in the construction industry is harmonising the master building contract with subcontracting agreements in order to manage the risks properly for the main contractor. Even if there are proper standard agreements, the actual situation is rarely standard and often requires customisation.

Our multidisciplinary teams combine legal knowledge with sector expertise and provide you with the best solutions.

Our lawyers advise on and litigate in various areas of expertise, including:

  • Trade and logistics
  • Recent developments

Examples of what we have achieved for our clients

Successful defence for buyer of commercial property against suit brought by project developer

Hoens & Souren assisted the buyer in a suit brought to the Court of Arbitration for the Building Industry by the project developer. Read on to learn how the suit came to a succesful end for the buyer.

Rent adjustment for retail space agreed

Vacancy and renovation of a shopping centre endangered the business operations of a client. Hoens & Souren started negotiations with the landlord and accomplished a severe decrease in rent.

Municipality cancels entrepreneur’s rent. Now what?

After all entrepreneurs of a industrial site received a notice of termination of the rent, three entrepreneurs came to Hoens & Souren with the request to accomplish a solution. Read on.