About Eveline Sillevis Smitt

Eveline Sillevis Smitt is a lawyer and partner at AKD. When it comes to environmental and planning law, she is the expert par excellence. Her clients include project developers and medium-sized and large companies active in such sectors as heavy industry, food, energy and waste management. The advice she provides them with concerns the realisation of projects, obtaining permits or enforcement, impending or otherwise. Also acting for local and higher authorities, Eveline is entirely conversant with the Environment & Planning Act and the associated transitional legislation.

Speaking the client's language, Eveline has no difficulty hitting the right notes when a case requires environmental consultants. She responds proactively, is capable of adapting quickly and communicates clearly. One client put it like this: ‘Eveline is very engaged, helpful and bright, with outstanding knowledge’.

In addition to publishing articles regularly, Eveline is a popular speaker at client seminars and (guest) lecturer at various training institutes focusing on environmental and planning law.

Eveline's environmental experience encompasses BAT (Best Available Technology), air quality, noise, noise zoning and noise allotment, emissions (such as SVHCs - Substances of Very High Concern) and emissions trading, soil and soil pollution, odour, safety, discharges, water law, nature conservation including flora and fauna and nitrogen depositions, application of secondary building materials, and environmental impact reports. She also assists clients with specialist (environmental) disputes involving nuclear energy, asbestos and asbestos liability, Legionnaires' disease outbreaks, and the law relating to waste products.

Eveline regularly is involved in energy generation projects, such as wind and solar. She also advises on coordinating and accelerating procedures to obtain permits or licences from the government. Her experience dealing with (national) monuments and expanded-scope zoning plans transitioning into environmental plans is considerable.

Eveline likes to apply her knowledge of environmental and planning law to project development, such as inner-city and other urban redevelopment, the restructuring of former industrial sites and other transformations. She also advises project developers on the viability of projects, sustainability aspects and the most sensible starting dates for construction projects.

Lastly, Eveline assists clients with supervision and enforcement measures following the issue - or in fact absence - of permits or exemptions. Such measures include orders subject to penalties for non-compliance, administrative enforcement orders or fines.

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  • Leiden University: Civil law
  • University of Brugge: PhD European law
  • Grotius Academy: Environment & Planning
Admitted to bar
  • The Netherlands
Legal practice areas the Netherlands Bar’s register

Eveline Sillevis Smitt has registered the following principal (and secondary) legal practice areas in the Netherlands Bar’s register of legal practice areas (rechtsgebiedenregister):


  • Environmental and planning law


Based on this registration, Eveline is required to obtain ten training credits per calendar year in each registered principal legal practice area in accordance with the standards set by the Netherlands Bar.