About Sanne Schipper

Sanne Schipper has been with AKD Breda since 2015, where she is a member of the Government & Public Sector practice group. Advising government bodies, companies and private individuals on issues and disputes relating to administrative law, she specialises in environmental and planning law and energy law.

Within the framework of environmental and energy law Sanne is mainly concerned with the role which decentralised government bodies play in the energy transition. She has a particular interest in the use of energy from sustainable sources, such as ground energy systems, geothermal and aquathermal energy, and manure digesters. Water quality is another specialist area of Sanne's, more in particular the effect of the Water Quality Framework Directive on Dutch law.

Sanne also advises semi-public and private organisations on these topics. Her advice is not limited to the opportunities offered by current legislation such as the Environment & Planning Act and the Mining Act (and their respective transitional arrangements), it also encompasses regulation and developments that are in the works, such as the Heating Act 2 and the standards under the Water Quality Framework Directive that will apply from 2027. Anticipating on possible future social issues, whether or not engineered by legislation, and looking for solutions to avoid such issues have her particular interest. These also happen to be topics on which Sanne regularly gives presentations and teaches courses.

Sanne’s clients include government bodies, companies and private individuals and they appreciate her clear explanations of difficult cases, her practical solutions and personal approach.

Sanne studied International and European Law at the University of Groningen, graduating in 2014. In her final-year thesis, Sanne wrote about the possibilities which European and Dutch energy law have to offer to distributors of sustainably generated electricity. She still likes to advise on energy infrastructure projects on a regular basis.

Having worked for a political party for a number of years, Sanne has a good sense of administrative relationships. She regularly took part in moot courts and was proclaimed the best Dutch counsel at the Southern Moot Court 2018 [Zuidelijke pleitwedstrijden 2018] and she won second prize at the East Brabant Moot Court 2018 [Oost-Brabantse Pleitwedstrijden 2018]. In 2021, she completed the Grotius Academy Environmental Law specialisation course with distinction.

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  • Grotius Academy: Environmental Law Specialisation Course (cum laude)
  • University of Groningen: Master of Laws - International and European law
  • University of Groningen: Bachelor of Laws - International and European law
Admitted to bar
  • The Netherlands
  • Association for Administrative Law (VAR)
  • Environmental law Association (VMR)
  • Dutch association for Energy Law (NeVER)
  • Young bar association Zeeland-West-Brabant (active member)
Legal practice areas the Netherlands Bar’s register

Sanne Schipper 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
  • Administrative law


Based on this registration, Sanne 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.