12/04/2019

Publius wordt aanbevolen door Legal 500 2019!

Publius wordt aanbevolen door Legal 500 2019 in de categorie ‘Environment’. Voor het eerst worden alle Publius vennoten bij naam genoemd!

Dit jaar luidt de commentaar als volgt: ‘Specialist public law firm Publius has a sizeable client roster of public authorities - including federal, regional and local authorities - and it is also highly active in private company engagements as well. Its team undertakes a mix of standalone advisory work, environmental due diligence and litigation. Illustrative of the firm's profile in contentious matters, Steve Ronse and recently promoted partner Meindert Gees are acting for the Flemish government in the national airport noise case, which concerns noise pollution at Zaventem Airport. Other key clients include the City of Kortrijk, Decathlon and Ethias Insurance. Dirk Van Heuven, Günther L’heureux, Jan Beleyn and Sofie Logie are other notable partners.’

22/03/2019

Pubius wordt opnieuw aanbevolen in Chambers 2019!

Environment (Band 3)

What the team is known for
Concentrates on the environmental and administrative aspects of public law. Active on contentious matters relating to noise pollution, with additional strength in permitting mandates. Enjoys a long-standing clientele comprising a range of private companies, particularly in the aviation sector, as well as local and regional authorities.
Strengths
Clients appreciate the firm's client-focused service, referring to its "practical approach" and "thorough understanding of business needs." Work highlights Advised Ethias on liability matters concerning urbanism and environment law.
Notable practitioners
Dirk Van Heuven and Steve Ronse are key contacts within the department.

Public law (Band 4)

What the team is known for
Niche public law firm with a strong presence across Belgium's Flemish Region. Advises across the full spectrum of public law, acting for local and regional governments on PPP projects, public procurement and the restructuring of government bodies. Other areas of expertise include public regulation relating to energy and climate change as well as contentious matters in the constitutional and administrative courts. Additionally active on the public law aspects of environmental issues as well as in planning and zoning projects.
Work highlights
Advised the Flemish Government on a regional spatial execution plan involving Essers.
Notable practitioners
Dirk Van Heuven is highly active assisting public authorities in the Flemish region. He represented the Flemish Community Commission in liability proceedings before the civil court, regarding a shortage of places in Dutch schools due to population growth. Sources particularly highlight the breadth of Steve Ronse 's practice. One client reports that they "really enjoy working with him." He is particularly focused on administrative and environmental law issues, and additionally active representing clients from the public sector in mediation and litigation.

08/03/2018

Publius aanbevolen in Chambers 2018

Publius wordt opnieuw aanbevolen door Chambers 2018. En dit jaar worden we zelfs geprezen in 2 categorieën!

Environment (Band 3)

What the team is known for:
Well-respected firm specialising in the environmental and administrative aspects of public law. Assists with matters relating soil and noise pollution, as well as advising on urban zoning. Clients include a range of private companies, as well as government, local and regional authorities.
 Strengths
Clients laud the firm for its "high-quality, pragmatic and solution-driven" approach. Interviewees also praise the lawyers' "smart and strategic" advice.  
Work highlights 
Advised the Flemish Government on proceedings against Brussels Airport in connection with noise pollution. Assisted the Crematorium of Kortrijk with urban zoning and environmental permits.  
Notable practitioners 
Dirk Van Heuven and Steve Ronse are key contacts within the department.

Public law (band 4)

What the team is known for 
Niche public law firm with a strong presence across Belgium's Flemish Region. Advises across the full spectrum of public law, acting for local and regional governments on PPP projects, public procurement and the restructuring of government bodies. Other areas of expertise include public regulation relating to energy and climate change, contentious matters in the constitutional and administrative courts, and assisting private companies with permits and concessions for construction and development projects. The firm has gained Financien as a new client.  
Strengths
According to sources, the team's "client service is very good."  
Work highlights 
Advised the Flemish Government on the instrumental and legal guidelines concerning urbanistic infringements. Acted for the city of Aalst on a public-private partnership in relation to the designing, financing and building of a new public parking place.  
Notable practitioners
Dirk Van Heuven focuses on various PPP projects, environmental issues and administrative law, representing local authorities in the Flemish region, and is particularly well regarded in the retail sector. His work highlights include advising the City of Kortrijk on the execution of its station project. Steve Ronse is noted for his work in administrative and environmental law, regularly advising regional governing authorities and private corporations. He also assists with public law mediation and litigation. He represented the Flemish Region in a procedure before the Council of State against the slaughterhouse of Tielt.

24/04/2017

Publius aanbevolen door Legal 500 2017

Publius wordt aanbevolen in de categorie Environment. 'In het bijzonder worden 3 vennoten genoemd: ‘Publius has a particularly strong following of public sector clients, such as local and regional authorities, and also acts for private companies. Steve Ronse is representing the Flemish government in a climate change case involving hundreds of claimants. Dirk Van Heuven heads the team, which includes Günther L’heureux.’

10/04/2017

Publius aanbevolen door Chambers&Partners 2017

Ook dit jaar behoren we tot het selecte kransje van Belgische advocatenkantoren dat wordt aangeprezen. Ditmaal luidt het:

'What the team is known for Niche public law firm with a strong presence across Belgium's Flemish Region. Advises across the full spectrum of public law, acting for local and regional governments on PPP projects, public procurement and the restructuring of government bodies. Other areas of expertise include public regulation relating to energy and climate change, contentious matters in the constitutional and administrative courts and assisting private companies with permits and concessions for construction and development projects.

Strengths One client says the firm "has a very hands-on approach. From the very start one will know exactly what the pros and cons of a specific procedure will be. They have not failed me in their predictions so far."

Clients praise the team's "flexibility and good insight in the legal frameworks."

Work highlights Assisted the City of Vilvoorde with the formation of a public-private partnership to handle the design, financing and building of a new school and public parking facility.

Advised the City of Kortrijk on the implementation and execution of a new station project.

Significant clients The Flemish Government, Agency of Entrepreneurship, City of Antwerp, NVAO, Ethias.

Notable practitioners

Dirk Van Heuven is a "great expert," according to clients. He advises on a range of PPP projects and permit issues, and assists government departments with developing new legal guidelines. He also handles contentious matters before the Constitutional Court, the Council of State and administrative tribunals.

Steve Ronse specialises in administrative law and regularly acts for regional governments on public law aspects of new developments. He recently advised the Flemish government on issues involving permits and road closures for a proposed construction project'.