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'.

26/04/2016

Publius opnieuw aangeprezen door Legal500 2016

Publius handhaaft zich dit jaar opnieuw in de top 20 van beste omgevingsadvocaten van België.

In de editie van 2016 wordt het volgende gezegd: Public law boutique Publius handles non-contentious issues and court litigation for public and private sector clients, including soil pollution, climate change, environmental permits and urban planning. Steve Ronse is representing the Flemish regional government in a high-profile climate change case. Günther L’heureux and Dirk Van Heuven are also recommended.

26/04/2016

Publius nog eens aangeprezen door Chambers 2016

Ditmaal heet het:
What the team is known for Public law boutique with a strong presence across Belgium's Flemish region. Scope of expertise spans the full public law spectrum, with notable presence acting for local and regional governments on PPP projects, public procurement and constitutional matters. Additionally draws on environmental know-how to advise on issues related to climate change.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The lawyers are open, frank and even critical when they need to be. If we have an exchange of ideas on certain topics they are not afraid to challenge us or play devil's advocate. This means when you come to a conclusion you can defend it as it has been thoroughly thought through." "The team is small but multi-competent, communicative, responsive, enthusiastic and dynamic."

What's new?
The firm has gained Laundry Day as a new client.

Work highlights
Providing ongoing representation to the Flemish government in a range of proceedings, including co-operating with plaintiffs lobbying for increased action to tackle climate change. Advised a trio of crematorium developers in Kortrijk, Westlede and Lommel on urban zoning procedures and obtaining planning and environmental permits.

Notable practitioners
Sources regard founding partner Dirk Van Heuven as "no-nonsense, pragmatic, diplomatic and solution-driven." One interviewee asserts: "He understands the specific situation or problem very quickly." He focuses on PPP projects and administrative law, and continues to assist the city of Antwerp with a range of infrastructure projects with respect to Masterplan 2020.
Steve Ronse is noted for his competence in public employment law, as well as environmental, zoning and planning law. He regularly advises regional and local governing authorities and private corporations. Ronse is presently assisting the City of Roeselare with the drafting of a local ordinance for future town planning.