Marc Houweling


Van der Feltz advocaten
Javastraat 22
2585 AN The Hague
The Netherlands

Tel: +31 70 31 31 068


Marc Houweling is a highly knowledgeable lawyer in Real Estate and Construction matters and driven by passion for making his clients’ projects and developments a success.

Being one of the younger partners in the Dutch market – and the youngest of our firm – as a fast-paced multitasker he stands out from the crowd, not only by his energetic and unconventional approach to cases but also by his dedication to meet his clients’ objectives and skills in getting deals done. He is a total team player and being a new generation lawyer himself, he has a good sense of the next generations’ mindset and needs which gives the team a real strength in depth.

Marc handles a mixture of contentious and non-contentious work for developers, investors, construction companies, international organisations, (local) government, water companies and others involved in Construction and Real Estate projects. Marc’s practice has an emphasis on housing and infrastructure developments. His knowledge of all aspects of (public) procurement-, lease-, property- and construction law, allows him to look at the bigger picture and to give practical and commercial advice tailored to the needs of his clients’ businesses. He has extensive experience in legal contract- and claims management of major projects, from both client’s as well as contractor’s perspective.

He publishes articles and case notes relating to his expertise in Dutch law journals on a regular basis. Marc is a member of the editorial board of the Dutch journal for Real Estate Law (Vastgoedrecht), Procurement Law. He also lectures on various topics relating to his practice, both in-house and at a number of educational institutions. Marc studied law in Leiden, The Netherlands (civil- and corporate law) and in Boston, United States of America (American law) and worked some time outside of The Netherlands, being convinced travelling and working abroad gives a true boost to blue sky thinking.

  • Advising and successfully representing a water company in summary proceedings regarding a procurement dispute relating to building materials;
  • Advising and representing a contractor on the development of and (additional work) claims regarding to a new build 5* star hotel in Amsterdam, The Netherlands;
  • Advising a developer on the multi-use development of a landmark in The Netherlands and representing the party in various landlord-tenant litigation cases;
  • Advising a developing contractor regarding the urban development of housing in Amsterdam, The Netherlands;
  • Advising and representing a security company in a series of procurement (summary proceedings and appeal) cases relating to public transport and infrastructure;
  • Advising an international organisation on the development of its new 80.000 m2 headquarters in The Netherlands, including advice relating to tenders regarding maintenance- and consultancy contracts;
  • Advising multiple contractors on the realisation of rail (related) infrastructure throughout The Netherlands;
  • As a pro bono initiative Marc successfully represented a large group of claimants in proceedings and negotiations (through mediation) in a substantive leasehold matter against one of the G5 Municipalities;
  • Advising a water company on construction- and development documentation regarding the creation of two (industrial) water plants;
  • Advising and representing a municipality in various landlord-tenant litigation cases in its central station area;
  • Advising a contractor on the documentation (including Design and Build agreement, securities- and financing agreements) of a contractor on the development of student and youth housing in Amsterdam;
  • Advising and representing a major printer supplier in summary proceedings regarding a procurement dispute against the State of The Netherlands.

Van der Feltz advocaten is an independent boutique law firm based in The Hague, The Netherlands, with a strong focus on the markets of:

  • Construction & Real Estate
  • Energy
  • Government and
  • Industry

The firm’s lawyers advise and litigate on both private law and public law matters (i.a. public law, including zoning and planning law, energy law, governmental liability, environmental (criminal) law, expropriation, construction and real estate law, (public) procurement law, lease law, tax law and Supreme Court litigation), often operating in the interface between these two. They have a deep understanding of how government operates and of the relevant interests of the governmental bodies involved.

Clients range from:

  • the public sector (utility, water companies, local and regional authorities, (municipalities, provinces, environment agencies), to businesses active in:
  • (sustainable) energy projects;
  • construction, project development, infrastructure projects
  • the industrial sector (petrochemical, pharmaceutical, food, heavy industry)

The firm has a strong scientific profile. Almost all of the firm’s lawyers teach at universities and commercial institutes and publish articles in academic law journals on a frequent basis. Jacques Sluysmans, partner, has been a professor of expropriation law at Radboud University Nijmegen since 2013.

Van der Feltz advocaten offers high-end quality in legal services, both in substance and in form. The firm focuses on long lasting relationships with both public and private clients in which mutual trust, close contact and excellent accessibility are essential.

“The team at Van der Feltz Advocaten provides ‘accurate and compelling advice‘. It has ‘very broad knowledge of both civil and public building law‘, leading to instructions from clients including developers, investors, construction companies, international organisations, and particularly municipalities and provinces.”
The Legal 500