mr. M.H.J. van Driel (Michiel)
Attorney | Partner

T: +31 20 346 99 80
M: +31 6 48 10 26 04


Michiel van Driel

Attorney | Partner

Michiel provides advice to and takes legal action on behalf of project developers, municipalities, investors, housing development corporations and (retail) companies.

Specialist areas

Michiel van Driel is specialised in spatial planning law (amongst others, zoning plans, environmental permits, Building Decree), environmental law (amongst others, Activities Decree, environmental impact assessment, air quality, noise, external security etc.), other property-related administrative law (amongst others, enforcement, housing law, cultural heritage law, nature conservation law), European law (amongst others, freedom of establishment, Services Directive) and government decisions liability (including compensation for loss).

Michiel provides advice on and frequently takes legal action in the context of multifunctional urban (inner-city) (re)developments, transformations and area developments, including shopping centres and peripheral retail parks, offices, industrial sites, leisure projects, hotels, housing development, industrial heritage and infrastructure. He acts on behalf of project developers, municipalities, investors, housing development corporations and (retail) companies. Furthermore, Michiel provides advice in the context of transactions (administrative due diligence) and property management.

Michiel has registered the following legal areas in the register of legal areas of the Netherlands Bar:
– Real estate law / Construction law
– Environmental law

According to the standards of the Netherlands Bar the registration obliges him to obtain ten training credits per year in each of the registered legal areas.


Michiel studied both Dutch law and European law (LL.M.). He started his career as staff attorney at the Administrative Law Division of the Council of State (spatial planning department) and is active as an attorney as from 1998. Michiel worked as an attorney within the property law departments at the firms Stibbe and Lexence (where he became a partner in 2004). He joined STIJL Advocaten on 1 February 2008.

Michiel is recommended in Chambers EMEA (2014-2020) as Leading Individual in the field of ‘public law: planning and environment’. He also received an honourable mention in the Legal 500: “Michiel van Driel is a true specialist in his field – a seasoned real estate transaction lawyer and an equally strong litigator”. Chambers EMEA 2020 states: “Michiel van Driel is described by one impressed interviewee as “very dedicated and kind.” He acts for construction and development companies on zoning plans and permitting matters. He is particularly active on residential developments.”

Michiel is an accredited author for the Property Case Law Review (Kluwer) (Rechtspraak Vastgoedrecht -Kluwer). Michiel is, as from September 2013, involved as a referent and previously, as from 2007, as a member of the editorial staff, involved with Real Estate Research Quarterly, which is a quarterly publication by Property NL and the Dutch Association of Property Researchers, in cooperation with the Amsterdam School of Real Estate (ASRE).

Between 2004 and 2009, Michiel was a member of the objections and appeals committee of the city district Amsterdam-Zuid. Furthermore, he taught in the training programme for real estate agents of the Netherlands Association of Agents and Appraisers in real property (NVM) and in the Project Development training programme of Euroforum.

With his research article on the ‘Air Quality Decree’, Michiel won the VOGON Property NL Research Award 2005, a prize awarded by an independent jury of experts.

Michiel is a member of the Vereniging voor Bouwrecht Advocaten (VBR-A) (Association for Construction Law Attorneys), the Vereniging voor Bestuursrecht (VAR) (Association for Administrative Law), the Vereniging voor Milieurecht (VMR) (Association for Environmental Law) and the Vereniging voor Onroerend Goed Onderzoek Nederland (VOGON) (Dutch Association for Real Estate Research).


Dutch, English.