Daniëlle Roelands-Fransen, advocaat Pels Rijcken

Daniëlle Roelands - Fransen

Attorney-at-law • partner

Spatial planning law and planning and environmental law call for a pragmatic approach. This is just the kind of working method that characterises Daniëlle, who has become our number one specialist when it comes to complex spatial planning issues. Daniëlle frequently advises and litigates in large-scale and complex spatial projects, such as the transformation of inner-city (industrial) sites into residential/work areas, the realisation of high-rise projects and the construction and expansion of infrastructure: projects that are often politically sensitive and where various disciplines – administrative, legal and technical – interact. In addition, Daniëlle is regularly asked to contribute ideas regarding the system and content of rules in zoning plans, provincial regulations and other local rules. Her clients include Dutch provinces, municipalities, autonomous administrative authorities, companies and project developers. She enjoys sharing her expertise with others by publishing and by lecturing or being a keynote speaker at conferences. through publications. Daniëlle heads Pels Rijcken’s Real Estate team.

Daniëlle received her master’s degree in Dutch Law from Radboud University Nijmegen and obtained an additional master's degree in European Law at the University of Nottingham. In addition to her work, she completed the Grotius Specialist programme in Spatial Planning and Environmental Law. At INSEAD she completed a mini-MBA. Previously, Daniëlle practised law at the Province of Noord-Brabant and later at Stibbe. She was admitted to the Dutch Bar in 2002 and joined Pels Rijcken in 2010. Daniëlle is secretary of the Dutch Environmental Lawyers Association and permanent annotator for StAB, a journal on planning and environmental law case law.


  • Daniëlle Roelands-Fransen is a very good lawyer with a broad spatial planning practice.”, Legal 500, 2021
  • Leading Individual, Legal 500, 2021
  • Daniëlle Roelands-Fransen rises in the rankings due to her expertise in large redevelopment projects, advising on zoning and mobility plans, as well as representing clients in disputes concerning environmental permits. One client comments: She is always very fast in answering quite difficult questions, and adds that she is open-minded and you can have good discussions with her.", Chambers Europe 2021
  • Danielle Roelands is the guru in the field of environmental law (and actually all other administrative law matters). She always answers my questions quickly and in a pragmatic way. She does not have to do any research or write a memo before she is presenting me with the correct conclusion.”, Legal 500, 2020
  • Next Generation Lawyer, Legal 500 2020
  • "Daniëlle Roelands-Fransen is a rising figure in the market, specialising in municipal zoning and planning law. She is co-operative, says one pleased client, adding that she comes up with practical solutions and with really strong positions.", Chambers Europe 2020
  • Next Generation Lawyer, Legal 500 2019
  • All the lawyers are described as civilised and pleasant to work with. These include […], fine sparring partner Daniëlle Roelands-Fransen who always senses what is needed […].", Legal 500 2019
  • "One pleased client enthuses: She is extremely enthusiastic about her job, easy to reach and she has a quick mind, adding: She is persuasive and creates a setting in which we can discuss and delve into matters as equals.", Chambers Europe 2019