Irene van der Heijden was admitted to the Dutch Bar in 2011 and joined Pels Rijcken in 2015. Irene specialises in issues involving the application of the General Administrative Law Act and administrative procedural law and specialises in government liability law and administrative compensation law. She deals with cases at the interface of administrative and civil law, for the Dutch State as well as for local and other governments. She also has extensive experience with the application of the Public Administration Probity Screening Act (Wet Bibob) and the powers of the office of mayor to maintain public order. Irene counts the Dutch Media Authority amongst her regular clients.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Irene was counsel at the Administrative Law Division of the Dutch Council of State for several years. As a regular annotator, Irene writes about general administrative law and public order issues in Gemeentestem, a Dutch journal for municipalities. She is also a regular lecturer on developments in general administrative law and the Wet Bibob.