Liesbeth Schippers, advocaat Pels Rijcken

Liesbeth Schippers

Attorney-at-law • partner

Liesbeth Schippers heads the Planning and Environment Law team, a dedicated group of 19 specialist attorneys. Liesbeth is touted for her expertise in the field of planning and environment law in the Netherlands. She focuses mainly on large-scale and complex spatial projects and her recent work includes advising on:

  • reinforcement of the Waddenzee dikes
  • coastal reinforcement at Petten (Weak Links)
  • widening the motorway between Schiphol-Amsterdam-Almere (SAA), including the new railway bridge near Muiden
  • redevelopment of the Port of Scheveningen and the Binckhorst
  • construction of the A4 motorway between Delft and Schiedam
  • decision-making on the new premises of Eurojust, the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice in The Hague
  • widening the A2 motorway between 's-Hertogenbosch and Eindhoven
  • construction of the RijnlandRoute and the Rotterdamsebaan;
  • extending the Hoekse Lijn to the beach of Hoek van Holland
  • expanding Eindhoven and Lelystad airports
  • restructuring greenhouse horticulture in De Bommelerwaard.

The more complex the issue, the more passionate Liesbeth seems to become. Her advice is always creative and aimed at finding solutions. No detail escapes her attention. She is unrivalled in her understanding of the political and administrative ramifications and underlying technical processes of these extensive and complex projects.

Her attention to the more technical aspects of a project, including vibrations, EIA, flood protection, noise nuisance, external safety, nitrogen disposition, and air quality, provides huge additional value to the various planning projects. Liesbeth knows which research is of decisive importance for courts and for the reliance required.

Team player

Together with her clients, Liesbeth operates on a daily basis at the intersection of legal, administrative and technical disciplines, offering end-to-end high quality legal assistance. A genuine team player, her motto is: "There is no project without a team!". Liesbeth is often also included in a client's project team in order to get the proper feeling for the various and varied aspects that are material for that specific project.

Legal project management

Liesbeth's passion is to improve the decision-making process for spatial projects. Based on her longstanding advice and litigation experience with large-scale and often highly complex spatial projects, she has developed products, together with her team, in the field of legal project management. Workshops and checks that help project teams make the decisions and the relevant investigations stand the test of the Dutch Council of State. Examples include:

  • Blind Spots Check: a preventive check to identify any invisible loopholes in the project
  • Lijn op Order workshop: a workshop to help making well-substantiated and reproducible project choices that will stand up in court
  • Crash Test: a legal review of the decision and other plan products before they are adopted (in draft).

Together with her team, Liesbeth is currently developing a workshop called "Participation can be learned & Trust can be built" (in Dutch: Participeren kun je leren & Vertrouwen kun je bouwen).


  • Liesbeth Schippers never gives up, is full of energy and fights until the bitter end.” En “Liesbeth Schippers is an excellent lawyer, she knows where there are weaknesses in the case.”, Legal 500, 2021
  • Leading Individual, Legal 500, 2021
  • Market leader Liesbeth Schippers offers comprehensive advice on complex environmental and planning topics, including coastal protection schemes and aerospace regulation. Reflecting on her excellent mediation ability, one client says: She gets people to see her point of view in a very specific way without being loud, conflicting or abrasive. She is not easily daunted and takes everything in her stride.", Chambers Europe 2021
  • Liesbeth Schippers […] are very dedicated, accessible and easy to get along with. They are real team players and are able to make the team work in a very pleasant way.” En “Liesbeth Schippers is a very enthusiastic and hard working attorney. She works very fast without compromising the impressive quality of her legal advice. With her inspiring personality, her knowledge covers a wide range of subjects and her effective and accurate way of thinking makes a difference in court.”, Legal 500, 2020
  • Leading Individual, Legal 500 2020
  • "Liesbeth Schippers is described by sources as a real expert, and someone who is always on top of the case and works really hard.", Chambers Europe 2020
  • Leading Individual, Legal 500 2019
  • "The inspiring The inspiring and energetic Liesbeth Schippers is a first choice for complicated mandates and all the lawyers are described as civilised and pleasant to work with.", Legal 500 2019
  • "Lauded by interviewees, Liesbeth Schippers stands out for her unbridled effort and enthusiasm through which she is always able to achieve the best results. Sources additionally enthuse that Schippers is a very inspiring woman who has the skills to make the difference in court. A further client notes that she looks at every detail and is perseverant and creative in thinking about solutions.", Chambers Europe 2019
  • "Decisive, hard-working and enthusiastic legal adviser who strongly motivates her team to achieve the best results. The top specialist in the field of planning law. She is a very inspiring woman and she has the skills to make the difference in court.", Chambers Europe 2018
  • "Sources enthuse that she advises on a strategic level and provides pragmatic solutions. She can be very persuasive and in court she is able to tip the scales in favour of the project. Others add: "She is full of energy and is perfect for complex cases.", Chambers Europe 2017
  • "Clients say she has the ability to switch quickly between technical, environmental and legal issues.", Chambers Europe 2016