Sandra van Heukelom, advocaat Pels Rijcken

Sandra van Heukelom-Verhage

Attorney-at-law • partner

Sandra van Heukelom-Verhage is attorney and partner at Pels Rijcken. As an all-round constitutional and administrative law attorney with a focus on innovation and technology, Sandra has been providing public and semi-public authorities and companies with in-depth assistance in complex (administrative) issues for many years. She is known for her clear, conceptual vision in the implementation of new, innovative developments within organisations. Public authorities and companies are currently investigating the options for using digital innovations and technologies to optimise their business cases, operations and service provision. As a result of the Digital Transformation, the amount of available data is growing explosively. Sandra helps public authorities and companies identify the legal aspects of digital innovations, data usage and technologies, such as blockchain, smart contracts, big data, AI, algorithms, sensors and IoT. Within Pels Rijcken, Sandra chairs the Innovation, Privacy and Technology (IP&T) Department and is partner in the Administrative Law Department (specialising in subsidy law, public funding and administrative renewal).

Sandra studied Civil Law and Constitutional and Administrative Law at Leiden University. She is a member of the board of the Dutch Blockchain Coalition, a member of the Supervisory Board of the Achmea Legal Assistance Foundation, a member of the Strategic Advisory Boards of TNO, Wolters Kluwer and the University of Amsterdam and a member of the editorial board of the Dutch Journal for Administrative Law (NTB). Sandra is also a regular speaker at congresses in and outside the Netherlands. Finally, Sandra publishes and blogs, and participates in several women's networks.


  • I particularly valued the expertise of Sandra van Heukelom-Verhage […]. Both are highly skilled, intelligent, committed and helpful, and they were able to understand the very fundamental technical details of our blockchain device, which was, in my opinion, essential to give appropriate legal advice.”. En “They are smart and very analytical, are quick and ask the right questions. They are very natural in their interaction. […] and Sandra van Heukelom all excel at this in particular. Their vision of innovation is very helpful and also relatively rare in the legal community. Sandra van Heukelom in particular steers towards a ‘what can we do’ instead of ‘this cannot be done’ type of innovation.”, Legal 500, 2020
  • "One source states: She is a real authority and has created her own niche," while another notes: "She is a good litigator and presents her arguments very well.", Chambers Europe 2019
  • "According to sources, Sandra van Heukelom-Verhage is a solid force in public law, and is also described as the expert for subsidy cases.", Chambers Europe 2018
  • "She looks at matters not only from a legal perspective and has a pragmatic approach.", Chambers Europe 2017
  • "Very skilful, well-connected practice head", Legal 500 2017
  • "Sandra van Heukelom-Verhage is a very smart, easy-going, fast-working lawyer who's very good at the cross-discipline practice of public and civil law, according to clients.", Chambers Europe 2016