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.


  • "Comments on her communication and creative thinking in complex cases. She is well known for her general and high level expertise in public law, and her much appreciated contribution in the field of digital transformation." - Chambers Europe, 2022
  • 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.” - The Legal 500, 2020
  • 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. - The Legal 500, 2020