Cabinet HAVET & VANHUFFEL – Avocats

Our practices

In order to be successful, the law firm limits its focus area to urban planning law, environmental law and real estate law. This allows all members to have a cross-functional and deep and comprehensive knowledge of the matter, to forge links between the different aspects of a case and to understand it as a whole without dispersing in unrelated subjects.

Planning and development law

This branch of law concerns the regulations regarding the development and application standards as to the use of land and those related to the administrative authorisation procedures (planning permission, single permit and urban licenses) and the effect of those authorisations.

Planning and development law also deals with brownfield/waste management, urban area renovation and revitalisation and protection of monuments and sites.

Environmental law

This branch of law covers the entirety of legal regulations connected to environmental protection in all its aspects. Being a technical and complex branch of law, its very large scope includes land, air, water, waste, flora and fauna but also the policy of classified establishments and anything directly or indirectly related to changes in the natural environment caused by mankind.

Commercial property law

This branch of law defines the regulations related to the establishment of medium-sized and large commercial areas and the associated administrative authorisation and reporting procedures.

Public property law

This branch of law covers all aspects of public procurement law such as conventions related to the procurement of goods or service agreements between public authorities and private entities. Complex federal regulations define the conditions and terms according to which these procurements have to be concluded and performed.

It also includes expropriation law which concerns the acquisition of goods needed for the realization of the general interest by public authorities.

Finally, this branch of law also deals with public ownership and associated applicable regulations concerning the use, management, administration and disposition of public goods.

Civil property law

This branch of law involves extremely large areas of law related to real estate management.

It includes property law, which determines the obligations of property holders on their real estates and their relationships with holders of competing rights on the same property (property rights, ownership, easement, usufruct rights, leasehold, mortgage, antichresis, use and habitation). Civil property law also regulates the relationship between holders of neighbouring property (easements, disorders neighbourhoods,...).

The real estate law also includes real estate contract law. As a subdivision of property law, it concerns the development, the drafting, and also the execution of contracts intended for real estate (real estate sales,...).

The construction law is also part of real estate property law. It regulates the relations between stakeholders involved in construction (project owner, property developer, architect, contractors and other businesses related to the construction of buildings). Some special rules apply in certain circumstances (Breyne Law, Law on the protection of the title of architect ...).

Finally, property law encompasses the tenancy law, which regulates the development, drafting of contracts, but also the relationship between landlords and tenants. Special regulations apply to some of these conventions because of the tenant's situation and of the affectation of the property (agricultural destinations, business or family housing).

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