Cabinet HAVET & VANHUFFEL – Avocats

Our team

The law firm consists of a team of lawyers with the following qualifications :

  • Practical experience : our lawyers have pragmatic knowledge of the matter as a result of case management and collaboration with other actors in the field ;
  • Theoretical experience : our lawyers have specific theoretical knowledge of the matters dealt with, resulting from specialisation, post-graduate studies and written preliminary research ;
  • Speed of implementation : our lawyers can act quickly thanks to the sharing of knowledge and team work ;
  • Availability : our lawyers attend to our clients ;
  • Transparency : our lawyers provide our clients with clear information concerning their work methods, fees and the course of events ;
  • Deontology : our lawyers are subject to the ethics of the Ordre (Belgian bar association).

The Lawyers


Benoit Havet

Benoit Havet graduated in law at the Catholic University of Leuven (Université Catholique de Louvain) in 1991 and has been working as a lawyer since 1993.

He bears the title of “specialist en droit de l’urbanisme et de l’environnement” (specialist for urban planning law and environmental law) pursuant to the regulations of the Ordre des Barreaux Francophones et Germanophone de Belgique from June 11th 2007.

He was a lecturer at the University of Liège from 1997 to 2007 in the context of training programs for officials on the topic of planning and environment.

He currently delivers lectures on building regulations (real estate contracts and construction law) and urban planning.

He also works as a conciliator and arbitrates within the chamber for conciliation, arbitration and mediation with regard to real estate (Chambre de conciliation, d’arbitrage et de mediation en matière immobilier (CCAI)).

He is the author of many interventions and publications concerning urban planning and environmental law as well as civil property law.

He leads the drafting of the Mémento de l’urbanisme en Région wallonne (Kluwer editions).

Benoit Havet is a member of the Association Belge Francophone du Droit de l’Aménagement du Territoire et de l’Urbanisme (ABeFDATU).

Benoit Havet held the chairmanship of the Conférence du Jeune Barreau de Nivelles in the judicial year of 2002-2003.

He also served as chairman of the Commission des Conférences des Jeunes Barreaux de l’Ordre des Barreaux Francophones et Germanophone de Belgique from 2003-2004.

He currently serves as advisor of the Ordre, a position he had already held from 2003 to 2005.

He was a recurring speaker at the Conférence du Jeune Barreau in 2005.


Annabelle Vanhuffel

Annabelle Vanhuffel graduated in law at the University of Liège in 2003 and has been working as a lawyer ever since.

She obtained a degree in specialized legal studies in environmental law and public property law from the Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis (Brussels) in 2006.

She was a research assistant (research centre for town/country planning and environment) at the law faculty of the Catholic University of Leuven during the year 2007.

Annabelle Vanhuffel is the author of several publications on the subject of planning development law.

She also lectures on those topics in the context of conferences and training.

Stéphanie Bourlard

Stéphanie Bourlard graduated in law at the Catholic University of Leuven and has been working as a lawyer since 2006.

She also obtained a university certificate in insurance law and civil liability, issued by the Catholic University of Leuven in 2011.

She also has a master’s degree in environmental law and public property law, issued by the Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis in 2013.


Elodie Hemberg

Elodie Hemberg has a master’s degree in law issued by the Catholic University of Leuven in 2010. She has been working as a lawyer at the law firm since 2011.

She also has a master’s degree in environmental law and public property law, issued by the Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis in 2012.

She works as a co-author for the Mémento de l’urbanisme en Région wallonne and the Commentaire systématique of the new CWATUPE (Kluwer Editions).

She lectures on several conferences on the subject of urban planning.


Leyla Serbes

Leyla Serbes has a master’s degree in law issued by the Free University of Brussels in 2009, and an additional master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Analysis of European Construction, issued by the Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis and the Catholic University of Leuven in 2010. She has been working as a lawyer since 2011.

Until 2012, she was Professor Pascale Lecocq’s assistant teacher in property law at the University of Mons.

She also has a master’s degree in environmental law and public property law, issued by the Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis in 2013.


Colienne Linard de Guertechin

Colienne Linard de Guertechin has a master’s degree in law issued by the Catholic University of Leuven in 2011.

Since 2012, she also holds a master’s degree in energy and environmental law from the Katholieke Universiteit van Leuven. She has been working as a lawyer since 2013.

Previously, Maitre Linard de Guertechin worked as a Business Developer assistant within Montgomery Watson and Harza (MWH sa). She participated in the preparation of long-term and short-term technical assistance projects for international donors (EU, WB, EBRD, EIB) in the field of energy, environment, and water.

Colienne Linard de Guertechin has been publishing in Environmental Law.


Emilie Maigre

Emilie Maigre has a master’s degree in law issued by the Université de Liège in 2013.

She has been working as a lawyer since 2013.





Administration and accounting


Anne-Catherine Mercier

Mrs. Anne-Catherine Mercier has a candidate’s diploma in law, issued by the Free University of Brussels in 1997. She leads the secretariat and the accounting service.

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