Mr. S.W. Derksen



Shanna Derksen has been working in the real estate department of Wijn & Stael since 2016. She is specialised in planning law, environmental law and administrative law. She assists governmental authorities (municipalities, provinces), project developers and investors in procedures regarding zoning plans and environmental permits. She is already fully versed in the Dutch Environment and Planning Act which (expected to) enter into force on January 1, 2022. She regularly gives seminars, (in-house) workshops, and publishes on this topic.

Shanna has ample litigation experience and decisively and diligently assists her clients. She has gained extensive civil real estate law experience, which means her advice is not limited to the administrative law aspects of the case at hand. She is able to provide advice on all aspects of the case, which means that she is perfectly capable of dealing with cases which involve aspects of both public law and private law.

As a lawyer, Shanna focusses on achieving the desired result and is solution driven. She adopts a proactive and decisive approach and quickly familiarizes herself with all the details of the case at hand. She aims to achieve a high standard of quality in her work and makes sure that she is aware of all the relevant details of a case. She also focusses on the human aspects of a case. Due to her past political career, Shanna has gained a good sense of administrative relationships and processes.

Before Shanna joined with Wijn & Stael, she worked as a lawyer at Houthoff Buruma for six years. In addition, she was a member of the (external) appeals committee of the municipality of Amsterdam for some time.

These are just some of the cases in which Shanna provided clients her assistance and advice:

  • Various transformation projects in major cities, whereby the permitted use of office buildings was changed to residential.
  • Zoning plan changes with regard to, for example, the realisation of a new residential area, shopping centre and riding stable.
  • Proceedings for a change of permitted use, involving a discussion on whether sufficient parking facilities are included and whether guarantees are in place, ensuring that these parking spaces are maintained.
  • Enforcement proceedings, whereby the client must remove contaminated soil and is held liable (from a civil law perspective) for all the damage the competent authority suffers as a result.
  • Claim on grounds of nonconformity, whereby it was established after the sale that the soil was contaminated, and the new owner was informed of the enforcement.
  • Drawing up an anterior agreement for the development of an area, involving the realisation of a new shopping centre.
  • Proceedings for a preferential right established by a municipal council.
  • Proceedings involving the discussion on whether the municipality was permitted to enforce a demand for the building of social housing.
  • Advice on the possible liability of a municipality upon refusing to provide planning support.
  • Real estate transaction, involving the sale of a large number of hardware stores with showrooms.


  • Member of the Association for Construction Law Attorneys (VBR-A)
  • Member of the New Amersfoort Real Estate Society (NAVS)


  • Law Firm School (2012)
  • Constitutional and administrative law, Utrecht University (2009)


Shanna has registered the following principal (and secondary) legal practice areas in the Netherlands Bar’s register of legal practice areas (rechtsgebiedenregister):

  • Environmental and planning law (Environmental law, Planning and zoning law)

Based on this registration, she is required to obtain ten training credits per calendar year in each registered principal legal practice area in accordance with the standards set by the Netherlands Bar.

Publications from Shanna Derksen


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Reguleren woningbouw: straks ook mogelijk onder de Omgevingswet?

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Participatie onder de Omgevingswet: niet nieuw, wel anders geregeld (Deel II)

Is participatie onder de Omgevingswet een plicht of een streven? Als uitgangpunt geldt het laten participeren van belanghebbenden c.q. belangstellenden. In een recente bijdrage in het Tijdschrift voo...

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