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Raphaël Donkersloot

A compromise can avoid lengthy proceedings and often leads to a workable long-term solution.

Raphaël Donkersloot works in the Real Estate Law Team with a special focus on spatial planning, environmental law and real estate regulations. He has broad experience with cases concerning building permits and permits to deviate from the zoning plan. Raphaël also deals with public enforcement cases regarding compliance with the zoning plan or local housing regulations. Lastly, Raphaël provides real estate investors legal assistance on transactions regarding real estate, off course in close cooperation with the other real estate specialists of Köster Advocaten.

Before joining Köster Advocaten, Raphaël worked for four years as an attorney-at-law at Loyens & Loeff, where he was primarily dealing with the regulatory aspects of real estate transactions, such as reviewing zoning plans and environmental reports. He also worked in the energy law team. As a result, Raphaël has knowledge of the sustainable aspects of real estate, such as the regulations regarding solar panels, subsidy for renewable energy and energy saving measures.

With Raphaël, clients can truly rely on a thorough, clear and efficient style of dealing with cases. During a case, Raphaël always keeps an eye on the long term interests of the client. As such, he will not use quick fixes to solve a case, but only aims to reach effective long term solutions.

Raphaël graduated at the University of Leiden in 2015. During his bachelor studies, he completed a semester at the University of Florida as well as a legal internship in New York. After obtaining a first LL.M. degree at Leiden University, he subsequently completed another LL.M. degree in U.S. Law at the University of Virginia. For this study he was awarded with a scholarship of Fulbright and the Netherlands America Foundation.

Main specialist areas:

New developments
Redevelopments
Spatial planning
Enforcement
Sustainable energy