Keizersgracht 62, 1015 CS Amsterdam

HABITAT environmental law specialists in the Netherlands

HABITAT environmental law specialists in the Netherlands

HABITAT environmental law specialists in the Netherlands

Environmental Law and Spatial Planning Law Firm

Profile of our firm in environmental law and spatial planning law

HABITAT environmental law specialists is a law firm founded by Barry Meruma (LLM) in Amsterdam. HABITAT specializes in Environmental Law and Judiciary processes in the Netherlands. We concern ourselves with issues pertaining to living, building, environment, spatial planning, pesticides and nature-related cases. As these cases often involve multiple legal procedures with administrative bodies concerning permits, compliance and financial compensation, we offer professional legal support in guiding clients through, sometimes, complicated legal issues.

Typical legal issues in Amsterdam are issues with the municipality concerning building permits, nuisance issues or spatial planning  regulations. Since it is customary that apartment owners are joined in an Owner’s Association, so called ‘ Vereniging van Eigenaars’, legal questions can also arise on the subject of responsibility and liabilities.

We strive for an innovative solution-focused work practice in which our clients are central at all times. We have a realistic approach to the success of a case, and also to the client’s costs.

HABITAT environmental law specialists

Please feel welcome to make an appointment at our offices on the Keizersgracht 62 in Amsterdam.

+31 (0)88 2400 700


Mr. B. Meruma lawyer

Barry Meruma

Barry is a thoroughbred entrepreneur. He has a present-day view on how he manages his firm. As opposed to traditional offices, HABITAT only works with a digital archive, well protected. Our firm works with efficient and innovative technologies. His specialist subjects as a lawyer are spatial planning issues. He is often successful with arrangements made during the pre-trial period. Barry pursues alpine hiking and trail running in his free time.

Mr. M. Abdelkader lawyer

Mohamed Abdelkader

Translating the case or request for help into your legal position, with constantly changing legislation and regulations. That is where it all starts for Mohamed.

A constructive discussion with the competent authority, neighbours, a company or another person involved or building up legal action to get attention for solving a problem. That is Mohamed. Entrepreneurship is in his blood. So he is sensitive to the interests at stake, he looks for opportunities to seize them and does not lose sight of goals.

Mr. R. de Leeuw lawyer

Renu de Leeuw

Renu has been working as a lawyer since 2008 and deals with both private law and administrative law issues.

For Renu, it is important that open, honest and clear communication takes place both upstream and during the handling of your case, so that you constantly know the status of your case and therefore where you stand. By approaching your case with the necessary creativity and by not being afraid to think out of the box, Renu is committed to achieving the optimal result for you.

Mr. A. Liefting lawyer

Ad Liefting

Ad Liefting has over 30 years of in-depth work experience as a lawyer. Over the years, he has specialized in various areas of law. For several years now, he has focused on rental law, neighbourhood law and vve law. It is precisely the diversity of the cases he has to deal with that appeals to him. Whether it concerns small or large cases for private individuals or companies, Ad knows how to empathize with the emotional and legal aspects of an issue.

Ad studied Business Law at Leiden University and Business Administration at the Rotterdam School of Management. He also lived briefly in the United States, where he studied at Berkeley University in California.