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. Barry Meruma advocaat - eigenaar
Mr. B.J. Meruma lawyer | owner

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. drs. J. Rutteman lawyer
Mr. drs. J. Rutteman lawyer

Joost Rutteman

Joost started working as a lawyer (LLM) for several Dutch environmental NGOs. During this period, he became a specialist in pesticide law and was involved in finding a solution to the nitrogen-issues in the Netherlands. He has board experience in Owner’s Associations, which jurisdiction has also become one of his specializations. He is a member of the editorial board of the Dutch legal journal Milieu & Recht (Environment & Law). Joost also holds a MA in History. Joost is a member of a rowing club.

mr. drs. Bibi Krot jurist | helpdesk
Mr. drs. B. Krot jurist | helpdesk

Bibi Krot

Bibi has an academic background in Biology (MSc) and Environmental Law (LLM). Her specialist subjects are issues with green laws, nuisance issues and financial compensation for spatial planning projects. She is secretary to the Editorial Board of the legal journal Milieu & Recht (Environment & Law). Among other things, she spends her free time as a board member for the Field Hockey club Hurley in Amsterdam, and plays field hockey as well.

Mr. I.A. Mulder jurist | helpdesk
Mr. I.A. Mulder jurist | helpdesk

Anne Mulder

Anne has gained experience in surveillance and enforcement of legislation in the field of animal welfare (BSc), poultry farming and illegal employment. She was also policy officer, influencing politics and legislation for several NGO’s. She has an academic background in Constitutional and Administrative Law (LLM).
Her specialist subjects are issues with animal welfare law and spatial planning projects / enforcement law.
She spends her free time riding on her mountainbike: “Combining speed and insight, sometimes steep slopes, so that I can let go again afterwards. Getting better and better. Sometimes full of scratches, but as a go-getter, I always want to hit the finish line.”