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François TULKENS

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François Tulkens has focused for more than 30 years on the administrative aspects of doing business in Belgium, particularly with regard to Belgium's complex federal structure.

François' primary areas of expertise include administrative law (public economic law, environmental law ) and constitutional (devolution of powers). François is also Professor of Administrative Law at the Université Saint-Louis, Bruxelles.

He has edited several books and regularly publishes numerous articles in Belgium's leading (French-language) law journals. In addition, he is an active member of the editorial boards of several Belgian law journals and is currently the editor-in-chief of the Journal des Tribunaux.

François joined Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick as a Partner in 2017.

Recent Matters

  • Acting for Engie/Electrabel before the Constitutional Court re. a 10 years extension of nuclear power plants.

  • Assisting Hannover Leasing in environmental permitting issues related to an office building in Brussels.

  • Assisting Interparking in various questions re. public procurement, permitting process, new environmental legislation etc. for new or existing public partings.

  • Assisting City Mall with the development of an extension to Les Grands Prés shopping centre in Mons, together with the development of a new IKEA store adjacent to the shopping centre.

  • Acting for the Brussels Region before the European Court of Justice, the Constitutional Court, the Council of State, and several Civil courts in the context of the air traffic nuisances in the vicinity of the Zaventem airport.

  • Advising Belgian Business Services  in a dispute before the Belgian courts regarding the sale of an industrial site in Brussels, dispute in which arise several soil pollution issues (including the liability of a consultancy firm in the area of soil remediation) (environment, waste).

Market Recognition

  • François Tulkens is ranked as “Leading Individual” in the area of Environment - Legal 500, 2020
  • François Tulkens "maintains very high standards in public law," according to one satisfied client. One client enthuses that "the main strengths of the team are excellent knowledge, fast reactivity and a highly customer-oriented approach." Others stress that "the lawyers are reliable, pragmatic, efficient, fast and always available and ready to react." – Chambers Europe, 2020
  • François Tulkens is ranked in Band 2 (Environment). “François Tulkens advises on the environmental law and urban planning law aspects of new developments, with additional experience handling disputes concerning insecticides.” – Chambers, 2019
  • François Tulkens is described as “Expert” - Who’s Who Legal, 2019
  • François Tulkens is recommended in the area of Environment - Legal 500,2019
  • François Tulkens has a strong focus on administrative and environmental law, particularly urban planning and environmental litigation - Chambers Europe, 2018

 Professional Memberships

  • Editor-in-chief  Journal des Tribunaux


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