Reimer Veldhuis

Attorney-at-law, partner

Reimer Veldhuis frequently acts on behalf of governments in a variety of procedures and advises on legal issues that are politically sensitive. As of 1 September 2018, Reimer is the State Advocate. He has a broad knowledge of civil law, administrative law and criminal law. Through his actions for governments in various fields, he has an understanding of and feeling for political-administrative relations. Reimer has special expertise in the field of administrative supervision and enforcement, the civil aspects of criminal justice and governmental liability. In addition, Reimer acts on behalf of regulatory authorities, provinces and municipalities.

Reimer studied Constitutional and Administrative Law (cum laude) and History of International Relations at the Utrecht University.


Recent cases

  • Data Protection Authority: WhatsApp is obliged to appoint a representative in the Netherlands. Article 4(3) of the Personal Data Protection Act is not inconsistent with the Privacy Directive (District Court of The Hague 22 November 2016, ECLI:NL:RBDHA:2016:14088).
  • AFM (Netherlands Authority for Financial Markets): administrative fines of € 117,500 due to a breach of the obligation to pursue an integrity policy (4:11 Financial Supervision Act). Specification of the obligation to separate duties (District Court of Rotterdam 15 July 2016, ECLI:NL:RBROT:2016:5395).
  • The State (Public Prosecution Service): Should the request made by Mr D. Bouterse to hold a provisional examination of witnesses be awarded and if so, to what extent (Rb. Den Haag 21 oktober 2015, ECLI:NL:RBDHA:2015:12108)?
  • DNB: administrative penalty of € 22,680,000 due to a violation of the regulations governing ethical and controlled business operations (3:10 and 3:17 Financial Supervision Act) and a directive to a large listed company to dismiss the director (District Court of Rotterdam 31 July 2015, ECLI:NL:RBROT:2015:5635 and ECLI:NL:RBROT:2015:5634). For the decision on the premature publication of this penalty, see President of the District Court of Rotterdam 29 January 2015, ECLI:NL:RBROT:618.
  • ACM: the furnishing of criminal records (telephone taps) by the Public Prosecution Service to the Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM). This evidentiary material was obtained lawfully by ACM and may be used by ACM as evidence to impose administrative fines (Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal 9 July 2015, ECLI:NL:CBB:2015:193).
  • DNB: is DNB acting unlawfully by reassessing the suitability and reliability of a director (Article 3:8 and 3:9 Wft) (Vzr. Rb. Rotterdam, 16 maart 2015, ECLI:NL:RBROT:2015:1850)?
  • Ministry of Finance (FIOD): is the minister obliged under the Public Health Act [Wpg] to make the Fiscal Intelligence and Investigation Service logbook [FIOD-journaal], which was compiled in the context of the Klimop or Ivy investigation, available for inspection? (Rechtbank Noord-Holland 21 januari 2015, ECLI:NL:RBNHO:2015:300).
  • State (Public Prosecution Service), “Ros-tapes”: publication ban and injunction to recall the book containing witness testimonies of crown witness F. Ros in the Passage proceedings (Gerechtshof Arnhem-Leeuwarden 31 oktober 2014, ECLI:NL:GHARL:2014:8469).
  • State (Public Prosecution Service): liability of the State for consequences of criminal law enforcement affecting persons other than the suspect (Gerechtshof Amsterdam 28 oktober 2014, ECLI:NL:GHAMS:2014:4600, vervolg op HR 13 september 2013, ECLI:NL:HR:2013:BZ7396).
  • ACM: disclosure by ACM [Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets] of administrative fines totalling € 810,000 for the infringement of anti-spam legislation (Vzr. Rb. Rotterdam 24 september 2014, ECLI:NL:RBROT:2014:7808)).

Additional Information

  • State Advocate
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of Stichting Jeugdinterventies
  • VAR Administrative Law Association
  • Author of the bi-annual chronicle on enforcement NTB