• Administrative Law
  • Environment
  • Zoning & Planning
  • Public Procurement
  • Energy
Catherine Wijnants

Catherine Wijnants, Partner, leads the administrative and environmental practices of Verhaegen Walravens since 2010.

Since 1998, she has developed a broad and recognized expertise in environmental law (e.g. soil pollution, permits, waste management, compliance and liability issues, air pollution, noise or odor nuisance, environmental taxes, etc.), town planning (e.g. permitting issues, administrative fines) and energy law (e.g. energy performance of buildings, green certificates, biofuels).

Noteworthy is that Catherine’s environmental practice covers the three Belgian Regions (i.e. the Flemish Region, the Brussels Metropolitan Region and the Walloon Region).

Catherine also specializes in administrative law, including public procurement and PPP, licensing and permitting issues (e.g. socio economic permits, licenses for hotels or senior housing), regulatory issues (e.g. food and safety, medical matters, REACH).

Catherine acts regularily before the the various administrative bodies, the Council of State and the Constitutional Court. In addition, she has an important legislative experience such as drafting the implementing decrees of the Brussels soil pollution legislation.

Between 2004 and 2006, Catherine worked as a legal expert at the cabinet of the Environmental Minister of the Brussels Regional Government.

After graduating from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in 1997, Catherine obtained an LL.M. in Public International Law from the University of London (King’s College London and LSE).

She was admitted to the Brussels bar in 1998.

Catherine works daily in French, Dutch and English. She also speaks Swiss German (mother tongue).

Catherine is ranked in the international legal directories Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal.