Municipal Law (local authorities)

Adv. Eli Wilchek, head of the municipal department at Cohen, Wilchek & Co. is considered one of the leading experts in Israel in the area of construction and municipal law. Wilchek is one of the most prominent lawyers in municipal law in Israel. Adv. Wilchek acquired his expertise as a civil servant heading the legal department of the municipality of Natanya for several years. After 4 years of civil service he joined advocate Cohen, and together they formed, in 1995, the Cohen Wilchek law firm. Today he serves, among other roles, as the external legal advisor to numerous municipal entities: Hadera City Council, Lev Hasharon Municipality and many more. In addition, he serves as the external legal advisor to the Regional Councils Center which represents the interests of 54 councils in Israel. In his professional capacity Adv. Wilchek deals with promoting legislation in the Knesset, comments on proposed legislation and is involved in extensive legal work with the top managerial and legal positions at the Ministry of the Interior.

Adv. Wilchek and the department team have been handling a large variety of municipal matters and related issues for many years, representing local authorities, residents and businesses in subjects which include: fees, levies, property taxes, areas of jurisdiction, land expropriation and compensation, legal advice to co-operative societies, handling commercial negotiations for and with local authorities on contracts and other dealings, drafting agreements, managing tenders, and many more.
In addition, the firm provides case by case counsel to a large number of local authorities, among them: Tel Aviv Municipality, Hadera Municipality, Netanya Municipality, Zichron Yaakov Local Council and Southern Sharon Regional Council. It also provides ongoing legal counsel to Lev Hasharon.
Cohen, Wilchek & Co. is one of only three law firms authorized by the Israeli government’s Economic Services Company to handle framework contracts for municipal services.

notable cases

  • Precedent: determining whether the court or an appeal committee has authority to discuss fees and levies.
  • Precedent: determining rules for forcing a municipal authority to allow establishing an informal education school in its area of jurisdiction.
  • Representing Modiin municipality in a dispute with the Makabim-Reuth committee.
  • Representing the Zichron Yaakov Local Council objecting to the natural gas processing plant near Moshav Dor.
  • Representing the Hadera City Council in a damages claim concerning false representations in construction plans.
  • Representing the Tel Aviv Municipality in negotiating fees and levies for the Azrieli Towers project.
  • Representing the Southern Sharon Regional Council at a borders committee.
  • Representing the Israel Aerospace Industry (IAI) in two border committees to determine which municipal authority has jurisdiction in its lands.
  • Representing Petroleum & Energy Infrastructures (PEI) in a claim for over NIS 130 million against the Haifa City Council.
  • Defending the Zichron Yaakov Local Council in the Supreme Court against a claim by Africa-Israel concerning construction rights on land designated for conservation.
  • Precedent: determining whether the court or an appeal committee has authority to discuss fees and levies.
  • Precedent: determining rules for forcing a municipal authority to allow establishing an informal education school in its area of jurisdiction.
  • Representing Modiin municipality in a dispute with the Makabim-Reuth committee.

The Team

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Eli Wilchek
Senior Partner
Planning and Construction / Municipal law / Administrative Law / Tender Law
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Meirav Barnea
Partner
Administrative and public law / 
Planning and construction law / Tenders law
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Ravit Cyment
Partner
Public and Administrative Law / Planning and Building Law / Local Authorities / Tenders

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    Ramat Gan, 52506
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