Transparency of legal fees

Unless otherwise agreed, the legal fees are calculated on the basis of the amount of time spent to carry out the mission.

The hourly rates are indicated to our clients in writing at the beginning of the case.

Any modification of these rates or of the fee schedule will be applied only after having informed our clients thereof.

In addition, subject to our client’s consent, we reserve the right to charge a success fee calculated on the interests and the principal amount, according to the type of the case and the outcome.

Without regard to the billing method, disbursements (court fees, expert’s, bailiff’s, translator’s fees, etc.) are charged at cost.

We freely appoint the bailiffs on behalf of our clients. The choice of another third party whose assistance is useful (notary, auditor, technical advisor, etc.) is made only after consulting our clients.

The amount that could possibly be claimed from the other party as a contribution to the legal fees is calculated on a flat-rate basis.

As a general rule, our clients are asked to pay a retainer on a regular basis. We issue our final invoice upon closure of the case.

Our invoices are payable in cash.

In the event of default, interest and collection costs are due pursuant to the law of August 2nd, 2002 combating late payment in commercial transactions.

Unless otherwise agreed, we take care of the archiving (including the retention of the paper or electronic file) for a period of five years. During this period, our clients may request an inspection or a copy thereof. Unless expressly requested within this period, the file shall be destroyed at the end of this period.

Our relationship is governed by Belgian law and any dispute in respect thereof shall be subject to the Courts of Brussels, without prejudice to the competence of the regulatory bodies to which we are subject in terms of Professional ethics and invoice complaints.