Terms and Conditions

  1. We strive to carry out our missions diligently, in compliance with the law and Professional ethics. We keep our clients up-to-date and provide appropriate solutions that protect their interests.
  2. Unless agreed otherwise, the firm’s liability is stricly limited to the amount of € 2,500,000 per file for all lawyers involved in the case. This amount corresponds to the professional liability insurance we have taken out.
  3. Clients shall not hold us responsible for the requests we are required to make to them, pursuant to the legislation on the prevention of money laundering, in order to identify them on the basis of documentary evidence at the time we develop a relationship of mutual confidence.
  4. The clients are informed of the names of the lawyers who are in charge of their case. We can freely give particular assignments to other partners and associates and involve lawyers from other law firms under our sole responsibility.
  5. We are committed to informing our clients of the possible legal options and implementing the chosen solution as quickly as possible. Unless expressly agreed otherwise, our clients are supposed to accept the strategic choices, as they arise from the correspondence, the initiatives taken or the procedures implemented.
  6. Unless otherwise agreed, our 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.
  7. In addition, 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.
  8. The expenses incurred in relation to our mission are charged to the client either as a percentage of the fees or pursuant to the following fee schedule (the amounts are 21% VAT exclusive) :
    • File opening, closing and archiving during the legal period of 5 years: € 100,00
    • Correspondence (email, fax and mail), per page: € 10,00
    • Typed document, per page: € 10,00
    • Photocopy, per page: € 0,25
    • Travel expenses, per km: € 0,40
    • Other fees: cost price
  9. Without regard to the billing method, the costs are specified to the clients in writing at the beginning of the case; disbursements (court fees, expert’s, bailiff’s, translator’s fees, etc.) are charged at cost.
  10. 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.
  11. As a genenral rule, our clients are asked to pay a retainer on a regular basis. At any time they can ask us to provide an interim invoice.
  12. 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. The Bar considers that professional secrecy objects to the statement of our services, the invoices and the file being disclosed to support such request. It is expressly agreed that the fees are calculated on the basis of the specified method, irrespective of the amount the other party would be required to pay as a contribution to the legal costs of our clients.
  13. In any case, our mission ends at the latest when we issue our final invoice.
  14. 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.
  15. Unless agreed otherwise, we take care of the archiving,including the retention of the main elements of the 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.
  16. 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.