General terms

  1. Fees will be calculated on the basis of the time spent on the file and the hourly rate set by the lawyer, or on the basis of a percentage agreed at the start of court proceedings, or in any other manner agreed with the client. Expenses, such as bailiff’s fees, administrative and travel expenses, etc., will be invoiced separately on the basis of price schedules (available on request).
    From 1 January 2014, all fees or expenses are subject to VAT.
    The rates for fees and expenses may be changed from time to time without prior notice.
    We reserve the right to request advance payment of fees and expenses.
    Invoices are payable within fourteen days from the date of issue.
  2. The lawyer will deposit in a bank account all sums received on behalf of the client, as soon as possible after receipt.
    From any sums received on behalf of the client, the lawyer may deduct amounts to cover any outstanding advance payments or invoices for fees and expenses. The lawyer will advise the client that it has done so.
    The client is entitled to dispute the lawyer’s fee invoice and claim reimbursement of these deducted amounts.
  3. The client may terminate the agreement at any time by notifying the lawyer in writing.
    The lawyer will send the final invoice to the client, including all services provided up to the date of termination of the agreement. The lawyer is not entitled to request compensation from the client.
    At the client’s first request, the lawyer will return to the client all documents in the file, requesting confirmation of receipt.
    The lawyer may also terminate the agreement at any time by notifying the client in writing. The lawyer will take into account whether the client will be able to obtain the necessary assistance from another lawyer in a timely manner.
  4. The liability of the firm is limited to the amount payable under the professional indemnity insurance held by the firm.
    If for whatever reason no payment is made by the insurer, the liability of the firm is in every case limited to twice the amount of the fees paid to the firm.
  5. The relationship between lawyer and client is governed by Belgian law.
    In the event of a dispute, the courts and tribunals of Antwerp have exclusive jurisdiction.