Transparency of fees and charges
Unless otherwise agreed, our fees are calculated according to the time spent on the assignment.
The hourly rates in force are specified to the client in writing at the start of the processing of the file. Any change in these rates or in the fee schedule will only be applicable after the client has been informed.
In addition, we reserve the right to charge the client, with his consent, a result fee calculated on the amounts at stake in principal and interest, depending on the nature of the case and the result obtained.
Whichever method of charging costs is chosen, disbursements (court fees, bailiff's fees, expert fees, translator's fees etc.) are charged to the client at cost.
We are free to choose the bailiffs who act on behalf of our clients, while the choice of other third parties (notary, auditor, technical advisor, etc.) is only made after consultation.
The amount that may be requested from the opposing party as an intervention in the defence costs of our clients is calculated as a lump sum.
As a rule, we send our clients regular interim statements or provisions, and at the end of the assignment we send them our final statement of costs and fees.
Our statements of costs and fees are payable in cash.
In the event of default, interest and collection costs are due on the basis of the Act of 2 August 2002 on combating late payment in commercial transactions.
Unless otherwise agreed, we will take care of the archiving of the files (paper or electronic storage) for a period of five years, with the possibility of inspecting or copying them during the same period. Unless expressly requested within this period, the file will be completely destroyed at the end of this period.
Our relationship is subject to Belgian law and any dispute relating to it is the exclusive competence of the Brussels courts, without prejudice to the competence of the professional bodies to which we belong in matters of ethics and fee disputes.