Fees

The law

Article 446 ter of the Belgian judicial code:
"Lawyers shall set their fees with the discretion that is to be expected of them in the performance of their duties. They are forbidden to enter into agreements on fees that are linked exclusively to the result of disputes in question."

Our fees are therefore set according to the criterion of fair judgement, in accordance with the importance of the case and the time spent working on it.

Since 1st January 2014, the costs linked to the work of Belgian lawyers are subject to VAT set at 21%. The amounts indicated are expressed excluding VAT.


Hourly rate

We apply an hourly rate that particularly takes into account the lawyer’s specialisation, the nature of the service provided, the level of urgency and the client’s situation.

It is set according to the following rates:

75,00 € to 125,00 € Junior lawyer
100,00 € to 175,00 € Associate lawyer
100,00 € to 300,00 € Specialist lawyer
75,00 € Waiting & travel

This hourly rate is most often applied for cases that cannot be evaluated in monetary terms. A surcharge due to the excellence of the result is permitted.
Codes of Conduct for the Bars of: Liège - Verviers, OBFG and CCBE.


Cases evaluable in monetary terms

As regards cases evaluable in monetary terms, the fees may be calculated on the basis of the case’s value, nonetheless taking into account a minimum hourly rate.

Cases evaluable in monetary terms are set in accordance with the actual value of the litigation, i.e. the principal and incidental amounts claimed by each of the parties.

The rates are as follows:

Up to 2.500,00 € 18 to 25%
From 2.500 to 12.000,00 € 13 to 19%
From 12.000 to 25.000,00 € 9 to 14%
From 25.000 to 50.000,00 € 8 to 12%
From 50.000 to 125.000,00 € 6 to 11%
From 125.000 to 250.000,00 € 5 to 10%
Above 250.000,00 € 4 to 8%

These rates are applicable to cases that require court action as well as legal proceedings.


Debt recovery

For simple debt recovery, i.e. debt recovery which does not give rise to legal proceedings and for which merely the granting of payment terms occurs, the following rates are applied:

Up to 6.000,00 € 10 to 15%
From 6.000 to 50.000,00 € 7,5 to 10%
From 50.000 to 125.000,00 € 3 to 8%
From 125.000 to 250.000,00 € 2 to 6%
Above 250.000,00 € 1 to 4%

Office expenses

Case folder 60 € flat fee
Correspondence 9 € per page
Telephone - Fax - mail 10 % of correspondence
Travel 0,60 € per kilometre
Photocopy 0,60 € per page

Disbursements

Charged at cost price (court fees, bailiff’s fees, expert’s fees, etc.).


Accruals and invoices

During proceedings, requests for accruals are sent to clients in order to cover part of the services as well as the costs incurred.

On completion of our work, a summary statement of costs and fees including the agreed calculation method as well as the detailed description of the expenses actually incurred shall be sent to the client.

It is now possible to obtain the payment of a procedural indemnity from the party that loses the case. This indemnity includes the participation (at a fixed amount laid down by law) of the opposing party in the payment of the statement of costs and fees for the lawyer of the party that wins the case.

This fixed participation paid by the opposing party shall be incorporated into the accruals received.

Naturally, we are always available to provide you with any useful information on the development of our services as your case progresses.

 

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    4800 Verviers

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    4000 Liège

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    1060 Bruxelles

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  • Eupen

    Rathausplatz, 5
    4700 Eupen

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  • Anvers

    Brusselstraat, 51
    2018 Antwerpen

    anvers@apmlaw.be Tél 03 244 18 44
  • Charleroi

    Rue Auguste Piccard, 12
     6041 Charleroi

    charleroi@apmlaw.be Tél 071 919 973
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    Avenue Kléber, 58
    75116 Paris

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