In accordance with the lawyers’ legal, regulatory and ethical provisions, fees are freely fixed with clients, in consideration of the time spent on a case, its nature and difficulty, of the importance of the interests at stake, the experience of the lawyers and the results obtained.
On acceptance of a case, the firm informs the clients about the conditions and method of invoicing of its fees, depending on the nature of the case, the work needing to be done and the client’s objectives.
The invoicing method agreed with clients is confirmed to them in writing as soon as the case is taken on.
The firm invoices its charges and fees as follows:
1. Invoicing per time spent
The firm generally invoices its services based on the time spent by the firm’s lawyers in dealing with the case. The differentiated hourly rate according to the lawyer(s) involved is communicated to the clients at the first meeting.
The fees are subject to VAT at the current rate.
The firm invoices its fees regularly, in a fees statement containing a very specific descriptive statement of all the work completed for the case by the firm’s lawyers and their hourly rates.
The firm strives to inform its clients about particular circumstances or events that could generate an increase in the originally planned fees.
2. Invoicing per package
A package fee may also be agreed with the client when the extent of the work needed is sufficiently predetermined at the beginning of the case, generally for consulting services and the drafting of legal documents (drafting of letters, contracts, private agreements etc).
3. Fixed fee to which is added a variable fee
Lawyers’ ethical rules and the prohibition of the “de quota litis” agreement do not allow them to set their fees solely based on the judicial outcome, but do allow them to apportion a part of their fees on the result.
For a contentious matter, the law firm may agree to a fixed fee to which will be added a variable fee, on the basis of a percentage of the amount of money obtained by the client, and whose terms are set out in an agreement.
An annual subscription agreement may also be concluded with clients for a fee at a flat rate fixed at the beginning of the period that may be adjusted according to their needs and the nature of the cases entrusted.
Lawyers’ travel expenses (train fares, plane fares etc.) as well as expenses and fees of outside services (couriers, bailiffs, assessors, translators, etc.) are not included in the law firm’s fees and are charged in addition at their actual cost.
Expenses are clearly stated on the fees statements and to which documentary proof of the expenses may be attached.
Whatever invoicing method agreed with the client, the firm reserves the right to seek the payment of provisions before starting its services.
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