In accordance with Article 446 ter of the Belgian Judicial Code, lawyers are free to set their fees within reasonable limits. Fees may vary according to:
- the scope of the tasks to be carried out
- the amounts involved
- the complexity of the assignment
- the level of technical or specialised expertise required
- the results achieved
- the urgency of the matter.
Fees can be set based on:
- the kind of case involved, its complexity, its urgency, the experience of the lawyer handling the case, and/or the final results
- an hourly rate that varies according to the nature and importance of the case, the specialisation(s) the lawyer in charge, the complexity of the matter under dispute, and the urgency of the assignment
- a hybrid system,e., an hourly rate plus a percentage based on the value of the items under dispute.
If we are successful, we will also charge a ‘success fee’ equivalent to a percentage of the sums recovered or saved by the client as a result of a case we win, or of a settlement we negotiate.
All fees are clearly communicated to the client in writing as soon as the case is taken on.
With effect from 1 January 2014, expenses and fees are subject to VAT of 21%.