The firm Lamon Law wishes to be as transparent as possible regarding its policy on fees and disbursements. After all, this benefits both the client and the firm.
The fee is the monetary payment that the client pays to his lawyer for the services provided by the lawyer.
Disbursements are charged in addition to the fee. These include court costs, travelling expenses and administrative charges.
A request for an initial advance payment is usually made when the case commences, and includes a detailed explanation of how the fees and disbursements are calculated. An interim payment is then made every quarter. In the event of court proceedings, an interim payment is made after each instance in any case.
Unless expressly agreed otherwise, the firm Lamon Law charges its services to the client at an hourly rate. This hourly rate is adjusted annually.
Other arrangements can be made at the client’s request.
In the event of court proceedings, part of the fee can be recovered from the unsuccessful party (pursuant to the Belgian Act of 21 April 2007).
In order to be able to provide a professional service, lawyers must undergo continuous professional development, in addition to the time spent on the specific case, and the law firm should invest in an extensive legal library and subscriptions to legal databases. This obviously benefits each case and so is also charged as part of the fee.
The basic hourly rate charged for services personally performed by Hugo Lamon is €150 + 21% VAT (from 1 January 2012). This basic rate may be adjusted (upwards or downwards) after prior consultation depending on the complexity of the case, urgent nature and financial commitment.
Services performed by Hugo Lamon’s employees are charged at a lower basic hourly rate (between €80 and €125 + 21% VAT).
The firm Lamon Law undertakes to always make clear and prior arrangements with the client, in case of exceptions from the basic hourly rate.
Different fee arrangements may be made in special cases (e.g. those in which a judgment is pursued on a matter of principle).