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Legal form and business activity
Our clients contract with LIBER.IUS, an association of lawyers as regulated and approved by the Orde van Vlaamse Balies (Order of Flemish Bar Associations) by its rules in the Deontological Code for Lawyers, concerning forms of collaboration between lawyers and concerning one-person professional corporations of lawyers. Liber.ius is represented by Liberius Belgium BV. The purpose of the company is to provide legal services and to exercise the profession of attorney, arbitrator, legal counsel and legal representative.
Name: LIBERIUS BELGIUM BV (LIBER.IUS)
Legal form: Limited liability corporation (Besloten Vennootschap, registered in the Register of Legal Entities in Brussels under number 0728.828.504).
Corporate offices: 7 Rue Joseph Stevens, 1000 Brussels (Belgium)
Telephone: +32 (0) 2 535 74 28
VAT number: BE 0728.828.504
Register of legal entities: Brussels
• Diederik Van Lede, Managing Partner (also solicitor in England & Wales)
• Yves Stans
• Kris Somers
• Gunther Meyer
• Dr. Alexandra von Westernhagen (registered lawyer in England & Wales and Berlin, Germany)
Yves Derwahl is registered at the Barreau de Eupen and collaborates with Liber.ius on certain matters.
Professional organisations and rules of conduct
The attorneys at Liber.ius are authorised to practise law in Belgium. Liber.ius attorneys are registered with one or more of the following professional organisations in Belgium:
Dutch-speaking association of the Brussels bar: www.baliebrussel.be
French-speaking association of the Brussels bar: www.barreaubruxelles.be
Liber.ius attorneys enrolled with the Dutch-speaking association of attorneys at the Brussels bar are, inter alia, subject to the code of conduct of the Orde van Vlaamse Balies, which is comprised of the Dutch-speaking bars (www.advocaat.be). Liber.ius attorneys enrolled with the French-speaking association of attorneys at the Brussels bar are, inter alia, subject to the code of conduct of the Ordre des barreaux francophones et germanophone de Belgique, which is comprised of the French and German-speaking bars (www.avocats.be). These codes of conduct can be consulted on the websites mentioned.
You can turn to LIBER.IUS for legal advice, litigation before the courts of justice and the administrative authorities, and assistance in negotiations. Your case will be dealt with, under the responsibility of LIBER.IUS, by the partner or the mandatary who will sign the correspondence, and who may be assisted by one or more associates or legal advisors. For all services rendered, election of domicile is made at LIBER.IUS’s corporate offices. The partner in charge can always be contacted at the address of the corporate offices and the phone number indicated above, as well as at his or her personal email address. The rendering of services is governed by the rules of the Orde van Vlaamse Balies, the Conférence des Barreaux Francophones et Germanophones, and the Dutch and French orders of lawyers at the Brussels Bar. LIBER.IUS does not take part in organized multidisciplinary forms of collaboration.
Together with our clients, we agree on a price that matches the client’s needs. Our fees, administrative costs and, if applicable, VAT are listed on our fee statements.
General terms and conditions, applicable law and competent court
Our general terms and conditions apply to all of our services. A copy of our commercial terms and conditions for services can be obtained upon simple request by clients free of charge. Only Belgian law applies to each aspect of our services and the Belgian courts are exclusively competent to rule on disputes relating to our services.
Liber.ius and its attorneys are insured for professional liability in accordance with the deontological rules.
Money laundering prevention and identification requirements
Attorneys are subject to the preventive component of the money laundering legislation (Act of 18 September 2017 on the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing and on the restriction of the use of cash). This legislation aims to combat (among other things) money laundering and the financing of terrorism and, to this end, imposes a number of mandatory obligations on attorneys. Failure to comply with these can result in temporary sanctions and administrative fines.
First of all, our attorneys are obliged to identify our clients and to request and preserve a number of documents in support of this identity. For the entire duration of the client relationship, attorneys are also subject to a duty of vigilance, which may require additional information. We have this duty of disclosure and vigilance not only with regard to our clients (individuals and legal entities), but also with regard to their representatives, such as the directors of companies, as well as to the ultimate beneficial owners of the legal entities. Clients are obliged to provide the information necessary to carry out these identification obligations and to inform Liber.ius as soon as possible about any relevant changes. If the required information is not provided at the outset, Liber.ius may be required not to engage with the client and to stop any further provision of services.
When attorneys, in carrying out the work envisaged by the law, ascertain facts that they know or suspect are related to money laundering or terrorist financing, they must immediately report this to the president of their bar association, except when their activities are intended to determine the legal status of their client or for the defence or representation of their client in (connection with) a legal action. The president of the bar association will decide whether or not to pass on the information received to the Financial Intelligence Processing Unit.
These obligations, of course, do not prejudice the professional secrecy that continues to characterise the relationship between the client and his or her attorney.
Liber.ius strives to provide its clients with the best possible service. If you are not satisfied with the services of Liber.ius for any reason, you can address your questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.