Avocat à la Cour d'Aix-en-ProvenceRein-Jan Prins
METHOD OF WORK – COSTS AND FEES
The firm co-operates on a permanent basis with the firm LSCM & Associés, sharing its offices in Aix-en-Provence (see contact page). It also works with an excellent business law firm in Paris (*) and with various other law offices in France and the Netherlands and in other European countries, depending on the required specialization and location.
(*)Meetings can therefore be held in Paris in stead of in Aix-en-Provence when convenient.
This organizational structure enables the firm to represent clients and conduct litigation before all courts all over France and the Netherlands.
The client always has only one contact person, who can always be reached directly (without intervention of associates or assistants). Thus, the client will be kept closely informed of all developments.
Costs and fees
Before accepting any engagement, the firm will provide the client with an estimation of the expected fees and expenses, the expected time schedule or mile stones and the provisional « scenario » of the matter.
The applicable hourly rate ranges from 250 to 350 Euro (exclusive of VAT), depending on the complexity and the urgency of the matter. If third parties have to be involved, whether other lawyers or experts, they will be requested not to apply higher rates.
In certain cases and if appropriate and feasible, a fixed fee instead of billing based upon hourly rates may be agreed upon.
The firm will advance the necessary costs and expenses (court costs, translation costs, travel costs, third party fees and other disbursements) and invoice these to client without additional charges or office expenses.
In certain cases – for instance when important costs have to be paid up-front, or an important amount of work has to be done right away – an advance for expenses and/or a payment on account shall be requested.
Invoices will be issued monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly, depending on the case, and will be accompanied by a specification of services provided. The firm’s invoices will include all costs and expenses made on behalf of client; thus the client receives only invoices from the firm, not from any other party.
Except in very urgent cases the preceding shall be specified in more detail in a Fee Agreement to be signed by the client and the attorney, before the latter can start any work.
As provided by articles L 616-1 and R 616-1 of the French Consumer Code, Client is hereby informed that in case of a conflict under the present Agreement, a consumer-client can bring the conflict before the national mediator for the attorney’s profession:
Madame Carole Pascarel, médiateur de la consommation de la profession d’avocat
180 boulevard Haussmann, F-75008 PARIS