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Transparency of legal fees

Before you instruct us to proceed, the lawyer handling your case will first advise you on your chances of success and discuss our fee structure with you. He or she should be able to give you an estimate of the total cost of the case. As far as the fee structure is concerned, you can choose from the following options.

Fixed price

If you’d prefer to rule out any financial surprises at the end of the day, the best option is to agree beforehand on a set price. In most cases, it’s fairly straightforward to divide a case into a number of separate components. By estimating the amount of time we are likely to spend on each component, and then factoring in

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Hourly rate based on results

Although success may not be guaranteed, what we can guarantee is that we’ll do our very best to obtain the best possible result for you. Under their professional code of conduct, Dutch lawyers are forbidden from entering into ‘no cure, no pay’ deals. What we can do, however, is to agree beforehand on the hourly rates we charge as a

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Plain hourly rate

We can of course charge you in the conventional manner if you’d prefer us to do so. In that case, we keep a careful record of the amount of time we spend on your case and send you a monthly invoice based on this. Our hourly rates range from €120 to €330 and we agree beforehand on the rate on

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Mixed fee

Combinations of the above options are also possible. For example, we can invoice part of the job on the basis of a fixed price and base the remainder on a flexible hourly rate.

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Pro Bono

If your income and assets are below the statutory limit, you may be eligible for legal aid. This means that the Dutch State pays some or all of your lawyer’s fees. You then only have to pay a personal contribution, which we will pass on to you.

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Legal aid insurance

Have you taken out legal aid insurance? In that case you have the right to choose your own lawyer, at the insurer’s expense, if you are involved in a judicial or administrative procedure. That is what the Court of Justice of the European Union has decided. You also have this right to freely choose a lawyer if it is not

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Office charge

A fixed 7% office charge is added to the lawyer’s fee to cover certain office expenses that are difficult to itemise (such as postage, photocopying and secretarial support). Most of these expenses are liable to VAT.

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Out-of-pocket expenses and financial risks

If we end up litigating on your behalf, your lawyer will tell you beforehand about any out-of-pocket legal expenses that may be incurred. These include costs incurred in calling witnesses and experts, and also costs such as registry fees, bailiff’s charges and travel expenses. Your lawyer will also inform you in advance of the financial risks involved. You should bear

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Invoice

In principle, we invoice you on a monthly basis, thus enabling you to keep track of the costs of your case. Each invoice is accompanied by an itemised list of the activities we have performed for you, so as to keep you fully up to date with the status of your case and to help you decide on the next

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