The use of this website (the "Website") is subject to the conditions mentioned below. The mere use of the Website implies the acceptance of those conditions.
The information available on or via the Website is of a general nature. Crosslaw cannot be considered as providing any professional service through the Website. Crosslaw does therefore not accept any liability whatsoever in this respect.
Crosslaw does not monitor other websites with which the Website would have a link and has no control on those websites. Therefore, Crosslaw cannot guarantee the completeness or the accuracy of such websites, nor their availability.
Crosslaw shall not be liable for any damages arising or resulting from any use of the Website or of the information made available on or via the Website (including with respect to interruptions, technical errors or viruses).
Personal data protection
The Website is subject to copyright protection. No intellectual property rights regarding the Website or the information available on or via the Website is transferred to any user. The information that is made available on or via the Website cannot be used for any commercial purpose without Crosslaw’s explicit and written consent.
Crosslaw undertakes to respect and protect the privacy of the users of the Website and their personal data.
Crosslaw also undertakes to comply with the Belgian Act of 8th December 1992 for the protection of privacy in connection with the processing of personal data.
In principle, a visitor can visit the Website without entering any personal data on it.
However, in order for you to use some of the services offered on the Website, it is necessary for Crosslaw to have some information, such as – wherever appropriate – names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, etc.
Crosslaw assumes responsibility for the processing of personal data collected via the Website.
Crosslaw will take the necessary steps to ensure the secure processing of personal data. All personal information that you provide shall remain strictly confidential. It will be collected in Crosslaw’s internal database and will not be disclosed to third parties. By providing your details, you agree to the use of your personal data in order to be contacted in direct by Crosslaw.
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Obligation to identify
Under the Belgian anti-money laundering legislation (Act of 11 January 1993 on Preventing the Use of the Financial System for Money Laundering) designed to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism, the lawyers (“avocats / advocaten”) must report certain transactions and comply with a number of administrative obligations.
Suspicious transactions must be reported to the Head of the Bar Association, who, in turn, transmits the information to the Cellule de Traitement des Informations Financières / Cel voor Financiële Informatieverwerking. This reporting obligation does however not apply if the situation concerned involves advice regarding or assistance in potential or pending legal proceedings.
In addition, the lawyers have a duty to “identify the clients” (i.e. ascertain the client's identity with supporting documents) in certain types of transactions.
We seek to apply fees that are fair and reasonable, taking into account the interests of our clients and the level of quality we want to maintain in the services rendered to them.
Our fees are principally calculated on the basis of an hourly rate, which can vary depending upon, for example, the seniority and level of expertise of the lawyers involved and the nature and complexity of the matter. An increment is added to our fees to cover general office expenses.
Within the limits of our professional rules, we do however welcome alternative ways of determining our fees if they suit our client better, such as working on the basis of a budget, with a cap (and a floor), with part of the fees based on a certain result (“success fee”), with a “flat fee”, etc.. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss the possibilities.