Legal information

BUYSSENS Employment Lawyers is a group of lawyers dedicated to practising law in the broadest sense of the word. The group's partners are natural persons and civil private limited liability companies.

The lawyers at BUYSSENS Employment Law Lawyers are authorised to practice law everywhere in Belgium. Unless otherwise provided, they are all members of the Antwerp Bar Association, with the title of “lawyer”, and they exercise their professional activities via the following enterprise numbers.

Herman BUYSSENS bv (CBE/VAT number 0835.008.266)

Mr. Herman Buyssens
Mr. Sofie Vandermeersch
Mr. Tony Van de Calseyde

Mr. Aurélie Peeters (CBE/VAT number 0561.920.901)
Mr. Sébastien van Damme (CBE/VAT number 0640.992.133)
Mr. Laura Bruynseels (CBE/VAT-number 0703.987.297)
Mr. Thomas Van Campenhout (CBE/VAT-number 0731.657.241) 

The professional liability of the lawyers of the office is insured in the first degree by Amlin Europe Ltd, Avenue King Albert II 37, 1030 Brussels, Belgium.

The professional liability of the lawyers of the office is insured in the second degree by AG Insurance ltd, Avenue Emile Jacqmain 53, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.
The insurance policy includes a global coverage, except for the United States and Canada.

Fees and Expenses

BUYSSENS Employment Lawyers adopts a full transparency policy insofar as expenses and fees are concerned.

For our services an hourly rate will be charged. Said hourly rate will be set depending on our lawyers´experience and knowledge. During the first appointment BUYSSENS Employment Lawyers will inform clients of the hourly rates that will be charged and this in full transparency. With every invoice clients will receive a detailed service overview enabling them to check which services were delivered, how much time was spent on them and which lawyer rendered the service in question. Administrative costs will be charged on a fixed rate basis and the expenses for third party interventions will be transferred directly to the client in question, unless said charges will be invoiced by us with the client’s consent.  Except for an agreement to the contrary, interim invoices will be sent regularly, thereby avoiding unpleasant surprises for customers at the end of the day.

BUYSSENS Employment Lawyers will be open to partial remuneration for its lawyers’ services, such as success fees, if the nature of the case is appropriate in this regard and clients take an interest in such an arrangement.

BUYSSENS Employment Lawyers wishes that clients start their cases fully informed. This not only pertains to the price of our lawyers’ interventions, but also implies that they are fully informed of the expenses to be made in the event of possible legal proceedings, the estimated duration thereof etc. ... A correct and full provision of information constitutes a healthy basis for pleasant and professional cooperation.

General conditions

BUYSSENS Employment Lawyers shall select the third parties it uses for the purpose of handling and processing cases or the parties who will be involved in such cases with the utmost care. Cooperating with or transferring to third parties will always take place following mutual consultation with the client or with the client’s consent. However, BUYSSENS Employment Lawyers cannot be held accountable for any of such third party’s shortcomings.

BUYSSENS Employment Lawyers’s liability shall be limited to the amount covered by its partners’ professional liability insurance.

BUYSSENS Employment Lawyers’s invoices shall become payable within 15 days following invoicing date. In the event of non-payment the amount due shall – automatically and without proof of default being necessary – be increased by 10%, with a minimum of EUR 100.00, and this without prejudice to the right to claim higher compensation on condition that proof of actual higher damage can be provided. In the absence of payment in good time  BUYSSENS Employment Lawyers shall also have the right to charge conventional default interests equalling the interest rate set in section 5 of the Arrears Act of 2nd August 2002.

The agreement between BUYSSENS Employment Lawyers and the client shall be governed exclusively by Belgian law. Solely the courts of the Court District of Antwerp shall be the competent courts for any and all disputes arising from this agreement.

Privacy Policy

Last updated on May 11th 2020

1 General information

1. This Privacy Policy governs the processing of your personal data by HERMAN BUYSSENS BVBA (hereinafter "we"), with registered office at Léon Stynenstraat 75 c, 2000 Antwerp, and registered with the Crossroads Bank for Enterprises under company number 0835.008.266.

2. Please read this Privacy Policy carefully, as it contains essential information on how your personal data are processed by Buyssens Advocaten Sociaal Recht. Should you have any questions about the processing of your personal data and/or this Privacy Policy, please do not hesitate to contact us:
Mr. Sofie Vandermeersch
Léon Stynenstraat 75 c
2000 Antwerp
T +32 3 361 07 50
F +32 3 248 49 73
sv@buyssens-law.be

3. By communicating your personal data, you declare that you have read this Privacy Policy and expressly agree to its content, as well as to the processing of your personal data.

2 Legal framework and scope of application

4. This Privacy Policy is issued within the framework of the General Data Protection Regulation dated 27 April 2016 and the Belgian regulations on the processing of personal data.

5. We are the controller of your personal data in the light of the General Data Protection Regulation.

6. This Privacy Policy applies to all services we provide and, in general, to all activities we carry out. We collect your personal data when you use our website (www.buyssens-law.be) or when you use our services.

3 Personal Data

7. We only process the personal data that we really need to achieve the purposes for which we process them (see point 4 below).

8. We process the following categories of personal data:

  • Personal identification data (surname, first name, title of address, etc.);
  • Contact details (telephone number, e-mail address, file number, etc.);
  • Financial data (bank account number, etc.);
  • Electronic data (IP address, cookies, etc.).

9. Which personal data we collect and process from you depends on your relationship with us.

10. We would like to point out that you are responsible for all data you provide us with. We assume that these are correct. Should your data no longer be correct, please inform us without delay.

11. You choose which personal data you share. If certain data are incorrect, incomplete or non-existent, we have the right not to provide certain services.

4 Purposes and legal basis of the processing

12. We will only process your personal data for the following purposes and on the basis of the stated legal basis:

  • Customer and supplier data:
    For our services and/or activities as a law firm we collect and process personal identification data, contact data, financial data and electronic data of our clients, clients, suppliers, their staff and employees and other useful contacts. The purposes for this includes execution of the agreement with our clients and principals, client management and accounting. We do this on the legal basis of the execution of the agreement, fulfilment of legal and regulatory obligations and/or our legitimate interest.
  • File data:
    In connection with our services as a law firm and in the context of the handling of files, we collect and process the personal identification data of counterparties and their counsel, trade unions and their representatives, as well as of all possible other persons involved such as bailiffs, notaries, experts, civil parties, trustees, etc. The legal grounds for this are the fulfilment of legal and regulatory obligations and/or our legitimate interest.
  • Other data:
    We also collect and process personal data of others (prospective clients, colleagues, useful contacts / network contacts, former lawyers, trainees or employees, job applicants, etc.). The purposes of these processing operations are in the interest of our activities and public relations. The legal basis is our legitimate interest.

5 Duration of processing

13. Your personal data will be stored and processed by us for a period of time that is necessary in function of the purposes of the processing. We will delete your data as soon as we no longer need them or when you have validly exercised your right to delete personal data.

6 Transmission to third parties and access by third parties

14. In the event that we reorganize, transfer, cease or discontinue all or part of our business, or in case of bankruptcy, your information may be transferred to new entities or third parties. We will endeavor to inform you in advance, but you also accept that this may not be technically or commercially feasible in all circumstances.

15. In exceptional cases, we may have to disclose your personal data pursuant to a court order or in order to comply with a legal obligation. We will try to inform you of this in advance, unless there is a legal restriction.

Certain of your personal data will be passed on to and possibly processed by the lawyers or employees associated with the office, courts and tribunals, government services or third party service providers (IT supplier, accountant, social secretariat, insurance companies, etc.). These third parties may be located outside the European Economic Area. Personal data will only be transferred to third countries with an adequate level of protection.

16.  Within the framework of the anti-money laundering legislation to which we are subject as a law firm, data of clients and third parties involved (agents, beneficial owners, etc.) are, in certain circumstances, forwarded to the President of the Bar with jurisdiction.

17. In order to be able to process your personal data, we grant access to your personal data to our employees, appointees and collaborators. We guarantee a similar level of protection by making contractual obligations opposable to these employees, collaborators and appointees, which are similar to this Privacy Policy.

We will not sell, rent, distribute or otherwise make your personal data commercially available to third parties except as described above or with your prior consent.

7 Your Rights

18. You have a number of rights under the terms of the General Data Protection Regulation and the Belgian regulations on the processing of personal data.

19. Your rights are:

7.1 Right of inspection

20. You have the right to know what personal information we have about you and what we use it for.

7.2 Right of rectification

21. You have the right to correct and/or complete the personal data we have about you.

7.3 Right of data erasure (right of forgetfulness)

22. You have the right to obtain the removal of your personal data, in the following cases:

  • When we no longer need your personal data for the intended purposes;
  • When you withdraw your consent for the processing of your personal data and there is no legal basis for allowing the processing of your personal data;
  • When you have legitimately objected to the processing of your personal data;
  • If your personal data are processed unlawfully;
  • When we have to delete your personal data on the basis of a legal obligation.

7.4 Right to restrict processing

23. In some cases, you have the right to request that we limit the processing of your personal data (e.g. when discussing the accuracy of your personal data).

7.5 Right of objection

24. You have the right to object at any time to the processing of your personal data for direct marketing purposes, profiling purposes or purposes arising from our legitimate interests.

25. We will no longer process your personal data unless we can demonstrate that there are compelling legal reasons that take precedence over your right to object.

7.6 Right to transfer data

26. You have the right to obtain the personal data you have shared with us in a structured, common and machine-readable form. In addition, you may transfer this personal data yourself or have them transferred by us to another data controller, unless this is technically impossible.

7.7 Right of withdrawal of consent

27. You have the right to revoke your consent at any time, for example if you have given your consent for direct marketing. In that case your personal data will only be processed if we have another legal basis for doing so.

7.8 Automatic decisions and profiling

28. We confirm that the processing of your personal data does not include profiling and that you will not be subject to fully automated decisions.

7.9 Exercise of your rights

29. You can exercise your rights by sending a written request and proof of identity to:
Mr Sofie Vandermeersch
Léon Stynenstraat 75c
B-2000 Antwerp
T + 32 3 361 07 50
F + 32 3 248 49 73
sv@buyssens-law.be

30. We will process your request to exercise your rights as soon as possible.

7.10 Right to complain and access to justice

31. If you do not agree with the way in which we process your personal data, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Belgian supervisory authority, i.e. the Data Protection Authority.

Data Protection Authority:
Rue du Prince 35, 1000 Brussels
+32 (0)2 274 48 00
+32 (0)2 274 48 35
contact@apd-gba.be

32. You can also turn to the courts at any time. If you should suffer damage as a result of the processing of your personal data, you can file a claim for damages.

8 Technical and organizational measures

33. We have developed security measures that are technically and organizationally appropriate to avoid the destruction, loss, falsification, alteration, unauthorized access or erroneous notification to third parties of collected personal data as well as any other unauthorized processing of such data.

34. Under no circumstances can we be held liable for any direct or indirect damage resulting from the erroneous or unlawful use of personal data by a third party.


1 Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC