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. Luc Goris (CBE/VAT number 0534.575.017)
Mr. Anouck Stabel (CBE/VAT-number 0700.872.510)
Mr. Marie Verhaert (CBE/VAT-number 0752.763.451)
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.
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.
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.
Last updated on May 11th 2020
1 General information
Mr. Sofie Vandermeersch
Léon Stynenstraat 75 c
T +32 3 361 07 50
F +32 3 248 49 73
2 Legal framework and scope of application
5. We are the controller of your personal data in the light of the General Data Protection Regulation.
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:
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:
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.
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:
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
T + 32 3 361 07 50
F + 32 3 248 49 73
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
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