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The way we work

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We believe in efficiency and transparency, without compromising either sound workmanship or precision. You can always reach us by e-mail or phone. We keep a close eye on deadlines and ensure that prompt progress is made in your business affairs. Where appropriate, you will be given access to your digital dossier.

Booij Bikkers can provide assistance in Dutch, English, French, German and Polish.

Financial
After the intake meeting – which is free of charge and doesn’t place you under any obligation – we can discuss accepting you as a client.

 

We will require proof of identity, and our general terms and conditions will apply. Normally we work for an hourly tariff. The basic hourly rate for partners varies from € 275 to € 410. A lower rate applies for our associates. 

The above mentioned rates may be departed from – for example through the deployment of an average tariff – depending on the nature of the case, its importance and its urgency. If the case lends itself to such an approach, a fixed fee (payable in advance) or else a lower hourly rate in combination with a success fee may be agreed.

Monthly invoice
In principle, we bill on a monthly basis with a payment term of two weeks. You will receive an itemised invoice. In many cases, we will ask for a deposit or prepayment that will then be set off against the most recent invoice for a particular case.

The WWFT Act, confidentiality and lawyer-client privilege
In most cases, our services will not involve the WWFT Act (the Dutch Moneylaundering and Terrorist Financing (Prevention) Act), because we normally do not advise in this field. However, should the WWFT Act be applicable after all then we will draw your attention to this. This may be the case for instance if we provide you with tax advice. In such a situation, we are under a statutory obligation to disclose any unusual transaction to the Financial Intelligence Unit without informing you that we have done so.

As lawyers, we have a statutory duty to maintain confidentiality and we can invoke lawyer-client privilege if we are called to act as a witness. We are not obliged to tell the FIOD, the OM (the Public Prosecution Service) or any other authority anything about your affairs. This is why you can be assured of our discretion and confidentiality at all times when you engage our services.

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