Bertrand Vrijens

Law Firm

Your partner in Belgium for legal advice, mediation and assistance during legal proceedings.

Our law firm has multiple years of experience in many areas of law. We also have in-house multilingual lawyers with experience in criminal law, family law, private international law, migration law and human rights.

You can always contact us by e-mail or telephone without any obligation.

We have a network of lawyers in Antwerp, Oudenaarde, Bruges, Kortijk, Ghent and Brussel who are at our disposal at all times.


We always make an initial assessment of your legal problem. This means that we will tell you what we think needs to be done, how much it will cost and what the risks are.

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Multilingual

Our lawyers will assist you in Dutch, French, English, Spanish and German.

2

Global

Do you have a question with a foreign element? We certainly can help you.

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Accessible

We are open to listen to all your legal problems, big or small.

Do you have a case?

Team

Our team of specialised lawyers is ready to assist you.

Our Team

Bertrand Vrijens

Bertrand Vrijens

holds a law degree and has been a member of the bar since 1986. He is also the chairman of the council of the municipality and the OCMW of Merelbeke. His preferred subjects are international private law, family law, human rights, sports law, criminal law, traffic law and migration law.

Professional account
BE88 6301 9020 5541

Third party account
BE89 6301 9505 0285

VAT number
0851.546.370

Lut De Meyer

Lut De Meyer

holds a law degree and has been registered at the bar since 2011. She has been working for us as a legal assistant since 1998. Her preferred subjects are private international law, family law, human rights and migration law.

Professional account
BE62 6301 9136 1861

Third party account
BE86 6301 9516 3150

VAT number
0819.489.058

Leen de Ruck

Leen de Ruck

holds a Master’s degree in law and has been registered at the bar since 2020. In her last year of studies at Ghent University, she joined the Legal Clinic of UGhent where she worked on socially relevant cases in cooperation with Van Steenbrugge Advocaten. Her preferred subjects are human rights, migration law, international private and public law and criminal law.

Professional account
BE11 9733 9420 9448

Third party account
BE65 6304 3842 4396

VAT number
0754.693.652

Elke Van de Cotte

Elke Van de Cotte

holds a law degree and has been registered at the bar since 1997. Her preferred subjects are migration law, human rights, private international law and family law.

Professional account
BE84 3900 6026 6559

Third party account
BE65 6301 9509 0196

VAT number
0812.593.546

Derry Van Hecke

Derry Van Hecke

is an external collaborating lawyer with offices in Ghent, Lange Violettestraat 281. Mr. Van Hecke holds a law degree, has been registered at the bar since 1990, and prefers to practise civil and criminal law.
Mieke Scheyving

Mieke Scheyving

is our administrative assistant.

Nato Kaishvili

Nato Kaishvili

is our administrative assistant.

Expertise

Criminal law

Criminal law determines which rules society must abide by and which punishments must be given when the rules are broken.

You can come to us for the following situations, among others:

  • You commit a traffic offence and are summoned to appear before the police court
  • You want to file a complaint against a person who assaulted you
  • You are suspected of dealing in prohibited substances
  • You are being summoned for questioning by the police
  • You are in prison and would like to be released early
  • You are wrongly accused of theft

Family law

Family law is the legal branch of law that regulates the most important aspects of personal life, such as parentage, birth, marriage, divorce and nationality.

You can come to us for the following situations, among others:

  • You want to acknowledge your child
  • You want to separate from your partner and minimise the impact on your children
  • You want to adopt a child
  • You want to change your name on your birth certificate because it is incorrect

Private international law

Private international law determines which national law is applicable in an international dispute. It also determines which court in which country has jurisdiction to rule on the situation, and how the ruling of that court is recognised and enforced in other countries.

You can come to us for the following situations, among others:

  • You married abroad and you want to have the marriage recognised in Belgium
  • You won a court case in Belgium and you want to enforce the judgement abroad
  • Your uncle, who lives abroad, dies and leaves an inheritance. You want to know if you are an heir
  • You bought real estate in Germany, but afterwards it turns out to be a fraud
  • You want to marry your Moroccan partner

Human rights

Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion or any other status

You can come to us for the following situations, among others:

 

  • You are refused entry to a swimming pool because you want to wear a burkini
  • You are forced by your parents to marry a man you do not know
  • You were a victim of torture
  • You may not marry or legally cohabit with your partner according to the registrar
  • You will not be assisted by a lawyer during a police interrogation

Migration law

Migration law is the law governing the movement of persons between countries. It also includes the powers and obligations of those countries and the rights and obligations of migrants.

You can come to us for the following situations, among others:

  • You want to obtain Belgian nationality
  • You want to apply for asylum in Belgium
  • You want to bring your child, who lives abroad, to Belgium
  • You want to cohabit with your foreign girlfriend but this is refused by the registrar
  • You want to obtain a right of residence in Belgium
  • You want to work or employ someone here in Belgium
  • You wish to pursue a self-employed activity

Rates

“Lawyers shall estimate their fees with the modesty that should be expected of their position. Any stipulation in this respect that is exclusively linked to the outcome of the dispute is prohibited. If the fee is not fixed with a fair moderation, it shall be reduced by the Bar Council, taking into account the importance of the case and the nature of the work, subject to the restitution which it shall order, if there is reason to do so, all this without prejudice to the party’s right to apply to the court if the case is not subject to arbitration.”

Art. 446ter Judicial Code

General

We make proper arrangements with the client and discuss in advance what our services will cost. Because the efforts to be made can rarely or never be estimated in advance, we work in principle with an hourly rate. Our performance and costs are closely monitored. This allows us to make a clear price agreement in advance at the client’s request.

Commissions

The system of commissions, namely the payment of an advance that was previously agreed upon, makes it possible to start work, bona conscientia. It is possible that several commissions are demanded. This depends on the characteristics of the case.

Costs

The starting point for the calculation of the fee is 125 EUR per hour. This amount may be reduced or increased according tot the simplicity of complexity of the case or who is to work on the case.

The following costs are in principle always taken into account when drawing up a file:

Initial consultation: € 75,00
Creation and preservation of a new file: € 100,00
Creation and preservation of a new file: € 10,00/page
Journeys: € 0,50/kilometer
Special costs:
(legal costs, expert costs, bailiff costs, etc,…)
Actual cost

Since January first 2014, services rendered by lawyers are subject to VAT. All fees must therefore be increased by 21% VAT.

Contact us

You can always contact us by e-mail or telephone without any obligation.

Lawyer Bertrand Vrijens

Bertrand Vrijens has his office hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays by appointment. An appointment is made by mail or phone:

 

Tel 09/ 231 83 57 – Fax 09 / 231 27 15 – Email: bertrand.vrijens@skynet.be

Lawyer Lut De Meyer

You can make an appointment with Lut De Meyer by e-mail:

 

Email: lut.de.meyer@vrijens.net

Lawyer Leen de Ruck

Leen de Ruck can be contacted by telephone or e-mail:

 

Tel 09 / 222 82 76 – Fax 09 / 231 27 15 – Email: leen.de.ruck@vrijens.net

Lawyer Elke Van de Cotte

You can make an appointment with Elke Van de Cotte via e-mail:

 

Email: elke.vandecotte@skynet.be

Call us

Tel: 09/231.83.57

Fax: 09/231.27.15

Address

Kortrijksesteenweg 641

9000 Ghent

Contact us

You can always contact us by e-mail or telephone without any obligation..

We have a network of lawyers in Antwerp, Oudenaarde, Bruges, Kortijk, Ghent and Brussel who are at our disposal at all times.

We always make an initial assessment of your legal problem. This means that we will tell you what we think needs to be done, how much it will cost and what the risks are.