Unless expressly agreed otherwise in writing between the client and Van Gompel Advocaten, the relationship between the client and Van Gompel Advocaten shall be exclusively governed by these General Terms and Conditions.
Van Gompel Advocaten undertakes to handle the files entrusted to it by the client with the required care and professional diligence. In this respect, Van Gompel Advocaten assumes an obligation of means.
The services provided by Van Gompel Advocaten will be periodically invoiced to the client. Each fee note will be accompanied by a detailed overview of the services for the period in question, with a time indication. Each fee note is payable within 15 days into the account of Van Gompel Advocaten in Hasselt (Belgium).
Any unpaid fee note will be increased from its due date, ipso jure and without notice of default, by a conventional interest rate equal to the interest provided for in Art. 5 of the Law of 2 August 2002. Furthermore, any unpaid fee note will be increased, ipso jure and without notice of default, by a fixed compensation amounting to 10% of the outstanding amount.
In the event of non-payment of a fee note, Van Gompel Advocaten shall be entitled, by operation of law and without any notice of default being required, to suspend its future activities by means of a mere written notification.
In case of dispute, only the courts of Hasselt (Belgium) will be competent, applying Belgian law.