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A relationship built on trust

As early as our first meeting, we determine the stakes with our clients and choose a solution that best meets their interests and goals.
The client is advised of our fees before accepting any intervention by our firm.

Clear and straightforward legal fees

Alquié Lawyers is committed to setting fees with you with a clear, foreseeable amount.

Our intervention will only take effect after the client accepts a fee agreement, which will be sent to them, and an engagement letter in some cases.

As a member of Eurojuris, our firm has signed the Fees and Transparency Charter.

The complexity of the case, skill requirements and the time spent on a case must all be taken into account.
  • A Lawyer’s fees depend on several criteria:
  • Time devoted to the case and the Lawyer’s specialism
  • Necessary research work
  • Nature and difficulty of the case
  • Importance of interests involved
  • The impact of fees and expenses on the firm
  • Benefits and results obtained for the client
  • The client’s situation which is always kept in mind
The various forms of remuneration, which are possible according to the law and legal profession practices:
  • Hourly fee
  • Set fee
  • Result-based fee
Fees are subject to VAT. The current rate is 20%. Fees are different from costs, disbursements and remunerations.

Expenses incurred by the lawyer in performing his/her duties (travel expenses, documentation, correspondence, photocopies, phone calls, etc.) are generally included in the fees billed to the client, in accordance with Article 266-1 of the French General Tax Code.

Find out more about Alquié Lawyers fees (disbursements and remunerations)

Our fees

(updated 1st January 2015)

- Initial consultation appointment in the office without opening a case file:  €80 excluding tax, €96 with tax

- Case file opened in the office (case follow-up requiring further involvement beyond an initial consultation)
Several types of fee billing are possible. They are subject to a fee agreement sent to the client beforehand, accepted and signed by them with the first payment (with the exception of institutional clients):

> either an hourly fee: the fee will be set in the agreement after the case file has been opened. It can be in the range of €150 to €250 per hour, depending on the lawyer who handles the case (partner, associate, or specialised lawyer), the nature of the case and its complexity. The fees are paid in instalments based on the time spent on the case as it case evolves.

> a set fee, for the simplest case files when the nature of the case and/or the predicted length of the proceedings make it possible to foresee the cost of the services and expenses that will be incurred by the firm. The setting of fees is based on the complexity of the case and the importance of the interests involved, and/or the Court before which the case is brought: from €600 excl. tax. The set fee may be paid in several instalments during the lawyer’s intervention. He/she must be paid in full prior to the court hearing or its conclusion.

> or one of the two types of fees plus an additional fee equaling a percentage calculated on the amount won or savings made thanks to the lawyer’s intervention.

For businesses and government bodies, a permanent advisory system can be agreed upon with a monthly or quarterly fee schedule.

Facilitating payment

The client’s situation is taken into account – it is possible to pay fees in several instalments. Once the lawyer agrees, if the client chooses to pay in several instalments, the payments must all be for the same amount and can be deposited monthly, if possible by bank transfer.

In any event, the fees are set on a case-by-case basis following an agreement between the client and the lawyer.

Case file fees – detailed final invoice

In addition to the detailed invoice provided at the end of proceedings which will take amounts already paid into account, a set case file fee of €150 excl. tax will be invoiced. This amount includes processing fees, filing, and sending documents to the client by registered mail.

Legal protection policy

Law No. 2007-210 dated 19 February 2007 on legal protection insurance was published in the Journal Officiel on 21 February 2007.

The principles of freely choosing a lawyer and freedom to set fees were reaffirmed. Start by choosing your lawyer and check

directly with him/her how to have your insurance cover the fees and expenses.

You undoubtedly have a legal protection policy but are probably unaware of it -
this cover may be listed in your various policies (home insurance, car insurance, credit cards, health insurance, etc.).

Reason for having legal protection: all or part of the lawyer’s fees are covered, as well as bailiff fees and any legal expert fees.

Your various insurance policies can be combined: we’ll work with you during the first appointment to see how to proceed.

Legal aid

Click on the link for more info: legal aid application
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