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His rôle

PROTECTING YOUR RIGHTS

Your lawyer is there to uphold your rights of defence and your access to the legal system.

Defending your liberty, freedoms and interests has always been his primary task.

 

Your lawyer counsels you.

Your lawyer counsels private individuals. From an etymological perspective, the French word for a lawyer, ‘avocat’ comes from the Latin Ad vocatus, someone one calls upon when in need of help.

He also counsels companies, accompanying them throughout their life and providing advice and support to businesspeople.

 

Your lawyer is there to defend you.

Whatever the jurisdiction, your lawyer is there to plead for you, whether you are a private person or a company.

 

 

SEEKING SOLUTIONS TO DISPUTES

 

Listening, prevention, reconciliation

Above all, your lawyer listens to what you have to say, counsels you and attempts to reconcile, giving precedence to preventive counsel. He sets out and checks contracts, takes part in negotiations and gives priority to amicable transactions and solutions.

“A lawyer is someone you need to see beforehand, in order to avoid any problems at a later date!”

 

Support in your court cases

Should no amicable solution be reached, your lawyer will defend your interests in front of all courts (judicial, administrative, disciplinary, etc.).

 

Mediation, arbitration and collaborative (family) law

Your lawyer will suggest to you alternative forms of conflict resolution with a view to avoiding court proceedings.

 

  • Mediation is a voluntary and confidential way of managing disputes. It is conducted by an independent and impartial intermediary whose task it is to facilitate communication between the parties and help them arrive at a joint solution.

    As a lawyer is a specialist at managing disputes, he is destined to assume the role of a mediator, underwriting the legal and ethical aspects of mediation, or counselling the parties in this context.

    In December 1995, the Liege Bar set up a mediation centre, made up of lawyers with at least 5 years in professional practice, who have received appropriate training and who have been accredited by the Federal Mediation Commission.

    The Bar, in collaboration with the Liege commerce, family and labour courts, has set up mediation offices allowing the parties to a lawsuit to obtain all relevant information and even to initiate a mediation procedure within the scope of the legal proceedings.

    For more information, see:  http://centredemediationliege.be/

 

  • Arbitration is another way of resolving a conflict without recourse to the courts, and is conducted by one or more arbitrators selected and paid for by the parties involved. 

    A lawyer can assist you in an arbitration case or himself act as an arbitrator on account of his competence and independence.

    For more information, see: http://arbitration.barreaudeliege.be

 

  • Collaborative law is a voluntary and confidential way of resolving conflicts via negotiation.

    The process involves the presence of the conflict parties and their lawyers throughout negotiations, with a view to finding a settlement acceptable to each party. 

    Through his experience and training, a lawyer helps achieve the best possible negotiated settlement.

    For more information, see: http://www.barreaudeliege.be/EN/droitcollaboratif.aspx

 

BUT THAT'S NOT EVERYTHING A LAWYER DOES ...

A lawyer may execute court decisions, for example as a bankruptcy trustee, a debt administrator or mediator, or act in other roles such as the trustee of an association of co-owners, the extra-judicial representative of persons under guardianship, etc.