The Bar

Every lawyer belongs to a Bar.

Being part of a Bar is one of the specificities of a lawyer’s profession. It implies that the members of such Bar voluntarily commit to respecting a discipline guaranteeing the honour and the dignity of such profession.

The Bar of lawyers includes the lawyers who are registered on the table and on the list of trainees.

 

The president of the bar and the bar council

protecting the honour of the Bar of lawyers
 - upholding the principles of dignity, probity and discretion upon which the profession is founded and which must guarantee an adequate exercise of the lawyer’s profession.

The President of the Bar is the figurehead of the Bar.

During ceremonies, he figures the Bar, and he has sole capacity to represent the Bar, either into courts or in front of administrative authorities.

The President of the Bar examines complaints he receives against the members of his Bar.

When absent or unavailable, he is replaced by the Vice-President of the Bar.

He convenes and presides at the general assembly of lawyers and the Bar Council.
 

Le Conseil de l'Ordre est composé du Bâtonnier, du Vice-Bâtonnier et de 15 avocats élus parmi les avocats du Barreau.

The Bar Council comprises a President, a Vice-President as well as 15 lawyers elected amongst the Bar lawyers.

The Bar Council appoints one of its members as its secretary (see articles 94-95 Codex).

The Bar Council is in charge of :

  • protecting the honour of the Bar of lawyers
  • upholding the principles of dignity, probity and discretion upon which the profession is founded and which must guarantee an adequate exercise of the lawyer’s profession

The President of the Bar and the Bar counsellors are elected annually during the lawyers' general assembly. (see articles 40-51 Codex).

 

Composition of the bar council

At the present time, the Bar Council of the lawyers at the Bar of Liège comprises:

President of the Bar : Maître Bernard CEULEMANS

Former President of the Bar : Monsieur le Bâtonnier Patrick HENRY

Members of the Council of the Order : (by order of seniority on the Board) Maîtres Sophie KESSELS, Dominique AARTS, Marc LEVAUX, Laurent STAS de RICHELLE, Jean-François HENROTTE, Marielle DONNE, Jean-François DISTER, Laurent WINKIN, Gaëlle BACQUELAINE, Alexandre BUCCO, Grégory LAMALLE, Benoît LECARTE, Aurélien BORTOLOTTI, Gaëlle GILLARD (Secretary), Sibylle GIOE.

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