Fixed fee first appointment

Fixed fee first appointment can be different according to the area of expertise.

Regardless the length of the appointment, fees shall be as follows :

Payment shall be made after the appointment. It may, at your choice, be made via cheque or on a cash.

We insist that it is important to come to this first appointment with all the documents that are useful for the understanding of your case.

 

Fees for handling your case file

 

agreement

Our fees are agreed with the client before any action is taken.

 

General rules of the determination of fees :

written agreementIn accordance with ethical rules imposed on lawyers, our law firm has adopted three methods for setting fees.

Regardless of the method used, our fees are always the subject of a written fee agreement.

 

Hourly fees :

In principle, our fees are calculated on the basis of an hourly rate between €190 and €290 (before tax) depending on the technical aspect of your case.

They are subject to VAT at a rate of 20%.

We are committed to providing you a preliminary estimate on procedure fees. It will be merely an estimate because it is very complicated to determine beforehand how many hours will be needed to handle your case. Indeed, many factors will be still unknown when we will first meet and new evidence may come to light during the handling of the case.

Hourly fees are the subject of a written fee agreement fixing :

  • the nature of the work carried out
  • hourly rate applied

In an annex to each invoice, you will find :

  • a detailed statement showing how many hours were spent on your case
  • justification for every charge incurred

Block fees :

According to your preference, we can agree on block fees.

In this case, fees will cover all procedures carried out by our law firm,whether they are legal procedures, or tax procedures.

However, they will not cover :

  • costs incurred by the lawyer which will be charged back for their real amount including taxes (e.g. : travel expenses)
  • disbursements (e.g. : revenue stamp)
  • emoluments (e.g. : remuneration of the bailiff).

That is why you will find justification for every charge incurred in an annex to each invoice.

Block fees are the subject of a written fee agreement fixing :

  • the nature of the work carried out
  • the lump sum amount

Success fees :

The legislation provides that a lawyer is entitled to make with his client “an agreement providing, in addition to remuneration of services provided, additional fees related to the outcome of said services”. However, the legislation stipulates that “determining fees only according to the judicial ruling on the matter is forbidden”.

As a result :

  • a lawyer cannot be remunerated solely by success fees.
  • by contrast, a lawyer can solicit and obtain success fees in addition to his principal consideration.

Our law firm will solicit success fees in some cases only if block fees are the principal consideration.

Success fees are the subject of a written fee agreement fixing :

  • the nature of the work carried out
  • the lump sum amount
  • the method for determining the success fees (e.g. : percentage of the tax relief obtained)

Our fees according to the area of expertise :

Road traffic law fees :

road traffic law feesEven if hourly fees are possible, we prefer block fees.

If your driving licence has been cancelled, we propose block fees from :

  • €990 before tax : if you want to apply for an annulment action before the Administrative Tribunal against a prefectural decision “48 SI” (including application instituting proceedings and, if any, statements of case).
  • €1390 before tax : if you want to apply for a temporary suspension injunction AND an action for annulment.

If your driving licence has been suspended, we propose block fees from :

  • €890 before tax : if you want to apply for an annulment action before the Administrative Tribunal against the suspension decision (including application instituting proceedings and, if any, statements of case).
  • €1290 before tax : if you want to apply for a temporary suspension injunction AND an action for annulment.

If you merely want to contest removal of points from your driving licence, we propose block fees from :

  • €600 before tax for an annulment action before the Administrative Tribunal.

Tax law fees :

tax law feesFees for tax law consulting : we prefer hourly fees (even if block fees are possible).

Fees for litigation acts : we prefer block fees, that may be accompanied, if appropriate, by success fees (even if hourly fees are possible).

 

Public law fees :

public law feesFees for public law consulting : we prefer hourly fees (even if block fees are possible).

Fees for litigation acts : we can propose you hourly fees, or block fees that may be accompanied, if appropriate, by success fees.

Payment of legal fees :

Required payment of retainer :

In accordance with ethical rules imposed on lawyers :

  • A lawyer who agrees to take on a case can ask for a payment on account of the fees and costs from his client.
  • This payment on account can not go beyond what is reasonably estimated as necessary to handle the case (fees and likely realistic costs).
  • In the event of non-payment, the lawyer may refrain from accepting the case or withdraw from it.

As a result, before any action is taken by our law firm, we will ask you a payment on account (retainer) representing a percentage of the total estimated amount of our costs and fees.

As long as payment has not yet been made, we will not handle your case file.

Terms and conditions of payment of legal fees :

In principle, fees shall be paid by cheque or bank transfer.

 

Additional information

Reimbursement by your adversary of your legal fees :

In the event of a successful outcome, the judge can commit your adversary to pay you back all or part of your legal fees. It is the case for example before an administrative court (article L.761-1 of the French Administrative Justice Code).

Contract of legal expenses insurance :

Make sure you verify whether you benefit from a contract of legal expenses insurance. If that is the case, your lawyer’s fees will be borne by the insurance. Moreover, it is important to know that, despite the conclusion of this contract of legal expenses insurance, you still are free to choose your own lawyer (article L.127-3 of the French Insurance Code).

Lawyer’s expenses :

Fees before tax are what a lawyer receives for his work.

It is important to know that some two-thirds of these fees before tax served to cover the operating costs of the law firm (staff, premises, etc), and to pay social security contributions (e.g. : contributions to the National Council of Bars).