Services act

BV Advocatenkantoor Mertens & De Paepe is registered at Kortrijksesteenweg 1144 / G, 9051 Sint-Denijs-Westrem, Belgium.

Its enterprise number is 0466.770.829 and its VAT number is BE 0466.770.829.

1) Law Office

The office is registered at Kortrijksesteenweg 1144 / G, 9051 Sint-Denijs-Westrem, Belgium.

Its enterprise number is 0466.770.829 and its VAT number is BE 0466.770.829.

Jos Mertens, LLM, Bettina Poelemans, LLM, Antoon Erauw, LLM and Jean Cloquet, LLM exercise the profession of lawyer as partners in the BV Advocatenkantoor Mertens & De Paepe, an association in the meaning of the Regulations of the Flemish Bar Council of 8 November 2006 on partnerships between lawyers and on single-member law firms.

David Serrus, LLM, Antoon Dierick, LLM, and Pieter-Jan Smet, LLM exercise their activities as independent employees of BV Advocatenkantoor Mertens & De Paepe.

All the lawyers in our office are registered with the Ghent Bar.

Contact details of the office and the lawyers:

•  Telephone: 09/233 80 35 - 09/223 90 03 - 09/225 93 45
•  Fax: 09/225 87 83
•  E-mail: you can also contact our lawyers at the following e-mail addresses:  

2) Professional liability insurance 

The office, its partners and lawyer-employees are insured for a total sum of € 19,500,000.00. The following insurance policies have been taken out for this: 

1.  In the first ranking for an amount of € 2,500,000.00 per claim under the collective civil liability policy with Amlin Europe NV, policy number LXX034899, un¬derwritten by the Flemish Bar Council.
2.  In the second ranking € 5,000,000.00 per claim guaranteed by the Lawyers Professional Liability policy Additional guarantee second ranking no. 323/3.016.702/030 un¬derwritten by AIG Europe.
3.  In the third ranking for an amount of € 12,000,000.00 at HDI-Gerling Verzekeringen NV, Tervurenlaan 273/1, 1150 Brussels with policy number 60/72044/23_018. 

The policy conditions will be sent to you on request. 

3) Services 

You can approach the office for the following services (among others): 

  • Property law
  • Construction and contract law both private and public
  • Government contract rules
  • Administrative law
  • Liability law (fault liability, professional liability, product liability, insurance, etc.)
  • Company law
  • Mergers and takeovers
  • Insolvency and bankruptcy law
  • General commercial law
  • Arbitration
  • Financial criminal law in cooperation with a specialised lawyer in criminal law and criminal proceedings
  • Cooperation with offices specialising in social security and tax law
  • IT and data legislation
  • Gambling legislation

The office forms part of LEGAL NETLINK, an international federation of independent law offices, and has correspondents in all of Europe, the USA, Ca¬nada, South America and Asia. 

4) Information or complaints 

If you require further information or if you have a complaint you can approach Bettina Poelemans, LLM, and/or Antoon Erauw, LLM (tel. 09/223.90.03 or bettina.poelemans@mertens-depaepe.be and/or antoon.erauw@mertens-depaepe.be

5) Professional rules and code of conduct 

All of the lawyers at the office are registered with the Ghent Bar and are subject to the regulations of the Flemish Bar Council and those of the National Bar Association, which can be consulted at www.advocaat.be, and the regulations of its own Bar which can be consulted at www.baliegent.be

6) Fee rates 

Our costs and fees will be sent to you on request.