Expertise 2019-08-23T19:00:24+00:00


Business law

There’s often a legal side to doing business – and sometimes a legal tangle. Businesspeople, from the self-employed to large companies, find our firm to be a reliable partner. We have extensive expertise in business law and a sub-department that specialises in banking law.

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The Business Unit at Van Steenbrugge Advocaten is under the experienced leadership of Jo Van Acker. You’ll find specialists here in every field of law with which a business, SME or self-employed person can come into contact. They work together as a team to provide the best services to you as our client. In addition, the firm has been providing assistance to banking institutions since it was established in 1991.

Our services start with advice relating to both day-to-day and strategic decisions and extend all the way to assistance in the most complex disputes in and out of court.

Business law includes:

  • Contracting law
  • Liability law
  • Administrative law
  • Employment law
  • Banking law
  • Attachment of earnings and enforcement
  • Construction law
  • Contract law
  • Economic law
  • Financial law
  • Tax law
  • Commercial law
  • Tenancy law
  • Insolvency law
  • Intellectual property law
  • Debt recovery
  • Planning law
  • Social law
  • Property law
  • Corporate law
  • Insurance law
  • Securities law
  • Criminal business law

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Among other things, businesses can contact us for:
– Debt recovery. What if your customers don’t pay your invoices on time?
– Advice on day-to-day decisions or complex and strategic matters.
– Disputes.

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Sports law

At Van Steenbrugge Advocaten, a sporting spirit and legal expertise combine to form a unique service in sports law. Within the Sports Unit, Walter Van Steenbrugge is surrounded by lawyers with a close and sometimes intense involvement in sport.

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Our activities start with pure sports law. In practice, though, we engage with every legal field that affects athletes, clubs and sports practitioners, including liability law, contract law, corporate law, employment law, social law, tax law and so on. Professional athletes, amateurs, sports clubs, sports federations, sports organisers, sponsors, trainers and supporters can all rely on our expertise.

Here are a few of the areas we deal with:

  • Athletes’ portrait rights
  • Contracts and clauses in agreements between athletes and clubs
  • Athletes’ transfer rights
  • Penalisation of fans’ behaviour in the application of football law
  • Athletes’ liability towards their fellow-athletes
  • Doping and disciplinary proceedings against amateur and professional athletes
  • Liability of sporting event organisers
  • Criminal aspects of drug use

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Among other things, we assist athletes and clubs with:

– Advice on all legal matters that athletes and clubs may encounter.
– Disputes.
– Disciplinary issues.

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Criminal law

Walter Van Steenbrugge and Christine Mussche have successfully built up a strong reputation together as criminal lawyers. Their complementary approaches influence the work of the Criminal Law Unit’s team of lawyers, who go about the work of assisting both victims and perpetrators with the utmost care.

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The team of lawyers around partners Walter Van Steenbrugge and Christine Mussche defends perpetrators and victims and/or their relatives with an open mind. To their legal knowledge they add the benefit of other areas of expertise, including neurology, psychiatry, psychology and sociology, and they work together with traffic experts, toxicologists, medical specialists and accountants.

To clear away one preconception right at the start, this unit does not only deal with murder cases before the criminal court in which life imprisonment is at stake: our firm is just as passionate about defending those accused of traffic offences before the police court. Because even in those circumstances, the impact on your personal, professional or financial life can be huge. Don’t forget that you may be entitled to a free lawyer of your choice.

Contact us if you have been charged with or are the victim of, among other things:

  • Indecent assault
  • Extortion or blackmail
  • Harassment
  • Arson
  • Theft or handling stolen goods
  • Drug offences
  • Organised crime
  • Human trafficking
  • Misuse of company property
  • Murder or manslaughter
  • Sexual offences or prostitution
  • Fraud or abuse of trust
  • Intentional or unintentional bodily harm
  • Private or public bribery
  • Violation of professional secrecy
  • Traffic offences
  • Rape
  • Forgery or use of fake documents

What’s more, cases don’t always relate to offences in the conventional categories; anyone can come up against areas of specialised criminal law such as:

  • Criminal social law
  • Criminal tax law
  • Criminal environmental law
  • Urban planning offences
  • Bankruptcy offences
  • Criminal business law

The emphasis is always on respect for fundamental human rights – something we will champion fiercely but with flair. Criminal law is about people and their lives, from the smallest traffic offence to the most serious case, and whether you are a private individual or a businessperson.

Our fight to uphold human rights can take various different forms.
Read more about Human Rights Unltd: the Fried van Hoof Award.
Read more about  successful prosecutions of the Belgian state for its treatment of internees.
Read more about the Kelk case and efforts on behalf of victims of child abuse by clergy.

Don’t leave it too long

Whether you’re a victim or a perpetrator, getting a lawyer in good time can make a difference, even if it’s just for strategic advice without any legal proceedings being involved.

In Belgium you also have a right to legal counsel during or prior to a hearing, and we see in practice how valuable this is. We will help you during the criminal investigation or if you are summoned to a hearing by the police or the examining magistrate.

We can mediate for you with the perpetrator or victim, or approach the Public Prosecution Service regarding an out-of-court settlement.

After the legal proceedings, we will assist you in connection with the enforcement of your sentence, or if as the victim of a crime you want your voice to be heard in the sentence enforcement court.

Finally, our expertise can also be useful in the context of disciplinary proceedings, which sometimes result from criminal proceedings.

We represent clients in the police courts, correctional courts, courts of appeal and criminal courts throughout Belgium and abroad. At the highest national level we conduct proceedings before the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court. Our firm has several lawyers who are licensed to conduct criminal proceedings before the Court of Cassation. At the international level we can represent your interests before the European Court of Human Rights.

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We have particular expertise in:

– Cassation in criminal cases: a number of lawyers with the required licence, extremely thorough analysis… and results that speak for themselves.
– Advice to lawyers: our specialists regularly assist colleagues.
– Investigations and proceedings.
– Legal assistance.

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