Terms & conditions
- These general terms and conditions apply to all assignments given to Legal Beetle, including any follow-up, amended or additional assignment. Sections 7:404, 7:407 (2), 7:408 (2) and 7:409 of the Dutch Civil Code do not apply.
- If the case is handled by Mr J.B.A. (Joost) Gerritsen, the contract will be between the client and Joost Gerritsen’s one-man business called “LB Advocatuur, mede h.o.d.n. Legal Beetle” (hereinafter: “Legal Beetle”), registered in the trade register under number 63012294.
Rates and invoicing
- Unless otherwise agreed in writing, the amount of fees will be determined on the basis of time spent and the applicable hourly rate. The stated hourly rate is exclusive of VAT. Costs not included in the hourly rate, such as bailiff fees, court fees, translation costs and travel expenses will be charged to the client. The hourly rate may change annually due to inflation correction.
- Invoices must be paid within fourteen days of the invoice date. Invoicing usually takes place on a monthly basis.
- If several clients commission Legal Beetle to perform (practically) the same work, it is considered to be a joint commission and the clients are jointly and severally liable for payment of the invoices.
- Legal Beetle is free to use the services of third parties at its own discretion if this is necessary for the proper execution of the order. Where possible, this will be discussed with the client first. Costs related to the engagement of these third parties will be charged to the client.
- Legal Beetle reserves its rights to everything it creates on assignment, such as its copyrights.
- Legal Beetle’s works may only be used in the context of the assignment. If the client wishes to use its works – such as advice, presentations or other (written) contributions – in any other way, Legal Beetle’s permission should be sought.
- Any liability of Legal Beetle on account of breach of contract, wrongful act, or any other legal basis for compensation is limited to the amount paid out in the relevant case by Legal Beetle’s professional liability insurance, increased by the excess. If the insurer does not pay out in any case, the liability for the total damage arising from the work carried out by Legal Beetle is limited to the amount paid by the client to Legal Beetle for the work in connection with which the damage arose, up to a maximum amount of € 10,000, including VAT.
- Any legal action against Legal Beetle shall lapse if instituted after the expiry of one year from the day following that on which immediate performance can be claimed.
Archives and personal data
- Files will be archived after completion of the case for a period of five years. Thereafter, files will be destroyed.
- For information on Legal Beetle’s handling of personal data, see the privacy statement: https://legalbeetle.com/privacystatement/.
- In the event of complaints about the services provided, Legal Beetle’s complaints procedure can be used, see above: https://legalbeetle.com/klachtenregeling/.
- For further information about Legal Beetle, such as about its observation scheme, insurance and the Wwft, see https://legalbeetle.com/beroepsinformatie and https://legalbeetle.com/praktische-informatie/.
- All assignments to Legal Beetle are governed by Dutch law. Any dispute between client and Legal Beetle shall be exclusively settled by the competent court in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.