Basic hourly rate is beetwen 400 € and 500 € depending on the complexity of the case (including 20 % VAT).
An estimate of fees is determined at the first meeting, so that the client can anticipate his defense budget.
Such estimate is free of charge.
A more advantageous "all inclusive" flat rate may be arranged.
Payment of fees intervenes in steps, in line with the development of the procedure.
According to the article 10 of the law n°71-1130
Principle of fees
According to the article 10 of the law n°71-1130 du 31 décembre 1971 :
"The fees for application, consultation, assistance, advice, drafting of legal acts under private seal and pleading are fixed in agreement with the client.
In matters of seizure of real estate, division, auction and legal securities, the lawyer's rights and fees are fixed on the basis of a tariff determined according to the procedures provided for in Title IV bis of Book IV of the Commercial Code.
Except in cases of emergency or force majeure or when he intervenes under the total legal aid or the third part of the law n° 91-647 of July 10, 1991 relating to legal aid, the lawyer concludes in writing with his client a fee agreement, which specifies, in particular, the amount or the method of determining the fees covering the foreseeable diligences, as well as the various costs and disbursements envisaged.
The fees take into account, according to custom, the client's financial situation, the difficulty of the case, the costs incurred by the lawyer, his notoriety and the lawyer's diligence.
Any fixing of fees which would only be based on the judicial result is prohibited. Any agreement which, in addition to remuneration for services rendered, provides for the setting of an additional fee based on the result obtained or the service rendered is lawful."
Frédéric de BAETS, PHD in Law and Lawyer registered at the Bar of Nice. General practicer lawyer with dominant activity in Criminal Law and White collar Criminal Law.