HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?
Examples of the kinds of ‘breaches’ leading to a liability claim in either criminal or civil proceedings are countless: fraud, breaches stemming from management decisions (such as investments, savings, licensing, tax optimisation, etc.), medical errors, accidents at work, illegal or excessive emissions, breaches in the contracting of work, traffic accidents and more.
Our attorneys take a real-world approach to this issue, viewing it from your organisation’s perspective. In other words, they regard liability as a risk you need to manage, a risk arising from an action that was not carried out by the book. First and foremost, this kind of ‘not by the book’ action is something that could have major consequences, including death, illness, injury, arrest, prosecution and more.
Also at the level of the activities of your company or organisation, however, the consequences and problems of liability are sometimes so serious that they could give rise to temporary or permanent business discontinuity. This could take the form of resource-devouring crisis management, loss of operating licences, loss of shareholders’ or stakeholders’ confidence, major fines, irrecoverable and/or uninsurable damage, etc.
Managing this liability risk, then, is clearly something that calls for more expertise than merely the traditional type of legal assistance provided once a dispute has arisen.
First, we are keen to help you prevent incidents which could give rise to criminal liability claims. Prevention through advisory services and legal risk management is a key part of our services.
Secondly, we will also assist you wherever required once a case has started, and this assistance will cover the whole spectrum: from fully-fledged legal assistance in post-incident crisis management through to the full settlement of disputes in all courts and tribunals, including the Court of Cassation (the Supreme Court of Appeal in Belgium) in criminal cases.
Last but not least, we will also advise you on your selection of appropriate insurance policies. Although insurance is not a cure-all, it is an indispensable component as regards taking a prudent approach to your organisation’s liability risks