Because we see law and legal systems as the most useful mechanisms man has put into place to assure peace and harmony between people, societies and nations. There may even be friendship in the law as the very essence of its existence is mutual respect and empathy between two ore more people.
No humanity without legal rules …
Thanks to the law we live in relative safety : employees are paid monthly and we do create value and entreprises, we may acquire buildings and cars or just go shopping at the supermarket and not be exposed to food poisoning …
Poullet Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Law at FUNDP, has profoundly impressed me when he stated that “there is friendship in the law.”
This is what I also believe: there’s affection, a desire to help and to relieve, to facilitate and to protect in the law.
For now 15 YEARS that I am a lawyer, this job is for me, and before all, helping, facilitating, advising and informing so that the vision of our customers on their current situation becomes clearer.
They better understand the issues at stake and their options so that they better hit the road to reach their projects… or their dreams.
More importantly for me, this vision favors meeting at regular intervals with the clients and takes stock of all the obstacles and successes to “correct the situation” and improve together with the same energy, communication and shared knowledge.”
Unique legal processes with 6 mandatory checks
Because we have put into place unique legal processes with mandatory checks that guarantee high level quality, e.g. the “6 cumulative checks or 6’cc”:
Checks 1, 2 and 3
Analysis of the 3 sources of our legal systems (The Law, Case law and Legal authors)
Optimized search for supportive documents with the client
Anonymous check of the validity of our solutions with the « policeman » or competent authority
Quality regular meetings and communication flows with the client and other partners.
When requests go beyond our experience and specific database of legal cases, it is only when each box is ticked, that we deliver and share our formal advice to the client.
What do the jurist, the lawyer, the judge or the prosecutor do? They perform all day long what we call the process of “legal qualification”. They simply apply the law to the facts. Impartially, if a judge, in an oriented manner if a lawyer. The lawyer indeed needs to find the law that provides the expected results to his clients.
“Give me the facts, and I will give you the law.”
Two partners want to start a business project, it may take the form of a separate legal entity, for profit or not, and various agreements may need to be drafted : shareholder, employment, service,… Then follow the legal, accounting and tax obligations, the labor law, the social security … There will soon be other people involved, officials from various authorities, investors,… and… conflicts may appear. We work in teams with our customers and try to prevent these conflicts through close collaboration and a constant watch and “checks” with the various authorities.
In our office, we have systematized this approach that we call the “6 C’s” or “6 Checks.”
Checks 1, 2 and 3
to answer any question, a legal opinion, written pleas, a new business project, we need to carefully examine the three sources of the law:
- The law
- The caselaw
- Legal authors
To achieve this triple review, we first prepare the best supportive documents that we believe we can get with the client. We then hope that we have made the best possible legal qualification of the facts and that we are best able to defend them before partners (banks and business angels, for example) or opponents and their counsels or judges.
Our fifth step is for us to verify our opinion with the “policeman“. This happens on an anonymous basis of course. By “policeman” I mean the supervisory authority. The FSMA, the Social Security administration, the IRS, an auditor or a public prosecutor…
Who are we to think that we own the truth? That we generated the only legal qualification of the fats ? If we believe that we ‘do not steal’ isn’t it even better to have the policeman confirm our understanding ?
Finally, our vision of law and human relations is dynamic and not static.
The world is constantly changing, as our opinions and also the lives of businesses and individuals is made of obstacles and unexpected new directions and decisions that need to be taken. We therefore attach great importance to regularly hold meetings with our clients and grow with them, not in front, beside or behind them.
It is only when each of the six boxes is checked that we are sure to have achieved our mission and that our customers may feel assured of receiving a comprehensive and high value legal opinion.
Right side of our brains
Because we adopt an approach also founded on the Right side of our brains fostering Creativity, Intuition and Emotions. We thus prefer an holistic, human and global vision of issues rather than a mere logical, analytical and rational way of handling legal requests.
If the law it taught at the university, it has to be somehow scientific.
It is indeed based on logical reasoning, the interpretation of legal texts using a variety of methods and techniques or rules that any lawyer should know and apply.
Like other sciences, medicine, for example, it is also much of an art based on a vision and intuition, on the ability to isolate the essential elements of the complex reality and combine or revisit them, discover and develop them in a another context, illuminated by another light or gathered and united for the first time …
This means that creativity, predominant in our right brain, intuitive and global associations, that “see the whole picture” and innovation, find their place in a law firm.
We also exercise our neurons of the “right-side of the brain” and we are looking for new solutions and trying to innovate with our customers, what are the other options to a procedure or even to simply creating a “company”, we “brainstorm” by analogy, induction, images, …
We integrate emotions, their content, their messages and expressions in handling our clients files.
And we believe that we respect our global humanity and do not “chop up” our customers and cases by only retaining the logic and rational approach but also adopting the holistic approach that characterizes us.
Where the economies blossom and boom
Because we accompany our clients, individuals, not-for-profit organizations and companies, where the economies blossom and boom and in particular in Eastern Europe, Middle and Far East.
We also suggest focused trainings, language lessons, longer and deepened cultural immersions and any other types of accompaniment if we find it necessary for the development of our client’s expansion.
Economic development, both in terms of revenue, innovation and entrepreneurship, is quickly moving to Eastern Europe, the middle and the far East.
Countries such as Poland, Romania, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Israel, China, Vietnam and Russia are experiencing growth rates of their GNP well above the ‘old economies’.
China 7.8 pc, 6.6 pc in Qatar, 3.1 pc in Israel against 0.2 pc for Belgium or 0 for France.
We assist entrepreneurs in this search for new export markets with a triple and unique vision:
- social and tax optimizations made possible by the use of double taxation treaties allow AS OF THE FIRST TRIP to generate a gain, a saving that far exceeds the cost of explorating those new markets; and
- We develop partnerships with both local entrepreneurs, the government, local consultants and lawyers to enable our customers to be informed immediately and be right away operational. We are particularly active and the United Arab Emirates, Malta and Israel; and
- We see the international development of our client’s businesses as a necessity from a commercial, financial and industrial viewpoint. It is also an opportunity to discover other cultures, encounter people and contribute to one’s personal development. We ensure that these « human » aspects are part of the experience and the business travel is not experienced as a punishment but as opportunities for rich human encounters … and personal development.
Sustainable and wonderful world
Because we contribute to a sustainable and wonderful world by supporting all activities that support ecosystems and do not destroy them. This also applies on a human level. We strive our hardest to maintain or restore relationships that may have been damaged by miscommunications and misrepresentations. Hence, we get back to meetings and discussions with all parties involved and follow Alternative Dispute Resolutions processes as Mediation and in some ways Coaching.
What makes us happy ?
If we all, or for most of us, have reached a level of income and accumulated wealth that shelters us from basic human needs, then what are we looking for?
Increases in income or more assets are only very remotely correlated with happiness.
In many ways, the pursuit of these remunerations, salaries and other incomes shifts us away from what makes us truly happy.
Culture, religion or a spiritual practice in a community, meditation, personal development, friendship, sports, … are directly correlated with well-being (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v = 4q1dgn_C0AU).
In this regard, we adopt the LOHAS: Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (http://www.lohas.com) approach. As consumers, “Cool Biznessmen” or “Natural Capitalists’, we are looking for personal development and the realization of our human potential.
In practice, we often gather the parties around the table and try our hardest to re-establish dialogue and communication when they are compromised. We search for our common humanity…
Acting as warriors rather than as worriers
Because when conflict is inevitable, we prefer acting as warriors then as a worriers. To defeat the opponent, we first use the opponent’s strength to our advantage so that it requires very little force on our side. When facing tensed judicial proceedings, we exude phenomenal strength as forming teams with our clients and always having the most complete files to hand out to the opposing parties or the judge.
When the conflict becomes inevitable, it is essential to have made the best legal analysis of the situation, hence our 6 checks method.
We then develop a strategy based on both our forces… and those of the enemy that we can turn against him.
The use of emails or other writings emanating from the other party may be essential in such judicial proceedings.
We also suggest be accompanied by technical experts, people that have the skills that we do not have.
We also welcome human and emotional expressions as the procedures are often long, heavy and sources of discomfort and anger or fear. Business Coaching is then often an invaluable support.