General Terms & Conditions

  1. Akkerman | Legal advice is a business established in Groningen. Akkerman performs activities in marketing, legal services and business advice.


  2. These general terms and conditions apply to all assignments, quotations and / or agreements or other legal relationships between Akkerman and her clients, as well as to additional assignments and follow-up assignments. The provisions also apply to all persons who work or were directly or indirectly employed by Akkerman, whether as a partner, employee, advisor, as a third party contractor or third parties in any other capacity.


  3. The applicability of the general terms and conditions of the person who issues an order to Akkerman is explicitly rejected.


  4. All assignments given to Akkerman or to the individual partners are exclusively accepted and carried out by Akkerman, even if an assignment is intended to be carried out by a specific person. The applicability of article 7: 404, 7: 407 paragraph 2 and 7: 409 of the Dutch Civil Code is expressly excluded, even if the client provides the assignment explicitly or tacitly with a view to the performance by a specific person.


  5. The assignment to Akkerman includes the authority to conclude agreements on behalf of the client with necessary third parties not belonging to Akkerman. The necessary care will be taken in this regard. Akkerman is not liable for damage as a result of errors or shortcomings of these third parties.


  6. Unless otherwise agreed in writing, the fee to be charged to the client will be determined on the basis of the hours worked, multiplied by the applicable hourly rates per partner. All amounts are excluding VAT. The fee will be agreed upon acceptance of the assignment and may be adjusted by Akkerman, which will then be announced in writing.


  7. Invoices must be paid within fourteen days of the invoice date. If this term is exceeded, the client will be in default without further notice of default. If Akkerman must take recovery measures against the client who is in default, all extrajudicial and judicial costs related to the recovery will be borne by the client, with a minimum of at least 15% of the outstanding invoice (s).


  8. The work can be suspended if the client is in default with regard to the payment of any invoice or advance invoice.


  9. The client indemnifies Akkerman against all claims from third parties, including the reasonable costs of legal assistance for refuting those claims, which are in any way related to or ensue from the activities in the context of an assignment, unless there is intent or gross guilt on Akkerman’s side.


  10. Akkerman’s liability for damage towards clients and third parties is limited to the amount paid out in the relevant case under the professional liability insurance it has taken out.


  11. If, for whatever reason, no payment is made under the insurance, the liability of Akkerman (or its employees in whatever capacity) is limited to the fee paid by the client, but to a maximum of € 10,000. Claims for compensation lapse if they are not brought before the competent court within one year after the client has become aware of this.


  12. Akkerman processes personal data in accordance with the applicable privacy laws and regulations in the context of the performance of the assignment. Akkerman’s privacy statement can be consulted on our website.


  13. The legal relationship between the client and Akkerman is governed by Dutch law. Only the competent judge of the District Court of Noord-Nederland has jurisdiction to hear disputes arising from or in connection with this legal relationship.