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The fees charged by ASSELINEAU & ASSOCIES are set transparently with the client, who accepts our quote, in accordance with the ethical rules of the legal profession.

From the first meeting, following a preliminary assessment of the case, the firm shall offer the client a choice of several billing methods, seeking to promote the fee structure that is most advantageous to the client.

A fee agreement shall be established between the firm and the client, establishing the service offered by the firm and how it shall be paid, which may be:

Fees 'for time spent':

The fees shall be based on the time spent by the lawyer and their hourly rate. When this fee structure is adopted, the firm indicates to the client the predicted number of hours required to deal with their matter, and shall make a breakdown available to them of the time spent on their case.

Fixed fee:

In this case, a fixed amount is paid for the entire procedure. This system is particularly suitable for matters for which the firm of lawyers is in a position to estimate in advance how much time is required in order to deal with the matter.

'Result-based' fee:

If the firm and the client have expressly stated as such in the fee agreement, an additional fee, based on obtaining a specific result for the client, may be added to a ‘minimum’ fee based on a fixed fee or a quota of hours.


The ‘result-based’ fee may not, however, be the only method of paying the lawyer.

Legal protection:

If you have legal protection insurance as part of an insurance contract, the fees may be borne, in part or in full, by your insurance company. Regardless of this, the client remains free to choose their lawyer.

Compensation and reimbursement of fees:

The Civil Procedure Code (Article 700) and the Criminal Procedure Code (Article 475-1) state that a court may order the opposing party to reimburse the fees and costs incurred by you during court procedures, in part or in full.


Médiateur national de la consommation de la profession d'avocat (National ombudsman for users of the legal profession)


In accordance with Articles 612-1 onwards of the Consumer Code, in the event of a dispute with a lawyer, you may apply free of charge to the Médiateur de la consommation (Ombudsman), which shall be the Médiateur National près du Conseil National des Barreaux (CNB) (National Ombudsman of the National Council of the Bar), whose details are as follows:

Carole Pascarel, médiateur de la consommation de la profession d’avocat
Postal address: CNB, 180 boulevard Haussmann – 75008 PARIS
Email address:
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