Background - Practices (Details)

Dispute resolution is at the heart of Crowell & Moring’s Brussels practice. We are uniquely placed to help our clients either prevent or resolve their legal disputes through negotiation, alternative dispute resolution (ADR), or litigation.

Backed by the resources of our global, full-service law firm, our Brussels lawyers operate with the flexibility of a boutique law firm to help both domestic and international clients define their commercial and strategic interests in cases of legal conflict. Our aim is to safeguard our clients’ interests while causing as little disruption as possible to their core businesses.

Prevention Rather Than Cure

Our approach to dispute prevention is pro-active, creative and pragmatic: there is little benefit in developing litigation strategies for matters that are likely to be decided in an opponent’s favor. The fact that we are litigators first and foremost allows us to assess the strengths and weaknesses of a client’s position. As a result, we often help our clients either to avoid a conflict entirely or to prevent it escalating.

Result-Orientated Litigation

Sometimes, of course, there may be good reasons to take a legal dispute to court. Clients can rely on our result-driven attitude and our experience as litigators to favorably resolve what can often be highly complex matters. In addition to our local Belgian capabilities, our litigators have been involved in a number of cases concerning parallel litigation in different jurisdictions and European cross-border issues. Our success is guaranteed by our extensive network of independent lawyers across Europe and the backing of our Crowell & Moring colleagues around the world.

ADR Experience

We counsel clients in complex domestic and international arbitrations, with a particular focus on cases related to intellectual property (involving both patents and trademarks), information technology and the Internet.

We have represented clients in arbitration procedures before such bodies as the International Chamber of Commerce and the Belgian Arbitration and Mediation Center. Several of our lawyers have themselves been appointed as arbitrators or mediators in international and local ADR proceedings.

Our Team

Our Brussels lawyers have experience litigating in a large number of different areas. We focus on intellectual property, information technology, telecommunications, the automotive sector, media, the Internet and a wide variety of corporate and commercial issues.

Kristof Roox in Chambers Europe: “He is a really good litigator who drafts excellent documents and is excellent in court.” “He knows how to approach a judge and how to win a case” (2017). He “really takes a client’s point and fights their corner in litigation” (2014).

In Legal 500 EMEA: He is “a fierce litigator, who never gives up” (2016). He is “brilliant in court” and can “think outside the box” (2013).

In IAM Patent 1000: He is “a superb trial lawyer” (2017), a “heavyweight litigator” (2016), anda very tough opponent – efficient, tenacious and incredibly focused on achieving results. He stands out, even within the gold category” (2014).

Thomas De Meese in Chambers Europe: “He is not only accurate, flexible and fast but is also a very bright guy. It is a good combination” (2016).

In Legal 500 EMEA: He is “a very good pleader” (2015), who is recommended for his “extensive knowledge”, “a hands-on, no-nonsense approach” and “a drive for excellence” (2013).

Emmanuel Plasschaert in Legal 500 EMEA: He is “responsive and pragmatic” and “shows exceptional attention to detail” (2016).

Jan-Diederik Lindemans in World Trademark Review 1000: He is praised as a “great litigator with the proven ability to handle complex trademark cases” (2017). He is a “fabulous litigator […] Clients have been extremely satisfied with his work” (2016).

In IAM Patent 1000: “Intellectually sharp, he is clear in his arguments and excellent at pleading” (2017). He is admired for his “sharp and clear pleading style” (2016).

Jules Stuyck in Chambers Europe: “His first-class strategic legal thinking is also an extremely precious asset” (2017).

Representative Matters

  • Brought infringement, invalidity, and related proceedings on behalf of major pharmaceutical companies concerning vaccines and generic medicinal products.
  • Represented the Belgian government in a high-profile case concerning short-stay visas and the correct application of Belgian immigration law.
  • Represented a major telecommunications services provider in arbitration concerning termination of a software development contract; brought nullity proceedings against the arbitral award.
  • Represented a major dealer in the automotive sector in cases linked to claims related to fraudulent emissions software.
  • Represented a laminate flooring producer in arbitration concerning breach of license agreement for alleged patent infringement; brought nullity proceedings against the arbitral award.
  • Challenged the European Commission before the CJEU on its classification of “reverse payment” patent settlement agreements as cartel-like per se.
  • On behalf of a U.S. client, obtained the disclosure of its adversary’s banking documents in judicial proceedings involving a €3 million claim.