Simont Braun - Avocats advocaten lawyers

Torts and Liabilities

Legal rules are becoming increasingly complex to navigate. Expanding international businesses, ever-changing regulatory requirements, increasing corporate scrutiny and complex cross-border transactions are among the drivers. The stakes can be high and of potentially global impact. Criminal sanction also frequently looms in the background.

It is therefore vital to assess the risks of liability inherent to a business operation and to mitigate them as far as possible. And when issues or disputes arise, it is essential to handle them in a cost-effective manner that takes into account the client's expectations and global strategy.

Our fields of expertise

Our lawyers combine experience, creativity, understanding of the business at hand and the ability to listen to the client's needs in order to successfully advise them on potential liabilities – whether criminal or civil – and to handle or settle disputes. Some of our lawyers have particular expertise in sectors such as automotive, food, healthcare, luxury goods, media, retail and gambling.

Our litigation specialists have extensive knowledge of all stages of judicial proceedings before national, Benelux and European courts, as well as in arbitration and mediation.

Dispute resolution is a key and long-standing area of focus at Simont Braun. Such experience in litigation allows us to anticipate and avoid disputes through adequate advice and guidance.

Our specialists handle a broad range of liability issues, including:

  • Pre-contractual liability (for breach of duty to negotiate in good faith, confidentiality agreements, fraudulent misrepresentation, etc.).

  • Breach of contract (including construction contracts, share purchase agreements, licensing contracts, distribution contracts, etc.).

  • Liability of financial institutions and financial service providers.

  • Directors' liability (civil and criminal).

  • IP infringement.

  • Public authorities' liability.

  • Tortious liability in general.