Virginie SCHOONHEYT becomes partner of CAIRN LEGAL

CAIRN LEGAL is delighted to announce the appointment of Virginie SCHOONHEYT as partner of the firm. Since 2008, Virginie is active as a lawyer in our office and registered at the Brussels Bar (French-speaking Bar Association). Her main area of focus are c (...)

Published on 19-02-2018 +

The International Comparative Legal Guide to : Telecoms, Media & Internet Laws & Regulations 2018

Ladies and Gentlemen, We are glad to announce you the publication of “The International Comparative Legal Guide to : Telecoms, Media & Internet Laws & Regulations 2018” by Global Legal Group Ltd, London, which aims at providing international pract (...)

Published on 19-01-2018 +

November 21, 2017 – Symposium – Legal aspects of collaborative economy

Uber, AirBnb, BlaBlaCar and the other players in collaborative economy are attracting an increasingly larger public. These intermediation platforms of an unprecedented kind are trying to generate profits and their users tend to appreciate the savings made (...)

Published on 06-11-2017 +

The GDPR and the record of processed activities

The new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) will enter into force as of 25 May 2018. This new regulations brings numerous changes directly applicable in Belgian law. Companies are subject to important obligations in order to be transparent and enh (...)

Published on 11-09-2017 +

News regarding the recovery of uncontested claims

Since the 2nd of July 2016, an administrative procedure for the recovery of undisputed commercial debts has entered into force. We have already explained the practical details in our newsletter of August 29th, 2016 (see here). It should be remembered that (...)

Published on 29-05-2017 +

A new tool regarding bankruptcy : the Central Solvency Register

On April 1st, 2017, the law creating a Central Solvency Register entered into force. This virtual database includes all data related to Belgian companies which have been declared bankrupt. This should facilitate access to all procedural files regarding ba (...)

Published on 04-04-2017 +

Belgium has about 370,000 long-term disabled workers. The new legislation named « reintegration journey » is meant to allow them to return to work and, if that’s impossible, to permit the end of the employment contract for medical force majeure

All employers have at one point or another been confronted with the long-term illness of an employee and the difficulty of organizing either the resumption of work or the termination of the contract for medical force majeure. The proliferation of legal pr (...)

Published on 21-02-2017 +

Dynamic IP addresses as personal data

In a decision from October 19, 2016, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) ruled to what extent a dynamic IP-address can be considered as “personal data”. The underlying facts are related to a claim against the Federal Republic of Germany for (...)

Published on 25-11-2016 +

The right to be forgotten officially recognized by the Supreme Court

In April 2016, the Supreme Court has officially recognized the right to be forgotten in a judgement, which is a first in its kind in Belgium. The right to be forgotten has already been ruled by the European Court of Justice in the Google Spain / Costeja c (...)

Published on 27-10-2016 +

“Pop-Up Store” Decree : The Flemish Region has changed the Act on Commercial Lease

On September 1st, 2016, the Decree of June 17, 2016 relating to short-term commercial lease, commonly called “the Pop-Up Store Decree”, has entered into force. With this Decree, the Flemish Region has used its new responsibility regarding lease regulation (...)

Published on 22-09-2016 +

Undisputed debts collection : entry into force and practical aspects

In October 2015, the so-called “Pot-Pourri I” law was adopted. One of the measures is related to the administrative procedure of debt collection regarding commercial matters. The Royal Decree of June 16 implements this procedure. We have already addressed (...)

Published on 29-08-2016 +

Using a competitor’s trademark as an Adword : a risky business

In a recent decision (16 November 2015), the Court of Appeal in Mons (Belgium) has issued a prohibitory injunction against a company using a competitor’s trademark as an AdWord on Google. The parties were two companies specialized in the manufacture and s (...)

Published on 20-06-2016 +