The Firm

Vincent BERGER founded his law firm in 2014, after his admission to the Bar of Paris in 2013.

 

Expertise

  • Vincent BERGER is primarily an expert of the European Convention of Human Rights (“the Convention”).
  • He has served the European Court of Human Rights ("the ECtHR") for over thirty-five years, which allowed him to get inside the procedure and practice of the international jurisdiction and to contribute to their improvement.
  • Sole jurisconsult of the ECtHR, Vincent BERGER ensured for seven years the quality and consistency of the Strasbourg case law, as evidenced by the Liber amicorum[1] which was given to him on the occasion of his departure. An abundant case law, as there is several thousand decisions and judgments every year. A complex case law, since it is based on forty-seven Member States of the Council of Europe. A varied case law, since it covers all areas of law, with a focus on fair trial and protection of property.

 

Activities 

  • Vincent BERGER provides advice regarding the advisability of commencing or continuing proceedings before the national courts on the basis of the Convention and the case law of the ECtHR. If necessary, he prepares written submissions.
  • He gives legal opinions on the procedure and practice of the ECtHR and even more on the chances of success of any application to the ECtHR. He does so in light of the Strasbourg case law, especially the case law regarding the strict admissibility requirements of the Convention (over 95% of individual applications are declared inadmissible!).
  • He writes applications to the ECtHR and observations before it, requests and observations of third party intervention, as well as requests for interim measures.

Fees

  • The firm enters into a fee agreement with its client. This agreement sets out the mission entrusted to the firm. It indicates the method of determining the fees: it is either a lump fee or a fee for time spent on an hourly rate.
  • The amount of the fees is freely deterrmined in accordance especially with the complexity and urgency of the case and the experience and reputation of the lawyer. A provision for fees is requested at the opening of the file.
  • The fees are subject to VAT where applicable.

 

 

[1] Cohérence et impact de la jurisprudence de la Cour européenne des droits de l’hommeLiber amicorum Vincent Berger, Wolf Legal Publishers, Oisterwijk, 2013, XXIII-474 p.