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Astrea provides specialized legal advice to private companies, entrepreneurs and public authorities

Legal issues are rarely limited to a single area of law.

Astrea is an independent law firm with more than 35 lawyers, each with their own area of specialization. Together, they provide assistance in any area of law that might be required by private companies, entrepreneurs or public authorities.

Our firm's broad-based composition allows us to offer a comprehensive approach. Based on the individual client's needs and the specific issues at hand, we assign a customized team of specialist lawyers to each case. This enables us to consider every relevant area of law and provide the most efficient solution.

A unique blend of passion and respect is the strength of the Astrea team. Every team member has a client-oriented and client-driven approach. We respond quickly, and we work in a proactive and pragmatic way. Quality is essential, but we also aim to be as cost-efficient as possible.

NEWS

CORONA VIRUS: LAUNCHING OF THE SECOND PART OF THE FEDERAL PLAN FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC PROTECTION

24.3.2020

The government is responding very quickly to the evolutions and has taken several new measures since our previous update.

Please find here our latest memo: “Corona virus: Launching of the Second Part of the Federal Plan for Social and Economic Protection”.

This update also includes the decisions made by the government on Friday, 20 March 2020 (simplified procedure for temporary unemployment due to force majeure) and by the National Crisis Centre on Sunday, 22 March 2020 (vignette for cross-border workers).

The Astrea employment team can assist you with any questions you may have relating to the impact of COVID-19 on the employment in your company.

Please do not hesitate to contact our attorneys-at-law directly or through contact@astrealaw.be.

 

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IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS ON YOUR COMMERCIAL RELATIONSHIPS

23.3.2020

The global Coronavirus outbreak will have an unprecedented impact on many commercial relationships and sectors. Contract parties will find themselves in situations where it will become impossible, temporarily or permanently, to perform under contract. The consequences of this global crisis will apply both to situations where you are on the seller's side and when you are on the buyer's side. The law that organises and structures commercial dealings in society must therefore provide an answer to this.

The central question now rightly asked is: can the Coronavirus be invoked as force majeure / acts of god?

The answer is not one-sided and will be different for each contractual relationship and sector. In what follows, the main points of focus in respect of the impact of the Coronavirus on commercial contracts are presented in a nutshell. Furthermore, we will highlight some “best practices” that will help analyse the risk of your “business disruption” in order to secure your “business continuity”, which will be the second chapter of the Coronavirus impact.

Read here our memo "Impact of Coronavirus on your Commercial Relationships (Part1: Business Disruption)".

 

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IMPACT CORONA VIRUS ON EMPLOYMENT - UPDATE 20 MARCH 2020

20.3.2020

On 12 March 2020, the federal government has taken drastic measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. The measures entered into force on Friday 13 March 2020 at midnight and will remain applicable till Friday 3 April 2020 at midnight.
 
The Astrea employment team can assist you with any questions you may have relating to the impact of COVID-19 on the employment in your company. Please find here our updated memo "Impact Corona Virus on Employment - Update 20 March 2020”.

 

 

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IMPACT CORONA VIRUS ON EMPLOYMENT

16.3.2020

On 12 March 2020, the federal government has taken drastic measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. The measures entered into force on Friday 13 March 2020 at midnight and will remain applicable till Friday 3 April 2020 at midnight.

The Astrea employment team can assist you with any questions you may have relating to the impact of COVID-19 on the employment in your company. In the attached document, you will find an overview of the most important points of attention and the most recent measures taken by the Belgian government.

Please do not hesitate to contact our attorneys-at-law directly or through contact@astrealaw.be.

Rudi Desmet

Partner

ASTREA CV

Advocaten/Avocats/Attorneys-at-law

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STEVEN DE SCHRIJVER CONTRIBUTES FEATURE ARTICLE ON QUANTUM COMPUTING TO WHO’S WHO LEGAL

6.2.2020

Astrea corporate and technology partner Steven De Schrijver has contributed an article entitled “Quantum Computing: the Certainty of the Uncertain” to the features section of the Who’s Who Legal website (http://whoswholegal.com), published by Law Business Research Limited.

In this article, Steven discusses some of the implications of quantum technology for data protection, privacy, competition and contract law, as well as its potential impact on the legal profession, and certain public interest risks it may entail.

To read the complete article please use the following link: Quantum Computing: the Certainty of the Uncertain.

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STEVEN DE SCHRIJVER PUBLISHES PAPER ON COMMERCIAL USE OF DRONES IN US-CHINA LAW REVIEW

6.2.2020

Astrea corporate and technology partner Steven De Schrijver has published a paper entitled “Commercial Use of Drones: Commercial Drones facing Legal Turbulence: towards a new legal framework in the EU” in the US-China Law Review (Volume 16, Number 8, pages 338-353), published by David Publishing Company.

This paper aims to summarize the European legal framework with regard to the commercial use of drones, as well as outstanding legal questions and challenges for this new technology: the development of an international framework for the commercial use of drones and steps made in this respect in the EU as well as liability, insurance and the data protection issues in relation to drones.

The PDF version of the complete publication can be found here : Commercial Use of Drones in US-China Law Review.

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