Ratheaux Litigation Department is made of lawyers with acknowledged expertise in the area of legal proceedings, and amicable and court-ordered expertise appraisals, and in the arbitration and mediation domain.
IT ADVISES IT CLIENTS ON THE MEASURES TO TAKE IN ANY NATIONAL OR INTERNATIONAL PRE-LITIGATION PHASE:
From the time a disagreement arises, and following a specific analysis of the dispute, it defines and recommends the strategy to be followed, helps preparing letters, such as official breach notice, gathers proof to form the judicial claim file, in particular by obtaining bailiff’s statements, seizure measures etc., and, as applicable, takes all protective measures (pledges, garnishments on bank accounts etc.).
IT PROPOSES, ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS, OUT-OF-COURT SOLUTIONS BE SOUGHT, DEPENDING ON ITS CLIENTS’ NEEDS:
It arranges confidential mediation or negotiation procedures, followed through to the production of protocols ensuring both the confidentiality and the security of the compromise agreement reached.
IT ASSISTS ITS CLIENTS IN THE EXPERTISE APPRAISAL PHASE AND REPRESENTS THEM BEFORE ANY COURT OR AUTHORITY:
RATHEAUX acts in all court-ordered appraisals of a probative or compensatory nature. It devises litigation strategies and pleads before all French, Belgian and Monaco courts (Commercial Courts, High Courts, Courts of Appeal etc.), also before arbitration authorities, the Competition Council and the administrative authorities, and European community authorities and courts.
IT ASSISTS ITS CLIENTS IN ALL FOREIGN LITIGATION MATTERS VIA ITS INTERNATIONAL NETWORK.
IT FOLLOWS UP THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ANY FRENCH OR FOREIGN ENFORCEABLE judgement.
THE MAIN AREAS OF INTERVENTION OF THE LITIGATION DEPARTMENT INCLUDE :
Corporate law : disputes between shareholders, representation and warranties implementation, disputes relating to assignments of shares etc.;
Contract law : action for performance or non-performance, invalidity or unfair or unlawful breach of contracts of any kind, contractual liability proceedings, etc.;
Industrial Risks and Civil Liability : disputes relating to industrial risks in cases of declared accidents or even as a preventive measure, any action about the resultant liability etc., industrial subcontracting disputes;
Law relating to Unfair Competition, restrictive practices relating to competition, abuse of dominant position: unfair competition action, unlawful alliance agreements etc.;
Real estate law : follow-up of court-ordered expert appraisal following property damage, disputes relating to ten-year builder’s liability, perfect completion guarantee etc.;
Commercial and residential leases: rent payment claims, occupancy without right indemnification, eviction compensation, eviction proceedings etc.;
Business criminal law: assistance for claiming indemnification parties, help with custody or hearings of witnesses assisted by a lawyer, investigation proceedings, hearings before criminal courts (robbery, breach of trust, misuse of company assets, false invoices, counterfeiting etc.) ;
Law relating to collective insolvency proceedings: procedures relating to bankruptcy petitions, presentation of recovery plan, takeover offers on business as going concern, action for recovery of goods or payments etc.