About Nelissen Grade

History

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Our law firm, based in Leuven, was founded by Hervé Nelissen Grade in 1946. From this central location in Belgium, our independent firm has steadily grown into a dynamic association of lawyers, providing private citizens, (inter)national companies and public authorities with a complete legal service.

That growth wasn’t merely the result of an increase in the number of lawyers who have made us into the solid team we are today but also of our firm’s continuous investment in cross-border specializations and its legal support for clients in neighbouring countries, primarily Germany.

Close on three quarters of a century later, our law firm in Leuven continues to be the beating heart of our association. From here, we assist our clients right across the country, in all national languages, and with close, unstinting attention to whatever issue they found thrown in their path.

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Our vision

Throughout their work, the Nelissen Grade lawyers base themselves on the pillars of deontology, knowledge, loyalty and tradition. We believe in providing our clients with a comprehensive service. To this end, our lawyers work in specialized teams per area of law and in close collaboration.

Our meticulous and proactive monitoring of developments in all areas of law and our never-ending quest for innovative and bespoke solutions, combined with our years of experience, make that we’ve got what it takes to provide our clients with the best possible service and realistic and result-driven advice.

We stand by our vision by investing in the continuous training of our lawyers who, more often than not, started their career at Nelissen Grade as interns and are offered opportunities to develop themselves and progress as part of the course.

Our efforts were awarded in 2012 when we were presented with the Best Firm Flanders of the Year award by the organization Belgian Legal Awards. The jury’s reasons for bestowing us with this honour read like a summary of what we stand for:
“(...) a fast- growing law firm with a strong presence in Flanders, but also in Brussels and Wallonia, which, thanks to its professional management and consideration for ethical values, has been instrumental in a number of groundbreaking judgments in recent years, thereby contributing to legal doctrine while managing to strike the right balance between advice and litigation.”