Bruno has been a lawyer at the “Supreme Court/Court of Cassation” since 2000 and heads the “Supreme Court/Cassation” practice group. He specialises in advising on the success of Supreme Court/Cassation appeals in civil matters in the broad sense, criminal cases, disciplinary cases, social affairs and tax matters, and in drafting and filing applications for cassation, memoranda of reply and memoranda in support of Supreme Court/Cassation appeals in criminal cases.
Bruno's fields of specialization
Bruno advises on the possibility of lodging Supreme Court/Cassation appeals in all areas of law: private law, civil procedural law, company law, liability and insurance law, tax law, labour and social law, competition law, public law, disciplinary cases, etc.
He advises colleagues in drawing up their summary conclusions before the courts and tribunals of appeal with a view to a possible Supreme Court/Cassation procedure.
He conducts Supreme Court/Cassation proceedings on behalf of clients and, if necessary, advises them in connection with the proceedings before the referral court.
Bruno has experience in Supreme Court/Cassation work since 1978, as an associate of the late President of the Bar, René Bützler, and since 2000, as a lawyer at the Supreme Court/Court of Cassation. Between 2004 and 2012, he worked with President of the Bar Ludovic De Gryse, and later (2016) as a partner at Arcas.
The purpose of providing advice on the success of Supreme Court/Cassation appeals is to provide clients with an objective assessment of the likelihood of cassation on the basis of a thorough investigation of the law, the case law of the Supreme Court/Cassation and of other courts and the relevant legal doctrine. If this turns out to be positive, the client is invited to lodge an appeal in Supreme Court/Cassation by means of an application or a memorandum in support of the Supreme Court/Cassation appeal in criminal cases that has been lodged in advance. The grievances and the violated statutory provisions and/or legal principles will then be incorporated into ‘arguments of Supreme Court/Cassation’.
When clients ask for answering to an appeal in Supreme Court/Cassation, Bruno draws up a ‘memorandum of reply’ in which he tries to disprove the other party’s appeal in Supreme Court/Cassation.
Of course, he represents clients at the Supreme Court/Court of Cassation and also acts before the Court in special cases such as challenge requests, requests to withdraw the case from the court, requests for revision in criminal cases and recourse to the court.
In some cases, he offers clients the opportunity to assist them with the drafting of their summary conclusions with a view to a later cassation procedure, which is very useful in most cases.
“Everything can always be improved”
Master of Laws at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel with great distinction
1978 – 2001
Collaborator of Mr. René Bützler, attorney at the Court of Cassation, since August 1978 (until 2001)
Opening speaker at the solemn opening session of the Flemish Pleading Society at Brussels on 4 November 1983 (‘The impartial judge’)
Public defence of a doctoral thesis ‘Cassatiemiddelen naar Belgisch recht’ on 28 May 1993, to be awarded the triennial prize of Civil procedural law 1990-1991-1992 (24 September 1993)
Member of the board of directors of the Interuniversity Centre for civil procedural law (president: prof. em. M. Storme and since 1 January 2005: prof. em. J. van Compernolle) since 27 May 1994
Since 1 October 1995 part-time lecturer and since 2005 until 2020 senior lecturer of the course ‘Civil procedural law’ at the Faculty of Law and Criminology of the V.U.Brussels.
Appointment as a lawyer at the Supreme Court of Cassation with the Royal Decree of 8 February 2000 (swearing-in on 13 March 2000).
Partner in the law firm Stibbe from 1 July 2004 to 31 December 2015
President of the Inter-University Centre for civil procedural law (2008-2011)
Staff member of the Order of Supreme Court/Cassation lawyers from 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2016 and since 2012 member of the Order’s Council
Partner in the law firm Arcas since 1 January 2016
Partner in the law firm LMBD since 2020