Who we are
We are an independent legal practice with extensive experience and specialising in intellectual property rights and media & entertainment law. We also offer all-round support in all related branches of law.
We represent a wide range of players from the media and entertainment sector, be they multinational or independent recording companies, artists or composers, artist managers, publishers, management companies, radio & television broadcasters, audiovisual production companies, scriptwriters and directors, actors and celebrities, authors, journalists, architects, designers, visual artists and art galleries, promo & marketing agencies, event & concert organisers, as well as other players, who want their intellectual property to be protected.
You will not only receive advice and assistance in relation to contracts, negotiations and legal actions, but also global assistance in building up your intellectual rights portfolio.
Meticulous, specialised services are provided at competitive fees.
The practice advocates a pragmatic approach, also taking account of economic/business interests when it comes to legal judgements. Rigour (ad rem), a forward-looking attitude and flexibility are vital in our eyes.
"The VRT, as a large media company, has a continuous need for reliable legal advice in the field of media legislation, intellectual property rights, collecting societies, contracts ..., to name but a few aspects. The Verraes office knows the media sector. For us this experience is of great value."
Peter Claes, General Director Media and Production, VRT
"Through his many years of in house experience and legal practice in the music and entertainment sector, Mr. Verraes is comprehensively familiar with all the legal and business practices in the industry. It is therefore entirely logical that Sony chooses to work with his office."
Michel Van Buyten, Managing Director Benelux, Sony Music Entertainment
"In the case of The Brabant Killers, as a journalist, I was brought to justice by gangster Philippe De Staerke and former Belgian Gendarmerie officer Robert Beijer. In the frame of my journalistic research, I had accused them of involvement in the Brabant massacres. Both in the civil and the penal court trials in Brussels, my lawyer and media law specialist Mr. Verraes has successfully defended my rights."
Guy Bouten, journalist
"CREAX supports the innovation and R&D-process of companies in various sectors. Intellectual property rights play an important role in this respect. A reliable, specialized legal support is therefore an absolute necessity. The technical-strategic insight and expertise in patent law and technology transfers with which the law firm Verraes surrounds our company have an inestimable value for our business."
Mathieu Mottrie, Managing Partner
"IP is the backbone of our business, so we do everything we can to protect our creations. Thanks to our lawyer Mr. Verraes, we succeeded for example to get an important tv program name registered as a trade mark despite refusal by the competent authorities. Their strategy and knowledge resulted in a successful appeal procedure."
Henk Vermeulen, Managing Director
"Through its expertise in the domain of Trade Marks law, the Verraes law office has played a decisive role for the survival of our brewery by winning a crucial court case for us."
Gaëtan Patin, owner
"screen.brussels aims to position the Brussels-Capital Region as a center of excellence for audiovisual and related innovative technologies worldwide. In order to accelerate the growth and boost the competitiveness of companies active in this market, we connect them with experts who give them accurate professional advice and support. Since the Verraes office is reputed for its thorough knowledge of the audiovisual and technology sector, we strongly recommend them to our members and involve their legal support on a continuous basis."
Guillaume Béland, Cluster Manager
"The Verraes office guides us through all strategic decisions pertaining to copyrights and all legal matters related to the management of our agency. We really appreciate the quality of its follow up, its flexibility and competence. The office always offers us tailor made solutions, which are adjusted to our specific legal needs."
Gregory Lefillatre, managing director, Digizik