about us

The law firm DEBLOCK exists since 1986.

There is a strong international presence by working with clients on complex cross-border problems, but we work just as much around the corner. The size of the case is irrelevant for our efforts.

You can expect excellent legal solutions for all your legal problems at a reasonable price. The interest of the client stands central.
We are mainly engaged in domestic and international commercial law, contract law, insolvency law, company law, labor and civil law.
Throughout the years we have built our practice around bringing a personalized approach and to provide tangible added value to the client.
We attach great importance to an open and pleasant working atmosphere.

In 2013 DEBLOCK LAW OFFICE was chosen by ACQ Magazine as Belgian Contract Law Firm of the Year.

In 2012 DEBLOCK LAW OFFICE  was selected by GLE (Global Law Experts)  as the only law firm in Belgium to be recommended for the area of Contract Law. Global Law Experts (GLE) is the premier guide to leading attorneys throughout the world. It is not possible to simply buy entry onto GLE. Applicants go through an intensive research process before being passed onto the Nominations Panel for final assessment and validation. Only then are lawyers  endorsed by GLE. It is the only organization to recommend just one legal expert in each key practice area and country.
In September 2005 the weekly business publication Trends published the results of a survey of law firms serving the business community. This survey gave us a very favorable assessment.
Marc De BlockMarc De Block
Marc De Block is a lawyer, registered with the Antwerp Bar Association since 1986. He handles complex litigation , both local and internationally , representing private individuals as well as corporations and governments. He handles mediation and litigation before the courts and in arbitration, for which he gained international recognition . He acted as counsel to various institutions (inter alia Diamond High Council , Diamond Bourses) and governments ( inter alia City of Antwerp , Antwerp Police Department) , as well as the most diverse companies and individuals from various sectors .

He advised various arbitration bodies and professional organizations and has an impressive record of achievements, not only in Belgium , but just as well in the United States, South Africa, Israel and elsewhere . He is selective and the main guiding principle is that he deals with cases in which he believes , allowing always to provide a better result.

You can expect a no -nonsense guidance whereby from the onset is analyzed what is possible and what is not. He is fluent in Dutch , English and French and has notions of Spanish and German.
Ilse RendersIlse Renders
After Ilse Renders earned her degree of Master at Law (Cum Laude) and graduated from the University of Brussels, she earned an additional degree in International and European Law at the University of Tilburg (Magna cum laude) as well as a degree in Master after Master in Tax Law at the University of Antwerp (Cum Laude). She joined the  Bar Association as a lawyer in October 2008 and worked previously at two prestigious law firms, specialized in tax law.

Since April 2014 Ilse joined DEBLOCK Lawyers, where she mainly focuses on tax law ( civil and criminal ), International and European Law, commercial law, corporate law, liability and insurance law as well as law on seizures, civil law and judicial law. She is fluent in Dutch, English and French and has notions of German.

She is holder of the certificate of ‘Special Training Proceedings in Cassation in criminal matters 2017'.
Emilie Van HoutteEmilie Van Houtte
Office Manager
She is the office manager of DEBLOCK Lawyers and responsible for the reception as well as the Secretariat.
She will answer your telephone calls in a friendly and discrete manner and will guide you to the lawyer who handles your case


We provide legal services in the form of advice and assistance in negotiations, litigation and disputes, both local and international. We act in the context of mediation and arbitration.

We are active in the following areas of law:
  • national and international commercial law
  • contract law
  • company law and insolvency law
  • construction law
  • liability and insurance
  • labor law and social security law
  • civil law
  • debt collection

Fees and Expenses

A good advice or an efficient assistance in legal proceedings deserves a fair and proper compensation. Estimating this to the penny up front is never easy , because the length and complexity of proceedings tend to be unpredictable . However, clear agreements can always be made . The fees of the lawyers of our firm are calculated either according to an hourly rate or a value-rate and this  in consultation and full transparency with the client . Besides the fees there are also payable costs . These include office and administrative expenses , court costs and out of court costs and are also subject to prior agreements .

When in legal proceedings a legal compensation is obtained , the sum of the fees and expenses will never be lower than these litigation costs attributed by the court. These litigation costs are a legally determined contribution to compensate for the legal costs and to which the losing party may be convicted in a procedure. Before the beginning of a case , a written agreement may be concluded with our office for an accurate representation of rights and duties . Verify in any case, whether you possibly have the benefit of being insured for legal assistance.


As of January 1, 2014 our services need to be charged with VAT . Companies ( not individuals) established in another EU State may still be billed without applying the Belgian VAT but with a reverse charge to the Member State of where this client is established. Invoices to clients outside the E.U. established or resident , are free of VAT. Please note that our rates are ' VAT exclusive' .


Lawyers – Law Office

Bourlastraat 3
2000 Antwerpen
Parking: Parking Indigo
under the National Bank

Phone: +32 32 06 22 55
fax: +32 32 06 22 50
   Marc De Block

Ilse Renders

Emilie Van Houtte
office manager



If you are interested in working with us, please contact us and we will talk to you in confidence .

Contact Mr. Marc De Block via email at mdb@deblocklaw.com or make an appointment with him by phone.

General Conditions and Services Law

The Law Practice is executed for account of Marc De Block Advokatenkantoor BVBA, registered at Bourlastraat 3, 2000 Antwerp and registration number  0828.631.111., where all lawyers individually are attached to the Bar of Antwerp, which does not prevent lawyers mentioned on this website to act in person if so declared to client.
Unless otherwise agreed the fees are calculated at an hourly fee according to a timesheet and expenses according to detailed listing of expenses.
Our fees and expenses are payable within 30 days after sending the invoice , unless otherwise specified.

Our liability for all services as a lawyer is insured in accordance with our ethical obligations and insured through the specific professional liablility insurance of the Bar of Antwerp with NV AMLIN EUROPE, De Keyserlei 5 bus 31, 2018 Antwerp for any activity from any law office situated in Belgium.

Any liability is limited to the amount of our professional liability insurance.