French, Dutch, English – functional knowledge of Spanish and German
Began his career at the EUROPEAN COMMISSION as contractual agent in the Directorate-General for the Internal Market and Industrial Affairs as part of a team responsible for detecting and prosecuting infringements by Member States of the rules on the free movement of goods within the Community.
He then joined the Brussels Bar and became an associate of his former professor of Institutional and judicial law of the European Communities.
The Parisian law firm DUBARRY LEVEQUE LE DOUARIN SERVAN SCHREIBER & VEIL then recruited him as a partner. In that respect, he followed an accelerated training in French law, successfully passed the examinations leading to the issue of the Certificate of Ability to practise the profession of lawyer in France delivered by the French Bars Training School. He thus obtained the title of ‘Avocat à la Cour de Paris‘ and took over the management of the Brussels office of this renowned law firm.
Ten years later, he joined the Parisian law firm DS INTERNATIONAL and became the head of the European office in Brussels.
Together with other colleagues, he then set up in Brussels a more human-sized law firm named LAWELL. Although asked to create the Brussels office of a large Canadian law firm and asked to develop the Brussels office of a major international law firm, he has definitely chosen freedom and independence in creating LAWELLMCMILLER in view of the development of its Law Firm relations with France and Canada. He continues to believe that small is beautiful but actively retains his connection with his own network of Belgian, French, European and Canadian lawyers and with the largest grouping of independent law firms in the non-English speaking world that his Firm joined more recently.
His experience has been sharpened by his work as a Lecturer for more than fifteen years at Catholic University Faculties in Mons (now UCL MONS) where he taught European Institutional and Judicial Law and International Trade courses.
He is the author of several publications, including a book on the “European, Belgian and French Economic Interest Grouping“, published by De Boeck.
He is also Vice-president of the Chamber of Commerce Canada, Belgium and Luxembourg (CAN CHAM BELUX) and a member of the International Commission of ALTA JURIS INTERNATIONAL, the international network of independent law firms of which the Firm is member.