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December 21, 2022

New Book 5 of our Civil Code enters into force on 1 January 2023

New Book 5 of our Civil Code with provisions on general Belgian Contract law entered into force on 1 January 2023. Book 5 forms part of a general modernisation of our civil law.

Book 5 our of our civil code nuans new contract law

This new set of rules covers all types of contracts and will have a significant impact on the negotiating and drafting of commercial contracts subject to Belgian law. The main objective was to (re)codify a series of principles already interpreted by case law and legal doctrine aiming for more legal certainty, accessibility of contract law, and modernisation.

The following changes are key: clarifications on pre-contractual liability, codification of abuse of circumstances, hardship, termination for anticipatory breach, and price reduction as new remedies for contractual breaches and new rules on liability caps.


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Nuans works diligently to draft and prepare well-negotiated contracts up to date with new Book 5 of our Civil Code. Our lawyers advise you on the full spectrum of commercial contracts, including transactions, partnerships, IT, data, software, and technology contracts.

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