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German Litigation Experts explain Civil Procedure Rules

How to win civil lawsuits in Germany Court procedures in Germany follow very different rules compared to Britain and the USA. There is, for instance, no pre-action protocol, no pre-trial discovery, no need for written witness statements, no direct examination of witnesses by the lawyers and - of course - no jury. Instead, there is a very extensive exchange of written statements to the court, followed by an -- in most cases comparatively brief --…
Bernhard Schmeilzl
December 23, 2015
Civil actionGoing to court

High Court orders Kentaro Managers Grothe and Huber to pay EUR 1m

Update 2016: High Court Munich has ordered Grothe and Huber to pay an additional 1 million Euro Original post from October 2015: In a 2009 press release, Kentaro described themselves: "As one of the world’s leading sports rights agencies, Kentaro markets the media rights of more than 20 international football federations, including England, Sweden and the USA, as well as over 30 top European soccer clubs, such as Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool." (Kentaro_Press_Release_2009) Well, the…
Bernhard Schmeilzl
October 26, 2015
German LawGerman Tort LawGoing to courtLitigation in Germany

If you are bitten by a Dog in Germany …

Tort claims based on animal attacks in Germany Animals are unpredictable. Even well-tempered dogs can snap out of the blue. Under German law, the owner (more precisely the keeper, but in most cases owner and keeper are the same person) is legally responsible and financially liable for any damage his/her dog causes (see Section 833 German Civil Code), even if the keeper has done nothing wrong and the animal has never before attacked someone. Therefore,…
Bernhard Schmeilzl
April 21, 2015
Business in GermanyCivil actionGerman LawGoing to court

German Limitation Periods are much shorter than in England

When do civil claims become statute barred in Germany? British enterprises doing business within Germany should be aware of the fact that the limitation periods differ hugely between the two jurisdictions. In regards to England, the Limitation Act 1980 states: Time limit for actions founded on simple contract: An action founded on simple contract shall not be brought after the expiration of six years from the date on which the cause of action accrued. This…
Bernhard Schmeilzl
January 23, 2015
Business in GermanyConveyancing GermanyDebt collectionGerman LawGoing to court

English Lawyers in Germany

Solicitor Jelowicki von Grafenstein in Munich Whether you have been involved in a car accident in Germany, need advice on German labour law or other contract matters, plan to start a German business, want to buy a house in Germany or need to swear an oath before an English solicitor, the Munich based law firm Graf & Partners can provide the necessary legal advice and representation. The firm was established in 2003 and speciales in British-German…
Bernhard Schmeilzl
November 7, 2014
Civil actionDebt collectionGoing to court

How expensive is a German Lawsuit?

Mandatory Legal Fees in German Civil Law Matters We have shown here that chasing a debt in Germany is fairly easy and quick. While we also explained the basic rules regarding court and lawyer fees in section 3 of said article many readers ask us how much an actual lawsuit will cost them. Thus, here a more practical approach to that question, explained by the German litigation experts of Graf & Partners (GP Chambers): The…
Bernhard Schmeilzl
November 11, 2013
Civil actionDebt collectionFamily LawGoing to court

Alimony in Germany: Child Maintenance and Financial Support for Single Mothers

How much Child Support is due in Germany? You are or have been in a relationship with a German woman. She is pregnant and wants you to pay alimony for the newborn-to-be. But you are not sure whether you are the father. What to do? This post deals with unmarried couples only. For children born in marriage, German law presumes that the husband is the father. If the husband has doubts about this then he…
Bernhard Schmeilzl
September 2, 2013
Civil actionDebt collectionGerman LawGoing to courtProfessional Regulations

So you want to practice Law in Germany?

Update for British readers: This post explains the pre-Brexit legal situation There are an impressive 160,000 advocates (Rechtsanwälte) registered to practice law in Germany (from the official statistics of the German Bar Association: German Advocates in February 2013). However, that doesn't mean there are not interesting opportunities for British lawyers who are considering practising law in Germany: Many German companies (have to) negotiate and draft agreements with international business partners in the English language and…
Bernhard Schmeilzl
August 8, 2013
Civil actionDebt collectionGerman LawGoing to court

Serving Documents in Germany

Find and and tackle your German debtor You need to serve court papers or other important legal documents to a person living in Germany? But you also expect this person may try to avoid getting served? Maybe you have already tried sending documents by courier and the addressee has not opened the door or the courier employee was not able to locate the debtor. Now what? Service by German Bailiff You will probably google for…
Bernhard Schmeilzl
June 20, 2013