We are available Monday to Friday from 8 am to 6 pm. Should our office hours not fit in with your your particular time constraints, we are happy to make alternative arrangements outside office hours, in individual cases.
We are happy to inform you about likely costs before you engage us to act for you. Fees for our services are generally calculated in accordance with the provisions of the Lawyers' Fees Act (RVG). The fee amount is governed by the the value of the case or the property. If you should win your case, you are entitled to recover full costs from the opposing party - except in industrial tribunal cases. Naturally, it is not always possible to predict the expected costs in advance. If, during proceedings, predicted costs change significantly, we will inform you immediately and re-assess how to move forward taking into consideration the new financial situation.
Deviations from this payment structure are only possible in the cases provided for by law. However, it is permitted to make a payment plan, which allows the client to pay an hourly rate. Our hourly rates are 250.00 EUR net for the salaried lawyers and 300.00 EUR net for the senior partner, Paul Damerau.
Legal Costs Insurance: If you have legal costs insurance, please provide us with the details before we start acting for you. We will then happily take over all communication with your insurance company and request a commitment to cover your legal costs.
Upon request, we are able to offer presentations covering topics from our speciality areas as well as training and further education events for our clients and their employees.
Information about the OS platform
The so-called ODR Regulation (Regulation (EU) No. 524/2013) came into force on 09.01.2016. This provides for the establishment of a European online dispute settlement platform (OS platform) for out-of-court settlement of consumer and business disputes over online purchases. There is an electronic complaint form available on the OS platform for this purpose. After the complaint has been lodged online, the business shall be informed that a complaint has been received. The consumer and the business shall then agree which national alternative dispute resolution body shall handle the dispute. The details of the dispute will then be sent to the chosen dispute resolution body for processing, resolution and closure of the complaint.
Pursuant to Art. 2 para. 1, the ODR Regulation applies to the out-of-court settlement of disputes concerning contractual obligations arising from online purchase contracts or online service contracts between an EU consumer and an EU entrepreneur, in consulation with a dispute settlement body which has been notified by the EU Commission using the OS platform.
In this respect, the ODR Regulation also applies to legal services contracts which have been concluded between lawyers and consumers online.
The EU platform for out-of-court online dispute resolution can be found at the following link: https://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr/