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Private and Public Construction Law

The success of legal advice in the construction sector depends largely on ascertaining and fully understanding the planning and approval conditions as well as the economic and technical framework conditions of a project when advising on its legal structure and dealing with the issues that arise on a day-to-day basis. 

As a matter of course, our team of consultants works closely with authorities and technical and commercial specialists and has many years of experience in providing advice on construction projects of all sizes. Combining specialized resources enables us to develop and implement project plans, together with our clients, to deliver optimum legal solutions regardless of the project’s size or complexity and ensure that the projects run smoothly.

Our advice on construction law thereby particularly comprises the following areas:

  • Drafting and negotiating legally sound construction contracts, which includes coordinating general contractor agreements, prime contractor agreements, guaranteed maximum price (GMP) contracts, and consortium agreements
  • Advice on all aspects of construction projects
  • Construction agreements in a crisis (addenda; interruptions in the construction phase, scheduling and economic impacts; termination; refusal to perform; bankruptcy of parties involved in the construction, etc.)
  • Public construction law (town planning, site supervision planning, sectoral planning; building permits and building regulations; urban construction contracts, project developer and development contracts; nature conservation, toxic emissions control and other environmental matters in construction law, Public Law
  • Architects', general planning contractors' and engineers' contracts and project management agreements
  • Preparing and drawing up the legal structure of invited architectural competitions to select architects
  • Copyright protection afforded to architects
  • The law governing architects' and engineers' fees (Fee Regulation for Architects and Engineers, HOAI)
  • Plant engineering and construction
  • Procurement law (Public Law)
  • Insuring against builders' risks
  • Construction site safety
  • Representing clients in adjudication and arbitration proceedings and proceedings before the ordinary courts (Litigation and Dispute Resolution)

Our expertise ranges from dealing with an individual construction-related issue to providing specialist legal advice on all aspects of complex construction projects lasting several years (e.g. office buildings, hotels, residential properties, logistics properties, infrastructure and engineering construction projects).