Civil law

Are you looking to assert your civil law claims in court or have been taken to court yourself? Do you have questions about a contract you have concluded or are looking to have one drawn up?

Civil law (also known as private law) is a broad field and one of the largest areas of German law. Civil law claims can arise between natural persons (e.g., private individuals, merchants) and/or legal entities (with some German examples being GmbH, UG or AG) in everyday or business contexts. Typical civil law obligations arise from, for example, sales and lease agreements, gift agreements, guarantees or other service and employment agreements.

We will assist you in designing and reviewing civil law contracts and, in case of disputes, will represent your interests out of court and before the competent civil courts. In addition to direct contractual claims, this also includes the assertion of or defence against claims for damages. Thanks to our many years of experience in various areas of civil law, you can trust us to assist you with all questions related to:

  • sales and contract law
  • real estate and tenancy law
  • commercial and corporate law
  • service and employment law
  • inheritance law and traffic accident law.

We offer both companies and private individuals specifically tailored consultancy and representation on a solid civil law basis. With professional expertise and individual support, we passionately pursue your interests.

"Our Firm places special emphasis on expertise, professionalism, commitment, trust and teamwork to achieve the goals set with you. This includes giving you our time, keeping you informed of the status of any proceedings, and making our fee calculations transparent."

Guiding principle of our Firm

Our services include thorough and individual legal advice and representation of companies and private individuals in various areas of civil law. In addition to providing strategic designs and presenting possible solutions, we will also represent you both out of court and in court in case of disputes.

"You will often see that an out-of-court settlement is a better way to resolve disputes, as it allows the interests of both parties to be better weighed up and considered. However, if need be, we will always work with you to assert your rights before the competent courts."

Quote by Prof Dr Carmen Griesel

If we find that your case has overlaps with other specialist areas, such as tax law, we will make you aware of them. We can then offer you comprehensive solutions through our partners. We do so because even the legally soundest last will and testament is only halfway successful if it fails to consider the tax consequences of succession. Benefit from our holistic approach to consultancy!

Our goal is to guide you through the complexities of the legal process and find solutions that are effective for your legal challenges. You can count on our expertise and experience to achieve your civil law goals.

Your contact person

Vanessa Griesel
Lawyer, Partner
Prof Dr Carmen Griesel
Lawyer, Tax Advisor, Partner - Managing Director
  • Tax
  • Law
Tax consultancy

We understand tax consultancy as a holistic approach that encompasses comprehensive analysis, planning, and optimisation of tax matters for individuals, businesses, organisations and institutions. Ensuring compliance with tax obligations, from financial accounting to tax declarations, is also part of the tax consultancy services offered by GKM Tax and Law.

Tax structuring

As stated in a Federal Court of Justice ruling from as early as 1965: "Whoever has the duty to pay taxes also has the right to save on taxes." To achieve this, the lawyers and tax advisors here at GKM Tax and Law utilise their extensive knowledge to plan and structure your taxes with utmost care and in compliance with all legal regulations. Our goal? Minimise your tax burden transparently and efficiently.

Financial auditing

The area of financial auditing encompasses a huge variety of content. From the audit of the annual financial statements by our associated partners to financial advice matters or the support of M&A deals, GKM Tax and Law offers a whole range of consultancy services.

Private clients

Advising private clients is a specialised service of GKM Tax and Law that is tailored to the individual needs of high-net-worth individuals. It encompasses an extensive range of services aimed at protecting, managing, and optimising wealth.

Corporate law

Corporate law and tax law are inherently linked, as the legal structure of a company has direct implications for its taxes. Changes in the corporate structure can trigger tax consequences, and tax planning requires a thorough understanding of corporate legal frameworks. A holistic view of both legal areas is therefore crucial to reconcile legal and tax aspects and achieve optimal results.

Tax law

The combination of tax knowledge and legal expertise enables us to work out accurate solutions to complex matters. We consider the entirety of tax law and not just individual specialised regulations.

Legal representation

Successful representation in legal proceedings requires expertise, strategic planning, evidence-based argumentation, strong communication and negotiation skills, assertiveness, as well as effective teamwork and resource management. You will find all of this and more at GKM Tax and Law. Our team has an exceptionally high level of experience in the field of successful legal representation, whether in tax court proceedings or in civil and labour law cases.

Contract law and drafting of contracts

Contract law and drafting are essential components of structural tax planning. The goal here is to create clear and fair contracts that consider the interests of all parties and minimise legal risks. Our lawyers will help ensure that previously devised strategies are implemented in the most optimal way possible.

Civil law

Our lawyers will advise, represent, and support you in all civil law matters. This includes, for example, analysing legal matters, drafting legal documents such as complaint letters or contracts, representing clients in court and in out-of-court negotiations, and developing strategies to uphold our clients' interests.