German Attorneys for the Retail Industry

Legal Solutions Made in Germany

German Attorneys
for the
Retail Industry

Legal Solutions Made in Germany

German Attorneys for the Retail Industry

The lawyers at Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte provide our diverse range of clients in the retail industry with comprehensive legal support, insightful analysis, excellent legal representation and ongoing support and partnership. It is important to remain creative and flexible in developing means of achieving both long-term and short-term goals in the retail industry. However, how such purposes are pursued must be legally compliant and legal counsel is necessary for continued growth and success. As laws change and developments occur in the industry, having a reliable legal partner to stay ahead of the curve is vital.

As a full-service law firm, Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte support our clients in the retail industry, including CEOs, entrepreneurs and domestic and international companies, across the legal spectrum. Additionally, our experienced professionals advise our clients on how they can exploit the many new opportunities available to them. If done correctly, they will increase their share in their current market, extend their horizons, and expand to new markets. Our lawyers are ready when you are.

Challenges in the Modern Retail Environment

Achieving success in the retail industry holds many challenges such as: competitive pressure, the anonymization of the market and raised customer expectations due to the dynamics of a global marketplace. This is why it is of utmost importance to arm yourself with the legal backing you need to face these threats and continue in your pursuit of commercial success. Implementing innovative sales methods, making use of e-commerce and using cutting-edge marketing strategies are key steps, regardless of whether your company works online, offline or with a mixed approach.

Whichever methods your company deem appropriate to conduct your business affairs, our lawyers and legal team will be by your side to provide you with the industry-specific solutions you need to grow your business.

Commercial Activities: Legal Advice

Solid and reliable distribution networks are essential to success in the retail industry. Allow our commercial lawyers to oversee the creation of a distribution network that suits your company’s needs. Such distribution contracts may be with commercial agents, authorised dealers, commission agents, and franchise companies, depending on your company’s requirements. Different legal requirements need to be observed for these groups. Our lawyers will ensure that all the legal requirements for creating such a network are monitored and will provide further service when expanding this network and in the drafting of distribution agreements.

Our lawyers provide full support for cases concerning product liability, and we will represent your company in commercial legal disputes. As experienced negotiators and trial lawyers, our team is familiar with in-court requirements and procedures.

Increasingly, customers are looking for companies to implement sustainable and ethical commercial actions. Allow our team of experts to advise on such endeavours and e-commerce and cross-border expansion opportunities, which will contribute to further corporate growth while reaching customer expectations.

Commercial Real Estate Guidance in Germany

In the world of retail, location is an important element for commercial success. From your next location for brand expansion to where to locate your corporate headquarters, our commercial real estate lawyers can help your company make the right moves. Prior to the purchase or leasing of any real estate, our lawyers will perform the necessary due diligence and analysis of the lease agreements to ensure that your company is getting the right deal. As experienced negotiators, our team will support you in all meetings with the various partners involved.

In German real estate law, our lawyers advise on matters such as the transfer of real estate ownership, commercial leases, the financing of real estate projects, contracts and licensing applications and the purchase of real estate from abroad.

Corporate Law Concerns: Retail Industry

The retail industry is characterised by its dynamism and it can be highly lucrative for those who stay ahead of the curve. The right strategic move at the right time can lead to huge growth and leave your company ahead of its competitors.

Reliable advice on matters such as corporate structures, corporate restructuring and organisational forms, as well as on mergers, acquisitions and international expansion is critical. Benefiting from the rewards on offer in Germany, one of the biggest markets in the world, is achievable with a reliable legal partner in the field.

At Schlun & Elseven our corporate lawyers provide incisive advice to our clients on the expansion options available to them and how each of those options can be pursued. Allow our team to advise and support your company today.

Additionally, our corporate law experts provide ongoing support to our clients in the retail industry to ensure that they remain compliant with their legal requirements. Remaining compliant ensures that your company avoids unnecessary, costly and time-consuming lawsuits. However, our competition and antitrust specialists will carry out investigations and examinations in the event of allegations of breaches of the law. Should your competitors appear to have breached competition law our team will ensure that your company is suitably advised as to the best course of action and will represent you in court during disputes where necessary.

Drafting Contracts & Resolving Disputes

In the retail industry, watertight contracts are a necessity. Our contract lawyers will ensure your contracts have the necessary legal requirements regardless of whether they are concluded online or more traditionally. Should breaches of contract, or alleged violations of contract, arise, our team will advise you on the options available to you.

We will look to resolve matters outside of court, especially where the contract concerns valued partners where maintaining a good working relationship is an essential aspect of continued growth. However, should the case require it, or if it is in your interest to pursue matters in court, we will be by your side, providing full support and representation.

In drafting contracts, the various general terms and conditions have a significant role to play. Specific terms and conditions can be deemed invalid, and our team will ensure that such invalidity of general terms and conditions clauses in B2C and B2B business is avoided.

During contract negotiations, our contract law attorneys will determine the general terms and conditions clauses that are permissible and appropriate for your project and needs. Our team design tailor-made contracts suitable to the demands of our retail clients and ensure that they are fully enforced under the law.

Employment Law in the Retail Industry

Having suitable mechanisms and legal policies in place is the best way to avoid legal disputes in the retail industry. Our lawyers provide pragmatic solutions for our clients in the retail industry across the board, from the shop floor to the boardroom. With retail-industry-specific expertise and deep employment law knowledge, your company can be assured that the advice provided by our team of employment lawyers is of the highest standards.

Our team consists of two certified specialists in the field of employment and labour law, Dr. Thomas Bichat and Mr. Jens Schmidt. Both are highly experienced and provide leading advice across all employment law areas, from designing employment contracts to advising on dismissals and terminations.

Additionally, our employment law team assists our clients in the retail industry with training and the design of policies. Having anti-discrimination and anti-bullying policies is vital in avoiding costly court cases. Without suitable structures in place, allegations of bullying, discrimination and harassment in the workplace can lead to reputational damage and low employee morale. Further services include counsel regarding employee data protection and employee work councils.

Whistleblowing in the Retail Industry

At Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte, our lawyers advise our clients in the retail industry about internal grievance procedures and mechanisms. The importance of such systems cannot be downplayed, as without them employees and other parties can be forced to go public when they discover problems within a company.

Whistleblowing has played a major role in discovering corruption, illegal activity and companies not reaching the required standards. Implementing a secure, confidential, effective and appropriate system can allow your company to resolve these issues internally. Whistleblowing can lead to reputational damage, loss of customers and lower profits but it has proven necessary for the public good.

Whistleblowers should also consult with legal support before taking major action. Employees have certain responsibilities towards their employer, and acting in breach of these can lead to legal disputes and challenges. It is better to know your rights under German law before taking the step to make such issues public. At Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte, our lawyers advise both companies and whistleblowers regarding their options under German law.

Locations & Office Times

Mo – Fr: 09:00 – 19:00
24h Contact: 0221 93295960
Appointments made by telephone only.

Von-Coels-Str. 214
52080 Aachen
Tel: +49 241 4757140
Fax: 0241 47571469

Kyffhäuserstr. 45
50674 Cologne
Tel: +49 221 93295960
Fax: 0221 932959669

Düsseldorfer Str. 70
40545 Düsseldorf
Tel: +49 211 882 84196
Fax: 0221 932959669

Locations & Office Times

Mo – Fr: 09:00 – 19:00
24h Contact: 0221 93295960
Appointments made by telephone only.

Conference Rooms

Berlin 10785, Potsdamer Platz 10

Frankfurt 60314, Hanauer Landstrasse 291 B

Hamburg 20354, Neuer Wall 63

München 80339, Theresienhöhe 28

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Contact our German Lawyers for the Retail Industry

Please use the contact form to inform our team of German lawyers about your legal matters in the retail industry. After receiving your request, we will make a short preliminary assessment based on the information provided and give you a cost estimation. You are then free to decide whether you want to instruct us.