German Attorneys for the Retail Industry

Legal Solutions Made in Germany

Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte PartG is a full-service law firm who are active all over Germany. We offer our clients in the retail industry comprehensive legal advice and support from one source combined with industry-specific expertise. Get to know us, our services and more about our retail industry knowledge today.


Insightful Advice & Retail Industry-Specific Expertise: Your German Legal Partner

The lawyers at Schlun & Elseven provide our diverse range of clients in the retail industry with comprehensive legal support, insightful analysis, excellent legal representation and ongoing support and partnership. In the retail industry it is important to remain creative and flexible in developing means of achieving both long-term and short-term goals. However, the means by which such goals are pursued must be legally compliant and legal counsel is a necessity 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. When it comes to the growth and optimization of your business, Schlun & Elseven present itself as the full-service law firm for your retail company.

As a full-service law firm, Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte support our clients in the retail industry, including CEOs, entrepreneurs and both domestic and international companies, across the legal spectrum. From employment law advice regarding employment contracts and assistance on avoiding unfair dismissal cases to support during mergers and acquisitions, our legal team will be by your side. Additionally, our experienced professionals advise our clients on means by which they can exploit the many new opportunities available to them. If done correctly, they will not only increase their share in their current market but they will also open up their horizons and expand to new markets. Our lawyers are ready when you are.

Connections between the German Retail Industry and Specific Legal Fields

The world of retail interacts with German law in many legal areas. As a full-service law firm we provide our clients with all the legal support they need from one source. Below listed are just some of the legal services our firm offers those in the retail industry. For more specific guidance and specialised support, contact our office directly using our contact form at the bottom of this page.

Commercial Law Expertise
Employment Law Considerations
Corporate Law Concerns
Drafting and Reviewing Contracts
Real Estate
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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.

However means 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 Law Expertise: German Retail Industry

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

Our lawyers provide full support when it comes to 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, as well as e-commerce and cross-border expansion opportunities which will contribute to further corporate growth while reaching customer expectations.

Employment Law: Retail Industry

Having the right mechanisms and legal policies in place is the best way to avoid legal disputes arising 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 as well as 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 in 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. Allegations of bullying, discrimination and harassment in the workplace, without the suitable structures in place, can lead to reputational damage and low employee morale. Further services include counsel regarding employee data protection and employee work councils.

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 to their legal requirements. Remaining compliant ensures that your company avoids unnecessary, costly and time-consuming law suits. 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.

The Drafting of Contracts & Dispute Resolution

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 in a more traditional manner. Should breaches of contract, or alleged breaches of contract, arise, our team will advise you on the options available to you. Where possible we will look to resolve matters outside of court and especially where the contract concerns valued partners where maintaining a good working relationship is an important 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 the drafting of contracts, the various general terms and conditions have a big role to play. Certain terms and conditions can be deemed to be invalid and our team will ensure that such invalidity of general terms and conditions clauses both in B2C and B2B business is avoided. During contract negotiations, our contract law attorneys will determine the general terms and conditions clauses which 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 in accordance with the law.

Commercial Real Estate Guidance

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

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Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte PartG
Von-Coels-Straße 214
52080 Aachen (Eilendorf)
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Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte PartG
Kyffhäuserstr. 45
50674 Köln
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