Our clients' business interests are the main focus of all our professional activities. We understand ourselves as a legal service provider. Forward-looking and accurate advice is a precondition to achieve our clients' aims faster and less expensive than by court proceedings. It is of great importance to us to provide clear and simple answers. We work as one team with clients to manage their issues efficiently.
Construction Advisory & Disputes
Construction law has been one of the key areas since our law firm was founded. Construction projects are often complex, with narrow commercial margins and the risk of defects, late delivery and cost overruns. To secure commercial success by avoiding and resolving contractual and legal issues it needs an expert legal management. Our clients expect straightforward and reliable statements on the prospects and risks. We give clear and precise recommendations how to act in order to safeguard their interests and to resolve disputes.
Real Estate Law
We advise our clients on legal issues in connection with the acquisition or sale of real estates including leasing and facility management.
We cooperate with tax advisers and auditors specialised in the particular field.
IT Law and Telecommunication
Whether an IT or telecommunication project is successful or not does not depend on the technical solution only. Often, contractual provisions decide about commercial success.
Therefore, we assist our clients from the beginning of the project with the handling issues under the German Contracting Rules for Award of Public Works (VOL/A and B), the German Supplementary Contractual Conditions for Maintenance of Standard Software (EVB-IT) and review complex contracts and service level agreements. We successfully act on behalf of well-known enterprises of the IT and telecommunication industries all over Germany.
Procurement projects are subject to specific and highly formalised regulations. Their structure is sometimes very difficult to fully appreciate risk allocations and its implications. These facts and the tight time schedule of tender proceedings require high specialisation in the particular field and market knowledge.
We successfully represent nationwide well-known enterprises of the construction industry, the IT industry and the telecommunication sector. Additionally, public authorities belong to our clients.
When a contract has been awarded, we provide on-going advice to our clients, in particular on contractual issues (under the German Contracting Rules for Construction Work (VOB/B), the German Contracting Rules for Award of Public Work (VOL/B) and the German Supplementary Contractual Conditions for Maintenance of Standard Software (EVB-IT)).
Klaus S. Scharlemann
Specialist in construction and architecture law
Klaus Scharlemann studied law and economics in Bayreuth and continued his studies of law at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. He passed the first state exam in law in Munich in 1989, completed his legal internship in Munich and Constance and passed the second state exam at the higher regional court of Munich in 1991. He was admitted to the bar in 1993.
Klaus Scharlemann started his professional career in a law firm specialising in international business law in Frankfurt/Main in 1993 and helped to establish their office in Leipzig in the following years.
The main focus has been on public and private construction and architecture law, engineering law, on-going legal advice during the whole construction period, contract management, supplementary order management under VOB/B and VOL/B, arbitration, litigation, preparation of and assistance in award review proceedings.
Klaus Scharlemann has been an officially recognised specialist for construction and architecture law since 2005.
He is a board member of the working group in Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt of the German Association for Construction Law (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Baurecht e.V.).
He is a member of the Centre for Ground Rights and Civil Engineering Rights CBTR (Centrum für deutsches und internationales Baugrund- und Tiefbaurecht e.V.), of the Consortium for Construction Law (ARGE Baurecht) and other judicial and construction law associations.
Dr. Michael Gross
Specialist in construction and architecture law
Michael Gross studied law at the universities of Tübingen, Münster and Munich. He passed the first state exam in Munich in 1995 and the second state exam in Dresden in 1997. Michael Gross worked at a law firm in Coral Gables, USA. In 1998 he was admitted to the bar and in 2000 he completed his PhD. Michael Gross joined CMS Hasche Sigle from 2004 to 2012. He spent a secondment to Siemens, London in 2010.
Michael Gross provides legal advice in national and international engineering and plant construction projects, et al. major building projects, railway projects and energy plant projects. He represents clients pre-court and in court. He also acts as a mediator in construction law disputes.
Michael Gross is a member of the Consortium for Construction Law (ARGE Baurecht) and the German Association for Construction Law (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Baurecht e.V.).