Legal Notices


The provider of this website within the meaning of § 5 of the German Telemedia Act (TMG) is Melz Gercke Rechtsanwälte PartmbB which has a registered office in Hanover, is registered at Hanover District Court (200958) and comprises the partners named below.


The value added tax identification number of the partnership pursuant to § 27 of the German Value Added Tax Act (UStG) is DE 309844091.


Dr. Sebastian Melz
Ständehausstraße 10/11
30159 Hannover


Dr. Niels Gercke
Ständehausstraße 10/11
30159 Hannover


RA’in Meike Hütter
Ständehausstraße 10/11
30159 Hannover


Dr. Carsten Fricke
Ständehausstraße 10/11
30159 Hannover


RA Tobais Weissenborn
Ständehausstraße 10/11
30159 Hannover


Tel.: +49 511 – 856149-0
Fax: +49 511 – 856149-22


All lawyers who work for Melz Gercke Rechtsanwälte PartmbB are qualifed to practice as lawyers and are members of the Celle Bar Association.


Hanover: Rechtsanwaltskammer Celle, Bahnhofstraße 5, 29221 Celle, Tel. +49 5141 – 9282-0, Fax +49 5141 – 9282-42,


Professional indemnity insurance
Professional indemnity insurance for lawyers:
Berliner Allee 14
30175 Hannover


Rules of professional legal conduct for lawyers
The relevant rules of professional legal conduct for lawyers can be viewed and downloaded from the German Federal Bar’s website ( under the heading Berufsrecht (professional law). The following laws are important to note:


  • BRAO – Bundesrechtsanwaltsordnung (Federal Lawyers’ Act)
  • BORA – Berufsordnung für Rechtsanwälte (Professional Code for Lawyers)
  • FAO – Fachanwaltsordnung (Specialist Lawyer Code)
  • RVG – Gesetz über die Vergütung der Rechtsanwältinnen und Rechtsanwälte  (Law on the Remuneration of Lawyers)
  • CCBE – Berufsregeln der Rechtsanwälte der Europäischen Gemeinschaft (Code of Conduct for Lawyers in the European Union)
  • EuRAG – Gesetz über die Tätigkeit europäischer Rechtsanwälte in Deutschland (Law regulating the activity of European lawyers in Germany)


The rules governing professional conduct defined under professional codes (§ 43a para. 4 of the BRAO) do not allow lawyers to represent conflicting interests. Before accepting a brief, we will therefore always consider whether any conflict of interest exists.


Out-of-court settlements
In the event of disputes between lawyers and their clients, extrajudicial mediation at the regional Bar Association may be requested (pursuant to § 73 para. 2 No. 3 in conjunction with § 73 para. 5 of the BRAO – Federal Lawyers’ Act), or at the conciliation board of the Federal Chamber of Lawyers (§ 191 et seq BRAO). Further information can be found on the website of the Federal Chamber of Lawyers ( or requested by email:


Notary Professional RegulationsThe professional regulations applicable to notaries can be viewed via the Chamber of
Notaries homepage ( under the heading “Professional Law”. In particular, these include the following:

  • German Federal Notarial Code [Bundesnotarordnung (BNotO)]
  • German Notarisation Act [Beurkundungsgesetz (BeurkG)]
  • German Professional Regulations for Notaries [Dienstordnung für Notarinnen und
    Notare (DONotO)]
  • German Court and Notary Cost Law [Gerichts- und Notarkostengesetz (GNotKG)]
  • Celle Chamber of Notaries Guidelines

The notaries regulatory authority is the President of the Hannover Federal State Court
Notaries are members of the Celle Chamber of Notaries (


Online dispute resolution
Pursuant to art. 14, para. 1 of the ODR-VO: The EU online extrajudicial dispute resolution platform:


We are neither obliged nor willing to participate in any dispute resolution proceedings before a consumer arbitration service.

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