Sebastian Melz

Lawyer and partner
Specialist labour lawyer
Specialist lawyer in administrative law

Tel.: +49 511 – 856149-21
Fax: +49 511 – 856149-22

Dr. Melz as the managing partner works in the area of commercial law and above all in the areas of trade and corporate law. His clients include medium sized companies as well as companies listed on the stock exchange.

Dr. Melz looks after his clients both during the business start-up phase and in connection with complex restructuring processes which are governed by corporate law. His clients are not only supported by the employees of the department he leads, but also by external cooperation partners, for example in the area of tax consultancy, in order to achieve optimum and comprehensive consulting results.
In connection with the supervision of legal disputes, in some cases with considerable publicity, Dr. Melz supports his clients also in the field of increasingly important so-called Litigation PR. In such cases, our company also works in collaboration with highly professional external partners if required and requested by our clients.

As a specialist lawyer for labour law, Dr. Melz also directs the labour law department which has supported for a considerable number of years a large number of companies that operate both regionally and nationally. In this area too, restructuring processes as well as related collective law issues are handled by Dr. Melz. The close connection between the fields of labour law and corporate law often manifest themselves in these types of cases. Dr. Melz also supports company directors, board members and other senior executives with the creation of employment contracts and assists with the resolution of labour law disputes.



Secondary school diploma
Apprenticeship as a banker at Commerzbank AG in Hanover (graduation as state best)
Law degree studies at the University of Marbug and the University of Göttingen, first state law examinations
Lawyer at Hillmann-Lemke-Wilken in Oldenburg in the labour law, commercial law and company law departments
Legal internship at OLG in Frankfurt am Main while concurrently working as a legal assistant at a large law firm in Göttingen
Second state law examinations
Practised as a lawyer in Göttingen, among others as partner at the law firm Vockenberg Schneehain Melz
He completed his doctorate degree at the University of Osnabrück on the subject of civil procedural issues
Partner at the law firm WIRTSCHAFTSRAT Recht in Hanover and Hamburg
Until 2/2017
Member of the supervisory board of Syntellix AG in Hanover (medical technology company which specialises in bio-absorbable implants)
To the present
Member of the advisory board of the KMU network of the Göttingen Graduate School of Social Sciences (GGG) at the Georg-August University of Göttingen
Since 2017
Partner at Melz Gercke Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB
Since 2018
Member of Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Verlagsjustiziare

Working languages

German, English


Adrian Schimpf/Dr. Sebastian Melz: “Angemessenheit von Zuschlägen für Nachtarbeit – Ein Überblick über die Rechtsprechung der Instanzgerichte” MDR Monatsschrift für Deutsches Recht (The appropriateness of extra pay for night work – a summary of decisions made by the lower courts) of the Monthly Journal of German Law, volume 71, page 1038 ff.


Dr. Sebastian Melz with Fabian Leissring: “Zur Thematik der Auswirkungen eines Probezeitverzichts auf die Wartezeit des § 1 KSchG” (The consequences of dispensing with probationary periods on waiting times as stipulated in § 1 of the German Unfair Dismissals Act) in: Der Arbeitsrechtsberater (The labour lawyer) 2013, pages 109-110


Dr. Sebastian Melz/Dr. Niels Gercke: „Insolvenzspezifisches Freistellungsrecht des Insolvenzverwalters“,
Urteilsbesprechung LAG judgement review, Lower Saxony, judgement dated 23/07/2015, file ref. 7 SaGa 614/15, Der Arbeits-Rechts-Berater (The Employment Advisor) December 2015, p. 366


Adrian Schimpf/Dr. Sebastian Melz: “Angemessenheit von Zuschlägen für Nachtarbeit – Die aktuelle Rechtsprechung zu einzelnen Prüfungskriterien” MDR Monatsschrift für Deutsches Recht 70 Jahrgang (The appropriateness of extra pay for night work – current rulings based on individual assessment criteria of the Monthly Journal of German Law volume 70) page 489 ff.


Adrian Schimpf/Dr. Sebastian Melz: “Angemessenheit von Nachtzuschlägen bei Zeitungszustellern” (The appropriateness of extra pay for night working for newspaper delivery staff), observations relating to ArbG Dortmund, judgement dated 14/02/2017, Der Arbeits-Rechts-Berater (The labour legal advisor) –> from 20 June 2017, volume 17, p. 173 ff.