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The sixth package of EU-Russia sanctions: Implications for the maritime industry

The EU sanctions law leads to a new reality because it sets new framework conditions for previously well-established economic relations. Compliance with the new ...

Arbeitsrecht

BAG: Corona testing obligation for employees lawful

In its judgment of 1 June 2022 - 5 AZR 28/22 - the Federal Labour Court (BAG) ruled that employers may be entitled to unilaterally order corona testing (in the ...

Bau-und-Architektenrecht

A&V in Straße und Autobahn: UKRAINE – Material and operating material price explosion.

On Friday, March 25, 2022, the Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport (BMDV) issued regulations for dealing with the currently incalculable price dev ...

Vergaberecht

A&V in Straße und Autobahn: Missing documents in the procurement procedure – additional demand or exclusion?

When participating in procurement procedures, the bids to be submitted are often processed up to the last minute. It is not uncommon that documents, information ...

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Sanctions law on the horizon: The Sanctions Enforcement Act I

The EU sanctions law leads to a new reality because it sets new framework conditions for previously well-established economic relations. Compliance with the new ...

Arbeitsrecht

BAG: No facilitation of evidence for employees in overtime compensation cases

The decision of the Emden Labour Court (ArbG Emden) of 9 November 2020 - 2 Ca 399/18 has caused a lot of discussion on the topic of overtime pay since its publi ...

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Sanctions Law in May 2022

For many, the ever-changing requirements of EU sanctions law appear to be a new bureaucratic jungle. Compliance with the new regulations is essential for every ...

Schiedswesen

A&V gains Dr. Claudia Nottbusch and Dr. Robert Hintze as a partner duo with a Büsing Müffelmann & Theye team

Ahlers & Vogel is thereby expanding its expertise in public law and procurement law, strengthening its corporate and tax law practice as well as its notarial pr ...

Aussenhandelsrecht

A&V in AW Prax: Transparency in online trading

On 28.05.2022, the "enforcement and modernisation directive" of the EU will be implemented in Germany. For its implementation, the BGB and EGBGB will be supplem ...

Arbeitsrecht

The principle of fair negotiation

The conclusion of a termination agreement is a low-risk method of terminating employment relationships, especially from the employer's point of view. This is es ...

Vergaberecht

A&V in Straße und Autobahn: Negative unit prices in the award procedure

In award procedures for road construction services, it regularly happens that the bid calculation for a service results in a negative unit price. Both bidders a ...

Rotes Notarsiegel Bremen

Appointment as notary

Our partner Dr. Jochen Böning, specialist for commercial and corporate law, was sworn in as a notary public by the Vice President of the Bremen Regional Court ...

Immobilienwirtschaftsrecht

Conversion ban for residential buildings in Hamburg

In Hamburg, the conversion of rented flats into owner-occupied flats has been made more difficult since an ordinance was issued in November last year. Throughou ...

Bau-und-Architektenrecht

A&V in Straße und Autobahn: Subsoil conditions – Who bears the risk?

Almost every construction project raises the question of the subsoil conditions. These cannot be completely determined in advance, as it is not possible to carr ...

Arbeitsrecht

No “best before date” for occupational Integration Management (bEM) in the Case of Dismissals due to Illness

In its judgement of 18 November 2021 – 2 AZR 138/21, the Federal Labour Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht – BAG) ruled that the employer must in principle conduct ...

Bau-und-Architektenrecht

Ukraine War and Construction: Passing on War-related Price increases for Building Materials

Although the current images and reports of the Russian Federation’s attack on Ukraine in violation of international law are hard to bear and very few professi ...

Arbeitsrecht

Transfer of Business does not necessarily lead to default of acceptance

In its judgement of 16 December 2021 – 1 Ca 305 b/21 – the Labour Court of Neumünster (ArbG Neumünster) ruled that the prior default of acceptance of the ...

Aussenhandelsrecht

A&V in AW-PRAX: ICC model clauses for the online use of GTC in B2C business

In B2C situations caution is required when selling goods online, especially if the purchaser is located abroad. In such a case, the consumer protection regulati ...

Immobilienwirtschaftsrecht

Adjustment of the Commercial Rent During the Lockdown

In its ruling of 12 January 2022 (BGH XII ZR 8/21) the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) decided on the issue of adjusting commercial rents during the lockdown, wh ...

Aussenhandelsrecht

A&V in ICC Magazine: Assistance in International Trade

The ICC Model International Sales Contract has been updated. Whether in person or electronically, anyone who does business in international trade usually conclu ...

A&V in NZV: Note on the ECJ Judgement on Cross-border Enforcement of Fines

In its decision, the ECJ underlines the objective of the Framework Decision, namely to ensure the cross-border enforcement of fines across EU borders. This ECJ ...

Handels-u-Wirtschaftsrecht

A&V in AW-PRAX: New Sales Law Regulations as of 1.1.2022

The start of the new year 2022 brings with it a far-reaching reform of the German Civil Code. The need for change arose from the new European Directive on the S ...

Jahreswechsel = Verjährungsfalle?

End of the Year = Time-bar Trap?

At the latest when the year is drawing to a close, it is time to conduct a time bar analysis within the company. Are there claims that will become time-barred o ...

Schifffahrt-Transportrecht

A&V in Transportrecht: The freight payment claim – burden of proof and fault

German transport law knows the comparatively short one-year limitation period. Under special circumstances, if the person obliged to pay is guilty of gross negl ...

Arbeitsrecht

No salary during lockdown

In its judgement of 13 October 2021 – 5 AZR 211/21, the Federal Labour Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht – BAG) ruled that an employer does not owe its employees ...

Ahlers&Vogel bei der 10ten Trail Relay

Ahlers & Vogel – when the going gets tough, the tough get going

The fact that the members of our law firm are not only eloquent lawyers in fancy suits and costumes was proven once again at the 10th Trail Relay in Hoope on No ...

Bau-und-Architektenrecht

Price explosion for building materials – financial compensation possible?

The prices for building materials have risen explosively in recent months, so that the associated costs can often no longer be covered by the previously agreed ...

Arbeitsrecht

Termination of employment and subsequent sick leave
The employer may have doubts about the certificate of incapacity for work in individual cases

The Federal Labour Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht – BAG) ruled in its decision of 8 September 2021 – 5 AZR 149/21 – that the probative value of the certifica ...

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A&V in AW-Prax: Impact of standard delivery clauses on the export business

If goods are exported to a third country, a wide range of arrangements must be made between the seller and the buyer, for which standardized terms and condition ...

Unternehmens-und-Gesellschaftsrecht

Obligation for All to be registered in the Transparency Register
Tightening of the law from 1 August 2021

On 26 June 2017, the Money Laundering Directive Implementation Act came into force. One of the essential components of the new Money Laundering Act (“Geldwäs ...

Aussenhandelsrecht

A&V in AW-Prax: Seller obligations with regard to the carriage of goods
Praxisfragen zur Anwendung von Lieferbedingungen und UN-Kaufrecht im Versendungskauf

Agreements on the carriage of goods are an integral part of the performance of international trade transactions. If standardised terms of delivery (e.g. Incoter ...

TAV

Ahlers & Vogel im Weser Kurier: Mit dem Gesetz auf Du und Du
im Magazin „Job4you Ausbildung & Beruf“

Es ist in unserem Hause eine geschätzte Tradition, Fachkräfte selbst auszubilden und diese nach erfolgreichem Abschluss der Ausbildung  zu übernehmen. Wir h ...

Logistic and cargo freight concept

Recalculation of German road toll
Gesetzlicher Erstattungsanspruch und neue Mautsätze

In its decision of 28 October 2020, the ECJ ruled that the calculation of the German road toll is contrary to European law – in as far as it is based on the r ...

Arbeitsrecht

“Holiday success” not necessary
An officially ordered quarantine does not prevent the consumption of holiday leave

In its decision of 08.06.2021 – 6 Ca 6035/21, the ArbG Bremen-Bremerhaven (Bremen-Bremerhaven Labour Court) ruled that an officially ordered quarantine does n ...

Arbeitsrecht

Overtime Compensation
For the time being, no “toleration” of overtime without the employer’s knowledge

In its ruling of 06.05.2021 – 5 Sa 1292/20, the Regional Labour Court (LAG) of Lower Saxony did not confirm the decision of the Labour Court (ArbG) of Emden o ...

Arbeitsrecht

BAG answers open question for diaconal employers
Extraordinary termination for operational reasons is possible in the scope of application of the AVR Diakonie Deutschland

In its ruling of 27 April 2021 (2nd Senate, 2 AZR 357/20), the Federal Labour Court clarified important issues in the area of dismissal for operational reasons ...

Aussenhandelsrecht

A&V in AW-Prax: ECJ on jurisdiction
German hotel can sue Dutch Booking.com in Germany

At the end of 2020, the ECJ determined which courts have jurisdiction over actions directed against the business practices (here: the inclusion of amended GTC) ...

TAV

Ahlers & Vogel announces new partner as of 1 July 2021

We are happy to announce that we have appointed Mr Moritz Naegeler as partner with effect of 1 July 2021. Moritz Naegeler started working with Ahlers & Vogel on ...

Aussenhandelsrecht

A&V in AW-Prax: Delivery by handing over the goods to the carrier
Practical questions on delivery and transfer of risk in distance selling

This article deals with questions of practical relevance that revolve around the issues of “delivery to the carrier” and “delivery by making available”. ...

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A&V in AW-Prax: China Import Service Fee
Rip-off of CIF imports

If the Incoterm CIF is agreed at the time of purchase, it frequently happens that – before the goods are delivered – the forwarder asks the importer to pay ...

Logistic and cargo freight concept

A&V in ICC Magazine: Template General Terms and Conditions for Digital Commerce
Template of the ICC for B2C transactions on the Internet

In order to support companies in B2C business, the ICC published a template of general terms and conditions (GTC) with the most important components of a sales ...

Aussenhandelsrecht

A&V in AW-Prax: Force Majeure in International Trade Law
Main features of international business law and the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods

Due to the Corona pandemic, the problem of impediments to performance has come to the fore. Therefore, the idea of using “force majeure clauses” in contract ...

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A&V in Straße und Autobahn: Recording is rewarding! – Maybe.
Construction site correspondence

The correspondence conducted is of central importance for the success of a construction site. In his article ” Recording is Rewarding! – Maybe.” from the ...

Aussenhandelsrecht

A&V in AW-Prax: Incoterms 2020 and input tax deduction
What role does the agreement of an Incoterms clause play for the input tax deduction?

In July 2020, the BMF published a clarifying notice on the entitlement to deduct input turnover tax (EUSt): In principle, the contractually agreed place of deli ...

Bau-und-Architektenrecht

A&V in Straße und Autobahn: The tendering process for road construction projects

Under European Procurement law, the principle of division into lots also applies to road construction tenders. The article “Das Gebot der Losvergabe im Straß ...

Aussenhandelsrecht

A&V in AW-Prax: Legal questions on the transfer of risk in international trade
Part 2 – Who bears the risk of transport damage and loss of goods in export transactions?

An everyday problem of cross-border trade in goods: After the conclusion of the sales contract the goods are handed over to the carrier but reach the buyer in d ...

Aussenhandelsrecht

A&V in AW-Prax: Legal questions on the transfer of risk in international trade
Part 1 – Who bears the risk of transport damage and loss of goods in export transactions?

An everyday problem of cross-border trade in goods: After the conclusion of the sales contract the goods are handed over to the carrier but reach the buyer in d ...

Aussenhandelsrecht

Export control, embargoes and Brexit – What to watch out for?
M.I.T E-SOLUTIONS GmbH’s interview with Hendrikje Herrmann

This interview, conducted by Mr Onno Reiners from M.I.T E-SOLUTIONS GmbH with our lawyer Hendrikje Herrmann, deals with the topics of export control and sanctio ...

Bau-und-Architektenrecht

The costs of a supplement are not recoverable!

In the course of the implementation of a construction project for the construction of a road overpass over railway tracks, a late award of contract occurred in ...

Team Bau- und Vergaberecht

Securities – Corona and Easter

In a letter dated 26.03.2020, the contractor demanded a security pursuant to section 650f BGB from the principal. The principal rejected the week-long period in ...

Rotes Notarsiegel Bremen

Appointment as notary

Our partner Julia Gerlach, specialist in construction and architectural law, was sworn in as a notary public by the Vice President of the Bremen Regional Court ...

TAV

Ahlers & Vogel announces two new partners as of 1 January 2021

We are happy to announce that we have appointed Ms Julia Gerlach and Dr. Martin Schmitz as partners with effect of 1 January 2021. Julia Gerlach started working ...

Aussenhandelsrecht

Choice of court agreement and enforcement: Brexit as a pitfall

There was great joy and relief when, fittingly for Christmas, it was announced that there was an agreement between the EU and the UK on trade and economic relat ...

Bau-und-Architektenrecht

Nur pauschale Bedenkenanmeldung: Auftragnehmer haftet!

Der Auftraggeber beauftragte den Auftragnehmer mit der Installation von Rohrleitungslüftungen in einem Mehrfamilien-Wohngebäude. Als die Arbeiten beginnen, ve ...

Team Bau- und Vergaberecht

Keine Zusatzvergütung für offenkundige Trocknungs- und Aushärtungsarbeiten!

Der Auftragnehmer wurde im Rahmen einer öffentlichen Ausschreibung mit Straßenbauarbeiten beauftragt. Diese waren in nacheinander auszuführenden 30 Bauabschn ...

Bau-und-Architektenrecht

Die neue HOAI tritt am 01.01.2021 in Kraft

Im Juli 2019 entschied der Europäische Gerichtshof, dass die Verbindlichkeit der Mindest- und Höchstsätze in der HOAI gegen Europarecht verstößt (Urteil vo ...

Unternehmens-und-Gesellschaftsrecht

Update: Abmilderung der Folgen der COVID-19-Pandemie

In unserem JusLetter „Abmilderung der Folgen der COVID-19-Pandemie“ haben wir im März 2020 das durch Bundestag und Bundesrat verabschiedete Maßnahmenpaket ...

Schiedswesen

Die sichere Vergabe von Postdienstleistungen

Wann müssen öffentliche Auftraggeber die Erbringung von Postdienstleistungen, also die Abholung, Beförderung und Zustellung von Briefsendungen, europaweit au ...

Unternehmens-und-Gesellschaftsrecht

AGB-Anpassungen in Zeiten von Corona?

Die Corona-Pandemie stellt Unternehmen vor eine Vielzahl neuer Rechtsprobleme. Insbesondere im Vertragsrecht stellt sich derzeit oft die Frage, ob Leistungsstö ...

Schifffahrt-Transportrecht

A&V unterstützt Studierende der Hochschule Emden/Leer mit Gesetzessammlung

In diesen Tagen beginnt auch am Fachbereich Seefahrt und Maritime Wissenschaften der Hochschule Emden/Leer das Wintersemester 2020/2021. Eine wichtige Säule de ...

Bau-und-Architektenrecht

Führt der Verzicht auf die Einrede der Anfechtbarkeit zur Unwirksamkeit der Sicherungsabrede?

Der Auftraggeber beauftragte den Auftragnehmer im Jahr 2013 mit der Durchführung von Arbeiten an einer Lüftungsanlage. Nach Abnahme und Zahlung auf die Schlus ...

Unternehmens-und-Gesellschaftsrecht

Ausschluss eines GmbH-Gesellschafters auch ohne Beschluss über die Verwertung seines Geschäftsanteiles möglich

In seiner Entscheidung vom 04.08.2020, Az. II ZR 171/19, hat der BGH kürzlich entschieden, dass ein Ausschluss eines GmbH-Gesellschafters auch ohne einen Besch ...

Bau-und-Architektenrecht

Zur Frage der Verjährung des Anspruchs auf Stellung einer Bauhandwerkersicherheit

In der vorstehend genannten Entscheidung hatte sich das OLG Köln mit der durchaus umstrittenen Frage zu befassen, wann der Anspruch des AN auf Stellung einer B ...

Immobilienwirtschaftsrecht

Sind die HOAI-Mindestsätze zwischen Privaten noch verbindlich? BGH ruft Europäischen Gerichtshof an!

Die Parteien schlossen einen Ingenieurvertrag und vereinbarten ein Pauschalhonorar. Nach der Kündigung des Vertrags macht der Ingenieur die höhere Vergütung ...

Unternehmens-und-Gesellschaftsrecht

Anwachsung von Gesellschaftsanteilen = Schenkung?

Stirbt bei einer zweigliedrigen Gesellschaft bürgerlichen Rechts (GbR) einer der beiden Gesellschafter und ist für diesen Fall vereinbart, dass dem überleben ...

Immobilienwirtschaftsrecht

Verstoß gegen das Schriftformerfordernis bei fehlender Unterschrift des zweiten Geschäftsführers

Das Schriftformerfordernis für Langzeitmietverträge bereitet Vermietern in der Praxis häufig Probleme. Nicht unbedingt förderlich ist dabei, dass der BGH in ...

Unternehmens-und-Gesellschaftsrecht

Herausgabe personenbezogener Daten von KG-Gesellschaftern an Mitgesellschafter

In seiner Entscheidung vom 04.06.2020, Az.: 23 U 149/18, hat das Kammergericht Berlin entschieden, dass der Beschluss einer Kommanditgesellschaft nichtig ist, m ...

Unternehmens-und-Gesellschaftsrecht

Konkurrenzverbote auch für Minderheitsgesellschafter?

Beinahe jeder Gesellschaftsvertrag enthält Regelungen zum (un-)erlaubten Wettbewerb der Gesellschafter. Ein umfassendes vertragliches Konkurrenzverbot für Min ...

Arbeitsrecht

Kündigungsfrist von Geschäftsführerdienstverträgen

Auch ein Mitglied der Geschäftsführung einer GmbH, welches nicht zugleich Mehrheitsgesellschafter ist, kann sich nach Ansicht des Bundesarbeitsgerichts nicht ...

Unternehmens-und-Gesellschaftsrecht

Zur Anfechtbarkeit von Hauptversammlungsbeschlüssen wegen Verletzung des Teilnahmerechts

Das Bestreben vieler Akteure an den Finanzmärkten, ihr Portfolio auch um Beteiligungen an Aktiengesellschaften zu erweitern, dürfte auch nach dem Wirecard-Ska ...

Prof.-Dr.-Herber

Prof. Dr. Rolf Herber

In addition to his work as a lawyer, he has always remained dedicated to the legal profession and has trained generations of maritime lawyers. As a worldwide ac ...

Immobilienwirtschaftsrecht

Gesetzesreform zum Schriftformerfordernis im Gewerberaummietrecht: Das Ende schlafloser Nächte?

Spätestens seit den Entscheidungen des BGH zur Unwirksamkeit von Schriftformheilungsklauseln in den Jahren 2014 und 2017 leben Parteien von Gewerberaummietvert ...

Schifffahrt-Transportrecht

Ahlers & Vogel supports the International WISTA Annual General Meeting & Conference

We are delighted to support the 41st AGM and conference of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) which takes place in Hamburg fro ...

Ahlers-und-Vogel-Rechtsanwälte im Austausch

Information on Covid-19: Changed procedures at Ahlers & Vogel

Ahlers & Vogel continuously monitors the current situation and the recommendations of the authorities and the Robert Koch Institute. Our aim is to support the a ...

Aussenhandelsrecht

Analyse der Incoterms® 2020

Wie bereits in unserem Aussenhandel_Quarterly_III_2019.pdf ausführlich berichtet, veröffentlichte die Internationale Handelskammer (ICC) am 10.09.2019 die Neu ...