Law on Architects

In a world of increasingly complex construction, continuously increasing requirements under the Energy Savings Regulation [Energieeinsparverordnung, "EnEV"] and new planning methods such as BIM, the responsibility and risks of liability of architects and other planners are continuously increasing. At the same time, the compensation for architects is stagnating at a low level. An architectural office can only still work economically if it professionalizes its work flows, on the one hand, and does not miss any fee, on the other hand.

We help you in structuring the planning phase, the tender phase and the construction management phase in conformity with the law, bundling your existing know-how and concentrating on your projects. At the same time, we provide assistance to you in documentation and timely giving notification of fees and enforcing the fees you are entitled to under the HOAI.

Our specialists in architectural and planning law have many years of experience in supporting the work flow in architects' offices and on the construction site. Although we do not have the training in technical aspects of construction, we know how to competently handle every-day problems in planning and construction management. Furthermore, we know the relevant provisions and the corresponding techniques, in order to determine and enforce for you the fee established under the law.

We provide competent support to you as BIM managers also with regard to the newest planning methods. In the event that something unexpectedly goes wrong, our many years of litigation experience on both sides enables us to forcefully represent your interests also before the courts.

Our main areas of services:

  • Advice in negotiating and concluding contracts
  • Structuring planning and supervision procedures
  • Assistance in documentation and standard texts
  • Advice during construction and the award of contracts
  • Management of addenda for architects
  • Support when issuing complex final invoices
  • Liability management and preparation of documentation
  • Support in litigation involving liability and fees
  • Support in handling liability insurance
  • Legal structuring of BIM contracts
  • Support in the development of requirements for information for the customer