Legal Information

Schierk & Bechtloff

Neumühlen 25 · D-22763 Hamburg
Tel. +49 - (0) 40-32 58 51-0
Fax +49 - (0) 40-32 58 51-32

VAT identification number (Umsatzsteueridentifikationsnummer)
DE 170310036

Legal Form:
Schierk & Bechtloff GbR
Partnership under civil law
Partners are:
Werner Schierk and
Dr. Gudrun Bechtloff

Hamburg Office:
Neumühlen 25
22763 Hamburg
Tel. +49 - (0) 40-32 58 51-0
Fax +49 - (0) 40-32 58 51-32

Statutory Professional Title:
Lawyer (German: Rechtsanwalt/Rechtsanwältin)

Werner Schierk, Lawyer
Dr. Gudrun Bechtloff, Lawyer

All professionals are admitted as Rechtsanwalt/Rechtsanwältin (lawyers) to the bar in the Federal Republic of Germany and are permitted to carry the professional title Rechtsanwalt/Rechtsanwältin.

Competent Bar Association as Supervisory Authority
For lawyers Werner Schierk and Dr. Gudrun Bechtloff:

Hanseatische Rechtsanwaltskammer Hamburg,
Valentinskamp 88, 20355 Hamburg, Germany; Tel. +49 - (0) 40-35 74 41-0, Fax +49 - (0) 40-35 74 41-41, e-mail:

Information on Professional Indemnity Insurance according to DL-Info-VO (Regulation on Information Obligations of Service Providers)
Schierk & Bechtloff maintain a professional indemnity insurance for all lawyers according to § 51 BRAO with 

Allianz Versicherungs-Aktiengesellschaft, Königinstr. 28, 80802 München.

Geographical scope: Countries of the European Union and of the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA-Agreement).

Professional Regulations

  • Federal Lawyers` Code of Conduct (Berufsordnung für Rechtsanwälte, BORA)
  • Order on Lawyers (Bundesrechtsanwaltsordnung, BRAO)
  • Federal Lawyers` Fees Act (Bundesgebührenordnung für Rechtsanwälte, BRAGO), for mandates before 01.07.2004
  • Federal Code of Lawyers` Fees (Rechtsanwaltsvergütungsgesetz, RVG), for mandates after 01.07.2004
  • Charter of core principles of the European legal profession and Code of Conduct for European lawyers (CCBE)

All regulations are available on the website of the German Federal Bar Association (BRAK) under under Berufsrecht.

The entirety of this website, including all pictures, contents and layout is subject to our copyright, if not indicated otherwise. All rights are reserved. No part of this website and our protected data may be used, reprinted, translated, whether in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of a partner of Schierk & Bechtloff GbR.

The logo of our law firm is registered and protected with the German Patent Office as word-/figurative mark no. 304 72 175.

Despite careful monitoring and content control we assume no liability for the content of external links. Such liability lies exclusively with the operators of the linked pages. We assume no responsibility for the correctness, completeness or quality of the contents of the linked pages. We dissociate from any illegal contents or contents contravening ethical principles. Liability claims for material and/or immaterial/consequential damages caused by the use of faulty or incomplete information is excluded, if not caused by wilful misconduct or gross negligence, to be proven by the user. All offers are non-binding and subject to change. We assume no liability for printing or typesetting errors and the correctness of the entries. 

We reserve the right to change, supplement or delete the website, in whole or in part, or refrain from publication without prior announcement. 

We appreciate immediate indication in case of illegal contents of links, so to immediately rectify any situation of non-compliance. 

Effectiveness of Disclaimer
The disclaimer is part of our website internet offer. Should the disclaimer be or become, in total or in part, void, invalid, illegal or unenforceable it is to be considered severable so as not in any way to affect or impair the remaining provisions and such provision will be replaced with a provision implementing the economic purpose in a valid, legal and enforceable manner. 

Information according to § 5 TMG (Telemediengesetz, German Tele Media Act)
Werner Schierk & Dr. Gudrun Bechtloff
Neumühlen 25
22763 Hamburg

Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Tel. +49 - (0) 40-32 58 51-0
Fax +49 - (0) 40-32 58 51-32
VAT identification number: DE 170310036

Werner Schierk and Dr. Gudrun Bechtloff are admitted as lawyers by the Hamburg Bar/Hanseatische Rechtsanwaltskammer Hamburg, Valentinskamp 88, 20355 Hamburg, Tel. +49 - (0) 40- 35 74 41-0, Fax +49 - (0) 40-35 74 41-41.

Both are admitted as lawyers (Rechtsanwälte) in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Data Protection Declaration

1. Name and contact details of the persons responsible for processing data

This data protection information applies to data collected and processed by:

Werner Schierk & Dr. Gudrun Bechtloff
Neumühlen 25
22763 Hamburg
+49 - (0) 40-32 58 51-0
Fax +49 - (0) 40-32 58 51-32

2. Collection and storage of personal data as well as type and purpose of its use

The used browser on your end device will automatically send information to the server of our website when you access our website Such information will be temporarily stored in a so-called log file. The following information will be collected and stored without any action by yourself until automatic erasure:

IP address of the requesting PC,

date and time of access,

name and URL of the retrieved data,

website from which our website is accessed (Referrer URL),

used browser and, as the case may be, the operating system of the used PC

as well as the name of your access provider.

Such named data will be processed by us for following purposes:

to ensure a smooth connection of the website,

to ensure a comfortable usage of our website,

analysis of system security and stability as well as

for further administrative purposes.

The legal basis for processing of personal data is Art. 6 para. 1 (f) of the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 hereinafter referred to as “General Data Protection Regulation” or “GDPR”. Our legitimate interest results out of the above listed purposes for data processing. In no event will we use collected data in order to make any inferences on your personal identity.

Moreover, when you visit our website, we use cookies. The use of cookies is further explained under No. 4 below.

3. Disclosure of data

Your personal data will not be transferred to third parties for any other purpose than the following.

We will disclose your personal data to third parties only if

you have expressly consented thereto pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 (a) GDPR,

disclosure is necessary for enforcing, pursuing or defending any legal claims pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 (f) GDPR provided you do not have an overriding legitimate interest that your data will not be disclosed,

if there is a legal obligation to disclose your data pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 (c) GDPR, and

if disclosure is permitted by law and is required in order to enable us to perform our contractual relationship with you in accordance with Art. 6 para 1 (b) GDPR.

4. Cookies

We use cookies on our website. Cookies are small data sets, which your browser establishes automatically and which are stored on your end device (laptop, tablet, smartphone or other) if you visit our website. Cookies will not damage your end device, they do not contain any viruses, trojans or other malicious software.

In the cookie, information is stored, which results out of the use of a specific end device. However, that does not mean that we obtain knowledge of your identity.

On one side cookies are used to make it more convenient for you to use the offerings on our website. As we use so-called session-cookies in order to recognize that you have already visited certain pages on our website before. Those will be automatically erased after you have left our website.

On the other side, we use temporary cookies in order to optimise the user-friendliness of our website, such cookies will be stored on your end device for a specific fixed period. If you visit our website again in order to use our services, it will be automatically recognized that you have already visited our website before and which data you had already entered, so you do not have to provide such data again.

Further, we use cookies for statistical reasons in relation to the use of our website and to analyse it in order to optimise our offerings. Such cookies enable us to automatically recognize that you have visited our website before. Those cookies will be automatically erased after a certain defined period of time.

The data processed through cookies is necessary for the above named purposes in order to pursue legitimate interests by ourselves and third parties pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 (f) GDPR.

Most browsers accept cookies automatically. However, you may configure your browser in a way that cookies are not stored on your PC or in each case a notice is displayed prior to a new cookie being set. The complete deactivation of cookies may have the effect that you will not be able to use all of the functions on our website.

5. Rights of persons concerned

You have the right:

pursuant to Art. 15 GDPR to request information from us in relation to your personal data that we have processed. You may, in particular, request information on processing purposes, the category of personal data, category of recipients to which your data was or is disclosed, the planned period for which your personal data will be stored, the existence of a right to correction, erasure, restriction of processing or objection, the existence of a right to file a complaint, source of your data if such data was not collected by us, as well as the existence of an automated decision-making, including profiling and, on a case by case basis, meaningful information about details thereto;

pursuant to Art. 16 GDPR to have any incorrect personal data corrected or any incomplete personal data completed,

pursuant to Art. 17 GDPR to demand erasure of your personal data stored by us unless processing is necessary for exercising the right of freedom of speech and information, for compliance with a legal obligation, for reasons of any public interest, or for enforcement, pursuit or defence of any legal claim;

pursuant to Art. 18 to GDPR to demand a restriction on processing of your personal data, if you contest the accuracy of your personal data, the processing is unlawful, however you oppose the erasure of your personal data and we no longer need your personal data but you need such data for enforcement, pursuit or defence of any legal claim or you objected to the processioning according to Art. 21 GDPR;

pursuant to Art. 20 GDPR to receive your personal data that you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format or to demand the transmission of such data to another responsible person;

pursuant to Art. 7 para 3 GDPR to withdraw your consent provided to us at any time. Such withdrawal has the consequence that we are not permitted to continue processing your personal data in the future if such processing is based on your consent; and

pursuant to Art. 77 GDPR to file a complaint with a supervisory authority. In general, you may contact for such purpose the supervisory authority located at your customary residence or place of work or the seat of our law firm.

6. Right to object

If – on the basis of a legitimate interest pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 (f) GDPR - your personal data is processed by us, you are entitled to object to such processing of your personal data pursuant to Art. 21 GDPR on grounds relating to your particular situation or if the objection is against direct marketing. In the latter case, you have a general right to object, with which we will comply without you being obligated to provide any further information.

If you wish to exercise your right to either withdraw or object, it is sufficient if you send us an email to

7. Data security

To guarantee data security, our website’s content is encrypted using SSL, in line with the state of technological knowledge. To secure data, we take measures in line with the state of technological knowledge, with particular reference to restricting access to data, protection against alterations and loss, and for confidentiality reasons. These measures are also taken by service providers we commission, and we have concluded corresponding contractual agreements with these service providers.

8. Currentness and Changes to our Data Protection Declaration

This data protection declaration, as currently valid, is the version of May 2018.

Due to any further development of our website and our offerings or due to any change of legal or administrative requirements it may become necessary to change this data protection declaration. You may access and print out our current data protection declaration at any time on our website under:

Internet Conditions
The internet operates as a decentralised network association with interim data storage and distribution of temporary data files. For this reason no guarantee can be granted for the exclusion of manipulation, unintentional falsification and/or the use of only up to date data (e. g. old version is still in Cache) on the way from the provider to the user. We draw your attention to this fact: You receive the data under these internet conditions. We cannot guarantee the correctness of the data and the conformity with the original data. 

If you provide your e-mail address to us we will communicate with you via e-mail. You are free to revoke the future use of e-mail communication at any time.

Applicable Law/Place of Jurisdiction
The client relationship is governed by the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany. Exclusive place of jurisdiction is Hamburg, Germany. 

Pictures used on this Website
Schierk & Bechtloff GbR
Christina Opeldus, Photographer, Hoßberg 3, 21376 Salzhausen, Germany.

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Responsible for the Contents of this Website: 
Werner Schierk and Dr. Gudrun Bechtloff.