Environmental and Planning Law

You are in need of legal advice on the planning and implementation of permit procedures for an infrastructure project?
You are seeking to clarify potential liabilities related to the remediation of your business premises?
You are considering to purchase an industrial area?
You require legal representation in administrative proceedings or before the administrative courts?

The economic system of Germany is undergoing a profound and substantial process of “greening”. This development affects both private companies and the public sector.

Environmental law requirements play a substantial role in planning and permitting procedures of public infrastructure and public services, such as public transport, roads and railways, energy and water supply or waste disposal facilities. Such infrastructures regularly have significant environmental impacts – not only during construction and operation, but also in the phase of decommissioning and aftercare, such as in the case of landfills and mining areas.

Private enterprises are also subject to a variety of environmental regulations and requirements, for example in the context of:

  • construction, enlargement, decommissioning, purchasing or selling of manufacturing and operational sites;
  • remediating industrial premises and during related negotiations with authorities and third parties;
  • permitting procedures and the permanent operation of industrial facilities;
  • treatment and disposal of waste and waste water;
  • manufacturing and distributing their products.

Matters of planning and environmental law regularly involve a variety of legal issues pertaining to different areas of law, for example permitting aspects, specific environmental regulations or details of urban planning and municipal laws and statutes.

Tailor-made legal advice requires a comprehensive approach. Therefore, our integrated environmental and planning law team of experts provides extensive practical experience and expertise in all relevant areas of law and in dealing with private and public sector companies, local governments, authorities and courts.

Our advice in environmental and planning law in particular pertains to the following subject areas:

  • Planning and Construction Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Emissions Control Law
  • Waste Law
  • Soil Protection Law
  • Water Law
  • Nature Protection Law
  • Mining Law
  • Product Regulations
  • Laws on Hazardous Substances and Chemicals
  • Laws on Access to Environmental Information
  • Environmental Management / Environmental Compliance
  • Administrative Procedures and Administrative Court Proceedings

Our lawyers

  • provide legal advice on the planning phase as well as on permitting and planning approval procedures related to building and infrastructure projects;
  • prepare legal opinions and assessments on environmental and planning law issues;
  • draft feasibility studies in preparation of planning and investment decision-making;
  • draft and negotiate agreements, in particular project contracts and agreements under public and administrative law;
  • represent clients in administrative procedures and legal proceedings before the administrative courts;
  • perform environmental due diligence exercises in the context of M&A transactions and corporate restructurings (for example, in view of liability matters related to soil and groundwater contamination, on the transfer or legal succession of operational permits and licenses, etc.);
  • liaise and cooperate with environmental consultants, urban and infrastructure planning specialists and further experts in the context of the realisation of projects and translate their ideas and findings into legal solutions.

Our experts regularly publish articles in professional journals and give lectures on current environmental and planning law topics.

We are happy to assist you with our experience.


Michael Bierle

Energy law

Tel: +49 69 9585-3856