Legal Notices

ABU DHABI & DUBAI

We practice in Abu Dhabi and Dubai through branches of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP (formerly named Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP), a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales ("BCLP UK") and a BCLP Firm. It is authorized and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Our Abu Dhabi branch is licensed to provide legal consultancy services in Abu Dhabi by the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi, and the Abu Dhabi Global Market Registration Authority (license number 000000227) whose rules can be found here: www.adgm.com/. It is registered with the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development under licence number CN-1158206.

Our Dubai branch is authorized to provide legal consultancy services in Dubai by the Legal Affairs Department of the Government of Dubai, whose rules can be obtained here: http://legal.dubai.gov.ae/en/Pages/default.aspx. It is also regulated as an ancillary service provider by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (www.dfsa.ae/), and registered in the Dubai International Financial Centre under licence number CL1255.

See our regulatory information regarding BCLP UK and the BCLP Group.


BELGIUM

We practice in Belgium through a branch of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP (formerly named ‘Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’), a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales ("BCLP UK") and a BCLP Firm. It is authorized and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. 

Our Brussels branch is registered with the registre des personnes morales/rechtspersonenregister in Brussels under number 0541.198.632.

Lawyers based in our Brussels office are registered with the Brussels Bar, whose rules can be obtained from: www.baliebrussel.be (in Dutch) or www.barreaudebruxelles.be (in French). Those who are admitted in other jurisdictions are also regulated by the relevant professional body in their place of admission.

Our Belgian VAT number is: BE0541.198.632

See our regulatory information regarding BCLP UK and the BCLP Group.
 


CHINA

We practise in China through 英国博闻律师事务所驻北京代表处 / Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP Beijing Representative Office, a branch of Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP (“BLP”) licensed as the representative office of a foreign law firm.

See our regulatory information regarding BLP and the BLP Group.


FRANCE

We practise in France through a branch of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (France) LLP (formerly named Bryan Cave LLP and currently trading as ‘Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’),  a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales under number OC338062 ("BCLP France") and a BCLP Firm.

BCLP France is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, whose rules can be obtained from www.sra.org.uk/handbook/. Pursuant to Directive 98/5/CE. its Paris branch is enrolled with the Paris Bar under Toque No R030, whose rules can be obtained from www.avocatparis.org.

Lawyers based in our Paris office who are admitted in other jurisdictions are also regulated by the relevant professional body in their place of admission.

A list of partners of BCLP France is open to inspection at its UK registered office: Adelaide House, London Bridge, London EC4R 9HA, England; or at the Paris branch at 78 Avenue Raymond Poincaré, 75116 Paris, France. Within the BCLP Group, ‘partner’ is used to refer to a member, or an employee or consultant with equivalent standing and/or qualifications as required, of the BCLP Firm in which they practise. In the US, all our partners are members.

Our French VAT number is: FR 50504614512.

If you are a client and have any problem with the service we provide to you, please contact our complaints handling partner, the Managing Partner of the Paris office whose details can be found on the Paris office page. We will try to resolve any problem you raise promptly and fairly using our internal complaints handling procedures (a copy of which is available by clicking on this link: Complaints Procedure).  If, however, you feel that we have not satisfactorily resolved your complaint, you may be entitled to use the complaints service operated by (i) the Legal Ombudsman, details of which can be found on its site at www.legalombudsman.org.uk or (ii) the President of the Paris Bar (Bâtonnier de l’Ordre des Avocats de Paris), details of which can be found on this site www.avocatparis.org. You should be aware that there are time limits within which any complaint must be made, details of which can also be found on the above referenced websites.

See our regulatory information regarding the BCLP Group.
 


GERMANY

We practise in Germany through Berwin Leighton Paisner (Germany) LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales (registered number OC368339) and affiliated with Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP (“BLP”). At Berwin Leighton Paisner (Germany) LLP, partner is used to refer to a member of Berwin Leighton Paisner (Germany) LLP. Within the BLP Group, partner is used to refer to a member, or an employee or consultant with equivalent standing and/or qualifications as required, of BLP or any of its affiliated firms and entities.

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Key contacts

  • Roland Fabian - Partner, Rechtsanwalt (Fachanwalt für Steuerrecht)
  • Hanns-William Mülsch - Partner, Rechtsanwalt und Notar (Berlin)
  • Dr. Norbert Impelmann - Partner, Rechtsanwalt und Notar (Berlin)
  • Boris Strauch - Partner, Rechtsanwalt
  • Dr. Albrecht von Breitenbuch M.A. - Partner, Rechtsanwalt
  • Carsten A. Bremer - Partner, Rechtsanwalt und Notar (Berlin)
  • Stephan Krampe LL.M. (NYU) - Partner, Rechtsanwalt und Steuerberater
  • Dr. Thomas Prüm LL.M. (NYU) - Partner, Rechtsanwalt
  • Tina Siebenhaar - Partner, Rechtsanwältin und Notarin​ (Frankfurt am Main)
  • James Knox - Partner, Solicitor (England and Wales)
  • Alan Wight - Partner, Solicitor (England and Wales)
  • Dr. Berthold Kusserow LL.M. - Of Counsel, Rechtsanwalt
  • Claus Merten - Of Counsel, Rechtsanwalt
  • Dr. Gerhard Pilger - Of Counsel, Rechtsanwalt und Notar a.D.
  • Till Buschmann – Partner, Rechtsanwalt
  • Philippe Kamarowsky – Partner, Rechtsanwalt

Berlin Office:

Potsdamer Platz 8, 10117 Berlin, Germany
+49 (0) 30 684 0960

Frankfurt Office:

Park Building, An der Welle 3, 60322 Frankfurt, Germany
+49 (0) 69 970 8610

Bar admission

Unless stated otherwise, German lawyers (Rechtsanwälte) in Berwin Leighton Paisner (Germany) LLP’s offices are admitted within the Federal Republic of Germany to practise as lawyers and are members of the Bar (Rechtsanwaltskammer) for their respective office:

  • Rechtsanwaltskammer Berlin, Littenstrasse 9, 10179 Berlin, Germany
  • Rechtsanwaltskammer Frankfurt/Main, Bockenheimer Anlage 36, 60322 Frankfurt am Main

Those Rechtsanwälte also acting as notaries (Notare) are admitted within the Federal Republic of Germany to practise as notaries, and are also members of the relevant notaries Bar (Notarkammer) for their respective office:

  • Notarkammer Berlin (Körperschaft des öffentlichen Rechts), Littenstraße 10, 10179 Berlin, Germany
  • Notarkammer Frankfurt am Main (Körperschaft des öffentlichen Rechts), Bockenheimer Anlage 36, 60322 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Tax consultants (Steuerberater) at Berwin Leighton Paisner (Germany) LLP are admitted within the Federal Republic of Germany to practise as tax consultants, and are members of the relevant tax consultants Bar (Steuerberaterkammer) for their respective office:

  • Steuerberaterkammer Hessen (Körperschaft des öffentlichen Rechts), Gutleutstraße 175, 60327 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Lawyers based in our German offices who are admitted in other jurisdictions are also regulated by the relevant professional body in their place of admission.

Provisions on occupational law

The following laws apply to Rechtsanwälte. For further details, see the Federal Lawyers’ Chamber website.

  • Federal Lawyers’ Order (BRAO)
  • Professional Code (BORA)
  • Specialists Lawyers’ Code (FAO)
  • Act for Remuneration of Lawyers (RVG)
  • Professional Rules for Lawyers in the European Community (CCBE)
  • Act for the activities of European lawyers in Germany (EuRAG)

Law implementing the Directives of the European Community pertaining to the professional law regulating the legal profession.

The following laws apply to Notaries. For further details, see the Federal Notaries’ Chambers website.

  • Federal Notaries Order
  • Law relating to the Authentification of Documentation
  • Directives of the Notaries’ Chambers
  • Official regulations for notaries
  • Costs regulations
  • European codes for notaries

The following laws apply to Steuerberater. For further details, see the Federal Tax Consultants’ Chambers website at www.bstbk.de

  • Tax Consultancy Act
  • Execution Ordinance for the Tax Consultancy Act
  • Professional Code of Conduct for Tax Consultants
  • Tax Consultant Fee Ordinance

VAT Number

Berwin Leighton Paisner (Germany) LLP’s VAT number is DE 815 343 163

Professional Indemnity Insurance

Gothaer Allgemeine Versicherung AG, Gothaer Allee 1, 50969 Cologne, Germany

Scope of cover – any events insured under our professional indemnity insurance which are caused by the insured in the EU and the EEA

See our regulatory information regarding BLP and the BLP Group.


HONG KONG

We practise in Hong Kong through Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP (previously named 'Bryan Cave LLP)."

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is a Hong Kong limited liability partnership and a member of the BCLP Group. It is registered with and regulated by the Law Society of Hong Kong, and is authorised to practice Hong Kong law. Any Hong Kong law advice is provided by Hong Kong solicitors.

A list of partners is available at our registered office and will be provided upon request. Within the BCLP Group, ‘partner’ is used to refer to a member, or an employee or consultant with equivalent standing and/or qualifications as required by the primary firm and jurisdiction in which the individual practises. In the US, all our partners are members. For further information, see our website legal notices.

See our regulatory information regarding BCLP US and the BCLP Group.


INDONESIA

Our Indonesia practice is led by our Singapore office, supported by local counsel.

Ivan Almaida Baely & Firmansyah Law Firm (IAB&F) is an Indonesian law firm and member of the BCLP Asia Network. “BCLP Asia Network” refers to a series of bilateral strategic relationships between Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, the limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales ("BCLP UK”)  and individual, legally separate, local legal practices in Asia operating independently. The Network is created in the interest of delivering joint services to shared clients and joint marketing activity only.

See our regulatory information regarding the BCLP Group.


ISRAEL

Our Israel practice is led by our London office.

BCLP Representative Office Services Ltd is a marketing representative of the BCLP Group. It is a limited company registered in Israel (company no. 51-4726397) and is not authorized or regulated to provide legal services.

Neither the BCLP Group nor any of the lawyers in our Israel Business Group practise Israeli law.

See our regulatory information regarding the BCLP Group.


MYANMAR

Our Myanmar practice is led by our Singapore office, supported by local counsel. 

See our regulatory information regarding BCLP UK and the BCLP Group.


RUSSIA

We practise in Russia through a branch of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP (formerly named ‘Goltsblat BLP LLP’), a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales under number OC340589 (“BCLP Russia”) and a BCLP Firm.    

A list of partners of BCLP Russia can be accessed here. Within the BCLP Group, ‘partner’ is used to refer to a member, or an employee or consultant with equivalent standing and/or qualifications as required, of the BCLP Firm in which they practise. In the US, all our partners are members.

See our regulatory information regarding the BCLP Group. For further information regarding BCLP Russia, see the legal notices section of the website (www.gblplaw.com).


SINGAPORE

We practise in Singapore through a branch of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP (formerly named ‘Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’), a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales ("BCLP UK") and a BCLP Firm. It is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Our Singapore branch is licensed as a Foreign Law Practice with the Legal Services Regulatory Authority of Singapore, whose rules can be obtained from: www.mlaw.gov.sg/eservices/lsra/lsra-home/. It is registered with the Singapore Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority under number T10FC0153G.

Lawyers based in our Singapore office who are admitted in other jurisdictions are also regulated by the relevant professional body in their place of admission.

See our regulatory information regarding BCLP UK and the BCLP Group.


UNITED KINGDOM

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP (formerly name ‘Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’) is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales under number OC315919 (“BCLP UK”) and a BCLP Firm. It is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (the “SRA”), whose rules can be obtained from www.sra.org.uk/handbook/.

BCLP UK’s branch offices outside of England and Wales are also regulated by the professional body in that jurisdiction (please see the country links in these legal notices for further details).

Lawyers based in our UK offices who are admitted in other jurisdictions are also regulated by the relevant professional body in their place of admission.

A list of partners of BCLP UK is open to inspection at its registered office: Adelaide House, London Bridge, London EC4R 9HA, United Kingdom. Within the BCLP Group, ‘partner’ is used to refer to a member, or an employee or consultant with equivalent standing and/or qualifications as required, of the BCLP Firm in which they practise. In the US, all our partners are members.

BCLP UK is not authorized under the UK Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 ("FSMA"). As a Law Society member it is, however, able in certain circumstances to offer a limited range of investment and consumer credit services to clients if they are an incidental part of the professional services BCLP UK has been engaged to provide. Nothing we say or do should be construed as an invitation or inducement to engage in investment activities, or as advice on the investment merits of acquiring or disposing of particular investments.

BCLP UK is not authorized by the Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA"). We are, however, on the FCA register so that we can carry on insurance mediation activity (broadly advising on, selling and administering insurance contracts). The SRA regulates this part of BCLP UK’s business, including arrangements for complaints or redress if something goes wrong. The register is on the FCA website at www.fca.org.uk/register.

The Law Society is a designated professional body under FSMA. The Legal Ombudsman is an independent body set up to decide complaints that a firm’s complaints procedure cannot resolve. If you are unhappy with any insurance advice from us, please contact either the SRA or the Legal Ombudsman.

Our UK VAT number is GB 974 9832 56.

Tax Strategy

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP (formerly named ‘Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’) is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales under number OC315919 (“BCLP UK”) and a BCLP Firm. It is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (the “SRA”), whose rules can be obtained from www.sra.org.uk/handbook/. The following policy document sets out BCLP UK’s approach to taxation in the UK in compliance with the requirements of Schedule 19, Finance Act 2016. It is effective for the financial year ended 30 April 2018 and all subsequent years until superseded, and will be subject to periodic review.

  1. Tax Compliance 
    BCLP UK commits to complying fully with UK tax legislation. We actively engage with qualified professional advisors where appropriate. We aim to file tax returns on a timely and accurate basis, paying the right amount of tax at the right time. We disclose all relevant facts and circumstances to HM Revenue & Customs (“HMRC”).
     
  2. Tax Planning 
    In considering its structure, BCLP UK takes into account the tax laws of all the countries in which it operates, and relies on applicable double tax treaties to avoid double taxation where appropriate from time to time. BCLP UK does not enter into transactions or arrangements which, in its opinion, are abusive or aggressive and which do not have a commercial purpose.
     
  3. Co-operation with HMRC 
    BCLP UK seeks to have an open and constructive relationship with HMRC through regular meetings and communication. We provide full information to HMRC of relevant changes in our business or structure and promptly disclose inadvertent errors, if any, to HMRC.
     
  4. Governance and Risk Management 
    Day to day responsibility for the management of our UK tax affairs is delegated to our Head of Partnership Tax, who reports to the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Ultimate responsibility for tax matters rests with the Management Group. 

Given the complexity of our global business, we are sometimes exposed to inherent tax risks.  We seek to actively monitor and manage these risks and where there is sufficient uncertainty regarding a tax risk, we will seek appropriate external professional advice.

We have adopted policies and procedures commensurate with our obligations under the Criminal Finances Act 2017.

Client Complaints

We are committed to high quality legal advice and client care. 
If our clients are unhappy about any aspect of the legal services they have received, or are concerned about a bill, they can contact their client relationship partner, the relevant departmental managing partner, or the office managing partner whose details can be found here.

Clients who wish to make a formal complaint may contact our designated complaints counsel at complaintshandling@bclplaw.com, on the telephone on +44 (0) 203 400 1000, or by post to our London address. The designated complaints counsel will provide a copy of our complaints procedure. We hope to resolve any problem to our clients’ satisfaction, but if we do not, they may have the right to complain to the relevant professional body in the relevant jurisdiction. For example, in the case of BCLP UK, our clients may have the right to ask the Legal Ombudsman to consider their complaint by email to enquiries@legalombudsman.co.uk, by telephone on 0300 555 0333 or by post to PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ, United Kingdom.

Normally, clients will need to bring a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman within six months of receiving a final written response from us about their complaint (and no more than six years from the date of act/omission or three years from when you should reasonably have known there was cause for complaint). Please note that before accepting a complaint for investigation the Legal Ombudsman will check that you have tried to resolve your complaint with us first. Our complaints procedure contains further information about their powers and procedures of the Legal Ombudsman and the categories of client to whom its services are available.

If our clients' complaint is about a bill, they may also have the right to apply to the court for an assessment of the bill, but if all or part of a bill remains unpaid we may charge interest.

Alternative complaints bodies exist which are competent to deal with complaints about legal services should both our clients and the firm wish to use such a scheme. The European Commission’s online dispute resolution platform can be accessed at http://ec.europa.eu/odr.

Our designated complaints counsel can provide further details.

Third Parties

Any third parties who wish to raise issues in relation to the firm’s business should contact our designated complaints counsel as set out above.

See our regulatory information regarding the BCLP Group.
 


UNITED STATES

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is a limited liability partnership established under the law of the State of Missouri ("BCLP US") and a BCLP Firm. It is registered in the Commercial Register of Missouri under No. PL001410285, with a registered office in St. Louis.

See our regulatory information regarding the BCLP Group.

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