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  • Once again this year, JUVE Verlag has named us one of the best German law firms for environmental and planning law in its renowned handbook "Wirtschaftskanzleien 2021/2022". "The public law boutique is considered a very good address, especially for infrastructure projects related to the energy sector," writes the editors.

    JUVE particularly recommends our partners Dr. Lutz Krahnefeld ("public lawyers of the first league") and Dr. Markus Ehrmann ("client-oriented, factually comprehensive advice"). Our partner Claire Pröbstle was also positively perceived by the editorial team (is in the first league in environmental and planning law). Dr. Ehrmann was also honored as "Leading Consultant in Environmental and Planning Law over 50 Years". Ultimately, as with a sports team, the award goes to the whole team. Because only together are we strong. Mehr erfahren

  • Both the magazine "WirtschaftsWoche" and the magazine "Focus" honor the work of our law firm with prestigious awards. For "WirtschaftsWoche" (issue 36/2021), we are again among Germany's "Top Law Firms for Environmental and Planning Law 2021". At the same time, our partners Dr. Lutz Krahnefeld and Dr. Markus Ehrmann received the award "Top Lawyer for Environmental and Planning Law 2021". "We are very pleased about this recognition. Above all, it goes to the entire law firm team, without which none of us would be able to deliver the required top performance," says law firm partner Dr. Markus Ehrmann.

    For the research, the Handelsblatt Research Institute had surveyed more than 1,100 lawyers in 24 law firms on behalf of "WirtschaftsWoche" and had the answers evaluated by a jury of experts. The result is a list of 34 leading law firms and 51 highly recommended lawyers for environmental and construction planning law.

    The “Focus" magazine also found our performance noteworthy and awarded us the title "Top Commercial Law Firm for Environmental Law in Germany 2021."

  • Our partners Dr. Lutz Krahnefeld and Dr. Markus Ehrmann are among "Germany's Best Lawyers 2021" according to the current "Handelsblatt" ranking. Dr. Krahnefeld received this title for the areas of public commercial law and environmental law, Dr. Ehrmann for energy law. The ranking is the result of a Germany-wide survey of around 5,000 commercial lawyers and in-house counsel conducted by the renowned US publisher "Best Lawyers". 

    "The Handelsblatt thus confirms the consistently good work of the entire firm. The team deserves the recognition, even if a lawyer ranking cannot reflect this overall performance," says Dr. Markus Ehrmann. 

    "Best Lawyer" is the leading international recommendation portal for lawyers in business law. Only lawyers who have been recommended by professional colleagues in an elaborate process make it into the first round of selection. This is followed by a peer-to-peer survey among Germany's commercial lawyers as to which colleagues they would recommend if they were unable to accept a mandate themselves. The evaluations have been published exclusively by "Handelsblatt" for years.  

  • The business magazine "brandeins" has awarded Köchling & Krahnefeld in the ranking "The best commercial law firms in Germany" in environmental law, water and wastewater law and ranks us among the 15 best German law firms in this legal field. In our home market of Hamburg, we are even ranked 2nd.

    "We are very pleased to have defended this recognized award even in the difficult year of the Corona pandemic with its special challenges," says founding partner Dr. Lutz Krahnefeld. "It is an expression of another exceptional team performance by all colleagues in our firm." Last year, "brandeins" had already recognized us as one of the best German commercial law firms for this area of public law.

    About the methodology: the brandeins editorial team, in cooperation with the market research company Statista, had asked almost 15,000 lawyers and in-house counsel at the end of 2020 for their recommendations for German commercial law firms. Of these, 2,515 lawyers (17%) participated in the survey with individual responses.

    The brandeins special edition "Recht so" with all rankings is now available at newsstands or online with interactive search function here: Find out more




  • In its mid-November issue, the German magazine WirtschaftsWoche ranked the most renowned law firms in the field of public procurement law in Germany. We are one of them! (Issue 47, 2018)