Specialists in the field of public law.

Anyone who seeks us out will receive solid advice in the field of public law.

We are your resource for all matters concerning public law. Always included: Expertise and experience, ambition and enthusiasm.

Our clients want to accomplish big things. In many cases, reaching their objective means navigating their way through public law with all its nuances and challenges. We are very familiar with every step along this way because public law is our speciality at Köchling & Krahnefeld.

Our primary practice areas

We focus our practice on the following areas:

  • Environmental and nature conservation law (primarily immission control and climate protection law, water law, waste management law, soil protection and contaminated sites law, nature conservation law)

  • Environmental and nature conservation law (primarily immission control and climate protection law, water law, waste management law, soil protection and contaminated sites law, nature conservation law)

  • Public construction and planning law (primarily development planning and building regulation law, local and regional planning law, mining law, traffic law, aviation law)

  • Emissions trading (primarily obligation to participate in emissions trading, reporting and sanctions)

  • Public energy law / power lines (primarily power grid expansion law, energy industry law) and special regulations (renewable energy law, electricity tax law)

  • Public procurement and other public commercial law (primarily public procurement law, subsidy law, price law, communal commercial law, state aid law)

Our approach

We see ourselves are problem solvers for our clients. Although this sounds simple, in reality it’s a very complicated endeavour.

Just as every project is unique, legal advice for a given project needs to be just as unique. Legal expertise is indispensable however by itself that is not enough. We rely on teamwork and an interdisciplinary approach in order to create tailor-made solutions that fit our clients’ needs- especially in the case major projects. For us, this means addressing the technical, economic, scientific, political and social context in addition to legal issues. Accordingly, we collaborate with engineers, environmental experts, landscape planners, auditors and tax advisers.

Viewing projects holistically

As a result of our approach, our services include much more than mere legal advice addressing specific questions. Our recipe for success is viewing things holistically - but not losing focus of all the details in the process. This ability is particularly in demand for approval procedures related to large projects, for example environmentally-relevant major projects. We offer the “total package” for these type of projects: Legal advice and support, from advice when preparing and reviewing application documents to public comments (including representation at hearings) on to reviewing draft approvals and coordination with approval authorities. Of course, we also represent our clients should it be necessary to pursue subsequent administrative or legal remedies.

Our clients

Our clients include private and public investors in environmentally-relevant (major) projects, public corporations and institutions, private enterprises and individuals.

Our list of representative engagements has since grown to become quite extensive and reflects the trust our clients place in our law firm. And this trust just continues to grow with each and every project. Would you like additional information about the types of projects we have worked on to date? Under Representative Engagements you can find details about our services and selected projects from our areas of focus.

What others are saying about us

This most important praise we can receive is satisfied clients. However, we are very happy about the numerous positive reviews we have received over the years.

‘WirtschaftsWoche’ lists Köchling & Krahnefeld in its 39/2020 issue as one of the 29 best law firms for environmental and construction planning law. What’s more, they also cite our founding partner Dr Lutz Krahnefeld as one of the most reputable German lawyers in this legal field. ‘WirtschaftsWoche’ had previously honoured our firm as ‘Top Law Firm for Public Procurement Law’ in an earlier issue.

In June 2020, the ‘Handelsblatt’ newspaper crowned our partners Dr Lutz Krahnefeld and Dr Markus Ehrmann as ‘Germany’s Best Lawyers 2020’. In the lawyer ranking by the economic newspaper, Dr Krahnefeld was honoured in the field of Environmental Law and Dr Ehrmann in Energy Law. The ranking is based on an extensive peer-to-peer survey by the internationally active US specialist publisher ‘Best Lawyers’. Find out more.

In May 2020, the magazine „brandeins“ voted us one of the best commercial law firms of 2020 and listed us as one of the recommended commercial law firms in the category of environmental law. Find out more.

For many years, industry journal JUVE has included us as an “esteemed boutique” in the field of environmental and planning law as well as in the field of energy law in its annual handbook of “Business law firms”. In 2014, JUVE also nominated us for the “JUVE Award Law firm of the year for regulated industries”.

According to the editors of FOCUS magazine, our law firm has been counted amongst Germany’s best business law firms continuously since 2013. We are listed under the heading of “environmental law” in the Focus special “Germany’s top lawyers”.