Skip to main content

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance

Litigation & Dispute Resolution


Clifford Chance is one of the leading Litigation & Dispute Resolution (L&DR) firms in Germany. With offices in Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Munich, the German L&DR practice comprises 40 litigation lawyers specialising exclusively in this field and advising on a broad range of litigation issues. There are another 30 or so lawyers providing dispute resolution support in certain specialist areas including employment, administrative, tax and energy law. The extent and range of expertise within the practice means that a highly specialised team can be assembled at short notice. 

We meticulously research the facts of a case, distil what is relevant for your interests and present it convincingly and in a readily understandable manner. Our legal analysis gets to the bottom of things and provides pragmatic industry-oriented advice.

The Commercial Litigation Team advises and represents companies and institutions in all types of disputes. It works closely with specialists from other practice areas in Germany and from our offices across the firm’s global network. Our level of specialisation and the long-standing experience of our specialists enable us to address tactical considerations when formulating strategies for our clients in judicial and arbitration proceedings. It is no contradiction that it is precisely this that increases the chances of reaching an amicable settlement. As well as representing clients before German courts, we are also just as happy representing clients internationally. All of our partners and counsel have many years’ forensic experience. We do not advise to enter into litigation or arbitration just for the sake of it – we will be frank where proceedings involve too many unknowns or where they are not in your interest, finding then a more appropriate alternative.

The Intellectual Property Team advises on all aspects of IP, competition and copyright law and also specialises in technical property rights. We provide our clients with comprehensive strategic advice, focusing primarily on litigation aspects, mainly on patent disputes, but also as regards transactional and drafting issues. Our considerable experience on the German market combined with the firm’s global network means that you benefit from unparalleled economic, technical and sector expertise. We regularly work on cross-border matters with colleagues in Europe, the US and Asia.

Fact: Clifford Chance was the first major German firm to have its own white collar and compliance team, established more than 15 years ago. Today, its White Collar Team represents corporate clients in criminal proceedings, proceedings involving administrative fines and other penalties, represents companies which have been the victims of criminal behaviour, performs internal investigations and advises on compliance and anti-fraud measures. Our clients particularly appreciate the combination of sound and practical white collar expertise coupled with our “global law firm ability” in handling the challenges posed by complex assignments involving several practice areas and jurisdictions which all require teams that work together smoothly regardless of size. We take advantage of the vast amount of expertise available within our global network to ensure that you get the best advice available. Very large and complex cases are mastered with the help of our IT Forensic Team and our Case Management Group.