Regulation Directory project - Germany

Legal Jurisdictions


Lawyer Title(s)

Rechtsanwalt; Syndikusrechtsanwalt (in-house lawyer)

Regulator(s) of Admission

Authorisation to practise is given by the 27 regional bars (Rechtsanwaltskammern - RAK) or the Bar of the Federal Supreme Court (Bundesgerichtshof BGH)


Regulator(s) of Practice

Regulatory functions are carried out by the regional bars which are self-regulatory bodies (legally) supervised by the ministry of Justice of the particular state (Bundesland) to which they belong. The Statutory Assembly of lawyers (Satzungsversammlung bei der Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer) holds the power to decide upon and issue professional practice regulations. The German legislator is resonsible for regulating the legal profession as such.


Disciplinary Authorities

Disciplinary functions are dealt with in the first instance by the regional Bars. All decisions relating to the conduct of lawyers may be referred to the special disciplinary courts (Anwaltsgericht, Anwaltsgerichtshof, Senat fur Anwaltssachen beim Bundesgerichtshof).


Other Bodies involved in Regulation of the Legal Profession

Bundesgerichtshof (Bar at the Federal Supreme Court)


Primary Legislative Source

Federal Lawyers' Ordnance ("Bundesrechtsanwaltsordnung", BRAO), 31.08.2015; Rules of Professional Practice (Berufsordnung fur Rechtsanwalte, BORA), 01.07.2015; Law regulating the activity of European lawyers in Germany (Gesetz uber die Tatigkeit europaischer Rechtsanwalte in Deutschland, EuRAG), 31.08.2015