International Law

Since the fall of the Iron Curtain the Free State of Saxony, with its lively and culture rich cities of Leipzig and Dresden, has become a magnet for foreign investors.

There are many good reasons for locating in this region. The advantages offered by Leipzig’s excellent infrastructure are recognised well beyond the German borders. Benefits include newly built motorways, an international airport with direct connections to Germany’s largest road haulage terminal, a state of the art telecommunications system and the world famous exhibition centre.

Less apparent are some of the other advantages. For example, the flexible approach of the authorities in both Leipzig and Dresden allows for accelerated granting of planning permission. Commercial tax base rates are relatively low in Saxony, as are charges levied by craftsmen and other members of the service industry in comparison to the rest of Germany.

The Free State has one or two surprises in store, especially for those hailing from English speaking countries; Case Law doesn’t exist here and English is not as widely spoken as elsewhere in Germany. However, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Industrie- und Handelskammer) is happy to act in an advisory capacity.

Our practice and our associate law firms are able to cross the language barrier thanks to our translator, Mrs Lindsay Lampe.

Mrs Lampe, who lectures at the renowned University of Architecture and Construction Engineering in Holzminden; is in constant contact with our office.

Any queries regarding our area of expertise or the German construction or administrative laws can therefore be forwarded in English either to our office or by e-mail to

Sommerlad, Meißner und Regen Sachverständigengemeinschaft für Haus- und Dachtechnik
Tel.: 0341 - 87 95 318 Fax: 0341 - 87 95 318 Mobil: 0175 - 80 18 202 e-mail:


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