It is a rather difficult task to evaluate the quality of legal services if one is not an expert in the field him or herself. All associates at Gerken Rechtsanwälte are certified specialist solicitors for tax law. This designation is a reliable mark of quality.
The title of a specialist solicitor, in German ‘Fachanwalt’, is conferred by the Bar Association upon examination in a formalised procedure. Because of its verification by the Bar Association prior to admission, it differs from any other form of advertising messages or “certificates” awarded by commercial promoters. Also any form of self-assessment as a “specialist” does not rest upon a verification by the Bar Association. The title of a specialist solicitor ‘Fachanwalt’ therefore proves certified quality.
After conferment of the title specialist solicitors are, according to Art. 15 FAO, obliged to take at least ten hours of additional training by attending training seminars or publishing papers annually. The observance of training obligations is supervised by the Bar Association supervises.
However, even the most brilliant thoughts of a lawyer are of little use to a client if the office fails to put them properly into practice. Therefore, we provide for clearly structured procedures by means of a special quality management, from taking on a case to the monitoring of deadlines. Our office is certified according to ISO 9001:2008 for legal services and law firm management.