Public Law

We have extensive expertise in public law and advise our clients on matters spanning building and environmental law as well as technology law, rights of way, municipal law and constitutional law. Furthermore, we also provide advice on State aid and European law.

In the area of building law, we particularly focus on public building law. Large infrastructure projects are subject to planning and permission procedures. We guide our clients through these procedures, advising them from as early as the planning and project stages on how to complete the necessary procedures as quickly and smoothly as possible. We prepare proposals for the administrative authorities, point out alternative possibilities and draft the corresponding urban development contracts. Furthermore, we assist with the acquisition of land and the securing of sites.

With respect to environmental and technology law, we counsel our clients on all matters of immission control law, water law, nature conservation law as well as the law governing the circular economy and waste management law. Particularly industrial plants and energy generation installations require official approval from the relevant authorities. We are familiar with all the issues that may be encountered in this context, from the initial feasibility study to the approval procedure and possible judicial disputes. The European emissions trading system as an instrument of climate policy also plays a role here. We currently assist a large number of companies in enforcing their interests in review and appeal proceedings. Moreover, we also help companies objecting to fee assessments or the terms and conditions of the Emissions Trading Registry.

Public law also encompasses the area of concessions. We counsel our clients on all matters related to (utility) easements and rights of way.

In the field of municipal law, our comprehensive advisory services integrate legal, business and taxation expertise offered to municipalities, municipal associations, companies and public administration bodies. This includes, for example, advice on the establishment and strategic positioning of cities and towns as “corporate groups” for the purpose of ensuring an economic and effective self-government as well as the development of and assistance with public-private partnership (PPP) models. Moreover, we advise the government, the federal states and other public bodies on financial and/or constitutional questions. BBH also has particular expertise in State aid law.

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