LAWFUEL – The Net’s Law Newswire – Gunhild Schäfer, dispute resolution partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Frankfurt, has been admitted to the exclusive circle of lawyers at the highest German civil law court, the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH), by the German secretary of justice (Bundesjustizministerium).
Less than 50 lawyers are currently admitted to represent clients in civil law cases at the High Court and admission is preceded by a rigorous selection procedure by the German Law Society and the High Court itself.
Manfred Finken, regional managing partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, commented on Gunhild Schäfer’s appointment, saying, ‘It is a great honour and distinction for Gunhild personally and recognition of her achievements as a lawyer to be admitted to the exclusive circle of BGH-/High Court lawyers. It is also an honour for our firm that a partner from our ranks has been granted that admission. We are very pleased for her and proud of her success.’
Gunhild Schäfer is well qualified for her new role as a lawyer at the High Court. She has been with Freshfields since 1993 and a partner since 1997. Gunhild is a member of the firm’s dispute resolution practice group specialising in construction and engineering and commercial law disputes. After studying at universities in Munich, Venice, and Pennsylvania/US, Gunhild worked for several years as a district judge in Kempten/Bavaria. She is both a German and US-qualified lawyer.
According to the rules governing the admission of High Court lawyers, Gunhild will no longer be able to remain a partner at Freshfields and so will leave in the next couple of months.