About us

About us

The Nieweg law firm was founded in 2005 by attorney & graduate economist Petra Nieweg. Since then, the firm’s work has been based on three pillars

The work of the firm is based on these three pillars:
  • Commitment to excellent work
  • Passion for justice
  • Fair prices

The law firm Nieweg stands for:


A commitment to excellent work

The quality of case handling takes absolute precedence over quantity. Your case always gets the time it needs. No ifs and buts.


A passion for justice

The law is nothing more than the order prevailing in the state community, and it is precisely this right that decides what is just.

Aristotle (384-322 BC), Greek philosopher


Fair prices

Fair pricing does not mean that the firm’s performance is available at discount prices. On the contrary, where the costs of the firm and the benefits of the mandate are not billed according to the RVG, they are proportionate.


Petra Nieweg

Petra Nieweg

Attorney & diploma economist


Common questions

Q: Is an initial consultation free?


A: Very often, an initial consultation is assumed to be free of charge. This is not right.

Describing the case, a conversation about potential costs and a preliminary assessment of whether there are any legal options at all is free.

Unfortunately, a specific consultation with a list of possible procedures cannot be provided free of charge. In this respect, an effort arises on the part of the law firm, which must also be reimbursed accordingly …


Q: What will the legal profession cost?


A: First and foremost, every client has the right to know pricing accurately. Right on the first visit, we’ll give you an approximate assessment of what the cost will be at the end of the day. We recommend an open, honest discussion about our fees with each customer at the time of the first conversation.

General statements:

The fees of lawyers and the courts, with a few exceptions such as criminal, fines or social law, depend on the value of the subject-matter of the legal activity (§ 2 RVG, 49 b (5)). The subject of the legal activity is the law or legal relationship to which the activity of the lawyer refers under the order. It is the objective value of the object and not the subjective evaluation of the client decisive.

In the case of out-of-court activities, in the case of value-based fees, the possibility of falling below legal fees may be considered. However, this would have to be negotiated separately with the lawyer, with a condition being a particularly high value at the dispute and a minor right of attorney’s activity.

For the initial consultation of a consumer, the legal maximum fee is € 190.00 plus VAT. Depending on the item value, this fee may also be undercut.

As part of the mandate processing by the firm, compensation claims and compensation claims for third parties (courts, authorities, etc.) made to the client are regularly subject to seizure, maturity and compensation obligations. No dependence on possible insurance law cost recovery or exemption by the legal protection insurance. The processing of the mandate or its continuation may be dependent on the time-bound compensation

Cost sharing and assumption of legal protection insurance:

In the event of existing cost recovery, legal protection insurance is generally paid, possibly taking into account contractually agreed self-shareholdings or pre-tax deductions, the fees calculated by the lawyer and paid to them, and To reimburse expenses or even to complete a direct exemption and instruction within the payment period set by the lawyer.

A resolution of insurance law matters (cost recovery request, etc.) with the legal protection insurance and in connection with the otherwise assumed mandate, if any. This settlement justifies an additional fee entitlement of the attorney according to the value of the total costs incurred in the mandate, which is detached from the other mandate.

Contrary to popular view-also wrongly accepted or communicated by insurers-this activity does not constitute an additional service to be provided by the lawyer in a compulsory and free of charge.

Should contact with the Legal Protection Insurance be made for the purpose of cost recovery and the request for exemption in respect of costs incurred by the attorney, this will only be done on the basis of a corresponding written order. In the future fees for this purpose, which in principle do not replace the legal protection insurance, will be charged after the respective instance move. Any advance requirements are reserved.

Otherwise, it is recommended to contact the insurance broker or the respective service offices directly with regard to coveted cost recovery and exemption, which will then take up the item

Consulting and legal aid:

In the case of a very low income, it is possible to obtain an advisory assistance card from the district court responsible for the place of residence. If the lawyer is presented to the lawyer, only an amount of €15.00 is to be remunerated by the client to the lawyer. Forms for requesting counselling assistance are also available from your lawyer.

If legal proceedings are necessary, there is the possibility of applying for legal aid. Here you can use the court’s help again with the application or submit the application through the lawyer. You will receive a form in which you must explain your personal and economic circumstances. As a matter of principle, you will not receive legal aid if your concern is wanton or without any prospect of success. That is what the court decides on.

Once granted legal aid, legal aid may only be provisionally relieved of the costs for your associated attorney and the court. After the end of the process, you will be asked about your personal and economic circumstances at regular intervals over a period of up to 4 years. If these have improved, there is the possibility that the treasury will demand repayment (in stock) of the outsourced costs. In principle, any opponent legal fees are not covered by legal aid and may be imposed on you by the judgment.


To the extent that there are civil and administrative court proceedings as well as proceedings before a state employment or the Federal Labour Court, the rule is that the loser bears all costs. This usually means costs for two lawyers, the court. Costs for witnesses, expert opinions, etc.

If both sides lose, the costs are calculated to each one in proportion to their accommodation.

For proceedings before the employment tribunals, the peculiarity applies that in principle everyone has to pay his lawyer himself, the legal costs are borne by the loser.



Q: How am I kept informed of the progress of my case?



A: The law firm Nieweg appreciates the enormous importance of communication between lawyer and client and always ensures transparency.

Although we would like to talk to you on the phone biweekly, that would be neither practical nor productive. Legal matters are known to expand over time and we believe it is best to keep you informed of the new developments. For you, it often seems like centuries have passed without any activity taking place. In reality, however, many things are done behind the scenes. For example, research on the case, obtaining information from reporting registers, etc.




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