What do I offer e-commerce providers?
Since all my work is digitally designed and I myself am a strong user of e-commerce, be it in the field of shopping or other services, I focused early on on the topic of e-commerce.
I advise online retailers or operators of other platforms not only in the creation of legally secure online appearances, but also in the area of back office, as with contracts from suppliers. I also manage my own marketing, alone or with the help of agencies or other providers, legally.
The warning in the German legal area is quite a tried and tested means of reducing costs and for the quick resolution of litigation. Of course, there are always black sheep, erroneous warnings, excessive fee demands and contentious legal issues. If you have received a warning, it is important to keep calm, not to make hasty statements and not to contact the opponent. With my many years of experience, I can help you take the right steps, minimize risk and get things done effectively. On the basis of my self-understanding as a lawyer, I will also give you a hint if my appointment would only lead to additional costs unnecessarily. So do not hesitate to contact me as soon as possible.
Sellers on the Ebay and Amazon platforms in particular are always the target of admonishing law firms, who often charge large sums for minor negligence. This is not uncommon, as sellers on these platforms lack not only the experience but also the overview to review the extensive case law, legal situation and case studies.
I can often help to defend myself against warnings, or at least to significantly reduce the amounts to be paid. In the best case, for example, sellers instruct me before they start their sales activities, so that I can pay attention to typical warning points and check terms and conditions or data protection declarations or valuable information for the successful entrepreneurship.
However, the following points must be taken into account when issuing warnings:
- The warning should always be taken seriously. Send me the warning via my contact form without obligation and I will advise you on the next steps.
- Although you should not be put under pressure by short deadlines, you should still pay attention to them. In competition law, short deadlines are usually permissible and a violation can result in expensive injunctions.
- Do not sign the injunction attached to the warning without having checked it in advance. Even in the case of a legitimate warning, numerous traps and problems may lurk in the declaration of injunction. I can advise you at low cost and design a modified declaration of injunction.
- Never contact the reminder in advance, either by phone or email.
In principle, you should always seek legal advice, because competition law and copyright law are complicated, extensive and require some experience with regard to the right steps.
Examination of online shops
Operators of online shops, whether with Shopify, Woocommerce or other solutions, are now obliged to pay attention to an almost unmanageable amount of legal norms. This starts with questions of the GTC content, consumer information, information, about contracts in the field of dropshipping, with suppliers or wholesalers and ends in case of problems with payment processing.
In all these areas, as a lawyer, I have earned my spurs, as an entrepreneur I have often had my own experience and can therefore not only provide comprehensive advice on business development issues, but also represent targeted in German courts.
For low-cost flat rates, I can also check an online shop for legal compliance, whereby the client can always determine the scope and the exact content of the audit. Existing clients also have priority in dealing with their own affairs in the event of legal problems and are therefore always secured to deal with the actual business of online trading.
Terms and Conditions and Privacy Statements
General terms and conditions are often the absolute framework of online shops and online services. Due to the very extensive, diverse and complicated case law, the need to educate consumers and the constant risk of warning, a professional preparation should be considered. While normal online shops do allow the use of generators, which I only check again in case of doubt, I myself specialize in developing gtC for new business models in the IT and media sector for which there are no automated legal texts. In doing so, I have gained extensive experience in combining gtC creation and consulting in order not to have to produce artificial legal texts, nor to make it difficult for clients to do their day-to-day business.
The same applies to the preparation of data protection declarations. While there are already good standard texts for this, they should be flown over – at least briefly. In special cases or when there is a need as a company/freelancer to apply data protection in everyday business, I can effectively combine the creation of legal texts, with information of employees and optimization of operations.
For the preparation of gtC and data protection declarations, I can usually give clients very good cost estimates, which, in case of good cooperation with the client, are also very good to comply with.
Start-up of a company
I specialize in supporting companies in the start-up phase. This starts with the planning of the company, in which I discuss with the clients the different possibilities, evaluate advantages and disadvantages and discuss the necessary steps. In the actual start-up phase, I help with communication with authorities, the preparation of shareholder contracts and other documents such as employment contracts, general terms and conditions, or data protection declarations. In doing so, I accompany my clients through all steps, although it is a matter of course for me to always address costs and alternatives fairly and openly.
There are many aspects to consider when setting up a company. In addition to the form of a company, the business model as such must be examined as well as liability risks, financing, activities of the shareholders, as well as employment law concerns. Due to my many years of experience as an entrepreneur, I can not only provide legal advice and assistance to clients, but can also help with a wide range of business development issues. In doing so, I will always be fully active for a client, weighing up the advantages and disadvantages in conversations and thereby delivering unmatched added value. This is possible for me, as I not only have almost 20 years of experience in the media industry and am very well networked internationally, but also because I have a great personal interest in the IT and media sector.
So my advantages are that I can’t just create contracts and documents without having to explain many technical terms to me. Rather, I can proactively point to risks and problems and thus work more effectively than other law firms.
Outsourced Legal Department
Through my advice, I help online retailers and platform providers focus on what they do best: the operation and marketing of their own online retail, shop or platform. I act invisibly in the background, help to make the appearance legally secure or take over the legal receivables management. In this way, as an online retailer, you save yourself your own legal department, because I am available when I am needed and do not incur any costs if one’s own activity does not cause legal problems.
Communication can always be made via electronic means such as Skype, e-mail or other messaging services. In this way, I not only help to mitigate risks, but also to be successful in the long term with my own activity.