Administrative Law and Administrative Criminal Law

As a sub-field of public law, administrative law governs the relationships between the state and its citizens.

Seek our legal advice on compliance with constraints and stipulations under public law. We represent companies, public corporations and private individuals when dealing with public authorities, before the administrative courts as well as, where required, before the supreme courts of the Austrian Constitutional Court (Verfassungsgerichtshof – VfGH), the Austrian Administrative Court (Verwaltungsgerichtshof – VwGH), the European Court of Justice (ECJ) as well as the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), for example in the fields of:


Trade and Operational Facilities Law

Despite the recent ‘liberalisations’ of the Austrian Trade Regulation Act (Gewerbeordnung), trade law and, in particular, operational facilities law are very bureaucratic and complex. We assist you in the registration of your trade, in the obtainment of permissions for operational facilities and provide you with advice during ongoing operation, in particular in the periodic reviews carried out by trade authorities.

Our offering comprises, in particular:

  • legal assistance in the obtainment of trade licences, including evidence of the knowledge required (certificate of competence), and appointment of managing directors under trade law;
  • advice on approval procedures for operational facilities.

Public Building Law

More information on this topic can be found under the ‘Specialist Area: Building Law’ section.

Administrative Criminal Law

Administrative criminal law is characterised by, in part, extremely severe penalties, such as high financial penalties or also the withdrawal of trade licences or driving licences. Thanks to our sound legal representation, we can guarantee you a hearing in accordance with the law and fair proceedings and thus best possible defence.

We support you, in particular:

  • in the clarification of liability risks and the avoidance of liability cases;
  • through representation in administrative criminal proceedings when dealing with public authorities and before administrative courts, including the Austrian Constitutional Court (Verfassungsgerichtshof – VfGH) and the Austrian Administrative Court (Verwaltungsgerichtshof – VwGH).

Our areas of expertise

Our law firm is a member of the International Practice Group.