Independent and with an
Eye for the Big Picture

Hartmannsberger Franke is an independent law firm based in Düsseldorf. With the combined legal expertise of experienced, highly qualified lawyers, we provide our clients with comprehensive support and advice on legal issues relating to the development, production and distribution of their products, such as regulatory requirements, contract drafting and warranty and product liability cases. We support them through their projects in a solution-oriented manner – with market knowledge, the necessary technical understanding, foresight and years of experience in advising large companies and well-known medium-sized enterprises.

Our primary goal is to ensure that our clients achieve maximum success. We want to help them fully exploit their potential. This means that we are always thinking about what can be done even better and more successfully. We therefore never think from the problem, but from the entrepreneurial idea and the possibility of how we can provide guidance for our clients to reach the respective goal. We are just as much in demand as strategic legal advisors as we are as creative contract drafters, reliable companions in day-to-day business and reliable conflict resolvers.


We value Quality and Efficiency

This only works with advice focused on the client’s needs and provided by highly specialized lawyers. We always keep an eye on our clients’ business challenges, react quickly to new developments and move things forward in a targeted manner as quickly as they deserve.

We accept every Challenge

The more difficult and complex the issue, the better we can contribute our expertise. We support our clients not only in their day-to-day business. We also take care of the big problems, such as potential safety risks or non-conformities in products and complicated disputes with suppliers, customers or distribution partners. We also know how to represent our clients’ interests towards authorities with experience and the necessary sensitivity.

We strive to be as close as possible to our Client

We are convinced that even in a digitalized world, in which advice is regularly given by telephone, by e-mail or in video conferences, personal contact with the client remains crucial. We set up regular coordination meetings flexibly at the client’s location or at our office. Feedback is important to us.

We build Bridges between the legal and technical World

In providing advice on product law, we use our strong technical expertise to serve our clients. We have a profound understanding of the cooperation with technicians and engineers as well as of processes and procedures within the company.


Mandates in our practice areas may involve a variety of different jurisdictions. Due to our many years of experience in major international law firms, we are familiar with this and have established good contacts with highly qualified foreign lawyers in various jurisdictions.

We can therefore address cross-border issues quickly and efficiently with the appropriate colleagues, whether in or outside Europe.

If necessary, we can involve colleagues in cross-border litigation before state courts or arbitration tribunals. We are also happy to coordinate administrative issues such as invoicing in order to reduce the workload for our clients.


Here you will find current articles on the topics of product liability, product compliance, trade and distribution, and litigation.
And on all relevant news from our law firm.

Repair Directive Clears Penultimate Hurdle

The European Parliament today adopted the (amended) proposal for a directive on the so-called “right to repair” by 584 votes to 3 with 14 abstentions. Time for a first look at some fundamental changes to the original proposal.

More Regulation instead of Competition: Commission plans Costly System Change of Laws on Advertising with Green Claims – Comments on the Proposal of a Green Claims Directive (Part 2 of 3)

Part 2 of our series on the proposed Green Claims Directive. This part deals with the planned requirements regarding eco-labelling and the proposed new preventive control of green claims in the form of a conformity assessment procedure.

More Regulation instead of Competition: Commission plans Costly System Change of Laws on Advertising with Green Claims – Comments on the Proposal of a Green Claims Directive (Part 1 of 3)

With its proposal for the Green Claims Directive, the Commission is planning a fundamental system change in the law on advertising with environmental claims and ecolabels. Now there shall be a conformity assessment procedure in advance and various accompanying obligations and powers of authorities to investigate and sanction. As a result, environment-related advertising will become considerably more difficult for companies, or at least very time-consuming and costly. Reason enough to take a closer look. Start of our three-part series on the Green Claims Directive.

Turning point in EU law for genetic engineering in agriculture – liability situation in Germany in urgent need of adjustment

After green genetic engineering had been practically dead in the EU for almost 15 years due to the strict regulatory framework, there are now signs of a fundamental change of dogma at EU level. The proposal for an NGT regulation recently presented by the EU Commission is tantamount to a revolution.