Common & Civil Law Public Notaries in London England since 1975. Solicitors & Multinational Lawyers.
England and Wales


Phone 0207 235 1504


Resident UK Partner HJ Hartwig

Commercial law and finance, real estate, UK/US litigation, European notarial practice
Hans J Hartwig
Commercial litigation, employment, family law
Janet Aspden
UK/German litigation, intellectual property, company practice
Manfred Kuhn
Hartwig is a firm of solicitors and notaries offering a full range of contentious, commercial property and private client work in England and Wales, and in Germany. It is London’s largest firm of solicitor-notaries.
The firm: Licensed in New York since 1976 and in Germany since 1978. This small firm has earned the respect and affection of many long-standing clients for its unique understanding of the manufacturing industry, international trade and finance. It has an outstanding professional reputation for discretion, efficiency and its strong commercial negotiating skills.

Associates with the firm originally qualified academically or professionally as lawyers in Germany, France, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Poland and Portugal. The firm writes numerous foreign law opinions each year in the appropriate format for clients and courts in the UK and abroad, covering corporate acquisitions and reconstruction, financings, leases and other property transactions, probate and tax, as well as litigation. It knows and works with a wide range of regional and specialist counsel.

Hans Hartwig, past editor of a volume on English securities documentation at Mainz University Centre for Banking Law, joint author of Administrative Receivership (Sweet & Maxwell), and a contributor to English and German professional journals, practices mainly business and corporate law, with recognised expertise in turnkey, joint venture and know-how agreements and European law, but also has qualifications in tax, trusts and estates law and is a chartered European tax adviser. Manfred Kuhn is a contributing editor to European Current Law and specialises in UK-German litigation, intellectual property and companies. Janet Aspden conducts industrial and commercial, employment, property and international litigation.
The firm has a strong reputation in commercial litigation and dispute resolution, including cross- border insolvency, antitrust, distributorship, agency and employment matters.

Employees and associates in the London office with multinational qualifications and experience presently* include Manfred Kuhn (German Bar), Cristina Knupfer (Spanish and Italian Bars), Henriett Nemeth (Hungary), Ana Silva (Portugal), Alex Janosha (Poland), Elisabeth Barnes (France) and Xiaorong Liu (China). Other lawyers formerly employed by or for many years associated with the firm, now working independently in Europe and the Americas, offer continuing legal, language and local knowledge support. Areas of commercial expertise as past in-house lawyers or from other specialist experience include insurance, banking and financial services, engineering, construction, aircraft, motor vehicles, food, pharmaceuticals, clothing and publishing industries.

Types of work undertaken: Since the Courts and Legal Services Act opened the market at the end of 1999, the notarial practice has, in association with London's Notary Chambers and European notaries, provided innovative, cost-effective cross-border corporate, property and personal documentation and litigation support. Much of the firm's advisory work is on a counsel basis for other lawyers and corporate legal departments, often on a regular basis, at rates which allow the instructing lawyer a sensible margin. The firm is accustomed to US-style negotiated fee arrangements, and offers resource sharing and secondment arrangements in major litigation. The firms multinational structure often enables it to recover the entire cost in successful German proceedings.

This is an unpretentious, attractive, very competent firm of English and international business lawyers, and unlike many of the international firms, it also conducts a well-regarded private client practice with sensitivity and care in personal matters.

Other offices: London, Croydon, New York, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Saarbrucken
* 2008
The Legal 500 (2007 Edition)


London and Hamburg offices. HARTWIG. London (020 7235 1504). Principal; commercial corporate and property lawyer.
Career: Qualified England 1960. New York State 1976 and Germany 1978; public notary; registered trusts and estates practitioner chartered tax practitioner awarded German Order of Merit for services to legal co-operation between UK and Germany; director of the Association of Solicitor-Notaries in Greater London; promoter of the 1990 and 1999 legislation responsible for the re-organisation of the English notarial profession; books, articles and symposia in UK, US and Europe on comparative, real estate, testamentary and litigation topics, with emphasis on comparative contract, banking, insurance, insolvency, estates and property law.
Member: Notarial section of German Law Society; the Hanseatische Anwaltskammer, past chairman of the legal committee of the British Chamber of Commerce; secretary of the British-German Jurists' Association for its first 15 years (built up a tradition of high-level, very informal and inexpensive meetings); council member of The Notaries Society.
Education: Quintin School, London; London School of Economics (1957 LLB Hons); Cornell University (1968-69, visiting research student).
Personal: Born Berlin 1936; resided India and Pakistan 1939-49. Leisure: Family, law, manufacturing industry, London.

A history of multinational practice

Hartwig’s London practice ... advise on a range of finance, tax and commercial law matters, provide a European notary service, and also practice in real estate and probate, commercial litigation, employment, family law and IP
- Legal 500 (UK) 2009

‘Hartwig offers solid expertise in commercial litigation ... also deals with a number of private client matters and fields a varied team of international lawyers ...’ - Legal 500 (EMEA) 2009: ‘the most comprehensive worldwide coverage on recommended
Law firms’

‘... a popular choice with businesses both at home and abroad, with a number of multinationals among its enviable clientele ... The firm advises on a range of personal matters, in addition to corporate work, competition and litigation.’ - Legal 500 2005.

‘Expert on banking and securities .. highly regarded in IP’ ‘International commercial litigation practice Hartwig also undertakes a substantial amount of debt collection work.
The firm acts for a broad range of clients, including insurance companies, banks and businesses in the retail and manufacturing industries.’
- Legal 500, 2000.

‘an international commercial litigation practice, niche Croydon firm Hartwig.. handles general commercial work ... specialises
in IP’ - Legal 500, 1999. ‘Anglo-German niche practice, Hartwig’
- Commercial Lawyer, 1998.

‘Strength lies in international commercial litigation, principally European’ - Legal 500, 1997.

‘strong links with the German and US markets’
- Legal 500, 1995.

‘International firm Hartwig’ Legal 500, 1994.
Notaries in attendance: Hans J Hartwig LL.B, CTA, Janet Aspden LL.B, Manfred P. Kuhn LL.M, Elisabeth C.L. Barnes