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Dr. Fritz von Hammerstein

Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Verwaltungsrecht (Certified lawyer for administrative law)

CMS Hasche Sigle
Stadthausbrücke 1-3
20355 Hamburg
Languages German, English

Fritz von Hammerstein has been a CMS partner since 1992 and is a certified lawyer for administrative law. He focuses on environmental and planning as well as energy law and is particularly noted for his mining law expertise. Fritz advises and represents German and international companies in complex planning and permitting procedures for infrastructure projects, power stations, power lines, pipelines, mines, water extraction and renewable energy projects as well as acts for them in proceedings of the federal energy regulator (Bundesnetzagentur). He has ample expertise representing project developers in administrative court disputes with environmental NGOs and local pressure groups. Fritz often supports his clients in the context of legislative procedures and other matters as they occur at the interface of the law and politics.

In 1992 and after having worked for a law firm in Düsseldorf for two years, Fritz became a partner with Weiss & Hasche, one of the firms that later merged to found CMS. Fritz chairs the administrative law committee of the Hamburg Bar. He is regularly invited as an expert speaker and publishes articles about environmental and planning law topics. He is a co­editor of the German mining law journal and co-author of a commentary on the Federal Mining Act.

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  • 1995: Qualified as a certified lawyer for administrative law
  • 1993: PhD at the University of Heidelberg on a constitutional law topic
  • 1985 - 1988: Trainee lawyer in Berlin
  • 1979 - 1984: Law studies at the Universities of Heidelberg and Freiburg
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  • German Environmental Law Association
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  • Rechtsschutz gegen Bewirtschaftungspläne und Maßnahmenprogramme im Wege der Normerlassklage, Zeitschrift für Wasserrecht (ZfW), Ausgabe 3/2018, gemeinsam mit Dr. Insa Nutzhorn
  • Mitkommentator in Boldt/Weller/Kühne/von Mäßenhausen (Hrsg.), Bundesberggesetz, 2. Auflage 2016
  • Rechtliche Grenzen der Förderabgabeerhöhung durch Landesverordnung, ZfB 2016, 151 (gemeinsam mit Prof. Dr. Stefan Haack)
  • Rechtsschutz gegen wasserrechtliche Planungsinstrumente, in: Reinhardt (Hrsg.), Vollzug der Wasserrahmenrichtlinie durch Planung, Tagungsband Wasserwirtschaftsrechtstag 2014
  • Wann ist das Bundesberggesetz auf die Nutzung von Erdwärme anwendbar?, in: Klees/Gent (Hrsg.), Festschrift für Peter Salje, 2013, S. 201 - 217.
  • Feldesüberschreitende Kohlenwasserstoff-Lagerstätten, in: Baur et al, Festschrift for Gunther Kühne, 2009, p. 575 - 597.
  • Vergütungstransparenz und informationelle Selbstbestimmung - Die Pflicht zur Veröffentlichung von Vorstandsgehältern in der GKV nach § 35a VI 2 SGB IV, NZS 2006, p. 398 (co-author)
  • CMS Guide to the Electricity Sector 2005
  • Overview of waste management law and the waste business in Germany, Environmental Law Bulletin 2001
  • The constitutional right to privacy in tax law, Peter Lang Verlag 1993
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Lectures list

  • The draft Act on Phasing Out of Coal-Fired Power Generation, Goslar, 15.11.2019.
  • Biannual Mining Law FORUM, Co-Chair, last FORUM: Berlin, 28./29.11.2019.
  • Annual intensive seminar on mining law, Co-Chair, last seminar: Berlin, 22./23.08.2019.
  • Legal redress regarding water management plans and programmes, Hamburg, 03.05.2018.
  • Deficits of the rule of law in water management planning, Bonn, 27.4.2018.
  • Management of complex planning and permitting procedures (together with Dr. Berthold Viertel), Frankfurt, 16.3.2016.
  • Which geothermal projects are subject to the Federal Mining Act? Berlin, 19.11.2015.
  • Recycling of ships, Hamburg, 02.06.2014.
  • Legal Protection against water management plans; Wiesbaden, 22.05.2014.
  • Hydraulic Fracturing: Developments and trends at the European Union level, SEERIL Biennial Conference, Berlin, 29.04.2014.
  • E-mobility, Legal framework for network integration - status quo and to do, Berlin, 15.05.2012.
  • Environmental Impact Assessment and NATURA 2000 Assessment in mining permit procedures - current developments, Berlin, 01.12.2011.
  • Expansion of the electricity transmission system - Legal and practical issues between acceleration of planning and permitting procedures and additional public participation, Hamburg, 30.09.2011.
  • Green Electricity - A European Perspective, Toronto, 27.04.2010.
  • Management of complex planning and permitting procedures, Hamburg, 04.03.2010.
  • Nature and species protection law in permitting procedures, Hamburg, 03.03.2010.
  • Nature and species protection law in mining permit procedures, Berlin, 20.11.2009.
  • Status of the transposition of the EC Environmental Liability Directive into German law, 27.04.2006.
  • Dealing with authorities from a private company perspective, 22.03.2006.
  • Large-scale retail trade and public construction law, Hamburg, 22.03.2006.
  • Unbundling obligations of operators of storage plants, Herne, 09.09.2005.
  • Chair of the block "Legal principles of maintenance with respect to operational soil and groundwater contamination of mining after final closure", 10th Dresden groundwater research week, 13.06.2005.
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