Werkmeister Law Firm

I. Preamble

II.         Your visit to our website

III.         First contact/communication

IV.        Advising our clients

V.         Your rights

I. Preamble

The protection of your personal data and your privacy is important to us. We process your data confidentially, economically and only on the basis of and in accordance with the applicable laws, in particular in accordance with the Data Protection Basic Regulation (DS-GVO) and the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG).

In this Data Privacy Statement we would like to inform you about the nature, scope and purposes of the collection and use of your personal data, and inform you about the legal basis of the processing, deletion periods, and about your respective rights.

Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The person responsible in the sense of data protection and your contact person for any queries is

Karl-Ulrich Werkmeister, Lawyer – Attorney-at-Law –

Auf dem Loor 85, 51143 Koeln (Cologne), Germany

phone: +49-2203-85134

fax: +49-2203-85134



II. Your Visit To Our Website

When you visit our website, a few standard data will be stored in “logfiles”.These data include (1) your IP address, (2) the date and time of your visit, (3) the type of your terminal device’s operating system, (4) your Internet service provider, (5) websites from which you were transferred to our site and (6) websites which you visit through our site (such as via a link posted by us). The recipient of these data is our server host who works for us under a Data Processing Agreement and with whom we have entered into a Data Processing Agreement. The data will only be processed in accordance with our instructions and are stored on servers in the EU.

(a) The legal basis for the temporary storage of the aforementioned data is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO.

(b) The purpose of this storage is to ensure the basic functions of our website, to optimise them and to safeguard the security of our information technology systems.

(c) The deletion/blocking of these data will occur as soon as the aforementioned purpose no longer applies. This is usually the case after seven days. However, storage may continue beyond this time period if so provided for by the European or German legislator in regulations, laws or other official rules to which we are subject as responsible parties.

(d) There is no option to object to the storage of these data as their collection is absolutely necessary in order to publish and to operate our website.
Furthermore, we point out that we use a so-called cookie on our website. This is a small text file that will be stored on your terminal device upon your visit to our website. The cookie is named ‘pll_language’. This cookie is required for the multilingual function of our website. The aforementioned cookie only stores the language selected by the user. The cookie remains on your device unless you delete it, and allows us to recognize your browser on your next visit and to display our website in the last selected language. The cookie will be automatically deleted after a runtime of one year. Insofar as the storage of the language selected by the user constitutes a processing of personal data, the processing is carried out in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO to protect our legitimate interests in respect of the best possible functionality of our website and a customer friendly and effective experience of the website visit.

III. First Contact/Communication

You can contact us by e-mail or by post. The contact information will be made available by clicking the links “Contact” or “Legal Notice” on this website.

When you contact us by post or e-mail, the data you send to us will be stored. These data will only be passed on to third parties with your consent.

a) The legal basis for the processing of data transmitted in the course of sending an e-mail is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f DSGVO. If the purpose of the e-mail contact is to conclude a contract, the additional legal basis for the processing is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b DSGVO. Insofar as we feed documents that you send to us by post into office administration software and add keywords electronically, this process also falls within the scope of the DS-GVO. Here, too, processing is based on Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO and – in the case of a transmission aimed at the conclusion of a contract – on Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b DSGVO.

b) The purpose of this storage is to process your request reasonably. c) These data will be deleted/blocked as soon as this purpose no longer applies. However, storage may continue beyond this time period if so provided for by the European or German legislator in regulations, laws or other official rules to which we are subject as responsible parties.

IV. Providing Advice And Services To Our Clients

When providing legal advice and legal services, we always keep the protection of your data in mind. A number of personal data are being continuously processed in the course of the operation of a law firm and in the processing of mandates.

These data include names, addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, bank details, correspondence and, depending on the mandate, all information that reaches us from various sides (courts, public prosecutor’s office, plaintiff’s or defendant’s side, witnesses, experts) in the course of the mandate. This may include sensitive data, such as health data or personal data relating to criminal convictions and offences or related security measures. As far as possible, we respect the principle of data economy and take technical and organizational precautions to protect this data. Of course, these data will only be passed on to third parties within the scope of our mandate.

(a) The legal basis for the processing of these data is generally Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO.

(b) The purposes of the processing are the provision of efficient legal advice and rendering specific legal services to our clients as well as corporate purposes (e.g. keeping internal protocols, bookkeeping, issuing invoices and complying with tax regulations).

(c) Deletion: We only retain personal data for as long as there is a legitimate reason for doing so (e.g. the enforcement of claims arising from the client relationship or a legal obligation to store the data, e.g. under the German Tax Code). We will regularly review the applicable data protection laws. We will regularly check the existence of a reason for the storage. If there is no longer a valid reason for storing the data (e.g. if the claims from the client relationship become statute-barred), we will securely delete personal data or at least render them anonymous.

V. Your Rights

As an affected party in accordance with the terms of the DS-GVO, you have the rights s set out below:

1. right to information (Art. 15 DS-GVO)

2. right to rectification (Art. 16 DS-GVO)

3. right to limit the data processing (Art. 18 DS-GVO)

4. right to deletion (Art. 17 DS-GVO)

5. right to data transferability (Art. 20 DS-GVO)

6. right of objection (Art. 21 DS-GVO) in the case of data processing pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 letters e or f DS-GVO

7. right to revoke the declaration of consent under data protection law with effect for the future (Art. 7 DS-GVO)

8. Right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority (Article 77 GDPR).

The competent supervisory authority in Germany is: Die Landesbeauftragte für Datenschutz und Informationsfreiheit Nordrhein-Westfalen – The State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information North Rhine-Westphalia, Postfach 20 04 44, 40102 Düsseldorf, Germany, Tel.: 0211/38424-0, Fax: 0211/38424-10, E-Mail:

Your rights are subject to the limits of evident abuse of rights and proportionality.

If you wish to exercise your rights or have any questions regarding your rights, please contact us at the following contact details:

Rechtsanwalt Karl-Ulrich Werkmeister, Auf dem Loor 85, 51143 Koeln (Cologne), Germany, phone: +49-2203-85134, fax: +49-2203-85134, e-Mail: