Partner first to qualify in German test

BOODLE Hatfield partner Chris Putt has passed a transfer test to qualify as a German rechtsanwalt.

He is believed to be the only English solicitor currently practising in central London to hold the dual qualification.

Formerly a lawyer with German practice Sigle Loose Schmidt-Diemitz & Partners, Putt worked in Germany from 1992 to 1993 before returning to the UK to join City firm Nicholson Graham & Jones.

Last year he signed as a partner with Boodle Hatfield which has an association with German law firm Redeker Schon Dahs & Sellner.

A corporate and commercial lawyer, Putt says he

decided to sit the Eignungsprufung transfer test because half his clients originate from Germany and “I wanted to be better able to advise German businesses which come to the UK and want to be advised in German”.

Putt, a specialist in mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures and investments, has acted for pharmaceutical companies, motor component manufacturers, an investment fund, and a German television company.

“I wanted a greater knowledge of German law,” he says. “Fifty per cent of the work that I do is for German businesses and I knew that for my practice a dual qualification would be an advantage.”

Operated by law professors from Freiburg University, the transfer course has been running for two years.