News: Fleeing from Ukraine

Here you can access our online platform for refugees from Ukraine who need legal support:

Immigration4Ukraine

Short english introduction

UPJ connects lawyers and law firms prepared to work pro bono with non-profit organisations that do not have the financial means to afford legal advice. In addition to specific advice briefs which are undertaken by law firms free of charge, our service also covers a range of courses for acquiring qualifications.

Together with Pro Bono Deutschland e.V. the association UPJ has been strengthening the potential of pro bono legal advice in the non-profit sector since 2018.

Non-profit organisations sometimes need advice

… on legal questions, secure structuring of contracts with partners or employment contracts, correctly dealing with picture rights, finding the right legal form, clarifying questions to do with non-profit status – what is needed in a great many legal matters is the appropriate expertise.
We cannot process enquiries from private individuals or matters with urgent deadlines.

Many firms undertake pro bono work

Lawyers wish to get involved and dedicate a portion of their time to providing legal advice for the social work of non-profit organisations. We at UPJ check enquiries and organisations, deal with questions in advance and compile them into a case list.

And this is how it works

Non-profit organisations are able to ask for legal support free of charge – and lawyers have the opportunity to work on pro bono projects that interest them. UPJ makes the connection.

You are a non-profit organisation
and are interested?
Register using the registration form.
Discuss the advice you need with UPJ
UPJ will pass on your request for advice to the network of law firms.
You are a law firm and are interested?
Register using the registration form.
You will receive our regular case list
with details of current advice briefs.
If you find an advice brief that interests you,
then let us know.

Areas of law

UPJ finds pro bono legal advice in these areas of law:

  • Choice of a legal form
  • Change of legal form
  • Economic activities and non-profit status
  • Rights and duties as employer
  • Contracts for permanent, freelance or voluntary staff
  • Employment law topics with international reference
  • Legal position of the board of management
  • Liability towards the organisation, the shareholders and third parties
  • Important insurance policies, social insurance duties
  • Duties relating to the grant assessment
  • Risk of repayment demands
  • Public sector contract awards procedures: VOL, VOB and VOF
    VOL is Vergabe- und Vertragsordnung für Leistungen (Tendering and Contract Regulations for Supplies and Services)
    VOB is Vergabe- und Vertragsordnung für Bauleistungen (Construction Tendering and Contract Regulations)
    VOF is Vergabeordnung für freiberufliche Leistungen (Regulations for the Awarding of Contracts for Freelance Services)
  • Acquisition and handling of personal data
  • Professional data security and processing
  • Duties of information, data protection officers
  • Protection of the name, the logo or the organisation’s own brand/trademark
  • Registration of brands, trademarks and distinguishing marks
  • Risks of trademark infringement prosecution
  • Protection of the right to one’s own image and of the copyright holder
  • Posting/linking of external content on social media
  • Dealing with licences and patents
  • Restructuring measures / spin-offs
  • Franchise contracts
  • Legal framework conditions, merger agreements

We will also try to find a law firm to deal with general matters of importance for clients of a non-profit organisation (such as human rights, discrimination, etc.). We cannot mediate legal enquiries from private individuals or matters with urgent deadlines.

Short English introduction

UPJ connects lawyers and law firms prepared to work pro bono with non-profit organisations that do not have the financial means to afford legal advice. In addition to specific advice briefs which are undertaken by law firms free of charge, our service also covers a range of courses for acquiring qualifications.

Together with Pro Bono Deutschland e.V. the association UPJ has been strengthening the potential of pro bono legal advice in the non-profit sector since 2018.

Non-profit organisations sometimes need advice

… on legal questions, secure structuring of contracts with partners or employment contracts, correctly dealing with picture rights, finding the right legal form, clarifying questions to do with non-profit status – what is needed in a great many legal matters is the appropriate expertise.
We cannot process enquiries from private individuals or matters with urgent deadlines.

Many firms undertake pro bono work

Lawyers wish to get involved and dedicate a portion of their time to providing legal advice for the social work of non-profit organisations. We at UPJ check enquiries and organisations, deal with questions in advance and compile them into a case list.

And this is how it works

Non-profit organisations are able to ask for legal support free of charge – and lawyers have the opportunity to work on pro bono projects that interest them. UPJ makes the connection.

You are a non-profit organisation
and are interested?
Register using the registration form.
Discuss the advice you need with UPJ
UPJ will pass on your request for advice to the network of law firms.
You are a law firm and are interested?
Register using the registration form.
You will receive our regular case list
with details of current advice briefs.
If you find an advice brief that interests you,
then let us know.

Areas of law

UPJ finds pro bono legal advice in these areas of law:

  • Choice of a legal form
  • Change of legal form
  • Economic activities and non-profit status
  • Rights and duties as employer
  • Contracts for permanent, freelance or voluntary staff
  • Employment law topics with international reference
  • Legal position of the board of management
  • Liability towards the organisation, the shareholders and third parties
  • Important insurance policies, social insurance duties
  • Duties relating to the grant assessment
  • Risk of repayment demands
  • Public sector contract awards procedures: VOL, VOB and VOF
    VOL is Vergabe- und Vertragsordnung für Leistungen (Tendering and Contract Regulations for Supplies and Services)
    VOB is Vergabe- und Vertragsordnung für Bauleistungen (Construction Tendering and Contract Regulations)
    VOF is Vergabeordnung für freiberufliche Leistungen (Regulations for the Awarding of Contracts for Freelance Services)
  • Acquisition and handling of personal data
  • Professional data security and processing
  • Duties of information, data protection officers
  • Protection of the name, the logo or the organisation’s own brand/trademark
  • Registration of brands, trademarks and distinguishing marks
  • Risks of trademark infringement prosecution
  • Protection of the right to one’s own image and of the copyright holder
  • Posting/linking of external content on social media
  • Dealing with licences and patents
  • Restructuring measures / spin-offs
  • Franchise contracts
  • Legal framework conditions, merger agreements

We will also try to find a law firm to deal with general matters of importance for clients of a non-profit organisation (such as human rights, discrimination, etc.). We cannot mediate legal enquiries from private individuals or matters with urgent deadlines.

Fleeing from Ukraine

Here you can access our online platform for refugees from Ukraine who need legal support:

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