In the 75 years of our existence, many things have changed at our firm – including our name, which has evolved from SCHMIDT, VON DER OSTEN & HUBER to SOH. Our advisory style, however, has remained the same: professional, clear and precise.

We are a highly experienced team of some 100 professionals, including more than 40 lawyers. The quality of our clients (from exciting start-ups to multinational corporations) makes SOH one of the top names in the legal market. This is despite being located in the city of Essen in the Ruhr district. Or perhaps because of it.

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We advise our clients on all relevant practice areas both nationally as well as internationally. Some of them have been with us for decades. In its 2023/2024 edition, the JUVE Handbook of Commercial Law Firms highlights the extensive range of services provided to medium-sized companies, including family-owned companies as a particular strength. Others add our competent knowledge, our profound experience, our creative thinking, our conceptual imagination and our assertive litigation.

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Partnership is based on trust. This applies to our relationship with our clients as well as to our collaboration with each other. At SOH, recognized experts in their field work together with mutual respect and individual appreciation to meet the high demands of our clients.

About us


First off: We believe in the performance principle. At the same time, we value working together in harmony, which – together with the professional expertise of every one of us – is one of SOH’s greatest strengths. When it comes to the quality of potential employees, however, we remain strict. Not only do we look for the best, but the best also look for us. As a result, we have a very low turnover of both clients and lawyers.

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