The remuneration of an Attorney at Law is in principle governed by hte statutory provisions of the German Fees Act for Attorneys at Law (Rechtsanwaltsvergütungsgesetz - RVG).
This Act summarizes the typical work of an Attorney at Law in "charging elements". It is laid down in the "charging elements" what charging rate the Attorney at Law is to receive for a particular activity. A distinction can be made in this case between fixed charging rates (e.g. for an Attorney´s court work) and general charges (e.g. for an Attorney´s advisory work). The usual charging framework ranges from 0.1 to 2.5 of a full fee.
The level of a fee is determined by the value of the matter, the "value of the item". Unless otherwise agreed, we charge our fees according to the value of the item.
The remuneration for a specific piece of work cann accordingly be calculated, using fee tables, in respect of the value of every item and every charging rate.
The Attorney at Law determins at his reasonable discretion the level at which he will set the fee within the charging framework. Account is taken here of the significance and difficulty of the specific case, the consequences for the client and also the client´s assets and income.
´General principles of German lawyers´ fee´, published by BRAK, you may find here.
It is also possible to charge fees in accordance with a fee agreement entered into on an individual basis. It must be borne in mind in this case that the agreed remuneration of the Attorney at Law in judicial proceedings must not be less than the statutory fees.
For further informations abfee agreements, may we also refer you to the article "Anwaltshonorar verhandelbar" by Rechtsanwalt Frank Feser, published in: FAKTuell.