SMARTLEGAL Schmidt & Partners

Business & Litigation Lawyers in Budapest

SMARTLEGAL Schmidt & Partners

Margit körút 56. 4/4
Budapest 1027

Phone+36 (1) 4900 949
Fax +36 (1) 4900 949

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Law Firm Overview

SMARTLegal/Schmidt & Partners is located in Budapest, Hungary and serves international corporate clients and individual entrepreneurs doing business in Hungary. Practices include corporate and commercial law, drafting and negotiating contracts and agreements, intellectual property, information and technology, employment law, real property, litigation, arbitration and part-time general counsel services.

Managing Partner, Dr. Richard Schmidt, LL.M., graduated from the Faculty of Law of Budapest, Hungary and acquired his LL.M degree in International and European Business Law in Belgium. He has more than a decade of professional experience and is comfortable in both the courtroom and the boardroom.

The firm is comprised of a team of business and litigation lawyers who are solutions-driven and offer meaningful advice. SMARTLegal brings a multi-faceted approach to complex cases, while offering value-based pricing along with skilled and knowledgeable representation.

Languages: English, French and Deutsch

Areas of Law

Areas of Law Description

Company Formation, Business Startups

Starting and running your own business should be an exciting time but it often means legal challenges too. We want to reduce any legal worries so that you can focus on your business thus helping make your business a success. We guide you through the whole Hungarian company formation process, and even further, by advising you in the most important shareholder, employment and commercial issues.

Intellectual Property

You don't really need a detailed knowledge of the difference between trademarks and designs, and how long copyright exists. By selling our own intellectual capital to you, we are working to protect your own intellectual creations, be they artistic work, computer software or other types of industrial property, the most appropriate legal way.

Information & Telecommunications

Whether you are a foreign telecommunications service provider wishing to enter the Hungarian mobile market, you want to license the software developed by yourself, or you just plan to launch your own web-shop, you will need a reliable lawyer who guides you through the jungle of laws regulating the new information society.

Business litigation & Arbitration

As you navigate the sea of business ownership, there might be situations where there is no other solution, and you have to pursue your rights or defend your interests before the courts. By understanding the pressures you are under, we will guide you through each stage of the legal process, providing strategic advice and helping you avoid the pitfalls and traps along the road.

Data Protection & GDPR

In the digital era businesses hold more information about their customers and employees than ever before. Holding personal data makes you responsible for it, thus data protection is an issue that no business can ignore.
We can help you to minimize the legal risks associated with data protection by taking a hands-on approach and making practical suggestions to consider.

Debt recovery

Do you have an undisputed debt against your customer? We can help you regain control over your unpaid accounts.
We are ready to help you in debt recovery by choosing the most appropriate legal procedure. Once we have chosen the strategy together, we will start the procedure without delay, and fight until the payment is achieved.

Employment law

Employment law is an over-regulated and ever changing area where an Employer needs the most up to date contracts, policies, and procedures. You might hire or fire somebody as an Employer, but if your internal documents and procedures are not reviewed and optimized on a regular basis, you are increasing the likelihood of a successful employee claim against you, or an eventual fine imposed by authorities. A wrongly drafted job description, termination letter, or a leaving colleague without a non-competition clause may cost you a fortune. In order to avoid unpleasant surprises, we advise you to keep your business updated in the field of employment law.

Commercial contracts

A well drafted contract offers a transparent view of what is being provided and what is expected in return in a business relationship. Contractual disputes are the most common legal expenses that your business has to face, so it is better to avoid them. If your attorney really knows your business and drafts your contracts with care, you reduce the risk of a costly litigation in the case of business dispute.

Real Property

Whether you’re an individual or business investor, whether you wish to jump into a leaseback transaction with an apartment in the downtown of Budapest, or you want to buy a farm or arable land in the county, you need a lawyer who understands the real property transactions inside and out.


Richard Schmidt Dr. Richard Schmidt
Managing Partner
Arbitration, Business Law, Business Litigation, Commercial Law, Corporate Litigation


Viktória Holló Dr. Viktória Holló
Business Formation, Commercial Law, Employment, Debt Recovery

Anita Vereb Dr. Anita Vereb
Corporate Law, Employment, Agriculture


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Data protection authorities can impose administrative fines up to 20 Million Euro based on the EU GDPR. But what affects the actual amount that you have to pay in case of infringement? And how can you minimize the risk of an astronomic penalty? We gathered some hints in our latest article.

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 Worse than a Penalty? The EU's Data Protection Authority's Sanction Toolkit

When it comes to the sanctions under the EU General Data Protection Regulation, everybody speaks about the astronomic penalties up to 10-20 Million Euros, however, it is only one of the 10 corrective measures of the data protection authority. And in some case complying with non-financial corrective measures can be much more painful than simply paying penalty. So, we present the 9 non-financial corrective measures in this article.

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 European Court in Strasbourg Rules: Not Paying Interest for Blocked Money Is Unfair

Unlike the Hungarian Constitutional Court, who thinks not paying interest for money blocked on security deposit during a 10 years’ litigation is fine, the judges of the European Court of Human Rights seem to be closer to the business world, based on their recent ruling against Hungary. If you want to know how they calculate interest and compensation, do not miss our latest update!

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 Do Not Play Big Brother at Workplace! Recent Judgment of European Court of Human Rights

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in his fresh decision established that the camera surveillance of lecture halls violated the employees' right to privacy. Let’s see the details of the case and the findings of the Court.

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 No More Payment Warrant Procedure for Foreigners in Hungary?

From 2018, the threshold of the mandatory small claims regime is increased to HUF 3 Million in Hungary. In addition, foreign creditors must meet further residency conditions to start this cost-effective on-line debt collection method. But what to do if you do not meet these conditions? Read our latest article for the answer!

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