Bernhard is a founding partner of PLANIT // LEGAL. He advises on any data protection and IT law matters and is appointed as external Data Protection Officer by various companies. Clients value in particular the combination of his legal and technical experience.
Before founding PLANIT // LEGAL, Bernhard worked for the Hamburg Data Protection Authority (Hamburgischer Beauftragter für Datenschutz und Informationsfreiheit), as Lawyer for the Practice Group Technology, Media and Telecommunication in the Hamburg office of the international law firm CMS Hasche Sigle and as Software Developer.
Bernhard studied law and computer science at the University of Bielefeld. After having accomplished his undergraduate studies and scientific research activities at the Universities of Bielefeld, he completed his postgraduate studies in law (LL.M.) at the University of Wellington.
Bernhard was legal clerk (Rechtsreferendar) at the Hamburg Court of Appeal (Oberlandesgericht). During his legal clerkship he worked, inter alia, for international law firms and a public health insurance provider. During this time, he also finished his studies in computer science at the University of Hagen, majoring in artificial intelligence, with a thesis on knowledge-based systems.
Bernhard was Ph.D. student at the chair of Prof. Dr. Hans Schulte-Nölke, University of Osnabrück. He wrote his Ph.D. thesis on “Specific Performance in Sales Contracts” (Erfüllungszwang im Kaufrecht). Bernhard was associate professor (Lehrbeauftragter) for data protection law at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and currently is a trainer with the PLANIT // Academy.
Bernhard is fluent in German and English.