Why pay full price for services provided by interns?

A county court in Hannover Germany has ruled that it is illegal to charge the price of a fully qualified professional for services which are provided by an intern (Az. 412 C 4005/13).

Why pay full price for services provided by interns? © arahan-Fotolia

Why pay full price for services provided by interns? © arahan-Fotolia

Wedding photos

In this case a wedding couple had engaged the services of a professional photographer to take photos of their wedding ceremony and the celebrations. The couple had agreed a fee of €799 for the service.

Intern services

The photographer sent an intern to capture the day’s proceedings.

The couple refused to pay the agreed fee due to the bad quality of the photographs and because the intern had forgotten to take photographs of the wedding ceremony.

Instead, the couple made a voluntary payment of €150 in return for those photos which could still be used.

The photographer brought a claim for the amount of €307.38.

No right to full payment

The county court held that if non-qualified personnel are engaged to undertake work which should really be completed by a qualified professional, it can be automatically assumed that the results will be of an average standard. For this reasons the photographer had no right to charge the full professional price for the photographs.


If you find an intern has been engaged to undertake a service for which you are paying, it may be advisable to double check the price which has been agreed.

Christian Solmecke ist Partner der Kanzlei WILDE BEUGER SOLMECKE und inbesondere in den Bereichen des IT-, des Medien- und des Internetrechts tätig. Darüber hinaus ist er Autor zahlreicher juristischer Fachveröffentlichungen in diesen Bereichen.

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