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Bech-Bruun’s environmental practice is ‘among the best’ and provides the full range of services for a broad range of clients, including public sector entities such as the Danish Agriculture and Food Council and the Region Zealand. The five-partner team is led by the ‘very skilled and service-mindedHåkun Djurhuus and Jacob Brandt, who stands out for his ‘strategic mindset and experience from the regulatory side’. The group advised the Municipality of Fredericia in relation to the spillage of liquid fertiliser in the harbour. Other highlights include the department assisting Femern with public law matters regarding the construction of a tunnel; and advising Nord Stream 2 on the construction and operation of two pipelines in the Baltic Sea, including the environmental impact assessment.

DLA Piper Denmark’s environmental law department is led by contamination expert Line Marie Pedersen. In line with Pedersen’s particular expertise, the group regularly represents national and international companies as well as public entities in administrative and civil proceedings. On behalf of Dansk Shell, the team reached a settlement with By and Havn regarding the soil contamination of an inoperative fuel depot and also assisted the Municipality of Koege with a coast and flood protection project. The department includes the renowned Vivi Bruhn Knudsen, Kurt Bardeleben and Per Vestergaard Pedersen, who is a legal counsel for the Greenland government.

Environmental advice on a broad range of matters, conduct of environmental and regulatory due diligence, risk assessment and litigation are core areas of the eight-strong team at Horten. Renowned practice head Henriette Soja assists the Municipalities of Halsnæs, Gribskov and Helsingør with the establishment of coastal protection, whereas Poul Hvilsted represents more than 20 individuals and companies in compensation and legalisation claims regarding windmill farms. Other notable names are Anne Sophie Kierkegaard Vilsbøll, who is experienced in infrastructure projects as well as climate and supply regulation, and Line Markert, who regularly acts for municipalities.

Described as ‘highly professional and extremely skilled’, Kammeradvokaten / Poul Schmith covers all aspects of environmental law including contentious work for the Danish state, public authorities and semi-public clients. The ten-strong team recently represented the Environmental Board of Appeal in a class action related to the construction of four test wind turbines and in a nature protection case in Western Jutland. Another highlight was the representation of the Environmental Protection Agency in an operating loss compensation dispute arising from an order issued under the Forestry Act. Practice head Stig Grønbæk Jensen is praised for his ‘ability to combine a strong legal focus with a strategic one’.

Gorrissen Federspiel handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious environmental law matters with a special expertise in waste management and remediation of soil and ground water pollution. A notable recent mandate was the advice of Energi Danmark Vind concerning wind farm projects. Other representative clients are Vestas Wind Systems and Averhoff. The department is led by Lotte Eskesen.

The group at Kromann Reumert has strong credentials in the private sector, where the two-partner team advises national and international entities on environmental and public law matters. Notable contentious work includes the representation of Ørsted in a High Court case related to a waste shipment to Poland and the assistance of Q8 in a dispute concerning decontamination measures at tank station facilities. Kim Trenskow heads the practice and Jeppe Lefevre Olsen is recommended. Niels Balslev has retired.

Under the leadership of Niklas Korsgaard Christensen, Plesner covers the full array of contentious and non-contentious work, including environmental due diligence and planning matters. The team recently advised Mærsk Oil and Gas on the Tyra Future Project and assists DONG Oil Pipe with the operation of the oil terminal business in Fredericia. Senior associate Ellen Skodborggaard is praised for her ‘excellent skills in administrative and environmental litigation law matters’. Søren Stenderup Jensen is now with Sirius advokater.

The environment practice at ‘very goodSirius advokater was boosted through the arrival of Søren Stenderup Jensen, who has a ‘thorough knowledge of environmental and public law’ and ‘a good business sense’. Recent mandates involved Stenderup Jensen acting on behalf of several utility companies against local municipalities in connection with water disposal fees. Notable clients are Københavns Lufthavne, Nordic Waterproofing and Trelleborg.

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  • New article on water plans and buffer strips

    Partner Søren Stenderup Jensen and Assistant Attorney Sebina Harder have written the article "Water plans and buffer strips: reducing emissions into watercourses", which has been published in the current edition of International Law Office (ILO).
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