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Advokatfirmaet BAHR ASdelivers a first-class service no matter the issue’ and ‘stands out for its truly excellent knowledge of every possible matter in the arena’. The full-service team handles project work, litigation and contractual mandates for a client roster of domestic and international companies, which includes Aker, Storebrand Eiendom, Coop and Westcon Yards. Team head Sam Harris is ‘absolutely brilliant’, Jan Einar Barbo is ‘an amazing litigator’, and Stig Bech and Anne Sofie Bjørkholt are ‘the obvious names in the field for transactional work’. Øystein Myre Bremset made partner in 2018.

Led by Are Hunskaar, who is recognised by some clients as ‘one of the best’, DLA Piper’s practice ‘delivers extraordinarily efficient results that place it at the front of the pack’. Hunskaar is representing Opak in a dispute arising from a residential condominium, and Bjørn Erik Mørkved is defending Mesta against a compensation claim following a landslide. Clients also praise Hans Christian Brodtkorb and ‘market leader’ Arne Engesæth.

Boutique firm Advokatfirmaet Glittertind AS has ‘well and truly established itself in the market as the key firm for construction work’ and receives the ‘highest possible marks across the board’ from a client roster, which includes Skanska Norge, Veidekke Entreprenør, Peab and AF Gruppen Norge. The ‘incredible’ team is led by Aron Solheim and counts ‘highly skilled litigator’ Peter Vagle, ‘excellent adviser’ Nils-Henrik Pettersson, Marius Borgen, who ‘sees the bigger picture easily’, and Asbjørn Lyséll Dølvik, who is ‘thorough yet tough’, as key practitioners.

Highlights for Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS’ ‘outstanding’ practice included advising Otra Kraft on a hydroelectric power project in southern Norway and representing Sporveien in a dispute related to the construction of a new underground subway line. Henning Nordtvedt heads the department, which fields Johnny Johansen, who is ‘clearly one of the best practitioners in the market’; ‘top litigatorArve Martin Bjørnvik, the ‘highly skilledOlav Bergsaker, ‘excellent negotiatorJohan Fredrik Remmen and the ‘committedMikal Brøndmo.

Kluge Advokatfirma ASsits at the top of the tree’ for advice across the full spectrum of infrastructure and property development projects; recent highlights include acting for Bane Nor in a disruption claim against Skanska relating to a railway construction contract, and assisting AF Gruppen with several power plant projects. Espen Nyland leads the Oslo team and has ‘unbeatable industry knowledge’ and Lars Ivar Nyland is ‘a superior practitioner’; Samuel Skrunes and Grethe Gullhaug are the key names in Bergen and Stavanger respectively.

Wiersholm is ‘in possession of far-reaching knowledge and knows how to use it to see the whole picture’; in the ‘brilliant’ group, team leader Ronny Lund is ‘truly unique’ and Helge Morten Svarva is ‘unbelievably impressive’. The practice has a strong reputation for contractual work and construction projects. Skanska Norge, Veidekke and AF Gruppen are clients.

With ‘a strong team of solid lawyers and expert litigators’, Advokatfirmaet Føyen Torkildsen AS is advising the Norwegian Public Road Administration on multiple disputes relating to road projects. Department head Andreas Rostveit is ‘exceptionally commercial’; clients also praise Karl Marthinussen and Stede Nilsen.

Advokatfirmaet Grette DA’s recent work for its primarily contractor clients includes advising Nye Veier on a road project and representing Olav Thon Eiendomsselskap in a final settlement dispute following the construction of a shopping centre. Marius Svendsvoll Langnes leads the practice, which also includes litigators Anne Cathrine Røed and Rolf Markussen.

Ole Christian Hyggen heads Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS’ department, which advises a contractor client base including Veidekke, NCC Norge, Peab and Rambøll Norge. The group also includes Svein-Dag Karlstad in Bergen, contract specialist Sven Eriksrud, offshore construction expert Amund Bjøranger Tørum and Erlend Holstrøm, who joined from Wikborg Rein in 2017.

Selmer primarily acts for contractors and has substantial expertise in contractual work and disputes. Clients include Eltel Networks and Rebaioli; ‘solution-oriented’ team co-head Mads Fuglesang handled a final account dispute for the latter. Co-head Svein Sulland is ‘an absolute professional’.

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS’ ‘practical and skilled’ team focuses on construction projects in the energy sector; recent work includes advising Lyse Produksjon on a new hydroelectric power plant and acting for Tellenes Vindpark on the development of a wind farm in Rogaland County. Jacob Bull, who is ‘focused on exactly what the client needs’, leads the group, which also includes litigator Asle Bjelland.

Ola Nisja leads Wikborg Rein’s ‘hands-on and knowledgeable’ group and specialises in project litigation; he acted for Peab Bolig Prosjekt in a dispute surrounding defects in a residential project. Clients also praise senior lawyers Marius Egeberg and Johannes Meyer-Myklestad. Erlend Holstrøm joined Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS.

Advokatfirmaet Hjort advises its contractor client base on a range of issues with substantial experience in construction litigation. Recent work includes advising Kruse Smith on the construction of a hydroelectric power plant, and assisting Hab Construction with the construction of the new National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design. Group head Anders Myhre is ‘outstanding’.

At SANDS, team head Geir Frøholm focuses on infrastructure and PPP projects; he advised Bodø Kommune on a new airport and city development. Litigator Morten Hugo Berger and Tor Anthon Christiansen, who is ‘incredibly knowledgeable’, are also names to note.

Kjell Sagen Berg heads Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig’s team, which is recognised for its contentious strength and procurement experience. Clients also praise the ‘highly committedPeter Simonsen, Jon Oppedal Vale in Trondheim, and Atle Berentsen in Kristiansand.

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