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Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS is ‘easily among the best in Norway for litigation’ with ‘an ability to deliver first-class advice’ thanks to ‘a skilled and responsive team, which has an excellent understanding of the requirements of its clients’. The ‘genuinely brilliant’ practice is led by Atle Skaldebø-Rød, and also includes construction specialists Sam Harris and Jan Einar Barbo, IP experts Gunnar Sørlie and Are Stenvik, employment specialist Tarjei Thorkildsen and oil and gas-focused Thomas Svensen.

Construction specialist Henning Nordtvedt leads the ‘top-class practice’ at Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS, which combines ‘a first-rate service with a responsive, consistent and commercial team and particularly excellent industry insight’. Avinor and Otra Kraft are clients; the group represented the latter in a final settlement claim relating to a hydropower project. Key practitioners include Rasmus Asbjørnsen, construction specialists Johnny Johansen and the ‘knowledgeable and committedMikal Brøndmo, and public procurement and tax expert Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim.

Highly regarded for its litigation expertise, Advokatfirmaet Hjort’s ‘absolutely top-class’ department fields the ‘exceptionally personable’ Alex Borch, Frode Innjord, Kristin Veierød and Anders Myhre. Highlights included representing Kruse Smith in a final accounts dispute relating to the construction of a hydroelectric power plant, and acting for Statnett in a Supreme Court case against multiple municipalities relating to tax issues. The team also defends criminal cases and financial crime matters.

Recent highlights for the ‘strong and highly experienced’ team at Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS include defending the former CEO of a telecoms company against corruption charges, representing Olympic Holdings in litigation relating to share valuations, and advising WorldVentures on the banning of its activities in Norway following allegations that it is running a pyramid scheme. ‘Brilliant litigator’ Sigurd Holter Torp heads the group, which also includes Vidar Riksfjord, who has ‘impressive, strategic litigation skills’; Nils Christian Langtvedt and the ‘uniquely talentedHalvor Manshaus are also recommended.

Asle Bjelland leads the ‘extremely well-prepared’ team in Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS’ Oslo office, while Trond Hatland heads the group in Bergen. Henning Harborg, Eirik Raanes and Hanne Skaarberg Holen are also names to note, and Henrik Hagberg was a recent arrival from Wikborg Rein. Recent highlights include defending multiple insurers in a recourse claim following a train fire, and acting for Transocean in a tax evasion case.

Wiersholm’s clients, which include AIG Europe, Danske Bank and Statoil, are ‘highly impressed with the level of service’ provided by its ‘responsive and hardworking team’. The ‘incredibly brightOlav Perland, who ‘has a veritable wealth of knowledge’, leads the practice. Other noteworthy practitioners include Ronny Lund, maritime expert Christian Hauge, Magnus Hellesylt and public procurement specialist Morten Goller. Energy lawyer Jon Rabben joined from Wikborg Rein. Anders Ryssdal joined Advokatfirmaet Glittertind AS.

Recent work for the ‘outstanding’ department at Wikborg Rein includes representing the Norwegian Oil Taxation Office in a dispute relating to transfer pricing issues, and acting for Avena Shipping Company, Dalnave Navigation and Assuranceforeningen Gard in proceedings relating to a vessel grounding. Kaare Andreas Shetelig leads the group; Ola Haugen, Ola Nisja (who is ‘not only an excellent lawyer but consistently provides top strategic advice’) and Bergen-based employment expert Dag Steinfeld also receive praise.

Arntzen de Besche’s ‘exquisite skills, excellent organisation and consistently strong performance’ contribute to ‘a truly excellent and solid team’ led by the ‘trustworthyKåre Moljord. The group covers litigation, arbitration and mediation; highlights included representing Nortura in a negligence claim, and acting for Stiftelsen Diakonova in arbitration proceedings. Terje Granvang handles professional liability mandates and Knud Jacob Knudsen is ‘a perfect communicator’. Andreas Nordby joined from Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS.

Boutique firm Advokatfirmaet Glittertind AS’ ‘knowledge of the construction industry is incredible’; the group also handles professional liability issues and commercial disputes. Recent work includes Anders Ryssdal, who joined from Wiersholm, representing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oslo in an issue relating to repealed grants, and Emanuel Feinberg acting for Greenpeace in a claim against the Norwegian Government. Nils-Henrik Pettersson, Peter Vagle and Aron Solheim are other names to note.

Under the leadership of Christian Galtung, Kluge Advokatfirma AS’ ‘excellent and dedicated’ department fields several key practitioners including Steffen Asmundsson, Amund Noss and Harald Kobbe. Statnett and Total E&P Norge are clients; Noss represented the latter in a tax case relating to delayed LNG deliveries.

Per Conradi Andersen heads the group at Kvale Advokatfirma DA, which is particularly prominent in the energy, offshore and shipping sectors; the team was bolstered by the recruitment of shipping litigators Lasse Hagen and Kristian Lindhardtsen from Kyllingstad Kleveland Advokatfirma DA. Andreas Stang Lund joined from Advokatfirmaet Hjort; he focuses on financial services disputes.

SANDShas all bases covered’ thanks to ‘a competent, talented and impressive team’ led by the ‘robust and intelligent’ Morten Steenstrup. The team also includes Bjørn Stordrange, who is recognised for his expertise in white collar-crime disputes; construction litigator Morten Hugo Berger; and shipping litigator Oddbjørn Slinning.

Asbjørn Berg heads the department at Selmer, which is recognised for its expertise in contractual disputes, particularly in the IT, construction, real estate and shipping sectors. Carl Roberts is ‘brilliant’, and Svein Sulland and Mads Fuglesang are key names for construction litigation. Clients include Get, Entra Eiendom and Oceanteam.

Highlights for Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig’s ‘engaged and committed’ practice included representing Kruse Smith in several construction disputes, acting for Ascendia in patent litigation, and representing Caprino Filmcenter in an IP infringement dispute. Peter Simonsen leads the group; Christian Bjørtuft Ellingsen and Egil Horstad are also key names. Kjell Sagen Berg joined the firm’s Trondheim office.

Egil Jarslett and the ‘tactically smartKyrre Eggen jointly head Advokatfirmaet CLP DA’s ‘excellent’ practice, which has ‘solid legal knowledge and is brilliant in court’. Sector focuses include real estate, IP and construction. Interwell, Statoil, Amedia and NCC Construction are clients.

Key areas of expertise for DLA Piper’s department include construction, which is a focus of Arne Engesæth and Are Hunskaar; insurance, which is handled by department head Runar Hansen (who also covers transport disputes) and Alexander Plows; and IT, where the firm’s capability was bolstered by the arrival of Jan Sandtrø from an in-house position.

Advokatfirmaet Grette DA’s practice handles litigation for clients in the construction, IP, employment, and oil and gas sectors; examples include Olav Thon Gruppen, Bravida Norge and National Oilwell Varco. Practice head Amund Brede Svendsen is recognised for his IP expertise and Christopher Hansteen focuses on employment issues.

Advokatfirmaet Lund & Co DA’s ‘brilliant’ practice has a core focus on acting for public sector and municipality clients, particularly in renewable energy and electricity-related disputes. Caroline Lund leads the team; she is representing multiple municipalities in the high-profile Terra scandal, and is acting for several municipalities in a case against Statnett relating to property tax issues.

Boutique oil and gas firm Michelet & Co Advokatfirma AS is representing the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in the high-profile Gassled case; other clients include Point Resources, Shell and Diamond Offshore Drilling. Christian Fredrik Michelet, Torkjel Kleppo Grøndalen and Thomas Nordby are the key contacts.

Key names to note at Bing Hodneland advokatselskap DA include real estate specialist Paal Haugaard; John Steffen Gulbrandsen, who handles IP litigation; media expert Jon Wessel-Aas; and Jarle Edler.

With ‘a very dedicated and professional team, which strives to understand the needs of the client’, Kyllingstad Kleveland Advokatfirma DA focuses on the oil and gas sector; clients include Kværner, Ocean Installer and BW Offshore. The ‘experienced’ Eirik Høiby leads the practice.

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