Environment in Denmark

Codex Advokater

Bech-Bruun

Singled out for its ‘hands-on knowledge of the relevant legal issues concerning environmental regulations’, Bech-Bruun is best known for handling environmental mandates involving major infrastructure projects in the energy and transport sectors. Håkun Djurhuus and Jacob Schall Holberg jointly lead the group, which has an extensive track record in environmental regulatory conduct cases, acting for private companies and public authorities. Noted for her ‘outstanding legal knowledge’, Hanne Mølbeck specialises in compulsory purchases, while senior associate Mark Christian Walters assists clients with large-scale environment-related projects. Former practice co-head Jacob Brandt departed to Codex Advokater in mid-2020.

Practice head(s):

Håkun Djurhuus; Jacob Schall Holberg

Other key lawyers:

Hanne Mølbeck; Per Hemmer; Mark Christian Walters

Testimonials

‘They have hands-on knowledge of the relevant legal issues concerning environmental regulations.’

‘The practice is very committed to offering 360 degree, all-round advice which is operable for the client.’

‘They are very present in their approach, able to listen and very holistic in their counselling.’

‘Hanne Mølbeck offers operable solutions – even with short notice in a situation of high conflict. She has a practitioner’s mindset in combination with outstanding legal knowledge.’

Key clients

Region Zealand (Region Sjælland)

Metroselskabet I/S

I/S Vestforbrænding

The Municipality of Roskilde

I/S Reno-Nord

Femern A/S

Odense Letbane P/S

The Danish Agriculture and Food Council

The Municipality of Aalborg

APM Terminals – Aarhus A/S

Municipality of Assens

Region Northern Jutland

Municipality of Copenhagen

Municipality of Aarhus

Municipality of Helsingør

Municipality of Lejre

Skanska A/S

Municipality of Middelfart

FMC (formerly Cheminova A/S)

Hillerød Forsyning

DSV Environmental Group

Vejdirektoratet

Work highlights

  • Assisting Femern A/S with various environmental and public law issues relating to the project that will ultimately lead to the construction of the longest immersed tunnel in the world.
  • Advising Energinet on the Baltic Pipe Project, a major infrastructure project which aims to improve the transmission of natural gas from Norway to Poland, Denmark, Sweden, the Baltic countries, and central and eastern regions of Europe.
  • Advising on The Nord Stream 2 project, a major cross-border energy infrastructure project that will deliver natural gas from Russian gas reserves to the EU gas market.

DLA Piper Denmark

DLA Piper Denmark’s environment group is led by Line Marie Pedersen, who demonstrates an ‘in-depth knowledge of special pollution of soil and groundwater’ issues. The practice is also particularly active in environmental due diligence, environmental planning work, environmental liability claims, environmental impact assessments and climate change projects. In addition to its robust public authority and municipality client roster, the group acts for a wide variety of real estate, insurance and energy companies, as well as state governments and private individuals. Kurt Bardeleben left the group to join SIRIUS advokater in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Line Marie Pedersen

Other key lawyers:

Per Vestergaard Pedersen

Testimonials

‘Very professional and good knowledge.’

‘Always get an answer very quickly. Great knowledge.’

‘Very competent and great knowledge of environmental legislation. Can explain so everybody can understand it. Always communicate with a smile.’

‘Extensive professional knowledge and sparring in the field of environment and other legal issues.’

‘Line Marie Pedersen: Always ready to help even within complicated cases, and incredibly good at getting acquainted with the technical part of cases in addition to the legal part.’ 

‘Line and her team maintain a particularly high legal level in the field of environmental law. Line has an in-depth knowledge of special pollution of soil and groundwater issues both in relation to the legal framework and insurance coverage. They are skilled and thorough, but not least they have an excellent commercial approach to solving the problems.’ 

‘As mentioned above, Line is a very skilled environmental lawyer. She is also kind, pleasant, attentive and good at listening to client needs. In addition, she is always available and will return quickly. Line is probably the lawyer in Denmark with the best knowledge of contamination.’

Key clients

The Danish Petroleum Industry Association (Drivkraft Danmark)

The Greenland Government, including its Environmental Agency for Mineral Resource Activities, Ministry of Mineral Resources, Ministry of Industry and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Energy

A/S Dansk Shell

AIG Europe S.A.

Dansk Fuels A/S

Topdanmark Forsikring A/S

The Danish Central Stockholding Entity (FDO)

Københavns Lufthavne A/S (Copenhagen Airports A/S)

Colas Danmark A/S

Avista Oil Danmark A/S

Alm. Brand A/S

Lidl Danmark A/S

De Dansk Bilimportører (The association of Danish Car importers)

YX Energi A/S

UnoX Energi A/S

Maabjerg Energy Center-Group

Vestforsyning-Group

SONFOR-Group

FF Skagen A/S

The Danish Petroleum Industry Association’s Energy Saving Pool

Work highlights

  • Assisting Danske Olieberedskabslagre/The Danish Stockholding Entity (FDO) on a regular basis with environmental permits, protecting its pipeline network and other similar ad hoc projects, and ensuring that FDO complies with Danish legislation.
  • Advising Greenland Government on legal matters relating to the exploration for and the exploitation of minerals and oil and gas, hydropower activities, other natural resource activities and the related environmental matters.
  • Assisted A/S Dansk Shell with environmental law advice concentrated around the company’s refinery, including environmental approvals, wastewater permits, advice in relation to BAT, remediation of soil and groundwater contamination.

Horten

With a robust local public authority practice, Horten is involved in a large number of high-profile matters, including cases before the Danish courts and administrative authorities. Areas of strength for the team include conducting environmental due diligence and risk assessment analyses, as well as representing clients in complex litigation. Group head Henriette Soja is primarily instructed on public law issues, especially construction-related mandates, while Poul Hvilsted provides legal, strategic and commercial advice concerning environmental and planning law. Anne Sophie Kierkegaard Vilsbøll has additional capabilities in easements and climate and supply regulations.

Practice head(s):

Henriette Soja

Other key lawyers:

Poul Hvilsted; Line Markert; Anne Sophie Kierkegaard Vilsbøll

Testimonials

‘Anne Sophie Kierkegaard Vilsbøll provides hands-on advice and has a good understanding of the practical and commercial context. In her communication she makes complex issues easy to understand and cuts to the bone.’

Key clients

DIN Forsyning

Lemvig Vand & Spildevand

AffaldVarme Aarhus

Realdania

The City of Copenhagen

HOFOR A/S

Novafos A/S

Dania I/S

The Metropolitan Copenhagen Heating Transmission Company (CTR)

The Municipality of Stevns

Eniig a.m.b.a.

The Municipality of Odense

The Municipality of Elsinore

The North Denmark Region

Region Zealand

The Municipality of Syddjurs

The Municipality of Frederikshavn

Gudenaacentralen a.m.b.a.

The Municipality of Lyngby-Taarbæk

A Espersen A/S

The Municipality of Randers

The Municipality of Kolding

The Danish Green Investment Fund

Work highlights

  • Acted for HOFOR Spildevand A/S in an appeal in the Supreme Court against a decision concerning the financing of wastewater systems within city development projects.
  • Represented the City of Copenhagen before the Copenhagen City Court in a matter regarding waste charge where the court found that the general waste charge was valid.
  • Representing the City of Copenhagen in a legal action against the Danish Road Directorate concerning a fundamental problem regarding the collection of payment for separate control of public road areas.

Poul Schmith

In addition to being engaged by public institutions in a large number of high-profile environmental disputes, Poul Schmith also provides public authorities, municipalities and infrastructure enterprises with non-contentious regulatory advice on environmental matters, particularly in the construction sector. Environmental litigator Stig Grønbæk Jensen heads up the firm’s practice, which also includes Britta Moll Bown, who is a member of the board of Danish Environmental Lawyers and is singled out for her regulatory expertise. Another name to note is Sarah Jano, who is recognised for her knowledge of environmental issues arising from large construction and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Stig Grønbæk Jensen

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Jano; Britta Moll Bown

Testimonials

‘This law firm is extremely professional in its approach and provides a high level of professional advice. At the same time, they ensure an understanding of the company they are advising.’

‘We have had the pleasure of working together with Sarah Jano in matters related to cables and utilities. Her advice has always been excellent. She has deep knowledge about the legal framework and an understanding of the special needs that come along with a large infrastructure project.’

‘Sarah Jano has integrity, professionalism  and a great understanding of our business.’

‘Always provides high quality advice, service and an understanding of our needs.’

Key clients

The Danish Environmental and Food Board of Appeal

The Danish Planning Board of Appeal

The Danish Environmental Protection Agency

Region Hovedstaden (Capital Region)

The Danish Business Authority

Rail Net Denmark (Banedanmark)

The Danish Energy Board of Appeal

The Danish Road Directorate

The Danish Ministry of Environment and Food

By og Havn (CPH City and Harbour Development)

Femern A/S

Hovedstadens Letbane (Greater Copenhagen Light Rail)

Work highlights

  • Representing the Environmental and Food Board of Appeal and the Environmental Protection Agency in a case regarding the conditions for receiving and depositing approx. ten million tonnes of surplus soil by the largest transport company in Denmark, DSV Transport A/S, in the Ågesholm Gravel Pit (Ågesholm Grusgrav).
  • Assisting the Danish Road Directorate with regulatory matters in relation to the establishment of a new 35km electrified high-speed railway across Western Funen.
  • Providing advice and regulatory assistance to Femern A/S in connection with the establishment of the legal basis for the fixed link across the Femern Belt and the related land installations in Denmark.

Gorrissen Federspiel

Jointly led by Lotte Eskesen, Hans-Peter Jørgensen and Uffe Bøgelund Jensen, Gorrissen Federspiel’s expertise ranges from transactional issues to environmental litigation. The group receives a steady flow of M&A-related transactions and mandates pertaining to waste management issues, soil and groundwater pollution remediations, environmental approvals, environmental due diligence, environmental risk assessments and transfers of undertakings. It also advises on regulatory issues concerning EU and Danish legislation.

Practice head(s):

Lotte Eskesen; Hans-Peter Jørgensen; Uffe Bøgelund Jensen

Key clients

Rhode Nielsen A/S

Vestas Wind Systems A/S

Energi Danmark A/S

Aquila European Renewables Income Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised Energi Danmark A/S on the divestment of Energi Danmark Vind A/S – a subsidiary owning eight onshore wind parks – to Encavis AG.
  • Advised Aquila European Renewables Income Fund on the acquisition of Svindbaek Vindkraft HoldCo ApS – a subsidiary owning ten onshore wind mills – from European Energy A/S.
  • Acting for MB&JFP I/S in a dispute with its sub-contractor regarding soil and sewerage work performed by the sub-contractor.

Plesner

Plesner focuses on environmental and spatial issues relating to expropriation work and major infrastructure and construction projects, particularly in the energy sector. The team is also regularly instructed on regulatory issues, M&A-related transactions and mandates concerning the supply of water, wastewater and waste disposal services. The practice is jointly spearheaded by Niklas Korsgaard Christensen and Ellen Skodborggaard, who is president of the Association of Danish Environmental Lawyers and handles conservation, preservation and nature protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Niklas Korsgaard Christensen; Ellen Skodborggaard

Other key lawyers:

Esben Kjær

Testimonials

‘Strong overall practice that covers all our needs with skilled and professional lawyers.’

Key clients

European Energy

Gaz-Systems

Kalaallit Airports

LEGO / Kirkbi

A/S Storebaelt

BroBizz

Municipality of Rudersdal

Municipality of Allerød

Ørsted

A.P. Moller-Maersk

Aleris-Hamlet Hospitaler

Sundhed Danmark

Carlsbergfondet (the Carlsberg Foundation)

Icopal Danmark

Lokaltog

H. Lundbeck

Stena Recycling

Infranode

Danish Oil Pipe

Work highlights

  • Advising Gaz-Systems on the establishment of an international gas transmission pipeline in the Baltic Sea.
  • Advised Ørsted on the divestment of bioenergy activities in Denmark.
  • Advised Infranode on its investment in the development of Northern Europe’s largest solar park.

SIRIUS advokater

Skilled in public law matters, SIRIUS advokater primarily advises large public authorities and municipalities on administrative law, environmental law and planning law issues. The practice also handles nature protection, climate change and expropriation mandates, alongside environmental litigation and agriculture-related matters. The practice is headed up by Søren Stenderup Jensen and Kurt Helles Bardeleben, who joined in 2019 from DLA Piper Denmark.

Practice head(s):

Søren Stenderup Jensen; Kurt Helles Bardeleben

Other key lawyers:

Michael Vindfeldt

Key clients

Københans Lufthavne A/S (CPH)

ELF Development A/S

NCC Industry A/S

Trelleborg AB

Telenor A/S

Teliam, Filial af Telia AB

Nordic Waterproofing A/S

Hessel Pharma ApS

Municipality of Køge

Arwos Forsyning A/S

Din Forsyning A/S

SK Forsyning A/S

NK-Forsyning A/S

KLAR Forsyning A/S

Oxfam IBIS

Clearidium A/S

Municipality of Gladsaxe

NPV A/S

UTF Holding ApS

Taasinge Elementer A/S

VEKS

Brøndby Fjernevarme

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Municipality of Køge in an injunction before the City Court of Roskilde and the High Court for Eastern Denmark regarding a landowner’s illegal construction of an amusement park.
  • Advised the Municipality of Hvidovre on the major land reclamation project, The Islets.
  • Advised Arwos Forsyning and DIN Forsyning on the utility aspects of Google and Facebook data centres in their supply areas.

Haugaard | Braad

Singled out for its 'extensive knowledge of environmental legislation', Haugaard | Braad is primarily instructed by municipalities and mid-size companies. The Aalborg-based group is jointly headed up by Rasmus Haugaard and Flemming Elbæk, who has particular expertise in the environmental aspects of urban development projects, environmental permits, environmental impact assessments, litigation, soil pollution and wastewater issues, and nature conservation work.

Practice head(s):

Flemming Elbæk; Rasmus Haugaard

Testimonials

‘HaugaardBraad Advokatfirma has on several occasions been able to create legal solutions for public law and environmental law matters that initially looked very difficult to solve.’

‘Skilled in environmental law and strategic and environmental assessments with a demonstrated history in municipal tasks.’

‘Provides outstanding legal advice within the Danish and European environmental legislation and has a deep knowledge of the relevant case-law. The strengths of Haugaard-Braad are their agility in terms of combining the different interconnected environmental legislation into sound and robust advice, and their ability to deliver on time and with a solid argumentation that gives value to the projects.’

‘Extensive knowledge of environmental legislation and its interpretation as well as the use of practice from the Appeals Board.’

‘They are unique because they understand the technical and administrative issues associated with environmental issues. Their advice and legal solutions are always accurate and very useful because they understand the client’s problem.’ 

‘In addition to his unique legal and analytical skills, Flemming Elbæk has extensive knowledge of drafting legal texts and how authorities work.’

‘Excellent knowledge about Danish environmental legislation and a large variety of lawsuit decisions. Good understanding of the core of complex law cases and derive proposals on their behalf. Extensive networking within environmental authorities and trade organisations.’

Key clients

Port of Aalborg

Municipality of Aalborg

Municipality of Rebild

Municipality of Hillerød

Municipality of Brønderslev

Danish Horticulture

Nomi4s i/s

Danish Agriculture and Food Council

Aalborg Portland A/S

Work highlights

  • Advised the Municipality of Hillerød on a permit for the treatment plant, Solrødgård.
  • Assisting the Port of Aalborg with selling a large area to Aalborg Energy Holding A/S (Utilities of Aalborg).
  • Assisting the Municipality of Aalborg with a permit for the acquisition of a harbour area in Aalborg meant for urban development.

Kromann Reumert

Kromann Reumert’s team, which is headed up by Kim Trenskow, demonstrates capabilities across the spectrum of environmental and planning issues, most notably in contentious matters and disputes concerning contamination and pollution issues. The group regularly represents clients in compliance cases and hearings before the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, in addition to applications and approval requests through the Food and Environmental Board of Appeal.

Practice head(s):

Kim Trenskow

Other key lawyers:

Mads U. Østergaard

Key clients

Ørsted

Danish Crown

MariboHilleshög

Arla

Musholm A/S

Aquapri A/S

Snaptun Fisk Export A/S

The Central Denmark Region

Skamol A/S

NGF Nature Energy Biogas A/S

Aalborg Municipality

Oiltanking Copenhagen A/S

HOFOR A/S

Q8 Denmark

DSK

Danish Aquaculture

The Regional Council of Southern Denmark

Gentofte Municipality

Odense Municipality

Frederiksberg Municipality

Morsø Municipality

Skanderborg Municipality

Odder Municipality

AffaldVarme Aarhus

Sønderborg Forsyning

EWII

Verdo

Norlys

Work highlights

  • Advising Central Denmark on the potential environmental liabilities and regulatory scheme of one of the major intergenerational soil contaminations in Denmark – the deposits and contamination from the historic production facilities of Cheminova A/S in western Denmark.
  • Acting for HOFOR A/S in the first principle dispute regarding the legality of administrative orders issued to primarily farmers restricting the use of areas surrounding drinking water drillings, as well as the parallel compensation procedures under the Danish Environmental Protection Act.
  • Representing the entire sea farming sector against the Danish Environmental Protection Agency in 18 cases regarding compliance with the Danish Fisheries Act, including advice regarding potential injunctions on the suspension of operations as well as the interpretation and understanding of principle issues on sea farming with respect to the Habitat Directive.

Lundgrens

Lundgrens' team primarily advises municipalities on environmental issues arising from planning and project development work, with particular expertise in environmental assessments. Social housing organisations and private developers are also part of the group's client base. Søren Hilbert leads the practice and also handles nature protection measures and climate change financing projects.

Practice head(s):

Søren Hilbert

Key clients

Boligkontoret Danmark

KAB

Clean Cluster

Byudviklingsselskabet Favrholm A/S

Municipality of Esbjerg

Municipality of Randers

Municipality of Hvidovre

The City of Copenhagen

The City of Aarhus

Freja Ejendomme A/S

Work highlights

  • Advising KAB, a social housing organisation, on a complex urban development in Tingbjerg, Copenhagen, under a partnership with Nordic Real Estate Partners A/S.
  • Advising the City of Aarhus on the urban development of a new city district on top of the railway passage in the city centre.
  • Advising the Municipality of Randers on models for the implementation and financing of a storm flood protection project, protecting comprehensive urban areas along the fjord and river delta of Randers.