Environment in Denmark
Bech-Bruun runs the gamut of environmental law work, with the highly experienced Håkun Djurhuus and Jacob Brandt at the helm. Djurhuus' recent mandates include advising Femern on its construction of a tunnel between the Danish island of Lolland and the German island of Fehmarn; while Brandt acted for the Municipality of Aarhus on the drafting of possible changes to the Danish Planning Act, which conflicted with the region's need for housing. Per Hemmer is also a key figure and assisted Nord Stream 2 with its project involving a gas pipeline connecting Russian gas reserves to Germany via the Baltic Sea. Hanne Mølbeck is noted for her infrastructure expertise; she recently worked with the Copenhagen Metro on the preparatory elements of its development of a new line extending out to the harbour area of Nordhavn.
The team at DLA Piper Denmark handles the full spectrum of environmental issues for clients including The Danish Petroleum Industry Association and AIG. Practice head Line Marie Pedersen is an expert in matters involving contamination and remediation issues as well as environmental due diligence and assessments. In a recent highlight, Per Vestergaard Pedersen advised the Greenland Government on the negotiation and drafting of licences for mining projects in the region. Kurt Bardeleben is recognised for his expertise in PPP projects and planning issues.
Henriette Soja heads up the department at Horten, which has expertise in contentious and regulatory issues; notable recent highlights include Soja advising the municipalities of Halsnæs, Gribskov and Helsingør on the introduction of a coastal protection area across the northern coast line of Zealand, Poul Hvilsted acting for Dragoer Municipality on a €17m coastal protection project, and Line Markert assisting Assens Forsyning with a waste water treatment project. Anne Sophie Kirkegaard Vilsbøll is also noted for her due diligence and regulatory experience.
Poul Schmith's 'highly professional' department has 'very good knowledge of and expertise in environmental law'. Stig Grønbæk Jensen leads the team and Britta Moll Bown is particularly active in contentious matters. The group advised the Danish Road Directorate on the €536m construction of a bridge connecting Zealand and Falster, and acted for The Danish Energy Appeals Authority in a claim before the Western High Court relating to rates associated with the delivery of North Sea natural gas.
Plesner provides 'the highest level of practical and theoretical knowledge' with 'no-nonsense advice and a pragmatic approach'. Energy specialist Niklas Korsgaard Christensen leads the team and recently advised Gaz-Systems on its collaboration with Energinet on the construction of a €500bn gas pipeline from Poland to Denmark. Renewable energy specialist Esben Kjær and senior associate Ellen Skodborggaard, who is an expert in environmental law, are also key names to note.
The 'diligent, knowledgeable and well-connected' Søren Stenderup Jensen heads up the group at SIRIUS advokater, which 'delivers timely and commercially sound advice' and has a notably strong track record in environmental disputes. Recent mandates include acting for Fjerritslev Fjernvarme in the Supreme Court in an Environmental Damage Act case regarding expenses relating to the disposal of waste water, and representing Instalaciones Inabensa in a dispute concerning the termination of the it's plumbing and ventilation work on a major construction project. Michael Vindfeldt is the main contact for construction-related work.
Lundgrens has 'top-level knowledge of environmental law' thanks to a team of 'highly skilled experts', which is led by the 'very skilled and enthusiastic' Titti Kopp, who 'works very quickly'. Søren Hilbert is also singled out for urban development issues; he recently advised the City of Aarhus on a €27bn project involving the refitting of a hospital facility and protected buildings.