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Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS¬†has 'great creativity when dealing with cases and proposing possible solutions' and 'guides clients through¬†the different steps in a practical way'. Newly promoted partner¬†√ėystein Myre Bremset¬†heads the practice, which also includes 'expert litigator'¬†Sam Harris, design and engineering dispute specialist¬†Gunnar S√łrlie¬†and the 'very experienced and competent'¬†Jan Einar Barbo. The department handles the full spectrum of construction issues with recent highlights including acting for Rosenlund Kontorbygg in compensation and costs claims against a contractor, advising Statsbygg on the construction of the new National Museum in Oslo, and defending Sporveien in a final account claim against Hent. Aker BP, Storebrand Eiendom and Coop Norge Handel are also clients.

With notable expertise across construction projects and litigation,¬†DLA Piper¬†acts for a national and international client base, which includes Veidekke, China Communication Construction Company and Mesta. The group also assisted the Sichuan Road and Bridge Group with issues relating to its tender to build a bridge over Beitstadsundet, represented Cowi and AIG Europe in a dispute relating to the construction of a slaughterhouse, and advised the Municipality of L√łrenskog on the construction of new roads and bridges.¬†Are Hunskaar¬†leads the department, which also includes the highly regarded¬†Arne Enges√¶th,¬†Hans Christian Brodtkorb¬†and development project expert¬†Kjell-Andr√© Honerud.

Construction boutique¬†Advokatfirmaet Glittertind AS' strong contractor client base includes Skanska Norge, which it acted for in a dispute relating to the construction of a new railroad; and Veidekke, which it assisted with the contracts for the groundworks and frameworks for the new Munch Museum in Oslo. Other examples include NCC Norge, AF Gruppen Norge and new client NRC Rail.¬†Asbj√łrn Lys√©ll D√łlvik¬†leads the department,¬†Nils-Henrik Pettersson¬†is 'easily one of the best construction lawyers in Norway', managing partner¬†Aron Solheim¬†is 'brilliant'¬†and¬†Peter Vagle¬†focuses on construction litigation.

With 'extensive and diversified experience',¬†Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS¬†provides 'constructive and to-the-point advice' and is 'action oriented, productive, technically brilliant and always aware of what its clients need'. Clients praise litigator¬†Johnny Johansen¬†as 'extremely service minded and a good communicator',¬†Arve Martin Bj√łrnvik¬†as 'a dedicated professional who can pinpoint the arguments needed to move a case forward quickly', and single out¬†Olav Bergsaker¬†for his 'deep knowledge of the industry'. Other key names include group head¬†Henning Nordtvedt,¬†Mikal Br√łndmo¬†and¬†Andreas Rostveit, who joined from Advokatfirmaet F√łyen Torkildsen AS¬†in 2018. The team recently represented the Norwegian Public Roads Authority in a dispute relating to the final settlement of a road project, and acted for KHR Arkitekter in a dispute surrounding the construction of the Alexander Dale Oen Arena in Bergen. Kv√¶rner, Statkraft and Sporveiein are also clients.

Kluge Advokatfirma AS' clients praise it as 'unique due to its strategic and practical approach, which it combines with excellent legal expertise and mastery at handling clients to ensure they always receive the right advice'. The team excels in real estate development and infrastructure projects; recent mandates include acting for Implenia Norge in a dispute relating to the development of a road tunnel, and representing Bane Nor in multiple claims relating to the Norwegian national railway infrastructure. Oslo group head Espen Nyland is 'an exceptional strategist', Grethe Gullhaug, who leads the Stavanger team, is 'a very sharp lawyer', and associate partner Samuel Skrunes heads the Bergen group. Litigator Lars Ivar Nyland and infrastructure specialist Arild Skage are also key names to note.

As a key name in the market for construction projects,¬†Wiersholm¬†also excels in construction litigation and public procurement-related work. In a recent highlight, practice head¬†Ronny Lund¬†represented Veidekke in claims against its subcontractor Alf Brekken og S√łnner relating to the construction of part of the transnational E10 highway in Lofoten. Other clients include AF Gruppen Norge, Skanska Norge, Multiconsult, Thales Norway and Equinor (previously Statoil).¬†Helge Morten Svarva, petroleum expert¬†Sondre Dyrland¬†and litigator¬†Christian Hauge¬†are also key practitioners.

The 'well-balanced team' at¬†Advokatfirmaet F√łyen Torkildsen AS¬†has 'exceptional and comprehensive knowledge of the construction industry' and fields 'a dedicated and hardworking team, which goes beyond what one would expect and is always available for discussions and advice'. Clients single out team leader¬†Stede Nilsen¬†as 'an excellent risk analyst who is very strong in court';¬†Per Gustav Lilleaasen,¬†Karl Marthinussen¬†and newly promoted partner¬†Thomas Oskar Str√∂mbom¬†are also names to note. Str√∂mbom recently acted for the Norwegian Public Roads Administration in a dispute relating to the construction of the bridge of Gryllefjord.¬†Andreas Rostveit¬†joined¬†Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS¬†in 2018.

Advokatfirmaet Grette AS¬†'always provides solid assessments' to its contractor client base including Nye Veier and Moelven Industrier. The group advised Br√łdrene Dahl on its partnership with hydro power plant developer Norsk Vannkraft, acted for the Norwegian Public Roads Administration in a dispute with a contractor relating to the construction of a road in Kristiansand municipality, and assisted Bravida Norge with its involvement in the construction of a new hospital in T√łnsberg. Practice head¬†Marius Svendsvoll Langnes¬†has 'an excellent understanding of the field';¬†Harald Fosse, Marie Braadland¬†and¬†J√łrgen Aardalsbakke¬†are also recommended.

Geir Fr√łholm¬†leads the group at¬†SANDS, which is recognised for its expertise in construction and infrastructure projects and PPP issues. In a recent highlight,¬†Alf Johan Knag¬†advised Teknisk Entrepren√łr Vest on the construction of a business centre near Bergen Airport.¬†Morten Hugo Berger¬†is the main contact for construction disputes and¬†Tor Anthon Christiansen¬†assisted √ćstak with a project for Helgeland Kraft involving the construction of five power plants in Northern Norway.

Advokatfirmaet Schj√łdt AS' team 'combines deep insight and understanding with a great ability to carry out an overall strategy' across construction projects, infrastructure projects and offshore construction work. 'Outstanding'¬†team co-head¬†Erlend Holstr√łm, who joined from Wikborg Rein¬†in 2018, recently represented Cambi in a final account dispute against Oslo municipality EGE relating to the construction of a biogas production and biowaste treatment plant, and 'skilled, experienced and knowledgeable' co-head¬†Ole Christian Hyggen¬†acted for Hibas in a final account dispute relating to the construction of a new hospital. Veidekke, NCC Norge and Peab are also clients. Svein-Dag Karlstad¬†is a key name to note in the Bergen office.

Led by¬†Mads Fuglesang, who 'truly puts the clients first',¬†Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS' department has notable expertise in contract work, particularly relating to infrastructure and housing projects, alongside experience in construction litigation and knowledge of the real estate, and oil and gas sectors.¬†Svein Sulland¬†and¬†Johannes Meyer-Myklestad¬†are also names to note; the latter joined from¬†Wikborg Rein¬†in 2018. Recent highlights include advising Vedal Entrepren√łr on its renovation of the Telegraph Building in Oslo, and acting for Celco Handel and H√•ndv√¶rk in a dispute against Hent relating to the renovation of Flesland Airport.

As a key name in the market for construction projects in the energy sector, Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS' recent work includes advising NorthConnect on the construction of a high-voltage direct-current interconnector between Norway and the UK, assisting Zephyr with the development of a wind farm project in Guleslettene, and acting for Lyse Produksjon on the construction of a hydro power plant. Other clients include Yara International, Midtfjellet Vindpark and Agder Energi Vannkraft. Jacob F Bull heads the group. Asle Bjelland is now a judge.

Wikborg Rein¬†specialises in construction disputes thanks to the leadership of litigator and co-head¬†Ola Nisja; he recently acted for Peab Bolig Prosjekt in a dispute arising from defects in a residential project in Drammen. Other work includes representing AF Gruppen in a final account claim relating to a gas sector infrastructure project, advising Storebrand on the development and construction of an office building and shopping centre in Oslo, and acting for Fridmark in a damages claim relating to two residential developments in Oslo. Team co-head and newly promoted partner¬†Marius Egeberg¬†specialises in contract law and¬†Ola Haugen¬†also handles construction disputes.¬†Erlend Holstr√łm¬†is now at¬†Advokatfirmaet Schj√łdt AS.

Advokatfirmaet Hjort focuses on handling construction disputes for its contractor client base; it recently represented Aker municipality in a final settlement dispute relating to the construction of a nursing home and acted for Skanska Norge in a final account dispute concerning the extension of a highway. Anders Myhre leads the team and is an expert in onshore construction contracts.

Kjell Sagen Berg heads up the practice at Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig and is praised by clients as 'a great lawyer who is highly professional'; other key practitioners include oil and gas sector specialist Trym Landa, Jon Oppedal Vale and Arne Oftedal. The group recently acted for Kruse Smith in an arbitration relating to the the renovation and expansion of an Oslo apartment complex; other clients include Skanska Norge, Heimdal Gruppen and the Municipality of Bergen.

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