Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS has has excellent dispute resolution expertise spanning corporate litigation, tax litigation, high-profile white-collar crime proceedings, liability claims and freedom of speech issues. In addition to commercial litigation, the department stands out in investigative work, corruption mandates and cyber and IP criminal proceedings. Per Magne Ristvedt focuses on litigation related to company law and M&A disputes. He jointly heads up the team with Halvor Manshaus, who has extensive IP, technology and media experience. Sven Eriksrud, and oil and gas experts Trond Sollund and Vidar Strømme are also key names to note.
Dispute resolution in Norway
Per Ristvedt; Halvor Manshaus
Other key lawyers:
Sven Eriksrud; Trond Sollund; Vidar Strømme; Sigurd Holter Torp; Amund B. Tørum
‘Very competitive mindset, capable of building a team around the case.’
‘They have a wide range of resources with highly qualified lawyers in various legal areas. Always available. Fast deliveries when needed.’
‘Established good relations with the employees – not only those who work directly with us, but with the whole team. The firm shows genuine interest in the cases they assist with.’
‘Halvor Manshaus – outstanding.’
Staur Holding AS
TV 2 AS
Polaris Media ASA
- Represented the non-operators of Skarv Unit in a high-profile arbitration, successfully claiming that the Skarv Unit Operator AkerBP’s significant charges of costs for centralised administrative and technical support services from the operator’s affiliated companies within BP Group was not adequately documented and therefore not legitimate under the Accounting Agreement applicable to all petroleum licences on the NCS.
- Acted for Rettspraksis.no in a principle case about database rights to legal rulings from Norwegian Supreme Court.
- Acted for TV2 in a high-profile libel case.
BAHR has broad litigation and arbitration experience, covering the oil, pharmaceuticals, insurance and insolvency sectors. Thomas Svensen concentrates on the energy sector and has significant energy-related dispute resolution experience before the domestic courts and arbitration tribunals; Gunnar Sørlie has a strong reputation in IP and offshore and onshore construction cases; and Jan Jansen has expertise spanning the energy and offshore sectors, tax cases, and general commercial disputes. Experienced all-round litigator Atle Skaldebø-Rød heads up the group, and primarily acts in insolvency disputes, direct actions and general liability and contractual disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Jan Jansen; Thomas Svensen; Gunnar Sørlie; Sam E. Harris; Tarjei Thorkildsen; Jan Einar Barbo; Are Stenvik
‘Skilled and experienced team, very professional, many high-end cases.’
‘A very capable and approachable litigation team. Excellent and pragmatic approach to dealing with disputes in addition to a strong commercial understanding.’
‘I give Tarjei Thorkildsen my best recommendations. I would describe him as an excellent and strictly professional lawyer, who always is a pleasure to work with. He has unique and broad experience.’
‘Atle S. Rød is particularly skilled within insolvency related cases, gives excellent follow up to clients, is always well prepared and professional and leaves the client confident that the case is in good hands and under control.’
Color Line AS
Drengsrud Herregård DA
Equinor Energy AS (previously Statoil Petroleum AS)
Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig)
DNB Bank ASA
AS Norske Shell
Protector Forsikring ASA
Aker BioMarine Antarctic AS
- Represented Color Line AS, a ferry line, in relation to a NOK1.3bn claim for compensation based on its alleged breach of competition law.
- Acted for Realforum AS in a complex NOK700m claim that has gone twice to the Norwegian Supreme Court and is now pending before the Court of Appeal.
- Represented Drengsrud Herregård DA in a substantial Supreme Court case relating to the alleged violation of a call option agreement related to the purchase of real estate.
Boutique firm Advokatfirmaet Glittertind AS focuses on the construction, oil and energy sectors, and is highly active in litigation arising from onshore construction projects. Key areas of work include commercial disputes relating to contract and company law issues, professional liability work, insurance matters, maritime law and tort mandates. Practice head Anders Ryssdal and the highly regarded Nils-Henrik Pettersson have significant experience as arbitrators, and up-and-coming partner Emanuel Feinberg has extensive expertise in commercial disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Nils-Henrik Pettersson; Emanuel Feinberg; Mads Berg Neergaard
‘The practice is forward-leaning, efficient and easy to communicate with. It has an open mind as to legal strategy, open to new approaches to complex cases, and a sizeable amount of resources. Very content with the lawyers’ delivery.’
‘Glittertind is a company with broad experience and expertise.’
‘All the people I have had the pleasure of working with do what they can to understand me and my challenges. They are there when you need them and they have great respect for the competence of others.’
‘Flexible and clear strategy to handle a very complex dispute, good coordination with other advisers.’
‘Anders Ryssdal and Mads Berg Neergaard both very responsive in pursuing our case.’
‘We work closely with Emanuel Feinberg. Feinberg is a forceful attorney in court and an efficient counsel outside of court. He takes a devil’s advocate approach, and delivers and coordinates the legal strategy in an efficient way.’
Viking Ventures AS
Trygge Barnehager AS
Trannel International LTD
H. Aschehoug & Co
- Represented Greenpeace in a claim against the Norwegian state regarding licenses for petroleum in the Barents Sea.
- Successfully represented OP Financial Group before the district court in a €8m claim against Pareto.
- Represented several investors in a €50m minority shareholders’ claim against BW LPG LTD.
Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS' dispute resolution team has a wide range of sector expertise, with particular strengths in the construction, real estate, fisheries, energy and electricity, public procurement, oil and gas and finance industries. The group handles a broad variety of commercial disputes, including cross-border litigation and international arbitration. Johnny Johansen is highly regarded for disputes relating to large and complex infrastructure projects; he also regularly acts as an arbitrator in international and domestic proceedings. Practice head Henning Nordtvedt has extensive experience in road, bridge and construction contract disputes. Rasmus Asbjørnsen, Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim and Mikal Brøndmo are also singled out by clients.
Other key lawyers:
Johnny Johansen; Rasmus Asbjørnsen; Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim; Mikal Brøndmo
‘Haavind is a top professional law firm, which has great knowledge and understanding of legal affairs. The team have great skills in regards to understanding their client and the dispute in hand.’
‘Johnny Johansen is a top lawyer. He has good strategic skills in trial/trial preparations. He is number one if you need a good lawyer within the building industry.’
‘Well-balanced mixture of careful and exhaustive counselling and straightforward and tough litigation skills.’
‘Extremely good in trial situations.’
‘They have extensive experience in handling complex and high-value disputes, which is easily seen in their preparation, their pleadings and especially at the hearing. They are well prepared and far better than their competitors at presenting the case in the hearing. They not only understand the law, but they are also willing to learn the facts in depth in order to present them to the court in a convincing way.’
‘Very strong drive to win the cases. Goes the extra mile for the client.’
‘Haavind formed a very strong team covering all aspects of the dispute perfectly. Each member of the team performed very well and their collaboration was dedicated and at high standard.’
‘Professionally skilled team with complementary expertise. The team gives quick responses to issues and follows up the cases continuously. We are very satisfied.’
‘We had the pleasure to be represented by Haavind and Rasmus Asbjørnsen, where they did an impressive job, standing up against the competition.’
Norwegian Tax Authorities
Norwegian Public Roads Authorities
Sparebank 1 Finans Nord-Norge AS
Vatne Capital AS
- Represented AtB AS before the EFTA Court and the Norwegian Supreme Court in a case regarding liability for breach of public procurement provisions.
- Acting for Sparebank 1 Finans Nord-Norge in an Appeal Court hearing regarding advisors professional liability related to an international financing assignment.
- Represented Posten Norge in a cross-border damages case arising out of the European Commission’s 2016 trucks cartel settlement decision.
Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS fields a large team of specialist practitioners covering the full range of work in dispute resolution. Areas of particular activity include commercial litigation (especially acting in post-M&A disputes and representing significant banking clients), oil and gas disputes and construction claims. Kristine Hyldmo Bjørnvik heads up the department, and is a specialist in handling contractual disputes involving construction, energy, oil services and IT projects. Other key names include commercial disputes expert Henning Harborg and IP and construction law specialist Eirik W Raanes. Energy sector litigator Audun Stornes joined the Stavanger office from Kluge Advokatfirma AS in 2020.
Kristine Hyldmo Bjørnvik
Other key lawyers:
Henning Harborg; Eirik W Raanes; Andreas Meidell; Trond Hatland; Svein Aage Valen; Stig Berge; Camilla Vislie; Henrik Hagberg; Audun Stornes
‘The team was excellent – very knowledgeable, good at keeping us updated on progress and very approachable.’
‘Henning Harborg: excellent advocate, very clear and articulate, and very easy to work with.’
‘Quick response on all matters, big or small, and always “to the point”.’
‘Trond Hatland is a unique barrister and a magician in the court room. Very prepared and good tactics. Svein Aage Valen has also been outstanding in handling criminal cases in fisheries.’
‘In-depth understanding of Norwegian oil and gas customs, practices, regulations and laws with practical business perspectives.’
‘Audun Stornes has all the legal knowledge and experience you’d expect from a leading partner in oil and gas with a solid understanding of corporate drivers and processes.’
Ernst & Young AS
ING Bank N.V
BW Group Limited
BW LPG Limited
The Norwegian Ministry of Transport / The Norwegian Public Road Administration (NPRA)
Westcon Yards AS
Directors/shareholders of RenoNorden
Lofoten Polarlaks AS
Hav Line Gruppen AS
TGS Nopec Geophysical Company ASA
Mr. Petter Dragesund
Bankruptcy estate of Alpha Insurance A/S
Intervet International BV
Zimmer Biomet Norway AS
Pareto Securities AS
Assuranceforeningen Gard (gjensidig)
Lyse Produksjon AS
Samsung Electronics Nordic AB
Søylen Eiendom AS
Kongsberg Gruppen ASA
Norwegian Hull Club
Navigators Holdings (UK) Ltd
- Representing Storebrand in a case which decided whether a Storebrand client, for tax purposes, qualifies as an investment fund according to the Norwegian securities trading legislation.
- Successfully acted for Hav Line in a high-profile case which reinstated grants to Hav Line, which had been previously reversed by the government.
- Securing the acquittal of all board members and the shareholders of RenoNorden in litigation following the company’s bankruptcy.
Wiersholm has extensive litigation experience across a broad range of sectors, and a strong track record in international arbitration proceedings, with particular strength in competition and public procurement disputes. Ronny Lund stands out for his experience in construction and onshore and offshore disputes; he jointly heads up the team with shipping and oil industry specialist Christian Hauge and financial and corporate litigator Olav Perland. Magnus Hellesylt is singled out for his IP and TMT expertise, Morten Goller handles competition and procurement mandates, and Stephan Jervell has notable experience as an arbitrator.
Ronny Lund; Christian Hauge; Olav Perland
Other key lawyers:
Magnus Hellesylt; Morten Goller; Stephan Jervell
‘Simply a superb law firm. Full understanding of client. Thorough and disciplined. Excellent legal skills. Extremely knowledgeable. A real help for decision-making. Simply top notch. Can-do attitude and moves mountains for their clients.’
‘Stellar partners and associates, and first-class legal professionals.’
Deutsche Bank AG
International Business Machines AS (IBM)
AIG Europe Limited
AF Gruppen ASA
Skanska Norge AS
Danske Bank AS
Coop Norge SA
Nord-Trøndelag Elektrisitetsverk AS (NTE)
Yara International ASA
Betel O. Steen AS
BMO Entreprenør AS and BMO Tunnelsikring AS
Rimfrost AS and Rimfrost Technologies AS
Leonhard Nilsen & Sønner AS
- Acted for Deutsche Bank AG in the enforcement of a UK ruling against Sebastian Holdings Inc.
- Acted for International Business Machines AS in a large IT contracting dispute against the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.
- Represented NHO in a dispute between AtB AS and Fosen-Linjen AS regarding Fosen-Linjen’s claim for damages for lost profit following alleged breaches of the Norwegian procurement rules in a competition for a ferry operation contract.
Wikborg Rein handles a wide variety of commercial disputes, with strength across the oil, gas, renewables, trade, shipping, offshore, seafood, finance and technology sectors. The practice also has a notably strong offering for public sector entities. Ola Nisja, Kaare Andreas Shetelig and Ola Haugen jointly head up the practice: Shetelig is recommended for public sector and transfer pricing disputes, while Nisja is a well-known arbitrator and litigator in the construction industry, and Haugen concentrates on complex cases related to post-M&A disputes, contracts, construction work and projects.
Ola Nisja; Kaare Andreas Shetelig; Ola Haugen
‘The team has extensive experience and good expertise in dispute resolution.’
‘Very practically oriented with high degree of understanding of complex facts. Takes care of the case and follows up in a way that makes the client highly comfortable and with a feeling of “being kept”. Top legal skills and outstanding understanding of all procedural matters.’
‘Skilled and experienced. Takes care and follows up. Good humoured and very easy to cooperate with. Solid and “down to earth” and humble but confident appearance.’
‘The team is highly competent. Several of their lawyers have previously worked at the Attorney General’s office which attracts the A-level candidates and where the candidates get extensive litigation practice in a high variety of matters. The team works closely with the facts related to the matter, and has the ability to acquire the required understanding of the client’s business.’
‘Ola Nisja and Kaare Shetelig: highly competent in all aspects of litigation law. They both have a high degree of presence and availability and are in general pleasant to be around. Good judgement as to the tactics of the matter. High degree of ability to understand the business of the client as well as the matter.’
‘Dedicated. Pleasant to work with. Puts together a strong team.’
‘Ola Nisja is very pleasant to everyone.’
‘The team is characterised by two excellent all-rounders (Ola Haugen and Kaare Shetelig) and a highly recommended contract dispute litigator (Ola Nisja). They are a highly competent group. In addition, they have a successful group working exclusively with long-term gas sales agreements. Wikborg Rein’s unrivalled (in Norway) presence in other jurisdictions also gives a competitive edge in international disputes.’
‘Ola Nisja has quickly and well-deservedly achieved an impressive standing within complex contract law disputes, particularly within construction and energy. He is extremely sympathetic and efficient. He gets to the core of complex issues.’
‘Kaare Shetelig has, thanks to his education as both an economist and a lawyer, an impressive ability to understand and present complex financial cases, be it tax, VAT or corporate finance. He is very strong academically and has excellent pedagogical skills.’
The Ministry of Defence (including The Norwegian Armed Forces)
Naftogaz of Ukraine
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Vy (formerly NSB)
- Represented Volvo/Renault in a follow-on claim in Norway subsequent to the findings of the European Commission regarding EU antitrust rules.
- Represented Infor in a dispute with Felleskjøpet Agri SA relating to a contract for the delivery and implementation of a ERP-system.
- Represented Naftogaz of Ukraine in multiple international disputes with Russian Gazprom.
Arntzen de Besche's dispute resolution expertise covers oil and gas claims, professional liability disputes, insurance litigation, contractual mandates, employment disputes, and competition issues. The group has particular strength in oil and gas and construction litigation, and practice head Andreas Nordby has significant strength in the TMT, media, technology and commodity trade sectors. Other key names include the highly active Terje Granvang and Erlend Haaskjold, and Knud Jacob Knudsen, who handles construction and engineering disputes. Insurance specialist Linn Kvade Rannekleiv joined the group in 2020.
Other key lawyers:
Terje Granvang; Erlend Haaskjold; Knud Jacob Knudsen; Sven Iver Steen; Linn Kvade Rannekleiv
‘Good Norwegian commercial litigation practice, with knowledge of UK common law (quite useful for UK clients).’
‘Erlend Haaskjold is established and highly experienced.’
‘Very good skills in pension matters.’
‘Sven Iver Steen is top in his area in Norway. The quality in legal reports is top class.’
‘Good and effective composition of the team, with different competence levels fitting into the different activities to be performed.’
‘Terje Granvang: exceptional dedication to the case and his client, very ambitious with an exceptional high-quality standard, brilliant communication and good sense of humour, making it fun to work with him and his team. High credibility.’
‘Very good team with high-level performers and solid commercial experience.’
‘Knud Knudsen is a very good practitioner.’
‘The team seems to be very professional and have a lot of experience.’
‘I am impressed with the way they behaved in court, and the confidence and overview they showed. They are also very nice people.’
Gjensidige Forsikring ASA
Vroon Containers B.V.
Lloyds of London
Glastad Farsund AS
Investec Bank plc
Veidekke Entreprenør AS
- Acting for Vroon Containers in a complex dispute against the chairman of Marsoft International.
- Successfully defended Piranema Production in a claim for commission allegedly earned as part of the Lava Jato Corruption Scandal in Brazil.
- Representing Tine in the truck cartel case brought against a number of truck producers following the European Commission’s announcement that MAN, Volvo/Renault, Daimler, Iveco, and DAF had broken EU antitrust rules.
The full-service dispute resolution practice at Advokatfirmaet CLP DA has strong offerings in corporate and commercial litigation and arbitration proceedings, capital markets and banking litigation, private equity and venture capital claims, director's liability issues, commercial real estate litigation, and media and technology disputes. Kyrre Eggen jointly heads up the practice with Egil Jarslett, who has significant construction, tort law and professional liability experience, and Vidar Riksfjord, who concentrates on banking litigation, bankruptcy and distressed debt claims, and directors' liability disputes.
Egil Jarslett; Kyrre Eggen; Vidar Riksfjord
‘A practical approach. Action oriented, gets things done.’
‘Professional standard, sense of urgency in the matter, proactive approach, good information flow.’
‘Vidar Riksfjord is known for his professional approach, respected among competitors, and with a great knowledge! Top lawyer in Norway!’
‘Outstanding service and ability to assist.’
‘Kyrre Eggen – smart at reading the situations in court and in live negotiations. Very pragmatic but based on thorough knowledge and understanding of law, case strengths and weaknesses and personalities of parties involved. Ability to pinpoint the issue precisely so all disturbing minor things can be muted/eliminated.’
‘A personal approach.’
‘Eager to succeed. Pragmatic. Proactive. Creative. Non-bureaucratic.’
‘A specialised law firm with high experience in dispute resolution.’
‘Vidar Riksfjord is a skilled trial lawyer with extensive court experience, both as lawyer and judge. He is effective and forthcoming, with high customer attention.’
‘Knowledgeable, strategic, efficient, always available, dedicated.’
SpareBank 1 Gruppen
Recover Nordic Group
Hofseth International AS
Tribe / First Hotels
- Represented Skeie Technology AS in a dispute against the Norwegian Government regarding a €50m claim under a parent guarantee.
- Represented Umoe in a significant valuation dispute concerning Aibel’s shipbuilding and platform yard in Haugesund.
- Represented seven former employees of ST1 Norge AS (formerly Smart Fuel AS) in a dispute with their former employer regarding the right to early retirement payments following their dismissal.
With ‘effective and efficient teamwork’, Advokatfirmaet Hjort’s practice is led by Kristin Veierød, who is notably active in the telecoms sector and counts Telenor as a key client. The group includes three practitioners admitted to appear before the Supreme Court; Frode Innjord specialises in civil litigation, and Anne Marie Due and Alex Borch focus on employment mandates. Beyond civil litigation, the department also acts in financial crime cases including tax evasion work, corruption claims and insider trading disputes; Nils Christian Langtvedt is a key contact in this space. The team is also highly regarded for its professional liability expertise.
Other key lawyers:
Frode Innjord; Nils Christian Langtved; Anne Marie Due; Alex Borch; Øivind K. Foss
‘Advokatfirmaet Hjort has unique competence in the regulation of the electronic communications market and the electronic communications Act. The team has also very good collaboration skills.’
‘Very experienced team, capable of handling large and complex disputes. Always responsive.’
‘Working with Hjort’s lawyers we were pleasantly impressed by the excellent and effective teamwork. Hjort’s lawyers are very well prepared from a technical point of view. They proved to be able to handle difficult cases and situations such as preparing for a witnesses to testify. We also appreciated the strong ability to manage a difficult practice, offering punctual and effective solutions.’
‘Hjort’s lawyers, in particular Mr. Nils Christian Langtvedt and Mr. Øivind K. Foss, have an excellent knowledge of spoken and written English, high technical preparation and a great ability to select favourable and strong arguments and put forward their arguments in a very efficient way.’
GSE Design & Build
Kruse Smith Entreprenør AS
HAB Construction AS
DNB Bank AS
Telenor Norge AS / Telenor ASA
Agder Energi Vannkraft
- Acted as defence counsel for TGS Nopec Geophysical Company ASA in a high-profile appeal before Borgarting Appeal Court relating to abetting to tax fraud in the oil company Skeie Energy AS.
- Acted as DNB’s representative in cases concerning three mutual funds that were found to be managed in conflict with the rules and regulations of the investment mandate.
- Represented Boreal AS in a case against Finnmark county municipality concerning the extent of the responsibility for pension costs.
Kluge Advokatfirma AS is praised by clients for its ability to ‘communicate the key message and place it into the big picture’ across the construction and oil sectors with additional expertise in public administrative claims and public procurement litigation. Christian Galtung heads up the department and specialises in company law litigation. Other key names include IP specialist Steffen Asmundsson, tax litigator Amund Noss, and Asle Bjelland, Lars Ivar Nyland and Per Sigvald Wang, who also focus on construction disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Steffen Asmundsson; Amund Noss; Asle Bjelland; Lars Ivar Nyland; Per Sigvald Wang
‘Very skilled in relation to communicating the key message and placing it in the big picture.’
‘Very high skills both theoretically/professionally and in dispute resolution, and the ability to combine them.’
‘Christian Galtung: very high skills in public law/administrative law combined with private law issues, and the ability to use these in dispute resolution.’
‘Per Sigvald Wang is a talented partner. He has built up significant competency on real estate transactions and environmental issues related to cleaning polluted ground for the operation of fuel retail, but his knowledge and framework can apply to any polluted ground. He is hard-working, witty and highly competent, and I can give him my best recommendations based on personal behaviour and results achieved for our company.’
‘Great preparation, thorough research and solid strategic approach to disputes.’
‘Amund Noss does a fantastic job of bridging the gap between conceptual client positions and arguments and the fine-tuning of strategic and thorough legal arguments in a dispute context. Advocacy and oral arguments are delivered with expert-level accuracy and flow.’
‘Asle Bjelland is one of the most competent litigation lawyers in Norway. Highly recommended.’
‘Very high focus on the task. They made very good preparations and conducted the trial in a convincing manner.’
Bane Nor SF
AF Gruppen Norge ASA
Norsk Hydro ASA
Arctic Securities AS
Det Norske Veritas
Unilamp Norden AS
Norges Gruppen ASA / ASKO Norge AS
- Represented Neodrill successfully in a legal dispute against Equinor AS regarding IPR related to Equinor’s Cap-X technology.
- Represented six investors in a law suit against Pareto Securities, claiming compensation based on a disputed price guarantee Pareto gave the investors in a takeover situation.
- Represented Bane Nor in a series of law suits related to the Follo tunnel project.
Key sector strengths for the dispute team at Kvale Advokatfirma DA encompasses the financial services, consumer products, oil and gas, public and real estate industries; the team also handles patent and IP litigation for life sciences and onshore technology companies. Practice head Per Conradi Andersen focuses on renewable energy, construction and corporate matters, and has extensive arbitration experience. Jens Brede excels in the oil and gas sector, and Andreas Stang Lund and Christian Poulsson are also key names to note, along with Anne Marie Sejersted and Ingvild Hanssen-Bauer, who focus on IP litigation.
Per Conradi Andersen
Other key lawyers:
Jens Brede; Andreas Stang Lund; Christian Poulsson; Anne Marie Sejersted; Ingvild Hanssen-Bauer
‘The team’s ability to break down complex legal issues into understandable advice for the client is excellent.’
‘Very strong team and a leading firm within dispute resolution. Kvale is professional, precise, available and competent.’
‘Andreas Stang Lund is our primary lawyer. He is very knowledgeable and enjoyable to work with. Andreas has an excellent ability to quickly identify the core issue of a case and provide relevant advice.’
‘Per Conradi Andersen is highly experienced within most fields and easy to work with. He gives the client high priority and you don’t have to question if your case is in the right hands.’
INEOS E&P Norge
MAN Truck & Bus
West Oil Tools
- Represented Standard P&I in a $120m dispute with Gard (as insurer) and a Stolt-Nielsen company (as tortfeasor).
- Represented Telia Norway/Telia in a claim raised by Telenor regarding repayments.
- Represented the bankruptcy estate of REC Wafer Norway, a Norway-based company in the solar wafer industry.
SANDS’ practice is ‘knowledgeable and constructively critical of both risk and expectations’, handling a range of domestic and cross-border litigation for clients across the insurance, aquaculture and energy sectors; clients include Chubb, AF Gruppen and Havkraft. With 14 practitioners admitted to appear before the Supreme Court, the group is led by Morten Steenstrup and includes contractual experts Bjørn Stordrange and Morten Hugo Berger, property litigator Hege Birkeland Ersdal and offshore specialist Oddbjørn Slinning.
Other key lawyers:
Bjørn Stordrange; Hege Birkeland Ersdal; Morten Hugo Berger; Oddbjørn Slinning
‘Very competent, very service-minded and great negotiators, both in court and outside the court.’
‘Always well prepared, they have a strong team around them to provide input, always serious in the work they deliver. They are great negotiators in court and outside.’
‘They see the client’s needs, are knowledgeable and constructively critical of both risk and expectations.’
- Defending CNH and Iveco in a NOK410m damages claim before the Norwegian courts, which is a follow-on action based on the European Commission’s record-breaking €3bn cartel fine.
- Acting for the Treschow group in an ongoing dispute with ex-shareholders of the companies Etaia AS and Hubrick Limited.
- Acting for 14 landowners in claims for compensation and damages as a consequence of pollution, related to a waste disposal site that was closed in 1991.
The dispute resolution team at Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS handles the full range of litigation, mediation and arbitration proceedings, encompassing major contractual disputes, shipbuilding and offshore claims, technology and intellectual property mandates, real estate and construction cases, and transaction-linked litigation. Mads Fuglesang and Fredrik Lilleaas Ellingsen jointly head up the practice, and specialise in construction and corporate investigations and inquiries respectively.
Mads Fuglesang; Fredrik Lilleaas Ellingsen
Other key lawyers:
Christian Steen Eriksen; Carl Roberts
‘Very dedicated and very hard working, willingness to go all the way and work day and night to win.’
‘They have a deep understanding of the pressures and demands of international litigation and can work seamlessly with foreign lawyers to provide a valuable support service on matters of Norwegian law.’
‘Very strong ability to understand complex technical challenges and solutions. Therefore very trustworthy when it comes to facts that need to be explained.’
‘Christian Steen Eriksen. He was always available, dealt with our queries quickly and efficiently and the work was high quality. We would highly recommend Christian for dispute resolution matters in Norway.’
‘Good balance between legal and subject matter expertise.’
‘Highly skilled people in both tech and legal.’
‘Trustworthy people in all aspects.’
‘Carl Roberts – very easy to deal with, highly responsive and organised, gives valuable legal insights, can digest complex points of law and produce clear and practical legal advice.’
Erik Ohr Eiendom
Teekay Offshore Partners/Teekay Shipping Norway
- Acted for Felleskjøpet in issues relating to the reorganisation of its business, including the contract for delivery of a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.
- Defended Teekay in a claim brought by Sembcorp Marine Repair & Upgrades regarding the upgrading of a ship.
- Acted for Aibel in a complex judicial valuation case relating to a shipyard.
Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig’s ‘fantastically efficient and knowledgeable team’ is recognised for its industry expertise with notable knowledge of the shipping, technology, aviation, construction, corporate, energy and banking sectors. The group fields 15 practitioners admitted to appear before the Supreme Court, including practice head Christian Reusch, contractual and damages specialist Tage Brigt A. Skoghøy, and Ørjan Salvesen Haukaas, who handles technology, contract and media disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Tage Brigt A. Skoghøy; Ørjan Salvesen Haukaas
‘A fantastically efficient and knowledgeable team with an impressive attention to detail. The highest level of understanding of both national and European law and the ability to assist across borders. Always available (including weekends) and very good in handling clients all of levels.’
‘Simonsen Vogt Wiig possesses very high competence in law and process. Detailed about timeline, what is important and what is not. They are into details and manage to explain and advise the client on the correct solution to get the best result in the case.’
‘The lawyer who supports the case manages in each perceived case to understand my situation and explain documents and laws in an understandable way, which is comfortable when you naturally do not work with the type of words, expressions and practices in daily life.’
‘Strong team with high focus on pragmatic advice. Understands the commercial side of a dispute as well as excelling in the legal side.’
‘Quick understanding of the facts and laws applicable. Performs very well and for a price more reasonable than the largest law firms.’
‘Several talented lawyers with a great leader, Christian Reusch.’
Kruse Smith Entreprenør AS
Rolls Royce Marine
ABN Amro Bank N.V.
TV 2 AS
Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA
Coop Norge SA
American President Lines Ltd
- Acting as counsel for Fosen-Linjen AS in a claim for compensation in a landmark case on the preconditions for awarding compensation for loss of profit in respect to the client’s participation in a tender for the public procurement on a ferry line.
- Acting as counsel for Bank Norwegian in a dispute of great significance before the Court of Appeal concerning the purchase of Google ads.
- Represented the European Gaming & Betting Association and Entercash Ltd. in a dispute against the Norwegian State regarding the validity of the state’s resolution and regulation on prohibiting Norwegian banks to transfer payments to or from Entercash as part of the Norwegian gaming monopoly.
According to clients, DLA Piper has ‘the ability to see the overall picture of complex issues, while at the same time looking down to the individual sub-issue’. As the only international firm with a base in Norway, the group is a key name in the market for cross-border disputes and acts for a variety of global clients including Munich Re, Credit Suisse and Ikea. Helge Neraal heads up the practice, which includes Berit Reiss-Andersen, who is recognised for her expertise in criminal proceedings. Alexander Plows is the primary contact for insurance disputes, Johan Ratvik focuses on contentious insolvencies, and Are Hunskaar handles construction claims, while Arne Engesæth is a highly regarded mediator and arbitrator.
Other key lawyers:
Alexander Plows; Johan Ratvik; Are Hunskaar; Arne Engesæth; Lars Jøstensen; Berit Reiss-Andersen
‘High work ethic, extreme capability in sorting large amounts of information and documents. Impressive rhetoric skills.’
‘Intelligent, charming, rhetorically outstanding.’
‘Good Norwegian commercial litigation team with knowledge of English common law (useful for UK clients).’
‘Alex Plows has good knowledge of corporate liability insurance.’
‘Lars Jøstensen was impressive in court, one to watch for the future.’
‘Johan Ratvik is very competent and with a high work ethic. Very accessible and diligent.’
‘They have the ability to see the overall picture of complex issues, while at the same time looking down to the individual sub-issue. They are good at looking at the weaknesses you have in the case, so you are better prepared for what you may encounter.’
‘The ability to tell you about the case from a neutral point of view, so you get a better basis for assessing risk and can act accordingly.’
Lloyds Insurance Company S.A (Lloyds Brussels) / Lloyd’s of London
QBE European Operations
- Acted for RiskPoint on behalf of various Lloyd’s syndicates and global insurance companies.
- Acted for Investec Bank in a significant dispute in the Oslo City Court with Pareto Securities and the directors of the borrowers under the loan facility Investec granted, relating to misrepresentations and non-disclosures in connection with the financing of a transaction.
- Acted for Marti Nordnes in its claims for NOK320m from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration for the Indre Nordnes – Skardalen tunnelling project in northern Norway.
Advokatfirmaet Grette AS produces ‘high-quality work and is very efficient and thorough‘ with notable expertise spanning the construction, insurance and oil and gas industries and experience in employment disputes and procurement litigation. Group head Line Wefald focuses on the construction sector and also has experienced as a mediator. Other key names include managing partner Jacob S. Bjønness-Jacobsen and real estate and construction specialist Rolf Markussen. Øystein Myre Bremset joined the team from BAHR in late 2021.
As a boutique insurance firm, Advokatfirma Kogstad Lunde & Co is praised by clients as ‘second-to-none when it comes to insurance litigation’, acting for insurers and reinsurers including AIG Europe, Tryg Forsikring and If. The practice covers the full spectrum of insurance disputes including professional indemnity claims, personal injury mandates and white-collar crime cases. Trond Werner Lunde and Terje Marthinsen jointly lead the team; Lund is also an expert in tort law and Marthinsen handles personal injury and employers’ liability issues.
Trond Werner Lunde; Terje Marthinsen
‘Kogstad Lunde is in our view second-to-none in respect of dispute resolution, with a highly experienced team continuously litigating at the Norwegian City Courts, Appeals Courts and Supreme Court in relation to all kinds of insurance-related issues. The track record in respect of litigation speaks for itself, but few other law firms in Norway have as much experience.’
‘Trond Lunde is not only an experienced litigator, but a lawyer with thorough in-depth knowledge of the Norwegian insurance industry. Terje Martinsen might be the best personal injury lawyer in Norway and a very experienced litigator.’
Jernbanepersonalets Bank og Forsikring
Knif Trygghet Forsikring
INSR Insurance Group
The Norwegian Government / The National Complaint Board for Health Services
The Norwegian Government / Attorney General / The Norwegian Labours and Welfare Organisation
The Norwegian Auditor’s Association / Söderbergs
Norsk Hussopp Forsikring
Chubb European Group Ltd Sweden
Chubb European Group Ltd Norway
Allianz Global Corporate and Speciality SE
HCC International Insurance Company PLC
The Hungarian Ministry of Defence Electronics, Logistics and Property Management Private Company
- Advising Protector, who has both the building insurance and the liability insurance of the owner of Grenfell Tower, on all legal and strategic assessments, discussions and decisions.
- Defending Hvitserk & Eventyrreiser AS in the case with the highest claim for compensation to the bereaved family ever presented in Norway.
- Acting for Frende Insurance and If as the insurer of the car and the insurer of the building in recourse claims against a car manufacturer arising from a car fire in a car park at Stavanger Airport.