Dispute resolution in Norway


BAHR‘s dispute resolution department has solid expertise in commercial litigation, including shareholder disputes and contentious insolvency matters, and reports an increase in professional liability cases. Key sector strengths for the group include the insurance, offshore and onshore construction and oil industries. Atle Skaldebø-Rød heads up the group, and has a strong reputation in contractual disputes, directors’ liability matters and arbitration proceedings. Jan Jansen concentrates on the energy and offshore sectors and has significant expertise in tax litigation; Sam E. Harris focuses on onshore construction and post-M&A litigation, and is well known as an arbitrator; and Thomas K. Svensen specialises in energy sector litigation and arbitration. Of counsel Gunnar Sørlie is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Atle Skaldebø-Rød

Other key lawyers:

Jan Jansen; Thomas K. Svensen; Gunnar Sørlie; Sam E. Harris


‘Excellent communication and response times.’

‘Very professional, presented well. Very good handle on litigation, procedure and good instincts.’

‘Professionally skilled and prepared.’

‘Strong on legal matters, available and service-minded.’

‘Atle Skaldebø-Rød: strong legal mind, always available and service-minded. Open for, and reflective on, discussions on strategy and arguments.’

‘Sam Harris and his team were very competent and conscientious.’

Key clients

Realforum AS

Equinor Energy AS


Sognekraft AS

AINMT Holdings AB and Ice Group Scandinavia Holdings AS

Asset Buyout Partners AS/Åsane Næringspark AS

Steen & Strøm AS/Økern Sentrum ANS

Work highlights

  • Representing AINMT Holdings AB (a subsidiary of telecoms company Ice Group) in an ongoing dispute concerning multiple alleged breaches of a loan agreement.
  • Representing DNB Bank in a NOK450m damages claim concerning alleged wrongful payments from the government to one of DNB’s customers.
  • Representing Sognekraft AS in a post-M&A dispute concerning the termination of a share purchase agreement.

Advokatfirmaet Glittertind AS

Arbitration expert Anders Ryssdal heads up the dispute resolution practice at boutique firm Advokatfirmaet Glittertind AS. The ‘proactive‘ and ‘dedicated‘ team fields expertise in insurance, construction and offshore litigation, and is regularly instructed across a range of commercial disputes. Nils-Henrik Pettersson ‘combines brilliance on legal issues with a sound understanding and mastery of the underlying facts, especially within natural resources and construction‘. Emanuel Feinberg focuses on commercial litigation, and Mads Berg Neergaard is also a key contact in this space.

Practice head(s):

Anders Ryssdal

Other key lawyers:

Nils-Henrik Pettersson; Emanuel Feinberg; Mads Berg Neergaard


‘Anders Ryssdal stands out. His knowledge and long experience with complicated matters gives him a quiet confidence in court. He communicates extremely well with all partners involved in the process.’

‘Always an analytical approach combined with strong practical experience.’

‘Brilliant partners, who maintain a high degree of integrity while serving their clients with efficient and professional advice at highly competitive prices.’

‘Focused and capable team. Good communication and coordination.’


‘Nils-Henrik Petterson combines brilliance on legal issues with a sound understanding and mastering of the underlying facts, especially within natural resources and construction. This combination makes him unrivalled in court in civil proceedings.’

Key clients

Blommenholm Industrier AS

Viking Venture AS

Trygge Barnehager AS

Trannel International LTD

H. Aschehoug & Co

Föreningen Greenpeace Norden

Arctic Mineral Resources AS

Metallco AS

Miljøpartiet De Grønne

Deloitte Norge AS

Work highlights

  • Acting for Greenpeace in an ongoing claim against the Norwegian state concerning licenses for petroleum in the Barents Sea.
  • Defending Blommenholm Industrier against a minority shareholders’ claim.

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS‘ dispute resolution team ‘offers a unique combination of deep industry insight, and experienced and clever dispute-related strategic thinking‘. Commercial disputes form the core pillar of the practice, which is headed up by construction contractual litigation expert Henning Nordtvedt. Johnny Johansen is recognised for his expertise in construction and real estate arbitration and litigation. Arve Martin Hyldmo Bjørnvik ‘is superb in any dispute‘, and Mikal Brøndmo is very experienced in international energy and construction disputes, and regularly handles arbitration mandates. Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim and Rasmus Asbjørnsen are also key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Henning Nordtvedt

Other key lawyers:

Johnny Johansen; Arve Martin Hyldmo Bjørnvik; Rasmus Asbjørnsen; Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim; Mikal Brøndmo


‘Arve Martin Hyldmo Bjørnvik is able to translate mountains of structured and unstructured information into clear and decisive action.’

‘They are always good listeners. They will try to find good solutions to any problem.’

‘The level of partner involvement is outstanding. They are all very thorough and will not leave any stone unturned.’

‘Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim: very experienced, highly qualified in tax law and dispute resolution; outstanding in preparation and in court. Always brings new aspects to a case.’

‘The team at Haavind has several times shown an incredible ability to find the way to uncover golden points. Their collaboration skills have been of great importance for the result, and the whole team works impressively well both as individuals and as a group. We have received top level legal service at all times, and they work efficiently.’

‘Arve Martin Hyldmo Bjørnvik is superb in any dispute. He is recognized as a top dispute resolution lawyer and an expert on construction law. He has an outstanding way to highlight what’s most important, and is brilliant in court.’

‘Very good service. Always qualified answers and advice on time.’

‘Johnny Johansen has an extraordinary way with people.’

‘Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim offers expertise and in-depth know-how.’

Key clients

Telenor ASA

Heerema Fabrication Group BV

Norway Post

Norwegian Public Roads Authorities

Sparebank 1 Finans Nord-Norge AS

Storebrand ASA

Axactor SE

GK Norge AS

Fosen Vind DA

Nortura SA

Work highlights

  • Acting for GK Gruppen in a dispute with IT vendor IFS concerning the unsuccessful implementation of an ERP-system, and the subsequent termination of the contract.
  • Represented Sparebank 1 Finans Nord-Norge in an Appeal Court hearing regarding an $18m professional liability dispute concerning an international financing assignment.

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt has extensive experience in commercial litigation, white-collar crime proceedings, liability claims, tax litigation and large-scale international arbitrations within the offshore, energy and shipping sectors. Per Magne Ristvedt demonstrates ‘good control over the facts‘, and jointly heads up the practice with Marie Nesvik, who focuses on cross-border litigation. Sven Eriksrud handles contractual disputes and professional liability cases, Trond Sollund  focuses on the oil and gas sector, Halvor Manshaus specialises in technology and media litigation, and Sigurd Holter Torp is a key name for white-collar crime mandates. Vidar Strømme left the firm for a role in the Norwegian National Human Rights Institution in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Marie Nesvik; Per Magne Ristvedt

Other key lawyers:

Sven Eriksrud; Halvor Manshaus; Trond Sollund; Sigurd Holter Torp


‘Professionality and efficiency.’

‘Schjødt is a very professional firm with wide expertise and the ability to deliver high standard legal advice.’

‘Sven Eriksrud is a very good litigator.’

‘Business minded. Extremely skilful. Looks for best solutions and not the longest possible process.’

‘Highly skilled professionals with a broad range of expertise.’

‘Availability and speedy response. Open for input and discussion to achieve the best result.’

Key clients

Ølen Betong Gruppe AS

Transocean Offshore Ltd.


Apple Inc.

Polaris Media ASA

Songa Offshore Services AS

Subsea Smart Solutions AS and Subsea Solutions AS


Hofseth Europe GmbH and Hofseth International AS

Work highlights

  • Defended the former board of directors and owners of Reinertsen AS against a claim for damages arising from the company’s bankruptcy estate.
  • Successfully represented Apple before the Supreme Court in a principal trade mark case.

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Key sector strengths for the dispute team at Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig include the aviation, banking, media, technology, shipping, corporate and energy industries; the group is also praised by clients for its ‘great depth of knowledge of Norwegian law and precedents in contractual disputes and appeals against government department determinations‘. Christian Reusch, who heads up the practice, is a highly regarded litigator and is well known for appearing before the Supreme Court. Other key names include Ørjan Salvesen Haukaas, who focuses on commercial disputes; Tage Brigt A. Skoghøy, who fields expertise in damages and contractual litigation; and ‘very prompt and efficient‘ associate Marie Bjørk Myklebust.

Practice head(s):

Christian Reusch

Other key lawyers:

Tage Brigt A. Skoghøy; Ørjan Salvesen Haukaas; Marie Bjørk Myklebust


‘Friendly, professional and innovative in their approach. Impressive ability to grasp technical case material.’

‘Ørjan Salvesen Haukaas has impressed me a lot. Communication skills are outstanding, very structured and quick to get overview of complex material.’

‘Very succinct, ingenious and clear advice.’

‘Christian Reusch – very knowledgeable and able to provide clear and precise analysis and advice. Inspires absolute confidence in his experience and skills and that the dispute at hand will be dealt with in the best possible manner. Very promptly attends to all queries with in-depth analysis.’

‘Ørjan Salvesen Haukaas is a very strong lawyer. He gave us very specific and constructive advice throughout the case. He showed a genuine interest in and understanding of the relatively complex subject matter of the case, and had a kind personality. He also argued the case very well.’

Key clients

Andøya Vind AS

Bank Norwegian AS

Coop Norge SA


Entercash Ltd.

European Gaming & Betting Association

Gjensidige Forsikring

Kruse Smith Entreprenør AS

The Federation of Norwegian Aviation Industries (NHO Luftfart)

Norsk Butikkdrift AS

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA

Prime Capital AG

Prime Scandic SARL

Rheinmetall Norway AS and Rheinmetall AG

Rolls Royce Marine

Skarpnes AS

Trannel Inc



Ullevål Universitetssykehus HF


Work highlights

  • Acted for defence technology companies Rheinmetall Norway AS and Rheinmetall AG in a large contractual dispute with the Norwegian Ministry of Defence.
  • Acting as counsel for Prime Capital AG in a cross-border contractual dispute with a Norwegian lawyer concerning an investment in a windmill park.
  • Successfully defended Bank Norwegian in a dispute before the Court of Appeal concerning the purchase of Google ads.

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS‘ team is ‘very experienced in dispute resolution‘, with established expertise in commercial litigation, post-M&A disputes and construction claims. The practice has a particularly strong offering for banking clients, and recent instructions for the group include high-profile insolvency litigation and insurance disputes. Department head Kristine Hyldmo Bjørnvik focuses on contractual disputes concerning IT, construction, oil and energy projects. Henning Harborg is ‘an excellent advocate with good instincts‘, and Eirik W Raanes is ‘an excellent litigator‘. Andreas Meidell excels in the insurance sector, and Trond Hatland and Stig Berge are also key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Kristine Hyldmo Bjørnvik

Other key lawyers:

Henning Harborg; Eirik W Raanes; Andreas Meidell; Trond Hatland; Stig Berge


‘Good in terms of commercial litigation and insolvency knowledge. Very responsive.’

‘Clear and pragmatic advice all the time.’

‘Thommessen is very experienced in dispute resolution. They look at the case in its entirety and provide advice that is practical. They have a thorough knowledge of the market and hence make well informed suggestions.’

‘Henning Harborg: excellent advocate with good instincts.’

‘Eirik Raanes is an excellent litigator.’

Key clients


Deloitte AS


PricewaterhouseCoopers AS


ING Bank N.V

Telenor ASA

Storebrand ASA

Equinor ASA

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

The bankruptcy estate of Alpha Insurance A/S


Norxe AS

Intervet International BV

Zimmer Biomet Norway AS

Pareto Securities AS

Songa Corp.

Assuranceforeningen Gard (gjensidig)

Lyse Produksjon AS

Samsung Electronics Nordic AB

Gasum Oy


Søylen Eiendom AS

Tryg Forsikring A/S

Kongsberg Gruppen ASA

Norwegian Hull Club

Navigators Holdings (UK) Ltd

Bane Nor SF

Kesko Corporation

Orkla ASA

Norgesgruppen ASA

Eika Gruppen AS

Koppernæs AS

DAF Trucks Deutschland GmbH

Haugaland Kraft AS


Kimek AS

Cap Vest

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Danish bankruptcy estate of Alpha Insurance before the Supreme Court. The case concerned the insolvency exception in the Lugano Convention, and other jurisdictional issues pertaining to cross-border insolvencies.
  • Successfully represented Zimmer Biomet Norway in a multi-jurisdictional trade secrets dispute against Heraeus Medical.
  • Successfully represented Westcon Yards in an appeal before Gulating Court of Appeal against a former judgment relating to a long-running dispute with Prosafe Rigs.


The ‘professionally qualified and service minded’ team at Wiersholm is jointly led by highly regarded mediator Ronny Lund, corporate and financial litigation expert Olav Perland, and ‘brilliant legal mindChristian Hauge. The group’s recent caseload includes large-scale liability disputes from across a range of sectors. Magnus Hellesylt provides ‘sharp, relevant and always pragmatic‘ advice, Stephan Jervell is well regarded for his expertise in international arbitration, and firm managing partner Morten Goller focuses on litigation pertaining to tax, public procurement, construction, competition and contract law. Thomas G Naalsund is ‘a superb and robust negotiator‘. Anne Marie Sejersted joined the team from Kvale Advokatfirma DA in mid-2021.

Practice head(s):

Ronny Lund; Christian Hauge; Olav Perland

Other key lawyers:

Magnus Hellesylt; Morten Goller; Stephan Jervell; Thomas Naaslund; Anne Marie Sejersted


‘Wiersholm is one of the best firms I have ever worked with. Each and every partner is fully dedicated to the client’s interest. The advice given is always relevant, crisp and sharp. Simply fine lawyering from a great team.’

‘Magnus Hellesylt is enormously experienced. His advice is sharp, relevant and always pragmatic. The client’s interest are front and centre to what he does.’

Thomas Naalsund is a superb and robust negotiator. Truly committed, fully dedicated and smart. He is the one you want to have with you when negotiating a tough deal.’

Christian Hauge’s advice is sharp and relevant. He is fully dedicated to the client’s interest and a fantastic litigator. He is a voice of reason and in the toughest circumstances he will build the best legal arguments. Brilliant legal mind to have on board.’

‘Very hard working and very high level on what they deliver.’

‘Thomas Naalsund is a brilliant litigator.’

Key clients

Equinor ASA

Deutsche Bank AG


International Business Machines AS (IBM)

Sparebank 1

AIG Europe Limited

AF Gruppen ASA

Skanska Norge AS


Danske Bank AS

Coop Norge SA

Nord-Trøndelag Elektrisitetsverk AS (NTE)

Veidekke ASA


Yara International ASA

Bertel O. Steen AS


Kistefos AS

Multiconsult ASA

Rimfrost AS and Rimfrost Technologies AS

Leonhard Nilsen & Sønner AS

Work highlights

  • Assisting Deutsche Bank AG with liability claims arising from the enforcement of a UK ruling against Sebastian Holding Inc. in Norway.
  • Defending DNV against a liability claim worth more than NOK15bn, following the total loss of the Norwegian Navy frigate KNM Helge Ingstad in November 2018.
  • Defended the HNA Group against a liability claim brought by Spar Shipping AS.

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein‘s dispute resolution practice is praised by clients for providing ‘highly sophisticated legal advice‘ across a wide spectrum of contentious matters, with particular focus on the oil and gas, offshore, real estate, insurance and public sectors. The firm’s global head of disputes Ola Nisja leads the team and is highly regarded for his expertise in construction and contractual disputes; arbitration is another key area of instruction for Nisja. Kaare Andreas Shetelig concentrates on complex cases related to post-M&A disputes, transfer pricing litigation and public sector disputes, and Ola Haugen is well known for his established track record in arbitration. Dag Mjaaland and Aadne Haga specialise in gas sector disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ola Nisja

Other key lawyers:

Kaare Andreas Shetelig; Ola Haugen; Dag Mjaaland; Aadne Haga


‘Outstanding outfit.’

‘Kaare Shetelig and Ola Nisja are both phenomenal. Very clever, hard-working, and great personalities.’

‘Wikborg Rein’s work is of high quality. Great cost value relationship.’

‘Dag Mjaaland and his team continue to impress and deliver on time, high-quality advice, and are never more than one call away.’

‘Second-to-none energy industry knowledge and a rare gift to combine this knowledge with highly sophisticated legal advice.’

Key clients

AB Volvo



The Ministry of Defence (including The Norwegian Armed Forces)

Norgesgruppen ASA

Naftogaz of Ukraine


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Vy (formerly NSB)


Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Ukraine’s state-owned gas producer Ukrgazvydobuvannya in arbitral proceedings against Swedish-based Misen and its Ukrainian subsidiary Karpatygaz, concerning the termination of a joint venture agreement.
  • Representing South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority in a dispute concerning the purchase price for land on which to build a new hospital in Drammen.

Arntzen de Besche

The team at Arntzen de Besche reports a significant uptick in contentious insurance mandates and corporate litigation, and continues to act in high-profile oil and gas disputes, professional liability claims and contentious construction matters. Andreas Nordby is ‘a brilliant lawyer‘ and regularly represents clients in the media, TMT, food, pharmaceuticals and commodity trade sectors. Terje Granvang is active in arbitration, and is well known for his expertise in director’s and professional liability work. Reidar Smedsvig is a key name in the Stavanger office. In 2021, Eivind Landmark Tandrevold re-joined the practice from an in-house role and now leads the practice, while Vidar Riksfjord joined from Advokatfirmaet CLP DA.

Practice head(s):

Eivind Landmark Tandrevold

Other key lawyers:

Reidar Smedsvig; Terje Granvang; Vidar Riksfjord; Andreas Nordby


‘Arntzen de Besche has excellent litigators in the team.’

‘Excellent knowledge.’

‘Eivind Landmark Tandrevold clearly is an up-and-coming superstar. If dispute resolution in Norway was a classic symphony, he would be Mozart. It is always an extreme pleasure to work with him.’

‘Terje Granvang is an excellent litigator specialising in professional negligence who works both on defence and claims work.’

‘A well put together team that provided efficient and tactical advice on a complex insurance litigation matter.’

‘Eivind Landmark Tandrevold is a star partner. Provided strategic and practical advice, and I felt extremely confident in his ability to handle the matter.’

‘Eivind Landmark Tandrevold is very easy to work with, with great focus on the task at hand and he makes you feel prioritized.’

‘Eivind Landmark Tandrevold is a person of very high integrity, an exceptionally talented lawyer and a genuinely pleasant person to work with. He is a just extraordinary lawyer.’

Key clients

DNO Norge AS

Vroon Containers B.V.

Lloyds Insurance Company (Lloyds of London) / C.J. Coleman

The bankruptcy estate of Reinertsen AS

Overføringsavtalens Sikringsordning

Veidekke Entreprenør AS




Diplom-IS AS

Gjensidige Forsikring ASA

Chubb Insurance

Work highlights

  • Acting for TINE and Diplom-IS in a damages claim arising from the long-running truck cartel case.
  • Acting for the bankruptcy estate of Reinertsen AS in a case concerning restitution of allegedly illegal loans.
  • Acting for the former CEO of Bergen Group ASA in claims brought by creditors following the bankruptcy of one of the group’s companies.

CMS Kluge

CMS Kluge‘s department is led by ‘outstanding litigatorSteffen Asmundsson, who focuses on public law and contract law disputes. Construction and infrastructure litigation forms a key pillar of the practice, and the team fields expertise in contentious IP mandates, commercial and administrative claims, and financial services litigation. Christian Galtung ‘is extremely professional, and stays calm and gets thoroughly acquainted with all issues‘. Amund Noss is a key contact for tax litigation, while Asle Bjelland is highly regarded for his expertise in litigation, mediation and arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Steffen Asmundsson

Other key lawyers:

Christian Galtung; Amund Noss; Asle Bjelland


‘The CMS Kluge litigation team strikes me as being theoretically highly skilled but also communicates with the client and the courts of justice in a very ‘down to the earth’ way.’

‘Christian Galtung regularly gives sound, strategic, value-adding advice in all phases of the legal disputes, including in negotiation phases. In the actual legal proceedings he always gets the core of the matter across to the judges in a clear, simple and sympathetic way.’

‘The firm has skilled lawyers with extensive experience that are able to see both the business case and the human aspect within at the same time.’

‘Asle Bjelland and Amund Noss provide excellent advice on litigation matters. They have sound judgement of litigation risks and they are very pleasant to work with.’

Key clients

Bane Nor SF

AF Gruppen Norge ASA

Norsk Hydro ASA

Arctic Securities AS

Det Norske Veritas

Skatt Øst (IRS)

Statnett SF

Neodrill AS

Norges Gruppen ASA / ASKO Norge AS

Fortis Petroleum Norway AS

The Norwegian Consumer Council

Kruse Smith Entreprenør AS (KSE)

Hafslund E-CO Vannkraft Innlandet AS

Coop Klepp AS

Dolphin Jærhagen AS

Kongsberg Maritime AS

Investec Bank plc

Elvia AS

Brunstad Christian Church

Trackday AS

Work highlights

  • Acting for Fortis Petroleum Norway in litigation concerning the Norwegian tax regime for petroleum exploration.
  • Representing Hafslund E-CO Vannkraft Innlandet AS in a dispute arising from the termination of a contract for the design and delivery of GRP-pipes to the Brødbølfoss hydropower plant.

Advokatfirmaet Hjort

Kristin Veierød heads up the dispute resolution team at Advokatfirmaet Hjort, which is well known for its expertise in civil litigation, professional liability issues and financial crime matters. The group is representing the Norwegian Pensioners’ Association before the Borgarting Court of Appeal, Eidsivating Court of Appeal and Agder Court of Appeal in ongoing litigation brought against the state concerning the reform of pensions. Alex Borch specialises in employment litigation, and Frode Innjord is well regarded for his expertise in civil litigation; both practitioners are admitted to appear before the Supreme Court. Nils Christian Langtvedt focuses on white-collar crime cases, commercial litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Kristin Veierød

Other key lawyers:

Frode Innjord; Nils Christian Langtvedt; Alex Borch


‘Overall good at understanding the needs – and the level of communication – of the client.’

‘You can feel that they are on the same team as you, that they really want you to win the case.’

Key clients

Siemens AS

Nordox AS

GSE Design & Build

Kruse Smith Entreprenør AS

HAB Construction AS

Boreal Norge


Statnett SF


Telenor Norge AS / Telenor ASA

Agder Energi Vannkraft

Edison SpA

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

Kvale Advokatfirma DA‘s dispute resolution expertise spans telecoms disputes, patent and IP litigation, employment issues and shipping claims. Department head Per Conradi Andersen is very experienced in arbitration work, and has an established track record in advising on contentious construction, renewable energy, corporate and technology mandates. Andreas Stang Lund focuses on public law, oil and gas, financial services, real estate and consumer products litigation, and Kristian Lindhartsen is a key contact for marine insurance litigation. Senior associate Alexander Daae is also a key name to note. Anne Marie Sejersted moved to Wiersholm in mid-2021.

Practice head(s):

Per Conradi Andersen

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Stang Lund; Kristian Lindhartsen; Alexander Daae


‘Andreas Stang Lund is very good at explaining complex legal problems in a simple manner, making it easy for us to make the right decisions. Furthermore, he has deep knowledge about both our sector and company, giving us confidence that his aid is both efficient and of the highest quality.’

‘The team provides a very friendly, personal service; they are professional and at the top of their game.’

‘Kristian Lindhartsen is always available and an exceptional strategic thinker.’

‘Per Conradi Andersen is experienced. In court, he ruled the ground.’

‘Per Conradi Andersen and Andreas Stang Lund stand out.’

Professional in all respects, credible, well prepared.’

Key clients


Danske Bank


EIka Gruppen


Holship Norge

MAN Truck & Bus

Norsk Hydro


Rockville Technologies


Telia Norway

West Oil Tools


Mylan Healthcare





The Norwegian Authors’ Union

Work highlights

  • Defended the former CEO of Lime Petroleum against a $45m damages claim.
  • Represented Mylan and Synthon in a patent dispute.


The dispute resolution team at SANDS has a wide range of expertise, with particular strengths in the insurance, real estate, aquaculture, media, construction, natural resources and finance sectors. Senior partner Morten Steenstrup, who is well known for his ‘comprehensive experience‘ in appearing before the Supreme Court, leads the practice. Other key names include the firm’s managing partner Oddbjørn Slinning, who focuses on maritime litigation; Bjørn Stordrange, who advises on white-collar crime cases, an area in which Hege Birkeland Ersdal also has expertise; construction and contractual expert Morten Hugo Berger; and senior associate Anders Lund, who is ‘a very talented lawyer and legal adviser‘.

Practice head(s):

Morten Steenstrup

Other key lawyers:

Bjørn Stordrange; Hege Birkeland Ersdal; Morten Hugo Berger; Oddbjørn Slinning; Anders Lund


‘The Sands team is constituted of very knowledgeable, professional and pleasant lawyers and legal advisers. Our experience with the Sands team is that they are very good in the court room and find the best way in dispute resolutions for us.’

‘Morten Steenstrup has a very high capacity and work ethic, which helps us handle disputes in the most efficient way every time. Mr. Steenstrup is always energetic and pleasant, and he works well under pressure.’

‘Anders Lund is a very talented lawyer and legal adviser. Very well prepared every time. Very skilled in the court room and he works extremely well with us and Mr. Steenstrup.’

‘Bjørn Stordrange is a particularly skilled lawyer with strong legal knowledge, experience and business understanding. He is also good at negotiations. At the same time, he is down to earth and understands people.’

‘The SANDS team is very strong in all respects. Key capabilities are academic record, industry insights and political knowledge/insight.’

‘Hege Ersdal and Bjørn Stordrange are both very experienced in conflict solving and legal dispute handling.’

Key clients

A-K Maskiner

AF Gruppen

AKVA Group


American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection & Indemnity Association

CNH Industrial


Hybrid Minds

Høegh Eiendom


Johnson Controls

LB Samarbeidet AS

National Association of Private Kindergartens

Norsk Stein AS

OOIOT AS/Cypod Solutions AS/George Ezzat

Protector Insurance

Retriever Norge




Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS‘ ‘very focused and easy to communicate with‘ team reports an increase in both contractual disputes and technology litigation, and continues to advise on, among other areas, real estate and construction mandates, shipbuilding disputes, arbitration work and mediation proceedings. Mads Fuglesang focuses on offshore and construction dispute resolution; he jointly heads up the practice with Fredrik Lilleaas Ellingsen, who is very experienced in handling corporate investigations and inquiries. Christian Steen Eriksen specialises in advising Norwegian and international corporate and financial institutions on major oil and gas disputes, and Carl Roberts is ‘technically superb, all over the detail, very easy to deal with and always has one eye on the big picture‘.

Practice head(s):

Mads Fuglesang; Fredrik Lilleaas Ellingsen

Other key lawyers:

Christian Steen Eriksen; Carl Roberts


‘Great team, very good communication and strong analytical skills.’

‘My experience with Selmer is that they are very proactive, available, service minded and are easy to interact with. They work effectively and are solution oriented.’

‘The attorneys I have engaged from Selmer are all very friendly and are easy to communicate with. In addition to communicating well they also listen the client’s ideas and suggestions. They provide pragmatic advice and have good understanding of the client’s business. They have very good knowledge within their field of law. They are able to support in a wide range of law fields.’

‘Carl Roberts – technically superb and all over the detail, very easy to deal with and always has one eye on the big picture.’

Key clients

Felleskjøpet Agri

Erik Ohr Eiendom


Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean


Vitaly Orlov


Scandic Hotels

Advokatfirmaet CLP DA

Litigator Kyrre Eggen jointly heads up the practice at Advokatfirmaet CLP DA with the ‘solution-orientedEgil Jarslett, who is admitted to appear before the Supreme Court and is well known for his expertise in IP, construction, real estate and tort law. Recent work for the team includes Eggen leading the advice to Copyright Management Services in a principle case against Telenor and other internet service providers concerning access to IP addresses relating to illegal distribution of films and television shows. Vidar Riksfjord moved to Arntzen de Besche in October 2021.

Practice head(s):

Kyrre Eggen; Egil Jarslett


‘We always get help directly from Partners. Effective and realistic advice, relentless precision and value for money. In-depth knowledge in several disciplines we operate in.’

‘Egil Jarslett is a very capable and experienced lawyer. He works well with the client, is accessible and solution-oriented.’

‘The team is truly dedicated and takes a firm command of the process of litigation.’

‘Ability to deliver a sharp, coherent and rational story in court.’

Key clients


Skeie Technology

SpareBank 1 Gruppen

Fortum Oyj

Recover Nordic Group


Viking Venture

Standout Capital

Alliance Venture

Agder Energi



Verdane Capital

Stykket Invest

Credo Partners




Summa Equity


Hofseth International AS

Flying Elephant

Tribe / First Hotels



Work highlights

  • Acting for Skeie Technology AS in a recourse claim dispute, arising from litigation against the Norwegian Government regarding a claim under a parent guarantee.

Advokatfirma DLA Piper Norway DA

Advokatfirma DLA Piper Norway DA‘s ‘solid‘ team has ‘very good legal knowledge‘ and ‘a very innovative approach to litigation cases‘. Cross-border disputes form a core pillar of the practice, and the department has been particularly busy handling large-scale disputes for clients in the construction and insurance sectors. Practice head Helge Neraal is ‘highly knowledgeable‘ on construction litigation, an area in which Are Hunskaar also has expertise. Lars Albert Jøstensen handles insurance and reinsurance disputes, and Alexander Plows assists financial institutions, insurers and reinsurers with multi-jurisdictional contentious mandates. Hans Christian Brodtkorb ‘is an exceptional lawyer and an outstanding litigator‘. Berit Reiss-Andersen left the firm in August 2021.

Practice head(s):

Helge Neraal

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Plows; Are Hunskaar; Lars Albert Jøstensen; Hans Christian Brodtkorb


‘Hans Christian Brodtkorb is highly skilled and commercial. Fantastic negotiator.’

‘Excellent team work, very good legal knowledge, outstanding litigation strategy.’

‘Hans Christian Brodtkorb is an exceptional lawyer and an outstanding litigator, always available to the client and ready to advise on innovative and different approaches to litigation cases.’

‘They have excellent capacity to handle large and complex cases in court.’

DLA’s team is very responsive and quick with its turnaround time.’

‘Helge Neraal is an excellent adviser and attorney.’

Key clients

Allianz Re

Investec Bank

Credit Suisse

Marti Group


Beazley Group

Navigators/the Hartford


Lloyd’s of London


Zurich Insurance

Liberty Specialty Markets

Aspen Insurance

Sichuan Road Bridge Group

Munich Re

Credit Agricole







Møller Mobility Group




Alfa Blue Ocean

Work highlights

  • Advising Marti Solbakk on its claims for NOK257m from the Norwegian Public Roads Administration for a construction project near Stavanger.
  • Successfully defended a shipping businessman against a $2.1m personal liability claim brought by Vroon Containers as part of a director’s liability dispute.

Advokatfirmaet Grette AS

The ‘responsive‘ team at Advokatfirmaet Grette AS is perhaps best known for its ‘great expertise in dispute resolution within the construction area’. The group has been kept busy advising contractor-side clients on a range of contentious mandates, and reports an increase in arbitration work. Department head Line Wefald ‘manages to present very complicated cases in a simple and understandable way‘, and focuses on handling construction litigation. Other key practitioners include managing partner Jacob S. Bjønness-Jacobsen and Anders Myhre, who has expertise in construction and contract law. Øystein Myre Bremset is also recommended for construction disputes and joined from BAHR in late 2021.

Practice head(s):

Line Wefald

Other key lawyers:

Jacob S. Bjønness-Jacobsen; Anders Myrhe; Øystein Myre Bremset


‘What makes Grette unique is their ability to understand the client’s needs. They are very thorough.’

‘Line Wefald manages to present very complicated cases in a simple and understandable way. She has great work capacity, and she is very thorough.’

‘Professional and clear advice.’

‘Grette has very good knowledge of dispute resolution in the construction area.’

‘Anders Myhre demonstrates good construction expertise, steady counselling and good communication capabilities towards the client and the legal system.’

‘Grette delivered the best process we have experienced in this legal area.’

‘Jacob S. Bjønness-Jacobsen led the team very well and had good instincts about the outcome of the case.’

Key clients

Småkraft Utbygging AS


Olav Thon Eiendomsselskap ASA

Bravida Norge AS

If Skadeforsikring NUF

Oceanteam ASA

Selvaag Bolig ASA

Work highlights

  • Representing HENT AS in ongoing proceedings arising from a dispute over the termination of a construction contract.
  • Successfully defended Selvaag Bolig before the Supreme Court in a dispute over the understanding of the Planning and Building Act’s provisions on order requirements.
  • Successfully represented RABG AS in a professional liability case before the Supreme Court.

Advokatfirma Kogstad Lunde & Co

Boutique firm Advokatfirma Kogstad Lunde & Co ‘has a great deal of experience and know-how in handling litigation and insurance matters‘. Insurance disputes are the sole focus of the practice, which is jointly led by tort law expert Trond Werner Lunde and Terje Marthinsen, who has expertise in marine insurance, energy insurance, and professional liability matters. Associate Tor Morten Austerheim acts on personal injury mandates and product liability matters.

Practice head(s):

Trond Werner Lunde; Terje Marthinsen

Other key lawyers:

Tor Morten Austerheim


‘Trond Werner is approachable, speaks several languages, is responsive to the issues and nuances of each matter, is very knowledgeable about the law and the practice of law, not only in Norway, but also throughout Scandinavia, which makes him very well connected, everyone knows him. He is certainly a guarantee for me that all the matters I entrust to him will be perfectly handled.’

A good depth of experience.’

‘I would like to commend Trond Werner Lunde for his thoroughness, strategy and dignified conduct in litigation and its preparations. We also want to emphasize the accuracy and efficiency of Tor Morten Austerheim in claims handling and litigation. KLCO is a strong team we are proud to work with.’

‘Kogstad Lunde’s unique knowledge in general insurance law, tort law in general (and particularly within personal injuries), insurance fraud and litigation makes the firm able to provide cost effective advice and assistance. Always available, thorough and a pleasure to work with them.’

‘Terje Marthinsen has excellent knowledge within insurance law, tort law and litigation. Able to identify the legal issues and resolve them. Always available and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Well regarded in the insurance and related market in the UK and Scandinavia. They are our go to law firm in Oslo for insurance and dispute resolution.’

‘KLCO has an unique way of customizing legal advice to each client at a speedy rate. Expedient quality advice throughout. Always have their clients’ best interest in mind and provide creative and good solutions to usually what is unchartered legal territory.’

‘Terje Marthinsen is always available, with a stand out work ethic and commitment beyond comparison.’

Key clients

Hedvig Forsikring

Tryg Forsikring

Protector Forsikring

Gjensidige Forsikring


AIG Europe

Fremtind Forsikring


The Norwegian Auditors’ Association

The Norwegian Government/Attorney General/The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Organisation


Frende Skadeforsikring

Frende Liv

Jernbanepersonalets Bank og Forsikring

Knif Trygghet Forsikring

The Norwegian Government / The National Complaint Board for Health Services



Landkreditt Forsikring

Skogbrand Forsikring

Zurich Insurance

Norsk Hussopp Forsikring

Bane Nor

HCC International Insurance Company PLC

Faver AS

Ly Forsikring

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing assistance to Protector (which possesses both the building and liability insurance of the owner of Grenfell Tower) concerning all legal and strategic decisions, assessments and discussions.
  • Successfully defended Hvitserk & Eventyrreiser AS in a case involving the highest claim for compensation to a bereaved family presented in Norway.
  • Representing Frende Insurance and If (as the insurer of the car and the insurer of the building) in a recourse claim worth NOK2bn against a car manufacturer, following a car fire in a car park at Stavanger Airport.