Dispute resolution in Norway


The ‘high-quality’ disputes team at BAHR has extensive expertise across all areas of commercial litigation, regularly handling high-value M&A disputes, contentious insolvency matters, and shareholder disputes for an impressive roster of clients. Combining ‘expert‘ litigators with subject-matter specialists across Norway’s biggest industries, the team attracts praise for its interdisciplinary work, a core pillar of the practice. The group has also seen a recent increase in cases concerning professional liability. Atle Skaldebø-Rød heads up the team and has a broad contentious practice, while Jan Jansen is renowned for his tax litigation expertise. Another key name here is Simen Skjold Søgaard, who is also recommended for competition law matters. Thomas K. Svensen handles energy sector litigation and arbitration, while Sam E. Harris takes point on construction and real estate-related disputes. Sofie Komissar left the firm in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Atle Skaldebø-Rød

Other key lawyers:

Thomas K. Svensen; Jan Jansen; Simen Skjold Søgaard; Sam E. Harris


‘The team is highly professional and have an excellent commercial understanding of our industry. BAHR has put together a high-quality team that is always reachable.’

‘The individuals we work with are highly professional and all excellent individuals. They are service-minded and hands-on when working a case.’

‘Simen Skjold Søgaard stands out as an individual who has an in-depth understanding of the tax law, processes and procedures in Norway. He is highly attentive, responsive and experienced and provides an exceptional level of service to clients.’

They were well prepared, and they managed to make me feel safe. My assessment is that we have done what was possible in this case.’

‘The BAHR practice is exceptional in the way they organise the work. Experts of dispute resolution are combined with experts in the industry.’

‘Very reliable, competent, and intelligent, and responds quickly when I need to have a discussion.’

‘Interdisciplinary team when needed. Good knowledge about our industry.’

‘Thomas Svendsen. Good knowledge, available when needed, strategic, updated.’

Key clients


Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA

AINMT Holdings AB and Ice Group Scandinavia Holdings AS

Höegh Eiendom AS

Asset Buyout Partners AS

Coast Seafood AS

Sognekraft AS

Future Production Holding AS

OMV (Norge) AS

Hurtigruten Coastal AS


Norsk Tipping AS

Zachariasbryggen AS

Assa Abloy Opening Solutions Norway AS

Work highlights

  • Representing Coast Seafood AS in a number of cases against Blom Gruppen AS, Blom Fiskeoppdrett AS and Firda Seafood Group AS valued at NOK1.75bn.
  • Acted as legal counsel to OMV (Norge) AS, part of Vienna Stock Exchange-listed Austrian oil and gas specialist OMV, in relation to a deferred compensation dispute arising out of a tie-in agreement on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.
  • Acting for Norsk Tipping AS in relation to a claim brought by Maltese-based gaming company EveryMatrix Ltd. following a tender and negotiations for a complex contract for Norsk Tipping’s ID and payment platform.

Advokatfirmaet Glittertind AS

Under the leadership of seasoned litigator Anders Ryssdal, boutique firm Advokatfirmaet Glittertind AS fields a team of ‘exceptional’ individuals who excel across general dispute resolution as well as specialised litigation within the construction and insurance sectors. Nils-Henrik Pettersson has particular experience with cases concerning professional liability claims and corporate disputes, as well as contentious work in the oil and gas sector. The team also includes the ‘very competent’ Emanuel Feinberg, who handles commercial disputes and works alongside associates Lars Christian Johannesen and Åsta Eikeland Foldvik. New arrival Ståle Hovda joined the team from Advokatfirmaet Riisa in September 2023, strengthening the firm’s insurance litigation offering.

Practice head(s):

Anders Ryssdal

Other key lawyers:

Nils-Henrik Pettersson; Emanuel Feinberg; Ståle Hovda; Lars Christian Johannesen; Åsta Eikeland Foldvik


‘Exceptional people who have been in business for a long time.’

‘Emanuel Feinberg and Åsta Eikeland are very approachable and very competent.’

‘Professional – available – skilled.’

‘Anders Ryssdal and his team, particularly Lars Christian Johannesen, are outstanding lawyers with in-depth knowledge and understanding of topics far outside their legal fields.’

‘A team that collaborates well and that, from the client’s side, are easy to work with.’

‘Ståle Hovda – Very good in liability insurance and construction law. Great capacity to understand complicated facts. Good ability to present complicated issues to the courts in an educational manner.’

Key clients

Trygge Barnehager AS

Metallco AS

Deloitte Norge AS


Eiendomsmegler 1 Sørøst-Norge AS

Jehova’s Witnesses


Dyrebeskyttelsen Norge

Caera AS

Felleskjøpet Agri

Work highlights

  • Representing the B-shareholders (Saraswati et.al) in a large legal shareholder dispute regarding the Wilhelmsen family’s vast financial portfolio.
  • Acting for Dyrebeskyttelsen Norge in a case moving to establish a ban for the breeds Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and English Bulldog in Norway.
  • Acting for Jehova’s Witnesses in a high-profile case regarding their rights to state grant with implications for the right to practice different religious views in Norway on equal terms.

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS is home to a dispute resolution team that attracts praise for its ‘vast industry know-how and experience‘ across the infrastructure and energy sectors. Henning Nordtvedt leads the group, which also includes seasoned litigator Johnny Johansen, who is an expert in construction-related disputes, and Mikal Brøndmo, who focuses on international disputes and arbitrations. Also in the core team is Rasmus Asbjørnsen, whose broad litigation practice spans M&A, real estate, and tax cases. Kari Sigurdsen acts for corporations and governmental entities on tax, employment, and contract matters, while Anne Hesjedal Sending focuses on public procurement and commercial contract cases. The group strengthened its construction disputes offering with the 2023 arrival of Sofie Komissar, formerly at BAHR.

Practice head(s):

Henning Nordtvedt

Other key lawyers:

Johnny Johansen; Mikal Brøndmo; Kari Sigurdsen; Anne Hesjedal Sending; Sofie Komissar; Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim; Rasmus Asbjørnsen


‘Haavind has proved to be competent, diligent and very service-minded. Notably, the team is always quick to respond to the client’s requests.’

‘They are very committed, and serve a high quality in everything they do. They respond fast and do their best to serve their clients.’

‘In construction, the very first choice of firm due to knowledge of the industry, capacity (several well-experienced and respected individuals) and experience. Work extremely well as a team.’

‘The team combines specialised legal know-how with vast industry know-how and experience. This leads to very user-friendly advice and pragmatic solutions.’

‘Havvind has put together excellent teams for our cases. They use a mix of very experienced partners and younger lawyers that complement each other very well, and they are good at using each others strengths in representing the client.’

‘Haavind has an excellent and broad team within contract law and public procurement. They respond quickly, and manage to familiarise themselves with complex issues and give advice that can be operationalised.’

Key clients

Telenor ASA

Norway Post (Posten Norge)

Celca Armeringsstål AS

Storebrand ASA

Axactor SE

GK Gruppen and GK Norge

Viaplay Group Sweden


Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Celsa in a shareholder dispute.
  • Representing major Swedish renewable player Eolus and Øyfjellet Wind AS in several disputes regarding Norway’s largest stand-alone wind power plant.
  • Successfully represented the seller in a post-M&A dispute.

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS

Recent work highlights for the ‘first-rate’ team at Advokatfirmaet Schjødt include successfully representing Rottefella in a high-profile patent infringement suit. Per Magne Ristvedt and the ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Halvard Helle jointly lead the team, which also includes ‘exceptional advocate’ and TMT expert Halvor Manshaus and the ‘very accomplished’ Sigurd Holter Torp, a key name for contract and IP disputes. Securities disputes, professional liability cases, and corporate litigation also feature prominently in the team’s workload. The team is ably assisted by a strong group of associates, including arbitrator Michael Decker and employment disputes specialist Elisabeth Dolva Sandøy.

Practice head(s):

Per Magne Ristvedt; Halvard Helle

Other key lawyers:

Sigurd Holter Torp; Halvor Manshaus; Elisabeth Dolva Sandøy; Michael Decker


‘Schjødt provided admirable service in a difficult litigation matter and then pivoted to manage the settlement process and documentation. All-in-all, first rate and very pleased with their performance. From my experience, best in Norway.’

‘Sigurd Holter Torp is a very accomplished litigator.’

‘Per Ristvedt helped lead the team, and was a pleasure to work with. He was responsive, creative and, as a litigator, appropriately aggressive. Strongly recommended.’

‘Halvor Manshaus, Elisabeth Dolva Sandøy, and Per Ristvedt are the rock stars of efficient dispute resolution and amicable solutions that are good for business. Dedicated and humble, efficient and socially skilled.’

‘The case where Schjødt is involved is quite technically complex but Michael Decker has been able to grasp the full picture and as such gained an excellent overview of the full case. His ability to get into details while still maintaining the overview is outstanding.’

‘Schjødt are able to take on challenging, complex cases where others may not and are able to provide strategic and innovative solutions to deliver optimal outcomes for their clients. They are tenacious in advocating a client’s case and are yet able to know when a more measured approach is required.’

‘Halvor Manshaus is an exceptional lawyer who is extremely bright and particularly astute in providing innovative and strategic advice to clients in complex and challenging cases. An exceptional advocate who is level-headed under pressure and a great team leader.’

‘Halvard Helle is an extremely knowledgeable and excellent lawyer who is exceptionally good with clients and very pragmatic. He is very calm under pressure and an absolute pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Golden Tree Asset Management

Bodø Municipality

AF Gruppen Norge AS

Transocean Offshore Ltd.

SJI Equities Limited

Kenfish II AS


Rottefella AS & Madshus AS

Dagens Næringsliv AS

Work highlights

  • Represented Tom Wilhelmsen’s Foundation in a dispute concerning the ownership of the controlling voting share in Tikal AS, one of the largest holding companies in the Wilhelmsen group.
  • Successfully represented Rottefella and the ski producer Madshus in a patent infringement case against Amer.
  • Successfully represented Transocean Offshore Ltd in a complex legal case concerning employee bonus rights for approx. 200 employees who attempted to bring a class action.

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

The dedicated litigation department at Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig handles disputes across several industries, including the shipping and maritime, technology, energy, and finance sectors. Christian Reusch, praised for his ‘magnificent capability to identify relevant legal issues’,  leads the team and has a solid track record litigating on behalf of the Norwegian government before the Supreme Court. Anette Fjeld takes point on insurance, tax, and VAT litigation, including professional liability and recourse claims, while Kristoffer Larsen Rognvik is the key contact for multi-jurisdictional disputes. The ‘extremely thorough’ Knud Jacob Knudsen joined the team in October 2022, strengthening the international arbitration and contentious construction offering, while Jenny Sandvig joined the team in May 2023, adding expertise in ESG, human rights and environmental litigation.

Practice head(s):

Christian Reusch

Other key lawyers:

Anette Fjeld; Jenny Sandvig; Knud Jacob Knudsen; Kristoffer Larsen Rognvik


‘Anette Fjeld is very skilled and quickly familiarises herself with complex issues and professional questions in the disputed subjects.’

‘Anette Fjeld – Commitment, availability and a sober orientation to reality. Very large capacity both in the subject and in completed work. She always delivers above expectations.’

‘They are very capable and knowledgeable. You know your case is in very good hands and they are very responsive to answer any questions at any time.’

‘They had conviction and motivation in arguing the case in the best possible way, which was very encouraging for us.’

‘Anette Fjeld – Very good competence, and ability to understand our business and create an efficient strategy to win the case.’

‘Christian Reusch – magnificent capability to identify relevant legal issues and sort out unnecessary issues presented by counterpart. Capable to listen and take into account client’s commercial interest. Knud Knudsen – extremely thorough in his work. Good legal insight and perspective. Eye for details.’

‘Christian Reusch provides outstanding clear advice, structure and presentation in front of the court.’

‘Very good in analysis of case law and probabilities, procedural advice and case presentation.’

Key clients

Andøya Vind AS

Bank Norwegian AS

Coop Norge SA


Entercash Ltd.

European Gaming & Betting Association

Gjensidige Forsikring

Frøiland Bygg 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


Fauske municipaltity and Sørfold municipality

Norsk Kennel Klub

Telenor Norge AS

Ministry of Finance / The Norwegian Tax Administration

Work highlights

  • Acting as counsel for Alarmkundeforening in a group action against Sector Alarm and Verizure.
  • Acting as counsel for Prime Capital AG, a German investment fund, in relation to a large investment in a windmill park at Kvaløya (outside Tromsø, northern Norway) in a dispute with a Norwegian lawyer.
  • Representing Andøya Vind AS and Prime Scandic SARL in a claim for damages against the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Kristine Hyldmo Bjørnvik heads up the ‘excellent‘ disputes practice at Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS, which fields a large and experienced team with a strong track record in advising blue-chip clients across the full spectrum of commercial disputes, including post-M&A, banking and finance, insurance, and maritime disputes. White-collar crime mandates are the area of focus for the ‘highly competent’ Henning Harborg, while ‘fantastic’ litigator Eirik W Raanes handles competition law matters as well as general commercial disputes. Other key names in the team include corporate law expert Stig Berge and leading insurance litigator Andreas Meidell, who handles both land-based and maritime insurance cases. The team also includes new partner Nanette Arvesen, who focuses on professional liability cases and post-M&A disputes.

Practice head(s):

Kristine Hyldmo Bjørnvik

Other key lawyers:

Henning Harborg; Eirik W Raanes; Nanette Arvesen; Stig Berge; Andreas Meidell


‘For me as a client the personal engagement, availability and predictability in responding when needed is of major essence. Especially the collaboration and communication with me as a client to find the best way forward is greatly appreciated.’

‘My main connection and reason for using Thommessen AS, is partner Kristine Hyldmo Bjørnvik. She is just amazing at setting the right direction and bringing in others as needed. I also want to focus on Nanette Arvesen. Excellent and a strong contributor to my satisfaction with Thommessen.’

‘Eirik Raanes is a fantastic litigator. He explains the case in a simple way, yet with great focus on the important details.’

‘I find Henning Harborg to be highly competent.’

‘Excellent litigation team which benefits from expertise both in litigation and legal knowledge within the areas of business law. High capacity to process large and complex cases.’

‘Stig Berge is an excellent litigator, extremely knowledgeable in all areas of business law and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Nanette Arvesen is an excellent litigator with an impressive track-record of high-profile cases over the last few years. She is also a pleasure to work with.’

‘The firm has a professionally very strong department within dispute resolution. Furthermore, the department has some of the country’s most skilled procedural lawyers. They work thoroughly and efficiently, and are always available to the clients. We have a very positive experience with the firm.’

Key clients



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

Firda Seafood Group AS

MDE Group AS/MDE Personell AS

TGS Nopec Geophysical Company ASA

Brit Insurance


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

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 N.V.

Haugaland Kraft AS


Kimek AS

Cap Vest

MSG Aviation AS

Markel International Ltd

Stadyard AS


Vestland fylkeskommune (Vestland County Council)

Promenaden Management AS


Eksportfinansiering Norge (Export Finance Norway)

QBE Insurance


The Norwegian Coastal Administration (Kystverket)

Borgestad ASA / Borgestad Properties AS

Måsøval AS

Måsøval Eiendom AS

Finsbråten Eiendom AS


Kistefos AS

Sparebank 1 Utvikling AS

Brødrene Jensen AS

Eagle Group AS

Frogn municipality

Austevoll Melaks AS

Langøylaks AS

Troland Lakseoppdrett AS

EXP Group AS

Instabank ASA

Nordic Corporate Bank ASA

Therium Capital Management AS

Samhällsbyggnadsbolaget i Norden AB

Storebrand Bank ASA

Sirkel Materialgjenvinning AS

Småkraft AS

Fiskebas Holding AS

Work highlights

  • Acting for several insurers in a claim brought by various funds against two directors of Norge Skog ASA.
  • Represented DAF Trucks Deutchland GmBH and DAF Trucks N.V. – the opposing party, Posten Norge AS, put forward claims of approximately NOK1bn based on an alleged breach of competition regulations.
  • Acted as Sparebank 1 Utvikling AS’ counsel in a dispute against TietoEvery AS concerning pricing and duration of the existing contracts.


Counting leading domestic and international banks, energy companies, and telecoms and media players among its impressive roster of clients, Wiersholm’s dispute resolution offering runs the gamut of contentious mandates. Thomas Naalsund and Christian Hauge now jointly lead the team; Naalsund has a broad practice that covers post-transaction disputes as well as competition and public procurement-related matters, while Hauge has an emphasis on shipping and insurance litigation. Contentious tax matters are handled by Bettina Banoun, while Olav Perland handles financial and corporate litigation; the ‘outstanding’ Magnus Nordøy Snellingen is another core individual here. The team also includes Morten Goller, who is experienced in international arbitrations, and Magnus Hellesylt, who is a key contact for complex IT contract disputes.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Naalsund; Christian Hauge

Other key lawyers:

Magnus Hellesylt; Bettina Banoun; Olav Perland; Magnus Nordøy Snellingen; Stephan Jervell; Morten Goller


‘Very well prepared, and good understanding of the case and also the non-legal aspects of it.’

‘Very strong appearance in court, very well prepared. Very good at assuring that the judge has got the point.’

‘Wiersholm has a competent and skilled team that is able to provide swift assistance adapted to our needs.’

‘I recommend Olav Perland and Bettina Banoun.’

‘Great team players, respecting and working with client representatives efficiently and diligently.’

‘My experience is that the team at Wiersholm works as a true team – without prestige or politics. They care about the client’s cause as if it were their own.’

‘Magnus Nordøy Snellingen is an outstanding individual who combines legal expertise with a deep regard for his clients, always going the extra mile to make sure he delivers the best he can for his clients.’

‘Excellent team both professionally and socially. Strong strategic and good negotiators. Good reputation.’

Key clients



Schibsted ASA

Deutsche Bank AG

Ramme Eiendom Petter Olsen

Discovery Communications Europe Ltd., Eurosport S.A.S, Discovery Communications Deutschland GmbH & Co KG

Telenor, Telia, Altibox, NextGenTel

Parlevliet en Van der Plas B.V. et al.

International Business Machines AS (IBM)


Danske Bank AS

Equinor Energy AS

Eie 1 AS

Veidekke Entreprenør AS

A/S Taurus

Sparebank 1 Østlandet

Sector Alarm AS

Silva Green Fuel DA (Silva)

Norges Bank Investment Management

Coop Norge SA

Work highlights

  • Represented IBM in a large IT contract dispute against the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA).
  • Assisting DNB Bank ASA in a dispute with the tax authorities regarding the allocation of interest costs for tax purposes to the company’s permanent establishment in the US.
  • Represented Sector Alarm AS in a substantial class action case in which Sector Alarm was fined by the Norwegian Competition Authorities in 2019 due to alleged cooperation with its competitor Verisure.

Wikborg Rein

With demonstrable strength in complex cross-border mandates, Wikborg Rein leverages its global network of offices to provide a market-leading international disputes and arbitration offering; a recent highlight involved representing Naftogaz of Ukraine against Gazprom in a high-value commercial IOC arbitration. Ola Nisja and Marie Nesvik jointly head up the team and are both seasoned arbitrators with a focus on cross-border mandates. The ‘extremely smart and quickAadne Haga takes point on disputes in the gas industry, while Kaare Andreas Shetelig has a broad practice covering post-M&A, public sector and transfer pricing disputes. ‘Strong negotiatorJørgen Vangsnes is recommended for cases in the technology sector, while Ola Haugen has a particular emphasis on contractual, construction and project-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ola Nisja; Marie Nesvik

Other key lawyers:

Kaare Andreas Shetelig; Jørgen Vangsnes; Aadne Haga; Ola Haugen


‘Balanced mindset with hands on advice. Solution driven with realistic expectations of outcome. Deliver quality on time.’

‘Wikborg Rein is our first choice in the Norwegian market, with a top-notch arbitration practice.’

‘Aadne Haga is our go-to litigator in the region. He is extremely smart and quick, always has detailed knowledge of the file and great strategic capabilities.’

‘Aadne Haga is our partner. He is a man of sophisticated mind who manages to wrap up unpleasant issues in a way to mitigate them. He is proficient in pedagogical legal drafting which leaves no space for the opponents in arbitration.’

‘Kaare Andreas Shetelig possesses a deep plowing eye for details, as well as the skills for sorting them out, and focus on the vital ones.’

‘Very efficient and client-service oriented team. Advice is very much on point.’

‘Jørgen Vangsnes is a strong negotiator and understands the client’s needs very well.’

‘Unrivalled client attention and consistent and timely delivery of high-quality advice combined with an ability to perform in a political environment.’

Key clients

Naftogaz of Ukraine


The Norwegian Bar Association

Solvil Eiendom AS

Marsh AS

Zürich Insurance Group PLC Norway Branch

Work highlights

  • Acting as lead counsel for Naftogaz in an ICC arbitration against Gazprom concerning payment for rendered services of organising natural gas transportation through the territory of Ukraine.
  • Acting as counsel for telecoms provider Telenor ASA in a major tax case against the Norwegian government with an amount in dispute of NOK9.2bn.
  • Acting as counsel for Marsh in a complex dispute against Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) related to insurance brokerage services.

Arntzen de Besche

The ‘young, hungry and razor-sharp’ team at Arntzen de Besche excels in its work for insurance sector clients, handling coverage disputes, professional negligence litigation, and D&O liability claims. Eivind Landmark Tandrevold leads the team, which also includes ‘excellent litigation strategistJan Olav Aabø and the ‘pragmatic and strategic’ Andreas Nordby. Vidar Riksfjord takes point on disputes in the banking and finance and capital markets sectors, among others, while Alexander Plows joined the firm from DLA Piper  in January 2023, further strengthening its contentious insurance offering. The group is also supported by a strong team of associates, including Tobias Behncke, Sarah Haugvad Andresen and Martin Hoff.

Practice head(s):

Eivind Landmark Tandrevold

Other key lawyers:

Vidar Riksfjord; Tobias Behncke; Alexander Plows; Andreas Nordby; Sarah Haugvad Andresen; Martin Hoff; Jan Olav Aabø


‘Young, hungry and razor-sharp. More effective and entrepreneurial than others. They approach litigation with an investor’s mindset and provide very commercial advice.’

‘Andreas Nordby is a very pragmatic and strategic litigator.’

‘Alex Plows and his team provide a fantastic service. They are responsive and their advice is clear and concise. They are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Jan Olav Aabø has become our trusted adviser on all high-stakes contentious matters. Excellent litigation strategist with a keen sense for risk/reward. Associate Martin Hoff punches well above his rank. I am very impressed by his attention to detail and oral advocacy skills.’

‘Sarah Haugvad Andresen is very impressive in her work with eye to all the details.’

‘I have worked specifically with partner Vidar Riksfjord and associate Martin Hoff in disputes in the real estate sector. It has been a pleasure working with both individuals as they are highly professional, communicate well and provide exceptional advice.’

‘Eivind Landmark Tandrevold is one of the most talented lawyers around. If you need a litigator in a complex dispute, Eivind is your guy.’

‘Andreas Nordby is the go-to guy for complex legal questions and strategic advice.’

Key clients

Tesla Inc.


Veidekke Entreprenør AS


Norges Banks Pensjonskasse

Lloyd’s Insurance Company (Lloyd’s of London)

DNO Norge AS

Vroon Containers B.V.

Eviny AS (formerly BKK AS)

Chubb Insurance

Tryg Forsikring

Overføringsavtalens Sikringsordning

The Hartford

If P&C Insurance


Aspen Insurance

Enstar Group

CNHI International

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended two directors in a ground-breaking Supreme Court case regarding the threshold for Directors’ liability for alleged misleading information in connection with a capital increase.
  • Ssuccessfully defended If P&C Insurance, the insurance company for the insured former CEO of Norske Skog and the former Chairperson of the Board of Directors in Norske Skog, in a D&O insurance policy case.
  • Representing CNHI International SA, which has been sued by by A-K Maskiner AS and its parent company Bertel O. Steen Agro AS.

CMS Kluge

Christian Galtung leads the ‘exceptionally skilled’ disputes team at CMS Kluge, which stands out for its strong track record in acting for contractors, government entities and developers in infrastructure, energy and construction-related litigation. Galtung focuses on company law and public administrative litigation, while Asle Bjelland takes point on disputes in the shipping and construction sectors. Amund Noss is the key contact for contentious tax matters. For restructuring and insolvency disputes, Hans Ingvald Stensholdt is recommended, while Steffen Asmundsson specialises in contract law.

Practice head(s):

Christian Galtung

Other key lawyers:

Amund Noss; Asle Bjelland; Steffen Asmundsson; Hans Ingvald Stensholdt


‘Christian Galtung – good follow-up, great knowledge, clear, concrete and implements everything that has been agreed. Skilled lawyer.’

‘The practice has put together a well-composed team. An exceptionally skilled team that has covered the whole complexity of our case, including industry, environmental issues and Norwegian understanding of EEA law.’

‘Good and seamless co-operation. Excellent legal skills. Ability to understand complex industry drivers and present them in a persuasive manner.’

‘Asle Bjelland is one of the leading dispute resolution lawyers in Norway. His legal judgement is extremely well developed and he is hardworking, taking no shortcuts in the preparation and presentation of a case.’

‘Amund Noss – “no nonsense” and excellent performance in court. Very quick and responsive during the entire process from the start.’

Key clients

Kongsberg Maritime

Norsk Rikstoto


Hafslund E-CO Vannkraft Innlandet

Kaefer Construction

Friends of the Earth Norway

Friends of the Earth Youth

Warner Music Norway

Circle K Norge




Advokatfirmaet Hjort

Fielding a ‘brilliant and dedicated‘ team of experienced litigators, Advokatfirmaet Hjort has a strong track record in advising governmental entities, public sector clients, and domestic and international corporations on the full range of contentious mandates. Practice head Kristin Veierød specialises in contract, administrative and public law disputes in the telecoms sector, while Nils Christian Langtvedt takes point on white-collar crime cases. The ‘simply outstanding’ Frode Innjord is an extensively experienced litigator with particular expertise in real estate and construction disputes; Aslak Førde is another key name for contentious construction cases. Anne Marie Due, Alex Borch and Christopher Hansteen handle contentious employment law matters, another core pillar of work for the group.

Practice head(s):

Kristin Veierød

Other key lawyers:

Anne Marie Due; Aslak Førde; Nils Christian Langtvedt; Frode Innjord; Alex Borch; Christopher Hansteen


‘The collaboration within the firm was outstanding. They knew exactly what type of resources they had to put on my cases.’

‘I recommend Anne Marie Due and Kristin Veierød.’

‘Brilliant and dedicated, communicates well and delivers every time.’

‘Alex Borch is very competent, effective and efficient.’

‘Experienced procedural lawyers with key competence in disputes and subject expertise who provide security that the legal dispute is resolved in the best interests of the client.’

‘Christopher Hansteen goes the extra mile to ensure a good solution for his clients. He can provide top-notch advice on complex matters.’

‘Frode Innjord is simply outstanding. He has a special gift in presenting the most complex facts and legal issues in a simple and educational way. Behind that is a lot of work and engagement and taking pride in delivering a great job to the client.’

‘Frode Innjord stands out in a positive way on every aspect of the work he does for us regarding dispute resolution.’

Key clients

Finnmark Estate Agency

Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment

Boreal AS



Edison International S.p.A

Mo Industripark AS

Barco NV and Barco Fredrikstad AS

IdHair A/S

Unio and Norsk Sykepleierforbund

Peab AS

M3 Anlegg bankruptcy estate

Mosseregionens Eiendomsutvikling AS

The Norwegian Pensioners’ Association (Pensjonistforbundet)

Den Norske Kirke

Repsol Norge AS

Bio Recycling A/S

Strandkanten Pluss II AS

Work highlights

  • Acted for DNB ASA in a major financial dispute case addressing the matter of differentiation between a bank’s duty to refuse customers based on anti-money laundering provisions and a bank’s duty to provide financial services.
  • Assisted Bio Recycling in a major contract dispute with a matter value of NOK40m.
  • Assisting Selvaag Bolig ASA in an extensive commercial dispute with a condominium in Tromsø regarding alleged errors and omissions.

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

Under the leadership of Per Conradi Andersen, Kvale Advokatfirma DA handles a broad range of contentious mandates across a diverse list of industries, including the shipping, life sciences, insurance, and energy sectors. Lilly Kathrin Relling is recommended for her expertise advising on large cross-border disputes, while Andreas Stang Lund takes point on disputes in the financial services, oil and gas, and consumer products sectors. At senior associate level, the ‘clever and promisingAlexander Daae is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Per Conradi Andersen

Other key lawyers:

Lilly Kathrin Relling; Alexander Daae; Andreas Stang Lund; Marie Vaale-Hallberg


‘The team is extremely client-focused and adopts a problem solving approach to address challenging legal issues.’

‘I recommend Lilly Kathrin Relling.’

‘Responsive, practical, commercially savvy and ability to think out of the box.’

‘Alexander Daae is a clever and promising trial lawyer.’

‘Very happy with the team, they are pleasant to work with and deliver great services.’

‘Andreas Stang Lund: Experienced litigation lawyer, quick thinker and make solid legal analyses. Always to the point.’

‘Intelligent, proactive and hands on, highly skilled, strong commercial understanding and pleasant to work with.’

‘Both Andreas Stang Lund and Marie Vaale-Hallberg have a fast understanding of complex matters and they are time efficient to the clients best interest. And they are also nice to work with.’

Key clients


Danske Bank


EIka Gruppen



MAN Truck & Bus


Rockville Technologies


Telia Norway

West Oil Tools







The Norwegian Authors’ Union

Bankruptcy estate of IM Skaugen SE

Jacaranda Eiendom


Fredrik Ellingsen heads up the ‘strong‘ disputes practice at Selmer, which has a full-service disputes offering across the full spectrum of contentious mandates. Carl Roberts attracts praise for his ‘high quality and to-the-point legal advice’ in contractual and procedural disputes; Christian Steen Eriksen takes point on disputes in the oil and gas industry, and Ole Christian Borge handles regulatory mandates. Anders Flaatin Wilhelmsen joined the team from the Attorney General’s Office in August 2022, arriving alongside Henning Wahlen; Wilhelmsen has a noted specialty in tax and IP disputes, while Wahlen has experience handling board member liability cases.

Practice head(s):

Fredrik Ellingsen

Other key lawyers:

Carl Roberts; Christian Steen Eriksen; Ole Christian Borge; Anders Flaatin Wilhelmsen; Henning Wahlen


‘The lawyers familiarise themselves with the case. Both legally and technically. We are very satisfied!’

‘The Selmer team have handled complex disputes brilliantly.’

‘The team has been creative, solution oriented, very engaged and always available to assist.’

‘The entire Selmer team is very service minded, professional and nice to work with. They do their utmost to solve the matters assigned to them.’

‘I have valued that the Selmer team members are easy and pleasant to cooperate with, and that they are good at internal cooperation by utilising their subject matter experts in cases when needed. ’

‘Carl Roberts provides high quality and to-the-point legal advice in a responsive manner, always with a commercial and practical mindset.’

‘Has some of the best trial lawyers in the country .’

‘Fredrik Ellingsen is one of the best trial lawyers in the country. He has an outstanding presence in court and a deep understanding of the law.’

Key clients

Norwegian Marine Insurance




Scandic Hotels



Brødrene Dahl

Varian Medical Systems

Tinde Energi

Nor Tekstil

M-Å Holding



Advokatfirmaet CLP DA

Egil Jarslett and Kyrre Eggen jointly lead Advokatfirmaet CLP DA’s disputes practice, a core pillar of work for the M&A and litigation boutique. Founding partner Jarslett leads on real estate, construction, and contract law disputes, while Eggen is a key name for construction disputes. ‘Brilliant litigatorBodil Høstmælingen joined the firm from BAHR in 2022, strengthening its contentious tax and administrative law offering.

Practice head(s):

Egil Jarslett; Kyrre Eggen

Other key lawyers:

Bodil Høstmælingen


‘Reliable, responsive, solid.’

‘I have worked with Kyrre Eggen. He is a solid practitioner. Quick mind, strong skills as a litigator. Reliable. Fast in responding. Always available.’

‘CLP has a very capable dispute resolution group with strong lawyers at associate, junior partner and senior levels. Their team was well organised and managed a complex brief very efficiently.’

‘Kyrre Eggen is a strong advocate and a nice person to work with.’

‘The team is extremely competent.’

‘The CLP litigation practice is excellent and very experienced. They provide a service just as good as the bigger firms in Norway. The partners are also very involved throughout the case.’

‘Bodil Høstmælingen is a brilliant litigator. She is responsive and very hands-on. Her experience shows in thorough and considered case preparation. Her written style is concise and persuasive, and her oral advocacy is second to none; calm, compelling and authoritative. Our case could not have been put better.’

‘Egil Jarslett is an outstanding litigator.’

Key clients

Skeie Technology

SpareBank 1 Gruppen

Fortum Oyj

Recover AS


Viking Venture


Alliance Venture


Agder Energi



Verdane Capital

Stykket Invest

Credo Partners



Skanska Norge AS


Hofseth International AS

Flying Elephant

Tribe / First Hotels

Induct AS


AGC Equity Partners

British American Tobacco


Strategic Value Opportunities Fund, L.P.

Floatel International AB.


Sparebanken Vest

Molgas and its Norwegian subsidiary Gasnor

Pangea Property Partners

DLA Piper

Clients in the insurance, aviation, and finance sectors routinely instruct DLA Piper on a broad range of contentious matters, including litigation, mediation, and arbitration proceedings. Tage Brigt A. Skoghøy heads up the team and handles post-M&A disputes, professional liability cases, as well as real estate disputes. General commercial litigation is an area of focus for the growing group, and Ørjan Salvesen Haukaas is a key contact here. Mohsin Ramani has demonstrable experience handling disputes relating to compensation claims, including shareholder disputes and marine insurance work, while Marie Bjørk Myklebust focuses her practice on commercial disputes in the novel technology sector. Alexander Plows left the team in January 2023 and is now at Arntzen de Besche.

Practice head(s):

Tage Brigt A. Skoghøy

Other key lawyers:

Marie Bjørk Myklebust; Ørjan Salvesen Haukaas; Mohsin Ramani


‘The team is highly qualified and are forthcoming. The legal team has helped us in different ways and are a company we trust.’

‘The team consists of litigation lawyers that are very smart, deeply experienced, and able to address complex issues thoughtfully and wisely. DLA Norway’s litigation team deserves a spotlight among the Fearsome Foursome. They meet very high expectations.’

‘Extremely professional.’

‘The team is always available, and ready to help, and make a different in every situation with good eyes and ears.’

Key clients




Allianz Re

Investec Bank

Credit Suisse

Marti Group


Beazley Group


Nordic Logistics Portfolio

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

Microchip Technology Norway

Work highlights

  • Successfully litigated a success fee-dispute on behalf of Nordic Logistics Portfolio, a Sweden-based subsidiary of Savills IM., following termination of fund management and advisory agreements.
  • Successfully defended Tesla in relation to 118 individual claims from Norwegian customers following a software update of Tesla Model S vehicles allegedly resulting in reduced supercharging speed.
  • Represented Marti Nordnes and Maskinentreprenørenes Forbund (MEF), the Norwegian Association of Heavy Equipment Contractors, in a NOK320m dispute, including pleading before the Supreme Court.

Advokatfirmaet Grette AS

Under the leadership of Øystein Myre Bremset, Advokatfirmaet Grette AS‘ litigation practice excels in the firm’s core areas spanning construction and real estate law, contract disputes and and public procurement claims.

Practice head(s):

Øystein Myre Bremset

Other key lawyers:

Line Wefald; Jacob S. Bjønness-Jacobsen; Rolf Markussen

Key clients


Nye Veier AS

Bjarke Ingels Group A/S

OBOS Prosjekt AS

Consto AS

If Skadeforsikring NUF

OBOS Prosjekt AS

Alf Brekken & Sønner AS

Innlandet County Council

Helse Vest RHF (The Western Regional Health Authority)

Johnson & Johnson (Janssen-Cilag)

Avinor AS

MIP Miljøfraft AS

Bergen interkommunale renovasjon


Elektro-Kontakten AS

Langstranda Næringseiendom AS

Work highlights

  • Represented architect Bjarke Ingels Group A/S before the Court of Appeal.
  • Represented HENT AS against Frogn Municipality.
  • Represented Elektro-Kontakten AS in a dispute against the main contractor.

Advokatfirma Kogstad Lunde & Co

Boutique firm Advokatfirma Kogstad Lunde & Co fields a team of dedicated lawyers with ‘top expertise in tort law and litigation’. Acting for local authorities, insurance companies, and governmental entities, the team handles the full range of contentious insurance matters, including public liability, corporate insurance, and defendant claims. The ‘professional and competentTerje Marthinsen co-heads the practice alongside senior partner Trond Werner Lunde, who is a seasoned insurance litigator focusing on D&O and professional indemnity claims. Also in the core team is Karoline Stenberg, whose practice focuses on insurance fraud cases, recourse claims, and professional liability matters.

Practice head(s):

Trond Werner Lunde; Terje Marthinsen

Other key lawyers:

Karoline Stenberg


‘A very competent, experienced reliable law firm in this field.’

‘They have an exceptionally strong knowledge of their fields of practice. They have clear communication, they are outstanding in the courtroom and they give sound, strategic advice.’

‘Terje Marthinsen is performing exceptionally well in all respects. He has a strategic mindset and he is in general the most professional and competent attorney I know of.’

‘Team of experienced lawyers with good knowledge of dispute resolution and the relevant legal issues. Good availability and a commercial mindset.’

‘Karoline Stenberg, who handled my cases, is an honest, committed and trustworthy person. She stayed in constant contact with me and kept me informed about the progress of the case, step by step. In the courtroom, Karoline was self-confident, eloquent and open-minded.’

‘The team at KLCO consists of highly experienced people with a wide set of skills.’

‘Terje Marthinsen; excellent litigation lawyer who provides accurate advice regarding the risks and possibilities. Good at negotiating amicable solutions.’

‘Top expertise in tort law and litigation.’

Key clients

Tryg Forsikring

Protector Forsikring

Gjensidige Forsikring



Sandefjord kommune

Alta kommune

Frende Skadeforsikring

Frende Livsforsikring

Stavanger kommune

Haugesund kommune

Hedvig AB

AIG Europe

Fremtind Forsikring

The Norwegian Auditors’ Association

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

The Norwegian Government / The National Complaint|Board for Health Services


Pareto Forsikringsmegling AS

Jernbanepersonalets Bank og Forsikring

Knif Trygghet Forsikring


Talgø MøreTre

Landkreditt Forsikring

Ly Forsikring

Faver AS

Drangedal kommune

HDI Speciality SE

Lillehammer kommune

Norsk Hussopp Forsikring

Ulstein kommune

Skien kommune

Work highlights

  • Advised Frende Skadeforsikring and If on claims relating to a parking house fire – “The Sola fire”.
  • Acting for Ulstein commune in a NOK90m claim against its child welfare authorities.
  • Advising Protector Forsikring, which has both the building insurance and the liability insurance of the owner, on the Grenfell Tower fire in London.


Collaborating closely with the firm’s construction team, the disputes team at SANDS has a solid track record in acting for clients in the energy, insurance, infrastructure and real estate industries. Under the leadership of Hege Birkeland Ersdal, the group has seen an increase in cross-border disputes, particularly in the insurance, oil and gas, and offshore sectors. Christian Kjellby Nesset takes point on insurance litigation, while Hilde Lund handles civil cases involving public sector entities.

Practice head(s):

Hege Birkeland Ersdal

Other key lawyers:

Christian Kjellby Nesset; Hilde Lund


‘The team was strong, especially lead lawyer Hege Ersdal. They were innovative in their approach and honest with how to make the best possible strategy.’

‘Hege Ersdal stood out as the star in our team.’

‘Responsive, knowledgeable, skilled in court.’

‘SANDS’ team in the discipline of dispute resolution is very good quality in all respects.’

‘Hege B. Ersdal has a very strong academic record and industry/business knowledge which is invaluable for high-quality legal services.’

‘The group delivers a unique understanding of the client’s needs. Looking at the case from a perspective of sharing the ownership of the problems that need to be overcome. They are very pleasant to work with.’

‘ Christian Kjellby Nesset is a high-standard, business-oriented lawyer who deeply understands the client’s needs. He is always available and finds the best solutions to complex legal issues. He is a great litigator and is very pleasant to work with!’

Key clients

AF Gruppen



American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection & Indemnity Association

Chubb Insurance

CNH Industrial N.V. and Iveco


Havkraft AS

If Insurance

IKT Norge

Johnson Controls

LB Samarbeidet AS

National Association of Private Kindergartens

Norsk Stein AS

Lloyds Syndicates

Protector Insurance

RiskPoint AS

Retriever Norge AS




DB Schenker

Zurich Insurance


Work highlights

  • Litigated on Perpetuum’s behalf before the Supreme Court in a high-profile public procedure case.
  • Acted successfully in a principal case regarding the financing of private kindergartens in Norway that are entitled to the same subsidy as publicly owned kindergartens.
  • Defending CNH and Iveco in a damages claim in excess of NOK1bn before the Norwegian courts, which is a follow-on action based on the European Commission’s 2016 €3bn cartel fine.