Employment in Norway

Arntzen de Besche

Arntzen de Besche is ‘extremely knowledgeable, efficient and clear in its advice’ to clients, which include both domestic and international players from the technology, entertainment, oil and gas, and public sectors. A particular area of expertise for the team is collective labour matters, frequently advising on collective agreements, negotiating with unions and assisting companies with collective redundancies arising from restructuring or downsizing processes. Practice head Knut-Marius Sture has ‘unique expertise’ in the media and aviation sectors. Håvard Sandnes specialises in transaction-related employment matters, and Christian Backe focuses on pension matters. Sven Iver Steen, Frode Martin Toftevåg, Mira Tengesdal Torstenbø and Ingeborg Moen Borgerud are further key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Knut-Marius Sture

Other key lawyers:

Christan Backe; Sven Iver Steen; Frode Martin Toftevåg; Mira Tengesdal Torstenbø; Ingeborg Moen Borgerud; Håvard Sandnes

Testimonials

‘Christan Backe is excellent – exceptional quality and engagement.’

‘In our experience the labour law team at Arntzen de Besche is very flexible and available for us as a client. They know our business intimately and are able to assist us on short notice.’

‘Broad knowledge base within labour law. Very fast response to all types of questions. Good continuity with employees. Continuous updates on important news within the subject area.’

‘Knut Marius Sture has very broad experience and unique expertise in the field. Very good discussion partner with good and immediate input, with necessary balance in his advice.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable, efficient, clear in their advice and trustworthy. Always there when you need them.’

‘A high level of knowledge within the subject area.’

‘An excellent ability to formulate clear language.’

Key clients

SAS Group

Nordic Entertainment Group

Tesla Norway

Widerøe Flyveselskap AS

Vard Group AS

Petroleum Geo-Services ASA

Lundin Norway

TrønderEnergi AS

Boreal Transport Norge AS

Avinor AS

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Work highlights

  • Represented Avinor in legal proceedings initiated by a former employee who was dismissed.
  • Represented Tesla Norway AS in legal proceedings initiated by a former employee who was dismissed due to gross breach of internal guidelines and policies.
  • Advised NENT on complex employment issues relating to the restructuring of its activities.

BAHR

BAHR’s employment law practice is headed up by ‘one of the top labour lawyers in Norway’, Tarjei Thorkildsen, who specialises in cross-border employment and pensions matters, acting for large international corporations. The team also acts for employer’s associations with additional expertise in the financial services sector, providing employment advice on the full range of matters, including collective bargaining agreements, employee data protection issues and the employment aspects of M&A transactions and corporate restructurings. Peter Hammerich, Børre Sofus Arnet and Geir Mikalsen focus on pensions issues, executive compensation work and transactions, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Tarjei Thorkildsen

Other key lawyers:

Peter Hammerich; Børre Sofus Arnet; Geir Mikalsen; Rajvinder Singh Bains

Testimonials

‘One of the leading labour law teams among Norwegian law firms, guided by Tarjei Thorkildsen, who in my opinion is one of the top labour lawyers in Norway.’

‘BAHR’s employment team is led by the number one employment expert in Norway, Tarjei Thorkildsen. His ability to define (and redefine) important questions in cases is extraordinary. His team learns and practice the same.’

‘Team leader Tarjei Thorkildsen stands out. His ability to work continuously to support his client is fantastic, including his ability to win court cases.’

‘Geir Mikalsen is one of the wisest lawyers I have known. He combines business smartness and dialogue with sound legal advice.’

‘Without compromising quality and diligence, BAHR delivers prompt and straightforward advice and support. Being one of our preferred firms, BAHR knows and understands the business well and is always ready to propose alternative paths and solutions. The relationship is indeed down-to-earth and not coloured by unnecessary legal jargon.’

‘Rajvinder Singh Bains – our main contact in the employment practice – is driven by a sound winning spirit. He has the great capacity to promptly understand complex scenarios and counterpart strategies. Moreover, Singh Bains has the ability to remain calm and serves as a catalyst even in the most pressing of times by adding a positive and optimistic touch to the matters discussed.’

‘Tarjei Thorkildsen is my man. Very good skills and made us all very comfortable.’

‘They were professionals, always delivering what they said and when they said they would do it. They were positive and pleasant and we always felt well taken care of. The whole way during the process I felt sure that they would do a great job for our company.’

‘They were so skilled, nice and made us feel taken care of and safe. They were always available to answer questions, and they took the time to practice with all of our witnesses in court, and that made us all well prepared for our role.’

‘At all times, top notch on both legal questions and processes. Always friendly.’

Key clients

The Employer’s Association Spekter

Norwegian Airline

Color Line

Aker ASA

Norsk Luftambulanse

Sporveien Oslo AS

NRK (Norwegian Broadcast Corporation)

Nordea

Sport 1

Posten Norge/Bring

NETS

Work highlights

  • Acted for ISS Facility Services AS/Spekter in the Supreme Court in a case concerning the pay and working conditions that should apply following the conclusion of a transfer of undertaking from the Norwegian Defence Estates Agency to privately owned company ISS Facility Services AS.
  • Providing litigation services and legal advice to Spekter, one of Norway’s leading employers’ confederations.
  • Represented NRK in a Court of Appeal case concerning notices of termination issued in the context of downsizing the client’s district office for East Norway, in which redundant employees had challenged the selection process and raised a fundamental issue relating to the relative importance of seniority versus skills/the employer’s need for certain expertise.

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

The ‘excellent labour law experts’ at Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS provide advice on all aspects of employment and labour law to clients from a wide range of sectors. In mid-2020, Gaute Krokann took over as practice head from ‘very skilled lawyerLars Kokkvold, who acts for SMEs and large corporations on the employment aspects of restructurings and downsizings, outsourcings and pension matters. Kari Gimmingsrud advises on regulatory issues arising from compliance matters and investigations, and Geir Steinberg specialises in matters at the intersection of labour and company law, while Pål Kvernaas and Sten Foyn focus on transfers of undertakings and employee terminations.

Practice head(s):

Gaute Krokann

Other key lawyers:

Lars Kokkvold; Kari Gimmingsrud; Geir Steinberg; Pål Kvernaas; Sten Foyn

Testimonials

‘Excellent labour law experts – the ‘little extra’ you need and no other can provide. To-the-point advice. True trusted advisers.’

‘Sten Foyn is an excellent legal expert and adviser to trust.’

‘Kari Gimmingsrud is a key name. Always available and always making sure any work done is fully reviewed and quality checked.’

‘It is a company we have worked with for many years, which means that they know us well and thereby our policies and culture. This means that they find solutions that are in line with these.’

‘Gaute Krokann is accessible and solution-oriented. He gives us good advice and recommendations that are important to us in our work. We are very satisfied with our co-operation.’

‘The Haavind team are unique in the way they establish a profound trust across the chain of deliveries. From the knowledge and experience they hold, to how they communicate and create understanding for cases and topics. They are efficient in how they work and they support customers in overcoming challenges with respect and without ever compromising on integrity. They build trust by understanding customers’ needs and meeting the need for legal support. The Haavind team have a unique combination of excellent legal expertise with a strong human factor that makes the customer feel seen, heard and understood. A great basis for growing business relationships of trust. The key characteristics of legal expertise and people focus are found in all the people you meet at Haavind.’

‘Lars Kokkvold and Sten Foyn have a profound knowledge within their legal area that really stands out in the industry. They both have unique qualities in how they understand our business, how quickly they navigate in the business landscape of challenges and high complexity combined with high pressure on time to find solutions. Their attitude to ethics and people and how this also comes across through Court cases makes me very proud of working together with them. I want to mention especially the way they navigated us through a case in the Supreme Court, which was outstanding.’

‘Haavind always delivers as expected, and what is unique about them is that they understand us as a customer, they understand our challenges, and they always deliver with expertise in various fields. If something is urgent, they always put the best expertise on the tasks. They differ significantly from other legal companies in delivery of excellent advice and expertise – they put the most experienced on the most difficult tasks and they always go the extra mile to make sure we are satisfied.’

‘There are many highly recommendable partners and associates in the law firm. For me though there is one lawyer that singles himself out and that is Lars Kokkvold.’

‘Rather than telling me what to do or not to do, Haavind is genuinely concerned with understanding my goals. Their focus on what I want to achieve, and why, ensures that their assistance and advice are relevant and effective. I know that the team will make sure that I get the best help available. I have used other firms, but have never been met with the high quality Haavind provides on all aspects of any case.’

Key clients

Norsk Hydro

Randstad

Equinor

Hurtigruten

Telenor Group

Norwegian Air Shuttle

Posten Norge

ISS Facility Service

Ryanair

Helse Sør-Øst

Work highlights

  • Represented Telenor before the Norwegian Supreme Court in a case of principle regarding redundancies.
  • Advised airline group Norwegian on implementing substantial and complex restructuring measures across the entire Norwegian group.
  • Led a major investigation for Oslo University Hospital after whistleblowing complaints from a group of doctors related to data protection and information security.

Advokatfirmaet Hjort

Headed up by Lars Styren, the employment practice at Advokatfirmaet Hjort advises on all aspects of employment law and acts for a variety of clients, including telecoms businesses, banks and energy companies; it is also a key name for unions and governmental entities. Anne Marie Due and Alex Borch  are experienced in employment litigation, and Claude Lenth specialises in non-compete and pension matters, while Jens Kristian Johansen focuses on individual and collective employment law. Einar Engh regularly acts for the National Federation of Trade Unions and Christopher Hansteen assists with human rights issues.

Practice head(s):

Lars Styren

Other key lawyers:

Alex Borch; Anne Marie Due; Jens Kristian Johansen; Claude Lenth; Einar Engh; Christopher Hansteen

Key clients

DnB Asset Management AS and DNB Næringsiendom AS

Intec Pumper

Nordic Retail Group

Oreon Pharma

Residio

Novo Nordisk

Ringnes

Statoil ASA

Norsk Hydro ASA

Siemens AS

Utleiecompagniet AS

Entreprenørservice AS

Agasti Holding AS

Statskog SF, Statnett SF

Juristforbundet (the Norwegian Association of lawyers)

Svensk Filmindustri Kino AS

Boreal Norge AS

Odeon AS

Espira Gruppen AS

Garmin

Samlerhuset Norge AS

Alexander Mann Solutions Ltd

NHO / Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise

RHI Normag AS

Gassnova

Norwegian Soccer Coach Association

Agder Energi

Opplysningsvesenets fond

Hafslund ASA

Maersk Drilling Norge AS

Samskip

Work highlights

  • Acting for The Norwegian Pensioners’ Association in three procedural assignment cases against the State relating to the validity of the National Insurance Court’s rulings on the coordination of pensions.
  • Represented Boreal AS in a case against Finnmark county municipality concerning the extent of the responsibility for pension costs.
  • Assisted the Directorate of Integration and Diversity with employment matters relating to its reorganisation and downsizing due to regional reforms.

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS’ employment client roster encompasses domestic players and international heavyweights from various sectors, with a strong presence in the oil and gas industry, and experience assisting national public sector entities. The team, which is jointly led by Stein Kimsås-Otterbech and Trond Hatland, combines employment litigation experience and transactional knowledge, acting on investigations, whistleblowing cases, pension issues, reorganisations and executive lay-offs. ‘Excellent employment lawyerTron Dalheim is an experienced litigator, who specialises in the aviation sector; and associate Ingrid Cathrine Nielsen focuses on the employment aspects of wider transactions.

Practice head(s):

Stein Kimsås-Otterbech; Trond Hatland

Other key lawyers:

Tron Dalheim; Ingrid Cathrine Nielsen

Testimonials

‘The employment law team at Thommessen has excellent employment law skills and very good business understanding. Handles clients in a smooth way.’

‘Tron Dalheim is an excellent employment lawyer with very good negotiation skills. He has good business understanding and is very easy to cooperate with.’

‘I have worked with Tron Dalheim. I have valued his advice and help in several legally challenging cases and particularly like the clear advice and respect for people in these processes.’

‘We mainly work with Tron Dalheim. We have also experienced colleagues from different departments and were impressed by the technical knowledge and team spirit they brought to the table.’

‘Tron Dalheim is one of the few lawyers that can put complex legal matters in layman’s language. He is practical and understands the business purpose of a legal request and builds unique relationships with his clients.’

Key clients

Equinor ASA

Nordea Bank ASA

B2Holding ASA

Kahoot!

Maersk Drilling Norway AS

Shearwater GeoServices Norway AS

Kongsberg Gruppen ASA

NorgesGruppen ASA

Bama Gruppen AS

Microsoft Norge AS

Yara International ASA

Roche Norge AS

University of Bergen

Vestland county authorities

FH Gruppen AS

Höegh Autoliners Management AS

CGG Services

CapMan Infra and CBRE Caledon

DOF Subsea

Etac AB/Etac AS

Frydenbø AS

Framo AS

Oceaneering AS

Læringsverkstedet

Work highlights

  • Acting for Læringsverkstedet AS in litigation against the pension guarantor regarding the liability for pension regulation obligations following an acquisition in 2005.
  • Acted for Austevoll Municipality in a complex whistleblowing case where all of the municipality’s four directors filed a notice against the chief administrative officer.
  • Advised VÅR Energi on its acquisition of ExxonMobil’s remaining field interests on the Norwegian continental shelf, including all aspects of employment law and pensions.

Wiersholm

Led by ‘excellent litigatorJan Fougner, ‘statesman within employment lawEli Aasheim and Christel Søreide, the employment law practice at Wiersholm is praised by clients as ‘currently the best employment law team in Norway’. The group handles executive dismissals and whistleblowing cases as well as restructurings, mass lay-offs and matters relating to collective bargaining agreements and pensions issues. The practice is also experienced in litigation and regularly acts for domestic and international clients from the technology, financial services, healthcare and media sectors. Georg Abusdal Engebretsen is an experienced litigator, specialising in investigations and compliance work.

Practice head(s):

Jan Fougner; Eli Aasheim; Christel Søreide

Other key lawyers:

Georg Abusdal Engebretsen; Ingeborg Kristine Lind

Testimonials

‘Currently the best employment law team in Norway.’

‘Jan Fougner has broad experience, superb knowledge and provides good advice. An excellent litigator. Eli Aasheim is well recognised and provides excellent advice.’

‘Extremely competent in the employment law area. Available at any time. Dedicated, committed and very pleasant to work with.’

‘Exceptionally professional and at the same time nice people and pleasant to work with.’

‘Their team is very competent and efficient, and big enough to take on all cases and treat them within reasonable time.’

‘Both Jan Fougner and Eli Aasheim are statesmen within employment law in Norway.’

‘Wiersholm is probably the key player when it comes to labour law. Top notch knowledge and a very dedicated team. They are able to provide us with a set up that is very trustworthy, and we have never been anything other than satisfied with their services.’

‘Ingeborg Kristine Lind is extremely hard working and knowledgeable. She has the ability to “break down” the meaning of the law to someone who is not an expert in meaningful ways. I could call her at any time of the day and she would respond quickly. She has the ability to weigh the pros and cons from a risk perspective to us, the customer. She is a good listener and understands our business issues quickly. Lastly, she has a very positive outlook and pleasant demeanour.’

‘Jan Fougner is very knowledgeable, trustworthy and excellent with people – a strong authority and an excellent collaborator. Has a winning mentality.’

‘Always on top of their game, consistently providing excellent advice. A very efficient practice.’

‘A strong team of employment lawyers.’

‘Both Jan Fougner and Eli Aasheim are excellent.’

‘Wiersholm are extremely knowledgeable, very responsive and collaborative. They grasp the make-up of our company and what drives our business, which enables them to give advice that is exactly to the point. ’

‘They have a unique capability to combine their knowledge about laws with strategy in order to make their clients succeed.’

‘Ingeborg Kristine Lind is client oriented with solid knowledge about her field.’

Key clients

Schibsted ASA

ABB AS

IBM

Aller Media AS

DNB

Visma

BDO

Felleskjøpet Agri SA

SATS AS

Fellesordningen for avtalefestet pensjon

Conoco Phillips AS

Work highlights

  • Advised Schibsted ASA on a large-scale project automating all its employment contracts.
  • Represented Aller Media AS and Dagbladet AS, two of Norway’s largest media enterprises, in a high-profile dismissal case involving questions such as cross-company employment protection, transfer of undertakings and discrimination.

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt

Following its merger with Swedish law firm Hamilton Advokatbyrå KB in early 2020, Advokatfirmaet Schjødt fields a full-service employment practice, which has particular expertise in Norway-Sweden cross-border employment matters. The team is notably active in the aquaculture, oil and gas, technology, aviation, private equity and financial services sectors. Group head Martin Jetlund is a ‘great communicator’ who specialises in international mandates, pensions issues and transfers of undertakings, while Magnus Lütken focuses on employment matters arising from restructurings and transactions, and Trond Stang is an experienced litigator in the media and oil and gas sectors.

Practice head(s):

Martin Jetlund

Other key lawyers:

Magnus Lütken; Trond Stang

Testimonials

‘The firm is very service-minded and always ready to help or give good legal advice to our company. We will especially highlight the excellent work and collaboration we have with Martin Jetlund.’

‘Holistic approach – practical and commercial mind set.’

‘Martin Jetlund – hands on commercial adviser with holistic approach to solving client problems.’

‘They are extremely well qualified, their professional skills are outstanding. You do not have to ask specific questions in order for them to assess them; they know what your problems are before you have presented them.’

‘A combination of competence, availability, speed and style.’

‘Strong communication skills. Very practical in their advice. Dedicated and supportive – any time – day, night, weekends, holidays. Exceptionally strong advice – don’t just “quote the law” they provide advice and alternatives.’

‘Martin Jetlund is very thorough. Covers all options and in detail. Always provides options including risk levels and solutions tailored for our business. Great communicator and at keeping in touch. Always follows up and ensures we don’t miss deadlines.’

Key clients

Tata Consultancy Services

ExxonMobil / Esso

Euronext

Spirit Energy

Transocean

Cermaq

Airbus Defence and Space

Posten Norge

Apply

Verifone

Stena Drilling

Total

WPP

Gambit H&K

Prosafe

Recover Nordic

Mintra

Mestergruppen

Rambøll

Entra

HitecVision

Eterni

TietoEVRY

Ascom

Veritas (Norway)

Amedia

Aibel

CIBT

Global Maritime

Onsagers

Singapore Airlines

Otis

PGNiG

Expro

Weatherford

Xynteo

GroupM

Cognite

Scana

KCA Deutag

Qatar Airways

Fiskars Norway

Family Sports Club

Diageo

Chrysaor

Lundin

Dolphin Drilling

Ecco

Work highlights

  • Assisted ExxonMobil with all employment-related aspects of the largest E&P transaction between private companies in Norwegian history.
  • Assisted Mestergruppen with a reorganisation and downsizing process.
  • Assisted Scana with a reorganisation and downsizing process, where Scana decided to change the location of its main offices.

Homble Olsby advokatfirma AS

Homble Olsby advokatfirma AS is a boutique employment firm and part of the global group of Littler Mendelson, P.C.. As the group's coordinator in the Nordics, the firm is experienced in acting for large multinational corporations on corporate immigrations to Norway, and acts in disputes before all Norwegian courts relating to dismissals and compensation claims. Headed up by the ‘very competentRunar Homble and Ole Kristian Olsby, the ‘outstanding’ team also acts for a variety of domestic clients on internal investigations, pensions issues, summary dismissals and incentive schemes. Further key contacts include Trond Erik Solheim, Tore Lerheim and the ‘rock solidMerete Furesund.

Practice head(s):

Ole Kristian Olsby; Runar Homble

Other key lawyers:

Trond Erik Solheim; Tore Lerheim; Merete Furesund

Testimonials

‘Homble Olsby have been very professional and competent in handling each case we have asked them to be a part of. Always contactable and at our service. It is a unique team, which can take over for each other always with high level of competence and service.’

‘The individuals in the company have a unique personal touch and empathy. They have great respect for the situation and a strong tactical insight in both small and big issues. I have been in several meetings to reduce staff numbers in the organisation over the last few years and it is always a very professional process in close cooperation with Homble Olsby. We have and will any time recommended them to others – they are outstanding in the business.’

‘The Homble Olsby team is personal, and know my company very well. That means it takes very limited time to put them onto a case. Their competence in all aspects of employment law and restructuring and redundancy processes is, in my opinion, unique. Also, their very quick response time is highly appreciated.’

‘My main collaborator in this company is Runar Homble. He differs from the competitors I have experienced by being extremely interested in my company and business. Always available, both in small and large cases. He is very competent in a broad range of topics, and a very convincing and sympathetic person. I really appreciate Runar Homble as a sparring partner.’

‘We have used Runar Homble in several reorganisation processes over the years with success, especially in processes with senior management we have had great help from Runar. Runar is experienced in this area, and we have used his skills and understanding of our process and needs, we have had Runar as our partner in several different processes in several of our companies the last years.’

‘Since they are represented throughout the Nordics, they are able to cover our needs in all our business regions.’

‘Our key contact, Trond Erik Solheim, is always customer oriented, he is a senior representative, and he delivers very quickly. The key competence needed from our side is labour law, and the handling of terminating employment. In that perspective I believe he is unique when it comes to the combination of competence, seniority, and speed/availability.’

‘I have worked with Merete Furesund for many years. She is rock solid, wise and a good mentor when it comes to tricky personal matters. We have navigated through difficult downscaling cases.’

Key clients

Norwegian Air Traffic Controllers Association

Statens Jernbanetilsyn

Haut Nordic Hospitality Group AS

CIRCOR Company Group

Postnord AS

Gnist Group

Oslo Taxi

Dalema Group

The Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT)

Odontia Group

Saipem Drilling Norway AS

GK Norge

Filmkonsulentene AS

Norwegian Police Union

Link Mobility Group AS

Work highlights

  • Advised NATCA, Norwegian Air Traffic Controllers Association, on all individual and collective labour law matters for the association and its members, including matters that arose from the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Acted as legal counsel for Saipem Drilling Norway in a lawsuit that an employee filed claiming compensation for unjustified termination and to be reinstated as a tool pusher, a management position at the rig.
  • Acted as special counsel for the Norwegian Police Federation in complex multi-party negotiations on the reform of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund and other public service pension funds with the negotiations aimed at securing a fair and reasonable old age pension for personnel in positions with mandatory retirement ages.

Kluge Advokatfirma AS

Kluge Advokatfirma AS has a strong presence in the oil and gas and public service sectors and frequently acts for large exploration and production companies, particularly from its hub in Stavanger, as well as public bodies, including ministries, universities and municipalities. A particular focus of the team’s work lies in compliance and whistleblowing matters, an area of expertise for litigator Anders Stenbrenden, who is also experienced in disciplinary matters, working time issues and collective wage agreements. Practice heads Marco Lilli, Johan Krabbe-Knudsen and Nina Gundersen Sandnes have expertise in workforce reductions, transfers of undertakings and conflict negotiations respectively.

Practice head(s):

Marco Lilli; Johan Krabbe-Knudsen; Nina Gundersen Sandnes

Other key lawyers:

Anders Stenbrenden

Testimonials

‘Available, professional and competent. Able to provide quick, precise and applicable advice in both general and complex cases with little case law available.’

‘Able to quickly understand the organisation and both mundane and complex, demanding legal issues and offer advice and guidance. You get what you pay for – honesty.’

‘The personalised and active response from the partner, as well as on time delivery of professional help was the key driver for the positive experience with these projects. The fact that the partner took an active lead in the process in order to safeguard our interests, as well as keeping an open mind to cooperation and the complexity of the law, provided a reassuring partnership.’

Key clients

Wintershall Dea

Saipem Drilling Norway

CHC Group, CHC Helikopter Service AS

Heli-One (Norway) AS

DNV GL

Kværner

The Municipality of Asker

The Regional Health Authority of Mid-Norway

The Crosby Group

AIG

NOKAS

BP UK

NIKE Europe

ITW Inc

Fana Sparebank

Bane NOR SF

Coop Hordaland SA

Innovation Norway

Norwegian Confederation of Enterprise

The Norwegian Police Directorate

Travel Retail Norway AS

4Subsea AS

NTB AS

Fonn Group, Rieber og Søn AS, Mediability AS, Borea Asset Management AS

The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK)

Work highlights

  • Advised Wintershall DEA on all phases of the merger between the two companies and post- merger assistance.
  • Represented several major NHO-member companies in lawsuits regarding different employment law issues.
  • Acted for University of Oslo in a high-profile media-focused discrimination case.

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS has a strong track record in assisting with the employment aspects of M&A, carve-outs, restructurings and downsizings. André Istad Johansen is an ‘outstanding lawyer’, who specialises in pensions issues; he leads the team of ‘highly skilled people’, which is experienced in cross-border mandates, collective dismissals, collective bargaining agreements, illegal use of the workforce claims and missing overtime payment issues. Hans Jørgen Bender focuses on management incentives schemes and whistleblowing matters, and Are Fagerhaug specialises in cross-border executive issues.

Practice head(s):

André Istad Johansen

Other key lawyers:

Hans Jørgen Bender; Are Fagerhaug; Anja Lange

Testimonials

‘Highly skilled and very experienced. They understand our needs. They respond quickly and assist us in a highly professional way and they are pleasant people to collaborate with.’

‘I have worked with Selmer and Are Fagerhaug for years and the team is highly skilled and service minded. They have experience and knowledge on both employment matters and other areas that might have an impact on us as a company. They are good at seeing the case/items from many sides and are good discussion partners for finding the best solution for both straightforward cases and more complex matters.’

‘I work mostly with Are Fagerhaug and I find him highly skilled and very experienced. He understands our business and mindset and he has good solutions to complex matters. We have worked together for years and he always has our company history in mind when he gives advice, making sure that we are following the laws and regulations, but also helping us keep similar solutions to same problems over the years. He has quick response times and is very service minded.’

‘The team is always ready to help us regardless of the time of the day. If we are in an M&A situation and need advice during a customer meeting late Friday evening, the team at Selmer are available. They are very competent and ensure we get what we need in time. They also ensure that their employees competencies are kept up to date.’

‘André Istad Johansen is a highly valued partner for our business. He is very knowledgeable, organised, down to earth, listens and understands the issue, as well as being very service minded. He will always answer the phone or e-mail regardless of the time of the day or the day of the week. If we have an issue in another country, he ensures it gets solved through the firms network of lawyers. He has also built a solid team that assists us where applicable and in this way he helps us to keep an eye on the cost. We have also had the pleasure to work with Anja Lange from his team. She is also knowledgeable, organised, down to earth and service minded.’

‘Hans Jørgen Bender’s commercial orientation, combined with his expertise, makes him outstanding.’

Key clients

Scandi Standard

EQT

Power

CEPI

Yara

Xerox

Skuld

Azets

Canon

Addtech Group

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Gjensidige

Peterson Packaging

Magseis Fairfield

Pexip

Mesta

Brødrene Dahl

Survitec Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Helgeland Sparebank and Sparebanken Nord Norge on the establishment of a strategic future-oriented collaboration, in which Helgeland Sparebank took over SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge’s business in the Helgeland region.
  • Assisted Mesta with a major downsizing and restructuring process, which included board decisions, consultation with unions, criteria for selection of employees to be made redundant and formal documentation for terminations.
  • Defended Power Norge against claims of illegal use of the workforce, missing overtime payments and a poor working environment.

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig's employment practice is headed up by Lill Egeland, who ‘provides no-nonsense advice of high quality’. The group acts for several municipalities and higher education institutions, and is experienced in whistleblowing cases, equity-based employee compensation, employee terminations, post-transaction transfers of undertakings, downsizings and winding down matters. Marianne Kartum leads the team in Trondheim and specialises in reductions of workforce and adjustment processes, while Trine Lise Fromreide is experienced in employment matters in the healthcare sector.

Practice head(s):

Lill Egeland

Other key lawyers:

Marianne Kartum; Trine Lise Fromreide; Ingrid Fladberg Brucker; Trond Erik Kvalsnes

Testimonials

‘SVW’s employment law team, and Lill Egeland, provides no-nonsense advice of high quality.’

‘Lill Egeland is one of kind; offers advice of high quality, to-the-point and fast.’

‘Our contact person has been Lill Egeland, and she has both assisted us directly and ensured that we have received assistance from other team members. I am impressed by the whole team. They are super available and responsive, highly knowledgeable and really tuned in to the issues that we are facing.’

‘We have worked most closely with partner and head of the team, Lill Egeland. What I really like about working with Lill is that she has a unique ability to understand our needs and translate that into relevant, concise and understandable advice. I can also recommend senior lawyer Ingrid Fladberg Brucker, who has guided us through some challenging topics.’

‘I have had the pleasure to work with Trond Erik Kvalsnes on several occasions. He is extremely knowledgeable, very responsive and explains complex legal matters in a pragmatic way. He gets to the point and seeks to find the best solution. In addition I find Trond Erik Kvalsnes very nice to work with – it’s a collaboration, not “just” a client/lawyer relationship, which I appreciate.’

‘The high competence and involvement from partner Lill Egeland really makes a difference. When combining law and strategic options, she is brilliant.’

‘Lill Egeland is always willing to step up if needed – a facilitator.’

Key clients

Hewlett-Packard

Telia

Klarna

Mars Norge

PepsiCo

Elkjøp

Orona

Oslo Metropolitan University

The Municipality of Bærum

Go-Ahead

Egmont

TietoEvry

Work highlights

  • Assisted Atkins Norge with the employment aspects of its reorganisation, providing advice on both legal aspects and aspects related to leadership and assisted with strategic assessments, information to elected representatives and employees, preparation of documentation and assessments on selection of redundant employees.
  • Assisted the University of Agder with a large project aimed at determining whether parts or all of its academic personnel are exempt from the working time provisions of Norwegian law.
  • Acted for the Municipality of Baerum in whistleblowing cases as the external member to the whistleblowing board of the Municipality of Bærum.

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein covers the full spectrum of employment issues, including collective labour law work and pensions mandates. The team is regularly instructed to handle the employment aspects of major transactions, restructurings and investigations as well as high-profile disputes, including cases of embezzlement, employee personal data disputes and claims related to breaches of non-compete clauses. Simen Lium ‘has an enormous knowledge of employment law’ and regularly acts for clients in the financial services and public sectors; he jointly leads the team with Bergen-based Fredrik Gisholt, who specialises in competition clauses, downsizings and individual terminations.

Practice head(s):

Simen Lium; Fredrik Gisholt

Other key lawyers:

Jan Backer

Testimonials

‘Always available for my questions. I get clear guidance and I always feel confident that the answers I get are as correct as possible.’

‘Jan Backer has lengthy experience and I trust his judgement. He explains things so I can understand, not having a legal background myself. I always feel I can ask him about anything.’

‘A very responsive team, who are down to earth and easy to work with. They have excellent people skills, which makes them my number one choice for employment and labour law matters.’

‘Simen Lium has a solution-oriented approach. He is service minded and has an enormous knowledge of employment law. Very efficient, always extremely well prepared and ready to help out.’

Key clients

The Ministry of Defence

Vygruppen

Norgesgruppen

Gard

Maersk

Norfund

The Radisson Hotel Group

Norsk Gjenvinning

Norsk Hydro

Transocean

Yara

Wilhelmsen Group

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean

Eidsiva Energi

TESS

Siemens

Asplan Viak

Enova

Sykehusinnkjøp

Callenberg Technology Group/Trident Maritime Group

Ikano Bank

Norges Bank

Marsh & McLennan Companies

L’Oreal

G2 Ocean

Odfjell Drilling

Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Skipsrederi

Laerdal Medical

Base Gruppen

TTS Group

Nordic Semiconductor ASA

Lerøy

Amedia

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Ministry of Defence with employment law issues related to strategic agreements with private parties.
  • Assisted Mastercard with its £2.8bn acquisition of Nets’ A2A Business.
  • Acted for Byggservice AS in a NOK10m claim against its former managing director based on embezzlement claims.

Deloitte Advokatfirma AS

Deloitte Advokatfirma AS’ employment practice regularly assists corporations in the energy, retail and media sectors and governmental bodies. The team advises on assignment contracts including international employment issues, social security and pension mandates, whistleblowing matters, restructurings, individual employment contracts, temporary staff issues and GDPR-related work. Team heads Gro Forsdal Helvik, Thomas Talén and Bjørn Ofstad are experienced in pension matters, restructurings and negotiations with unions.

Practice head(s):

Gro Forsdal Helvik; Thomas Talén; Bjørn Ofstad

Testimonials

‘Enthusiastic, responsive.’

‘Positive, creative, think outside the box mentality, always looking out for us.’

‘Fast feedback and good communication. Thomas Talén has a high level of competence and is a good adviser for us in many areas.’

‘Easy access to legal advice, very trustworthy compared to others. Always objective and reliable. Great capacity and very solid knowledge in difficult cases, big or small challenges.’

‘Easy access, easy to talk to, not afraid to have opposite or other opinions.’

‘What makes this practice unique is the way they communicate. They always give quick responses and feedback when I ask for assistance. They quickly get to grips with the matter and gradually become well acquainted with the type of company we are and how we want to communicate with our employees and customers. They have good humour while being very serious.’

‘They are very quick to understand and read my needs. They contact me in advance of a challenge and help us avoid upcoming problems. At the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, they were in place to help immediately. I also really appreciate their sense of humour while being very serious at work. This makes it both educational and enjoyable to work with them.’

‘The Deloitte team I am working with has strength in different backgrounds, so that I have access to the best competence within any specific area.’

Key clients

DNV GL

Telenor

Handelsbanken NUF

DNB Bank ASA

NHST Media Group

Sats Group AS

Norconsult AS

The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV)

Stiftelsen Kistefos-Museet

Flight Park AS

IRIS Salten IKS

Ivrig Handel AS

Omnicom Media Group AS

Norwegian Nuclear Decommissioning (NND)

TechnipFMC

Megaflis AS

Westcom Power & Automation AS

EAT Stockholm Food Forum AS

Brodogradevna Industrija

Kleven Verft AS

Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

Work highlights

  • Provided global employment law advice to TechnipFMC relating to its global employees, including drafting template contracts, structuring employment relationships and acting in disputes.
  • Assisting MegaFlis with employment law and data privacy issues.
  • Assisted the Norwegian Nuclear Decommissioning with the transfer of business from a private foundation to a public body.

DLA Piper

Per Benonisen heads up the employment practice at DLA Piper, which has a strong track record in advising on the employment aspects of transactions, reorganisations and restructurings. The team provides advice on employee benefits, working hours and employee claims, collective temporary lay-offs and stock option schemes. Berit Reiss-Andersen has experience in investigations and whistleblowing matters as well as pensions litigation, and Kaja Kaarby's areas of expertise include individual and collective employment issues as well as reorganisations and redundancies.

Practice head(s):

Per Benonisen

Other key lawyers:

Berit Reiss-Andersen; Kaja Kaarby

Key clients

Møller Mobility Group

Uber Norway

Discovery Networks Norway

Compass Group

Dentsu Aegis Network Norge

Spotify

Sony Music Entertainment Norway

Oneco

AIG

Heidelberg

Betonmast

Work highlights

  • Advised one of the largest car companies in Northern Europe on its employment matters in Norway, including assisting the company with a complex temporary lay-off involving more than 300 employees in Norway, Sweden and the Baltics.
  • Advised a leading international insurance company on all of its employment matters in Norway including reorganisations, employee benefits and employee claims.
  • Advised Discovery Networks Norway on a range of employment issues, including assisting with a company reorganisation.

Advokatfirmaet Føyen Torkildsen AS

Advokatfirmaet Føyen Torkildsen AS acts for clients from various sectors, with an increased presence in the arts and entertainment industries and expertise in acting for unions and public sector clients. The team, which is headed up by Preben Haugmoen Mo, is experienced in downsizings, employment regulations, non-discrimination matters, cross-border transfers of employees and personal data issues. Litigator Lars Skotvedt specialises in reorganisations, Anniken Astrup regularly assists employee organisations with labour advice, and Marianne Klausen focuses on anti-corruption matters.

Practice head(s):

Preben Haugmoen Mo

Other key lawyers:

Lars Skotvedt; Anniken Astrup; Marianne Klausen

Key clients

The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet

The National Museum

Gresvig AS/Intersport Norway Drift AS

The Norwegian Police Federal Union

Statens Veivesen, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration

Accenture AS

Clear Channel Norway AS

Bouvet ASA

BMI/Icopal Norge AS

Snøhetta Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted Oslo Stock Exchange with a major reorganisation and downsizing process after Euronext bought Oslo Børs VPS Holding ASA in the beginning of 2020.
  • Assisted the National Museum with a variety of employment law matters including advising on individual cases related to employees who underperform, acting in complex whistleblower cases, drafting employment agreements and working hour arrangements.
  • Acted for the Norwegian Police Federal Union and its members in all disputes that fall under the Civil Servants Act.

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

Kvale Advokatfirma DA assists domestic players from a range of sectors including the aquaculture, media and oil and gas industries, as well as international corporations. Recently, the team, which is led by the ‘highly experienced and professionalNicolay Skarning, has advised multiple clients on significant downsizings and restructurings in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Jan-Erik Sverre focuses on employment disputes and Monica Gjerde Sperre, who joined from SANDS in 2020, is experienced in incentives mandates and the employment aspects of transactions.

Practice head(s):

Nicolay Skarning

Other key lawyers:

Jan-Erik Sverre; Monica Gjerde Sperre

Testimonials

‘Nicolay Skarning is highly experienced, professionally skilled and always available.’

‘Extremely available. Deliveries always on time. No internal competition between partners.’

‘Strong listeners. Trusted advisers. Give me the impression that my business is the most important, not theirs.’

‘Kvale’s employment department, lead by Nicolay Skarning, is by far the most experienced and best in Norway. Nicolay always makes sure he has the best people also around and runs several seminars during the year which update us on all new regulations.’

‘They are fast but accurate and make sure we have a view from the other side. They reply any time 24/7 if urgent and quickly with written responses and agreements if needed.’

Key clients

DNMF

Hegnar Media

Lerøy Havfisk

Havila Kystruten

Jets/Jets Vacuum

IKEA Norway/IKEA International

Incita

The National Teachers Union

ABCHus

Caverion Norge

KGK Retain Industries

Monday Production

PostNord Strålfors

JELD-WEN Norge

Business Norway

Work highlights

  • Acted for Caverion in a comprehensive investigation of its contractual relationship with Statsbygg in connection with the project for the construction of the new National Museum in Oslo.
  • Represented DNMF, the Norwegian Federation of Engineers, in a principal case before the Labour Court which led to a principal clarification of collective labour law with regard to the protection of hired employees in the context of redundancies.
  • Acted for the National Teachers Union in a case of principle in the Norwegian Supreme Court concerning the retirement and pension scheme for all members of the national pension scheme for the public service in Norway.

SANDS

SANDS fields ‘an established practice for employment agreements’, which advises large domestic and international corporations from various sectors including the life sciences, retail, sports apparel and chemical industries. The team, led by Per Ragnar Bronken, regularly advises clients on restructurings and the related dismissals, and acts in contentious matters regarding senior management dismissals, pension agreements and whistleblowing matters. Henning Heitmann acts for several corporate entities in Norway, Espen Johannessen has particular experience in the energy sector, and Torkel Tveit focuses on the retail sector.

Practice head(s):

Per Ragnar Bronken

Other key lawyers:

Henning Heitmann; Espen Johannessen; Torkel Tveit

Testimonials

‘SANDS have a solid insight into Norwegian employment law, an established practice for employment agreements and offer an excellent overview of the cultural aspects governing the employer/employee relationship. They have a proven track record in settling disputes and work to find good settlements, before and in court.’

‘I have used the services of Henning Heitmann on two occasions, and can highly recommend his efficient and solid advice. In settling disputes, I would absolutely have him represent me versus the other side – he is analytical, sharp, efficient and a strong negotiator.’

Key clients

AstraZeneca Norway

AF Gruppen

Stryker Norway

Aleris

Stokke

Rambøll

Abax

Work highlights

  • Assisted AstraZeneca Norway with a substantial restructuring and redundancy process.
  • Advised AF Gruppen on its organisation and its different subsidiaries, including representing it in several court disputes and providing day-to-day assistance to HR management and leaders at all levels.
  • Acting for Aleris in a substantial lawsuit concerning the labour market in the private healthcare sector.

Brækhus Advokatfirma DA

Brækhus Advokatfirma DA advises a variety of domestic clients, including several labour organisations and unions, as well as international corporations on the full range of employment matters. The team, which is headed up by Eirin Simonsen, is experienced in handling downsizings and reorganisations as well as internal investigations and contentious dismissals. Eivind Arntsen regularly advises NGOs, Johan Hveding is experienced in arbitration proceedings, and Christian Engelstad is well-versed in whistleblowing and psycho-social work environment mandates.

Practice head(s):

Eirin Simonsen

Other key lawyers:

Eivind Arntsen; Johan Hveding; Christian Engelstad

Key clients

Industri Energi

AAF

FUS

Oluf Lorentzen

Sogndal Municipal

Capgemini Norge AS

Yamaha Motors Europe

Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS

Krogsveen Eiendomsmegler AS

German Norwegian Chamber of Commerce

Solidaritet Norge

Flytoget AS

Høyer Gruppen AS

Bull & Co Advokatfirma AS

Bull & Co Advokatfirma AS regularly acts for domestic companies and institutions, including several unions, as well as international corporations, with particular knowledge of the technology, life sciences and healthcare sectors. Anette Mellbye heads up, the team which is experienced in pension matters, collective bargaining agreements, transfers of undertakings, employee agreements and working time regulations. Kåre Bjørlo and Thomas Berg Nordahl have experience in reorganisations, restructurings and downsizing projects.

Practice head(s):

Anette Mellbye

Other key lawyers:

Kåre Bjørlo; Thomas Berg Nordahl

Key clients

Amesto Group

Aprila Bank

Bønes-Virik

Colosseum AS

Fellesforbundet

Hitachi Data Systems

Keep-it Technologies

Medtronic Norge

N3Zones Group

Nobels Fredssenter

Posten Norge/Bring

PUMA Norway

SAP Norge

Skattebetalerforeningen

Stadler Bussnang

SYNLAB Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Posten Norge AS on reorganisations, redundancies, health and safety issues, occupational health work and labour disputes.
  • Advised Fellesforbundet, Norwegian United Federation of Trade Unions, on a matter relating to the central conditions for members’ rights to contractual early retirement pensions.
  • Advised SAP Norge AS on issues related to its reorganisation and employee co-determination, through domestic and cross-border negotiations.

Advokatfirmaet Storeng, Beck & Due Lund (SBDL) AS

Advokatfirmaet Storeng, Beck & Due Lund (SBDL) AS provides regular advice to national and international clients on the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including whistleblowing claims, working environment cases, restructuring processes, redundancies and transfers of undertakings. The team is headed up by Kari Bergeius Andersen and includes Nils H Storeng, Arve Due Lund and Thomas Braut Svendsen. Ragnhild J Nakling and Håkon Andreassen joined from Wiersholm and Kvale Advokatfirma DA in 2020, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Kari Bergeius Andersen

Other key lawyers:

Nils H Storeng; Arve Due Lund; Thomas Braut Svendsen; Ragnhild J Nakling; Håkon Andreassen; Elizabeth Ege

Testimonials

‘Strong knowledge about Norwegian employment law. Professional and easy to work with, always give clear recommendations based on different scenarios. Efficient and flexible with regards to time and meetings.’

‘Elizabeth Ege is very professional and has strong knowledge.’

‘Thomas Braut Svendsen has a unique ability to help the restructuring process to be implemented with an extremely low degree of conflict. He uses a human approach and has experience not only of giving legal advice, but also of being a great “sparring partner” in demanding processes.’

‘Very strong knowledge about the legal topics of relevance for the situation at hand.’

‘Availability and responsiveness. Clear advice and recommendations.’

‘Always very informative and timely response to requests.’

Key clients

Reitan Convenience AS

Avanade Norway AS

XXL Sport & Villmark AS

Just Cruizin’ Production Group AS (JCP)

A/S Norske Shell

PEAB AS

Norges Skiforbund (Norwegian Skiing Federation)

Bertel O. Steen AS

Gothia Arvato AS

Pareto Securities AS

Willis Towers Watson AS

Assa Abloy Entrance Systems AS

BRAV AS

Neptune Software AS

Santa Maria Norge AS

Valvoline Oil AS

NCC Industry AS

WSP Norge AS

Puzzel AS

Carl Zeiss AS

HR NORGE

Destinasjon Røros

Regnskap Norge AS

Oslo Met – storbyuniversitet (Oslo Metropolitan University)

Norges Idrettshøgskole (Norwegian School of Sport Sciences)

The Directorate of Integration and Diversity (IMDi)

Bauer Media AS

Ramudden AS

The Norwegian Dental Association (NDA)

Stena Recycling AS

Arts Council Norway

Olivia AS

Norwegian Bureau for the Investigation of Police Affairs

Nordre Follo Municipality

GRID-Arendal

Work highlights

  • Advised Reitan Convenience AS on a redundancy process.
  • Represented Shell in a court case.
  • Provided a broad spectrum of legal services and employment law advice to OsloMet.