Employment in Norway

Arntzen de Besche

Led by Frode Martin Toftevåg, who is ‘a competent employment lawyer, always hands on, and provides clear, timely and very sound advice‘, the employment practice at Arntzen de Besche is praised by clients for its ‘strong knowledge and competence within Norwegian labour law‘. The group has a strong presence in the aviation industry, and experience advising on collective labour law issues. The team is also well-versed in assisting clients from the media sector. Sven Iver Steen specialises in pensions issues, and firm managing partner Håvard Sandnes has expertise in handling business transfer matters. Christian Backe assists with transfers of undertakings, downsizings, reorganisations and whistleblowing issues.  The ‘exceptional‘ Knut-Marius Sture is also active in the group.

Practice head(s):

Frode Martin Toftevåg

Other key lawyers:

Christan Backe; Sven Iver Steen; Håvard Sandnes; Knut-Marius Sture


‘Arntzen de Besche is our go to firm for Norwegian employment law advice. Carefully thought out and crafted advice.’

‘Knut-Marius Sture is exceptional – always responsive/available and really understands the needs and pressures of multi-national clients. He is also not afraid to give robust and forward thinking advice.’

‘Frode Martin Toftevåg is outstanding. He understands the client’s needs, often better than the client himself, and goes beyond what anyone can expect to accommodate those needs in a timely fashion. His legal understanding and knowledge is unmatched, with an extraordinary ability to solve issues previously thought unsolvable in the most complex legal areas. He delivers truly exceptional quality, always on schedule, and is quick to respond.’

‘Håvard Sandnes is very professional, very solution oriented, very calm, treating all individuals with respect. Highly skilled.’

‘The team’s strengths are speed of response, quality of the advice and the practicality of it. They never ‘sit on the fence’, and provide clear, concise direction.’

‘All of the individuals in the team are of the highest calibre. It doesn’t matter who you deal with, they are extremely knowledgeable, professional and able to explain the most complex legal issues in the most straightforward way. Moreover, they are exceptionally personable and a real pleasure to work with.’

‘Very good knowledge about employment law and practice.’

‘A competent and professional team with quick response to any questions we may have.’

Key clients

Equinor ASA


SAS Group

Nordic Entertainment Group

The Central Bank of Norway

Widerøe Flyveselskap AS

Vard Group AS


DNB Bank

TrønderEnergi AS


Avinor AS

Novartis Norge AS

The Ministry of Finance

Sparebanken Vest

Nettpartner AS

Aviator Airport Alliance AS

Spencer Stuart

Work highlights

  • Advising airline carrier SAS on a range of employment law and pension matters, most recently on workforce reductions arising from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advised the Norwegian Ministry of Finance on an employment matter concerning the appointment of a CEO.
  • Advised the Norwegian judges’ organisation on the employment aspects of the reorganisation of the judiciary in Norway.


At BAHR, the team recently represented longstanding client Spekter before the Supreme Court in a high-profile case concerning the secondary legal effect of collective agreements on individual employment agreements, concerning the issue as to whether employees are entitled to a wage supplement following a previous collective agreement even after the agreement ceases to apply following a change to the employers’ organisation; practice head Tarjei Thorkildsen led on this matter. Other key practitioners include pension law expert Peter Hammerich, of counsel Geir Gustavsson and private equity specialist Børre Sofus Arnet. Senior associate Hannah Osberg Andresen and associate Agnes Inora Marie Strøm Olsen are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Tarjei Thorkildsen

Other key lawyers:

Peter Hammerich; Børre Sofus Arnet; Geir Mikalsen; Hannah Osberg Andresen; Agnes Inora Marie Strøm Olsen


‘Excellent; service minded.’

‘Great team that helps and assists us a lot. Competent, professional, great cultural fit.’

‘Tarjei Thorkildsen is the best lawyer in his field, very competent and a great adviser. Always “on” and the cooperation works seamless between us. Always good people surrounding him.’

‘The team has a high level of competence with a mix of established and very competent partners and up and coming young lawyers. They have a high level of concern for the client and the clients’ needs that exceed the concrete case.’

‘Tarjei Thorkildsen stands out in the market as one of the most competent employment lawyers, and is our preferred lawyer for big or complicated cases.’

Key clients

The Employer’s Association Spekter

Norwegian Airline

Color Line

Aker ASA

Norsk Luftambulanse

Sporveien Oslo AS

NRK (Norwegian Broadcast Corporation – NRK)

Sport 1

Posten Norge/Bring


Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing litigation services and legal advice to Spekter, one of Norway’s leading employers’ confederations.

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS has ‘a very professional and strong employment law team‘ which ‘covers all aspects within the labour law field‘. Gaute Krokann, who heads up the practice, specialises in advising public sector and state-owned companies, as well as private companies, on restructurings, reorganisations, transfers of undertakings and disputes. Kari Gimmingsrud is ‘professional and efficient‘, and handles privacy matters, outsourcings and pensions issues. Lars Kokkvold ‘has solid and strong legal knowledge that stands out‘ and regularly acts for SMEs, while the ‘calm, knowledgeable, and solution driven’ Pål Kvernaas focuses on employee terminations, outsourcings and collective labour issues. Sten Foyn provides ‘strong and reliable advice‘ on contentious employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Gaute Krokann

Other key lawyers:

Lars Kokkvold; Kari Gimmingsrud; Pål Kvernaas; Sten Foyn


‘In-depth knowledge about the industry and our business. The team respond quickly when support is needed. They use a language that is easy for the customers to understand and deal with.’

‘Pål Kvernaas always responds quickly to our needs, delivering services of high value and quality. He has an unique ability to find ways that leads to solutions, and manage to apply the law into practical use for the customer. He has excellent collaboration and communication skills.’

‘Gaute Krokann always responds quickly. He always provides the necessary resources. We are especially satisficed with his knowledge and valuable experience with all the company specific issues.’

Very good communication skills and fantastic service.’

‘The team is the strongest legal team I have been working with. They possess a unique combination of skills combined with a very high level of legal expertise. Their level of competence and capacity for solving cases makes them a very trustworthy and efficient partner.’

‘Lars Kokkvold and Sten Foyn both stand out as truly dedicated and engaged in our business and in helping us solving various legal issues. The way Lars Kokkvold works with customers to ensure that we feel taken care of is truly extraordinary. He follows up beyond expectations which really helps in keeping focus on all matters of business we have besides the legal issues. Sten Foyn’s way of using his profound knowledge to understanding the issue, finding solutions/solving it together with the customer is beyond all other experience with other lawyers in other firm’s. The combination of being to-the-point and sharp with a very respectful manner is truly unique and he comes across as a lawyer that people really listen to.’

‘Haavind provides legal advice based on excellent knowledge of the law and regulation. In addition Haavind provides practical and strategic advice in order not to escalate the conflict.’

‘Very good capabilities in Norwegian labour law, very quick to respond and spot on advice.’

Key clients

Norsk Hydro




Telenor Group

Norwegian Air Shuttle

Posten Norge

ISS Facility Service


Helse Sør-Øst

NHST Media Group

Norges Bank

Forsvaret / The Norwegian Armed Forces

Work highlights

  • Assisted Norsk Hydro with the employment aspects of its transaction with Lyse.
  • Assisting Norwegian Air Shuttle Group with the planning, preparation and implementation of a large-scale restructuring of the entire Norwegian group, including downsizing measures and temporary lay-offs of several hundred employees.

Advokatfirmaet Hjort

Advokatfirmaet Hjort‘s practice demonstrates ‘excellent employment law knowledge‘, and focuses on advising an employer-side client base encompassing the oil and gas, retail, construction, energy, manufacturing and banking sectors, as well as assisting governmental entities and unions. Litigator Lars Styren heads up the department, and Jens Kristian Johansen is very experienced in handling individual and collective employment law matters. Christopher Hansteen ‘provides top of the line legal advice‘ on pensions matters, and Claude Lenth ‘is an excellent lawyer to work with, providing fast and hands-on advice on all aspects of employment law‘. Firm managing partner Anne Marie Due is a key name for whistleblowing cases, and Alex Borch is highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

Lars Styren

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Hjort has assisted our company in several cases related to labour law and private contractual agreements. The partners and lawyers have a very pleasant, professional and result-oriented approach.’

‘Christopher Hansteen has renowned legal expertise with solid understanding of labour politics as well. He has a unique ability to convey complex legal matters in an understandable and practical manner. He has also a professional and human approach to labour dispute resolution.’

‘Advokatfirmaet Hjort is a highly competent and professional firm.’

‘Engaged – connected – well prepared – good sparring and great interest in the business.’

‘Claude Lenth is a very experienced lawyer with a great level of knowledge. His approach is always positive, with confidence and clear in the objectives.’

Jens Kristian Johansen is extremely good at finding solutions in difficult situations. He is highly commercial in his mind set.’

‘Highly competent and very experienced, high quality, always deliver on time, excellent understanding of my business.’

‘The team has the knowledge, is friendly and responds as quickly as possible.’

Key clients

Norske Skog



Opplysningsvesenets Fond



National Oilwell Varco Norway AS

Odfjell Drilling AS

Nordkraft AS

Privatmegleren AS

Asker og Bærum Brann og Redning



SMB Norge



Hordafor AS

Nobina Norge AS

EFC Norge AS


Norsk Sykepleierforbund (Norwegian Nurse Organisation)

The Norwegian Engineers and Managers Association


Opplysningsvesenets Fond



National Oilwell Varco Norway AS

Odfjell Drilling AS

Nordkraft AS

Privatmegleren AS

Asker og Bærum Brann og Redning



SMB Norge



Alfa Laval Nordic

AIG Europe S.A.


Nordic Retail Group

Espira Gruppen

Samlerhuset AS

Norwegian Soccer Coach Association


Maersk Drilling

IngerSoll Rand AB

Work highlights

  • Assisting TietoEvry AS with a downsizing process, involving over 150 employees.
  • Assisting Husqvarna Norge with an ongoing restructuring and redundancy process following the closure of one of the client’s production plants.

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS’ practice has ‘high competence with complex employment law matters‘ and ‘delivers a high-quality service every time‘. Stein Kimsås-Otterbech leads the ‘always available, dedicated and effective‘ team, which has notable strength in advising oil and gas sector clients on the full range of employment law issues. Trond Hatland leads the employment team in Bergen, and is regularly instructed on contentious employment mandates. Tron Dalheim is ‘a very experienced employment lawyer, who combines clear advice with a calm and professional style‘. At managing associate level, Ingrid Cathrine Nielsen handles cross-border employment work, transfers of undertakings, redundancies and individual terminations, and Håkon Bergehas high integrity and a solution-oriented focus‘. Senior associate Alexandra Refsnes is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Stein Kimsås-Otterbech

Other key lawyers:

Tron Dalheim; Ingrid Cathrine Nielsen; Trond Hatland; Håkon Berge; Alexandra Refsnes


‘High competence with complex employment law matters. Strong performance within litigation. Experienced team.’

Practical approach.’

‘Trond Dalheim is a very experienced employment lawyer. He combines clear advice with a calm and professional style. He is service-minded and always hands-on, knowing how much work is needed to handle our risks.’

Alexandra Refsnes is one of Thommessen’s emerging talents. We are impressed with both her legal skills, good judgement and independent way of solving complex cases.’

‘Advokatfirmaet Thommessen and its team within employment deliver high quality services every time. Always available, dedicated and effective, and aiming for good solutions for its clients.’

‘Håkon Berge has high integrity and a solution-oriented focus. Always available at short notice, supportive, efficient, and clear in his advice.’

Key clients

Equinor ASA

Microsoft Norge AS

B2Holding ASA


Maersk Drilling Norway AS

Kongsberg Gruppen ASA

NorgesGruppen ASA

Bama Gruppen 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


Zalando SE


Wintershall DEA Norge AS

AS Norske Shell

Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS)

MDE Group AS / MDE Personnel AS

Work highlights

  • Assisting global online platform company Kahoot! ASA with all areas of employment law, including global remote working issues.
  • Advising Microsoft Norway on the full range of employment law issues, including workforce adjustments and reductions and settlement agreements.
  • Assisting Equinor with several employment disputes, including cases of termination of employment.


Wiersholm‘s practice regularly assists domestic and international clients with employment litigation, whistleblowing cases, restructurings, reorganisations and investigations. The ‘extremely professional, exceptionally skilled and always available‘ team is also well versed in handling the employment aspects of large transactions and M&A deals. Jan Fougner is highly regarded for his extensive expertise in assisting financial institutions and pension funds with contentious mandates, and also acts in investigations. Fougner co-heads the department with Eli Aasheim and Christel Søreide, who clients praise as ‘outstanding partners‘. Managing associate Ellen Røyneberg is active on privacy matters.

Practice head(s):

Jan Fougner; Eli Aasheim; Christel Søreide

Other key lawyers:

Ellen Røyneberg


‘Practical advice, competent, service minded.’

‘Advokatfirmaet Wiersholm AS provides excellent service.’

‘Eli Aasheim, Christel Søreide, are both out standing partners. Ellen Røyneberg is a competent lawyer/associate.’

‘Extremely professional, exceptionally skilled and always available.’

Key clients

Schibsted ASA


International Business Machines

Aller Media AS


Widerøe Ground Handling AS


Felleskjøpet Agri SA


Fellesordningen for avtalefestet pensjon

Conoco Phillips

Summa Equity

Work highlights

  • Assisted Hurtigruten ASA with an investigation arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advised Arcus ASA on the employment aspects of its cross-border merger with Finish Altia to form the company Anora Group Plc.

CMS Kluge

CMS Kluge has ‘deep knowledge of employment matters‘ and the department is well known for handling instructions from public sector clients, and regularly assists private companies with the whole spectrum of employment work. Practice head Marco Lilli specialises in employment litigation, workforce reductions and transfers of employees. Johan Krabbe-Knudsen advises oil and gas clients on internal investigations, restructurings and cross-border transfers of undertakings, and Anders Stenbrenden focuses on employment litigation. Nina Gundersen Sandnes is a key name for pensions law matters, Nils Kristian Lie is experienced in working time arrangements and collective agreements, and Ole André Oftebro has expertise in whistleblowing cases.

Practice head(s):

Marco Lilli

Other key lawyers:

Johan Krabbe-Knudsen; Nina Gundersen Sandnes; Anders Stenbrenden; Nils Kristian Lie; Ole André Oftebro


‘The combination of superior knowledge of the law and and the use of strategic and polite procedure. The tactical skills.’

‘Deep knowledge of employment law matters with the ability to give good guidance in complex matters.’

‘Marco Lilli has a deep knowledge of employment law, and he is impressive in providing initial “to the point” legal guidance on the basis of limited factual information.’

‘Johan Krabbe-Knudsen’s direct support on labour and employment has always be quick, practical and accurate.’

‘Very professionally skilled and attentive.’

‘The CMS Kluge team members with whom I worked directly are very professional, thinking out of the box, coming up with solutions, explaining the legal backgrounds in details as for a non-legal professional, highlighting the risks.’

‘Very flexible, very supportive, available on short notice, providing feedback in due time, very professional in the feedback provided, deep knowledge in our area.’

‘Ole André Oftebro is very up to date in the employment-field; he is quick to respond; and his advice and presentations are easy to understand. He also seems eager to deliver value for money.’

Key clients

Electrolux Home Products Norway AS

Eplehuset AS

Hesselberg Group

Innovation Norway

The Norwegian Rail Directorate

Keolis Norge AS

Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation

The Norwegian Police Directorate

Work highlights

  • Assisting the Norwegian Rail Directorate with the employment aspects of the outsourcing of Norwegian rail transport, involving transfers of employees.
  • Assisted Electrolux with a reorganisation process, involving a workforce reduction.
  • Defending the Hesselberg Group in disputes brought by employees, including litigation arising from a downsizing.

Homble Olsby advokatfirma AS

Boutique employment firm Homble Olsby advokatfirma AS stands out for its ‘in-depth competence and extensive experience in the field‘. The firm operates as part of Littler Mendelson, P.C.‘s global group, and acts as the group’s coordinator in the Nordics. Ole Kristian Olsby, who ‘gives pragmatic advice‘, jointly heads up the practice with the ‘very committedRunar Homble, who has extensive expertise in advising on disputes arising from whistleblowing cases, redundancies and reorganisations. Trond Erik Solheimhas a solid, fundamental understanding of pensions rights and presents his knowledge very clearly‘, while Tore Lerheim ‘is very thorough and experienced‘, and regularly advises on pension law. Merete Furesund focuses on collective labour matters, and Trond Erik Kvalsnes joined from Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Ole Kristian Olsby; Runar Homble

Other key lawyers:

Trond Erik Solheim; Tore Lerheim; Merete Furesund; Trond Erik Kvalsnes


Homble Olsby has good knowledge of the Norwegian labour law and a cost saving pragmatic approach for the long run.’

Trond Erik Solheim’s expertise in employment law is significant.’

‘Tore Lerheim is very thorough and experienced. He is also good at finding solutions that enable us to close cases in a satisfactory way.’

‘The team is very friendly and efficient, and has the level of speciality that means that they grasp the key issues at hand very fast, and is cost efficient for us.’

‘Runar Homble, Trond Erik Solheim and Merete Furesund have all demonstrated friendliness, efficiency and are highly dependable. Always keeping timelines and very to the point in deliveries.’

‘The team is very attentive to our needs and provides practical, to-the-point legal advice.’

‘Merete Furesund is highly skilled and experienced within the field of employment law. She responds quickly, is good at understanding what we are asking for and provides useful advice. Her extensive experience with employment related issues and the knowledge and understanding of our company makes her a valuable discussion partner in complicated cases. Furesund is very service-minded and pleasant to work with. She also has very good people skills and is highly appreciated in our company.’

‘They are service-oriented and available when needed.’

Key clients

Crystal Acquisition Company Limited

Dalema Group

Elkjøp Nordic AS / Elkjøp Norge AS

Fjellinjen AS

GK Norge

Globalization Partners Ltd

Gnist Group

Iyuno Media Group

Kaffebryggeriet AS

Lily Hospitality Group AS

NEP Norway AS

Norwegian Air Traffic Controllers Association

Norwegian Sea Rescue Society (Redningsselskapet)

Postnord AS

RiskPoint AS

Saipem Drilling Norway AS

The Norwegian Police Union

The Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT)

Work highlights

  • Advising Elkjøp Group on a broad range of employment and pension law matters, within Norway and and on an international basis.
  • Providing ongoing assistance to NATCA, Norwegian Air Traffic Controllers Association, on all individual and collective labour law matters concerning both the association and its members, including advising on a major temporary lay-off process.
  • Providing employment advice to all the companies in the Dalema Group, including assisting with a restructuring.

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt‘s full-service employment practice has a strong track record in assisting with the employment aspects of transactions and restructurings. Department head Martin Jetlund focuses on pensions work, transfers of undertakings and international mandates, and Magnus Lütken specialises in advising on the employment aspects of transactions and restructurings, as well as handling litigation. The client roster includes companies in the aviation, oil and gas, financial services and technology sectors. Senior associate Marie Hagberg is active on pension matters and redundancy cases. Trond Stang has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Martin Jetlund

Other key lawyers:

Magnus Lütken; Marie Hagberg


‘Very fast and practical answers.’

Key clients






Polaris Media




ExxonMobil/Esso Norge

Work highlights

  • Advised TietoEVRY on a multi-jurisdictional transfer of undertakings process following the sale of its oil and gas software business to Aucerna.
  • Advised Tryg on all employment aspects in relation to the client’s acquisition of RSA Group.
  • Providing ongoing employment law advice to a fishing company.

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS

Pensions law expert André Istad Johansen heads up Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS‘ employment team, which is noted for its ‘deep knowledge within the area combined with strong commercial orientation‘. Cross-border work is a core pillar of strength for the group, and restructurings, employment-related M&A matters, transfers of undertakings and whistleblowing claims are key areas of instruction. Hans Jørgen Bender is ‘a clever, pragmatic and to-the-point lawyer and adviser’, and Are Fagerhaug regularly handles restructuring and downsizing mandates.

Practice head(s):

André Istad Johansen

Other key lawyers:

Hans Jørgen Bender; Are Fagerhaug


‘Hans Jørgen Bender is a clever, pragmatic and to-the-point lawyer and adviser. He gives street-smart and practical advice even in the most complex matters, rather than providing arguments for different solutions. Every HR manager should have a lawyer like Hans Jørgen Bender to rely on when needed.’

‘Hans Jørgen Bender gives exceptionally good advice. He is clear, straightforward and provides excellent guidance. His background gives him impact in negotiations as he is very good at reading people and situations. Hans Jørgen Bender will always be my first choice for an adviser in labour law.’

‘Hans Jørgen Bender is very commercial-oriented and is always available on short notice.’

‘Selmer’s service level is outstanding. They are always available whenever we need their expertise in ongoing cases.’

‘In-depth knowledge. Business oriented. Service minded.’

Key clients


Link Mobility Group



Norges Fiskarlag



Sopra Steria

Colosseum Dental Group

Scandi Standard




Addtech Group

Aberdeen Standard Investments


Technip FMC

Magseis Fairfield


Papyrus Norge


Work highlights

  • Assisting Pexip with the employment law aspects of its global expansion in multiple jurisdictions, including advising on the transfer of employees.
  • Represented Norges Fiskarlag in an investigation related to whistleblowing matters, involving claims of an alleged breach of Norwegian whistleblowing rules.
  • Advised Statkraft on the employment aspects of the transfer of part of its windmill operations in central Norway, which involved a transfer of undertakings.

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Noted as ‘excellent in the area of labour law‘, Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig‘s employment practice has a solid track record in handling employee terminations, whistleblowing cases, transfers of undertakings, restructurings, downsizings and reorganisations, and disputes regarding employee dismissals. Practice head Lill Egeland is ‘always available and responsive‘, with ‘very good judgement‘. Bergen-based Trine Lise Fromreide is ‘a good discussion partner‘. Marianne Kartum moved to Advokatfirmaet LAG, and Thomas Talén joined from Deloitte Advokatfirma AS.

Practice head(s):

Lill Egeland

Other key lawyers:

Trine Lise Fromreide; Thomas Talén


‘Great knowledge & experience in a wide range of areas and the ability to communicate well, also taking business specific challenges into consideration.’

‘Lill Egeland is a star.’

‘Lill Egeland and her team are distinctly professional, responsive and service-minded – they help you all the way through in a personal and pleasant way. No issue is too big and no issue is too little. The service delivered by SVW has always been excellent and with a personal touch that they are highly valued by.’

‘Industry knowledge combined with solid academic knowledge. Availability. Good judgement.’

‘Their expertise in the field, their concrete and excellent suggestions to solving problems related to restructuring and their soft but clear approach. In particular, partner Trine Lise Fromreide stands out in this regard.’

‘Lill Egeland is a very valuable partner that knows how to give professional advice with a practical angle.’

‘They are super available and responsive, highly knowledgeable and really tuned in to the issues that we are facing.’

‘Thomas Talén has a strategic mind and excellent communication skills.’

Key clients

Baker Hughes




Helse Vest RHF



Mars Norge

Norsk Wavin AS


Oslo Metropolitan University


Pinsemenigheten Evangeliehuset Egersund

Schlumberger Norge AS


The Municipality of Bærum

The University Hospital of Northern Norway


Velde Industri AS

Vetco Gray Scandinavia AS

Videotel Marine International

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing employment law advice to Helse Vest RHF and its subsidiaries, and recently assisted the client with a dismissal dispute.
  • Acting for Velde Industri AS and its subsidiaries in employment litigation.
  • Assisted Vetco Gray Scandinavia AS with compliance matters regarding the election of employee members to the Board of Directors.

Wikborg Rein

Headed up by Simen Lium, the employment practice at Wikborg Rein advises on all aspects of employment law and acts for a variety of clients, including aquaculture, retail, energy and financial services businesses. The team is very experienced in advising on the employment aspects of large transactions, transfers of undertakings and reorganisations, and is equally adept at handling high-profile employment disputes. Bergen-based Fredrik Gisholt focuses on downsizings, individual terminations and whistleblowing cases. Jan Backer is well known for his expertise in pensions law and executive dismissal cases. Senior lawyer Kjersti Borgen is ‘very efficient, always extremely well prepared and ready to help out‘.

Practice head(s):

Simen Lium

Other key lawyers:

Fredrik Gisholt; Jan Backer; Kjersti Borgen


The team is very professional, qualified and service minded. Their response is timely and thorough.’

Simen Lium is outstanding in his focus and follow up with our company. The advice he provides is well grounded and thorough.’

‘Mr. Lium delivers sound counselling in all matters presented to him.’

‘Jan Backer has very good knowledge of the Norwegian labour law, and gives very good advice in cases. He communicates well and is easy to work with. His written presentation is very good.’

‘The overall level of service is excellent, with quick response times and strong industry knowledge. The team is very good at advising when the position is unclear.’

‘Simen Lium and Kjersti Borgen have both got an solution-oriented approach. Simen is very service minded and has an enormous knowledge of employment law.’

‘Wikborg Rein – I find them very competent and knowledgeable and easy to work with. I always get solid support and quick delivery of services.’

‘Simen Lium is our contact. I am confident that I get proper and solid support when I ask for help and assistance. Simen Lium is easy to work with, calm and trustworthy. His advice have never proven wrong and what I value the most is his timeliness and his ability to make things simple.’

Key clients




Øgreid AS

Norsk Hydro

Norsk Gjenvinning


The Wilhelmsen Group

Norges Bank

Eidsiva Energi

Work highlights

  • Assisted Transocean with a reorganisation and downsizing process in Norway, as part of a global cost reduction process.
  • Assisted Norsk Hydro ASA with the employment aspects of its divestment of the Rolled Products business to KPS, an American investment fund.

Deloitte Advokatfirma AS

Deloitte Advokatfirma AS’ team provides ‘a first-class service‘ to global corporations on a wide range of employment law issues. International employment matters are a core strength for the group, which also fields expertise in restructurings, transfers of undertakings, pensions and social security work, and GDPR-related issues. Practice co-head Gro Forsdal Helvik is ‘very skilled‘ and is sought after for her experience in cross-border employment matters, whistleblowing cases and pension law. Practice co-head Bjørn Ofstad is a key contact for privacy-related matters. Thomas Talén moved to Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig in August 2021.

Practice head(s):

Gro Forsdal Helvik; Bjørn Ofstad


Proactive team.’

Gro Forsdal Helvik is highly qualified.’

Key clients


Max Bögl


Handelsbanken NUF

The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV)

Norwegian Nuclear Decommissioning (NND)

Norconsult AS

Megaflis AS

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing global employment law advice to TechnipFMC relating to its global employees.
  • Providing ongoing employment law advice to MegaFlis, including assistance with temporary lay-offs and redundancies.
  • Providing ongoing assistance to Norwegian Nuclear Decommissioning regarding the transfer of business from a private foundation to a public body.

Advokatfirma DLA Piper Norway DA

At Advokatfirma DLA Piper Norway DA, the team provides ongoing employment advice to car company Møller Mobility Group, and recently assisted the client with a reorganisation and downsizing process, which affected over 100 employees in Norway. The group reported an increase in restructuring and reorganisation mandates, and continues to assist with the employment aspects of transactions. Department head Per Benonisen stands out as ‘a true expert‘ in the area, with expertise spanning whistleblowing issues, contractual matters and transfers of undertakings. Kaja Kaarby is very experienced in advising on individual and collective employment issues. Associate Anniken Sjøvold handles employment agreements. Berit Reiss-Andersen left the firm in August 2021.

Practice head(s):

Per Benonisen

Other key lawyers:

Kaja Kaarby; Anniken Sjøvold


‘Always customer focused. Great knowledge and a trusted partner.’

‘Per Benonisen is a very experienced lawyer, whom we have used for several years. He always gives advice which is commercial and correct. Great person and understands our business well.’

‘Per Benonisen is a true expert, and he does not only handle the law issues, he handles the people concerned by it. Both sides of the table acknowledge his wisdom and ability to solve issues. He is extremely service-minded, and always available no matter how busy he is.’

‘Everyone I have been in contact with at DLA Piper have been exceptionally professional. They provide sound and good advice, and are always available at short notice.’

‘The team is very professional and always reachable.’

‘DLA has highly professional and skilled lawyers that work with integrity.’

Key clients

Møller Mobility Group

Geelmuyden Kiese

Discovery Networks Norway

Compass Group

Dentsu Norge


Sony Music Entertainment Norway





Making waves

Advokatfirmaet Føyen AS

Marianne Klausen heads up Advokatfirmaet Føyen AS‘ practice, which has a solid track record in representing clients from the arts and entertainment industries, and is equally adept at assisting technology, retail and public sector companies with a broad range of employment matters. Downsizings, transfers of undertakings and reorganisation mandates have been prominent in the group’s recent workload. Preben Haugmoen Mo regularly assists with investigations, Lars Skotvedt  focuses on litigation and reorganisations, and the ‘incredibly skilledAnniken Astrup ‘provides advice that is of high quality and to the point‘.

Practice head(s):

Marianne Klausen

Other key lawyers:

Lars Skotvedt; Anniken Astrup; Preben Haugmoen Mo


‘Anniken Astrup is incredibly skilled, she knows her profession, she is accurate and very effective. I get answers very quickly and she is always helpful and service-minded, more than I expect when I otherwise ask for service.’

‘It is a strong, professional team, assisting both employer and employees in employment matters, varying from individual cases to more complex redundancies.’

‘Anniken Astrup is extremely efficient.’

‘The firm is skilled in labour law problems.’

‘The company has broad expertise. They have good advisers who have integrity and are professionally strong.’

‘Anniken Astrup has extensive expertise and sees the difference in concluding an agreement rather than wanting a long-term “fight”. She’s the best lawyer I’ve ever met in employment law.’

‘Always good service, concrete and clear replies. Always on time and available for the client.’

‘Marianne Klausen: efficient, available and strong communication skills.’

Key clients

The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet

The National Museum

Intersport Norway Drift AS

The Norwegian Police Federal Union

Statens Vegvesen, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration

Accenture AS

Clear Channel Norway AS

Bouvet ASA

BMI/Icopal Norge AS

Snøhetta Group

REEL International SA

Work highlights

  • Advising REEL International on the employment aspects of its purchase of part of GE Power Norway AS, including the transfer of employees and establishment of a new Norwegian subsidiary.
  • Advising retail company Intersport on multiple large-scale downsizings and individual terminations.
  • Advising the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet on all employment-related issues, including negotiating settlement agreements and assisting with a reorganisation process.

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

Led by Nicolay Skarning, the team at Kvale Advokatfirma DA continues to handle large restructurings, downsizings and collective and individual employment issues for clients in the media, retail, oil and gas and shipping sectors. Skarning has extensive experience in advising on collective agreements, and Jan-Erik Sverre focuses on transfers of undertakings, pension law issues, dismissal cases and whistleblowing claims. Monica Gjerde Sperre specialises in assisting shipping companies with a broad range of employment law issues. Senior associate Pernille Brusdal is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Nicolay Skarning

Other key lawyers:

Jan-Erik Sverre; Monica Gjerde Sperre; Pernille Brusdal

Key clients


Hegnar Media

Lerøy Havfisk

Havila Kystruten

Jets/Jets Vacuum

IKEA Norway/IKEA International


The National Teachers Union


Caverion Norge

KGK Retain Industries

Monday Production

PostNord Strålfors


Business Norway


The ‘solution-oriented‘ team at SANDS counts employment disputes and investigations as core areas of strength, and has been kept busy acting for clients in the energy, retail, construction and healthcare sectors. Per Ragnar Bronken, who heads up the practice, regularly advises clients on large restructurings, downsizings and senior management dismissals. Other key individuals include Espen Johannessen and Henning Heitmann, who garners praise for his ‘deep knowledge of employment law‘.

Practice head(s):

Per Ragnar Bronken

Other key lawyers:

Henning Heitmann; Espen Johannessen


‘They are always available and collaborate extremely well across the whole team, involving other relevant competence when relevant for the case, and they are well-coordinated across their different offices throughout the whole country of Norway.’

‘Henning M. Heitmann is outstanding with regard to efficiency and strategic skills. in addition to his deep knowledge of employment law and related subjects. We always receive advice in due time and with relevant explanations if needed.’

Henning M. Heitmann is always solution-oriented and helps us reach our commercial goals as efficiently as possible without ending up in long discussions or proceedings.’

Key clients

AstraZeneca Norway




Asplan Viak

Brækhus Advokatfirma DA

Brækhus Advokatfirma DA is very experienced in assisting international and domestic companies and labour unions with the whole spectrum of employment matters. Practice head Eirin Simonsen is well-versed in advising on reorganisations, litigation and downsizing processes, with a notable focus on the retail sector. Johan Hveding has expertise in pension law and contentious employment issues. Senior associate Renate Heggelund is another key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Eirin Simonsen

Other key lawyers:

Renate Heggelund; Johan Hveding


‘Quick and swift response. Knowledgeable. Very practical solutions and support.’

Bull & Co Advokatfirma AS

Bull & Co Advokatfirma AS‘ department has established strength in advising clients from the healthcare, technology and life sciences sectors on a wide range of mandates, encompassing collective bargaining agreements, restructurings and reorganisations, employment contracts, pension issues and temporary lay-offs. Senior associate Jørgen Burdal leads the team, in which Anette Mellbye and Kåre Bjørlo are key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Jørgen Burdal

Other key lawyers:

Anette Mellbye; Kåre Bjørlo

Key clients

Amesto Group

Aprila Bank


N3Zones Group

Oustøen Country Club

Posten Norge/Bring

SAP Norge

Stadler Bussnang


Work highlights

  • Advising N3Zones on the full range of employment law issues.
  • Acting as longstanding employment law counsel to Posten Norge.
  • Advising Amesto AccountHouse on a range of employment law matters, including contractual negotiations.

Advokatfirmaet Ræder AS

Advokatfirmaet Ræder AS‘ team is ‘highly skilled in employment law‘, with expertise in restructurings, whistleblowing matters, pensions law, transfer of undertakings and collective wage agreements. The group is acting for technology company Tag Sensors in a dispute with the client’s former CEO concerning the CEO’s summary dismissal. Practice head Siri Falch-Olsen is ‘fearless‘, ‘efficient’ and ‘always available‘, with established expertise in handling major whistleblowing cases. Ragnhild Nakling, who joined from Advokatfirmaet Storeng, Beck & Due Lund (SBDL) AS in March 2021, is ‘an excellent employment and litigation lawyer, and has outstanding legal expertise‘.

Practice head(s):

Siri Falch-Olsen

Other key lawyers:

Ragnhild Nakling


Strong and experienced team on employment law. Accessible and easy to work with.’

Ragnhild Nakling and Siri Falch-Olsen are both very experienced employment lawyers with in-depth knowledge of employment law, good at strategic assessments, and both good contributors to amicable solutions.’

Ragnhild Nakling has outstanding social skills in assisting clients who are experiencing various types of crisis within the the field of employment law.’

Always very flexible and the collaboration is great.’

Always meet you with a smile, and always explain the situation and how to proceed in a simple way.’

Excellent legal skills combined with a highly service-minded team that has an outstanding ability to understand the key questions of the subject matter and to identify the client’s needs. They work cost efficiently.’

Key clients

Frontline Management AS

Taxi Depot AS

Colliers International AS

Dolphitech AS

Pickatale AS

Netcompany AS

Cookie Information A/S

Rjukan Næringspark KS

Tag Sensors AS

Work highlights

  • Represented Frontline Management AS before the Oslo District Court in a case concerning the alleged unlawful dismissal of an employee, involving alleged breaches of data protection.

Advokatfirmaet Storeng, Beck & Due Lund (SBDL) AS

Erik Råd Herlofsen heads up the practice at Advokatfirmaet Storeng, Beck & Due Lund (SBDL) AS. The group has ‘high-quality knowledge‘ encompassing a wide spectrum of non-contentious and contentious employment issues, and has particular expertise in acting for public sector clients. Nils H Storeng is highly regarded for his extensive experience in employment law, and focuses on whistleblowing cases. Thomas Braut Svendsen is an experienced litigator, and Arve Due Lund has expertise in advising on reorganisations and redundancies. Håkon Andreassen and Thor-Arne Wullum are other key practitioners. Ragnhild Nakling moved to Advokatfirmaet Ræder AS in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Erik Råd Herlofsen

Other key lawyers:

Nils H Storeng; Arve Due Lund; Thomas Braut Svendsen; Håkon Andreassen; Thor-Arne Wullum; Kari Bergeius Andersen


‘They are always quick and very thorough.’

‘A team that always works for your best interests. Combines great legal capabilities with sound judgement and value based approach.’

‘They are very competent when it comes to labour law.’

‘Arve Due Lund is very qualified and competent. He answers very quickly.’

They are good at utilising the entire team’s expertise in relation to the customer’s needs. They complement each other so that the customer experiences always having the “best” in the field on their case.’

Key clients

Reitan Convenience AS

A/S Norske Shell


Bertel O. Steen AS

Arvato Finance AS

Pareto Securities AS

Willis Towers Watson AS

Assa Abloy Entrance Systems AS


Neptune Software AS

Santa Maria Norge AS

Valvoline Oil AS

NCC Industry AS

WSP Norge AS

Carl Zeiss AS


Regnskap Norge AS

OsloMet – Storbyuniversitetet (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

Nordre Follo Municipality


NordicInfu Care AB NUF

Sparebank 1 Østlandet

Opplysningen 1881 AS

Akershus Eiendom AS

Tolga Kommune

Bedriftshelsetjeneste AS

Tynset kommune

FairWind AS



Arkitekthøgskolen i Oslo (Oslo School of Architecture and Design)

FIAS AS / Fjellregionen Interkommunale Avfallsselskap AS