Employment in Norway
Arntzen de Besche’s ‘knowledgeable’ practice is ‘good at grasping the challenge and core of the situation and providing well-weighted legal advice, which is easy to understand and implement’. Knut-Marius Sture leads the practice, taking over the role from Håvard Sandnes, who has notable expertise in contentious and transactional employment work. Other noteworthy individuals include Sven Iver Steen, who is a key name for pension law matters; Frode Martin Toftevåg, who handles employment disputes and joined from Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS in 2019; and public sector and pensions specialist Ingeborg Moen Borgerud. The department also excels in collective labour law issues and international mandates alongside expertise in the aviation, oil and gas, public, media, industry and construction sectors. Other notable team changes include Christian Backe’s recruitment from BAHR, Mira Tengesdal Torstenbø's recruitment from Haver Advokatfirma AS, Tron Dalheim’s departure to Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS, and Lars Holo’s retirement.
‘We work with several external law firms within different fields and are used to high professional standards and high levels of service. However, we find that the labour law team in Arntzen de Besche is in a class of its own. In our experience they are a highly competent and skilled team who not only have deep insight into the legal issues at hand, but also have in-depth knowledge of our industry and our company. Through many years as a client, we also experience an unrivalled availability. We are always offered access to every resource, often on very short notice and at any time, day or night. This is for us a telling hallmark of a culture with strong customer orientation, something we put in high regard and appreciate. All of this makes Arntzen de Besche a particularly valued business partner for us.‘
‘The team is knowledgeable and gives practical and realistic advice.‘
‘Good at grasping the challenge and core of the situation and provide well-weighted legal advice which is easy to understand and implement.’
‘We would specifically like to highlight partner Knut Marius Sture. When he handles our cases we always feel confident that the matter is in the hands of someone we know will explore every possibility and go the extra mile to get the best result possible. He always delivers excellent work and consistently achieves results that are above and beyond our expectations. His insights, drive and contributions have on many occasions been invaluable for our company.’
‘Håvard Sandnes has good availability and gives initial feedback the same day. He works hands-on together with his senior associate.‘
‘Frode Martin Toftevåg has outstanding knowledge of the regulations regarding transfer of undertakings. This, combined with the fact that he quickly gets a good understanding of the business, gives him the ability to give swift and to the point advice and the necessary clarifications. This also means that we can proceed without any delay.‘
‘I have mostly worked with Håvard Sandnes and find him very professional (quick and to the point). He also has a sense of humour which makes it more fun to work with employment law.’
Nordic Entertainment Group
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Widerøe Flyveselskap AS
Petroleum Geo-Services ASA
Boreal Transport Norge AS
- Advised Avinor on multiple employment mandates including employment litigation and the employment elements of transactions and restructurings.
- Acted for Seadrill Norway Crew in the Court of Appeal and the Appeals Committee of the Supreme Court in a dispute relating to the validity of a termination and collective redundancies.
- Advising SAS on several employment issues including its negotiations with the pilot unions in Sweden, Denmark and Norway.
Tarjei Thorkildsen heads up the department at BAHR, which acts for a high-profile client roster of corporates and employer confederations; key examples include the employer’s association Spekter, Aker and Nordea. The team also leverages the firm’s wider expertise in the private equity, asset management and financial sectors to act for private equity houses, investment banks and merchant banks. The group handles the full spectrum of employment mandates including transactional and contentious issues; in a recent highlight, the team represented Norwegian Air Shuttle in a Supreme Court case brought by several pilots and cabin crew members relating to whether they were hired personnel or part of a crew service. Peter Hammerich is the key contact for pension work, Børre Sofus Arnet acts for private equity houses, and Geir Mikalsen has notable transactional experience.
The Employer’s Association Spekter
Esso/Exxon Mobil AS
Sporveien Oslo AS
Subsea 7 AS
- Defended Norwegian Air Shuttle in the Supreme Court in a dispute brought by pilots and cabin crew members relating to whether they were hired personnel or part of a crew service delivered to the airline operators.
- Acting for the Employer’s Association Spekter in various disputes.
- Represented Norsk Industri in a dispute relating to whether the federation’s internal age limit of 67 violates the prohibition against age discrimination.
The ‘highly professional, efficient, thorough and pleasant’ group at Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS ‘strives to find good solutions which allow for further cooperation rather than conflict’ and ‘provides expert, top-quality service quickly and accurately’. The team covers all elements of employment law including litigation, pension work, data protection matters and collective employment law issues; the group's recent work includes representing Hurtigruten in the Supreme Court in a principal case regarding the threshold for dismissal, and advising Tieto on the employment elements of its merger with Evry. Practice leader Lars Kokkvold is ‘solution oriented, extremely quick to respond and communicates clearly’, Pål Kvernaas is ‘valued for his business understanding and strategic advice’, Sten Foyn is recommended for contentious work, and Gaute Krokann regularly handles restructuring processes. Clients also praise data protection expert Kari Gimmingsrud and Geir Steinberg, who advises CEOs and management boards.
‘Excellent legal skills and knowledge with a unique, pragmatic and solution-oriented approach. Always available and trustworthy regarding cost sufficient and transparent billing.‘
‘The legal team is highly professional, efficient, thorough and pleasant. They strive to find the good solutions which allow for further cooperation rather than conflict. They respond quickly and always provide adequate expertise.‘
‘We are pleased with every member of their team due to on-point advice, great response times, their knowledge, experience and professional approach. The collaboration has been great, also due to the personalities in the team and how they understand our company culture. Overall Haavind has a very professional and strong employment law team.‘
‘Haavind provides professional, expert service of top quality, quickly and accurately. I feel secure when working with Haavind that they have the competence to provide me and my company with expert advice on all legal issues related to employment and feel secure that they have our best interests at heart when offering us that advice.‘
‘Gaute Krokann provides high-quality service, he is efficient, thorough, understands our needs and knows when to challenge our judgement. He is a brilliant lawyer and combines that brilliance with sound wisdom and a pleasant approach.‘
‘Sten Foyn is a very accomplished and experienced lawyer, with great expertise in all employment law issues. He handles each case with high professionalism, and gives strong and reliable advice.‘
‘Kari Gimmingsrund is a very accomplished and experienced lawyer, professional and efficient. Gimmingsrud has great knowledge of GDPR and employment law, giving her unique knowledge in cases where both of these aspects needs consideration. We are impressed with her to-the-point advice, high capacity and swift feedback when needed.‘
‘I work with partner Pål Kvernaas and value his business understanding, strategic advice and industry knowledge.‘
‘For me, there is one lawyer that singles himself out and that is Lars Kokkvold. It is Kokkvold’s overall customer service and client focus that stands him apart from others I am in contact with. He is not only an expert legal adviser and business adviser, but he is also solution-oriented, extremely quick to respond, thorough and correct. He communicates clearly and openly and has proven to be highly knowledgeable in all matters related to labour law and commercial issues. It is also his outstanding dedication to finding the right solutions for my particular issues as early as possible that singles him out for me.‘
Norwegian Air Shuttle
ISS Facility Service
- Represented Hurtigruten in the Supreme Court in a principal case regarding the threshold for dismissal, which arose from a dismissal following a ship collision.
- Assisted Tieto with the employment elements of its merger with Evry.
- Acted for Saipem in litigation relating to the right to re-employment.
Advokatfirmaet Hjort’s employment practice is a ‘well-oiled machine’, which acts for notable clients in the energy, banking, telecoms, pharmaceuticals, education, technology and public sectors and also handles issues for senior executives; key examples include Statoil, Siemens and DNB Bank. The team also utilises the firm’s litigation strength to handle high-profile employment disputes; it recently represented the Oslo National Academy of the Arts in a sexual harassment case. Lars Styren heads up the department and joined from the NHO in early 2019, former practice head Einar Engh is a key contact for collective and individual employment law, Alex Borch focuses on litigation, and Claude Lenth handles non-compete restrictions, pension issues and data mandates. Managing partner Anne Marie Due also contributes to the practice and acts for public sector clients. The group also saw growth in early 2020 with the recruitment of Jens Kristian Johansen and Christopher Hansteen and other junior team members from Advokatfirmaet Grette AS. Jarl Borgvin Dørre joined Advokatfirmaet Lund & Co DA in mid-2019.
‘They have unique competence in difference legal directions, and they understand the political frames for our branches.‘
‘Well-oiled machine with no hiccups. Everyone “speaks the same language” and, overall, it is very client-orientated firm.’
‘The law firm Hjort does a professional, thorough and brilliant job for our business.‘
‘Claude Lenth has worked with us for several years. He understands the complexity of our business and has great skills in laws regarding GDPR and the working environment.‘
‘For our part, our legal-rep was outstanding in every matter, always accessible, always responsive, not afraid to show “the lay of the land” and extremely good value for the money. Recommended!‘
‘Claude Lenth is an excellent lawyer who does not only guide clients on the legal requirements in Norway but also gives pragmatic and solution-oriented advice, which is what the client wants.‘
DnB Asset Management AS
DnB Næringseiendom AS
DNB Bank ASA
Norsk Hydro ASA
Garantum Norge AS
Skanska Norge AS
Agasti Holding ASA
Statskog SF, Statnett SF
Juristforbundet (The Norwegian Association of Lawyers)
Svensk Filmindustri Kino AS
Kunsthøgskolen I Oslo
Boreal Norge AS
Espira Gruppen AS
Samlerhuset Norge AS
Alexander Mann Solutions Ltd
Garantum Norge AS
NHO/Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise
RHI Normag AS
University College of Applied Sciences in Oslo and Akershus (Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus/HIOA),
Norwegian Soccer Coach Association
Norges Bank (The Central Bank of Norway)
Agder Energi AS
Asker kommune (Asker municipality)
Halden kommune (Halden municipality)
Star Autoco AS
TECE Norge AS
Maersk Drilling Norge AS
- Acting for Boreal in a liability claim against Finnmark county municipality relating to the extent of responsibility for pension costs.
- Representing the Oslo National Academy of the Arts in a sexual harassment case following allegations by 20 of its students against staff members.
- Advising Maersk Drilling Norge on its reorganisation.
The practice at Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS, which ‘gives quick and clear feedback’, is led by senior management and reputational risk expert Stein Kimsås-Otterbech in Oslo, and shipping and oil and gas focused litigator Trond Hatland in Bergen. The group also recently benefited from the recruitment of the highly regarded Tron Dalheim from Arntzen de Besche; Dalheim focuses on contentious work and is active in the oil, energy and aviation sectors. The group handles a variety of contentious and transactional employment mandates and has notable expertise in international matters; the team recently advised on the transfer of 3500 employees in 34 countries from Rolls-Royce to Kongsberg Gruppen. Other clients include Microsoft Norge, Carnegie and Yara International. Managing associate Ingrid Cathrine Nielsen is also a key name to note.
‘Our impression of the team is that they are aligned and coordinated. They always give quick and clear feedback on requests, and we experienced that clear guidance was given at all times throughout our project.‘
‘We worked closely with both Ingrid Cathrine Nielsen and Stein Kimsås-Otterbech. We especially appreciate the availability and timeliness of their responses.‘
Kongsberg Gruppen ASA
Bama Gruppen AS
Microsoft Norge AS
Yara International ASA
Arbeiderpartiet (Labour Party)
Höegh Autoliners Management AS
CapMan Infra and CBRE Caledon
Etac AB/Etac AS
- Assisted with the transfer of over 3500 employees in 34 countries from Rolls-Royce to Kongsberg Gruppen as part of its acquisition of Rolls-Royce’s commercial marine division.
- Advising Microsoft Norway on employment issues including sensitive personnel matters.
- Represented GC Rieber Crewing and GC Rieber Shipping in a dispute brought by 16 former employees regarding termination of employment and transfer of undertaking issues.
Regularly handling complex employment matters, Wiersholm fields ‘a powerhouse employment team’, which ‘consistently provides high-quality advice and first-class service’. The practice is particularly praised for its contentious work and recently represented Lorentzen & Stemoco in a lawsuit relating to a substantial claim for bonus payment by a former employee. Key individuals in the group include litigator Jan Fougner, Eli Aasheim, who is ‘an outstanding partner’; Christel Søreide, who is ‘bright, clever and client focused’, and newly promoted partner and compliance specialist Georg Abusdal Engebretsen.
‘Wiersholm always have a short response time. Their feedback and advice is to the point and I trust them. They have the ability to explain and give advice in an understandable way. I have used Wiersholm in several different cases and I always feel that they have enough knowledge or will ask someone else in the office with enough knowledge.’
‘The powerhouse employment team at Wiersholm consistently provides high-quality advice and first-class service. Even with an hourly rate at the upper end, we find this team delivering the best value legal advice we find in Norway. The team, and especially partner Christel Søreide, has provided our business with input and guidance beyond our expectations.‘
‘The employment law team in Wiersholm are exceptional both when it comes to quality of the legal advice they provide, and with regards to efficiency and its pragmatic approach.‘
‘The team is just fantastic and the collaboration between in-house peers functions seamlessly.’
‘Bright, clever and client-focused Christel Søreide is our go-to partner. Highly inventive and responsive and always on top of her game. She is thorough and very pleasant to work with. Always delivers on time, with a unique understanding of our business and our needs. Great ability to delegate the legal work within the team so that our needs are met efficiently and cost-effectively – but always to the highest standard. We would not exchange her for anyone.‘
‘Eli Aasheim is just outstanding. Both her and her diligent and skilful team can be trusted any time with all kinds of matters.‘
Aller Media AS
Fellesordningen for avtalefestet pensjon
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
- Represented Lorentzen & Stemoco in a lawsuit brought by a former employee relating to a substantial bonus claim.
- Acted for Aller Media and Dagbladet in litigation relating to the dismissal of two employees.
- Defended Byte in a dispute arising from the dismissal of two employees during their trial period.
Martin Jetlund heads up the group at Advokatfirmaet Schjødt, which ‘delivers consistently high service levels to clients and puts thought into the smallest details’. The full-service practice acts for multiple blue-chip clients in the oil and gas, technology and media sectors, including ExxonMobil, Airbus and Total, on transactional work and in employment litigation; the team also handles pension issues and data protection mandates. Magnus Lütken is a key name for restructurings, workforce reductions and transactional issues; and senior partner Trond Stang handles contentious mandates.
‘They deliver consistent high service levels to their clients and put thought into the smallest details. They appear as a united front. It seems like they want to succeed together, not to emphasise the individual accomplishments.’
‘High availability, and consistently going the extra mile to get the job done with high quality. Open for feedback and input, they really listen to their clients.‘
Tata Consultancy Services
ExxonMobil / Esso
Airbus Defence and Space
UTC (United Technologies)
- Advising Kantar TNS as part of the WPP group on a workforce reduction.
- Acting for Stena Drilling in a dispute in which 84 employees claimed to have been illegally dismissed when a rig was transferred to the UK.
- Assisting 2XU Nordics with its Nordic restructuring and an international workforce reduction affecting Norway and Sweden.
Kluge Advokatfirma AS is highly regarded for its expertise in the oil and gas sector through its Stavanger office, and also excels in the public sector; key clients include BP, Wintershall and Neptune Energy. With key practitioners across its national network, Marco Lilli leads the Oslo-based team, Johan Krabbe-Knudsen heads up the Stavanger practice, and Nina Gundersen Sandnes lead the department in Bergen. Anders Stenbrenden is also a key name to note in Oslo and focuses on employment litigation. The practice has also grown its compliance expertise and has been involved in multiple whistleblowing cases.
‘Kluge provides high quality and cost efficient advice.‘
‘Kluge and Johan Krabbe-Knudsen stood out as a true expert in labour law. We have been through three court cases and won all. All cases were complex, huge cases but Krabbe-Knudsen was calm and drove the process for a whole year.‘
‘Marco Lilli combines well reasoned and prescient advice with a pleasant and easy-going personality.‘
‘Johan Krabbe-Knudsen – professionally: highly competent, willing to share knowledge and perspectives. Personality: He had authority within his profession and at the same had a humble approach to all our questions and the continuous new issues that were raised. Skills: He demonstrated ability to listen, thus understood the addressed problems and challenges which led to speedy and appropriate solutions. He demonstrated humour and a good laugh which can ease tension in a room.‘
DEA Norge AS
CHC Group, CHC Helikopter Service AS
Heli-One (Norway) AS
MRC Global Norway
Norwegian Confederation of Enterprise (NHO)
Travel Retail Norway AS
NTB AS (The Norwegian News Agency)
The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK)
- Advised on the employment aspects of Neptune Energy Norge’s merger with VNG including the transfer of personnel.
- Assisting the Norwegian railroad directorate with its reorganisation.
- Advised ITW on various issues including a significant downsizing.
Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS’ ‘commercially oriented’ team counts industrial and offshore companies, banks and insurers as clients, handling the full range of employment mandates including investigations, pensions law work, whistleblowing allegations and compliance issues. Team leader Andre Istad Johansen is ‘very experienced and highly skilled’, Hans Jørgen Bender is a specialist in non-compete and non-solicit issues, management incentive schemes and whistleblowing cases; and newly promoted partner Are Fagerhaug ‘has a very good understanding of the client’s point of view’.
‘The team at Advokatfirma Selmer AS is well versed in different legal topics and many of the lawyers there have specialised themselves in more than one subject. With this each one of them are able to advise on different topics, but with a point of view from different angles. And you always know that the answer is well thought through and all aspects of the situation has been taken into account.‘
‘In addition to being very strong in the employment area the team is also very commercially oriented.‘
‘Selmer is an extraordinary provider for us. We get the full attention and help we need at any time of the day 7 days a week. Their areas of expertise are broad and cover the needs we have in our business. Compared to other firms, we are treated as an important customer, even when we only utilise their services to a minor extent.‘
‘Balance. Balance between being proactive and too pushy. Balance between commercial growth and the humans affected. Balance between solution orientation and legal integrity.‘
‘Hans Jørgen Bender is the go-to guy in any situation. He has the ability to be hard when needed, but is also an adviser that gives you the right advice either legally or business-wise. Andre Istad Johansen is also a great lawyer and adviser. I think the use of both Hans Jørgen and Andre makes the perfect team in any situation.‘
‘Andre Istad Johansen is very experienced and highly skilled. He understands our business and mind-set. He has very quick response times and is also very service minded.’
‘I have mostly worked with Are Fagerhaug and he is very competent in his field. He has knowledge in all the employment matters that I have raised with him and he is very good at understanding our point of view. Even though he understands our point of view, he always gives us the correct legal advice, even though this might not be the advice we want. To explain; he always provides advice based on the laws and regulations, and doesn’t try to accommodate us to make us happy.’
‘True experts. Humble and interested in the client’s view and understanding of the matter. Listens to understand, not to respond. Still comes across as super confident. I have worked with them for +10 years, on quite complex matters, with extreme time pressure and their advice and our agreed way forward always worked out as assumed or better.‘
‘Everyone we meet at Selmer is “on”. They give us legal advice and help us to achieve what we want/need. We feel that we are in good hands when we cooperate with the team at Selmer.‘
Norwegian Seafood Council
RIO Rusmisbrukernes interesseorganisasjon
Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)
Azets (part of Cogital Group)
Aerospace Industrial Maintenance
Aberdeen Asset Management
Colosseum Dental Group
Peterson Packaging (part of VPK Packaging Group)
Aberdeen Fund Management
- Acted for the Norwegian Seafood Council in a dispute against its former CEO relating to the validity of a termination agreement.
- Advised EQT on its management incentive scheme and new employment agreements relating to the formation of Broadnet.
- Assisted Scandi Standard with the employment elements of its automation and reorganisation process.
Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig is a key name in the market for restructurings, workforce reductions, transfer of undertakings and individual personnel matters with notable expertise in the telecoms, technology, oil and gas, and shipping sectors. Clients include Telia, Hewlett-Packard and PepsiCo. Lill Egeland heads up the practice, and acts for a range of international companies; other key individuals include Per Christian Eriksen who leads the Bergen team, which also includes Trine Lise Fromreide, and Marianne Kartum, who leads the Trondheim group.
‘The team is highly skilled in solving disputes and other matters with a practical approach.‘
‘Well-rounded and competent.‘
‘Lill Egeland is excellent in giving advice in a very usable manner.‘
‘Lill Egeland is very strong in all parts of employment law and also has an excellent strategic way of thinking. Pure and simple advice in complex situations makes her a very valuable legal adviser to our group of companies.‘
Oslo Metropolitan University
The municipality of Bærum
- Advised Hewlett Packard Enterprise on multiple employment issues including litigation, compliance matters and incentive scheme work.
- Assisting Oslo Metropolitan University with whistleblowing investigations.
- Advised Atkins Norge on its reorganisation.
At Wikborg Rein, Simen Lium now leads the practice, which ‘is always positive and makes clients feel like they have an extended network of colleagues to rely on’; Lium took over the role from Jan L Backer, who is an expert in executive terminations. Fredrik Gisholt is the key name to note in the Bergen office and primarily focuses on employment litigation. The practice excels in the oil and gas, renewable, shipping, offshore, fisheries, retail, finance and technology sectors; clients include Norgesgruppen, Maersk and Gard. The group also leverages the firm’s international office to handle cross-border work.
‘I find that there is a lot of knowledge among the team members in Wikborg Rein. When I have a question, there is always someone who can give me the answer quickly. I always feel they listen to me and give me the answers in a way that I understand, not being a lawyer myself.‘
‘They deliver a variety of employment work ranging from litigation to restructuring and transfer of undertakings. The overall level of service is excellent, with quick response times and strong industry knowledge. The team is very good at providing advice when the position is unclear. Compared to other firms I have experienced, Wikborg Rein delivers with quick response times. The lawyers communicate very well with our HR-department, and explain things clearly.‘
‘The Wikborg team is there when you need them! They are always available and respond within a few minutes whether you reach out during business hours, at night or during the weekend. They are always positive and make me feel like I have an extended network of colleagues to rely on. They are all very professional and down to earth.‘
‘Simen Lium has got a solution oriented approach. Simen is service minded and has an enormous knowledge of employment law. He is very efficient, always extremely well prepared and ready to help out.’
‘Simen Lium is an experienced employment/labour law partner who takes control of every situation and gives our company the confidence needed to stand tall in employment issues. He treats everyone with respect during the process, which I find particularly important when we are dealing with employees. Simen fits in perfectly with my colleagues and is able to ease up on the legal language and make everyone comfortable.‘
‘I have worked mostly with Jan Backer who is very senior and has given me valuable input and helped me a lot especially with restructuring projects and difficult employee cases.‘
The Ministry of Defence
The Radisson Hotel Group
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean
Callenberg Technology Group/Trident Maritime Group
Marsh & McLennan Companies
Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Skipsrederi
Nordic Semiconductor ASA
- Assisted Eidsiva Energi with the employment and pension aspects of its merger with Hafslund.
- Advised the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industries and Fisheries on a review of the possibilities available to the Norwegian State relating to a potential extension of the applicability of Norwegian working conditions on ships in Norwegian seas.
- Acting for Transocean on the employment elements of its separate mergers with Songa and Ocean Rig.
The department at Deloitte Advokatfirma AS is singled out for its expertise in cross-border mandates (utilising the firm’s global network), privacy and GDPR-related employment issues, whistleblowing matters and investigations, and restructuring, transactional and redundancy mandates. The group also fields pension expertise and also acts in disputes relating to employment contract terminations and redundancies. Gro Forsdal Helvik leads the department and specialises in pension, social security and international employment law; the team also includes co-head Thomas Talén, who focuses on restructurings, contract issues and individual negotiations, and newly promoted partner Bjørn Ofstad, who leads the privacy team.
‘They are very professional and solution-oriented. Their legal reviews are very good, and useful for our work – clear and to the point in their written work. Their responses are quick and concrete.’
‘My absolute favourite team member to work with is Thomas Talén. He is a good partner for discussion and an excellent adviser. You can trust that he always takes the work seriously, and his advice is based on good legal work.‘
DNB Bank ASA
NHST Media Group
Sats Group AS
Insider Facility Services
NAV (Directorate of Social Affairs)
Flight Park AS
Ivrig Handel AS
Omnicom Media Group AS
Norwegian Nuclear Decommissioning
Norwegian Directorate for Customs
- Advising DNV on issues relating to its international employees including employment law, social security and pensions issues.
- Handling a range of issues for Insider Facility Services including whistleblowing matters, employment terminations and negotiations.
- Assisting Sats Group with its GDPR transformation program.
DLA Piper’s team of ‘smart people who are academically strong’ is led by Per Benonisen, who ‘stands out for his extremely good skills in labour law, a well-prepared approach and an ability to look into all the details’. With a global network to draw on, the group is highly regarded for its cross-border work; it also handles collective labour law issues, employment litigation and transactional matters. The practice’s client roster includes Discovery Networks Norway, Compass Group and Sony Music Entertainment Norway. White-collar crime expert Berit Reiss-Andersen and lead lawyer Kaja Kaarby also contribute to the department.
‘I have worked with DLA for more than 15 years, and I love working with them. The service is excellent, they know our business, the quality of the delivery is excellent and the support we get is of a high standard. Smart people who are academically strong.‘
‘Per Benonisen stands out with extremely good skill in labour law. He is well prepared and looks into all details that could create difficulties in the HR area. He is also willing to share his knowledge, so I’m well prepared in difficult situations. Per is the first person I call if I don’t know the answer.‘
Discovery Networks Norway
Dentsu Aegis Network Norge
Sony Music Entertainment Norway
- Representing Asko Øst in a dismissal case against an employee who alleged unlawful dismissal.
Preben Haugmoen Mo heads up the practice at Advokatfirmaet Føyen Torkildsen AS, which handles the full spectrum of employment work including downsizing and restructuring processes, outsourcing contracts, investigations, pension issues and whistleblowing disputes. Lars Skotvedt is the key contact for contentious work, Anniken Astrup is experienced in individual and collective labour law, and newly promoted associate partner Marianne Klausen handles workforce reductions, outsourcing issues, and individual job protection cases. The group’s clients include Gresvig, the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and KLP.
‘The team is really available and proactive for its clients which is important especially in an international environment. It is also business oriented and has good comprehension of what is at stake for each of its clients.‘
‘They listen to the case and are problem-solvers. They are easy to get in touch. Prompt feedback. Deliver as agreed upon.‘
‘They know our kind of business and have expertise in areas we ask for. If our main contact is not available, they always have someone else that can respond quickly. They are thorough without being too much.‘
‘Preben Haugmoen Mo is really business oriented and tries to find the best solutions even if it is quite difficult to solve. Preben is an excellent specialist in employment law in Norway.‘
The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet
The Norwegian Police Federal Union
Agria Animal Insurance
Clear Channel Norway AS
Stand Up Norge Ltd
Falck Nutec AS
Renovasjonsetaten i Grenland
HR Prosjekt AS
Oslo Stock Exchange
Skarland Press AS
- Handled multiple employment matters for the Norwegian Opera and Ballet including settlement agreements and Freedom of Information Act issues.
- Advised Gresvig on its downsizings, terminations and union consultations.
- Assisting the Police Federal Union with matters relating to disciplinary penalties, relocations, governance issues and dismissals.
Following its addition to the global platform of international employment boutique Littler Mendelson, P.C., Homble Olsby advokatfirma AS ‘has established itself as the number one employment boutique in Norway’ thanks to a ‘service-minded, pragmatic and responsive team’, which ‘combines strong legal and technical skills with a hands-on approach’. The full-service team handles all elements of employment and pensions law including restructurings, dismissals, working environment issues and data privacy mandates. Key individuals include Runar Homble, Ole Kristian Olsby, Trond Erik Solheim, Merete Furesund and Tore Lerheim.
‘Homble Olsby has established themselves as the No 1 boutique employment law firm in Norway. Good quality partners.‘
‘They are service minded, pragmatic and respond quickly.’
‘The team is highly experienced in all aspects of employment law and related disputes. They deliver successful results due to significant expertise, experience and thorough dedicated attention.‘
‘The strength of this team is its dedication to provide a personalised service. They combine strong legal and technical skills with a hands-on approach and a desire to help you solve your problems. They are able to guide you through complex issues and clearly see the commercial aspects of matters they work on.‘
‘Tore Lerheim stands out. Through credibility and super fast feedback day and night, you have, as the customer, peace of mind – from the first minute until the agreement’s closed.’
‘Tore Lerheim is both very knowledgable on law, case law and practice in Norway and extremely dedicated. He is very responsive and available.‘
‘Trond Erik Solheim: Very good employment lawyer, outstanding general legal skills, and particularly within pension and employment law. Also a very good litigator. Impressive analytical skills.‘
‘Runar Homble and Ole Kristian Olsby stand out because they have in-depth knowledge of employment law, and they are very pragmatic in their problem solving.‘
‘Merethe Furusund is always extremely hands-on and has extraordinary knowledge.‘
Elkjøp Nordic AS
Norsk Post- og Kommunikasjonsforbund
Nordlandssykehuset (Nordland Hospital Trust)
Statens Jernbanetilsyn (Norwegian Railway Authority)
Keystone Academic Sollution AS
Broadcast Text International
Haut Nordic Hospitality Group AS
Den norske turisforening (The Norwegian Trekking Association)
- Defended the Norwegian Postal and Communication Union in a dispute brought by one of its shop stewards.
- Acted for the Norwegian Police Fund in the Supreme Court in a dispute relating to whether travel time could be counted as working hours.
- Representing Nordlandssykehuset HF in a case filed by an oral surgeon relating to an alleged by-passing in a recruitment process.
At Kvale Advokatfirma DA, practice head Nicolay Skarning is experienced in data privacy issues, competition work and employment-related arbitration, while Jan-Erik Sverre handles employment litigation, which is a key area of strength for the wider team. In a recent highlight, the group represented Bravida in litigation relating to the seniority principle as it relates to downsizings; other key clients include Coca-Cola, Dong Energy and Ikea. Monica Gjerde Sperre joined from SANDS in 2020.
‘Flexible and high-quality advice, high engagement levels, accessible advice at every step of any case. Truly acts like a good adviser, and includes the client in the “team”. Good information on the status and progress during the processes.‘
‘Nicolay Skarning’s strategic advice and legal knowledge is extremely valuable, and makes for good solutions and good processes, especially with early involvement. Flexible approach to what the client can contribute and available at any time. One also feels included in a “community” as part of the client-lawyer relationship.’
The Norwegian Opera & Ballet
The Norwegian Housing Federation
The Norwegian Federation of Engineers
- Acting for Bravida in a case relating to the importance of the seniority principle in downsizings.
- Advising Stena Drilling on its downsizing and related temporary lay-offs.
- Assisting the Norwegian Federation of Engineers with several employment issues including collective bargaining agreements and individual employment contracts.
SANDS’ practice is ‘always quick and accurate’ and ‘shows professional interest and understanding of its clients’, which span the energy and natural resources, maritime, technology, healthcare and retail sectors; clients include AstraZeneca, Stokke and Aleris. Per Ragnar Bronken leads the department, which excels in corporate restructurings and redundancy processes, disputes and investigations. Henning Heitmann ‘finds creative solutions’ and Espen Johannessen is ‘one of the most professional individuals around’. Former practice head Torkel Tveit also contributes to the work.
‘Henning Heitmann is skilled, thorough and always responds quickly. Finds creative solutions and is excellent when negotiating with the counterparty. Friendly attitude and solution-oriented. He also works with our HR-department to increase internal legal competence, which has given great results for the past two years. Excellent discussion partner.‘
‘Espen Johannessen is one of the most professional individuals I have worked with.‘
Thomas Cook Airlines
- Advising AstraZeneca on its restructuring and redundancy process.
- Acting for Thomas Cook Airlines in proceedings relating to a TUPE situation involving Oslo Airport.
- Representing Stryker Norway in a lawsuit relating to its dismissal of an individual during a probation period.
Brækhus Advokatfirma DA’s expertise encompasses contractual issues, negotiations, employment disputes, collective labour law work, discrimination and whistleblowing claims, and individual resignation cases. Eirin Simonsen leads the department, which also includes Eivind Arntsen, who also handles privacy issues; Johan Hveding, who acts for a variety of domestic and international clients; and Christian Engelstad, who assists with restructuring and downsizing mandates, dismissals and litigation.
‘Brækhus Advokatfirma proactively provided helpful advice and were always prompt in answering any requests or questions, in a very practical, understandable manner.‘
‘Johan Hveding proactively provides helpful advice and is willing to go the extra mile.’
Capgemini Norge AS
Yamaha Motors Europe
Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS
Krogsveen Eiendomsmegler AS
German Norwegian Chamber of Commerce
Høyer Gruppen AS
Anette Mellbye heads up the practice at Bull & Co Advokatfirma AS and is highly regarded for her contractual expertise; she regularly handles termination agreements and out-of-court settlements for senior executives. Other practitioners include Kåre Bjørlo, who advises clients on downsizings, restructurings and pension issues; and Thomas Berg Nordahl, who focuses on the employment elements of insolvencies and restructurings. The group is notably active in the technology, life sciences and healthcare sectors and counts Medtronic, Keep-it Technologies and Hitachi Data Systems as clients.
‘Good advice and also ready to discuss and advise over the phone, which is very useful.‘
‘The team has great competence and delivers high quality advice and assessments at a high speed. Reliable.‘
‘High level of competence regarding labour law. Availability, quick and accurate responses. Analytical and to the point discussions. Precise and structured answers.‘
‘Kåre Bjørlo is always available and gives very good advice in every case.’
‘Anette Mellbye is reliable and highly competent. She delivers with high quality, at a high speed and with a very relaxed yet impressive approach to both people and issues.‘
Hitachi Data Systems
Posten Norge AS/Bring
Trelleborg Sealing Solutions
- Advising SAP on its reorganisation and employee co-determination.
- Assisting Webstep with drafting new employment agreements and redrafting old employment agreements.
- Acting for Amesto Group on its business restructuring, contract work and individual employment issues.
Boutique firm Advokatfirmaet Storeng, Beck & Due Lund (SBDL) DA handles the full spectrum of employment mandates including recruitment issues, non-compete work, whistleblowing and harassment matters, data privacy mandates and employment litigation. Key individuals include name partners Nils H Storeng and Arve Due Lund, Kari Bergeius Andersen, Thomas Braut Svendsen and Anne-Lise Henriette Rolland. Clients include national and international businesses, recruitment agencies, labour unions, government organisations, municipalities and individuals.