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Outstanding on all points’, Arntzen de Besche is ‘easily a leader in the market’ for work in the aviation, energy, public, construction and media sectors; Statoil, Petoro and Vard Group are examples. The team also advised Avinor on the employment issues relating to a frame agreement, and assisted Scandinavian Airlines System with multiple union negotiations. ‘Extremely knowledgeable’ litigator Håvard Sandnes heads the group, which also includes Tron Dalheim, collective employment specialist Knut-Marius Sture, litigator Lars Holo, pension expert Sven Iver Steen and newly promoted partner Agathe Løwenborg.

Advokatfirmaet BAHR AScreates the perfect partnership with its clients’ advising on transactional, contentious and pensions issues. Recent highlights include assisting Norwegian with negotiations for the renewal of collective bargaining agreements for its cabin crew, and acting for G2 Ocean on global employment contracts following a joint venture. Practice head Tarjei Thorkildsen is ‘brilliant’, Peter Hammerich handles pension issues, Geir Mikalsen is ‘extremely professional’ and Børre Sofus Arnet advises private equity houses.

The ‘stand-out practice’ at Advokatfirmaet Haavind ASalways provides a first-class service’ through the ‘truly incredible’ work of practice head Lars Kokkvold, the ‘practical and strategicPål Kvernaas, ‘strong adviserSten Foyn, Gaute Krokann, who gives ‘bullet-proof advice’, and the ‘brilliantErik Davidsen. Highlights included advising Akastor Group on a restructuring, and defending Ryanair in a case brought by a former flight attendant.

Advokatfirmaet Hjort’s full-service department is ‘among the best when it comes to employment law’ with ‘a professional, pragmatic and knowledgeable’ practice. Team head Anne Marie Due is acting for Boreal Transport Nord in pensions litigation, Einar Engh is representing the Norwegian Association of Nurses in the Supreme Court in an issue relating to right to full-time employment, and Claude Lenthis handling employment and data protection issues for Espira Gruppen. Clients praise Alex Borch, who is ‘clearly a market leader’.

Litigator Jan Fougner leads the ‘exceptional’ department at Wiersholm, which includes Eli Aasheim, who ‘stands out as one of the best in the business’. Fougner is acting for CHC Helikopter Service in a discrimination issue, and is representing Ålesund Kommune in a lawsuit relating to the distinction between employees and self-employed individuals. Coop, ABB, ConocoPhillips and Schibsted are also clients. Christel Søreide made partner in 2018.

Homble Olsby advokatfirma AS combines ‘excellent service levels, incredible industry knowledge and to-the-point advice’ making it ‘easily one of the best employment boutiques in the country’. Runar Homble leads the team, and clients single out pensions specialist Trond Erik Solheim, Tore Lerheim and Ole Kristian Olsby. Merete Furesund joined from Kvale Advokatfirma DA.

Kluge Advokatfirma AS’ ‘highly pragmatic and efficient’ team handles key employment issues for public sector and oil and gas clients; examples include Wintershall Norge, OneSubsea Processing and Odfjell Management. The ‘service-orientedMarco Lilli, Nina Sandnes, Anders Stenbrenden and the ‘experienced and practicalJohan Krabbe-Knudsen receive praise. Marianne Higson retired.

The ‘brilliant’ department at Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS has a core focus on sectors including oil and gas, technology and media; example clients include Apply Sørco, which the team is acting for in litigation following a collective salary reduction; and FMC, which the group is defending in a class action lawsuit brought by former employees. Martin Jetlund heads the group, and Trond Stang and Magnus Lütken attract praise.

Selmer’s ‘outstanding’ team counts Yara, ConocoPhillips and Get as noteworthy clients. The group’s expertise includes collective employment law, employment litigation, restructurings, pensions and investigations. André Istad Johansen heads the practice, and Hans Jørgen Bender is highly regarded for non-compete and non-solicit work.

Per Arne Damm leads the ‘business-oriented’ department at Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig, which fields ‘bright star of the futureLill Christin Egeland, who is ‘genuinely outstanding’ and was promoted to the partnership in 2017. The department has substantial strength in the telecoms, technology, oil and shipping sectors; clients include Hewlett Packard Enterprise, TeliaSonera and Tullow Oil.

Stein Kimsås-Otterbech heads Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS’ ‘excellent’ team, which utilises its ‘strong industry knowledge’ on transactional matters. The group acts for clients in the retail, private equity, offshore and oil sectors; Statoil, RBS and Microsoft are examples. Trond Hatland in Bergen handles contentious matters.

Wikborg Rein’s ‘very knowledgeable’ team provides ‘clear and pragmatic advice’ and is ‘a genuine pleasure to work with’. Practice head Jan Backer acts for public sector clients; he recently advised Akershus University Hospital on an internal investigation. Norgesgruppen, Gard and Siemens are also clients. Dag Steinfeld and Fredrik Gisholt focus on litigation, and Simen Smeby Lium is ‘highly professional, with a calm and assured manner’.

DLA Piper leverages its global network to advise on cross-border assignments including reorganisations, international incentive schemes and TUPE issues. Practice head Per Benonisen and Gunn Kristin Olimstad are recognised for their reorganisation and collective redundancy work. Sony Music Entertainment Norway and Discovery Networks Norway are clients.

Advokatfirmaet Føyen Torkildsen AS assists across all elements of employment law including restructurings, pensions issues, whistleblowing matters, litigation and criminal proceedings. Highlights included Lars Skotvedt assisting Umoe Restaurants with a downsizing and employment terminations, and department head Preben Haugmoen Mo and Marianne Klausen advising Stand Up Norway on new artist contracts.

Advokatfirmaet Grette DA is recognised for its contentious expertise and also receives praise for its reorganisation, business transfer, collective labour law and investigation knowledge. Jens Kristian Johansen leads the department, which also fields Johan Hveding, Christopher Hansteen and Sigurd-Øyvind Kambestad.

At Kvale Advokatfirma DA, Nicolay Skarning leads the ‘excellent’ practice; he advised Dong Energy on the employment issues of the transfer of its oil and gas division to Ineos Holding. Clients also single out litigator Jan-Erik Sverre. Holship Norge, Ikea, Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and Hellanor are clients.

SANDSdelivers advice promptly and efficiently’ thanks to ‘an outstandingly knowledgeable team, which has a highly professional manner and strong industry experience’. Bergen-based Torkel Tveit heads the team, which is highly regarded for its workforce reduction expertise. Clients also praise Henning Heitmann, Espen Johannessen and Per Ragnar Bronken.

At employment boutique Advokatfirmaet Storeng, Beck & Due Lund (SBDL) DA, the ‘incredibly experienced’ team counts founding partners Nils Storeng (who ‘makes sure he understands the client to the best of his ability’) and the ‘extremely knowledgeableArve Due Lund as key practitioners. Managing partner and ‘experienced professionalKari Andersen, litigator Arvid Ødegård, Terje Andersen, Thomas Braut Svendsen and the ‘methodical, thorough and supportive’ Erik Råd Herlofsen also receive praise.

Bing Hodneland advokatselskap DA acts for employers, employees and trade unions on a wide range of employment issues. Noteworthy names include Alf Kåre Knudsen, John Steffen Gulbrandsen and Søren Olsen.

Eirin Simonsen heads Brækhus Advokatfirma DA’s practice, which handles downsizings, disputes, cross-border issues and collective employment law work. Bjørn Jacobsen and Christian Engelstad are also recommended.

Bull & Co Advokatfirma AS has notable experience in the technology, oil and gas, and sports sectors; Aquaterra, Eltel Networks and Mitsubishi are clients. Kåre Bjørlo leads the team, which includes Thomas Berg Nordahl and Geir Kruge. Thomas Talén joined Deloitte Advokatfirma AS.

Gro Forsdal Helvik leads the department at Deloitte Advokatfirma AS, which was bolstered by the arrival of Thomas Talén from Bull & Co Advokatfirma AS. The team handles international work including M&A issues, and provides pensions and investigation advice.

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