Hall Of Fame

Public procurement in Norway

CMS Kluge

Praised for its ‘unmatched expertise in procurement law’, the team at CMS Kluge is routinely instructed by contracting authorities and suppliers to advise on all phases of public procurement processes. Alf Amund Gulsvik and Stian Hultin Oddbjørnsen jointly lead the team; Gulsvik advises government departments and agencies on contracting issues and contentious procurement matters, while Oddbjørnsen attracts praise for his ‘substantial’ IT procurement expertise, a core pillar of work for the team. Anne Buan, who is ‘a star in everything she does’, is another key individual here. Managing partner Bjørnar Alterskjær has a broad practice that spans public procurement and state aid issues, acting for governmental entities and national businesses.

Practice head(s):

Alf Amund Gulsvik; Stian Hultin Oddbjørnsen

Other key lawyers:

Bjørnar Alterskjær; Fredrik Aadahl; Anne Buan


‘CMS Kluge, a prominent player in the IT and procurement industry, boasts unique qualities that distinguish it from competitors. Notably, Stian Oddbjørnsen, a key figure within CMS Kluge, brings substantial expertise to the IT procurement arena, consistently delivering efficient and effective solutions.’

‘CMS Kluge and Anne Buan in particular have demonstrated a deep understanding of public procurement regulation and best practices in the field. Anne is pragmatic, easy to collaborate with and solution-oriented.’

‘I have collaborated with CMS Kluge for several years. There is a reason why I have chosen to return to them time and time again. And that’s because at CMS Kluge you get skilled and expert resources who always give that little extra to assist you in matters.’

‘Experts in public procurement.’

‘I have worked with Anne Buan, and she is a star in everything she does. She has extremely high standards of advice, especially in IT procurement in the public sector and in contract law. Even though she is the best in her field, she is also a team player and brings out the best in her team. She will lead you to victory.’

‘Their deep expertise in public procurement laws, innovative use of technology, and collaboration make them stand out in the field. Their client-centric approach and dedication to client success set them apart compared to other firms. I recommend their services to anyone seeking top-tier legal expertise in public procurement.’

‘Their team members exhibit unmatched expertise in procurement laws, dedication to clients’ goals, and finding solutions to complex problems. Their responsiveness and client-centric approach genuinely make them stand out. I’ve personally had the pleasure of working with Anne Buan who is outstanding.’

‘Fredrik Aadahl was extremely precise in his legal work, with a great understanding of our field of work and how case law would apply to our specific case. He exuded calmness and confidence which was very reassuring during the process.’

Key clients

Norsk Nukleær Dekommisjonering (Norwegian Nuclear Decommissioning)


Veidekke Entreprenør


Norske Tog

Grupo Aldesa





Kruse Smith Entreprenør

Oslo Municipality

Sykehusinnkjøp HF


The Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

Hafslund Oslo Celsio


Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

The ‘deeply experienced and pragmatic’ team at Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS maintains a dedicated public procurement offering spanning the full range of contentious and advisory matters, acting for procuring authorities and suppliers on high-profile procurement projects. Working closely with the firm’s competition, state aid, and tech departments, the group routinely assists with projects in the healthcare, transport and IT sectors. Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim oversees the group, which also includes Anne Hesjedal Sending, a key name for contentious mandates, and the ‘analytically strongChristina Paludan Melson, noted for her experience in public procurement projects in the defence sector.

Practice head(s):

Goud Helge Homme Fjellheim

Other key lawyers:

Christina Paludan Melson; Anne Hesjedal Sending; Benedikte Slørdahl Skjærpe


‘Consistently high quality advice. Shows excellent knowledge of regulations.’

‘Anne Sending has the ability to find the heart of a matter and argue with impact. She is very service-oriented and responsive to input. There are few who can compete with her professionally, especially with the overview she has of the procurement regulations.’

‘Solid public procurement team. The team is deeply experienced and pragmatic. Fast to understand legal, business and political interests and needs in the projects.’

‘Christina Paludan Melson is very pleasant to work with, highly skilled and competent. Analytically strong and provides excellent legal advice. Accessible.’

‘Specialist counsel Christina Paludan Melson really does have a deep understanding of the public procurement rules, strategies, procedures and EEA rules and case law. She grasps issues quickly and provides solid advice.’

‘Anne Hesjedal Sending excels in public procurement litigation, providing precise and business-oriented advice on risks and opportunities along the way.’

‘The energetic Benedikte Slørdahl Skjærpe has considerable experience from the public sector, including from large ICT contracts, and provides practical, hands-on advice taking into account client-side issues.’

‘Goud Fjellheim is a tier-one lawyer within this field. Provides efficient and clear advice without any hesitation or reservation.’

Key clients

Sporveien AS

Nye Veier AS

Helse Sør-Øst RHF (South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority)

Statens Vegvesen (the Norwegian Public Roads Administration)



Statnett SF

Sykehuspartner HF

Sykehusapotekene HF

Helsetjenestens Driftsorganisasjon for Nødnett HF


Klagenemnda for Offentlige anskaffelser (KOFA, the Norwegian Complaint Board for public procurement)

Rogaland fylkeskommune

Trøndelag fylkeskommune

Posten Norge AS

The Norwegian Armed Forces

Vestfold and Telemark fylkeskommune

Troms og Finnmark fylkeskommune

Direktoratet for forvaltning og økonomistyring (DFØ) – The Norwegian Agency for Public and Financial Management

Longyearbyen lokalstyre


Sykehusinnkjøp HF

Work highlights

  • Assisted Sporveien AS with the substantial procurement of a new communications-based train control signalling (CBTC) system for the Oslo Metro.
  • Assisted Sykehuspartner HF with the large procurement of a new ICT infrastructure for the entire South-Eastern Health Region.
  • Represented the health authorities in a procurement dispute regarding the procurement of two ProBeam proton therapy systems.


Morten Goller heads up the public procurement group at Wiersholm, which attracts praise for its ‘great industry knowledge’. The group regularly handles the full range of complex procurement matters, both for contracting authorities and suppliers, and has demonstrable expertise acting for suppliers contesting public tender decisions. Goller is a seasoned litigator with a broad public procurement practice acting for both domestic and international clients. Also in the core team are Thomas G Naalsund, who acts for clients in the energy sector, and Stephan Jervell, who takes point on state aid work. At managing associate level, the ‘excellentOda Hellenes Ekre focuses on contentious mandates.

Practice head(s):

Morten Goller

Other key lawyers:

Oda Hellenes Ekre; Stephan Jervell; Thomas G Naalsund


‘Oda Hellenes Ekre really stands out and provides excellent services within the field of public procurement. She quickly understands the client’s needs, and how to create solutions and value for the client. She has a deep understanding of the law itself, but also vast experience in how Norway’s main public entities relate to the rules in practice.’

‘To the point legal advice within public procurement law. Thorough assessments of the case and different ways forward, well-founded opinions.’

‘Very good knowledge on public procurement. Always available for a discussion.’

‘Oda Hellenes Ekre is always available with solid knowledge of public procurement and assessments of the matter.’

‘Great industry knowledge.’

Key clients

JCDecaux Norge AS

Maskinentreprenørenes forbund

Ion Beam Applications S.A.

Hurtigruten Group AS

The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

BMO Tunnelsikring AS

Veidekke Entreprenør AS

Veidekke Industri AS

Skanska Norge AS

Boreal Norge AS

Torghatten Nord AS

Statnett SF

ResMed Norway AS

Egencia Norway AS

Norske Tog AS

EveryMatrix Software Ltd.

Sotra Link



Work highlights

  • Represented Norsk Industri in a third-party intervention in a Supreme Court case between Perpetuum Miljø AS and the Municipalities of Fauske and Sørfold.
  • Represented EveryMatrix Software Ltd. in a court case against Norsk Tipping regarding claim for damages due to violations of the public procurement rules in a tender procedure regarding delivery of ID and payment services.
  • Conducted a third-party examination for Helseplattformen AS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Helse Midt-Norge RHF, which is responsible for launching a joint, regional digital patient journal.

Arntzen de Besche

Acting for major domestic and international clients from the pharma, life sciences, and construction industries, Arntzen de Besche has a solid track record in advising public entities, private contractors and corporations on large-scale public procurement projects. In particular, the group attracts praise for its expertise in hospital construction and medical supply tenders. Gro Amdal leads the team and has extensive experience advising on Norwegian and EU procurement regulations, while Jon Gresseth takes point on contractual issues. Svein Terje Tveit is the key name for procurement litigation, particularly on the supplier side. Also in the core team is Tor Kristian Lånke, who handles construction work.

Practice head(s):

Gro Amdal

Other key lawyers:

Jon Gresseth; Svein Terje Tveit; Tor Kristian Lånke


‘Availability, speed, capability and willingness to give advice and provide good discussions.’

‘Tor Kristian Lånke has an exceptional understanding of the end results that are important for the client and is therefore adding high value when tailor-making the procurement process.’

‘In our collaboration with Gro Amdal, in particular, we experienced that she put aside everything to help us. Gro is extremely strong professionally, and she is ready to draw in new resources when required.’

‘Working with Tor Kristian Lånke in Arntzen de Besche elevates my ability to think clearly and smartly in complex issues. The fact that he manages to not only solve my problem, but that he gets me to solve the problem myself is an important success criterion for me.’

‘The team has an extensive background from procurement processes allowing them to pave the way out for the best optimised project-specific approach.’

‘Arntzen de Besche’s lawyers are probably the best in Norway when it comes to legal issues connected to hospitals and specialised advice on hospital construction projects.’

‘They work with a team of well-qualified people, which has a good breadth of knowledge in construction and public procurement.’

‘Jon Gresseth is efficient, and his response times are excellent. His unique insight to the industry means that his legal advice is always to the point.’

Key clients

Abbott Norge AS

Buypass AS

Sykehusbygg HF

CSL Behring

Spordrift AS

ASTM /Itinera SpA

Orkla ASA



AF Decom AS

Vestfold and Telemark County Authority

Mantena AS

Ecopro AS

Work highlights

  • Commissioned by the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries to prepare a report assessing the legal scope within the EEA Agreement and the public procurement regulations for applying quality requirements and criteria in the public procurement of new vessels/ships.
  • Advising Sykehusbygg on procurement law matters in the development and construction of seven hospitals.
  • Represented Abena in its NOK250m complaint after losing a tender for renewal of its contract as supplier of medical gloves to Norwegian hospitals.

Advokatfirmaet Grette AS

Marie Braadland and Silje Grimseth Ullebust jointly oversee the construction offering at Advokatfirmaet Grette AS, which stands out for its strength in transport and infrastructure-related public procurement work. The group sits within the firm’s broader EU and competition department and regularly acts for both public and private sector clients in the pharma, construction and infrastructure sectors. Braadland has extensive experience advising governmental entities and regional authorities on contentious procurement mandates and contractual work, while public procurement specialist Ullebust advises both suppliers and public entities across all stages of the procurement process.

Practice head(s):

Marie Braadland; Silje Grimseth Ullebust

Key clients

Bybanen Utbygging

The Norwegian Complaints Board for Public Procurement (KOFA)



Norske tog AS

Tolletaten (Norwegian Customs)

The Central Norway Regional Health Authority

The Western Norway Regional Health Authority

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration

Moelven Industrier ASA

Bjerke Nettbygg AS

Johnson & Johnson (Janssen-Cilag)

Norwegian Hospital Construction Agency (Sykehusbygg)

Innlandet Municipality

Bravida Norge AS

Avinor AS

Senter for oljevern og maritimt miljø (Norwegian Centre for Oil Spill Preparedness and Marine Environment)

The Norwegian Parliament

EBA (The Norwegian Contractor’s Association (building and construction))

Nettpartner AS


Våler kommune

A.L. Høyer Askim

Norwegian Government Security and Service Organization (DSS)

Vigo IKS

Work highlights

  • Advised Avinor on all stages of the competition regarding the procurement of contracts for engineering, procurement and construction of two new airports in Norway; Mo I Rana and Bodø.
  • Advised Norske Tog AS on the procurement of up to approx. 60 new long distance trainsets.
  • Acting for Johnson & Johnson (Janssen-Cilag) as counsel in both a complaint before the Norwegian complaints board and a subsequent court case regarding a tender to provide cancer treatment for patients at all the major hospitals in Norway.

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

Working in collaboration with the firm’s EU and competition law team, Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig acts for local authorities, governmental entities and clients in the healthcare sector on major procurement matters and contentious mandates. Anders Thue oversees the team and advises public sector clients on complex procurement matters, while Espen Bakken takes point on instructions by private sector clients, handling regulatory issues as well as competition and EU law mandates. Christian Bjørtuft Ellingsen is the name to note for contentious mandates; associate Olav Haukeli is another key individual here.

Practice head(s):

Anders Thue

Other key lawyers:

Christian Bjørtuft Ellingsen; Olav Haukeli; Espen Bakken


‘Emgagement and knowledge. Broad overlapping areas of knowledge.’

‘Passion and dedication.’


‘Knowledge and availability.’

Key clients

Baneservice AS






Smith Nephew



Medistim ASA




Go-Ahead Group

KLP Ansvarsforsikring

NordicInfu Care AB


Sanofi Avensis Norge AS

Statnett SF




The Ministry of Justice and Public Security

The Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom)


The Norwegian Police

Troms og Finnmark fylkeskommune

Work highlights

  • Assisted the liability insurer of municipalities Sørfold and Fauske in a landmark appeal before the Supreme Court in January 2023, successfully argued that an Appeal Court judgement from 2022 had to be set aside.
  • Providing a subsidiary of Central Norway Regional Health Authority, Helseplattformen AS, with legal and strategic assistance connected to the procurement of a new system for patient journals and patient administration (EPJ/PAS).
  • Representing NIC in the tendering process for continuous glucose monitoring systems and insulin pumps in Norway.

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein has a strong track record in advising public sector clients, particularly purchasers and contracting authorities, on the full range of public procurement mandates. In particular, the group has demonstrable strength in litigation, handling procurement disputes, injunctions and appeals. The team is now jointly headed up by Torje Sunde and deputy head Malene Reinertsen. Sunde joined the team in August 2023 from the Office of the Attorney General and brings with him extensive experience litigating public procurement matters, while Reinertsen is a public procurement specialist with notable expertise in advising on large IT procurement projects. Hanne Camilla Zimmer left the team in August 2023.

Practice head(s):

Torje Sunde; Malene Reinertsen


‘Their team has a great understanding of issues regarding public procurements and is able to communicate difficult legal issues in an understandable manner. They also have a good understanding of the local government sector and our needs.’

‘We worked with Marlene Reinertsen from Wikborg Rein. She had an excellent ability to communicate difficult legal issues in an understandable manner to procurement officers with no legal background. She will always offer to look into specific legal questions and give precise and usable answers within a short time.’

‘I believe that WR has a high level of competence and delivers its advice promptly and effectively. They are welcoming and easy to interact with and are quickly available when needed, while the advice is of high quality.’

‘It seems that they have broad competence teams with highly qualified employees who can support each other and ensure the quality of their deliveries in a good and efficient way. A young female senior lawyer, Malene Reinertsen, has impressed with her good and sharp observations during meetings and well-formulated notes.’

‘They have a deep understanding of your business needs, thus providing relevant and valuable input and quality assurance throughout the procurement process.’

‘Malene Reinertsen is a senior lawyer and a specialist in public procurement. She makes a big difference by being solution oriented, when others will focus more on potential problems. The customer often wants to know what we can do, not what we cannot do. This is a strength that makes Malene stand out from the rest.’

‘The team’s broad competence, including valuable experience from the contracting authority side. The team is always available on short notice.’

‘Malene Reinertsen is a talented and nice lawyer who provides great advice.’

Key clients




Norges Bank

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

NORAD – The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation

Clear Channel Norway AS

Vy Buss AS

Vy Buss AB

Tide Buss AS

Norsk Gjenvinning

Lyreco Norway

Elvia AS

The Norwegian Agriculture Agency

Frogn municipality

Ullensaker municipality

Work highlights

  • Advising Vygruppen and its subsidiaries on multiple procurements and disputes, both as a contracting authority and a supplier.
  • Represented Telenor in the application for an interim injunction against the award of a contract by Sykehuspartner HF.
  • Advising the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, on the design and implementation of complex procurements.


Full-service firm BAHR supports both public and private contracting authorities with the complete range of public procurement-related expertise. The team has a particular focus on healthcare and pharmaceutical sector procurements, often representing major international corporates. The team is co-headed by Beret Sundet, who routinely handles public procurement matters in the life sciences industry, and Arne Torsten Andersen, who is well-versed in all public procurement and EU/EEA matters as well as EFTA and ECHR litigation. Jan Einar Barbo and Sam E. Harris both focus on construction procurements, while Daniel Sipos has experience handling procurement issues in the rail and road sectors.

Practice head(s):

Beret Sundet; Arne Torsten Andersen

Other key lawyers:

Jan Einar Barbo; Sam E. Harris; Daniel Sipos; Ylva Lønvik; Jennifer Shi


‘BAHR has significant expertise and experience in assisting with public procurements.’

‘Beret Sundet has for many years been our lead adviser in Norway, and has been instrumental in various challenges we have been facing with the national tender system where she applied all her technical knowledge and experience both from national and EU perspective on competition law, public procurement rules, and public administration law. Highly recommended for procurement challenges within the pharmaceutical sector.’

‘I really appreciate working with Arne Torsten Andersen. He is always responsive and delivers high quality in time.’

Key clients



Eli Lilly




Fortum Oslo Varme




Discovery Networks Norway

Nordic Entertainment Group

Reitan Convenience

Cushman Wakefield

Ministry of Transportation

Bane NOR


Norconsult Informasjonssystemer AS


Norsk Tipping AS

Hav Eiendom AS

Nobina Norge AS

Troms Holding AS /Troms Kraft AS

Statnett SF

Norwegian Federation of Industries

Municipality of Oslo (Vann-og avløpsetaten)

Troms og Finnmark County Municipality

KODE kunstmuseer og komponisthjem

Aker Carbon Capture


Work highlights

  • Acting for Norsk Tipping AS in relation to a procurement claim brought by Maltese-based gaming company EveryMatrix Ltd. concerning the award of Norsk Tipping’s ID and payment platform, which was awarded to Norwegian company BuyPass AS.
  • Acting for the Norwegian Federation of Industries (Norsk Industri) in a case before the EFTA Surveillance Authority concerning the award of exclusive rights in the waste sector.
  • Provided ongoing public procurement advice to the municipality of Oslo in relation to its very substantial and high-profile water supply project, with a value of around NOK30bn.

Advokatfirmaet Føyen AS

Advokatfirmaet Føyen AS ‘skilled team’ advises municipalities, public sector companies, national bodies and private contractors on public procurement matters, with a particular focus on IT, construction and infrastructure procurement processes. The firm ‘boasts an impressive team of lawyers with diverse backgrounds’ which is headed up by Vera Hovelsen, Thomas Oskar Strömbom and Jørgen Myhre. Hovelsen has ‘thorough knowledge of the field’, Strömbom recently drafted a large public-private partnership for a complex onshore project, and Myhre has a ‘high level of competence’ acting in public procurement complaints and disputes. At associate level, Ragnhild Lunner, who has a focus on construction procurements, is a name to watch.

Practice head(s):

Vera Hovelsen; Thomas Oskar Strömbom; Jørgen Myhre

Other key lawyers:

Ragnhild Lunner


‘We have used Føyen for 10+ years and in every project, they have provided a high level of quality in their work.’

‘Jørgen Myhre is “our guy” at Føyen. His very high level of competence is key, but his best quality is his ability to explain complex legal matters in a way that his client understands. This is a great help in solving problems.’

‘I have had the pleasure of collaborating with Føyen, and I can honestly say that they have provided an excellent legal service that has exceeded my expectations. Føyen excels in several ways and boasts an impressive team of lawyers with diverse backgrounds. This diversity has proven to be incredibly valuable for us as they have been able to offer us tailored legal solutions that align perfectly with our needs.’

‘Vera Hovelsen: She actively engages in the process of identifying potential challenges before they arise and finding ways to prevent them. This has saved us both time and money while significantly reducing legal risk.’

‘Jørgen Myhre and Ragnhild Lunner are massively important for our project, and they give valuable insight and advice.’

‘The team is highly capable and is innovative when it comes to how they approach the issues at hand.’

‘Vera Hovelsen is efficient and extremely service-minded at all hours. She demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the field and gives exceedingly apt advice when needed.’

‘We highly value the expertise in public procurement and the professionalism throughout the entire procurement and negotiation process. I would especially like to mention Jørgen Myhre in this context.’

Key clients

County Governor of Vestland (Statsforvalteren i Vestland fylke)

Movar IKS

Municipality of Aurskog Høland

Municipality of Bamble

Municipality of Bodø

Municipality of Drangedal

Municipality of Fredrikstad og Hvaler

Municipality of Hamar

Municipality of Indre Østfold

Municipality of Kragerø

Municipality of Lørenskog

Municipality of Nordre Follo

Municipality of Oslo

Municipality of Porsgrunn

Municipality of Sandnes

Municipality of Siljan

Municipality of Skien

Municipality of Ullensaker

Municipality of Vinje

Municipality of Volda

Municipality of Ås

Norsk Luftfartssenter Bodø AS (Norwegian Aviation museum)

Nasjonalt kommunesamarbeid for 110-sentralene IKS

Norwegian Environment Agency (Miljødirektoratet)

Norwegian Nuclear Decommissioning

Norwegian Public Roads Administration (All regions)

NSW Arkitektur AS

Nye Veier AS

OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University

Politiets fellestjenester

Remiks Husholdning AS

Remiks Miljøpark AS

Remiks Næring AS

Renovasjon i Grenland IKS

Reno-Vest IKS

Senja Avfall IKS

Studentsamskipnaden Oslo

The National Insurance Court

The National Museum

The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet

Vestfold Avfall og Ressurs AS (VESAR)

Ø M Fjeld AS

Østfold Avfallssortering IKS

Øst-Finnmark Avfallsselskap AS (ØFAS)

County Governor of Oslo og Viken (Statsforvalteren i Statsforvalteren i Oslo og Viken fylke)

Work highlights

  • Assisting The Norwegian 110 Fire and Rescue operational divisions with several high value public procurement processes.
  • Advising the NPRA as sole legal adviser on all public procurement issues.
  • Assisting NND with designing and carrying out procurement procedures.

Advokatfirmaet Hjort

Advokatfirmaet Hjort advises large public authorities and private sector bidders on the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious public procurement matters within the utilities, aviation, real estate, construction, and renewable energy sectors. Practice head Heddy Ludvigsen provides public procurement advise to ministries, large Norwegian municipalities, various public entities and private bidders. Aleksander Bergby Henriksen has experience handling the full life cycle of public procurement matters, with a particular focus on disputes, acting for public entities and private suppliers. Harald Fosse left the team to join Marstrand Advokatfirma AS in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Heddy Ludvigsen

Other key lawyers:

Aleksander Bergby Henriksen


‘The team is strong. They are skilled in procurement law, and combine their expertise with a practical approach. They provide valuable and to the point advice and show a very good understanding of our business. They cooperate with in-house counsel in a good way.’

‘Partner Heddy Ludvigsen is an experienced and skilled public procurement lawyer. She has a very good understanding of our business and is service minded. She cooperates closely with in-house counsel and is valued for her practical approach and solid advice.’

‘Senior associate Aleksander Bergby Henriksen is a very good public procurement lawyer. He is efficient and skilled, and he keeps a practical approach. He works very well with in-house counsel.’

‘The team was led by Heddy Ludvigsen, who throughout the process was professional and adaptable. She quickly understood the case and was very precise about the information she needed to provide sound advice.’

‘Heddy Ludvigsen is always service minded and offers solid advice.’

‘They offered the competence we needed and could deliver in a short period of time.’

Key clients

Avinor AS

Avinor Flysikring AS


Vestfold og Telemark Revisjon IKS

Work highlights

  • Advising Avinor AS on various public procurement matters.
  • Acted for Bodø Pensjonskasse in a matter before the Norwegian Complaints Board for Public Procurement (KOFA) which was settled in grand jury.
  • Acted for a large public energy company in a complaint from a contractor in a procurement for a framework contract.


SANDS‘ highly skilled team’ provides advice to private suppliers on the full range of public procurement matters, with a particular focus on the healthcare sector. The team is led by Åshild Fløisand, who has ‘great understanding of both public procurement and the waste industry’, and Kjersti Holum Karlstrøm, who has extensive experience in procedural and dispute resolution matters. At associate level, Eirik Vikan Rise has litigated several procurement cases before the courts, while Lars Sørensen regularly advises on public procurement mandates for both suppliers and contracting authorities.

Practice head(s):

Åshild Fløisand; Kjersti Holum Karlstrøm

Other key lawyers:

Eirik Vikan Rise; Lars Sørensen


‘SANDS’ procurement team displays an unmatched commercial understanding of our business, and the challenges that we face when tendering for public contracts or the complaint about public procurements taking into account our role as a central adviser in our sector.’

‘Above all, this team embodies a wealth of expertise and experience. Their diverse perspectives enhance our problem-solving capabilities and guarantee that we tackle our legal matters and challenges with a unique and innovative outlook.’

‘A highly skilled team, always quick responses, great standard of work, expert knowledge in our line of business.’

‘Åshild Fløisand (Partner): Highly skillful, respected in her field, quick, great understanding of both public procurement and the waste industry which is useful for us.’

‘We have worked with SANDS for many years and know their practice very well. It is our opinion that they have unique expertise in the procurement field. They always take a business approach to legal issues. Our experience is that the team is solution-oriented and to-the-point.’

‘The procurement team is led by partner Åshild Fløisand who is a very experienced lawyer with a key understanding of our commercial position in the market. She is extremely knowledgeable in public procurement law and practices and not afraid of fighting tricky cases. She provides high-quality advice, and it is our impression that she is genuinely engaged in her clients and cases.’

‘Our firm has been assisted by other large Norwegian law firms in the past, but in SANDS we have truly found THE trusted adviser for our business, especially within public procurement.’

Key clients

Helse Stavanger HF

Innovasjon Norge

HS Bygg AS

PEAB Group

Haugesund kommune

Midtkraft Nett AS

Perpetuum Group

Bedriftssystemer AS

Helse Bergen HF

Rambøll Norway

Tromsø Taxi AS

Stein Sørensen Persontransport Din Taxi AS

Foxway Group

Bardu kommune

Work highlights

  • Represented Perpetuum Miljø AS in the Supreme Court in a high-profile procurement dispute.
  • Advised Innovasjon Norge and its Nordic partners on the joint procurement of a turnkey contract to be delivered to the World EXPO in Osaka, Japan, in 2025.
  • Acted for Bedriftssystemer AS in complex litigation concerning a procurement carried out by a group of several municipalities.

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt‘s public procurement team works closely with the firm's bases across the Nordics and has in-depth knowledge of all phases of public contracts, regularly advising private and public sector operators. More recently, the team has had a strong focus on green public procurement and staid aid issues as well as environmentally friendly projects. Thomas Nordby has extensive experience litigating public procurement cases before national courts as well as the EU and EFTA courts, and Johanne Førde routinely prepares tender documents and handles issues arising during the execution of the contract. At associate level, Oscar Lindbäck is name to note.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Nordby; Johanne Førde

Other key lawyers:

Oscar Lindbäck


‘The individuals are highly knowledgeable and solution-oriented, in addition to service-minded, available, and efficient. With Schjødt on the team, we feel safe that we receive the best legal and strategic counselling.’

‘We feel like we are in good hands when we are assisted by Schjødt. They collaborate well internally and externally, and always provides a team of their most qualified lawyers for the work at hand. The lawyers are genuinely concerned with understanding our position and protecting our interests, and we are comfortable trusting their advice.’

‘For cases relating to public procurement, we have been assisted by Thomas Nordby and Oscar Lindbäck. We were very happy with the result and will consider using them again the next time we need help with procurement related questions.’

‘Schjødt manages to understand complex matters and describe this together with the law in a convincing manner. We are impressed by the teamwork and enthusiasm displayed by Schjødt, and truly felt that they turned every stone.’

‘Schjødt has worked with us through a long-term project to give us a broader influence in the Norwegian market. Their advice, negotiation abilities and legal expertise have been decisive for our success in this regard. Without Johanne Førde and Thomas Nordby, we would not have achieved this. They have created value for us.’

‘Extremely high professional level.’

‘We had a truly mutually, trustworthy collaboration with Schjødt during out entire legal process.’

‘The team of Oscar Lindbäck, Johanne Førde and Thomas Nordby complemented each other in a way which made us confident that everything was considered and well thought out. The team was always available for discussions and explanations of the various options they considered.’

Key clients

Kindred Group plc

Bodø municipality

Implenia Norge AS

The Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

Topro Industri AS

Norges Juristforbund

Fresenius Kabi Norge AS

Med-El Nordic AS

The Norwegian Trade Association for online gambling (Norsk Bransjeforening for Onlinespill)

Regaco a/s

Betsson Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Bodø municipality in a court case regarding claims for compensation for illegal public procurements.
  • Acting for Kindred Group plc in a lawsuit against the Norwegian state regarding the legality of a concession awarded to Norsk Rikstoto.
  • Providing counsel to Med-El Nordic AS in relation to various public procurement and contractual matters.

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

The public procurement team at Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS, which is a sub-department of the EU/EEA and competition law team, routinely acts on behalf of tenderers and contracting authorities in complex procurement damages claims, specifically within the utilities sector. The team is co-led by Oslo-based Eivind J Vesterkjær and Bergen-based Wenche Sædal, with Vesterkjær’s practice covering a broad range of industries including the life sciences, technology, energy, retail, and shipping sectors, and Sædal serving as adviser and litigator for prominent public and private clients. Åse Rieber-Mohn assists suppliers and public authorities with contentious and non-contentious procurement-related issues.

Practice head(s):

Eivind J Vesterkjær; Wenche Sædal

Other key lawyers:

Åse Rieber-Mohn


‘I experience a very high degree of follow-up and commitment in connection with assignments. Very neat and structured, and with very good communication and plan for implementation through all the processes I have participated in.’

‘I would like to mention Wenche Sædal. Through our collaboration, she stands out as a reliable, proactive and good humoured partner, though razor sharp, which make her obviously attractive for potential customers.’

‘Worked with Wenche Sædal. She has a great ability to understand our needs and quickly understand the issues in our cases. She has an easy-going personality which makes cooperation pleasant and simple. Always available and handles issues in a short time.’

‘I believe Eivind Vesterkjær, Wenche Sædal and the team have an excellent touch on things and provide valuable and on the spot solutions.’

‘Eivind Vesterkjaer: outstanding practitioner and good insights and strong ability to find solutions. Wenche Sædal: is showing her true abilities and is a sharp legal profile that can get things happen.’

Key clients


Vestland fylkeskommune

Eviny AS and BKK Nett AS

Veidekke Industri AS

Skagerak Energi-group, including Skagerak Energi AS and Lede AS

Kystverket (Norwegian Coastal Administration)

Lyse/Lyse Lux/Lnett AS

Fagne AS

Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Fisheries

Stacc AS

BIR Bedrift AS

Unicare Norge AS

Bama Storkjøkken AS

Arval AS

Universitetet i Bergen

Apotek 1 Gruppen

Isalten Nett AS

Coloplast Norge AS

KODE Kunstmuseer og Komponisthjem

HCL Technologies Norway AS

Idrettens Helsesenter AS

Haugaland Kraft AS

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Bolt Services NO AS

SSI Diagnostica AS

Gyldendal AS

El-Proffen AS

Servicegrossistene AS

Å Energi AS

Lindum AS


Kongsberg Gruppen

Kromann Reumert

Work highlights

  • Served as Bane NOR SF’s strategic procurement adviser.
  • Awarded a contract through a public procurement process conducted by the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Fisheries to provide an analysis of Directive 2014/23/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council and formulating detailed proposals for the incorporation of the directive into Norwegian law.
  • Represented the Vestland County Administration in an interim injunction case brought against it by BMO Tunnelsikring AS.