Liv Zimmermann > Advokatfirmaet Hjort > Oslo, Norway > Lawyer Profile

Advokatfirmaet Hjort
Universitetsgata 7
Oslo, 0164
Liv Zimmermann photo

Work Department

Real Estate, Construction


Liv Zimmermann heads Hjort’s real estate and construction law department, specialising in planning and construction law.

Liv has practised real estate law since 2005. Before that, she spent over 15 years working with development and construction cases in the public sector, including as head of department and assistant director at Oslo Planning and Building Authority.

Liv has been appointed to several legislative committees, contributing proposals for amendments to the construction portion of the current Planning and Building Act and the Ownership of Property Units Act. She currently chairs the Norwegian Bar Association’s building and zoning law committee.

Liv advises construction clients and contractors on a wide range of planning and construction issues, including the implementation of planning processes, negotiation of development agreements, land acquisition, reimbursement claims, building permits, completion certificates and post-sale issues. She frequently collaborates with architects, engineers, real estate agents and other consultants to secure the best possible client outcome.

Her in-depth knowledge of the public administration and political decision processes enable Liv to contribute both professionally and strategically to planning and construction processes. She advises municipalities and other public-sector clients on a broad range of property law matters, including ongoing consultancy, quality assurance of administrative decisions, investigation of complicated issues and litigation. She also assists private clients.

Liv is regularly invited to lecture on planning and building law.

Together with fellow Hjort partner Frode A. Innjord, Liv has co-edited and co-authored Gyldendal’s commentary on the Planning and Building Act (2nd edition).


  • 2013 Partner, Advokatfirmaet Hjort DA
  • 2010 – 2012 Partner, Bull & Co
  • 2005 – 2010 Senior Associate/partner, Advokatfirmaet Vodal Zimmermann & Co AS
  • 2005 Senior Associate Bull & Co
  • 2004 – 2005 Drafting member of the Building Law Commission, the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development/Building Law Commission
  • 1995 – 2004 Deputy Director/Departmental Director/Head of Section/Special Advisor, Oslo City Council, Planning and Building Authority
  • 1992 – 1994 Deputy Judge, the Office of the District Judge in Vinger and Odal,
  • 1989 – 1992 Senior Executive Officer/Consultant, County Governor of Oslo and Akershus


English, Norwegian


2015 – Leader, The Norwegian Bar Associations Committee for Building and Zoning Law

2013 – 2014 Member, Owner’s Association Committee

2007 – Board member, Skaara Arkitekter AS

2008 – 2010 Board member, Filmparken AS


  • Cand. jur., University of Oslo, 1989
  • Project forum for organisation and management, University of Oslo, 1988

Lawyer Rankings

Norway > Real estate

The ‘dedicated and client-oriented‘ team at Advokatfirmaet Hjort has an established track record in advising on contentious real estate matters, however the group also counts transactional work as a key area of expertise. Liv Zimmermann heads up the team, and specialises in building and planning law. Frode Innjord is noted for his expertise in zoning law, and litigation expert Aslak Førde handles construction and real estate mandates.

Norway > Construction

The team at Advokatfirmaet Hjort stands out for its ‘high efficiency‘, and is well known for handling construction projects, real estate transactions, and contentious mandates. Liv Zimmermann heads up the practice. Aslak Førde is ‘a highly skilled litigation lawyer‘ and regularly advises on construction disputes, as well as contract negotiations. Senior associate Aleksander Bergby Henriksen is also a key contact.